USA Judo 2021 Athlete Director Special Election Results


On behalf of the USA Judo Nominating Committee, I present the results of the USA Judo 2021 Athlete Directors’ Special Election.

The Nominating Committee has reviewed and accepted the vote tallies of the election as reported and certified by the third-party administrator, Association Elections. The Nominating Committee affirms the following two candidates were elected:

Athlete Director #1 Mr. Ari Berliner
Athlete Director #2 Ms. Nicole Stout

The Nominating Committee thanks both voters and candidates for their active participation in the governance of USA Judo.

Please direct any questions, concerns or issues to Tim Jordan, Chair, USA Judo Nominating Committee at nominatingchair@usajudo.us.

Thank you,

Tim Jordan
Chair, USA Judo Nominating Committee

2021 NOMINATING & ELECTION PROCEDURES FOR THE SPECIAL ELECTION OF ATHLETE DIRECTORS FOR USA JUDO’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS


OVERVIEW

As a result of recent updates made to the Ted Stevens Amateur Sports Act, The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) requires all National Governing Bodies, including USA Judo, to have 33 1/3% athlete representation on NGB Boards and all NGB Committees starting in 2022. Currently, two of the 10 USA Judo Board Members are Athlete Directors, so a special election must be held to elect two additional athlete directors to the USA Judo Board to comply with the USOPC and the Act.

To assist with fulfilling the 33 1/3 athlete representation requirement, the pool of athletes has been expanded to include a “10-year plus” athlete category in addition to the historically defined 10-year athlete. These two athlete categories have been defined and approved by the USA Judo Board and USOPC as follows:


10 Year Athletes

  • USA Judo shiai participants in a “Delegation Event” meaning individually or collectively as applicable, the Olympic Games, the Paralympic Games, the Pan American Games and the Parapan Am Games.
  • USA Judo shiai or kata participants in a “Protected Competition” meaning
    • any international competition between athlete(s) officially designated by USA Judo as representing the United States, either individually or as part of a team, and any athlete(s) representing any foreign country where:
      • the terms of such competition require that the entrants be individuals or teams representing their respective nations;
      • the athlete(s) representing the United States are organized and supported by USA Judo in accordance with a defined selection or tryout procedure that is open to all and publicly announced in advance except for domestic amateur athletic competition, which, by its terms, requires that entrants be expressly restricted to members of a specific class of athletes such as those referred to in Section 220526(a) of the Act (i.e., high school students, college students, members of the Armed Forces, or similar groups or categories)

Examples of these “Protected Competitions” may include World Championships and International Judo Federation Grand Prix, Grand Slam or Continental events.

  • Any able-bodied or Paralympic shiai athletes listed on the USA Judo National Roster

10 Year + Athletes

  • USA Judo shiai or kata participants in a “Delegation Event” meaning individually or collectively as applicable, the Olympic Games, the Paralympic Games, the Pan American Games and the Parapan Am Games.
  • USA Judo shiai or kata participants in a “Protected Competition” meaning
    • any international competition between athlete(s) officially designated by USA Judo as representing the United States, either individually or as part of a team, and any athlete(s) representing any foreign country where:
      • the terms of such competition require that the entrants be individuals or teams representing their respective nations;
      • the athlete(s) representing the United States are organized and supported by USA Judo in accordance with a defined selection or tryout procedure that is open to all and publicly announced in advance except for domestic amateur athletic competition, which, by its terms, requires that entrants be expressly restricted to members of a specific class of athletes such as those referred to in Section 220526(a) of the Act (i.e., high school students, college students, members of the Armed Forces, or similar groups or categories)

Examples of these “Protected Competitions” may include World Championships, Kata World Championships and Veteran World Championships as well as International Judo Federation Grand Prix, Grand Slam or Continental events in senior, kata or veteran categories.

USA Judo will reference records as far back as 2008 and/or have the athlete provide proof of compliance with the criteria.

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Per the requirements of the USOPC and the Act, this one-off special election will allow BOTH 10-year and 10-year plus athletes to be NOMINATED & ELECTED for athlete director positions on the Board of Directors, but ONLY the 10-year USA Judo Athlete Population will be allowed to VOTE for these two positions.

