1.1 The name of the League is the Wetherby Cricket League, hereinafter referred to as “the League”.
2.1 The League shall be a member of the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB), the Yorkshire Cricket Board (YCB) and the West Yorkshire Area Cricket Council (WYACC).
3.1 To provide cricket for its member clubs in the form of various competitions throughout the year.
3.2 To endeavour at all times to uphold the high traditions, spirit and laws of the game.
3.3 To promote the highest possible standards of cricket and playing facilities.
3.4 To encourage equality in all aspects and to ensure a duty of care to all its member clubs and members regardless of age, gender, disability, race, ethnic origin, colour, social status, sexual orientation, religion or other beliefs. The League will work diligently at all times to promote anti-racism and racial equality in the game. Disciplinary action will be taken against any member, club, player or other person, who acts in any racist manner, or who is proven guilty of racial abuse.
4.1 The clubs, senior and junior, as shall have been admitted to the membership of the League and are still participating in the League structure.
4.2 The President and Honorary Vice-Presidents of the League, who shall be elected at an Annual General Meeting of the League. The qualification for their election shall be the services rendered by them to the League.
4.3 The Wetherby Association of Cricket Officials (WACO) and the Wetherby Cricket Coaches (WCC) may attend all General Meetings of the League, including Annual General Meetings and Special General Meetings, with both organisations having full voting rights for two representatives.
4.4 The bona-fide members of clubs in membership of the League shall also be members of the Wetherby Cricket League. Such members shall be permitted neither to attend General Meetings of the League nor to vote as individual members, their interests being represented by their clubs.
5.1 The affairs of the League shall be governed by a Board of Management, hereinafter referred to as “the Board”.
6.1 The Board shall consist of up to a maximum of seven members who shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting. Members of the Board shall serve for a period of three years, with a minimum of two members and a maximum of three, retiring each year by rotation. The retiring members shall be eligible for re-election.
6.2 The Board shall elect its own Chairman, Vice-Chairman and League Secretary.
6.3 At Board meetings, all members present shall have one vote with the Chairman, in addition, having a casting vote.
6.4 For Board meetings, four members shall constitute a quorum.
7.1 The Board shall deal with the routine business of the League; with all matters arising out of the Constitution and the rules of the League, and with any other matters which may arise affecting the League but for which no provision has previously been made. It shall make such reports and recommendations as it considers desirable on any matters relating to the League or the game of cricket. It shall be empowered to impose such fines and/ or penalties, including suspension of members, whether playing or non-playing, of clubs or organisations as it may consider to be in the best interest of the League or the game of cricket.
7.2 The League will reimburse reasonable out of pocket expenses incurred by members of the Board, SCC and JCC in accordance with the Expenses Policy adopted by the Board.
7.3 The Board shall appoint the following permanent sub-committees annually at its first meeting following the Annual General Meeting:
a) Finance Committee
The Finance Committee (FC), under the chairmanship of the League Treasurer, shall deal with all financial matters of the League. The FC shall issue penalties in accordance with breaches of the Constitution and League rules.
b) Disciplinary Committee
The Disciplinary Committee (DC), under the chairmanship of the Head of Discipline, shall deal with all matters regarding conduct and discipline, both on and off the field, in accordance with the League's disciplinary procedures, the ECB's Code of Conduct and the powers delegated to it by the Board.
c) Senior Cricket Committee
The Senior Cricket Committee (SCC), under the chairmanship of the Head of Senior Cricket, shall be responsible for the organisation and day-to-day management of senior cricket. It shall deal with all matters arising out of League rules relating to senior cricket. The SCC shall reserve the right to pass any matter directly to the Board or the Disciplinary Committee for investigation and action.
d) Junior Cricket Committee
The Junior Cricket Committee (JCC), under the chairmanship of the Head of Junior Cricket, shall be responsible for the organisation and day-to-day management of junior cricket. It shall deal with all matters arising out of League rules relating to junior cricket. The JCC shall reserve the right to pass any matter directly to the Board or the Disciplinary Committee for investigation and action. The JCC shall be authorised to arrange General Meetings of clubs in junior membership for briefing and information purposes.
e) Sponsorship & Events Committee
The Sponsorship & Events Committee (SEC), under the chairmanship of the Head of Sponsorship, shall obtain sponsorship for the League and shall organise League events, including the annual dinner.
