GMCL Rules - Sec A - The Competition
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SECTION A - THE LEAGUE
rules as at Oct 2020
This section of the rules describes the league set up and how you can take part
1 Competition, Membership & Structure
This section of the rules describes how the league is managed and organised
1.1.The Competition Summary
220.127.116.11.The competition shall be named “The Greater Manchester Cricket League”
18.104.22.168.The competition shall be referred to throughout the document as “the League” or “GMCL”
1.1.2.Management of The Competition
22.214.171.124.Greater Manchester Cricket League Ltd (“The Company”)
126.96.36.199.1.is a company limited by guarantee, registered with Companies House, created for the sole purpose of running The Greater Manchester Cricket League for the benefit of all its participating clubs.
188.8.131.52.2.The Competition, and the format, structure and numbers of participating clubs in each tournament within, falls under the management of the Board of Directors (“the Board”) of The Company
184.108.40.206.The Board of Directors
220.127.116.11.1.are volunteers giving their time for the benefit of the League.
18.104.22.168.2.Can appoint new Directors when considered appropriate to do so.
22.214.171.124.3.Can engage experts and make payment for specialist skills in specific areas where it is deemed necessary.
126.96.36.199.4.Will be engaged in accordance with the Articles of Association of the Company
188.8.131.52.5.Will welcome volunteers wishing to join the Board from within the member clubs to take on required duties in accordance with the Articles of Association of the Company.
184.108.40.206.6.All decisions regarding the interpretation and implementation of the rules lie with the Board
220.127.116.11.Club Officials engagement with the Board
18.104.22.168.1.The following lines of communication are available:
22.214.171.124.1.1.Each Board member has a portfolio of clubs to act as first contact should issues or questions arise. The list of contacts is on the league website here
126.96.36.199.1.2.The Board have a feedback and suggestions page on the website https://www.gtrmcrcricket.co.uk/pages/feedback-suggestions this is available 24/7 365.
188.8.131.52.1.3.The league central e-mail of GtrMcrCricket@mail.com can be contacted at any time
184.108.40.206.1.4.Other contact e-mails are available here https://www.gtrmcrcricket.co.uk/pages/contact
220.127.116.11.1.5.The Board will also seek opinion and proposals from all members when considered appropriate to support the decision-making process.
18.104.22.168.The Board shall add sponsors names to the competition and the tournaments within, as such agreements arise.
1.2. GMCL Competitions
1.2.1.GMCL Season Dates
22.214.171.124.These are the season dates for the seasons ahead
126.96.36.199.1.the dates shown are the 22 Saturdays required for the Saturday Fixtures
188.8.131.52.1.1.2020 – 18 April 2020 to 12 September 2020
184.108.40.206.1.2.2021 – 17 April 2021 to 11 September 2021
220.127.116.11.1.3.2022 – 23 April 2022 to 17 September 2022
18.104.22.168.1.4.2023 – 22 April 2023 to 16 September 2023
22.214.171.124.1.5.2024 – 20 April 2024 to 14 September 2024
126.96.36.199.1.6.2025 – 19 April 2025 to 13 September 2025
1.2.1.Number of competitions
188.8.131.52.1.As well as the tournaments listed in this section the league will seek to add tournaments as appropriate to support national and county board development initiatives
184.108.40.206.2.Any suggestions for additional tournaments or competitions are welcome, please submit to GtrMcrCricket@mail.com.
1.2.2.League Competition - Open Age League Cricket, overview
220.127.116.11.The GMCL Saturday competition will contain multiple tiers
18.104.22.168.1.each with one or more divisions providing promotion and relegation throughout.
22.214.171.124.2.Divisions above the lowest tier will be constructed with a minimum of 12 teams wherever possible and
126.96.36.199.3.each team will play all other teams in the division Home and Away wherever possible.
188.8.131.52.The GMCL Sunday competition will be made of two separate structures
184.108.40.206.1.Each will contain several divisions and
220.127.116.11.2.One structure will provide promotion and relegation throughout.
18.104.22.168.3.The second will be regionalised with no promotion or relegation and have fewer games
22.214.171.124.GMCL Leagues - Annual Amendments & Reviews
126.96.36.199.1.The Saturday and Sunday League structure will be reviewed annually by the Board to consider any movement of clubs in the region into or out of GMCL and changes in the number of teams from within clubs already registered to take part in the GMCL.
1.2.3.Cup Competitions - Open Age Cup Cricket, overview
188.8.131.52.GMCL Cups Overview
184.108.40.206.1.The Board or any Sub Committee set up by the Board shall have power to adjudicate in all disputed matters in the Cup competitions, and their decision shall be final.
