IAPS Annual (Business) Meeting
Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Saturday, 18th September, 2004
The President, Jan Boxill, welcomed everyone to the meeting.
Apologies received from Andy Miah; Terry Roberts; Bob Simon; Bernard Suits; Claudio
3. Confirmation of agenda
Agenda was confirmed.
4. Confirmation of minutes of previous IAPS General (Business) meeting
(University of Gloucestershire, UK, 18th November, 2003)
Minutes confirmed as true and accurate record.
5. Matters arising from minutes of previous meeting
Amendment to constitution re voting
Last year’s proposal: The Constitution should be amended to expand the possibilities for
voting arrangements and therefore should include the wording ‘all forms of mail’.
This has since been ratified by the membership and the Constitution amended.
(i) This now allows the membership to be balloted by email, but also where desired
or needed snail mail will be used.
(ii) Agreed that all ballot information will be posted in the Newsletter, on the
sportphil listserv, and disseminated via the email membership list.
Action: Sharon Stoll & Heather Sheridan
(iii) To encourage members to vote short biographies of all nominees for executive
and committee positions will be posted in the Newsletter in advance of ballot.
Action: Terry Roberts & Sharon Stoll
(iv) To encourage people to accept nominations for executive and committee positions
each current member of the executive or chair of a committee will be asked to
provide a summary of their job description (a practical checklist of
responsibilities, timelines etc) which will be posted on the website.
Action Sharon Stoll & Andy Miah
6. Officer Reports
The following presented reports at the meeting:
(a) President: Jan Boxill
Everyone was welcomed to the meeting. Thanks went to all the Officers for their work
over the last year. Thanks went to Spencer Wertz for organising the conference this year.
It was reported that the association was in good health generally.
The results of the Warren P. Fraleigh Distinguished Scholar Award were announced.
Pleased to announce that as a result of a ballot of the membership that both Bob Simon
and Bernard Suits are awarded commemorative plaques in honour of their scholarly
contributions to the philosophy of sport.
It was announced that a scholarship for students and others who might not have enough
funds to attend the annual conference would be set up. The scholarship will take the
form of a competition. Jan Boxill will appoint a sub-committee of the Honors, Awards &
Future Sites Committee to come up with a set of eligibility criteria and procedures.
Action: Jan Boxill & Cesar Torres
Issues concerning future conference sites were presented:
2005 – Montreal, Canada – Jean Francois Dore to be contacted for confirmation this
weekend. If Montreal does not go ahead then possible alternatives are Prague, Czech
Republic (Ivo Jirasek); Ohio, USA (Bill Morgan); Idaho, USA (Sharon Stoll).
2006 – Melbourne, Australia, to be held in conjunction with the Commonwealth
Conference in March.
Jan Boxill reported that this posed challenges for our Constitutional procedures. Our year
runs from 1st October to 30th September for elected officers, and presenting reports at our
annual executive meeting and annual general business meeting. If we hold our annual
conference in March 2006 we can either suspend the Constitutional procedures for that
year or we can consider the Melbourne conference to be a special occasion like the 2004
Pre-Olympic Congress. Thus, the possibilities are:
(i) No conference in 2005; Melbourne, March 2006; No conference in October 2006;
Conference in October 2007. Melbourne 2006 would be our Annual Conference.
(ii) Conference in 2005 (location tbc); Melbourne, March 2006; No conference in
October 2006; Conference in October 2007. Melbourne 2006 would be our
(iii) Conference in 2005 (location tbc); Melbourne, March 2006; Conference in
October 2006; Conference in October 2007.
Melbourne 2006 would be a Special Joint Session with the
Commonwealth International Sport Conference (CISC) not burdened by
IAPS business. In other words, a similar set up to the 2004 Pre-Olympic
(iv) Same as (c), but Melbourne 2006 would be our Annual Conference and October
2006 would be a Special Session.
Bill Morgan endorsed the March timing for Melbourne and the meeting in Prague.