7.4 Any other sub-committee deemed desirable may be appointed by the Board on either a permanent or a casual basis.
7.5 A member of the Board shall act as the Chairman of each sub-committee and each sub-committee shall elect its own Secretary. The SCC and the JCC shall normally consist of a minimum of four members; the FC, the DC and the SEC shall normally consist of a minimum of three members. For all sub-committee meetings, three members shall constitute a quorum. At sub-committee meetings, all members present shall have one vote with the Chairman, in addition, having a casting vote.
7.6 The Board reserves the right to overturn any decision made by any sub-committee.
7.7 The Board shall be empowered to invite any person representing sub-committees, or any other organisations, to any of its meetings where relevant matters are to be discussed.
7.8 Meetings of the Board and any sub-committees thereof should be held no less than bi-monthly. The minutes of all the meetings of the Board and of its sub-committees shall be circulated to all members of the Board.
8.1 Applications from clubs for membership of the League must be received, in writing, by the League Secretary no later than 30th September, for admission in the following year. A club, not being a member of the League in the preceding season, must enclose with its application a letter granting permission to transfer from the league of which it was previously a member.
8.2 All such applications shall be dealt with by the Board who will satisfy themselves as to the fitness of the ground and facilities; that the admission of further teams to the League is, at the time, desirable; and that such grounds are within acceptable travelling distance of existing clubs. On joining the League member teams of new clubs will normally be placed in the lowest divisions of the League; however, at the discretion of the Board higher positions may be allocated.
8.3Any existing WCL club wishing to move to a new ground must seek permission to do so. Conditions outlined in 8.2 will be applied to such a request. The board reserves the right not to allow a club to move to a new ground based on that criteria.
8.4 Junior teams under any approved organisation and not necessarily affiliated to any club in membership, may be admitted to the junior section if their written application is approved by the Board or by the Junior Cricket Committee, under authority delegated by the Board.
8.5 Each senior club on its admission to the League shall forthwith pay an admission fee of £100. Failure to pay this within ten days of notification of admission shall render such admission null and void.
9.1 All member clubs will be subject to the principles of the Constitution and by joining the League will be deemed to have accepted these principles, the rules of the League and any Codes of Conduct that the League has adopted.
9.2a It is a League requirement that all clubs in membership of the League obtain Public Liability Insurance. To ensure that this cover is in place, if requested by the Board, clubs are required to make available for inspection such policies that they hold covering this requirement. Clubs failing to comply with this requirement will be debarred from involvement in any League activity until such time as this cover is in place.
9.2b It is a League requirement that all clubs have a nominated child welfare officer. These individuals should have an up to date CRB/DBS check and adhere to all E.C.B. Child Protection Policy requirements. The rule includes clubs that do not have a junior team.
9.2cIt is a League requirement that all clubs in membership of the League, having submitted details of their Members and Officials, for use on the League’s website have done so, with the consent of their members and Officials. It is the responsiblity of the Clubs to removedetails of ex members from the list of the players.
9.3 Clubs in membership of the League are required to notify the Senior Cricket Secretary, in writing, not later than the 30th November of any intended variation of their entry to the League Championship for the following year. In the absence of any such notice, they will be automatically entered in the League Championship for the following season and they shall be required to fulfil such fixtures as may be arranged by the League.
9.4 Clubs in membership of the League are also required to submit to the Senior Cricket Secretary no later than 31st March details of any competitions which they have entered, or which they intend to enter, for the ensuing season, but which are not to be played under the auspices of the League. Clubs entering such competitions shall accept that any fixtures arranged within the League shall be given priority over all other fixtures. However, provided that application is made, in writing, to the Secretary of the opposing club and to the Senior Fixture Secretary not less than fourteen days prior to the original fixture and that the opposing club and the Senior Cricket Committee raise no objection, the date and/ or time of a fixture may be rearranged.
9.5 Clubs in membership of the League are deemed to have pledged themselves not to select players for club matches on dates when those players are required to represent the County, League, or other representative sides which may enjoy the support of the League.
