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GMCL Rules Tabs - I 23 - The Legal Bits

GMCL Rules 

I (a)This section of the rules covers any legal statements or policies of the league.
23.Legal, GDPR, League Policies


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Updated 7 March 2021

23.1. Communications & Information
23.1.1. Communications Club to Club Communications To ensure we protect personal details of club volunteers and officials under GDPR, GMCL will no longer publish personal details online GMCL will now share a list of club and League contacts by Division / Competition as and when these are required. Club to League Communications All communication requiring a response should be by e-mail. The list of GMCL contact e-mail addresses is on the website here: - Please do not post Questions on Twitter or by Direct Message League to Club Communications GMCL will endeavour to share all news on the website and via e-mail but cannot be held responsible for mail failure at output or at your mailbox actions The League will supplement the prime delivery of news on the website and e-mail and by using Twitter Verification of Communications In any communication to other clubs and the league, it is the issuing club’s responsibility to ensure That e-mails have the subject matter clearly stated in the header field That if the matter is Urgent - start the subject field with “URGENT” That if a response or acknowledgement is required the e-mail clearly says so and offers a reasonable response time That a reply is received from all parties confirming that the proposals or change is agreed before action is taken. You should not assume that a message is received and agreed. If no response is received within your required timeline it is reasonable to issue a reminder or text to that person. If no response is received to the reminder then you should forward the matter to the club chair and secretary for their urgent attention. Failure of Communications After the above steps have been followed and the issue remains unresolved, please elevate to the Board.



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23.2. Your partnership with the league
23.2.1. Club Officials & League Partnership At the scale that the league works it is imperative that club officials :- Work with our rules alongside the “Spirit of the Game” Maintain awareness of the latest developments in the league by viewing GMCL website and Twitter output regularly and registering for our weekly news bulletins Maintain your list of contacts and keep it up to date and submit to the league for league communications Try to resolve issues between clubs before reference to the league by communication between club senior officials Communicate with league and other clubs harmoniously, reasonably and honestly to resolve problems and reach a solution where possible. Deliberate hindrance, pettiness or malicious communications will not be tolerated and should be reported to the league immediately
23.2.2. Club & League Memorandum of Understanding The League will supply a document annually for signing off by club senior officials, verifying their agreement and acceptance of the partnership between club and league The document should be submitted to the league before the start of the season

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23.3. Social Media Use & Policy
23.3.1. The Greater Manchester Cricket League & GMCL Board will use Twitter as its only Social Media output. GMCL will use Twitter to promote official notices, statements and links to relevant cricket information for the players, its member clubs and cricket boards as required. GMCL will not respond to tweets unless absolutely necessary and reasonable to do so, We do not monitor the Twitter feed so all questsions should always be addressed to the league at, our e-mail account which is monitored.
23.3.2. GMCL will follow the policy below in all its postings to Twitter. GMCL fully acknowledges and recognises all member clubs’ and registered club members’ rights to manage their own Social Media outputs and issue their own statements and considered comment on general cricket matters and on any specific GMCL match or event. The league does, however, expect all member clubs’ or registered club players or members’ social media postings relating to the game, their club or GMCL to be constructive and relevant given the unrestricted audience of Social Media sites. The following conditions apply to any social media posting which relates either directly, or indirectly, to GMCL, its officials, its member clubs or its registered players. These conditions also apply to any posting that might reasonably be regarded as reflecting on the league in any way. No social media posting may be made by a member club, registered player or registered member which: Contains any threatening, abusive, insulting or indecent language or language which may be considered to be harassment, intimidation, bullying or victimisation. Discriminates on any grounds of race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality, faith, sexual orientation, social class or disability. Is detrimental to the interests of GMCL or to the game of cricket in general, or which brings GMCL or the game of cricket into disrepute. The individual could reasonably be expected to know would implicate a third party in any disciplinary or legal hearings. This may include, but is not restricted to, the copying and redistribution of any third party social media posting. The individual might reasonably be expected to know would undermine the unity of a team, and or the standing of GMCL in general. Discloses any matter which is confidential to their club. This may include, but is not restricted to, team selection, tactics & injuries. All registered players/members are reminded that while an individual’s opinions may not represent those of their club or GMCL, they can very easily reflect on their club or league. As such, all registered players/members are expected to consider the club and league values in any social media postings that they choose to make. Any club or registered player/member failing to adhere to this code of conduct may face disciplinary measures from the league and may be suspended or banned from representing their club in GMCL competition. Given the potentially severe sanctions following any breach of the code, clubs and registered players/members should keep all login details and passwords secure. If you are a league club or registered player/member with concerns or if you believe that you are being harassed, bullied or victimised as a result of another member’s posting, it is open to you to take the necessary action but you should notify the league of your concerns by e-mail to

