RULES OF TEDDINGTON CRICKET CLUB

RULES OF TEDDINGTON CRICKET CLUB

1.0 NAME

1.1The Club shall be called the “TEDDINGTON CRICKET CLUB”.

2.0 Aims and Objectives

2.1 To foster and promote the sport of cricket at all levels within the community and within the sport, providing opportunities for recreation, coaching and competition.

2.2 To ensure that all members, playing and non-playing, abide by the ECB Code of Conduct which incorporates the Spirit of Cricket and by the Laws of Cricket.

2.3 To 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.

2.4 To ensure a duty of care to all members of the club by adopting and implementing the ECB Cricket Equity Policy and any future versions of the Policy.

To encourage all members to participate fully in the activities of the club.

To do all such lawful things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the above objects or any of them including to purchase, sell, hold, take on lease or in exchange or otherwise acquire and hold for investment purposes or otherwise any lands or buildings wherever situated or rights or interest therein or connected therewith and to deal with, manage or let the same or any part thereof for any period or at such rent and on such conditions as The Club shall think fit and to borrow or raise and give security for money by Mortgage or Charge or by other obligations or securities upon all or any part of the property of The Club.

3.0 COLOURS

3.1 The colours of the Club shall be white, green- gray and black.  Articles of clothing in the Club colours may only be obtained from authorised persons or bodies as listed in the Club Fixture Card.

4.0 MANAGEMENT

4.1 There shall be a President and three or more Vice-Presidents.  There shall be a Chairman, who will take the Chair at the Club’s General and Committee Meetings.

The Chairman shall have been a playing member of the Club and shall have served on the Committee.  He shall be custodian of the Club’s Honors.

There may also be a Patron.  Only members who have held the office of President shall be eligible to have this honor bestowed upon them

4.2 The affairs of the club shall be managed by the Management Committee which may delegate the management of all aspects related to cricket to the Cricket Committee and junior cricket to the Junior Cricket Committee. 

4.3 The Management Committee for the ensuing Season shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting and shall be composed of:-

The President

The Chairman

The Honorary Secretary

The Honorary Treasurer

The Honorary House Secretary

The Chairman of the Cricket Committee

The Chairman of Junior Cricket

The Child Welfare Officer

And Three Ordinary Committee Members

Five Members shall form a quorum.

4.4 The Management Committee shall be empowered to fill any vacancies arising during the current year and also co-opt members as Committee Members as they so desire, but such co-opted members shall not be entitled to vote.  Additionally there shall be an Honorary Fixture Secretary, Honorary Examiner and Captains of the various Eleven’s who shall be nominated in accordance with rule 6 and shall be elected by ballot at the Annual General Meeting,  but these officers shall not be ex-officio members of the Management Committee.

4.5 The Cricket Committee for the ensuing Season shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting and shall be composed of:-

The Chairman of the Cricket Committee

The Honorary Team Secretary

The Captain of the Saturday 1st XI

The Fixture Secretary

The Chairman of Junior Cricket

4.6 The Cricket Committee shall be empowered to fill any vacancies arising during the current year and also co-opt members as Committee Members as they so desire, but such co-opted members shall not be entitled to vote.The Junior Cricket Committee for the ensuing Season shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting and shall be composed of:-

Chairman of Junior Cricket

Secretary of Junior Cricket

Membership Secretary

Fixture Secretary

4.7 The Junior Cricket Committee shall be empowered to fill any vacancies arising during the current year and also co-opt members as Committee Members as they so desire, but such co-opted members shall not be entitled to vote.

4.8 Members wishing to nominate anyone for election as an Officer of the Club at the Annual General Meeting shall first obtain the consent of the nominee and then shall forward a completed nomination form, which must be signed by proposer and seconder, to the Honorary Secretary, not less that 48 hours prior to the Meeting.  Nomination forms shall not be required in respect of the following officers:  President, Vice-Presidents, and the three Ordinary Committee Members.

4.9 Where an office is held jointly, then, unless both Members holding the office are duly elected to the Committee, only one shall be entitled to attend and vote at Committee Meetings.

4.10 The Management Committee, acting through the Honorary Treasurer, shall supervise the management of the finances of the club and shall regulate expenditure.  No expenses shall be incurred other than those sanctioned by the Management Committee.

4.11 The Cricket Committee, acting through the Chairman of Cricket, shall manage all aspects related to senior cricket and shall report to the Management Committee.  

4.12 The Junior Cricket Committee, acting through the Chairman of Junior Cricket, shall manage all aspects related to junior cricket and shall report to the Management Committee.  

4.13 The Management Committee shall be responsible for carrying these rules into effect, and shall meet as regularly as they deem appropriate to carry out their responsibilities.  They shall have the power to make such arrangements for the internal and general management of the Club within these rules, as may appear to them necessary or advisable.

