Constitution of Artistic Roller Skating Ireland

1. Name: The name of the body is Artistic Roller Skating Ireland

2. Main Object:
The main object for which the body is established is to support, promote, develop and regulate the sport of artistic skating throughout Ireland. Participation in the sport will be encouraged at both recreational and competitive levels.
ARSI adheres to the principals of fairness, equality and positive sportsmanship. ARSI and its affiliated groups and members will not be involved in discrimination or any other action that contradicts these core values.
ARSI recognises the important right children have to access their chosen sport in a setting that does not threaten or endanger them in any way and shall therefore require all affiliated clubs to have a suitable child protection policy in place.

3. Subsidiary Object(s): In furtherance exclusively of the foregoing main object, the body shall have the following subsidiary objects:
3.1 ARSI will work to gain Irish Sports Council recognition of artistic figure skating as a sport. Once it has gained recognition from the Irish Sports Council ARSI shall work with the Irish Sports Council and Local Sports Partnerships to further develop the sport of artistic figure skating and increase the opportunities for interested people of all ages to participate.
3.2 ARSI will seek recognition from the international governing bodies of the sport, World Inline Figure Skating Association (WIFSA)and Federation International Roller Sports (FIRS).
3.3 ARSI will raise awareness of artistic skating and support the development of new clubs that will allow interested people throughout Ireland to participate in the sport.
3.4 ARSI recognises that individuals may want to participate at different levels and shall ensure that both recreational and competitive skaters are catered for.
3.5 ARSI will organise competitions and skating tests to allow skaters to progress in the sport of artistic figure skating.
When appropriate ARSI will assist clubs in organising local competitions and tests, and be a link for international competition.
When appropriate ARSI will organise/encourage clubs to organise shows and displays that give recreational skaters a platform on which to enjoy the sport without the competitive aspect.

4. Powers. To the extent that the same are essential or ancillary to the promotion of the main object of the body as heretofore set out the body may exercise the following powers:
4.1 The Board shall have the power to raise and administer funds in order to carry out their duties in respect of the principal mandate and subsidory objectives of the body.
4.2 The Board shall have the power where appropriate to seek sponsorship for events.
4.3 The Board shall have the power to set the membership fee at the AGM
4.4 The Board shall have the power to organize and regulate artisitic roller skating sports in Ireland.
4.5 The Board shall have the power to appoint a Technical Officer to oversee the implementation of the technical rules and regulations of the sport in Ireland

5. Rules
5.1 Membership
Artisitc Skating Clubs based in Ireland can apply for membership of ARSI.
Affiliated clubs will need to adhere to ARSI regulations and pay an annual membership fee.
An individual membership shall be made available to skaters and this shall act as a license for participation in ARSI endorsed events.
Members of ARSI shall adhere to the rules and regualtions of the sport as set out in the constitution. All members shall avoid any action that will bring the sport in to disrepute.
5.2 ARSI Board
The board of ARSI shall meet regularly as needed and no less than four times per year, one of these to be an AGM.
The board shall adhere to the principles outlined above and shall ensure that any action taken on behalf of ARSI shall be in the best interests of inline figure skating in Ireland.
The board shall consist of at least four members and shall have a chairperson, secretary, treasurer and child protection officer.
ARSI is a non-profit sporting body.
Annual accounts shall be kept and made available to the Revenue Commissioners on request.
A report on the annual accounts shall be made by the treasurer to members at the AGM.
The board shall endeavour to meet the requirements of good governance as recommended by the Irish Sports Council.
5.3 Regulations and Rules of the sport of artistic roller skating.
ARSI shall adhere to the rules and regulations of the international governing bodies WIFSA and FIRS in respect of skating tests and competitions. ARSI shall be responsible for implementing and overseeing said rules and regulations in respect of clubs, tests and competitions in Ireland.
5.4 ARSI prohibits the use of banned substances, as per Irish Sports Council regulations, by any of its members, coaches or clubs. Any member who uses, or promotes to others, the use of a banned substance shall have their membership of ARSI terminated, pending appeal.

6. Income and Property
The income and property of the body, shall be applied solely towards the promotion of its main object as set forth in this Constitution. No portion of the body’s income and property shall be paid or transferred directly or indirectly by way of dividend, bonus or otherwise howsoever by way of profit, to the members of the body. No Officer shall be appointed to any office of the body paid by salary or fees, or receive any remuneration or other benefit in money or money’s worth from the body. However, nothing shall prevent any payment in good faith by the body of:

a) reasonable and proper remuneration to any member of the body (not being an Officer) for any services rendered to the body;

b) interest at a rate not exceeding 5% per annum on money lent by Officers or other members of the body to the body;

c) reasonable and proper rent for premises demised and let by any member of the body (including any Officer) to the body;

d) reasonable and proper out-of-pocket expenses incurred by any Officer in connection with their attendance to any matter affecting the body;

e) fees, remuneration or other benefit in money or money’s worth to any Company of which an Officer may be a member holding not more than one hundredth part of the issued capital of such Company.

7. Winding-up
If upon the winding up or dissolution of the body there remains, after the satisfaction of all its debts and liabilities, any property whatsoever, it shall not be paid to or distributed among the members of the body. Instead, such property shall be given or transferred to some other institution or institutions having main objects similar to the main objects of the body. The institution or institutions to which the property is to be given or transferred shall prohibit the distribution of its or their income and property among its or their members to an extent at least as great as is imposed on the body under or by virtue of Clause 6 hereof. Members of the body shall select the relevant institution or institutions at or before the time of dissolution, and if and so far as effect cannot be given to such provisions, then the property shall be given or transferred to some charitable object.

8. Additions, alterations or amendments
No addition, alteration or amendment shall be made to or in the provisions of this Constitution for the time being in force unless the same shall have been previously approved in writing by the Revenue Commissioners.

9. Keeping of Accounts
Annual audited accounts shall be kept and made available to the Revenue Commissioners on request.