9.6 No club in membership of the League shall negotiate with any other league affiliated to the Yorkshire Cricket Association with the intention of leaving the former to become a member of the latter without first obtaining the permission of the League, in writing, on an official Yorkshire Cricket Board transfer form. Such permission shall not be withheld unless the club has failed to fulfil any financial or disciplinary obligations to the League, or would fail to fulfil fixtures made, in any year, for the following season. Permission to negotiate shall not be interpreted as either resignation or dismissal but, should the date by which resignations are due to be received pass without further written notification of further action from the club; the written permission to negotiate shall be deemed to be invalid, without further action being necessary by the League.
9.7 Any club wishing to resign from the League must give written notice (by completing a YCB Club Transfer Form) to the League Secretary no later than 30th June in the year previous to the year in which it intends to play in another League. The written notice of resignation must be signed by the Chairman and the Secretary of the club. This form will effectively remove all teams from that club from WCL.
9.8 Any club whose facilities, playing standards, or disciplinary record deteriorate to such an extent as to cause the League to consider action against it, may be expelled from the League. Any such decision would be recommended by the Board and approved by the member clubs at the next appropriate General Meeting.
9.9 Any team which fails to fulfil six League Championship fixtures in a season will be removed from that league for that season at that point. All results and fixtures will be expunged from the records (both teams and players). If said team wishes to return to the league the following season the club will have to assure the SCC that they can complete a full set of fixtures for the forthcoming season, if assurances are not met then the SCC has the right to refuse re-entry. On re-entry a £200 bond will be due, this bond will be refunded in full if the team fulfils all its League Championship fixtures in the following season. If the team fails to fulfil any fixtures in the following season, a deduction of £50 will be made from the bond for each occurrence.
9.10 Any club which is expelled from, or which ceases to be a member of, the League for any reason, including resignation, shall at once forfeit any rights to participation in the assets of the League.
10.1 General Meetings of the League, attended by the President, the members of the Board, the Secretary (or his or her nominated representative) of each senior club and the nominated representatives of the affiliated organisations, shall be held in April and in November, and at such other times as may be considered necessary by the Board. The League Secretary shall give all eligible members not less than ten clear days' notice in writing of all General Meetings, including Annual General Meetings and Special General Meetings.
10.2 At General Meetings, including Annual General Meetings and Special General Meetings, sixteen members, including League officials, shall constitute a quorum.
10.3 Any club not being represented at a General Meeting, including Annual General Meetings and Special General Meetings, unless a reasonable explanation is given, shall be fined the sum of £25.
10.4 At General Meetings, Annual General Meetings and Special General Meetings, only one representative from each club and the two nominated representatives from the affiliated organisations shall be entitled to vote, each being entitled to one vote only. To be carried, any resolution must receive a majority of all votes cast. In the event of there not being a majority, the Chairman of the meeting shall, in addition, have a casting vote. All voting shall be by ballot paper.
10.5 Those clubs having junior teams in membership of the League shall be entitled to vote on matters concerning their relevant junior sections.
10.6 The Annual General Meeting of the League shall be held no later than six months after the end of the financial year of the League. The financial year end of the League is 31st October.
10.7 The business to be transacted at the Annual General Meeting shall be:
i. To receive, consider and approve the Financial Statements of the League along with the Accountants' Report.
ii. To elect members of the Board for the ensuing year.
iii. To elect the Accountants
iv. To appoint delegates to such other organisations as may be required
v. To consider any other business affecting the League of which due and proper notice has been given or which the Chairman of the meeting gives permission to be introduced.
10.8 Nominations for members of the Board should be made in writing by the nominating club and must be received by the League Secretary by 31st January in each year. The Board may also make nominations. It should be confirmed that any person so nominated is willing and able to carry out their duties if elected. A person nominated as a member of the Board may, or may not, be their club's nominated representative to the Annual General Meeting or the Board.
10.9 The business to be transacted at the November General Meeting shall be:
i. To consider proposed new Constitutional Principles and League Rules and /or amendments to existing Principles and Rules of which due and proper notice has been given.
ii. To determine League entry fees for the following season.
ii. To consider any other business affecting the League of which due and proper notice has been given or which the Chairman of the meeting gives permission to be introduced.
