THE WORLD HANDBALL COUNCIL
1.1 The organization shall be
called “The World Handball Council”,
referred to as “the Council”
2 Objects - The objects of the Council are:
A To promote worldwide
the growth and general welfare of the game of handball.
B To serve as the international authority
for the game of handball.
C To determine the
international rules of the game of handball, including court and
D To promote (by
delegation to members) a World Championship of Handball in disciplines
from time to time by the Council.
E To mediate and settle disputes between
F To sanction tours by official teams
from member countries.
G To foster friendly
competition and to eliminate unfair and unsporting practices including
drugs or other illegal activities to enhance performance.
H To serve the
interests of its members and implement decisions agreed on by the
I To foster gender equality and equal
opportunity for all.
J To receive, acquire,
and hold gifts or legacies and solicit donations and sponsorships.
K To acquire, hold,
own, improve and maintain and sell, lease, or otherwise encumber, and
dispose of any real and personal property for the purposes of the Council.
A The expression “handball” shall refer
to court handball both indoors and
B Except as otherwise
provided for in these by-laws, the term “General Meeting” shall be
apply to both Regular and Extraordinary General Meetings.
C All references to
gender shall include both the masculine and feminine unless the context
D Words importing the
singular shall be deemed to include the plural and vice versa.
E All references to members shall
include member countries.
F “Board” means the Board of Directors
for the time being of the Council
4 Powers - The Council shall have the
A To prescribe, make
and adopt such rules, regulations and do all such other acts and
things as may
be necessary or desirable to carry out the objects of the Council or to
B To prescribe from
time to time the fees to be paid by members.
C To expel, suspend,
fine or otherwise discipline any member or expel, suspend or
cause any officer.
D To delegate such of
its powers to Council Officers from time to time as it may deem fit. E To use the funds as
it deems fit in the interests of the Council.
F To award the holding
of a World Championship event to a member country or territory. G Delegate responsibility
for location and scheduling of the World Championship to a host
Provide assistance as required.
in the Council is restricted to the duly elected principal authority for the
administration, organization and playing of handball in the country or
may be granted to an applicant that provides the Council with
A The by-laws or other
equivalent governing document of the association.
B A list of the names
and addresses of its Executive and Board of Directors.
C A copy of its last
financial report demonstrating its solvency.
D Payment of an annual
E Associate membership
may be granted to a duly elected organization that administers a
discipline of the sport in a country or territory or a group in the process of
establishing a national body to administer and organize handball in a country
6.1 Every full member shall
designate in writing to the sec/treas. the name and address of
who shall serve as its representatives to the Council.
6.2 Both representatives shall be
designated to sit on the Board of Directors of the Council.
6.3 The fore mentioned designations
shall continue in effect until notification in writing is
received by the
sec/treas. terminating the appointments and designating a replacement,
officer of the Council shall be eligible to serve as a representative.
6.4 Every associate member shall
designate in writing to the sec./treas. the name and
address of one individual
who shall serve as an associate member’s representative to the
6.5 All representatives shall be
entitled to attend General and Extraordinary General
6.6 In the event that a
representative is unable to attend a General or Extraordinary General
the member that appointed him or in a case of emergency, the Representative
himself may appoint an alternate to attend the meeting in his place. Such
and appointment thereunder shall be made in a form satisfactory to
An alternate shall have the same powers as the person appointing
6.7 At no time may an individual
serve as a Representative of more than one member or as
an alternate of more
than one member. No individual may serve simultaneously as a
6.8 An alternate must hold a proxy
to vote on the representatives behalf.
7 Meetings./ Voting
7.1 A General Meeting of
the Council shall be held in conjunction with each World
7.2 The Sec./Treas. shall give
notice by mail or electronic means to each
member as to the
place, date and time of the General Meeting not less than 30 days prior to the
such meeting. An Agenda for the meeting together with any notes,
supporting documents shall be provided not less than 15 days prior
to such meeting.
7.3 Any officer or member shall be
entitled to have included on the agenda any matters they
wish to raise or any
motion or proposal they wish to make. To be placed on the Agenda
together with an explanatory statement to be received by the Sec/Treas. at
least 15 days prior to the meeting. A motion not on the agenda may be submitted
vote only with the unanimous consent of those present at the meeting.
