ABOUT THE USSAA
The History of the Association
The organisation of schools’ athletics developed out of the post-First World War enthusiasm for simple relay race contests, to more varied track and field occasions, attracting an ever increasing number of boys’ schools. By the end of the 1940’s the Ulster Grammar Schools’ Athletic Association was formed to organise an expanding schedule of events which, during the ensuing years, necessitated the holding of heats on the Wednesday preceding the Saturday finals at the beginning of June each year. Girls’ athletic competition had a rather later start but by the Fifties and Sixties, their Association was also established.
An upsurge of interest in schools’ cross-country running in the mid-sixties produced an atmosphere which seemed to threaten a multiplication of organising bodies and resultant fragmentation of resources. At a meeting, in February 1967, of members of staff representing a wide selection of secondary type boys’ schools, the Ulster Secondary Schools’ Athletic Association was formed. Its first promotion was the Ulster Cross-Country Championships at Armagh. Following the Annual General Meeting in November 1967, the Ulster Boys’ Grammar Schools’ A.A. amalgamated with U.S.S.A.A. After further negotiation, the November 1970 A.G.M. brought the amalgamation of the Ulster Girls’ Schools’ A.A. with U.S.S.A.A. Thus exists the comprehensive and integrated Association which we are today, with a schedule of administration and events spanning the school year.
The Irish Schools’ Athletic Association brings together the U.S.S.A.A. and the Provincial Associations of the other three Provinces, to organise the Irish championships and other all-Ireland events. It also organises annual International events, and combines with the other Home Countries in the Schools’ International events, and with the other Home Countries in the Schools’ International Athletics Board.
Membership of the Association, by affiliation at the District AGM, shall be open to all Secondary Schools in Ulster. A condition of membership of the Association is that each member school must undertake to play a full part in helping with the organisation of all of the activities of the association, and must take its turn in having responsibility for the organisation of those activities.
Each school must send at least one representative to that schools’ District AGM. Two representatives may attend but the school will only have one vote.
At the District AGM in addition to paying the annual affiliation fee each school must complete a Registration Form as requested by the District. Only those schools which are represented at the District AGM shall receive information about the various Schools’ Championships, as requested by that school on their registration form.
Schools, which fail to attend the District AGM, may request information about the various Schools’ Championships. Such schools must pay the affiliation in full along with the entry fees to the competition in which they wish to be involved.
The management of the Association shall be vested in the Executive, which shall consist of the officers as designated below and three representatives of each district, one of whom must represent cross-country running, one track and field athletics and one girls’ athletics. The Officers shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting of the Association to which each district shall be entitled to send ten representatives and each school be entitled to send one observer, who will not be entitled to vote. Officers shall be elected for one year but will be eligible for re-election. The Executive shall have power to co-opt and to act in an emergency not provided for in the rules. The Executive shall set up such sub-committees as are deemed necessary.
The Officers of the Association shall be:-
President and Vice-Presidents
Hon. Assistant Secretary
Hon. Assistant Treasurer
Track & Field Secretary
All meetings, (Annual General Meetings, extraordinary general meetings, executive meetings), shall be convened by the Hon. Secretary, and each representative and observer entitled to be present shall receive fourteen days notice of such meeting, together with a statement of the business to be transacted. An extraordinary general meeting may be called by the Executive or within twenty-eight days of the receipt of a written requisition for such a meeting by a district committee, this written requisition to be accompanied by a copy of the proposals to be submitted at such a meeting. The Executive shall meet at least once annually and at other times at the discretion of the Hon. Secretary or within twenty-eight days of the receipt by the Hon. Secretary of a written requisition for a meeting signed by district representatives of at least ten member schools, this requisition to be accompanied by a copy of the proposals intended to be submitted at the meeting.
For the purpose of conducting the business of the Association NINE shall constitute a quorum of the Executive and FIFTEEN voting members shall constitute a quorum at a general meeting.
Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting shall be called not later than the third Friday of November each year and shall: -
1. Elect the Officers;
2. Receive the Executive’s report on the year’s working;
3. Receive the audited financial statement;
4. Elect auditors;
5. Consider amendments to the constitution and to the bye-laws;
6. Discuss any other business relevant to the work of the Association.
Amendments to the Constitution and Byelaws may be effected only at the Annual General Meeting. Amendments to the Constitution may be effected only if supported by two-thirds of those entitled to vote. Proposed amendments to the Constitution and Byelaws must be submitted in writing to the Hon. Secretary by the third Friday of October.