Proposed USA Triathlon Bylaw Changes
by USA Triathlon
USA Triathlon is committed to transparency in revisions to its bylaws and policies, among other business affairs and activities of the organization, and proactivity in its communication and information sharing. Additionally, USA Triathlon and the Board of Directors are dedicated to fostering an environment that encourages feedback and commentary from the community and constituents.
Annual members are the foundation of the USA Triathlon, and an engaged membership is vital in continuing to move the organization, community and sport forward.
Please direct feedback, comments and questions to Joel Rosinbum, Chair of the USA Triathlon Board of Directors, at email@example.com or Nellie Viner, USA Triathlon Senior Legal Counsel at Nellie.Viner@usatriathlon.org.
Proposed Bylaw Changes
The proposed revisions of the USA Triathlon Bylaws include an update to the definitions of both “Elite 10 Year Athlete” and “Elite 10+ Year Athlete” contained in Section 6.8. The USA Triathlon Athletes Advisory Council proposed this revision to the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) Athlete Representation Review Working Group, which was approved. Section 6.8 also includes the events that the USOPC working group approved that will confer Elite 10 Year Athlete status, and Operation Gold has been removed as the USOPC Bylaws no longer include that language.
Section 6.13 now includes that USA Triathlon’s alternate representative to the USOPC Athlete Advisory Council (AAC) must be on the Board of Directors as either a voting or non-voting member.
In Section 8.4, the type of Elite Athlete who can serve on Designated Committees and Other Committees has been clarified to reflect requirements in the USOPC Bylaws. The AAC’s role in vetting and selecting athletes for committees has also been updated in accordance with the USOPC Bylaws.
The word “staff” is removed in Section 8.16(c). This Section prohibits Nominating and Governance Committee (NGC) members from serving on the Board of Directors and other important USA Triathlon governance committees for a period of 1 year after leaving the NGC. The original language also precluded NGC members from working on USA Triathlon staff for a period of 1 year. That prohibition is too restrictive as it does not create a conflict of interest. The NGC does not have the ability to influence staffing at the organization.
Changes in Section 13.1 were reviewed by the Board of Directors in December 2021. The revision reflects the name of the hearing and appeals process, which was not updated at the time of the original Bylaw revision.