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Members of the Executive Committee |

  • Massimo Sanapo – head of IRC
  • Bjorn Lauwers
  • Petr Sezima

§ 1. The Committee |

The committee will be made up of two groups – the executive group and the community. All subsequent mentions of IRC will refer to the executive committee (§1.1.).

§ 1.1 The Executive Committee |

The executive group will be mainly responsible for:

  • administrative work for the IRC,

  • preparing solutions (for approval by the IBSA SC),

  • collection of information,

  • publishing of information,

  • develop and provide documentation,

  • facilitating communication among all stake holders (players, referees, IBSA SC).

During the setup stage of the IRC the committee will consist of only three members in order to keep matters simple and make coordination easy. The founding executive members are:

  • Massimo Sanapo (Italy)

  • Petr Sezima (Czech Republik)

  • Stefan Wimmer (Germany)

It is planned to extend the executive committee as soon as possible, but to no more than seven members. No specific date for the extension has been set.

§ 1.2 The Community |

The IRC strives to include all referees who are interested to participate. Anybody is invited to share their ideas and participate in the discussion. The IRC will provide the appropriate channels to enable easy and structured communication between members of the community.

§ 2. Composition |

  • The IRC must always consist of an odd number of members in order to ensure decision making capability.

  • The number of members is limited to seven. Possible group sizes are 3, 5, 7.

  • The IRC must have members from at least three different countries.

  • The IRC has no defined quota for female members, but will always try to acquire female referees to participate in the committee.

§ 3. Becoming a Member |

Any active international referee can become a member of the executive committee. He/she can either apply with no formal limitations or can be appointed by the other members.

To be become a member the simple majority is sufficient. In this special case a stalemate situation is possible. If this is the case the applicant cannot become a member.

If an application has been declined the referee can apply again after three months.

§ 4. Resigning |

Any member of the IRC can resign from his/her mandate without giving a reason. If this happens the rest of the committee members have to find a substitute as soon as possible.

§ 5. Expulsion |

By the decision of at least 51 % of the IRC a member can be expulsed from the committee. A reason must be given. Possible reasons are, e.g. breach of the IRC principles or continued inactivity.

§ 6. Mandate/Term |

The mandate of each member ends after two years. The motivation for this goes two ways:

  • Relieve the members.

  • Give other referees the opportunity to play an active role.

If there is no apparent substitute or applicant by the time of mandate expiration the mandate can be extended (if the member agrees).

§ 7. Language |

The official language for communication within the IRC is English. All developed material must also be written in English.

§ 8. Independency |

The IRC is only reporting to the IBSA SC and no other institution or person.

§ 9. First among Equals (Head of IRC) |

The First among Equals (FAE) will be elected by the members of the IRC. The elections will be held every year in April. The FAE cannot be changed during this period (one year).

§ 10. Responsibilities |

IRC responsibilities include:

  • Introduce and build international quality standards for referees.

  • Update and groom the existing rules.

  • Develop and collect new rules for the next major release (2017/2018).

  • Actively support the IBSA SC in rule related questions.

  • Actively support referees in any possible way.

  • Certify official working material (e.g. score sheets)

  • [Maybe in the future: Certify equipment]

§ 11. Guiding Principles |

The IRC follows guiding principles which should govern all work inside the committee.

  • Focus on the original vision of Showdown, but see the sign of the times.

  • Hear and respect the players.

  • Transparency and fairness.

§ 12. Processes |

The following processes are defined:

  • The IRC will develop and prepare solutions, publications and documentation. The IRC can accept help from the community (§ 1.2).

  • The IRC will take the final decision for anything developed and released.

  • All solutions, publications or documentation prepared by the IRC must be approved by the IBSA SC before being published to the public.

§ 13. Decision Making |

A simple majority of votes is sufficient for any voting within the executive committee. Every member has one vote. A voting can be conducted in any way, meaning during a real world or virtual meeting or by collecting votes asynchronously (e.g. by email). If not otherwise noted any valid voting needs the participation of all members.

Polls are not anonymous.

It is possible to abstain. Abstentions will be ignored when counting the votes.

All polls have a deadline by which a vote has to be conveyed. If a vote is not conveyed within the time limit it counts as abstention.

§ 14. Meetings |

  • Meetings can take place in real world or virtually.

  • The meeting is usually organized by the FAE.

  • All members of the IRC must be invited within an adequate timeframe prior to the meeting.

  • Every meeting must have an agenda, which every member can contribute to.

  • Every meeting is limited to one hour, unless the participating members agree on a longer meeting beforehand.

  • Every meeting must have a transcript.

§ 15. Publication |

  • All artefacts created by the IRC will be published to the public.

  • All protocols of meetings will be published to the IRC community.

  • Rule updates.

All information can be found on the website of the IRC.

§16. Communication |

§17. Structuring the Work |

  • The IRC will develop a roadmap including milestones in order to prioritize the major pending issues.

  • The major issues will be broken down to tasks which will be assigned to each member.

  • The member in charge of a task is free to solve the problem any way he/she thinks appropriate. He/she can and should always ask other members for help or their opinion.

  • On-going topics (e.g. rule book creation) will be worked on continuously, with one member in charge of coordination, ensuring progress and quality.

  • Quality control: At least three members must approve a task for it to be considered done. If three other members object at any time before or after the release of this issue it must be reconsidered.

§18. Updates and Releases |

  • Releases of artefacts to the public are not bound to a milestone.

  • Rule updates can be done every six months only.

§30. Changes and Additions to the Statutes |

These statutes can be updated or changed by the members of the IRC. No specific update interval is necessary, but it is advised to keep the number of updates per year to a reasonable number.

Last update: December 12th, 2015