1. Constitution & administration
1.1 – Membership
(i) This combination of Clubs shall be known as the AIREDALE & WHARFEDALE SENIOR CRICKET LEAGUE, and in Season 2018 shall consist of the following:-
Division 1 – ADEL, BECKWITHSHAW, BILTON, BURLEY IN WHARFEDALE, FOLLIFOOT, GUISELEY, HORSFORTH, ILKLEY, NORTH LEEDS, OTLEY, POOL and RAWDON.
Division 2 – ADDINGHAM, BEN RHYDDING, CALVERLEY ST WILFRID'S, COLLINGHAM & LINTON, COLTON INSTITUTE, HORSFORTH HALL PARK, KIRKSTALL EDUCATIONAL, LEEDS MODERNIANS, OLICANIAN, SALTAIRE, STEETON and TONG PARK ESHOLT.
Division 3 – ALWOODLEY, BARDSEY, BOLTON VILLAS, GREEN LANE, HARDEN, MENSTON, NEW ROVER, OLD LEODENSIAN, St. CHADS BROOMFIELD, SHADWELL, SKIPTON and THACKLEY.
The Club’s Reserve Teams will participate as follows:-
Reserve Division 1 – ADEL, BECKWITHSHAW, BILTON, GUISELEY, HORSFORTH, ILKLEY, NORTH LEEDS, OTLEY, POOL, RAWDON, STEETON and TONG PARK ESHOLT.
Reserve Division 2 – BEN RHYDDING, BOLTON VILLAS, BURLEY in WHARFEDALE, CALVERLEY ST WILFRID'S, COLLINGHAM & LINTON, COLTON INSTITUTE, GREEN LANE, HARDEN, KIRKSTALL EDUCATIONAL, MENSTON, OLICANIAN and SALTAIRE.
Reserve Division 3 – ADDINGHAM, ALWOODLEY, BARDSEY, FOLLIFOOT, HORSFORTH HALL PARK, LEEDS MODERNIANS, NEW ROVER, OLD LEODENSIAN, St. CHADS BROOMFIELD, SHADWELL, SKIPTON and THACKLEY.
The following Clubs will run Third Teams for season 2017 – ADEL, BURLEY IN WHARFEDALE, CALVERLEY St. WILFRID'S, GREEN LANE, GUISELEY, HORSFORTH, HORSFORTH HALL PARK, ILKLEY, KIRKSTALL EDUCATIONAL, MENSTON, NORTH LEEDS, OLICANIAN, OTLEY, POOL, RAWDON, St. CHADS BROOMFIELD and STEETON.
The League and its Member Clubs will operate the following ECB regulations.
Membership shall be open to all irrespective of age, disability, race, ethnic origin, colour, social status and sexual orientation.
(ii) The number of Clubs in membership shall only be increased if the support of two-thirds of the member Clubs be obtained.
(iii) Clubs desiring admission to the League must apply in writing to the Secretary not later than 31st May in the year preceding that in which they wish to take part. (See also Yorkshire Cricket Board, Rule 9.3).
(iv) Should an application from a Club to be admitted to the League, the applicant shall be inspected by members of the Management Committee as their fitness to be accepted into the League. The Management Committee will make the decision to accept or refuse their application.
(v) Clubs wishing to resign from the League shall give notice in writing to the Secretary before 30th June, otherwise they shall be required to fulfil fixture and financial obligations for the following year, unless antoher replacement club has been admitted to the league.
(vi) Clubs must confirm by 31st October in each year whether they wish to enter a 3rd XI in the 3rd XI Competition for the following year.
(vi) The League reserves the right to ask any Club to resign if, in its opinion, the general conduct or appointment of such a Club is unsatisfactory, and not up to the requirements of the League. Fourteen days` notice of the complaint must be given in writing to the Secretary of the Club affected. The support of at least two-thirds of the Member Clubs must be obtained before any Club can be expelled.
(vii) Any Club ceasing to be a Member of the League shall at once forfeit any rights to participation in the assets of the League.
1.2 – Finance
(i) The entrance fee for any newly admitted Club shall be £25.00, to be paid on admission. The annual subscription shall be £140.00 for each Club, which shall include payment for a minimum of 12 League Handbooks, to be paid to the Honorary Treasurer before 28th February each year. A level 2 fine in each instance will be incurred by failure to pay by the due date. An additional £30.00 shall be paid by each Club who enters a team in the 3rd XI Competition.
(ii) If the income is insufficient to meet League expenses, a further levy may be made on each Club.
(iii) The funds of the League shall be dealt with by and through an account with the Bank in the name of the League. Cheques may be drawn and signed by the Hon. Treasurer and the President or Hon. Secretary of the League.
(iv) The financial year shall end on 30th September, after which accounts shall be audited by an Honorary Auditor, who shall be elected at the AGM of the Council.
(v) In all cases where fines are not paid within 14 days of receipt of notification by the Club, the fine shall be doubled.
(vi) Honoraria, if any, to be paid to any individuals shall be agreed annually at the AGM of the Council.
(vii) Table of fines: Level 1 = £10.00, Level 2 = £20.00, Level 3 = £30.00, Level 4 = £50.00, Level 5 = £100.00
1.3 – Officers
(i) The Officers of the League shall consist of the President, Vice-President, Hon. Treasurer, Hon. Secretary and one Hon. Assistant League Secretary, whose duties shall be determined by the Management Committee from time to time, all of whom shall be elected at the AGM of the Council.
