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GMCL Rules Tabs - A1 - The Competition

GMCL Rules 

SECTION A - THE LEAGUE
A(a)This section of the rules describes the league set up and how you can take part
1.Competition, Membership & Structure
1(a)This section of the rules describes how the league is managed and organised

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1.1. The Competition Summary
1.1.1. Competition Name
1.1.1.1. The competition shall be named “The Greater Manchester Cricket League”
1.1.1.2. The competition shall be referred to throughout the document as “the League” or “GMCL”
1.1.2. Management of The Competition
1.1.2.1. Greater Manchester Cricket League Ltd (“The Company”)
1.1.2.1.1. The Competition, and the format, structure and numbers of participating clubs in each tournament within the League, falls under the management of the Board of Directors (“the Board”) of The Greater Manchester Cricket League Ltd (“The Company”)
1.1.2.1.2. The Company is limited by guarantee, registered with Companies House and created for the sole purpose of running The Greater Manchester Cricket League for the benefit of all its members, its participating clubs.
1.1.2.1.3. All decisions regarding the interpretation and implementation of the rules lie with the Board.
1.1.2.2. The Board of Directors
1.1.2.2.1. Will be engaged in accordance with the Articles of Association of the Company
1.1.2.2.2. are volunteers giving their time for the benefit of the League.
1.1.2.2.3. Can appoint new Directors when considered appropriate to do so.
1.1.2.2.4. 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.
1.1.2.2.5. Can engage experts and make payment for specialist skills in specific areas where it is deemed necessary.
1.1.2.3. Communication with the Board
1.1.2.3.1. There are a number of lines of communication available:
1.1.2.3.1.1. 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 under GMCL A-Z "Contact the League"
1.1.2.3.1.2. The league central e-mail of enquiries@GtrMcrCricket.co.uk can be contacted at any time
1.1.2.3.1.3. Formal Communication with the league should be sent to secretary@GtrMcrCricket.co.uk
1.1.2.4. Feedback & Suggestions
1.1.2.4.1. The Board will also seek opinion and proposals from all members when considered appropriate to support the decision-making process.
1.1.2.4.2. 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.
1.1.2.5. Sponsor Agreements
1.1.2.4.1 The Board shall add sponsors names to the competition and the tournaments within the League, as such agreements arise.

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1.2. GMCL Competitions
1.2.1. Number of competitions
1.2.1.1. GMCL Tournaments - Annual Amendments & Reviews
1.2.1.1.2. 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.
1.2.1.1.1. The Cup and Pool Tournaments (e.g. GMCL20 - our 20 over competition) will be reviewed annually to ensure maximum participation for the changing member clubs registered.
1.2.1.2. New competitions
1.2.1.2.1. 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
1.2.1.2.2. Any suggestions for additional tournaments or competitions are welcome, please submit to club-director@GtrMcrCricket.co.uk
 