7.4 The Agenda for the General
Meeting shall include all matters, proposals and motions
submitted according to
section 3 of this article as well as the following
A President’s Report.
B Financial Statement
of the Council.
C Secretary/Treasurer’s Report.
D Election of Officers.
E Other business
7.5 At any time during the period
between two General Meetings the President upon specific
written requests from
at least two members, and /or the officers may at his discretion
Extraordinary General Meeting that can be conducted by conference call or other
electronic means. The Sec/Treas. shall notify each member by mail or electronic
not less than 30 days prior to such a meeting. The Agenda and any
comments on the
content of the meeting shall accompany such notice.
7.6 A quorum at a General or
Extraordinary General Meeting shall consist of two thirds of the
representatives, deemed present and entitled to vote.
8.1 The adoption of any
Resolution to alter or rescind the by-laws, or to change the rules
World Championships, or to expel a member or officer shall require a two
vote of the Board of Directors. The adoption of any other resolution will
simple majority of votes cast.
8.2 Unless otherwise provided for
or requested, votes shall be cast viva voce, and shall be
counted by the
President and verified by the Sec./Treas. On matters other than those
8.3 Full members shall be entitled
to two votes and an associate member one vote.
member in arrears of any membership fees, fines or other
charges owed to the Council
shall not be entitled to exercise any of its voting
8.4 A representative of a member
shall be allowed to hold a proxy for one other member.
8.5 In the event of a tie the
President may cast an additional vote.
9 Action Without Meeting
9.1 Any member or the officers may propose a motion for action
without a meeting. Such
motions shall be
submitted to the Sec/Treas. in writing. After consideration by the
the Sec./Treas. shall, within 21 days, forward copies of the motion to each
member. To be recorded the responding vote of the member must be received in
by the Sec./Treas. no later than 14 days after the date of the notice.
9.2 No later than 30 days
after the date of the notice, the Sec./Treas. shall advise the
writing of the outcome of the vote on a motion circulated for action without
9.3 Any motion presented
for action without a meeting that is not adopted shall be placed on
for the next General Meeting.
10. Council Officers & Board of Directors.
10.1 The officers of the council shall be:
2. The Vice-President.
4. The Immediate Past President for a 2 year period after his term as President.
10.2 The President, Vice President
and Sec./Treas. shall be elected as provided herein at a
General Meeting of the
Council. The President and Vice President must be from different
countries. The Sec./Treas. may be from any member country. None of the
may be a representative of a member. Election of officers will take place at
General Meeting held in conjunction with a World Championship. All
elections shall be for
a term that will expire at the next World Championship
following the election. No person
shall hold more than one office of the Council
at any given time.
10.3 The officers shall not
serve in the same office for more than two terms in succession.
10.4 Each officer shall
have one vote. In the case of a tie the President may cast a deciding
10.5 The President shall be
ex-officio a member of all committees. He shall when present
preside at all
meetings of the Council. In his absence the Vice-President shall preside at
such meetings and in the absence of both a chairman may be elected by the
preside there at. The President is empowered to permit observers to
but not to vote at General Meetings.
10.6 At the request of the
President, or in his absence or disability, the Vice- President shall
all of the duties of the President, and shall perform such other duties as may
assigned to him from time to time by the Members or the President..
10.7 In the event of the
death, resignation, or removal of the President, the Vice-President
become President and serve until the next election of officers. The members, by
action without meeting, shall elect a Vice- President in his stead, after
the office have been called for by the Sec./Treas. and notified
10.8 In the event of the
death, resignation or removal of any other elected officer the
action without meeting shall elect a replacement after nominations for the
have been called for by the Sec./Treas. and notified to members.
10.9 The Sec./Treas. shall
be responsible for all monies and securities of the Council and shall
all monies in timely fashion in the name of the council in a Bank or Trust
Company designated by the Council. He shall, at all reasonable times, exhibit
of account and records to any member, and shall cause a statement of
financial position to be given to members at each General
Meeting. He shall receive and
provide receipts for monies due and payable to
the Council and shall disburse the monies
of the Council as directed by the
Board of Directors. He shall reimburse the officers for all
approved costs and
expenses incurred by them in the performance of their duties.
