THE CONSTITUTION OF THE KENT CRICKET LEAGUE 2016
1.1 The Kent Cricket League. This title may be amended from time to time to incorporate the name of a sponsor.
1.2 Honorary Life Vice-Presidents may be elected at the League’s Annual General Meeting or at a Special General Meeting. Nomination for Honorary Life Vice-Presidents are to be first approved by the Management Committee and nominated to the League at its Annual General Meeting or at a Special General Meeting.
2. COMPOSITION OF THE LEAGUE
2.1 The League will consist of 60 teams in the first eleven competition and 60 teams in the second eleven competition. Clubs are required to fulfil all their fixtures as a condition of membership of the League. The Leagues will be structured as follows:
First Elevens The Premier League - ten clubs, Division One - ten clubs, Division Two – ten clubs, Division Three – ten clubs, Division Four – ten clubs, Division Five – ten clubs
Second Elevens The Premier League - ten clubs, Division One - ten clubs, Division Two – ten clubs, Division Three – ten clubs, Division Four – ten clubs, Division Five – ten clubs
3.1 Applications for membership shall be considered by the Management Committee, whose decision shall be final.
3.2 Clubs in recognised feeder Leagues may be granted Associate Membership at the discretion of the Management Committee upon terms to be determined from time to time.
3.3 Clubs are required to follow the ECB Guidelines on matters including, inter alia, Code of Conduct and Spirit of Cricket, Safe Hands and Child Welfare. Details may be found on their website at www.ecb.co.uk
4. CONDITIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP
4.1 Membership of the League, and of each Division, shall be dependent upon grounds and facilities commensurate with the standard of cricket to be played.
4.2 Clubs undertake to use their best endeavours to provide optimum playing facilities, and must comply with mandatory requirements that the Management Committee may from time to time stipulate.
4.3 Clubs are required to field both first and second elevens, and to fulfil all their League fixtures, as a condition of membership of the League.
4.4 Clubs are required to comply fully with the Playing Conditions of the divisions in which they participate.
4.5 Clubs and their players are responsible at all times for conducting themselves in such a way as to uphold and enhance the good name and interests of the Kent Cricket League and its sponsors.
4.6 All members of the League shall be fully paid up affiliated members of the Kent Cricket Community.
5. GENERAL COMMITTEE
5.1 One representative from each Club, properly elected by that Club and with a mandate to vote on its behalf, shall form the General Committee.
5.2 The General Committee shall elect the following officers at the Annual General Meeting each year:
President, Chairman, Deputy Chairman, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer and Fixture Secretary.
5.3 The General Committee shall also elect the Chairman of the Appeal Committee at the Annual General Meeting each year. The Chairman of the Appeal Committee may not be a member of the Management Committee.
5.4 All officers shall retire annually but shall be eligible for re-election.
5.5 The Chairman of the League shall chair meetings of the General Committee. In his absence, he may appoint a deputy who shall have the powers of the Chairman in relation to the conduct of the meeting.
5.6 The General Committee shall meet at such times as the business of the League may require.
5.7 Associate Members shall have none of the privileges of full membership of the League and shall not be entitled to vote, nor to attend meetings except at the invitation of the Management Committee.
6.1 An attendance of 18 members of the General Committee shall constitute a quorum.
7. VOTING POWERS
7.1 Each member of the General Committee shall have one vote. The Officers and members of the Management Committee shall not have a vote save that, in the event of an equality of votes, the Chairman shall have a casting vote.
8. MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
8.1 The General Committee shall elect a Management Committee to run the day to day business of the League, which shall include, inter alia, management of the finances of the League.
8.2 The Management Committee shall consist of twelve members, comprising The Chairman, Deputy Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, Assistant Secretary and Fixture Secretary. In addition, there shall be four elected members to represent the six divisions, plus two playing members elected from the General Committee.
8.3 The Management Committee shall be empowered to interpret and enforce the Constitution and the Playing Conditions of the League, and to take such action as it sees fit in its unfettered discretion to uphold the reputation and standards of the League.
8.4 The Management Committee shall meet at the discretion of the Chairman, and shall have the power to co-opt additional members as required.
8.5 The Management Committee shall determine the number of Clubs in each division and the detailed arrangements for promotion and relegation within the context of the Constitution.
