Rules, Regulations & Constitution of Marshfield Cricket Club
The Club shall be called the Marshfield Cricket Club and shall consist of a President, Vice-Presidents, Full Playing Members, Junior Playing Members and Non-playing (social) Members.
The Headquarters of the Club shall be at "Broadleys", Ashwicke Road, Marshfield, Wiltshire.
The rules of the Club as regards the game shall be in accordance with the Laws laid down by the Marylebone Cricket Club.
4. Aims and objectives.
a. To promote and make arrangements for members to play cricket.
b. To encourage people of all ages to play cricket especially the young.
c. To improve and develop the standards of play by providing practice and training facilities along with coaching and tuition.
d. To provide the best possible standard of playing surface and facilities at the ground and adopt a policy of continual improvement.
e. To provide a clubhouse at the ground for changing, social and entertainment purpose including the sale of alcoholic beverages.
f. The game of cricket shall take priority over all other matters.
a. Membership shall be open to all, irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, ethnic origin, creed, colour, social status and sexual orientation.
b. Membership of the Club is defined as (a) full members (including Honorary Life Vice Presidents and retired players), (b) Social members, (c) Patrons of MCC, (d) Student members and (e) junior members.
c. A Full member is a person who is over 18 at the time of the AGM; anybody under 18 at the time of the AGM is a junior member.
d. Honorary Life Vice Presidents are elected at an AGM. Nominations must be presented to the Committee for approval at least one month prior to an AGM.
e. A Retired Player is a person who has been a long-term full member of the club and has retired from playing. Members who have retired from playing cricket maybe invited by the committee to become Retired Players and may pay a reduced fee.
f. A Social member is a person who pays a reduced fee for social or non-playing purposes or is a member of the 100 Club or a Patron of MCC.
g. A Patron of MCC is anyone who has donated money or services/products to Marshfield Cricket Club over the previous 12 months. A Patron of MCC will become a Social Member.
h. A Student member is a person of whatever age in full time education.
i. Membership fees shall be proposed each year at the AGM prior to the coming season. These will then be displayed in the club Handbook.
j. Only full members of the Club have voting rights.
k. Candidates for membership must be proposed and seconded by full members of the Club and their names submitted to the Committee, which shall have the power of election. No person shall be admitted to membership, or be admitted as a candidate for membership to any of the privileges of membership, without an interval of at least two clear days between his/her nomination or application for membership and his/her admission. The name and address of any person proposed for election must for not less than two days before the election be prominently displayed in the Club premises in a part frequented by the members.
l. New members will complete a six-month probationary period before becoming a full member.
6. Code of conduct and spirit of cricket.
a. Marshfield Cricket Club has adopted the England and Wales Cricket Board Code of Conduct (for members, coaches and guests) and Disciplinary Regulations issued in October 2000. It is a requirement of membership of this Club that all members become acquainted with and abide by these regulations (published on the notice board and available from the Secretary on request). The Committee shall be the sole authority for the interpretation and implementation of these rules.
b. Marshfield Cricket Club will ensure a duty of care to all members of the Club by adopting and implementing the ECB “Safe Hands – Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children” and any future versions of the Policy. The Club Management Committee shall be responsible for the handling of this policy.
c. The Club has adopted the ECB Equity Policy with the aim of promoting equality of opportunity for members guests and volunteers.
a. The management of the Club shall be entrusted to a committee of members comprising a Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Captain and Vice Captain for the time being of any of the Club sides, Hon. Secretary, Hon. Fixture Secretary, Hon. Treasurer, Hon. Membership secretary, Cricket Manager, Club Welfare Officer, Director of Coaching and up to 8 elected members and any members co-opted onto the Committee (herein after collectively called "the Committee").
b. Social or junior members may be elected to the committee and will be deemed to have full member status for the duration of office.