Gunnar Breivik suggested that the annual conference ought to return to Europe sooner
rather than later in order to capitalise on the momentum within Europe that has been
gaining ground over the last couple of years.
Mark Hamilton suggested that there might be some difficulties with some of the
proposals concerning the university funding cycle.
Spencer Wertz asked whether it has been formalised in the Constitution that 2 out of
every 3 conferences must be held in North America.
Sharon Stoll confirmed that the 2 out of 3 requirements was no longer in the
Heather Reid suggested that North Americans are more likely to be able to get funding
to travel to Europe than some Europeans (Eastern) can to travel to North America.
Sigmund Loland suggested that the association needs to be aware that national
philosophy of sport associations are flourishing, meeting regularly and holding national
conferences that have attracted international participants. He suggested that if IAPS is to
remain as the philosophy of sport association we need to ensure the conference is
accessible (financially and geographically) to as many philosophers of sport as possible.
Jan Boxill concluded the discussion by confirming that she would contact Ivo Jirasek
about holding the conference in Prague, Czech Republic, in 2005. It would also be
confirmed that Dennis Hemphill would be contacted to confirm that the 2006 meeting
would take place in March in Melbourne, Australia.
(b) Secretary-Treasurer: Heather Sheridan
Membership currently stands at 79 (15 countries represented). Current bank balance
stands at $12,292.70.
Membership: This year the way in which we paid our annual subscriptions has changed
from a variable to a fixed due date of 1st October each year. Thanks go in particular to
Yoshitaka Kondo (Japanese membership agent) and Doug McLaughlin (USA
membership agent) for helping with the transition. Doug McLaughlin is stepping down
as USA membership agent. Gregg Twietmeyer will take over with immediate effect.
Someone in Nigeria had enquired whether it would be possible to join as an “association.
Agreed that different kinds of membership categories would be explored including
association and university.
Action: Jan Boxill, Heather Sheridan & Deb Vossen
Budget: Human Kinetics did not increase their prices in 2004 so the price we pay them
for each individual journal issue remains the same. HK assured have confirmed that the
prices will remain the same for 2005.
Communication: Current email addresses of all members are held on file. The
membership will continue to be kept up to date with news/info via the email membership
list, sportphil listserv, Newsletter and website. Info can be passed onto all the members
on behalf of a member if requested.
Concerns: The main issue concerns the payment of subscriptions, in particular the ease of
payment and cost of payment. It often seems to be time consuming to have to arrange for
bankers drafts to be paid and they are often accompanied by a hefty bank charge for the
service. Credit card and on-line payments have been explored as replacement/additional
methods of payment. In order to recruit new members and retain existing members the
Executive proposes that we introduce World Pay (an on-line system) as a future optional
method of paying subscriptions in addition to the existing methods. See Business on
Notice for proposal and discussion.
(c) JPS Editor: Nick Dixon
Pleased to announce that Paul Davis has been approved to continue as Associate Editor
for another term and Scott Kretchmar (Pennsylvania State University, USA) and Michael
Burke (Victoria University of Technology, Australia) have been approved as new
members of the JPS Editorial Review Board.
In 2003 the JPS received a total of 36 new submissions and 8 resubmissions. Thus far in
2004 26 new submissions and 8 resubmissions had been received. Pleased to report that
the 36 new submissions in 2003 is a big improvement on the 27 received in 2002.
58% of new submissions in 2003 used the journal online review system (JORS), along
with 64% of the new submissions so far received in 2004. Given the saving of time and
postage that it brings for everyone involved, it is strongly recommended that JORS
continues to be the preferred mode of submission.
(d) Conference Chair: Heather Reid
Main concern is on lines of responsibility (i.e. who is responsible for what and when).
Clarification of roles and responsibilities of Conference Chair and On-Site Organiser is
needed so that future conference organising runs smoothly.
Action: Sharon Stoll & Andy Miah
Discussion focused on whether the current format including whether the extended break
on Saturday afternoon was necessary, and whether we would prefer to start later on
Thursday, have papers on Saturday afternoon, and still finish at noon on Sunday.
