Administrative Rules

1. The League shall be governed by an Executive Committee, consisting of Chairman, Vice Chairman, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, Honorary Fixture Secretary and seven club representatives. All the members of the Executive Committee will be allowed a vote and the Chairman to have a casting vote. Five members shall form a quorum.

2. a) The League Committee consists of The Chairman, Vice Chairman, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, Honorary Fixture Secretary, a representative from The Umpires Association and one representative from each club. All the above shall be allowed to vote and The Chairman to have the casting vote. Eighteen representatives from the clubs shall form a quorum.

2. b) The Disciplinary Panel of the League shall be made up of a Chairman, a minute taker and three other members of the Executive Committee. The members will be selected at random, dependant on who is available on the date of the disciplinary meeting. Nobody connected with the individual or clubs involved will be allowed to sit on the Panel. The minutes of the Disciplinary Panel meeting will be circulated to the Disciplinary Panel and agreed at the next Executive meeting or League Committee Meeting.

2. c) The Disciplinary Appeals Panel or Appeal Panel will be made up of Five Club Representatives from the League Committee. At the Annual General Meeting twelve volunteers from club representatives (excluding Executive members of the League) will be asked to put their names forward and these names will be placed on a list. Should the Panel be needed, the first five on the list will be contacted. If anyone is not available or is connected with the individual or clubs involved, the next person on the list will be contacted, until a full panel is chosen. For subsequent appeals the next five people on the list will be selected taking into account eligibility and availability.

3. The Executive Committee will meet at 7.30 pm on the second Monday (or day chosen by The Executive Committee) in every month. The February meeting can be cancelled at the January meeting; if it is felt it will not be necessary by The Chairman. The minutes of the Executive meeting will be circulated and agreed at the next Executive meeting or League Committee Meeting.

4. The League Committee shall meet at 7.30 pm on the second Monday (or day chosen by The Executive Committee) in March, July, November and December. The meeting in March will be to prepare for the new season and receive; handbooks, cricket balls etc. The meeting in November will be to deal with any proposed rule alterations.

5. An Extraordinary General Meeting may be called by The Executive Committee and up to 21 days notice will be given. An Extraordinary General Meeting may also be called on receipt, by The League Secretary, of a requisition signed by at least ten clubs. The business to be discussed shall be stated and the meeting shall be called within 21 days from the receipt of the requisition. The Officials and Executive Members together with one representative from each club shall have one vote at the Extraordinary General Meeting, the present Chairman to have the casting vote. Any club not represented at the Extraordinary General Meeting shall be fined £10.00. The fine will be compounded during the year.

6. In the event of any club not being represented at a League Committee Meeting they shall be fined £10.00; no excuse will be accepted. The fine will be compounded during the year.

7. Fines shall be notified to the clubs, via email by The League Secretary within 7 days of the offence. All fines have to be paid at the end of the month they are issued in; failure to pay on time will result in the fine being doubled. To enable The Treasurer to prepare the accounts in time for the Annual General Meeting, all fines and outstanding monies must be paid on or before the October meeting of the Executive Committee.

8. The Treasurer shall have the power to report persistent offenders to The Executive Committee for possible further action as decided by The Executive Committee.

9. The Executive Committee shall establish a Grounds Committee whose responsibility is to oversee the conditions of league grounds, also to deal with any complaints arising during the playing season.

9. a) After a complaint has been lodged, the Grounds Committee shall have power to act immediately. Recommendations will be made to the club involved. Failure to comply with these recommendations may result in further action being taken.

9. b) Following inspection by the Grounds Committee reports can be made to clubs, who will be expected to act on the recommendations contained therein. Failure to do so may result in further action being taken, as decided by The Executive Committee.

10. Upon making application for admission, clubs shall deposit the sum of £10.00. If accepted this sum shall be retained as entrance fee, if not it shall be returned. All applications for membership to be made one season in advance on or before 28 February. For example, to play in the season beginning April 2017, applications to be made by 28 February 2016. The League Committee is to decide such matters at the March meeting.

