Constitution 

1. ORGANISATION  

The organisation shall be called The South-East Sunday Cricket League (SESCL). 

2. OBJECTIVES  

The three main objectives of the league shall be:

  • To promote competitive cricket, amongst its members via a league system and knockout competitions.

  • To form a league representative side from the league clubs, which will represent the SESCL in various competitions and other fixtures, arranged by a representative team manager.

  • To raise funds, sponsorship, donation, and contribution from any person or persons by way of subscription donation.

 

3. LEAGUE COMMITTEE  

The League shall be governed and administered by an elected Committee consisting of the following:   

Chairman: The chair shall be administrative head of SESCL. The chair shall direct Secretary General to convene general and league committee meetings as and when necessary.  The Chairman shall be chair of the General meeting and league committee meetings and shall In the absence of the chairman, the power of the chairman shall vest in the Vice Chair on all other occasions; he shall assist the chairman as and when necessary and have powers to ensure orderly proceedings in the meetings.  

Vice-Chairman:  same as above and help out with the league proceeding when required.

Secretary: The Sec General shall keep all records of the SESCL and deal with all correspondence and record minutes of all the meetings. He shall maintain and update regularly the register of members and perform all such duties connected with the SESCL affairs. He may delegate any of the above to other committee members.

Vice Secretary: To make ID cards and assist the secretary as and when necessary. Update and maintain players records and league tables. In the absence of the Secretary, the power of the Secretary shall vest in the Vice Secretary.

Treasurer:  The Treasurer shall be responsible for all financial matters and transactions of the SESCL. Maintain records and submit such records to the committee from time to time and deposit all the money with the SESCL bankers. He shall keep account of all receipts and payments and maintain proper books of accounts and furnish them to the committee. He shall be responsible for all the funds collected and subs from members. He must present at the AGM, income/expenditure account and balance sheet from the dare of the last accounts up to and the end of the calendar month not exceeding 30 days prior notice to the date of such AGM. He may delegate any of the above to other committee members.

Vice-Treasurer:  To attend all meetings where possible.  Responsible for administrating the umpiring process.  In the absence of the Treasurer, the power of the Treasurer shall vest in the Vice Treasurer on all other occasions; he shall assist the Treasurer as and when necessary.

Web Manager: to attend all the meeting where possible, Create yearly fixtures. Maintain and manage the league website and its contents.

Honorary President: will be elected by the league committee for one committee term only and cannot be elected for the second consecutive term.

Representative Team Manager: Not a member of the voting committee but will need to attend meetings when required. To liaise and arrange suitable fixtures and practice matches. To arrange nets and other training facilities. To assist the committee in team selection for the arranged matches. To assist in attaining sponsorship for the rep-side.

  

Each member of the Committee shall have one vote. No club shall have more than 2 members serving on the Committee. No more than two committee members residing from the same town can be voted into the committee. Chairman must have served on the committee for two years to be elected. The Committee shall have the power to co-opt additional members as it sees fit. The elected Committee shall hold power for three years only, after which elections will be conducted. Upon being relieved from a committee position, it is parting member’s responsibility to carry out an appropriate handover to the new appointee. This includes transfer of information and assets if any.

Nominations for the committee positions must be forwarded to the president prior to the AGM. Nominations forwarded on the day of the AGM cannot be accepted.

 

4. MEMBERSHIP 

The League will admit to membership any bonafide club, whose entry is approved by the League Committee. Applications for membership will only be considered if they are accompanied by:   

  •  A letter of recommendation from an existing member club.   

  •  A non-refundable application fee of £10.   

  •  Details of their club structure i.e. Secretary, Captain, and Senior Players etc.    

  •  Details of the clubs ground facilities with recent playing history.   

  •  Proposed season of entry.   

  •  A complete list of your squad  
     

The League Secretary must receive all applications no later than the 1st of November of the year before the proposed season of entry. However, the League Committee shall reserve the decision to accept any late entries, if deemed necessary. The League Secretary shall send to each member club an intent to play form, at the end of each playing season, which must be completed and returned to him by the AGM of that year. This shall determine the clubs intention for membership for the following season. Member Clubs are not transferable to another town or club. 

5. FUNCTION OF THE LEAGUE COMMITTEE 

The League Committee shall meet at least once a month during the playing season and as often as deemed necessary outside the playing season. The Committee shall be responsible for the administration of the League within the agreed rules and shall have the discretion to decide on any matter not provided for in the Constitution or the Rules of Play. No League Committee Meeting shall be conducted without at least 5 of the 7 voting members being present, unless extreme circumstances require doing so. 

6. GENERAL MEETINGS 

The League Committee shall be responsible for arranging a minimum of 2 general meetings of the League Membership every year.  