220.127.116.11.2.All matches shall be played under the revised M.C.C. Laws of Cricket and League Match Bye-Laws, unless stated in these Rules.
18.104.22.168.GMCL will organise multiple Cup competitions
22.214.171.124.1.There will be one or more Sunday Cups which are open to all Third XIs and Fourth XIs playing in the Sunday League.
126.96.36.199.2.All Second XI teams playing on Saturday or Sunday who wish to take part in the cup competitions shall play in the Second XI Cups.
188.8.131.52.3.The number of First XI cup competitions will vary (as determined by the Board to take account of changing numbers of First XIs from time to time) with the aim of limiting the number of Sunday games for first teams but also providing clubs at all levels with the real opportunity of winning a trophy against clubs of a similar standard but aims to provide, as a minimum, the following
184.108.40.206.3.1.The highest placed First XI teams shall compete for “The Derek Kay Cup”. (number dependent on Lancs KO teams requiring a bye in the first round of this cup)
220.127.116.11.3.2.The next 32 Saturday First XI teams shall compete for “The 1st XI Championship Cup”
18.104.22.168.3.3.The remaining Saturday First XI teams and any First XI teams playing in the Sunday League shall compete for “The 1st XI League Cup”.
22.214.171.124.Entry into Cup Competitions
126.96.36.199.1.Entry into the appropriate 1st XI competitions shall be compulsory for all Saturday 1st XI teams.
188.8.131.52.2.Teams competing in the 2nd XI Saturday competition & Sunday Competition can choose not to play in Cup competitions
1.2.4.GMCL20 - 20 over tournament, overview
184.108.40.206.The GMCL20 shall be under the control of the Board
220.127.116.11.GMCL20 - Competition Structure
18.104.22.168.1.The number of competitions and their format will be reviewed annually based on the number of entrants
22.214.171.124.2.The structure will be set to provide pool games to maximise the number of home games for each club
126.96.36.199.3.The number of pools will determine how the knockout rounds will be determined
188.8.131.52.4.The final four teams will play on a single final’s day, featuring two semi-finals and a final.
1.2.5.Fixture Publication (mailto:fixtures@GtrMcrCricket.co.uk )
184.108.40.206.Fixtures will be published after the club registrations deadline
220.127.116.11.1.the aim is to publish all Saturday fixtures within a month of the final registration date, October 31st
18.104.22.168.2.This may be delayed where changes to the division structure are required in the event of multiple new teams or new clubs joining the League at the deadline date, in which case up to an extra month’s preparation may be required.
22.214.171.124.The fixtures will be shared with clubs upon completion
126.96.36.199.1.initially via a text searchable pdf and fixture upload to the scoring app will follow in the new year
188.8.131.52.The League reserves the right to change fixtures or divisional placements
184.108.40.206.1.This can happen where there are unavoidable late team withdrawals or changes at clubs affecting the level at which they can play.
1.2.6.Junior Competitions overview (mailto:juniors@GtrMcrCricket.co.uk )
220.127.116.11.The league will organise and manage junior cricket tournaments
18.104.22.168.1.Regionalised Junior Leagues, with multi team match nights for Under 9s
22.214.171.124.2.Regionalised Junior Leagues and Cups for Under 11, 13, 15 & 17
126.96.36.199.The number of teams entering the junior competitions changes year on year
188.8.131.52.1.Therefore. the Junior sub-committee will determine the structure of competitions in each age group following receipt of the entry forms prior to each season
1.3.Membership of the League
1.3.1.Club Registration (enquiries mailto:GtrMcrCricket@mail.com)
184.108.40.206.All clubs to register all teams annually
220.127.116.11.1.This covers Under 9 through to senior competition.
18.104.22.168.2.Clubs may enter all their teams or selected teams in our competition and
22.214.171.124.3.Clubs can change the teams entered from year to year
126.96.36.199.4.Clubs may retain teams in other league competitions
188.8.131.52.All clubs playing in the League must provide basic contact information to the league each year.
184.108.40.206.1.to provide accurate and up to date contact details for selected officials and
220.127.116.11.2.to provide the full address, postcode and directions to their home ground for the season ahead.
1.3.2.Club to League Memorandum of Understanding (enquiries mailto:club-director@GtrMcrCricket.co.uk)
18.104.22.168.All clubs playing in the League must provide the following commitments, in writing, each year through our memorandum of understanding (MOU).
22.214.171.124.1.To confirm, where participating in the Saturday competition, that any designated home ground will be available every Saturday with no more than two exceptions per club for long standing / traditional events, which must be advised with the registration. There can be no change to Saturday dates available after October 31st.