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23.4. General Data Protection Regulation
23.4.1. GDPR Privacy Notice, Greater Manchester Cricket League The Greater Manchester Cricket League Ltd is the governing body for cricket in the competition known as Greater Manchester Cricket League (GMCL) and its privacy policy is subject to that of the England and Wales Cricket Board. Under laws effective from 25th May 2018, we are required to provide you with certain details concerning how your personal data will be used and protected. Full details of how the GMCL uses and protects your personal data, as well as your rights in respect of it, are in the GMCL Privacy Policy which you can find here.
23.4.2. GMCL details in respect of GDPR Names of data controller Greater Manchester Cricket League Ltd (GMCL) Contact details for Compliance Director of GMCL Simon Lowndes Email: Website:
23.4.3. GDPR - GMCL Data Collection GMCL will collect and process your personal data for the purposes of: Administering support to member clubs to deliver games during the season Player identification. Enabling communications necessary for the operation of GMCL Categories of personal data & reason requested Full name For communications For player or league official registration Full UK address At first registration of a player (UK or Overseas) for verification of eligibility for a club financial officer for issue of appropriate invoices or requested deliveries from the league or our partners Date of birth At first registration of a player (UK or Overseas) for verification of eligibility To determine qualification for age related exemptions such as leaague registration fees To determine eligibility for age related cricket activity Email address For communications For player or league official registration For allocation of the free cricHQ app to registered players and officials for scores and results Telephone number For communications (after e-mail which is priority) solely for the purpose stated on the form where requested Photograph ID For the sole purpose of verifying that the player said to be playing in a team is the player registered for that team Gender There are no gender restrictions in any age restricted or open age GMCL competition Only players are requested to submit gender details, but this is not mandatory, however Gender details will allow the league to make allowance for female players at junior age groups to play against younger males, a procedure followed nationally Gender details will allow the league to support ECB and LCF in the development of the womens and girls game. Ethnicity Only players are requested to submit ethnicity details, but this is not mandatory, however Ethnicity details will allow the league to support ECB and LCF in the development of the support packages for ethnic minorities in our game Sources of personal data Individuals upon registration with the league A players name will be linked to the club upon registration on cricHQ and will be linked to scorecards and seasonal records and historical league records. No other data will be retained in perpetuity. Registration with the league is acceptance of the  record retention dfor statistical purposes only. Clubs supplying details of players or officials GMCL will not seek to collect or harvest data regarding players or officials in any other way.
23.4.4. GDPR - GMCL Data Processing GDPR- Legal basis for processing your data Performing the administration that it is necessary to operate the GMCL In all other cases: that it is necessary for our legitimate interests which are to regulate the sport of cricket within the GMCL and to ensure that the reputation of cricket is preserved and enhanced, and this does not prejudice or harm your rights and freedom. GDPR - Automated processing decisions GMCL do not process or collect any data through any automated process
23.4.5. GDPR - GMCL Disclosure of Data Collected Disclosure of data We will disclose your personal data to: Lancashire Cricket Foundation (LCF) for disciplinary purposes, where specifically requested. Lancashire Cricket Foundation (name and e-mail only) to support free membership of Lancashire County Cricket Club for all registered players and officials. The England and Wales Cricket Board (The ECB) for statistical purposes (numbers only) to support development of the game for women & girls, ethnic minorities and to provide information on participation The England and Wales Cricket Board (The ECB) for disciplinary purposes.
23.4.6. GDPR - Data Retention We will normally keep your personal data for 3 years after your last engagement with us. Player records (name) will be kept in perpetuity on scoring systems
23.4.7. GDPR - Consent to use data GDPR - GMCL use of data GMCL will use data for the purposes listed only where required and supply of personal data to the league will be deemed to be approval to use the data in the ways described. Your right to withdraw consent Where you have given your consent to any processing of personal data you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time. If you do, it will not affect the lawfulness of any processing for which we had consent prior to your withdrawing it. Your rights in respect of your personal data You have the right of access to your personal data and, in some cases, to require us to restrict, erase or rectify it or to object to our processing it, and the right of data portability. Due to the way that world wide web is recorded, we may be unable to remove any personal details that an individual has requested the league to publish on the internet. for the purposes of requesting contact.
23.4.8. GDPR - Complaints If you have any concerns or complaints about how we are handling your data, please do not hesitate to get in touch by emailing us at You can also contact the Information Commissioner’s Office.