It was agreed that the Executive Committee need to meet earlier on Thursday. It was
suggested by Spencer Wertz that a 1 hour panel discussion or workshop in which under-
developed papers could be discussed/explored might be a useful format for future
(e) Newsletter Editor: Sharon Stoll
Three Newsletters were placed on line at http://www.educ.uidao.edu.iaps in
October/November 2003, March 2004 and July/August 2004. The Newsletter has run
smoothly over the last year.
Agreed that the Newsletter would be changed from seasons to months to reflect the
different seasons of worldwide members.
Action: Sharon Stoll
The following did not attend but sent a report prior to the meeting:
(f) Elections Chair: Terry Roberts
The following Officers have come to the end of their term of office:
Journal Editor: Nick Dixon
Conference Chair: Heather Reid
Elections Officer: Terry Roberts
Members at Large: Jeffery Fry & Claudio Tamburrini
The following have been elected/re-elected Officers:
Journal Editor: Nick Dixon (re-elected)
Conference Chair: Danny Rosenberg
Elections Officer: Terry Roberts (re-elected)
Members at Large: Dennis Hemphill & Mike McNamee
Honors, Awards & Future Sites: Jim Parry & Bob Simon
Action: Sharon Stoll & Andy Miah
(g) Website: Andy Miah
The website www.iaps.net continues to run smoothly.
7. Committee Reports
(a) Honors, Awards & Future Sites: Cesar Torres
It was reported that the 2005 conference site in Montreal, Canada had not yet been
confirmed by Jean Francois Dore. Confirmation would be sought during this conference.
It was suggested by Cesar Torres that perhaps a bidding process for future site with costs
and details outlined might help with planning and negotiating future conference sites.
Main concern focused on the difficulties the Committee had in negotiating future
conference sites. It was proposed that the Committee would be able to do their job more
effectively if they could negotiate future annual conference sites at any time throughout
the year, rather than wait for the Annual General Business Meeting to vote on any
proposed sites. See Business on Notice for proposal.
8. ICSSPE Report: Heather Sheridan (IAPS Representative)
The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2005 the International Year for Sport
and Physical Education (IYSPE 2005). More information about funding possibilities can
be found at http://www.un.org/themes//sport and www.sportanddev.org.
The Second World Summit on Physical Education will take place in 2005. Letter with
more details to follow from ICSSPE.
International Forum: Sports And Development – Economy, Culture, Ethics, February 13th
– 15th ,2005, Bad Boll, Germany. For further info contact Volker Steinbrecher at
Mike McNamee has been elected Associations Board Chair. As Chair he simultaneously
becomes the Speaker of the Associations Board on the President’s Committee. Heather
Sheridan has been elected to the Executive Committee.
9. Business on Notice
(a) On-line subscription payments
The cost and difficulty of paying subscriptions has been an on-going problem in retaining
members and recruiting new members. Heather Sheridan explored a variety of different
payment methods. Agreed that World Pay (an on-line system) be proposed to the
membership as a future optional method of paying subscriptions in addition to the
Proposal: We (the Executive) propose to introduce World Pay (an on-line system) as a
future optional method of paying subscription in addition to the existing methods.
The proposal was seconded and passed unanimously.
Action: Heather Sheridan & Andy Miah
(b) Future Conference Sites
In order to avoid some of the planning issues that have arisen over future conference sites
the following proposal was presented to the membership.
Proposal: The Honors, Awards, and Future Sites Committee is to be allowed to negotiate
future annual conference sites at any time throughout the year, rather than wait for the
Annual General Business Meeting to vote on any proposed sites. Once negotiated, the
HW&FSC Chair will present the candidates for future sites to the Executive Council for
approval via email, if necessary, or at the Annual General Business Meeting if there is
enough time to do so in advance of the conference taking place.
The proposal was seconded and passed unanimously.
10. Any Other Business
Heather Reid announced details of the opportunity to participate in a television panel
debate and details of a book proposal.