10.10 A Special General Meeting of the League may be called at any time by the League Secretary:
a) upon the authority of the Board, or
b) within fourteen days of receipt of a written requisition bearing the signature of the Chairman or Secretary of no less than twelve clubs. Such requisitions must take the form of a definitive resolution to be moved and seconded by two of the signatory clubs.
10.11 No business shall be transacted at a Special General Meeting other than that for which it was specifically called.
10.12 The minutes of all General Meetings, including Annual General Meetings and any Special General Meeting, shall be circulated to members of the Board, the Secretary of each club, the Secretary and nominated members of the affiliated organisations and to other members not otherwise in receipt of copies.
11.1 No alterations to the Constitution shall be made except with the approval of the member clubs at the November General Meeting or at a Special General Meeting.
11.2 No alterations to the League Rules, including those relating to junior cricket, shall be made except at the discretion of the Board.
11.3 Notice of any proposed alteration to the Constitution or League Rules to be considered by the Board must be sent, in writing, to the League Secretary and be received no later than 30th September.
11.4 Such resolutions must be in the form of a specific resolution for presentation to the Board. Where any amendment is proposed to an existing Constitutional Principle or League Rule, the full text of the amended version must be quoted. Failure to comply with this requirement or failure to ensure that necessary complementary amendments are proposed may permit rejection by the Board.
11.5 Particulars of all proposed alterations shall be notified to clubs, together with any comments thereon by the Board, by the League Secretary at least twenty one days prior to the November General Meeting or a Special General meeting called for the specific purpose.
11.6 To be carried, any resolution must receive a majority of all votes cast. In the event of there not being a majority, the Chairman of the meeting shall, in addition, have a casting vote.
12.1 Annual subscriptions shall cover admission to any and all League Championship and Cup competitions.
12.2 The annual subscription for clubs shall be as set out in Appendix A (para 1). In addition, all clubs with senior teams in the League shall be charged for four tickets for the end of season League Dinner at a cost to be recommended by the Board.
12.3 Clubs who participate in junior cricket only shall pay an annual League admission fee as set out in Appendix A (para 2). In addition, all clubs entering junior teams in the League will pay an annual subscription per team, as set out in Appendix A (para 3).
12.4 The Treasurer will send an invoice to all clubs for annual fees, subscriptions and dinner tickets, where appropriate. All due payments must be received by the Treasurer not later than 31st March. Failure to comply with this requirement shall render the club liable to suspension from any part in League competitions until such time as payment is received and to a fine at the discretion of the Board.
12.5 Where a club has teams playing outside the League, then affiliation fees in respect of the YCB for such additional teams shall be paid either through the league(s) in which those teams play or, if only friendly matches are played, directly to the YCB.
12.6 The WACO, WCC and bona-fide members of clubs in membership of the League shall not be required to pay any annual subscription.
12.7 The Treasurer shall be responsible for the funds of the League through an account or accounts in the name of the League. At the discretion of the Board, accounts may be opened for the deposit of League funds with any one or more suitable financial institutions. Cheques may be drawn, and signed, on behalf of the League by the Chairman, Vice-Chairman, League Secretary or Treasurer, two out of four to sign. The Treasurer is empowered to transfer funds between any current or deposit accounts of the League at their discretion or as may be determined by the Board.
12.8 The accounts of the League shall be made up to the 31st October each year and shall be reported upon by an independent firm of Accountants.
13.1 The League is committed to maintaining the highest standards of behaviour and conduct. The League operates within the jurisdiction of the ECB and will operate a disciplinary procedure based on the current version of the ECB's Code of Conduct.
13.2 The expression "player" in this section shall be deemed to mean and include all players, any member or official of any member club or any other person involved in any incident of alleged misconduct within the curtilage of the club premises.
13.3 The ECB Code of Conduct places the emphasis on clubs and team captains, who have the prime responsibility to deal with their own misconduct once it has been reported in a fair and speedy manner. The Board will monitor the actions taken, via the Disciplinary Committee, within the guidelines which are based on the ECB model.
13.4 It is considered a disciplinary offence for a club to act in a manner which could prejudice the standing or interests of the League or to fail to act promptly to control and/ or discipline a player.
