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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, League Policies


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Reviewed Jun 2022



I (a)

This section of the rules covers any legal statements or policies of the league.


Legal, GDPR, League Policies


Communications & Information



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 through our CLOs by Division / Competition as and when these are required.for the purpose of conducting league business

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.



Reviewed Jun 2022




Your partnership with the league


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


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

Reviewed Jun 2022



Social Media Use & Policy


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.

As GMCL do not have staff to monitor the Twitter account GMCL will not respond to direct tweets unless absolutely necessary and reasonable to do so, questions should always be addressed to the league at


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


Updated 9 May 2022

Our Privacy Notice is now shown in full here

Reviewed Jun 2022



External Engagement

24 (a)

This section of the rules covers how we engage with other cricketing bodies


ECB - English Cricket Board Engagement


Working with ECB Regulations & Requirements

GMCL Club Director will be our representative with the ECB and engage additional support where required

GMCL will support and promote ECB regulations and development for the benefit of the game

GMCL will ensure our member clubs work to ECB requirements for the game


ECB Competitions

GMCL will support our member clubs entering all ECB competitions


LCF - Lancashire Cricket Foundation Engagement


Working with the LCF Requirements

GMCL Club Director will be our representative with the LCF and engage additional support where required

GMCL will support the LCF in promoting and developing the game in the county

GMCL will support LCF by sharing communications and promoting events.

GMCL will attend LCF meetings as required

GMCL will support LCF in all cross league discussions and activity where requested


LCF Competition

GMCL will submit qualifying entrants for the Lancashire KO competition

GMCL will support all inter-league competition and district or equivalent junior competition

GMCL will appoint League Team Managers at all required levels.


Relationship with Other Leagues & Competitions


Movement of Clubs

GMCL will work to support the County Federations, The League Cricket Conference and the National Governing Body regulations regarding the movement of league clubs.