Constitution

1. This combination of Clubs shall be called ‘The Craven and District Cricket League’ and is referred to as the ‘League’ in this Constitution and in the Rules.

2. This League is affiliated to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) through their affiliation to the Yorkshire Cricket Board (YCB). All clubs who are Members of this League will be affiliated to the ECB through their affiliation to the YCB. The League will collect the affiliation fees and send them to the YCB en-bloc. All affiliation fees will be paid to the League by the date normal subscriptions to the League are due. All teams in membership of this League must abide by the rules of the ECB and the YCB and if there are any clashes / disputes in this respect the Executive Committee shall deal with such matters under Constitution.

3. a) This League is conducted for the purpose of fostering and organising the game of cricket in and about the Craven District of Yorkshire. Membership shall be open to all, the aim is to ensure that no individuals (this includes players, spectators, coaches, officials and administrators) receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of their age, disability, race, ethnic origin, gender, parental or marital status, pregnancy, religion or belief, class or socio-economic status, sexual orientation or political belief.

3. b) One Game is ECB’s inclusion and diversity strategy. It covers everyone, everywhere in whatever role they want to play in cricket – watching, playing, following, volunteering, and working. It provides information on how the ECB aims to ensure people from all backgrounds feel welcome in cricket. The vision is to ensure there should be no boundaries in cricket. The League is opposed to all forms of discrimination and has adopted the ECB One Game Strategy and all clubs within the league have also adopted the strategy.

3. c) The League is opposed to all forms of racism and is committed towards the elimination of all forms of racism and addresses issues of racial inequality. The League acknowledges that racial disadvantage and discrimination is still present in our sport. There are procedures in place to take disciplinary actions against players and officials who racially abuse others players, officials or spectators during matches.

3. d) The League has a duty of care and welfare of young people. As such we have adopted and implemented the ECB Safe Hands Policy. All the clubs within our League have also adopted and implemented the ECB Safe Hands Policy.

3. e) Failure to comply with any part of Constitution Rule 3 will result in the matter being referred to The Executive Committee for consideration and to take appropriate action.

i) To require the player / club to submit appropriate letter(s) of apology within a specified time
ii) To record a reprimand and to give a warning as to future conduct
iii) To impose a fine – not to exceed £0.00 and any hearing costs applicable
iv) To suspend a player for one or more matches – stated as a period of time
v) To expel the player from the League
vi) To deduct league points from the club’s team(s)
vii) To relegate to any lower division of the League
viii) To expel the club from any competition of the League
ix) To expel the club from the League

Note that a player or club for the same offence maybe subject to both deduction of points and a fine.

4. Clubs are expected / required to ensure that all their members are aware of the misuse of social and other media as outlined below and be aware of the possible consequences faced by individuals and / or the club if such misuse happens.

4. a) Any public or circulated comment brought to the attention of the Club / League in any form of social media (e.g. Websites, Facebook, Twitter, Blogs etc) or in the general media (e.g. press, radio, television, general websites, club programs etc) that is detrimental to the club, league, officials, players or the game in general by a League / Club Officer, Officials, Players, Club Members or someone acting on their behalf, may be viewed as Unsatisfactory Conduct under the League Disciplinary Code and Procedures and therefore is a disciplinary offence and may result in due disciplinary procedure against the individual(s) or club, or both.

4. b) It can be viewed as a secondary offence to re-send or re-circulate any such detrimental comment and as a 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.

5. The Annual General Meeting of the League shall be held at 7.30 pm on the second Monday (or day chosen by The Executive Committee) in December, each year to receive reports from the League Officials for the past season and to elect a President, all Officials and Executive Members for the forthcoming season as appropriate, also to transact any other business as customary at such meetings.

5. a) The Officials of the League (The Chairman, The Vice-Chairman, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Fixture secretary and Honorary Treasurer) will be up for election every year. Written nominations for any post, signed by the proposer club and seconded by another club have to be with The League Secretary 28 days before the Annual General Meeting. The Election shall be by ballot, in the case of a tie, a second ballot shall take place. If any post becomes vacant during the year the Executive Committee shall have the power to co-opt a member who will hold the position until the next Annual General Meeting.

5. b) There will be Seven club Executive Members. All club representatives shall be eligible to serve as Executive Members. At any one time there will only be two Executive Members up for election, these members will be chosen by The Executive Committee and only when written nominations for these posts, signed by the proposer club and seconded by another club have been sent to The League Secretary 28 days before the Annual General Meeting. The Election shall be by ballot, in the case of a tie, a second ballot shall take place. If any post becomes vacant during the year the Executive Committee all have the power to co-opt a member who will hold the position until the next Annual General Meeting.

5. c) The Officials and Executive Members together with one representative from each club shall have one vote at the Annual General Meeting, the present Chairman to have the casting vote. Any club not represented at the Annual General Meeting shall be fined £10.00.

6. At the Annual General Meeting the members of the League shall decide what forms of competition shall be organised by the League. However if a club leaves the League after the Annual General Meeting, the Executive Committee will have the power to decide what forms of competition shall be organised by the League. The Executive Committee will decide what manner the league trophies will be awarded, the league trophies shall always remain the property of the League and the Executive will decide which league trophies are retained by the League. The Executive Committee shall be responsible for the insurance and engraving of all trophies. A guarantee shall be given by the winners, to return the trophies in good condition, to the nominated League Official by 1 September. The cost of any repairs or replacements of damaged league trophies will be paid for by the club who were responsible for that damage.

7. Should any questions arise affecting the League, not fully provided for in the Constitution or Rules, the League Committee or Executive Committee shall have full power to deal with the same and their decisions on such question shall be final.

8. As a token of appreciation for all the work done on behalf of the League, the members of the Executive Committee who attend the Annual League Dinner, will be provided with a free meal. The cost of the meal will be paid for out of league funds.