1.2.2. League Competition - Open Age League Cricket, overview
1.2.2.1. The GMCL Saturday competition will contain multiple tiers
1.2.2.1.1. each with one or more divisions providing promotion and relegation throughout.
1.2.2.1.2. Divisions above the lowest tier will be constructed with a minimum of 12 teams wherever possible and
1.2.2.1.3. each team will play all other teams in the division Home and Away wherever possible.
1.2.2.2. The GMCL Sunday competition will contain several levels
1.2.2.2.1. Each will contain one or more divisions and
1.2.2.2.2. One structure will provide promotion and relegation throughout and provide the "Sunday Champions"
1.2.2.2.3. A second will be regionalised with no promotion or relegation and have fewer games
1.2.2.2.4 A third will be targeted at those who wish to play young development teams only
1.2.2.2.5 Any further structures in the Sunday competition will be introduced by Board decision from time to time
1.2.3. Cup Competitions - Open Age Cup Cricket, overview
1.2.3.1. GMCL Cups Overview
1.2.3.1.1. All matches shall be played under the revised M.C.C. Laws of Cricket and League Match Bye-Laws, unless stated in these Rules.
1.2.3.1.2. 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.
1.2.3.2. GMCL will organise multiple Cup competitions
1.2.3.2.1. There will be one or more Sunday Cups which are open to all Third XIs and Fourth XIs playing in the Sunday League.
1.2.3.2.2. 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.
1.2.3.2.3. 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
1.2.3.2.3.1. 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)
1.2.3.2.3.2. The next 32 Saturday First XI teams shall compete for “The 1st XI Championship Cup”
1.2.3.2.3.3. The remaining Saturday First XI teams and any First XI teams playing in the Sunday League shall compete for “The John Barrow League Cup”.
1.2.3.3. Entry into Cup Competitions
1.2.3.3.1. Entry into the appropriate 1st XI competitions shall be compulsory for all 1st XI teams playing on Saturday or Sunday
1.2.3.3.2. 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
1.2.4.1. GMCL20 - Competition Structure
1.2.4.1.1. The GMCL20 shall be under the control of the Board
1.2.4.1.2. The number of competitions and their format will be reviewed annually based on the number of entrants
1.2.4.1.3. The structure will be set to provide pool games to maximise the number of home games for each club
1.2.4.1.4. The number of pools will determine how the knockout rounds will be determined
1.2.4.1.5. The final four teams will play on a single final’s day, featuring two semi-finals and a final.
1.2.5. Fixture Overview (mailto:webadmin@GtrMcrCricket.co.uk )
1.2.5.1. Fixture Generation
1.2.5.1.1. Fixtures will be generated after the club registrations deadline
1.2.5.1.2. 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.
1.2.5.2. Fixture Publication
1.2.5.1.1. the aim is to publish all fixtures within a month of the final registration date for each tournament
1.2.5.2.1. initially via a text searchable pdf, an Excel sheet, and fixture upload to the scoring app will followbefore the season
1.2.5.3. Fixture Changes
1.2.5.3.1. The League reserves the right to change fixtures or divisional placements
1.2.5.3.2. 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 )
1.2.6.1. The league will organise and manage junior cricket tournaments
1.2.6.1.1. Regionalised Junior Leagues, with multi team match nights for Under 9s
1.2.6.1.2. Regionalised Junior Leagues and Cups for Under 11, 13, 15 & 17
1.2.6.2. The number of teams entering the junior competitions changes year on year
1.2.6.2.1. 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

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1.3. Membership of the League
1.3.1. Club Annual Registration (enquiries mailto:enquiries@GtrMcrCricket.co.uk)
1.3.1.1. All clubs to register all teams annually
1.3.1.1.1. This covers Under 9 through to senior competition.
1.3.1.1.2. Clubs may enter all their teams or selected teams in our competition and
1.3.1.1.3. Clubs can change the teams entered from year to year
1.3.1.1.4. Clubs may retain teams in other league competitions
1.3.1.1.5. By entering a team or teams, Clubs (whose most senior team will play in the GMCL) are deemed to have applied to be members of the Company
1.3.1.2. All clubs playing in the League must provide basic contact information to the league each year.
1.3.1.2.1. to provide accurate and up to date contact details for selected officials and
1.3.1.2.2. 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)
1.3.2.1. All clubs playing in the League must provide the following commitments, in writing, each year through our memorandum of understanding (MOU).
1.3.2.1.1. 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.
1.3.2.1.2. to confirm that the club has enough players, eligible to play all games in the applicant team’s relevant divisions
1.3.2.1.3. to confirm that the club will not forfeit any matches apart from in exceptional circumstances upon application to the Board
1.3.2.1.4. to confirm that the club will provide a “club umpire” when required.
1.3.2.1.5. to confirm that all their players are fully aware of the disciplinary regulations and
1.3.2.1.6. 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.
1.3.2.1.7. 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 in the spirit of cricket.
1.3.3. Clubs: Cost of Membership (enquiries mailto:finance@GtrMcrCricket.co.uk )
1.3.3.1. Membership subscriptions 
1.3.3.1.1. Club payments due to the league are reviewed annually, the subscription for “the current season” is nil,
1.3.3.2. Lancashire Cricket Foundation (LCF) fees from clubs
1.3.3.2.1. The fees are set by the LCF annually
1.3.3.2.2. The fees are based on each club’s level of participation in cricket
1.3.3.2.3. GMCL are required to collect these fees from clubs and send 100% of the fees collected to the LCF.
1.3.3.3. The Annual Dinner
1.3.3.3.1. The league requires mandatory purchase of a small number of Annual Presentation Dinner tickets, the number to be decided annually by the Board
1.3.3.4. New Club Deposits on Registration
1.3.3.4.1. Returnable deposits may be required from new clubs joining GMCL.
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

