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GMCL Rules Tabs - A1 - The Competition

GMCL Rules - These Rules pages were reviewed and updated in Jun 2022

SECTION A - THE LEAGUE
 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

 

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Reviewed Jun 2022

 

A(a)

This section of the rules describes the league set up and structure

1.

Competition, Membership & Structure

1(a)

This section of the rules describes how the league is managed and organised

1.1.

The Competition Summary

1.1.1.

Competition Name

1.1.1.1.

The competition shall be named The Greater Manchester Cricket League ("The League" or "GMCL")

1.1.2.

Management of The Competition

1.1.2.1.

Greater Manchester Cricket League Ltd

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.

GMCL - The Board

1.1.2.2.1.

The Board will be engaged in accordance with the Articles of Association of the Company

1.1.2.2.2.

All Directors are volunteers giving their time for the benefit of the League and the member clubs.

1.1.2.2.3.

The Board can appoint new Directors when considered appropriate to do so.

1.1.2.2.4.

The Board 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.

The Board 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 & League Functions

1.1.2.3.1.

There are a number of lines of communication with The Board available:

1.1.2.3.1.1.

The main e-mail addresses are listed on our website https://www.gtrmcrcricket.co.uk/pages/contact-us-new

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 for legal or official business only should be sent to secretary@GtrMcrCricket.co.uk

1.1.2.4.

Feedback & Suggestions

1.1.2.4.1.

The Board will 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.

1.2.

GMCL Competition

1.2.1.

GMCL- Cricket structure (enquiries to webadmin@GtrMcrCricket.co.uk )

1.2.1.1.

GMCL - Number of Tournaments within the competition

1.2.1.1.1.

GMCL will provide league cricket competitions for open age teams on Saturday and Sunday, league cricket competitions for age restricted junior teams on allocated weekdays, Cup competitions for all ages and pool cricket and finals days for open age 20 over competition.

1.2.1.2.

GMCL Tournaments - Annual Amendments & Reviews

1.2.1.2.2.

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.

1.2.1.2.3.

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.

1.2.1.2.4.

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. 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 League competition will contain multiple tiers based on ability, each with one or more divisions providing promotion and relegation throughout.

1.2.2.1.1.

Divisions above the lowest tier will be constructed with a minimum of 12 teams and each team in each division will play all other teams in the division Home and Away wherever possible.

1.2.2.2.

The GMCL Sunday League structure will contain several mini-structures

1.2.2.2.1.

One structure will provide promotion and relegation throughout and provide the "Sunday Champions"

1.2.2.2.2.

A second will be regionalised with no promotion or relegation and have fewer games

1.2.2.2.3.

A third will be targeted at those who wish to play younger development teams only with fewer games

1.2.2.2.4.

Any further structures in the Sunday competition or changes to the above will be introduced by Board decision from time to time as deemed appropriate and useful for the development of the game.

1.2.3.

Cup Competitions - Open Age Cup Cricket

1.2.3.1.

GMCL will organise multiple open age Cup competitions

1.2.3.1.1.

There will be one or more Sunday Cups which are open upon annual application to all Third Xis, Fourth XIs and below playing in the Sunday League.

1.2.3.1.2.

There will be one or more cup competition(s) open upon annual application to all Second XI teams playing on Saturday or Sunday, Second XIs entering the cup must play in the Second XI Cups.

1.2.3.1.3.

Entry into 1st XI cup competitions shall be compulsory for all 1st XI teams playing on Saturday or Sunday.

1.2.3.2.

First XI Cup Competitions

1.2.3.2.1.

The number of First XI cup competitions will vary (as determined annually by the Board to take account of changing numbers of First XIs) 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

1.2.3.2.1.1.

The highest placed First XI teams shall compete for “The Derek Kay Cup”. The number of teams is dependent on Lancs KO teams requiring a bye in the first round of this cup in order to create 8 ties in the second round - Round of 16

1.2.3.2.1.2.

16 teams, the lowest placed First XI teams and any First XI teams playing in the Sunday League in any season, shall compete for “The John Barrow League Cup” in the following season

1.2.3.2.1.3.

The remaining unplaced clubs First XI shall compete for “The 1st XI Championship Cup”, should there be more than 32 the Board will consider the option of a further competition or byes

1.2.3.3.

Second XI Cup Competitions

1.2.3.3.1.

The number of Second XI cup competitions will vary (as determined annually by the Board to take account of changing numbers of Second XIs entering) to give clubs at all levels the real opportunity of winning a trophy against clubs of a similar standard but aims to provide, as a minimum, the following

1.2.3.3.2.

A Premier 2nd XI Cup for the 32 highest placed 2nd XIs

1.2.3.3.3.

A Championship 2nd XI Cup for the remaining 2nd Xis entering the cup

1.2.3.4.

Sunday Cup Competitions

1.2.3.4.1.

The number of Sunday cup competitions will vary (as determined annually by the Board to take account of changing numbers of 3rd, 4th or 5th XIs entering) to provide 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

1.2.3.4.2.

A Premier Sunday Cup for the 32 highest placed teams

1.2.3.4.3.