There shall be 3 Trustees to be selected by the Committee for the time being. Every Trustee shall remain in office until death or resignation or until an Extraordinary General Meeting of the members shall think proper to remove any of them and elect a new Trustee or Trustees in his/her or their place. All property of the Club shall be vested in the Trustees as joint tenants and the Trustees shall hold the same for the general use of the members in accordance with these Rules. The Trustees may deal with such property by way of sale, mortgage, charge, lease or otherwise as directed by the Committee. (The committee may authorise the Trustees to make transactions up to the value of £10,000 Ten thousand pounds. Transactions of higher value must be approved by AGM OR EGM). Such direction shall be given by a resolution of the members of the Committee passed by a majority of the members present at a duly convened Committee meeting and when so passed shall in favour of a purchaser, mortgagee, chargee, lessee, or grantee be binding upon all members of the Club.
A certificate signed by the Secretary for the time being of the Club shall in favour of the said persons be conclusive evidence that a direction complying in all respects with the above provisions of this rule was duly given to the Trustees. The Trustees and each of them shall be fully indemnified by the Club from payments made and all liability incurred from time to time by them or any of them as such Trustees, and every act or thing done or suffered by the Trustees: shall so far as regards the safety and protection of the person or persons dealing with him or them, absolutely bind the Club and every member thereof.
9. Annual General Meeting.
The officers of the Club shall be elected annually at the Annual General Meeting to be held on 2nd Monday in November of each year where possible (and in no circumstances shall an Annual General Meeting be held later than fifteen months from the previous Annual General Meeting) fourteen days formal notice having been given and notice in the local press being deemed sufficient. All Officers and members of the Committee and Sub-Committee shall retire at the Annual General Meeting but shall be eligible for re-election. Nominations for all officers (except the 8 elected members to the Committee who may be nominated at the Annual General Meeting) signed by the proposer shall be lodged with the Hon. Secretary at least 7 clear days prior to the Annual General Meeting, the consent of the nominees having first been obtained.
a. A Committee meeting shall be called on the second Monday in each month or at such other times as may be necessary.
b. Any five members shall form a quorum.
c. The Committee shall have the power to co-opt any member as required.
d. The Committee may appoint Sub-Committees from members, for any purpose, of such composition as shall be appropriate and shall have power to co-opt to any such Sub-Committee any person as required.
e. All Committee decisions will be by majority vote of those present.
f. The Chairman and Chairmen of all Committees, Sub-Committees, or Selection Committees shall hold a casting vote only. This vote will be used only in the event of a split decision.
g. The Committee shall deal with all matters relating to the general management of the Club between Annual General Meetings.
h. Club Members may attend committee meetings as observers; they may not address the committee (unless specifically requested in advance to do so for reasons of experience or expertise) or vote. The Chairman must point this out to any non-committee members present at the start of each meeting. At the discretion of the Chairman non committee members may be asked to leave the meeting.
11. Extraordinary General Meeting.
a. Matters affecting the general policy of the Club are to be dealt with at an Annual General Meeting or if such matters be urgent at an Extraordinary General Meeting.
b. The Committee may, at their discretion, call an Extraordinary General Meeting at any time giving not less than 7 days notice by circular, specifying the object to which alone the discussion shall be confined. The Committee shall also call an Extraordinary General Meeting on receipt of a written request by ten per-cent of the voting membership and any decision at an Extraordinary General Meeting shall not be binding unless twenty per-cent of the voting membership be present. Any decision must carry a two-thirds majority vote of members present and voting at such meeting.
a. The Annual subscription shall be fixed at each Annual General Meeting and shall be in force for the coming year as from the first day of the year.
b. The Hon. Membership Secretary is to give notice to any playing member whose subscription has not been received by June 1st of any year that he is no longer eligible for consideration by the selection committee and furthermore shall not be considered eligible until his subscription is paid. In any event that person will not be eligible for any award.
a. All sums collected shall be handed over to the Hon. Treasurer who shall pay the same into a Bank account in the names of the Trustees at the bank nominated by the Committee. The Bank may only be changed with the approval of an AGM or EGM.
b. The Committee shall authorise the Chairman, Hon Treasurer, Hon Secretary and no more than two other named signatories to sign cheques on behalf of the Club.
c. The Committee shall ensure that a full record of accounts is maintained.
d. The Committee shall approve the annual accounts and then publish the audited accounts prior to an AGM for approval by the AGM
e. The financial year shall run from 1st October to 30th November, or such other period as may be approved by AGM or EGM.