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1.3.4. Mandatory Match Balls
1.3.4.1. Clubs must use GMCL approved match balls in all GMCL mtaches
1.3.4.1.1. GMCL require all teams to purchase league stamped balls from our partner ball supplier.
1.3.4.2. GMCL Match Balls - Ordering and Payment
1.3.4.2.1. Orders must be placed annually on the order form on the GMCL website
1.3.4.2.2. Payment terms will be published annually on the order form
1.3.4.2.3. Payment terms should be discussed with the supplier following issue of the invoice. 
1.3.4.2.4. If you have any questions please mail finance@gtrmcrcricket.co.uk
1.3.4.2.5. Where invoices remain outstanding a points penalty will apply to all teams from any club still owing.
1.3.4.3.  Mandatory Match Ball Standard by Division or Cup
1.3.4.3.1. Saturday Divisions above Divisions 3 & 4
1.3.4.3.1.1. Match to commence with NEW Windsor Ball
1.3.4.3.1.2. Spare Ball must be a Used Windsor Ball
1.3.4.3.2. Saturday Divisions 3 & 4 and all Sunday Divisions
1.3.4.3.2.1. Match to commence with a NEW or used Windsor Ball, a NEW Hampton Ball or a NEW St James Ball
1.3.4.3.2.2. Spare Ball must be a Used Windsor Ball, Used Hampton Ball or Used St James Ball
1.3.4.3.3. Derek Kay 1st XI Cup, Championship 1st XI Cup & GMCL20
1.3.4.3.3.1. Match to commence with NEW PINK Windsor Ball
1.3.4.3.4. 1st XI League Cup and 2nd XI Cups
1.3.4.3.4.1. Match to commence with NEW Windsor Ball
1.3.4.3.4.2. Spare Ball must be a Used Windsor Ball
1.3.4.3.5. 3rd XI, 4th XI & 5th XI in cups
1.3.4.3.5.1. Match to commence with a NEW Windsor Ball, a NEW Hampton Ball or a NEW St James Ball
1.3.4.3.5.2. Spare Ball must be a Used Windsor Ball, Used Hampton Ball or Used St James Ball
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

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1.4. GMCL & cricHQ
1.4.1. cricHQ and GMCL partnership
1.4.1.1. cricHQ - Annual Registration
1.4.1.1.1. Players must register annually on cricHQ before the season or before their first game in a season
1.4.1.1.1.1. This creates a player record on cricHQ
1.4.1.1.1.2. The player details registered must include
1.4.1.1.1.2.1. Full name,
1.4.1.1.1.2.2. Date of Birth
1.4.1.1.1.2.3. and, for anyone playing in any of our open age competitions, a passport style photo
1.4.1.1.1.2.4. together with any other requirements as may be needed from time to time to enable the league to carry out its stated role.
1.4.1.1.3. Registration on cricHQ is mandatory
1.4.1.1.4. The registration must be accompanied by any payment required at the time of registration
1.4.1.1.4.1. In advance of the annual registration the Board will list the benefits and services provided to all registering
1.4.1.1.4.1.1. This will include access to the cricHQ app to view all scorecards and stats in GMCL and games around the world.
1.4.1.2. cricHQ - Club Administrator
1.4.1.2.1. Each club must have one or more cricHQ administrators (“cricHQ admin”)
1.4.1.2.2. Each cricHQ admin is responsible for
1.4.1.2.2.1. verifying that all the club’s players are registered on cricHQ and
1.4.1.2.2.2. managing the allocation of the club’s players to the teams at the club and
1.4.1.2.2.3. adding scorers to the club’s cricHQ profile
1.4.1.2.3. To add an administrator or scorer
1.4.1.2.3.1. Any current club administrator can add another club member into the roles
1.4.1.2.4. 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.
1.4.1.3. cricHQ - Scorer Action
1.4.1.3.1. Once registered by the club as an official scorer for the club / team
1.4.1.3.1.1. this automatically gives the scorer access to the team’s matches and
1.4.1.3.1.2. allows them to enter the players from the club for any match for the team
1.4.1.3.2. Scorers register on the cricHQ scoring app for each match
1.4.1.3.2.1. this allows them to score any match for that team
1.4.1.4. cricHQ - Automatic processes
1.4.1.4.1. cricHQ automatically adds players registered for the relevant club and team to the squad available for any game for the appropriate team
1.4.1.4.1. cricHQ automaticall adds the stats for the match to the team’s record and the player’s record
1.4.1.5. cricHQ - "App"
1.4.1.5.1. Whilst the app is connected to the internet by the scorer
1.4.1.5.1.1. The match and ball by ball commentary on the game is visible to all users of the cricHQ app
1.4.1.5.2. Access to the cricHQ app is provided free to all GMCL registered players as part of the registration fee. Any other users can see basic information for free but can access the premium service for a small monthly fee