A Championship Sunday Cup for the remaining teams entering the cup

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, the number of competitions and their format will be reviewed annually based on the number of entrants. The competition is open to all GMCL clubs upon annual application.

1.2.4.1.2.

The structure will be set to provide pool games to maximise an equal number of home games for each club, the number of pools will determine how the knockout rounds will be determined.

1.2.4.1.3.

The final four teams in each competition will play on a single final’s day, featuring two semi-finals and a final.

1.2.4.1.4.

The winner of the highest grade competition finals day will be given a place in the National ECB T20 club tournament

1.2.5.

Fixture Overview (fixtures@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, and where divisional numbers are more than the standard 12. in which case up to an extra month’s preparation may be required.

1.2.5.1.3.

The aim is to publish all fixtures within a month of the final registration date for each tournament initially via a text searchable pdf, an Excel sheet, and fixture upload to the scoring app will follow before the season

1.2.5.2.

Fixture Changes

1.2.5.2.1.

The League reserves the right to change fixtures or divisional placements, this can happen where there are unavoidable late team withdrawals, additions or changes at clubs affecting the level at which they can play.

1.2.6.

Junior Competitions overview (juniors@GtrMcrCricket.co.uk )

1.2.6.1.

The league will organise and manage junior cricket divisions and tournaments and determine the structure of competitions annually following receipt of the annual entry forms and as the number of teams entering the junior competitions changes year on year in each age group.

1.2.6.1.1.

Regionalised Junior Leagues and Cups for all age groups with multi team match nights for Under 9s

1.2.6.1.2.

Summer performance competitions across the region where teams of equal standard meet

Reviewed Jun 2022

 

1.3.

Membership of the League

1.3.1.

Club Annual Registration (enquiries to webadmin@GtrMcrCricket.co.uk)

1.3.1.1.

All clubs must register all their teams annually, from Under 9 through to seniors and for all competitions available.

1.3.1.1.1.

Clubs may enter all their teams or selected teams in our competition and clubs can change the teams entered from year to year

1.3.1.1.2.

Clubs may retain teams in other league competitions

1.3.1.1.3.

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 to 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.

1.3.2.1.8.

to confirm that the club is aware of league rules and how to review them on the website at https://www.gtrmcrcricket.co.uk/pages/gmcl-rules-menu

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 which are based on each club’s level of participation in cricket and 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 event tickets, the number to be decided annually by the Board, driven by the costs of hosting such event(s)

1.3.3.4.

New Club Deposits on Registration

1.3.3.4.1.

Returnable deposits may be required from new clubs joining GMCL, see "Joining the League"

1.3.4.

Mandatory Match Balls

1.3.4.1.

Clubs must use GMCL approved match balls in all GMCL matches

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.

Payment details will be published annually on the order form and any terms should be discussed with the supplier following issue of the invoice. 

1.3.4.2.2.

Orders must be placed annually on the order form on the GMCL website

1.3.4.2.3.

If you have any questions please mail finance@gtrmcrcricket.co.uk

1.3.4.2.4.

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 in the Premier Divisions and the Championship Divisions

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 in the Regional Divisions 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

Reviewed Jun 2022

 

 

1.4.

GMCL & cricHQ

1.4.1.

cricHQ is the GMCL’s partner for player registration and match scoring

1.4.1.1.

Players must register annually and pay any annual fee required through cricHQ before their first game in a season, registration is mandatory.

1.4.1.1.1.

This creates a player record on cricHQ for scorers to add players to team squads at the club

1.4.1.1.2.

The player details registered must include full name and initials and date of birth and, for anyone playing in any of our open age competitions, a passport style photo of head and shoulders which allows identification of the player by other persons.  Should additional data be required at registration then registrants would be notified of the purpose.

1.4.1.1.3.

In advance of the annual registration the Board will list the benefits and services provided to all persons registering which will include full access to live scores and videos on the cricHQ app when registered on the app with the same e-mail as your GMCL registration e-mail, plus any other products offered.

1.4.1.2.

Each club must have one or more cricHQ administrators (“cricHQ admin”)

1.4.1.2.1.

Each Administrator is responsible for verifying that all the club’s players are registered on cricHQ and managing the allocation of the club’s players to the teams at the club and adding scorers to the club’s cricHQ profile

1.4.1.2.2.

Any current club administrator can add another club administrator, member or scorer into the roles

1.4.1.2.3.

If this is not possible, the club chairman or secretary, as previously notified to us, must e-mail cricHQhelp@GtrMcrCricket.co.uk 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

1.4.1.3.

Scorers register on the cricHQ scoring app for each match

1.4.1.3.1.

Once registered by the club as an official scorer for a team on cricHQ, this access allows them to enter the player from the club into the team squads and automatically gives the scorer access to score the team’s matches on the cricHQ app (using the same e-mail login). 

1.4.1.4.

The system links registered players to the players selected for a match and this updates the statistics for each player and club. 

1.4.1.5.

The match video (where camera in operation) and ball by ball commentary on the game is visible to all users of the cricHQ app on the internet at cricHQ.com, on the GMCL youtube channel and on the live scorecard.

1.4.1.5.1.

Access to this and any match video is provided free to all GMCL registered players as part of the registration fee when logging on to the app with their e-mail used to register on cricHQ