5.0 DUTIES OF OFFICERS

5.1 HONORARY SECRETARY.  It shall be the duty of the Honorary Secretary to convene the General and Special Meetings of Members and Meetings of the Committee;  to attend such meetings and to take Minutes of the proceedings;  and to correspond with Members and others on all matters connected with the Club.

It shall also be the duty of the Honorary Secretary to co-ordinate the work of the other Officers of the Club.

5.2 HONORARY TREASURER.  It shall be the duty of the Honorary Treasurer to administer the finances of the Club as sanctioned by the Committee and to submit to it when required, a statement of account.  In addition, to prepare the annual accounts which shall be duly examined before being presented to the Annual General Meeting.

6.0 GENERAL MEETINGS

6.1 The Annual General Meeting of Members shall be held not later than the first of April to elect the Committee and Officers, to review the Accounts and Balance Sheet and to transact general business.  The period between Annual General Meetings shall not exceed fifteen months.

6.2.The Honorary Secretary shall give not less than fourteen days’ notice of any General Meetings.

6.3 At any General Meeting ten Playing Members shall constitute a quorum.

6.4 A Special General Meeting of the Club may at any time be called by the Committee on its own authority, or shall be called by the Honorary Secretary on the request in writing of ten Playing Members.  The Honorary Secretary shall give not less than fourteen days’ notice of the receipt of such application, and the notice shall state the object of the Meeting.

6.5 Notice may be given to any Member of the Club either personally or by sending it through the post to him at his last known address.  Where notice is sent by post, service shall be deemed to have been effected by addressing, pre-paying and posting a letter containing notice and to have been effected at the expiration of twenty-four hours after the letter containing the same has been posted.

6.6 The accidental omission to give notice of a Meeting to, or non-receipt of notice by, any Member entitled to receive notice shall not invalidate the proceedings at the Meeting.

6.7 At any General Meeting the Chairman shall have power to decide whether or not any matter be exclusively the concern of Playing Members, in which case he shall rule that they only have power to vote.  The election of the Captains of the various Eleven’s is to be considered in this class.

6.8 Election of Members of the Club shall be vested in the Committee.  All candidates for election must be proposed by one Member and seconded by another.

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 days between their nomination or application for membership and their admission.  The names and addresses of prospective Playing Members shall, for not less than two days before the Meeting at which their election is to be considered, be prominently displayed in the Club Pavilion.

7.0 MEMBERSHIP

7.1 Membership of the club shall be open to anyone interested in the sport of cricket on application regardless of sex, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion or other beliefs. Throughout these rules, where “he/his-him” is used, read also “she/her”.

7.2 Playing Members are such members as pay the Entrance Fee and Playing Member’s subscription in full.  Student Members shall be entitled to the same privileges as Full Playing Members of the Club, but their subscriptions shall be determined by the Committee.

7.3 Occasional Membership shall be limited to a maximum number of completed games in any one season to be decided upon by the Committee under Rule 9, and the subscription payable by an Occasional Member shall be left to the discretion of the Committee.

7.4 Parents of Junior cricketers may be elected as Family Members each Family being entitled to one vote.  The subscription payable by a Family Member shall be left to the discretion of the Committee.

7.5 Non-Playing, Occasional and Family Members shall be entitled to the full privileges of the Club except that they shall be precluded at General Meetings from voting upon any motion directly the concern of Playing Members.

7.6 The Committee shall have power to admit Junior cricketers up to the age of 18 to some of the privileges of the Club upon such terms as to subscription or otherwise as the Committee may decide.

7.7 Membership shall be open to companies and firms on a corporate basis.  Such Corporate Members shall pay such subscriptions as the Committee shall from time to time determine and shall be entitled to such privileges as the Committee shall from time to time determine including the right to use the ground and the Club’s facilities at such times as may be agreed between the Corporate Member and the Committee.  Corporate Members shall be entitled to send one representative to General Meetings, who shall be entitled to vote as if he were a Non-Playing Member.

7.8 Life Membership of the Club shall be an Honorary position which may be conferred on any Member in recognition of  exceptional services to the club, but subject to the following conditions:-

The election must be proposed by one member and seconded by another by notice to the Secretary 48 hours prior to the General Meeting.

b)The election must be the club in a General Meeting by majority of those present and voting. 

c)The member must have been a member for at least ten years and have served one of  the Management, Cricket or Junior Cricket Committees for not less than three years.

7.9 Any Member wishing to leave the Club must forward his resignation to the Honorary Secretary in writing before 1st May otherwise his subscription for the ensuing season will be considered due from him.