(ii) Honorary Life Vice-Presidents shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting, only at the nomination of the Management Committee, in recognition of past services to the League. They will not be Members of the Management Committee in this capacity.
1.4 – Council
(i) The League shall be governed by a Council consisting of the Officers named in Rule 1.3 (i), the Honorary Life Vice-Presidents, the other Members of the Management Committee, two representatives nominated by each member Club and two representatives from the Umpires Association Management Committee. The Council shall meet in October and November (Annual General Meeting) and at such other times as the Council or the Management Committee consider necessary.
(ii) Each Club shall have one vote. The Officers, the Honorary Life Vice Presidents, the other members of the Management Committee and two representatives of the Umpires Board Management Committee shall not vote, but the Chairman of the Meeting shall be allowed a casting vote.
Voting at the Annual Council Meeting shall be by ballot. Voting for Rule Changes and Amendments for the Annual General Meeting shall be by ballot paper. The ballot paper to be with The Club Secretary within seven days of the Annual General Meeting. The completed ballot paper with the Clubs votes in favour or against such Rule Changes and Amendments will then be brought to the Annual General Meeting by the Clubs representative and produced sealed to the Adjudication Officers prior to the start of the meeting. The Adjudicating Officers will then record the number of ballot papers received, The Clubs in attendance and the votes for and against each Rule Change and Amendment and announce them when called by the President.
Only Clubs who have agreed to participate in writing in the 3rd XI Competition for the following season may vote on issues pertaining to Rules 2.7, 3.18 and 7.8 at the Council and AGM. The Rules that apply in terms of voting majorities at League Council meetings and AGMs will be applicable in these situations.
(iii) Sixteen Clubs shall form a quorum.
(iv) Clubs not represented at a Meeting of the Council shall receive a level 3 fine unless an explanation considered satisfactory by the Management Committee is given.
(v) Should the League Management Committee or any of its sub-committees or the League Council propose any rule changes during the season that may affect club finances (as fines) or league points deductions then these must be voted on by the clubs at the next League AGM before they can be implemented for the following season. The League Management Committee should show how any proposals would have affected clubs or the league tables. These should be circulated to clubs at least 21 days before the meeting.
1.5 – Management Committee
(i) A Management Committee consisting of the Officers named in Rule 1.3 (i) and nine other members shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting of the Council. The Management Committee shall deal with matters arising out of these rules and with routine business of the League. The Management Committee shall elect two of their number to represent the League at meetings of the Yorkshire Cricket Board and shall so do at their Meeting following the Annual General Meeting of the Council. If a member be absent from more than three consecutive meetings of the Management Committee without an explanation satisfactory to the Management Committee, the Management Committee shall be empowered to declare a vacancy and may determine the filling of the vacancy in consultation with Clubs of the League.
(ii) Seven members shall form a quorum.
(iii) The Management Committee shall appoint annually a Sub-Committee to report on the condition of the grounds and pavilions. The bonafide expenses incurred by the Sub-Committee shall be reimbursed by the Club in any re-inspection of the ground in the scheduled or following year.
(iv) They may also appoint such Sub-Committees as may be considered necessary.
1.6 – Annual General Meeting
(i) The Annual General Meeting of the Council shall usually be held once in every calendar year and in all cases not more than 15 months after the previous Annual General Meeting.
(ii) Nominations of Officers and members of the Management Committee must be received by the Hon. Secretary on or before 30th September. Nominations may also be made by the Management Committee. All nominations shall be notified to Clubs at least 21 days before the date of the Meeting.
1.7 – Special Meeting
(i) On the written request of not less than eleven Clubs, a special Meeting of the Council shall be called within 21 days of the receipt of the request by the Hon. Secretary. The object of the Meeting shall be fully stated in the request and in the notice convening the Meeting.
1.8 – Rule Amendments
(i) These Rules may be added to, repealed or amended at an Annual General Meeting or an Extraordinary General Meeting convened with the approval of the Management Committee, provided that at least 21 days’ notice of the proposals (and amendments where applicable) is given to each Club.
(ii) Proposals for alterations to these Rules must be received by the Hon. Secretary on or before 31st July.
(iii) The proposals shall be considered by the Management Committee and if accepted by the Management Committee will require a two thirds majority of clubs entitled to vote for the rule change to be rejected.
(iv) Any rule proposal not accepted by the Management Committee shall require a simple majority of votes from those entitled to vote for the rule change to be passed, except for matters covered under Rule 1.1(ii) and (vii).
(v) Bona fide amendments to proposed alterations which are properly moved shall be accepted at the October Meeting of the League Council. The decision of the Chairman of the meeting on what constitutes a bona fide amendment shall be final.
(vi) When a new rule or rule amendment is proposed on the Annual General Meeting order paper it cannot be re-proposed, amended or rescinded for a period of two years unless it is purely administrative or affects any new rule from the previous AGM and with the express permission of the League Management Committee.
1.9 – Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Checks
All Club captains and vice captains MUST have applied for a DBS check via GBG not later than 7 days prior to the start of the season. Non-compliance will result in a 2 point penalty for the relevant team(s) for each week that this is outstanding per person affected.