Sport Psychology is a Research and Practice Discipline Devoted to the Investigation and Enhancement of Psychological Performance in the Context of Sport and Sport Competition and Clinical Psychological Issues if Indicated.

Table of Contents

Article 1 – Name of Organization

The name of the organization is the American Board of Sport Psychology

Article 2 – Purpose

The purpose of the American Board of Sport Psychology is to advance practice, education and training standards in the field of applied sport psychology and clinical sport psychology and provide licensed psychologists with the opportunity to achieve training, continuing education and board certification in sport psychology.

Article 3 – Membership and Requirements

Board Certified Sport Psychologist member status is limited to Licensed Psychologists (must have an active/valid licensed to practice psychology in any US state or be allowed to practice psychology in the home country of any foreign-based applicant/candidate/prospective member). By virtue of being a Licensed Psychologist, education, experience and successfully passing the national examination for the practice of psychology (EPPP) is assured. Such is considered necessary and required, but not sufficient for Board Certification as a Sport Psychologist. Hence, Licensed Psychologists seeking Board Certification as a Sport Psychologist (membership) must also complete the ABSP Board Certification program road-map or other training programs that subscribe to the ABSP education and training protocol, experience requirements, pass the ABSP pre-practicum and final written and oral examinations and demonstrate mandatory competencies as specified in the ABSP road-map (alternative training organizations must be certified by ABSP as an official ABSP Board Certified Sport Psychologist road-map/competencies training organization).

Article 4 – Board of Directors

The Board of Directors will consist of a minimum of 9 members including the Chairman/Chairwoman, Vice-Chairperson and Secretary-Treasurer. Term: Members to the Board will serve for a period of three years with the exception of the Chairman who will serve a ten year team. The Vice-Chairperson will serve a five year term. New Members: The Board of Directors may select new members bi-annually as necessary with the intent of inclusion/representation of institutional size, structure, location, sub-discipline and program expansion. Nominations of Members to the Board: The Executive Committee is responsible for soliciting nominations for new Board of Director members to the Board for a vote. Nominations may come current Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors may select new members bi-annually as necessary with the intent of inclusion/representation of institution size, structure, location, sub-discipline, and program expansion. The Executive Committee shall make nominations of Members to the Board of Directors.

Article 5 – Officers/Executive Committee

The Officers of the organization shall be Chairman/Chairwoman, Vice-Chair, Secretary-Treasurer and Executive Director. Eligibility to Serve as an Officer: Candidates for officer positions of Chairman/Chairwomen, Vice-Chair, and Secretary-Treasurer must be current or past members of the Board of Directors. The Executive Committee will serve as the Ad-Hoc Nominating Committee for the selection for new Officers. Following solicitation of nominees, the Executive Committee will recommend a slate of Officers for the upcoming terms to the Board of Directors for a vote. Terms of Office: Chairman/Chairwoman will serve a ten year term, Vice-Chair will serve a five year term and Secretary-Treasurer a two year term that is renewable for an additional two years. The Chairman will conduct the day-to-day activities of the organization. Candidates for the position of Executive Director will be initially screened by the Executive Committee. A slate of candidates, generally a list of at least two, will be submitted for review by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors must vote on selection of the Executive Director. Appointment to the position of Executive Director must carry a majority of the votes submitted by the Board of Directors.

 Article 6 – Executive Committee

The Executive Committee consists of the Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary-Treasurer, the Executive Director, and the Business Manager. The Executive Director and Business Manager are ex-officio, non-voting members of the Executive Committee. Responsibilities for the Executive Committee include, but not limited to, call for nominations and recommending new Board of Directors members; governance (review and recommend by-laws revisions), project development and new initiatives, and finance and budget.

Article 7 – Committees

The Association recognizes three types of committees—Steering Committee,Standing Committees and Presidential Committees (Ad-hoc).

                Section 1 Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is composed of the members of the Executive Committee plus the chairs of the Standing Committees. The Steering Committee communicates monthly via email and conference calls to coordinate and support the work of ABSP and its committees. Chairs of the ad hoc committees or other Board Members may be invited to participate with the Steering Committee as deemed appropriate by the Executive Committee. All standing committees consist of 3-5 members. Members of Standing Committees must be faculty members in an ABSP member department. The Standing Committee Chair must be a member of the ABSP Board of Directors. All standing committees report to the Executive Committee.

                Section 2 Standing Committees

1) Licensed Psychologist Outreach Committee: responsible for raising awareness of ABSP Board Certification in Sport Psychology among Psychologists.

2) Internet-Based Education/Continuing Education/ Training: responsible for assisting with the development of a state-of-the-art sport psychology training online delivery system

3) International Outreach Committee: responsible for international training and certification

4) Research and Database Committee: responsible for coordinating ABSP final project data, publishing and dissemination of results along with database management

5) Allied Licensed Practitioners, Coach and Athlete Outreach Committee: responsible for the development of collaborations with the aforementioned groups

6) Membership database management and Ethics Committee: responsible for Board Certified Sport Psychologist Applicant, Candidates and ABSP Certified Sport Psychologists verification and oversight

7) Consulting Committee: responsible for promoting the ABSP protocol in the interest of ABSP Board Certified Sport Psychologists

8) Advocacy: responsible for lobbying on behalf of ABSP Board Certified Sport Psychologists relative to scope of practice and title law recognition, adherence and enforcement

9) University/College Sport Psychology in Psychology Departments Initiative and Certification of Sport Psychology High School/University/College Certificate/Degree Program Certification Committee

Article 9 – Fiscal and General Policies

Fiscal and General Policies were established in 2000 and will remain in effect until 2029. Specific remuneration, expense and tenure policies that were ratified in 2000 and were re-ratified in 2016 will remain in effect per terms set in the 4-2016 document. These policy documents govern remuneration and tenure of officers, executive directors and consultants, board of director member remuneration, expenses and ABSP income and all other pertinent financial matters (e.g., marketing). Any changes to these policies require a unanimous vote of the full Board of Directors.

Article 10 – Amendments

Amendments to the By-Laws (with exception of Fiscal/Income/Remuneration and Tenure) can be adopted by a majority vote of the Board of Directors. Voting can be in present or by electronic communication. Notification of amendments shall be made in written or electronic formats at least 14 calendar days prior to a vote on the adoption of amendments. Proposals to amend may only be initiated by the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.

Article 11 – Meetings and Business

Not less than once per year, the Board of Directors will convene to conduct the business of the association. Such a meeting can take place in person (with all members present) or via Video-Conference format. Business affairs may be transacted either by mail or electronic ballot or at the annual meeting by a quorum. A quorum is considered a majority vote of the Board of Directors. Voting by proxy is prohibited.

 Article 12 – Conflict of Interest

At the beginning of any meeting Board of Directors members and committee members shall disclose any conflict of interest. If a conflict of interest exists with any issues on the agenda, the member will abstain from voting and participating in the discussion. The minutes of the meeting shall reflect the disclosure made.

 Article 13 – Nondiscrimination

The officers, Board of Directors, and employees of this corporation shall be selected in a non-discriminatory manner. The ABSP is committed to diversity in conducting its professional functions.

 Article 15 – Voting and Elections

Unless specified otherwise in the By-Laws, all votes of the organization require a majority vote of the Board of Directors. In the case of elections, if no candidate receives a majority vote on the first ballot, the top two candidates and all ties will be included in a subsequent run-off.


Updated April, 2016                           American Board of Sport Psychology