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

This will be held on a date and a venue to be decided by the League Committee in, at the end of every playing season, to discuss all the League affairs of the preceding season and to discuss any proposals put forward to change the Constitution or Rules of Play. Proposals for altering the League Constitution or Rules of Play for the following season must be given in writing to the League Secretary before the AGM. The League Committee will be elected, if necessary, at these meetings.   

Pre-season General Meeting 

This will be held in the month of April before the beginning of the new playing season. This meeting shall be used to:      

  • Discuss any matters of importance with regards to the playing season.      

  • Distribute the League cricket balls, League stationary and any other related material.      

  • Collect any outstanding fees due to the League.

Notice of any General Meeting shall be given to each member club not less than 14 days before the meeting.   All teams must send a representative to every General Meeting, even if teams are under the umbrella of one club. Otherwise the League Committee shall impose the fixed penalty fine mentioned in the appendix at the end.

7. Voting at General Meetings 

Each member club shall have one vote on every proposal discussed at every General Meeting. Voting shall be by a show of hands unless otherwise agreed by the League Committee. Any proposals to change the Constitution or Rules of Play shall require a 2/3rds majority of those present and eligible to vote, to be passed. All other proposals shall only require a simple majority to be passed.  Voting for Committee positions shall always be by secret ballot.

8. EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING (EGM) 

An EGM may be convened upon at the discretion of the League Committee or on receipt by the League Secretary, of a signed request by at least 75% of the member clubs, to discuss any or change any important matters which cannot wait until the AGM. Appropriate notice shall be given.

 

9. SUBSCRIPTIONS 

The League Committee shall determine the rates of subscription and other charges applicable to all member clubs of the League for every new season. The subscription fees and other charges due to the League shall consist of the following:        

  • Annual League Subscription     

  • Application fee (new members non-refundable)      

  • Security deposit (refundable upon cancelling your membership)      

  • Charges for League magazines      

  • Charges for League cricket balls      

  • Entry fee for knockout competitions      

  • Charges towards insurance      

  • Charges for additional ID cards      

  • Any other charges or fines as determined by the League Committee  

All subscriptions and fees must be paid, at the latest by the April General meeting before the start of the season. Otherwise the League Committee will fine the offending club/s £15.00 per month from the time of the April meeting, until the following July, after which the League Committee will consider taking further action. The rates of subscription, fines and any other charges shall be detailed in an appendix to these regulations.

 

10. FINES 

The League Committee shall have the power to fine any member club on grounds it sees fit and these fines shall be detailed in an appendix to these regulations.

11. EXPULSIONS

The League Committee shall have the power to expel any member club, if in any serious breach of the Constitution or Rules of Play. The motion for expulsion must be supported by 2/3rds of the members present at a League Committee meeting.

 

12. PROTESTS

Any club lodging a protest or laying an objection must write to the League Secretary (separate from the match report) by the Friday following the incident, in the case of a Sunday match, or within 7 days in other circumstances. The matter shall be taken up at the next League Committee meeting. Correspondence from the League Secretary regarding complaints must be replied to within 10 days. In no instance will the League release the original letters of complaint to the accused parties.

 

13. RESIGNATIONS

 Any club wishing to resign from the League must fill a resignation form and send it to the League Secretary by the date of the AGM. Clubs wishing to withdraw at any other time of the year shall be required to fulfil fixtures and financial obligations and shall forfeit the refundable security deposit.

 

14. AFFILIATIONS 

The League shall affiliate with any organisations as seen fit by the League Committee. 

 

15. LEAGUE FINANCES

The Treasurer shall maintain an account or accounts, in the name of the League, at a bank or building society as approved by the League Committee. All cheque payments shall require any two signatures from four designated League Committee members. The Treasurer shall maintain the financial accounts of the League and the financial year-end shall be the 31st October of each year. The Treasurer shall present the said financial accounts to the member clubs, at the AGM, after approval by the League Committee.   All members of the League Committee shall be indemnified for all legitimate costs and expenses incurred whilst performing their League duties.

 

16. INSURANCE All clubs are encouraged to take out insurance to cover their players in all home and away fixtures and to cover the opposition when playing at home. The league will take out a basic insurance on behalf of all the member clubs to cover them against indemnity and any injuries incurred by players on the pitch in all League matches and tournaments.

 

17. WINDING UP

 In the event of the League being dissolved, a final statement of account shall be prepared and agreed upon by the League Committee. If these accounts reveal a deficiency, every member club at the date of closure shall contribute equally to clear the deficiency. If a surplus is revealed, it shall be given to a charitable organisation, which shall be determined by the League Committee at such a time. 

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