Statutes

Snow sport instructors teach within existing bodies (clubs, associations, institutions).
The mutual bond between snow sport instructors and their learners result in characteristic tasks which are not interchangeable. The activity of the instructor is usually not a professional one in the sense of a career.

The training of snow sport instructors concentrates on snow sports; it is supplemented by training in the fields of recreational pedagogics and health education.
Snow sport instructors fulfil their task in society in a co-operative partnership with professional snow sport-instructors and teachers in schools, as well as through their constructive collaboration within the International Association for Snow Sports Instruction.

§ 1 Name and registered office

The federation bears the name:

Internationaler Verband der Schneesport-Instruktoren IVSI
(International Federation of Snow Sport Instructors IFSI).


It shall be recorded in the register of associations. After the registration it bears the addition "e. V.".
The federation is a member of the International Association for Snow Sports Instruction (Interski-International).
The registered office of the federation is Munich.

§ 2 Objective

  1. The federation exclusively and directly serves public non-profit purposes in the sense of the section "tax privileges" of the German tax code of 1977 (AO 1977).
  2. The objective of the federation is the promotion of the common good in the field of sports, particularly of snow sports.
  3. The International Federation of Snow Sport Instructors represents the interests of snow sport instructors working for clubs, associations and institutions on the international level.
  4. The statutory object is realised by:
    1. the exchange of experiences in methodology, techniques, training science, organisation, protection of nature and the environment, safety in snow sports;
    2. imparting new findings in recreational pedagogical, community-building and health-educational matters;
    3. exchange of expert reports, expert papers and films;
    4. organising international working group meetings and congresses.

§ 3 Members

  1. A corresponding national organisation or association which snow sport instructors have joined may be a member of the International Federation of Snow Sport Instructors.
  2. A nation may only be represented in the International Federation of Snow Sport Instructors by one member.
  3. Applications for admittance into the International Federation of Snow Sport Instructors have to be made in writing with the chair. The delegates' assembly decides on the admittance by a two-thirds majority of the members present and voting.

§ 4 Privileges and duties of the members

  1. The members have the right to safeguard their interests appropriately.
  2. By declaring their membership the members commit themselves to accepting these standing rules and the resolutions of the delegates' assembly, to co-operating within the federation and to endeavouring the realisation of results of joint co-operation within their areas of responsibility.

§ 5 Funding

  1. The members are asked to make contributions for funding the tasks. The amount of the contributions is determined by the delegates' assembly.
  2. The following may also serve as funding:
    1. donations
    2. benefits
    3. other revenue
  3. The federation acts without self-interest; it does not primarily follow economic objectives of self-interest.
  4. The funds of the federation may only be used for the statutory objectives The members do not receive allocations from the funds of the federation. Resigning members are not entitled to the federation's property.
  5. No person may profit from expenses which do not serve the purpose of the federation or from disproportionately high remunerations.

§ 6 Resignation from the federation

  1. Any member may resign its membership by observing a six month notice to the end of the calendar year. The resignation must be by registered mail.
  2. The member has to fulfil all statutory duties until the end of notice.

§ 7 Expulsion of members

  1. A member who harms the reputation of the federation, violates the standing rules or whose payment of contributions is outstanding despite two requests for payment in writing, can be expelled.
  2. Requests for expulsion from the International Federation of Snow Sport Instructors have to be made in writing with the chair. The delegates' assembly decides on the expulsion by a two-thirds majority of the members present and voting.

§ 8 Organs of the federation


The organs of the federation are:

  1. The delegates' assembly.
  2. The chair.

§ 9 The delegates' assembly

  1. The delegates' assembly of the federation is held every two years.
  2. The delegates' assembly consists of:

    1. The delegates of the member federations. The respective number of delegates must be announced with the invitation by the chair at the latest. Only the leader of the delegation or his/her representative is qualified to vote.
    2. The members of the chair (§ 10, para. 1).
  3. Among the tasks of the delegates' assembly are among others:

    1. Establishing the number of members qualified to vote;
    2. Reception and approval of the reports of the chair and the chairpersons of possible commissions;
    3. Report of the auditor and acceptance of his/her account;
    4. Voting on admission or expulsion of members;
    5. Voting on the basic guidelines on training, examination and further training of snow sport instructors;
    6. Voting on the code of honour;
    7. Voting on motions present;
    8. Election of the chair (§ 10, para. 1) and the auditors (§ 12);
    9. Voting on the creation of working committees and appointment of a respective chairperson;
    10. Choice of the country in which the next delegates' assembly will take place;
    11. Assessing the contribution;
    12. Voting on amending resolutions (§ 15) or dissolution of the International Federation of Snow Sport Instructors (§ 17).
  4. The invitation to the delegates' assembly is in writing by the chair. The date and the agenda of the delegates' assembly must be made known at least six months before.
  5. A duly convened delegates' assembly always constitutes a quorum.
  6. The delegates' assembly decides by a simple majority of the votes of the members present and qualified to vote, safe as otherwise provided by the standing rules (§ 3, §7, §15, § 17).
  7. Motions must be put to the chair in writing three months prior to the delegates' assembly at the latest. The chair must make the motions known two months before the delegates' assembly at the latest. The members and the chair are entitled to file motions.
  8. Members who default in payment in the full amount are not qualified to vote in the delegates' assembly.
  9. The delegation costs of the members will be borne by them.

§ 10 The chair

  1. The chair consists of:
    1. the honorary chairperson(s) (if the latter are elected), with a consultative vote,
    2. the chairperson,
    3. two vice chairpersons,
    4. the representatives of two member countries who have not been named in b) and c). The delegates' assembly elects the countries; the nomination of the persons to represent them on the chair rests with the respective member federation.

      The members of the chair should be from different countries.
  2. The board in the sense of § 26 BGB consists of the chairperson and the two vice-chairpersons. Each has the individual power of representation.
  3. The chair is elected by the delegates' assembly for a period of four years. Re-election is admissible.
  4. The chair meets as occasion, but at least once a year.
  5. The chair constitutes a quorum if at least three members are present.
  6. The chair must fulfil the resolutions of the delegates' assembly, deal with the general business and prepare the international working committee meetings and congresses.
  7. The chair is empowered to make decisions in urgent and unforeseen cases. This must be reported to the next delegates' assembly and subsequently approved.

§ 11 Working committees

The delegates' assembly may appoint working committees for time to solve particular problems and to carry out special tasks.

§ 12 Auditing

The delegates' assembly elects two member countries respectively to check cashkeeping of the federation immediately before the delegates' assembly by representatives and to report to the delegates' assembly.

§ 13 Basic guidelines for snow sport instructors

  1. The basic guidelines for the training, examination and further training of snow sport instructors are minimum requirements. It is within the discretion of the member federations to pass supplementary or adding guidelines.
  2. The basic guidelines for snow sport instructors in the form as amended are part of the present standing rules.
  3. The international card for snow sport instructors, the international badge for snow sport instructors, as well as the international IFSI annual stamp may only be obtained from the chair and be issued to snow sport instructors via the member federations according to the conditions stipulated in the basic guidelines. Evidence of the period of validity of IFSI cards as well as any special agreements relating to them (imprints on cards, etc.) requires previous approval by the chair.

§ 14 Official languages

The official languages used within the International Federation of Snow Sport Instructors are German, English, French.

§ 15 Alteration of the standing rules

  1. These standing rules may only be altered by the delegates' assembly if the intended alteration of standing rules was already indicated on the invitation and the announcement of the agenda.
  2. Alterations of the standing rules require a three-fourth majority of the delegates present and voting.

§ 16 Voting and recording of resolutions

  1. The delegates' assembly, the chair and the working committees vote with a simple majority of the members present and voting, if the standing rules do not provide otherwise (§ 3, § 7, § 15, § 17). Parity of votes is a rejection.
  2. Minutes have to be taken of all resolutions of the delegates' assembly, the chair and the working committees, which are to be signed by the respective chairperson of the meeting and the person taking the minutes.

§ 17 Dissolution

  1. The dissolution of the federation may only be decided by a delegates' assembly convened particularly for this purpose. At least three quarters of the members have to be present in this delegates' assembly. The dissolution order requires a three-quarters majority of the members present and voting.
  2. If the dissolution assembly according to no. 1 does not constitute a quorum, a further delegates' dissolution assembly may be convened after a waiting period of half an hour. This assembly constitutes a quorum in any case. The dissolution order requires a three-quarters majority of the members present and voting.
  3. In the case of the dissolution or cancellation of the federation or if its usual purpose ceases to exist, the property of the federation goes to a public body or to another body enjoying tax privileges with the specific appropriation that this property has to be used directly and exclusively for promoting snow sports.
  4. If the delegates' dissolution assembly does not decide otherwise, the chairperson and the two vice-chairpersons are appointed to serve as liquidators. The resolutions of the liquidators require unanimity.

Founding standing rules 27.03.1981 in Oberstdorf / Germany
Amending resolutions 19.01.1983 in Sexten / Italy
Amending resolutions 29.03.1985 in Vuokatti / Finland
Amending resolutions 02.04.1993 in Beitostølen / Norway
Amending resolutions 31.01.2007 in YongPyong / Korea  

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