10.10 The Sec./Treas. shall be
responsible for taking and circulating to members the minutes of
of the Council or officers within a period of
30 days of the
officer may be removed at any General Meeting of the Council by a duly adopted
10.12 The Board of Directors
of the Council shall consist of the Executive officers, two
each full member and one representative of associate members.
11. Election of officers
11.1 Nominations for
President, Vice-President or Sec./Treas. shall be submitted in writing by
member, to the Sec./Treas. no less than 15 days before a General Meeting at
an election of officers is to occur. The nominations shall be included in
the agenda of the
meeting. Nominations received after the 15-day notice period
may be submitted at such
meeting, if approved by the majority of the members
11.2 A member can withdraw its nomination at any
11.3 In the event that
there is no nomination for an officer position, any member shall be
nominate candidates at the meeting.
11.4 No nomination shall be
accepted as valid unless accompanied by a statement signed by
the nominee to
the effect that he is willing to stand.
11.5 The election of
officers shall be held at the end of the General Meeting. The election of
President shall be held first, followed by the election of the Vice-President
11.6 If there is only one
candidate for a position then he shall be declared elected, otherwise
candidates shall be elected by votes cast in secret ballot. A scrutinizer shall
not be a
candidate or entitled to vote and the counts shall be certified
correct by the Sec./Treas.
12 Meetings of Officers.
12.1 The officers and one
member at large shall form an executive committee and meet from
time to time
upon the call of any of them and at such times and places as the President
determine and according to procedures determined by the committee. At such
meetings they shall dispose of routine matters of the Council, prepare agendas
General Meetings, and any other duties assigned to them. Minutes shall be
taken of such
meetings. The member at large will be appointed by the members.
12.2 In the event an officer is
unable to attend a meeting, the officer may appoint an
alternate to attend in
his place. Such authorization and appointment thereunder shall be
made in a
form satisfactory to the Sec./Treas. An alternate shall have the same powers
the officer who appointed him. At any meeting of the officers, a quorum shall
and any matter decided at such meetings shall be by a majority of those
entitled to vote. At meetings of the Officers, attending officers
or alternates shall have
one vote. In the case of a tie vote the President or
in his absence the Vice-President will
have an additional vote.
13.1 The objects of the Council shall be carried out without
pecuniary gain to its officers or members. If a representative of a member or
an officer becomes an employee of the Council, that person cannot vote at any
meeting and must resign from their position on the Council.
13.2 No dividends shall be declared or paid and any profits or
other accretions to the Council shall be used in promoting its objects.
13.3 Upon dissolution and after paying all debts and liabilities,
the remaining property or assets of the Council shall be distributed or
disposed of to the members as determined by the Board of Directors.
14 Financial Year and
14.1 The financial year of the Council shall be
the calendar year.
14.2 Membership fees will
be set at the General Meeting. Such fees are deemed to be due on
each year and must be paid no later than June 30 of such year, and
shall be deemed to be in arrears. All fees to be paid by Members on
being admitted to
Membership shall be deemed to be due within three months of
14.3 Lapsed Members wishing
to reinstate shall pay the current year’s membership fee.
14.4 All membership fees shall be set and paid
in United States
15.1 The offices of
the Council shall be located in the country of the Secretary/Treasurer for
time being. In the event of their being no Sec./Treas. the offices shall be
the country nominated by the President.
16.1 The books,
accounts, and records of the Sec./Treas. shall be reviewed by two members of
the Council other than officers and appointed for that purpose at a General
complete and proper statement of the standing of the books shall be
presented at each
16.2 The books and
records of the Council may be inspected by any member at any General
provided for herein, or at any time upon giving reasonable notice and
a time satisfactory to the officer or officers having charge of same.
17.1 Any resolution
amending or repealing in whole or in part, or having the effect of so
or repealing in whole or in part these by-laws, the rules of the game, the
governing World Championships, or to expel a member or an officer must be
a General Meeting of the Council or at an Extraordinary General
Meeting called specifically
for that purpose and in accordance with Section
18.1 On dissolution of the council any
remaining funds or other assets after settlement of
will be donated to member countries for the development of
handball or donated
to registered charity designated by the board of directors.