Sooner or later a disagreement will arise between competitors on scoring, rule interpretation or some other matter. For amicable settlement of disputes, the league needs an official body, which may take the form of a protest committee. To ensure effectiveness the committee will work best with an odd number of members; three generally suffice. Councils may wish to adopt a more sophisticated appeal process to meet the particular needs of the shooters represented or they may be satisfied with a single individual acting as a referee. Be sure that all members of the league understand that the decision of the League Protest Committee is final.
No matter how well intended and well organized a League Council might be, it is powerless to act unless it has stated authority from the league members. Authority is provided by the League Bylaws; a document that may range from simple terms of agreement, to a complex set of rules and regulations that cover every possible contingency. Complete league bylaws should address the following subjects: TITLE Serves to identify the organization and assist members to identify themselves with the objectives of the league. MEMBERSHIP Describes eligibility and explains the procedure required to join the league. MANAGEMENT Establishes the means of selecting the league governors (League Council) and administrators (Council officers and committees). Defines their duties and outlines the extent of their authority. MEETINGS Provides for time and place for meetings of league members, League Council and committees. Grants authority to call special meetings and establishes the minimum attendance for an official meeting of the various groups. RULES Establishes the rules and regulations under which the league will operate. Provides for scheduling of matches. DISCIPLINE Provides a means for enforcing rules including procedure, penalties and administrative processes. A sample set of League Bylaws is included as part of the league operations guide. Many leagues will have special conditions relating to range procedure, minor variations in courses of fire, ties and shoot-offs, make-up matches, awards, etc. League rules governing such special problems should be included, in detail, in the leagueâ€™s bylaws Rules Section. This is one method of solving anticipated problems before they become possible sore points of contention on the part of some league members. The NRA may sanction leagues, with a minimum of 3 teams, or 10 individuals representing one or more organizations. There is no limit as to the number of teams or individuals a league may encompass. Individuals competing in NRA Sanctioned Leagues may earn an NRA classification for the type of course fired. Postal leagues can also be sanctioned.