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Nonprofit governance focuses primarily on the fiduciary responsibility that a board of directors has with respect to the exercise of authority over the explicit public trust that is understood to exist between the mission of an organization and those whom the organization serves. Washington Youth Soccer and each of our member organizations may have started as soccer organizations but we have thrived because we are nonprofits that have demonstrated to our community that we are here to serve a vital need – we believe in the game of soccer as a vehicle to create better people through the physical, mental, and emotional development that is fostered through our sport and our supporters.

WA Youth Soccer Board Proposed Bylaws Amendments

As a nonprofit organization, Washington Youth Soccer believes that good governance is founded upon bylaws that are shaped by nonprofit best practices while addressing the needs of our membership. The Washington Youth Soccer Board of Directors is proposing amendments to the bylaws of WA Youth Soccer. The proposed amendments were published to the membership via email on Friday, April 25, 2014, for a minimum thirty-day comment period by the Council (Member Associations, District Commissioners, and the WA Youth Soccer Board of Directors) to conclude on May 24, 2014, with a vote by the Board of Directors on the final proposed amendments to occur at a future board meeting in Summer 2014.

Below is a redline version of the bylaws along with a “clean” final copy of the bylaws with all proposed amendments incorporated; additionally, the Memorandum – Proposed WA Youth Soccer Bylaws Amendments 4.21.2014 and the FAQ – Proposed Bylaws Amendments documents summarize what changes are proposed, the background on why the Board feels these amendments will lead to a stronger youth soccer program for the state of Washington, and what these changes would mean for Member Associations.

The WA Youth Soccer Board and Staff welcome any questions or comments that Council members may have about these proposals.

Membership Advisory Committee


The Membership Advisory Committee (MAC) is a standing governance committee whose purpose is to help Member Associations maintain their legal membership status in Washington Youth Soccer. The MAC is an advisory committee to the Washington Youth Soccer Board of Directors (BOD). The MAC was established by the bylaws amendments that were approved on April 4, 2012; the committee description document, approved by the Board of Directors at their meeting on May 18, 2012, can be found in the Governing Documents category of Forms & Downloads.

The WA Youth Soccer Council (comprised of Member Association Representatives, the WA Youth Soccer Board of Directors and District Commissioners) votes to approve candidates for positions on the Membership Advisory Committee. The committee is still in need of representatives from District 2 (2), District 3 (2), District 4 (2), Region 5 (2), District 6 (2), and District 7 (1). Current members include:


District 1:

Phil Herold, President, Seattle Youth Soccer Association
Ellen Hawks, Treasurer, District 1

District 3:

If you would like to submit a nomination for your District, please contact the District 3 Commissioner

District 4:

If you would like to submit a nomination for your District, please contact CEO Terry Fisher

Region 5:

If you would like to submit a nomination for your District, please contact CEO Terry Fisher

District 6 :

Tom MacDougall, Vice President, District 6 Board of Directors (interim)
Tina Varey, Treasurer, Pullman Youth Soccer Association, Secretary, District 6 Board of Directors (interim)

District 7:

Sandra Milliman, Grays Harbor Foothills Youth Soccer Association 1st Alternate

At Large:

Jan Phillips, Former District 1 Commissioner and WA Youth Soccer Board Member

WA Youth Soccer Board of Directors:

Greg Rogers
Patrick Madden

Now Accepting Additional Nominations

We are still accepting nominations for the interim committee. District Commissioners shall submit two (2) recommendations from their District as candidates for the interim MAC. If you would like to submit a nomination for your District, please contact your District Commissioner and include candidates’ names, contact information, and a short resume.



To view all Washington Youth Soccer governing documents, including the draft documents from the bylaws amendments process that began in April 2014, view the governing documents resources below. The documents have been updated as the board and the membership have progressed through this process; therefore, the documents published are still posted in order to maintain a historical record of this process and may not be reflective of the current document drafts.

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