13.5 Umpires will normally be the instigators of disciplinary reports but written reports are also acceptable from a club chairman/ cricket chairman or other acceptable officer acting on behalf of a club committee, an officer of the League or club appointed Child Welfare Officer, or any interested party.
CODE OF CONDUCT AND SPIRIT OF CRICKET
14. CODE OF CONDUCT
14.1 The following is taken from the introduction to the Laws of Cricket and it informs clubs of the way in which the League approaches all aspects relating to disciplinary matters
14.2 The ECB and the League are committed to maintaining the highest standards of behaviour and conduct both on and off the field. All clubs and players, by virtue of their registration with the League, explicitly agree to abide by this Code of Conduct, which incorporates the Spirit of Cricket, and are bound by the provisions in these regulations.
14.3 Captains are responsible at all times for ensuring the play is conducted within the Spirit of Cricket (as set out in paragraph 15) as well as within the Laws.
14.4 Players must at all times accept the umpire's decision. Players must not show dissent at the umpire's decision or react in a provocative or disapproving manner towards another player or a spectator.
14.5 Players shall not intimidate, assault or attempt to intimidate or assault an umpire, another participant or a spectator.
14.6 Players shall not use crude and/ or offensive language (known as “sledging”), nor make offensive gestures or hand signals, nor deliberately distract an opponent.
14.7 Players shall not use language or gestures that
offend, insult, humiliate, intimidate, threaten, disparage or vilify another
person on the basis of that person’s (or that person’s perceived) age, race,
religion, sexual orientation, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin.
Clubs must operate an active open door membership policy whilst respecting player qualification regulations and welcome players/ members irrespective of ethnic origin.
14.8 Players and club officials shall not use or in any way be concerned in the use or distribution of illegal drugs or other criminal activity.
14.9 Participants shall not make any public or media comment which is prejudicial or detrimental to the interests or reputation of other participants or the game of cricket in general. In this instance, media shall include (but not necessarily be limited to) press, radio, television, external websites, club websites, social networking sites and club match programmes. Nothing in this provision shall prevent any comment which constitutes honest opinion in regard to cricketing matters and which is made in a fair and respectful manner.
14.10 Participants shall not publicly disclose or comment upon any alleged breach of this Code of Conduct.
14.11 Participants shall not act in any manner which is against the Spirit of Cricket, otherwise improper, or prejudicial or detrimental to the interests or reputation of the League(s) or the game of cricket.
15. THE SPIRIT OF CRICKET
Cricket is a game that owes much of its unique appeal to the fact that it should be played not only within its Laws, but also within the Spirit of the Game. Any action which is seen to abuse this spirit causes injury to the game itself. The major responsibility for ensuring the spirit of fair play rests with the captains.
15.1 There are two Laws which place responsibility
for the team's conduct firmly on the captain.
Responsibility of captains
The captains are responsible at all times for ensuring that play is conducted within the Spirit of the Game as well as within the Laws.
In the event of a player failing to comply with instructions by an umpire, criticising by word or action the decision of an umpire, showing dissent, or generally behaving in a manner which might bring the game into disrepute, the umpire concerned shall in the first place report the matter to the other umpire and to the player's captain, and instruct the latter to take action.
15.2 Fair and unfair playAccording to the Laws the umpires are the sole judges of fair and unfair play. The umpires may intervene at any time and it is the responsibility of the captain to take action where required.
The umpires are authorised to intervene in cases of:
• Time wasting
• Damaging the pitch
• Dangerous or unfair bowling
• Tampering with the ball
• Any other action that they consider to be unfair
The Spirit of Cricket involves RESPECT for:
• Your opponents
• Your own captain
• The roles of the umpires
• The game's traditional values
It is against the Spirit of Cricket:
• To dispute an umpire's decision by word, action or gesture
• To direct abusive language towards an opponent or umpire
• To indulge in cheating or any sharp practice, for instance:
(a) to appeal knowing that the batsman is not out
(b) to advance towards an umpire in an aggressive manner when appealing
(c) to seek to distract an opponent either verbally or by harassment with persistent clapping
or unnecessary noise under the guise of enthusiasm and motivation of one's own side.
There is no place for any act of violence on the field of play.
Captains and umpires together set the tone for the conduct of a cricket match. Every player is expected to make an important contribution to this.