7.10 Any Member not complying with the Rules of the Club, or giving foundation for any complaint on the part of the Park Authorities, or otherwise mis-conducting himself, shall cease to be a Member of the Club on receiving notice to that effect from the Committee.

8.0 SUBSCRIPTIONS

8.1 The entrance fee and yearly subscription shall be such an amount as shall be determined from time to time in General Meeting.  The Committee shall have power to admit to Membership of the Club upon special conditions and terms of subscription all Members of the Teddington Hockey Club.

8.2 A Match Donation may be requested in addition to the annual subscription at the discretion of the Committee.

8.3 The subscriptions of existing Members shall because due on 1st May in each year and those of new Members at the date of their election.  If any Playing Member’s subscription be not paid by 1st July in any year the Honorary Membership Secretary shall send notice that such subscription shall be paid before 1st July, and, if not paid by the last mentioned date, the Member shall cease to make use of the privileges of the Club until his subscription has been paid.  If any Member’s subscription be not paid by the 30th September he shall cease to be a Member of the Club and shall not be eligible for re-election until all arrears have been paid.

9.0 GROUND AND PAVILION

9.1 The privileges of using the Ground in the Park being strictly conditional upon the observance of the Rules of the Park, these rules shall be rigidly enforced.

9.2 The use of the Pavilion is strictly confined to Members of the Club and visiting teams.  Friends of Members may be admitted to the Pavilion, provided that they are accompanied by the Member.

9.3 Drinks may only be purchased by those individuals specified in Rule 33 above, during the currently approved Licensing Hours.  These hours shall be reviewed by the Committee annually.

9.4 The Ground shall be open for practice as arranged by the Committee.

10.0RULES FOR PLAY

10.1.The Laws of the Marylebone Cricket Club shall be adopted in all questions of play, except where the Special Rules of any competition in which the Club is participating provide otherwise.

11.0ALTERATION OF RULES

11.1 No rule shall be altered, rescinded or added unless the consent is obtained of a two-thirds majority of Members present at a General Meeting.  Notice of any proposed alteration duly proposed and seconded must be sent to the Honorary Secretary and, provided that not less than fourteen days’ notice can be given, shall be included in the Agenda for the next Annual General Meeting to be held.  If, after notices have been dispatched calling a General Meeting a proposal to amend the rules is received by the Honorary Secretary, it shall not be eligible to be considered at the General Meeting of which notice has been given, but will be placed on the Agenda of the next General Meeting to be held.

Nothing in this rule shall be taken as in any way affecting the obligation imposed upon the Honorary Secretary to call a Special General Meeting under Rule 15 should a proposed amendment to the rule be supported by ten or more Playing Members.

12.0 FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

12.1 No funds or surpluses may be distributed to members.  Any funds shall be used for the express purpose of sustaining and improving the facilities of the club for use by the members.

12.2 In the event that the Club ceases to play or is wound up then any funds or assets after settling all liabilities of the club the committee shall dispose of the net assets remaining to one or more of the following:

 :

to another club with similar sports purposes which is a registered charity and/or 

to another club with similar sports purposes which is a registered Community Amateur Sports Club and/or

to the club’s governing body for use by them for related community sports.

13.0 DISCIPLINE 

13.1 All complaints regarding the behaviour of members should be lodged in writing with the Secretary.

13.2 In situations where member’s conduct is or considered unsatisfactory, the Club’s objective is to implement a disciplinary procedure that identifies and corrects the cause of unsatisfactory behaviour in a constructive manner, encouraging improvement in the member’s conduct by ensuring that the member clearly understands their responsibilities and the cause for dissatisfaction with their conduct or performance.

 13.3 The Committee shall appoint a Disciplinary sub-committee who will meet to hear complaints within 14 days of a complaint being lodged.  Any member requested to attend a Disciplinary sub-committee shall be entitled to be accompanied by a friend or other representative and to call witnesses.  The Committee (or its sub-committee) has the power to take appropriate disciplinary action, including the termination of membership.

13.4 The outcome of the disciplinary hearing shall be put in writing to the person who lodged the complaint and the member against whom the complaint was made within 7 days following the hearing.

13.5 There shall be a right of appeal to the Committee within 7 days against either the finding or the sanction imposed or both following disciplinary action being taken.  Should an appeal be received then the Committee shall appoint an Appeals Committee (a maximum of three) which shall not include members involved with the initial disciplinary hearing but may include non members of the club.  The Appeals Committee shall consider the appeal within 14 days of the Secretary receiving the appeal.  The individual submitting the appeal shall be entitled to be accompanied by a friend or other representative and to call witnesses.  The decision of the Appeals Committee shall be final and binding on all parties.

 

HON SECRETARY

CHAIRMAN

Updated March 2010.