126.96.36.199.2.to confirm that the club has enough players, eligible to play all games in the applicant team’s relevant divisions
188.8.131.52.3.to confirm that the club will not forfeit any matches apart from in exceptional circumstances upon application to the Board
184.108.40.206.4.to confirm that the club will provide a “club umpire” when required.
220.127.116.11.5.to confirm that all their players are fully aware of the disciplinary regulations and
18.104.22.168.6.to confirm that the club officials will work with the league to reduce the number of disciplinary incidents and be the first part of the procedure when dealing with disciplinary reports.
22.214.171.124.7.to confirm that the club will play the game as it was intended to be played with respect for the competition and respect for your opponents and officials at all times
1.3.3.Clubs: Cost of Membership (enquiries mailto:finance@GtrMcrCricket.co.uk )
126.96.36.199.Membership subscriptions to the league are reviewed annually
188.8.131.52.1.The club subscription for “the current season” is nil,
184.108.40.206.The League collects the Lancashire Cricket Foundation (LCF) fees from clubs
220.127.116.11.1.The fees are set by the LCF annually
18.104.22.168.2.The fees are based on each club’s level of participation in cricket
22.214.171.124.3.GMCL send 100% of the fees collected to the LCF.
126.96.36.199.The Annual Dinner
188.8.131.52.1.The league requires mandatory purchase of a small number of Annual Presentation Dinner tickets, the number to be decided annually by the Board
184.108.40.206.Returnable deposits may be required from new clubs joining GMCL.
1.3.4.Mandatory Match Balls
220.127.116.11.GMCL require all teams to use league stamped balls from our partner ball supplier.
18.104.22.168.GMCL Match Balls - Ordering and Payment
22.214.171.124.1.Orders must be placed annually on the order form on the GMCL website
126.96.36.199.2.50% of the cost is due before distribution, 50% is due at May 31st
188.8.131.52.3.Any issues over payment should be referred to the Board as soon as problems are identified and no later than the start of the season. Please mail firstname.lastname@example.org
184.108.40.206.4.Late payments will attract a supplementary cost and delivery charges and
220.127.116.11.4.1.Where invoices remain outstanding a points penalty will apply to all teams from any club still owing.
RULES SECTION A - 1.4. GMCL & cricHQ
1.4.1.cricHQ is the GMCL’s partner for player registration and match scoring
18.104.22.168.Players must register annually on cricHQ before the season or before their first game in a season
22.214.171.124.1.This creates a player record on cricHQ
126.96.36.199.2.The player details registered must include
188.8.131.52.2.2.Date of Birth
184.108.40.206.2.3.and, for anyone playing in any of our open age competitions, a passport style photo
220.127.116.11.2.4.together with any other requirements as may be needed from time to time to enable the league to carry out its stated role.
18.104.22.168.3.Registration on cricHQ is mandatory
22.214.171.124.4.The registration must be accompanied by any payment required at the time of registration
126.96.36.199.4.1.In advance of the annual registration the Board will list the benefits and services provided to all registering
188.8.131.52.4.1.1.This will include access to the cricHQ app to view all scorecards and stats in GMCL and games around the world.
184.108.40.206.Each club must have one or more cricHQ administrators (“cricHQ admin”)
220.127.116.11.1.Each Administrator is responsible for
18.104.22.168.1.1.verifying that all the club’s players are registered on cricHQ and
22.214.171.124.1.2.managing the allocation of the club’s players to the teams at the club and
126.96.36.199.1.3.adding scorers to the club’s cricHQ profile
188.8.131.52.2.To add an administrator or scorer
184.108.40.206.2.1.Any current club administrator can add another club member into the roles
220.127.116.11.3.If this is not possible, the club chairman or secretary, as previously notified to us, must e-mail GtrMcrCricket@mail.com in an e-mail headed “cricHQ new administrator needed” and state the name of the club, name of the person wishing to be an administrator and their e-mail address and signed off with the sender’s name and position at the club system for scoring our matches
18.104.22.168.Scorers register on the cricHQ scoring app for each match
22.214.171.124.1.Once registered by the club as an official scorer for a team
126.96.36.199.1.1.this automatically gives the scorer access to the team’s matches and
188.8.131.52.1.1.1.allows them to enter the players from the club for any match for the team
184.108.40.206.1.1.2.allows them to score any match for that team
220.127.116.11.The system links registered players to the players selected for a match
18.104.22.168.1.adds the stats for the match to the team’s record and the player’s record
22.214.171.124.The match and ball by ball commentary on the game is visible to all users of the cricHQ app
126.96.36.199.1.Access to this is provided free to all GMCL registered players as part of the registration fee.