14. Intoxicating Liquor.
a. The supply of intoxicating liquor in the Club premises will be permitted during the hours as prescribed by the current licensing laws.
b. No intoxicating liquor will be supplied to people under the age of 18 years.
c. No intoxicating liquor shall be supplied to members or to any person on the Club premises otherwise than by or on behalf of the Club.
d. The Committee shall arrange the supply of intoxicating liquor by the Club to members, and to other persons on the Club premises, and shall secure the due observance of the provisions of the Licensing Act 1964, and all Acts relating thereto, and of any conditions attached to any registration certificates granted in respect of the Club premises.
e. No person shall be paid at the expense of the Club any commission, percentage or similar payment on or with reference to purchases of intoxicating liquor by the Club; nor shall any person directly or indirectly derive any pecuniary benefit from the supply of intoxicating liquor by or on behalf of the Club to members or guests, apart from any benefit accruing to the Club as a whole.
f. Members of the Club may introduce and entertain Guests in the Club and shall enter the guest’s name and address in the book provided for that purpose.
g. Any member of a Club, Association or team participating in any organised competition or game with the Club and supporters, may be admitted to the Club premises and intoxicating liquor may be sold to him or her by or on behalf of the Club for consumption on the premises only.
h. The Committee may from time to time apply to the Clerk of the Magistrates for an occasional license and or an extension to normal licensing hours on or off the premises. Marshfield Cricket Club will abide by the current licensing laws and the requirements of the local licensing authorities.
15. Cricket Committee and Selection.
a. The Cricket Committee shall meet regularly each week during the season.
b. The Cricket Committee shall consist of team captains, vice-captains, Cricket Manager and up to two more elected members.
c. The Cricket Manager will act as Chair of the Cricket Committee.
d. The Cricket Manager will hold a position on the Club Management Committee and the Cricket Manager will attend each Management Committee Meeting. If unable to attend, a suitable representative from the Cricket Committee should attend.
e. Team selection will be dealt with solely by the Cricket Committee and shall operate under the following guidelines:
i. The initial selection is to be made no later than Wednesday prior to any Saturday fixture.
ii. It is the duty of the captain to notify his team of selection.
iii. It is the duty of the player to confirm selection within 24 hours.
iv. It is the duty of the Cricket Committee to not consider any player who has not paid his fee by June 1st of any season (refer to Rule 12b).
f. The Cricket Committee will be responsible for match day organisation, on field disciplinary matters and any other such cricketing issues not dealt with by the Management Committee.
a. End of season awards will be presented to: leading run scorer for 1sts, 2nds and 3rds (in the event of a tie, the award will be presented to the batsman with the greater average); leading wicket taker for 1sts, 2nds and 3rds (in the event of a tie the award will be presented to the bowler with the better bowling average); 100 runs scored in a league or Village Knockout innings; 5 wickets taken in a league or Village Knockout innings.
b. No player being paid by the club for any cricketing services shall be eligible for end of season leading batting and bowling awards and will not be marked on the club honours board.
c. There will be overall “Batsman of the Year” and “Bowler of the Year” trophies to be awarded by a select panel.
d. The Committee shall, at their discretion, present awards for any other outstanding performance or achievement.
e. Youth awards proposed by youth team coaches may also be presented.
f. All awards to be presented at the End of Season Dinner.
17. Rules Generally.
a. The Committee shall be the sole authority for the interpretation of these rules and the decision of the Committee upon any question of interpretation or upon any matter affecting the Club and not provided for by these rules shall be final and binding upon the members.
b. The Committee may from time to time make vary and revoke bye-laws (not inconsistent with these rules) for the regulation of the internal affairs of the Club and the conduct of members and the bye- laws for the time being in force shall be binding on all members.
c. These rules may only be amended by a resolution of an Annual General Meeting or Extraordinary General Meeting of members carried by a majority of at least two-thirds of the members present and voting at such meeting notice of which shall have contained particulars of the proposed alteration or addition.
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