8.6 The Management Committee shall appoint other sub committees as required, and shall nominate the representative from the League to sit on the Cricket Sub Committee of Kent County Cricket Club.
8.7 The Management Committee may propose resolutions and rule changes to General Meetings of the League, and nominate officers for election.
8.8 Each elected member of the Management Committee shall have one vote at Management Committee meetings. Co-opted members may not vote. In the event of an equality of votes, the Chairman shall have a casting vote. An attendance of five members of the Management Committee shall constitute a quorum.
8.9 The Management Committee may delegate executive responsibility for certain areas to individual members of the Committee. Individuals so authorised to act on behalf of the Management Committee shall be deemed to be acting with the authority vested in the Management Committee itself by the Constitution and the Playing Conditions.
8.10 All members of the Management Committee and officers of the League shall be indemnified out of the assets of the League, and against any liability incurred by them in defending any proceedings, whether civil or criminal, in which judgement is given in their favour or in which they are acquitted or in connection with any application in which relief is granted to them by the Court from liability for negligence, default, breach of duty or breach of trust in relation to the affairs of the League.
9. GROUND SUB COMMITTEE
9.1 The Ground Sub Committee shall comprise a Chairman and one representative of each Division, all of whom shall be elected by the General Committee, plus one member to be appointed by the Management Committee. The Chairman, Deputy Chairman and Secretary of the League shall be ex officio members of this sub committee.
9.2 The Ground Sub Committee shall determine the standard of grounds and facilities appropriate to each Division from time to time, and shall make recommendations to the Management Committee as to which clubs should be required to make necessary improvements in order to retain their position in the Division or League, or be a candidate for promotion to a higher division, and shall monitor the implementation of any such requirements.
10. GENERAL MEETINGS
10.1 All resolutions to be decided at General Meetings require a proposer and a seconder from member clubs or the Management Committee.
10.2 Amendments to either resolutions or Rule changes may be accepted at the meeting by the Chairman without prior notice at his sole discretion.
10.3 Candidates for election require a proposer and a seconder from member clubs or the Management Committee.
11. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
11.1 The Annual General Meeting shall be held prior to 15th February in each year, and notice thereof shall be given to clubs not less than 21 days beforehand.
11.2 The Officers of the League and members of sub committees shall be elected at the Meeting.
11.3 The financial year of the League ends on 30th November.
12. SPECIAL GENERAL MEETINGS
12.1 The Management Committee shall have the power to call a Special General Meeting, for which the minimum notice shall be fourteen days.
12.2 A Special General Meeting may also be called at the request to the Secretary in writing of no fewer than ten member clubs. Any such meeting shall be held within 28 days of the receipt by the Secretary of proper notification.
13. SUBSCRIPTIONS, LEVIES AND FINES
13.1 There shall be an entrance fee payable on admission, which is non-refundable.
13.2 Subscriptions for each forthcoming year shall be determined by simple majority at the Annual General Meeting. Subscriptions become due and shall be paid on or before 1st May of the current year. A fine of £50 will be levied for any subscription received after 31st May.
13.3 Levies for Handbooks, the Results Service, the Umpires Panel, and the Annual Dinner shall be determined by the Management Committee and advised to member Clubs at the Annual General Meeting.
13.4 Fines and penalties for the late submission of fixtures, scoresheets, and handbook entries shall be determined by the Management Committee and advised to member Clubs at the Annual General Meeting.
13.5 Additional levies, fines and penalties may be further determined by the Management Committee and advised to member Clubs at the following Annual General Meeting. All levies and fines shall be payable to the Treasurer.
13.6 The Management Committee shall have the power to deal with late or non payment of subscriptions, levies and fines under Rule 18.
13.7 Any club which fails to provide representation, without reasonable excuse, at a meeting of the General Committee shall be fined the sum of £25. Any club which fails to provide representation, without reasonable excuse, at the League's AGM shall be fined £50.
14.1 Fixtures shall be played on Saturdays or Bank Holiday Mondays to be designated by the Fixture Secretary, with exceptions to be at the sole discretion of the Management Committee.