11. Resignation from the League shall be made by the 30 June, the year previous to the year in which they intend to resign. Otherwise the club shall be liable to pay subscription and levy for the following season. Any club which is expelled from the League, or which ceases to be a member of the League, shall at once forfeit any rights to participate in the assets of the League.

12. All subscriptions will be approved by The Executive Committee. The annual subscription shall be £18.00 for each first team, £10.00 for each second team and £10.00 each third team. All clubs shall purchase a minimum of 10 handbooks per team. All clubs that are responsible for maintaining their own ground will affiliate to the YCB Groundsmen Association, the fees will be collected by the League with the annual subscriptions. Monies should be paid by 14 May (of that season). Where subscriptions are outstanding on the 31 May (of the same season), the defaulting club shall be fined £10.00. If these subscriptions do not meet the expenses of the League such a deficit may be made good by a levy upon each club. Such levies to be decided by the Executive Committee.

13. Before the commencement of each season, the League Secretary or person appointed by the Executive Committee; is to be satisfied of the public liability cover of the Clubs in the League. If public liability cover has not been established, the Club will not be able to play matches until it is. Playing Rule 27 will then apply.

14. In order to assist the League Secretary in her / his duties clubs will provide information promptly when requested, within the time scale set by the League Secretary. Failure to comply with this rule will result in a fine of £5.00.

15. Any club / person lodging a protest or laying an objection (not disciplinary issues) will do so by email or first class mail to the League Secretary and at the same time deposit the sum of £20.00 by first class mail. All communications should arrive within five days of the completion of the match concerned or within five days of a decision made by the Executive Committee. Only one representative per club should write to lay the objection. Should the protest letter or email not arrive within the time limit, the objection will not be heard. The business shall be dealt with by the League Secretary where possible or referred to the Executive Committee. If the Executive Committee upholds the protest or objection, it shall have the power to impose fines, deduct points or order the match to be replayed, all at the Executive’s discretion. However if the protest or objection is not upheld or found to be frivolous, the Executive Committee can impose a penalty. The representatives of the clubs concerned in any inquiry shall not be eligible to sit on The Executive Committee at the same time as the inquiry.

16. Where a club or a player from a club is brought up before The Executive Committee and The Chairman of The Executive Committee is involved with that club, The Chairman must stand down and The Vice Chairman will chair the dispute as Chairman.

17. All disciplinary matters in any way connected with the League or the conduct of matches or tournaments played under the auspices of the League shall be dealt with in accordance with the Leagues Disciplinary Code and Procedure document and the YCB Disciplinary Code and Procedures September 2017 document (and any future amendments to that policy), which incorporates all ECB Regulations and Procedures. If there are any clashes / disputes in this respect between the League Disciplinary Procedures and the YCB Disciplinary Procedures, the League document takes precedence.

18. a) The home club shall submit scorecards on the Play Cricket website which has fully balanced batting and bowling figures, before 6 pm on Sunday after a Saturday fixture. Or in the case of a Sunday match, the report has to be entered by midnight on that Sunday. In the event of failure to comply with these rules, a fine of £5.00 shall be imposed for each offence.

18. b) When entering the results on the Play Cricket website, the full result and scorecard has to be completed at the same time. it is not acceptable for either club to complete the basic result to advise which team won, without providing all the necessary information. In the event of failure to comply with these rules, a fine of £5.00 shall be imposed for each offence.

18. c) The away side will check and confirm or alter the match details on the Play Cricket website before midnight on Sunday for a Saturday match, or Monday 6 pm for a Sunday match. If the home side delays entering the result on Play Cricket, the away side will have 24 hours in which to confirm or alter the match details on the Play Cricket site. In the event of failure to comply with these rules, a fine of £5.00 shall be imposed.

18. d) All players must be registered by their clubs on the Play Cricket website and have that registration agreed by the League Secretary, before they play in any League or Cup matches (also see rule 19c). In the event of failure to comply with these rules, a fine of £5.00 shall be imposed for each offence.

