Deadlines to the 2023 Congress in Amsterdam

Friday, March 3, 2023: ICCF Delegates and Officials - please note the deadlines of actions required to conduct our 2023 Congress in Amsterdam successfully.

Deadlines to 2023 Congress

Deadlines Timelines to 2023 Congress

Deadlines+ for Congress – 2023 (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

+ dead-line (noun)

dead.line [‘ded,lain] (dead.lines)

Time limit – the time by which something must be done or completed


Most etymologists agree that the word “deadline” first appeared during the American Civil War (1861-1865).


According to author Christine Ammer, the deadline was coined at the hellish Andersonville, GA, prison camp. First, it appeared in writing in the report of Confederate Inspector-General, Colonel D.T. Chandler, on July 5, 1864.  In describing the horrific conditions, he famously wrote:


The Federal prisoners of war are confined within a fence 15 feet high of roughly hewn pine logs, about 8 inches in diameter, inserted 5 feet into the ground, enclosing, including the recent extension, an area of 540 by 260 yards. A railing around the inside of the stockade, and about 20 feet from it, constitutes the “deadline,” beyond which the prisoners are not allowed to pass . . . [as a large portion is] at present unfit for occupation . . . [this] gives somewhat less than 6 square feet to each prisoner . . .


Even earlier writing of the term in an inspection report on Andersonville from Confederate Captain Walter Bowie on May 10, 1864:


On the inside of the stockade and twenty feet from it, there is a dead-line established, over which no prisoner is allowed to go, day or night, under penalty of being shot.


An October 31, 1865, Report of the Secretary of War that was introduced in the Trial of Henry Wirz (the prison keeper at Andersonville):


And he, the said Wirz, still wickedly pursuing his evil purpose, did establish and cause to be designated within the prison enclosures containing said prisoners a “dead line,” being a line around the inner face of the stockade or wall enclosing said prison and about twenty feet distant from and within said stockade; and so established said dead line, which was in many places an imaginary line, in many other places marked by insecure and shifting strips of [boards nailed] upon the tops of small and insecure stakes or posts, he, the said Wirz, instructed the prison guard stationed around the top of said stockade to fire upon and kill any of the prisoners aforesaid who might touch, fall upon, pass over or under [or] across said “dead line” . . .



Tasks (weeks before Congress)



Congress Documents

March 1, 2023

Congress invitations and programmes are distributed.




Proposal Submission Window Opens

March 1, 2023

Congress proposal submissions (by ICCF Officials and Delegates) are open.





March 31, 2023

The deadline for (a) Medal eligibility for the 2023 Congress and (b) officials responsible for collecting medals/certificates of players/teams will be identified.





June 1, 2023

The nomination window is open for all EB and Auditor positions.





June 21, 2023

The nomination window is closed for all EB and Auditor positions.




Proposal Submission Window Closes

June 18, 2023

All proposals to be considered for the 2023 Congress voting must be submitted to the General Secretary (via the online system) by either a National Delegate or ICCF Official.




Delegate and delegate designee selections are due

July 06, 2023

All Delegates, Honorary Presidents, and Honorary Members must register as Congress voting members with the ICCF General Secretary.  No voting member will be accepted after this deadline.


Congress registration closes, places will be locked in, and no further seats in the Congress Hall will be allocated after this date.  If not registered by this date, attendees must (a) arrange their accommodations and (b) pay separately for attendance at the welcome party, excursion, and closing banquet.




Proposal voting starts

July 9, 2023

Online voting starts.





July 13, 2022

Nominations will be distributed to all voting members




Voting Member Distribution

July 23, 2023


The ICCF General Secretary will distribute the list of voting members attending Congress to the Member Federation delegates.




Officials Reports Due

July 31, 2023

All EB/MC Reports are due to the General Secretary for distribution.




Proxy Nominations Due

August 6, 2023

Member Federations wishing to assign a Congress proxy must send their written declaration to the ICCF General Secretary.  No new proxy nominations or changes in proxy nominations will be accepted after this deadline.




Voting Member and Proxy Distributions

August 13, 2023

The ICCF General Secretary will distribute the Congress voting members and proxies list.




Online voting for Proposals end.

August 14, 2022

According to ICCF Statutes, Article 16, “Each member must appoint an Official Delegate and inform the General Secretary of this, for all ICCF business and especially for representation at the Congress.” As such, the General Secretary requires notification of participation in Congress.




EB/MC Meetings

August 20, 2023

EB/MC Meeting starts the day before Congress.




Congress Starts

August 21, 2023

The entire Congress starts on August 21, 2023




Congress Ends

August 24, 2023

Congress Ends


ICCF Executive Board and Auditor elections will be held this year.  Federation delegates may vote for their choice of candidates via the following:


·       In person, at Congress (21.08.2023)

·       Via proxy, at Congress (21.08.2023)

·       Via delegate designee at Congress (21.08.2023)

·       Via e-mail to GS and Auditor before Congress**

o  Nomination window opens (01.06.2023)

o  Nomination window closes (21.06.2023)

o  Nominations will be distributed to all voting members (13.07.2023)

o  **E-Mail voting opens (14.07.2023)

o  **E-Mail voting closes (14.08.2023)

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