15.1 The Club gaining the largest number of points in each Division each season shall be the Champion Club.
15.2 In the event of two clubs having the same number of points, precedence will be given to the club with the greatest number of victories achieved in that season.
15.3 Should that number be identical, precedence shall be given to the Club with the greatest number of victories batting first achieved in that season.
15.4 Should that number be identical, precedence shall be given to the Club who scored the greater number of points in the League match (or matches) between the two clubs in that season.
15.5 Should that number be identical, or should there be more than two clubs with the identical number of both points and victories, precedence shall be given to the club with the best average of runs per wicket for, to the average of runs per wicket against.
16. PROMOTION AND RELEGATION
16.1 The final League placings for each season in each Division shall be determined by the formula in Rule 15.
16.2 The bottom two clubs at the end of each season in The Premier League, Division One, Division Two, Division Three, Division Four and Division Five shall be relegated to the Division immediately below.
16.3 The top two clubs at the end of each season in Division One, Division Two, Division Three, Division Four and Division Five shall be promoted to the Division immediately above.
16.4 Second elevens will operate independently from first elevens in respect of promotion and relegation.
16.5 In the event of a team gaining promotion to a Division where their Club already has a team, that team will not be promoted (although will be Awarded League Championship if in first place) and the team finishing in 9th position in the Division above will not be relegated.
16.6 In the event of a team being relegated into a lower division in which their Club already have a team, that team will also be relegated into the division below. In such circumstance the team finishing 9th will not therefore be relegated.
16.7 The Management Committee shall notify Clubs of the detailed arrangements for promotion and relegation between Division Five and approved regional Feeder Leagues.
16.8 Notwithstanding 16.2, 16.3, 16.4, 16.5, 16.6 and 16.7, promotion of qualifying Clubs will be dependent upon facilities of a commensurate standard, and the Management Committee shall have the express power to deny promotion, on the recommendation of the Ground Sub Committee, and to vary the arrangements for promotion and relegation accordingly.
16.9 Notwithstanding 16.2, 16.3, 16.4, 16.5, 16.6 and 16.7, promotion of qualifying Clubs will be dependent on all payment of all outstanding due to their previous League and the Committee shall have the express power to deny promotion, if any dues remain outstanding.
16.10 In the event of a side being denied promotion for any reason, the side finishing on 9th place in the division above will not be relegated.
16.11 It is a fundamental condition of Full Membership and Associate Membership of the League that Clubs endorse the unfettered jurisdiction of the Management Committee in this regard, and accept without reservation that their decisions are binding and not subject to appeal.
17. ELIGIBILITY OF PLAYERS
17.1 Clubs must register all players in one of the following three categories:
Category 1 - All players except those in Categories 2 and 3 Category 2 - Players contracted to a first class County Category 3 - Overseas Players
Every player registered to play in the League explicitly acknowledges, by virtue of their registration, the Constitution of the League and the Playing Conditions, and in particular the powers of the League in relation to conduct and disciplinary procedures, and undertakes to be bound by them.
17.2 Clubs must supply the following information on all players to the League prior to 20th April each year:
Surname, Initials, First Names Current Address, including post code, Date of Birth, Country of birth (if outside UK, date of most recent entry into UK), Previous Clubs and Category of Player
17.3. Any subsequent registration must be received and approved at least 48 hours prior to the relevant League match.
17.4 Registration of a player shall at any time be dependent upon all financial and other obligations to his former Club having been discharged.
17.5 No player may be registered after 31st July each year without the express permission in writing of the League Management Committee. This will only be granted in the most exceptional circumstances.
17.6 Prior to 31st May each season, a Category 1 player may transfer to any other Club in the League with the approval of both his original Club and the League Management Committee. Approval must be granted at least 48 hours prior to the player being allowed to play for his new Club. Transfers will only be approved where a player has discharged all financial and other obligations to his former Club.
17.7 Category 2 and Category 3 players may not be transferred during the season.
17.8 Clubs will only be permitted one inward transfer after 20th April per season.
17.9 A player from a Club outside the Kent League may be registered at any time prior to 31st July provided that the Management Committee have received consent in writing from both his former Club and the relevant League Management Committee, and provided that all the other conditions are met. Players so registered shall not be deemed to be transferred.