18. e) Should the result on Play Cricket have any outstanding details seven days after the match was completed, a fine of £5.00 will be imposed on the club who has failed to provide and complete the information. This fine will increase by £5.00 for every seven days the result remains incomplete.

19. Players are not eligible to appear in a League or Cup game until they have been registered on Play Cricket and the registration has been agreed by the League.

19. a) Players being registered for the first time, having never played for any other club must be registered on the Play Cricket website prior to playing. There is no need for any other paperwork.

19. b) Players transferring from another club within the League or from another league, should submit a correctly completed transfer form to the League Secretary before playing for their new club. Their new club should register the player on the Play Cricket website and match their player on the site with any previous records found.

19. c) Registration after a match will only be accepted if a player has been drafted in at the last minute. Under these circumstances the League Secretary has to be advised about the new player by telephone, text or email. The player has to be eligible to play for that club without needing to transfer from another club. The player must then be registered on Play Cricket within 24 hours of the completed match. Failure to advise the League Secretary of the new player, and compliance with this rule, a fine of £5.00 shall be imposed.

19. d) Once a player has stopped playing cricket in the Craven League, clubs are encouraged to remove their registration from Play Cricket.

19. e) Registration may be declined if online forms are not completed correctly.

20. Averages shall be taken from the Play Cricket website by The League Secretary. The League will provide a form to enable clubs to nominate their players for league trophies and provide details of any hat tricks taken by their players. Clubs are expected to return the ‘Nomination Form’ by the first Saturday after the season has closed. Failure to return the form, even if it’s a nil declaration, within the allowed time period will result in a £5.00 fine.

21. Qualifications for average prizes shall be: Batting: a player must complete one innings more than half the scheduled league matches and score a minimum of 300 runs. Bowling: a player must obtain a minimum of 25 wickets. If these targets are not achieved then a player will not be entered into the league averages. The player with the highest average for batting and the lowest average for bowling in each division will receive a cup, medal or plaque.

22. Any proposed alterations of rules must be sent to the League Secretary before 1 October in any year and each club shall receive notice of the same by 21 October. Any alteration to the rules at a General Meeting shall be approved by a simple majority of those voting.

23. Any major alterations to the square should be restricted to the closed season, except for emergencies when The League Secretary should be contacted for permission. Failure to comply with this rule will be reported to The Executive Committee for their consideration and appropriate action.

24. All requests to alter the outfield should be put in writing to The League Secretary for consideration at the following Executive Meeting. No work should take place until permission has be granted in writing. Failure to comply with this rule will be reported to The Executive Committee for their consideration and appropriate action.

25. The Executive Committee shall have power at any time to elect as Honorary Life Members of the League, such members of the League as shall in their unanimous opinion be worthy of recognition for their services to the League. Nominations may also be submitted by any club in the League for consideration.

26. All junior players playing open age cricket within our league will adhere to all directives set by the ECB. If a club fails to comply with any part of these directives the matter will be reported to The Executive Committee for consideration and appropriate action.

27. When the Executive Committee make a ruling after a protest, objection or they consider a rule has been broken, they have the power to impose fines, deduct points or reverse match results or any combination of these. Any club involved after such a decision has been made will have the right to appeal within 7 days of being notified of that decision. The club will need to put their appeal in writing and provide full details of their appeal. Once an appeal has been lodged, the League Secretary will arrange an appeal meeting within 14 days, which will include the Executive Committee, the clubs involved and five representatives from the Appeals Panel per Administrative Rule 2 c). The Appeals Panel will have the power to increase any penalties, reduce any penalties or agree the original ruling of the Executive Committee.

28. If a club appeals against any ruling by the Executive Committee, the decision of the appeals committee shall be final and binding. If a club does not appeal the decisions and rulings made by the Executive Committee shall be final and binding.

29. All member clubs of the Craven League must attend at least two meeting of a Cricket Development Group in any one year. The year will be defined as starting on 1 January and ending on 31 December. Failure to attend any meetings will result in a fine of £20 and if only one meeting attended the fine will be £10.