Failure to comply with the provisions of the Code of Conduct (paragraphs 14 and 15 above) may lead to disciplinary action, irrespective of a proven breach being related to a match not under the jurisdiction of the League.
16.1 Clubs are required to ensure that all their members are aware of the misuse of social and other media and to be aware of the possible consequences faced by individuals, clubs and the League if such misuse happens.
16.2 Any public or circulated commentbrought to the attention of the Club/League/Board in any form of social media (eg Websites, Facebook, Twitter, Blogs etc) or in the general media (eg press, radio, television, general websites, club programmes etc) that is detrimental to the club, league, officials, players or the Game in general by a League/Club Officer, Officials, Players, Club Member or someone acting on their behalfmay be viewed as Unsatisfactory Conductunder the Yorkshire Cricket Board Disciplinary Code and Procedures and therefore is a disciplinary offence and may result in due disciplinary procedure against the individual(s)or Club.
16.3 It can be viewed as a secondary offence to re-send or re-circulate any such detrimental comments and as primary offence to ask someone to do this on your behalf and this will be treated as Unsatisfactory Conduct and can be treated as a disciplinary offence in its own right.
17 York & District Senior Cricket League and Wetherby Cricket League
17Moving to another senior cricket league within the pyramid system without the permission of the Wetherby Cricket League will be considered a breach of the memorandum of understanding and therefore the Wetherby Cricket League rules.
Memorandum Of Understanding
The Yorkshire Cricket Pyramid is a progression pathway to enable cricket clubs to play at the highest level within the county of Yorkshire. The Wetherby Cricket League has aligned itself with the York & District Senior Cricket League (Y&DSCL) with the peak of the pyramid in the North and the East of Yorkshire being the ECB Yorkshire Premier League North.
17.1 (a) The Wetherby Cricket League Division One champions will have the automatic right to move to the Y&DSCL. The team will not be compelled to move should they prefer to remain in the Wetherby Cricket League, in which case the place would be offered to the team that finishes in second place.
(b) Should a club wish to move a team to the Y&DSCL, if it satisfies the above criteria, that club’s 2nd and subsequent teams will remain in the Wetherby Cricket League.
17.2 Entry to the Y&DSCL will be no lower than the second division of the region best suited geographically to the team in question.
17.3 No team will be relegated from the Y&DSCL into the Wetherby Cricket League.
17.4 No Wetherby Cricket League team will be relegated into the division below the second division of the YDSCL. Relegated Wetherby Cricket League teams will move back to the Wetherby Cricket League.
17.5 After the completion of week 11 games, clubs with teams in Division One of the League should indicate their intention to move into the Yorkshire Cricket Pyramid or stay at the end of the season. responses are required to the Wetherby Cricket League Secretary.
17.6 It is the responsibility of clubs to make themselves aware of the Playing Conditions and ground requirements in the Yorkshire Cricket Pyramid (York & District Senior Cricket League)
17.7 Where clubs have 2nd and subsequent teams in the Wetherby Cricket League, players being remunerated for playing in the Y&DSCL shall not be allowed to play in any team in the Wetherby Cricket League.
17.8 When a team moves into the Yorkshire Cricket Pyramid, Division One will be reformed by the Wetherby Cricket League Management Committee.
17.9 A team moving into the Yorkshire Cricket Pyramid will always remain a Wetherby Cricket League club.
17.10 Only two Wetherby Cricket League clubs will be allowed to be in the Yorkshire Cricket Pyramid at any one time. The lowest placed team will play-off against the team wishing to move each year in order to decide which team will enter the ‘pyramid’. The play-off will be a winner takes all result and be played as per Wetherby Cricket League Rules and Constitution. The play off will be scheduled after the last match of the season.
17.11 (a) A team may return to the Wetherby Cricket League at any time however this will be at the conclusion of the season, not part way through it
(b) A team does not need to finish in the relegation places of the of the second division of the Y&DSCL to return to the Wetherby Cricket League
(c) Should a team wish to return, the teams making up Division One will be amended to accommodate them
(d) A team must inform the Wetherby Cricket League Secretary of their wish to return after the completion of week 11 fixtures of the Wetherby Cricket League fixtures in that season