17.10 No player who has declined an invitation to play for an ECB or County representative side shall be permitted to play in the League on the same day. Where a representative match involves travel on the preceding or following day(s), this takes priority and the player may not play in the League on those days.
17.11 No Club shall permit more than one overseas player per team in any League match.
17.12 A player will be not be classified as an overseas player if the following conditions are met:
a) If he was born within Great Britain; or
b) If his mother and/or father was born within Great Britain, or he himself or his mother or father was born within Scotland or any part of Ireland and in either case the cricketer is residing and has been resident for the preceding four consecutive years within Great Britain; or
c) If he is residing and has been resident for the preceding seven years within Great Britain; or
d) If he is residing and has been resident both for the preceding four consecutive years and since the day of his fourteenth birthday within Great Britain.
e) He must be either a British Citizen or an Irish Citizen; and
f) He must not have played competitive first class cricket in any country outside Great Britain during the preceding four consecutive years; and
g) In the case of a cricketer seeking to become qualified under b), c) or d) above, he will only be treated as having been resident within Great Britain for the relevant consecutive period if he has spent a minimum of 210 days in each year within Great Britain (for which purpose 'year' shall mean a year ending 1st April).
17.13 An overseas player, as defined herewith, who is ordinarily resident in Great Britain, will be granted exempt status provided all the following conditions are met:
a) He has been resident in this country for a period of 24 consecutive months prior to the date of his application for exempt status.
b) He has not been out of this country for longer than 28 days consecutively, or 56 days in total, during the previous 24 months.
c) Any remuneration he receives from playing cricket is not the main source of his income.
d) Satisfactory proof of 17.13 a), b), and c) is submitted with the application for exempt status.
e) The application is submitted a minimum of three weeks prior to the date of the first match in which the player seeks to play with exempt status.
17.14 The Management Committee shall in addition have the power to grant exempt status to players who have been reclassified as overseas players, and in cases where in their unfettered discretion they believe a relaxation of the rule to be appropriate.
17.15 In addition to the foregoing eligibility rules, a player who has played in a recognised Test match or One Day International for a country which is a full member of the International Cricket Council, other than England, will be ineligible to play in the League during that calendar year and for the next three full seasons.
17.16 In the event of a breach of the eligibility rules, the offending Club shall automatically be deemed to have lost the match and shall receive no points. Their opponents shall be awarded the number points receivable if the match had been forfeited to them, or the number of points actually gained, whichever is the greater.
17.17 Should both Clubs in the same match be in breach of these rules, both Clubs shall be deemed to have lost the match and shall receive no points.
17.18 Clubs who play unregistered or ineligible players shall be subject to additional sanctions at the discretion of the Management Committee which may include, but not be limited to, the imposition of fines, the suspension of players, the deduction of points, and the awarding of matches to the opposition.
17.19 All Clubs must field the strongest sides available on the day for each eleven.
17.20 Any attempts to 'load' the strength of any eleven artificially for tactical reasons will be treated as a serious breach of the Constitution and will be dealt with under Rule 18. Clubs may be required to justify their selection policy to the Management Committee.
17.21 As a condition of membership of the League, member Clubs explicitly acknowledge the jurisdiction of the Management Committee over registration and eligibility decisions, and accept that all such decisions shall be final, binding, and not subject to appeal.
17.22 A team discovered playing a player under an assumed name will be automatically relegated at the end of the season.
18. CONDUCT AND BREACHES OF THE CONSTITUTION
18.1 The Management Committee shall have the power to take appropriate action against individuals or member clubs in the event of misconduct or breaches of either the Constitution or the Playing Conditions of the League.
18.2 These powers shall include, but shall not be limited to, the imposition of fines, the suspension of players, the deduction of points, the awarding of matches to the opposition, the relegation of a Club to a lower Division, and the expulsion of a Club from the League.
18.3 The Management Committee may appoint a Disciplinary Committee to consider cases of misconduct.
18.4 The Disciplinary Procedures shall be subject to approval at Annual or Special General Meetings, and shall require a two thirds majority of those present and voting in favour.
18.5 The Procedures must include a provision for the right of appeal against the length of suspension imposed, save that such right shall be subject to the parameters specified within the Disciplinary Procedures.
