Organizational Information

The American Go Association is incorporated in New York State as a 501c4 tax-exempt corporation. We operate primarily as a federation of chapters. The President is the chief executive, and is appointed by the Board of Directors, who are in turn elected by chapters and members.

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AGA Annual Reports
National Assembly Minutes
AGA Annual Budgets
International Go Federation Reports
Governance Documents
Policy and Organization Documents

Board Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the monthly AGA board meetings.

Annual Reports

The AGA Annual Report: Detailed accounts of the year's activities

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Minutes of the National Assembly: Minutes of the annual meetings of all Chapter Representatives

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AGA Annual Budget: Previous budgets can be found within the Annual Reports

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International Go Federation: Report from the US representative to the International Go Federation and the World Amateur Go Championship.

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Current Documents


AGA Articles of Incorporation and By-laws: As adopted by the membership in 2005, and revised by the membership in 2018.

AGA Articles of Incorporation, Amendment (1991/1992) Original Paperwork filed with New York State for the AGA's not-for-profit status.



Organizational Structure Chart A chart depicting the structure of the American Go Association, including positions and lines of accountability (updated September 2021).

Coming soon: A description of all of the positions outlined in the Organizational Structure Chart (updated September 2021).


Elections The official AGA Election Committee protocols effective June, 2006.

Executive Sessions AGA policy for circumstances under which the Board can discuss certain specific topics.

Confidentiality Official policy regarding confidential Board communication.

International Organizations and Representatives

Reciprocity agreement between the Canadian Go Association and the AGA Criteria and procedures for selecting US representatives to play in international tournaments.

Selection of reps at international tournaments Criteria and procedures for selecting US representatives to play in international tournaments. Revised September 15, 2010.

Principles to select international representatives Criteria by which US representatives in international tournaments should be selected.

Guidelines for selection of guest officials Criteria for use when selecting non-player representatives to attend international events.

Events and Organizers

Tournament and Event Director Policy Responsibilities of Tournament Directors and Event Directors.

Safety and Security policy Safety and security at AGA events.

Go Congress Conduct and Management Policy Conduct and management of the Go Congress.

AGA Conduct Guidelines Ethics policy for national organizers.

AGA Code of Conduct Code of Conduct for attendees of AGA sponsored events, approved May 20, 2018.

Vendors and Products

Vendor policy Policies and procedures working with vendors of go products.

Agreement with The American Go Foundation re: equipment distribution Clarification of principles by which AGA and AGF will work together to produce, acquire and distribute teaching materials and equipment to AGA chapters and organizers of school-based, after-school and other educational go programs, respectively.

Pros, memorials, and complimentary members

Complimentary Membership Policy Criteria for awarding complimentary membership in the AGA.

Edward Lasker Award AGA's Lifetime Service award for members.

Framework for American pro system A basic framework of principles to guide the development of an American professional system.

Memorial Policy Official policy for honoring the memory of AGA members.

Historical Organizational Documents and Reports

Previous Governing Documents (2002)

2005 Revisions: This document describes a set of revisions to the Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws proposed by the Policy and Governance Committee and adopted by the membership in 2005.

Previous Governing Documents (1993): This is the set of by-laws and Articles of Incorporation developed by AGA President Phil Straus and AGA Treasurer Michael Simon and filed with the State of New York in 1993, when the AGA became a corporation. These by-laws are no longer in effect, having been superseded by a new set passed in 2002 (see above).

Annotated Comparison of Governing Documents: This discussion of the differences between the 1993 and 2002 governing documents was distributed to the membership in February 2002, leading to adoption of the 2002 version by an overwhelming majority of voters and creating an AGA Board elected by weighted chapter vote as the organization's highest governing body.

Chairman's Note From Dave Weimer, January 22, 2003.

2003 Board of Directors Report To Chapter Assembly of 2003 US Go Congress (Houston, TX).

Documents Related to AGA Organizational Structure

Table of Organization: Flow chart describing all functions the AGA needs to accomplish, with lines of accountability.

AGA Organization Chart: An overview of the AGA's organizational structure.

Description of Functions: This document sets forth job descriptions for all positions identified in the Table of Organization.