Current athlete director, Christal Ransom, will have her term as board athlete director end at the end of next year, 2022. Current athlete director, Marti Malloy, will have her term as board athlete director end at the end of 2024. To keep a staggered election process ensuring some consistency where two of the athlete directors turn over or are re-elected every two years after serving a four-year term, the following conditions will apply to the two newly elected athlete directors:

    • one of the two new athlete directors will serve a one-year term that will NOT count against their two-term limit to serve on the Board. During the 2022 scheduled Election, they may be re-elected with a second athlete representative. At that time, the one-year termed athlete director would begin their first term. If this athlete is not re-elected, they will still have two full four-year terms in which they could serve as Athlete Director.
    • the second of the two new athlete directors will serve a three-year term that WILL count against their two-term limit to serve on the Board. During the 2024 election, they may be re-elected to serve an additional four years, or they may be elected at a later term to serve an additional four-year term.


NOMINATIONS

Requests for nominations will be sent by October 26, 2021, to USA Judo athletes (for whom they have contact information) consistent with the Bylaws of USA Judo and these Nominating Procedures. The nominating period will close on November 9, 2021.

  • Nominating Criteria:
    1. The Athlete Directors are to be nominated by Elite Athletes, as defined above, prior to October 26, 2021; or were listed on the USA Judo Senior National Roster in 2020 or 2021. The Athlete Director Nominees must also submit ten signatures of support from Elite Athletes by November 9, 2021.
  • Qualifications:
    1. Each director of the Board of Directors must be a citizen of the United States and 18 years of age or older. A director need not be a resident of Colorado or Texas.
    2. A director will (a) have high personal and professional values, judgment and integrity, (b) possess the understanding of athletic competition and the Olympic/Paralympic ideals, (c) have diverse experience in the key business, financial, and other challenges that face USA Judo and, (d) be effective, in conjunction with the other members of the Board, and collectively serving the long-term interest of USA Judo. Directors shall have a high level of experience and capability in Board oversight, responsibilities, including, to the extent reasonably possible, in the areas of finance, marketing, fundraising, audit, management, communications, and sport.
    3. Directors shall inform the nominating committee of any changes in their employment responsibilities or other constraints on their time in order for the Nominating Committee to determine whether it is appropriate to nominate a Board director for continuing Board service.
    4. No individual may serve simultaneously as an officer or director of USA Judo and as an officer, or director of an organization holding membership in USA Judo, or as an officer or director of another amateur sports organization recognized by the USOC as a national governing body.

•  All nominations are to be returned by November 9, 2021. The nominations are to be sent to:

Timothy Jordan
Chair
USA Judo Nominating Committee
Email:  NominatingChair@usajudo.us


•  All eligible athlete nominees, regardless of the number, will be presented to the athletes for election. USA Judo will post the names of the athlete nominees on the USA Judo website by November 23, 2021.


2020 ELECTION PROCEDURES FOR THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF USA JUDO

Those to be elected are two Athlete Directors:

    • one 1- year term director
    • one 3-year director

General Voting Procedure

USA Judo will send a notice at least 30 days before the election to all qualified members of the impending election asking them to submit a voter registration by November 12, 2021.

All voting will be done electronically over the internet through a secure third party vendor. There will be no proxy voting. For each open position, the person receiving the greatest number of votes (whether a majority or not) will be declared elected. Please see the Election Balloting Process Advisory Memo for further details.

In the event of a tie amongst candidates in any single category, a run-off election amongst the tied candidates will be held beginning December 3, 2021, and ending at midnight, Pacific Standard Time, December 5, 2021. The same ballot process used in the first round will be followed, limited to those candidates who tied. If a run-off election again results in yet another tie, the election will be settled by a blind draw from amongst the tied candidate names, conducted by the Independent member of the Nominating Committee.

If anyone needs assistance in voting online or an accommodation, they should contact Tim Jordan at NominatingChair@usajudo.us

TIMELINE

REMINDER: All deadlines are Midnight, Pacific Time

DATE

ACTION

No later than October 15

Nominating Committee meets to review & approve athlete director special election processes and timeline

No later than October 26

USA Judo notifies 10-year athlete population and general membership of special athlete director election

November 9

All Athlete nominations and 10 voting-eligible athlete signatures of support due

November 12

Deadline for voter registration

November 19

Deadline to receive all candidates resumes and supporting documentation

November 26 - December 3

Electronic Ballot Election Administered by independent third party, Association Elections

December 6

Two new USA Judo Board Athlete Directors announced