18.6 Any appeals shall be heard by the Appeal Committee, which shall consist of the Chairman of the Appeals Committee together with three persons selected by the Chairman of the Appeal Committee. Such persons shall be members of Clubs of the Kent Cricket League but free of association with the appeal in question.
18.7 No member of the Management Committee or the Disciplinary Sub-Committee may serve on the Appeal Committee.
18.8 The Chairman of the Appeal Committee shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting each year.
19. CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHIES AND FLAGS
19.1 Trophies and flags shall be awarded to the winning first and second elevens in each Division.
19.2 All trophies and flags are to be returned to the League by 1st November the following year. Any club failing to return their flag to the League will be charged for a replacement. A fine to be determined by the Management Committee will be levied on any club failing to return their trophy, if the trophy is damaged or for cleaning if required.
20. CHANGES TO THE CONSTITUTION
20.1 The Constitution of the League may be changed only at the Annual General Meeting or a properly constituted Special General Meeting.
20.2 Any formal resolution to change the Constitution of the League at the Annual General Meeting must be circulated to member Clubs at least 28 days prior to the date of the Annual General Meeting.
20.3 Constitution of the League may also be changed at a Special General Meeting. Notwithstanding the provisions of Rule 12, a formal resolution to change the Constitution must be circulated to member clubs not less than 21 days prior to the date of the meeting in this event.
20.4 No change in the Constitution shall be admitted, except where there is a two thirds majority of those present and voting in favour of the resolution.
20.5 The Chairman may, at his discretion, decide to accept postal or proxy votes.
20.6 Notwithstanding Rule 20.4, a rule change designed to extend the structure of club cricket in Kent to link with a 'Feeder' League or Leagues shall require only a simple majority of those present and voting at a General Meeting of the League.
21. PLAYING CONDITIONS
21.1 The Playing Conditions for each Division shall be deemed to have the same status as the Constitution of the League, save that where there is an apparent conflict the Constitution shall prevail.
21.2 Players in all League matches will wear clothing and equipment that follow the League Management guidelines, that is predominantly white.
22. CHANGES TO PLAYING CONDITIONS
22.1 The Playing Conditions for each Division may only be amended by a vote of those Clubs whose teams currently constitute the membership of that Division.
22.2 Any proposed change to the Playing Conditions must conform to guidelines laid down by the Management Committee from time to time.
22.3 A two thirds majority of those present and voting in favour of the resolution shall be required.
22.4 Notice of any proposal to change the Playing Conditions of a Division shall be circulated in writing to all the current Clubs within that Division not less than twenty one days before the meeting at which the matter is to be decided.
22.5 Any such meetings of a Division will take place in accordance with the rules and principles governing the conduct of League meetings.
23 WINDING UP OF THE LEAGUE
23.1 The member Clubs may vote to wind up the League if not less than two thirds of those present at a properly convened General Meeting vote in favour of any such proposal. The General Meeting will be governed by the Constitution in force at the time of the said General Meeting.
23.2 If a resolution is passed in accordance with 23.1 above the Management Committee in existence immediately prior to the passing of the resolution to wind up the League shall conclude the outstanding affairs of the League.
23.3 After full and final settlement of all the liabilities of the League the Management Committee shall dispose of all the net assets of the League in accordance with 23.5 below.
23.4 In relation to 23.2 and 23.3 herein the Management Committee may incur reasonable professional costs to effect the winding up of the League provided that such costs are met by the League funds available immediately prior to the passing of the resolution to wind up the League. No such liability will lie with any Member Club as at the date of the said General Meeting.
23.5 The Net assets of the League as defined in 23.3 above shall be divided equally amongst the League Clubs who were members of the League as defined in the Constitution at the commencement of the Annual General Meeting immediately prior to the passing of the resolution to wind up the League. If the resolution to wind up the League is passed at an Annual General Meeting the net assets of the League shall be divided equally amongst those clubs which were members of the League at the commencement of that Annual General Meeting.
23.6 If for whatever reason there are no League Clubs as defined in 23.5 herein the net assets of the League will be donated to the Kent Cricket Commuity.
23.7 For the avoidance of doubt a Club is a single entity notwithstanding the number of sides that Club has in the League.