CONSTITUTION OF THE LEAGUE (2019 Edition)

(Clubs please note that in all cases the Management Committee’s decision is final)

1. TITLE

The organisation shall be called the Kookaburra Mid Bucks Cricket League (in association with Hawkinsport & Son).

2. OBJECTS

The objects of the league shall be to promote annual adult and youth leagues, knock-out competitions and other cricket events, including representative matches.

3. EQUALITY

The league will execute its objectives fairly and without prejudice to age, gender, disability, race, ethnic origin, creed, colour, social status and sexual orientation.

4. MEMBERSHIP

(a) The League shall be open to all clubs whose playing strength, playing areas, changing facilities, administration and tea facilities meet the standards laid down by the Management Committee.
(b) Each member club must be affiliated to the Buckinghamshire Cricket Board or, for those member clubs not located within Buckinghamshire, the cricket board of the county in which they are located.
(c) The league fully supports and adopts the ECB “Safe hands – Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children”. Each member club must adopt the ECB “Safe Hands” policy and produce a club “Safeguarding Document”.
(d) Any member club wishing to withdraw from the league must inform the League Secretary, in writing, before the 1st.October.
(e) All member clubs must be insured for public liability.

5. DISSOLUTION OF THE LEAGUE

A decision to disband the league can only be taken at an Annual General Meeting or an Extra Ordinary General Meeting. The decision must be supported by 75% of the member clubs attending the meeting. In the event of the league disbanding any assets remaining, after discharging all liabilities, shall be distributed in equal parts to those clubs who have been members in each of the previous 5 years.

6. SUBSCRIPTION

Each member club must pay an annual subscription (currently £50), as determined by the Management Committee, by March 1st each year. Any club failing to comply with this rule will be fined the sum of £10.00. The Management Committee shall have the power to raise additional subscriptions on an annual basis.

7. MANAGEMENT

(a) The management of the League shall be vested in a Management Committee which shall consist of President, Chairman, General Secretary, Fixture Secretary, Treasurer and ten members elected from clubs of the league.
(b) All officials of the League shall retire annually, but shall be eligible for re-election at the Annual General Meeting which shall be held in December each year, or, if circumstances out of our control dictate, in November.
(c) Each club must send a representative to an Annual General Meeting and any Extraordinary General Meetings. Any member club not represented at an Annual General Meeting or at an Extraordinary General Meeting will be fined £10.00
(d) ) Each club shall be entitled to one vote on any matter except on any matter that only affects reserve teams when only clubs having a reserve side shall be entitled to vote.
(e) Any proposal put forward by a club must be seconded by another club of the League.
(f) Any proposed alteration to the Constitution or to the Rules of Play must be put in writing and received by the Secretary before October 1st. The Secretary shall circularise all member clubs with these proposals no later than November 1st.
(g) Extraordinary General Meetings can be called at the written request of not less than five member clubs, or at the discretion of the League President, League Chairman, or General Secretary.
(h) The President, Chairman, General Secretary, Fixture Secretary and Treasurer shall not be allowed to vote on any matter (unless they are also a club’s sole representative at that meeting). The Chairman of the meeting shall have a casting vote in the event that the same number of votes are cast for and against any motion.
(i) A quorum of the Management Committee shall consist of four members.
(j) Candidates for a seat on the Management Committee must be nominated by their member club. In the event of more than ten candidates being nominated, ballot papers shall be prepared and voted upon at the Annual General Meeting, each club to have ten votes. No club shall nominate more than one representative for the Management Committee.
(k)Any vacancies on the Management Committee shall be advertised to all clubs.
(l) All decisions of the league shall be by simple majority of the members present.
(m) Any moneys received by the League Treasurer shall be paid into the League’s account within seven days of receipt.

8. POWERS OF THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

(a) All questions of eligibility, qualification of players, interpretation of rules, or any question in dispute not provided for in these rules, shall be referred to the Management Committee, whose decision shall be final.
(b) Any team receiving a behaviour mark of 3 or less on an umpire’s card shall be subject to disciplinary action by the Management Committee or Disciplinary Sub-Committee as set out in section 9 Discipline.
(c) Any club receiving an outfield mark of 3 or less on an umpire’s card shall be required to notify the Management Committee as to what action is being taken to improve their ground for future matches.
(d) Any club may protest to the Management Committee regarding the action of any other club. The protest will only be considered by the Management Committee when it is submitted in writing by a club's secretary and enclosed with a £25 lodgement fee. The written details together with the lodgement fee must be sent to the league chairman within 5 days of the event taking place. The club raising the issue must send a copy of the details to all other clubs mentioned or involved in the protest. If appropriate a Disciplinary Sub Committee will be set up in accordance with Section 9 of the Constitution. The £25 lodgement fee will be returned if the protest is upheld.

9. DISCIPLINE

(a) A Disciplinary Sub-Committee shall be setup whenever the Chairman, General Secretary or Management Committee considers it necessary.
(b) The Disciplinary Sub-Committee shall consist of three members selected from the Management Committee or Officers of the League. The Disciplinary Sub-Committee will fix a date, time and venue to meet representatives of the disputing clubs within 14 days of the event and representatives of the clubs MUST attend.
(c) The Disciplinary Sub-Committee shall follow the guidelines issued by the ECB and adopt the following 3 stage process: (1) Acquire the facts and decide if any charges should be made. (2) If appropriate charge the clubs or individuals involved, who shall be given the opportunity to make representation to the disciplinary sub-committee, and decide what penalties if any shall be levied. (3) If an individual or club wishes to appeal then the process set out in 8(d) shall be followed.
(d) Any appeal must be made in writing to the league chairman within 14 days of notification of the penalties levied and include the grounds for the appeal together with a lodgement fee of £25. An Appeals Panel will be setup in accordance with guidelines issued by the ECB. The Panel shall consist of three members selected from the League Officials, the League Management Committee or club officials who have not served on the Disciplinary Sub-Committee. The Appeals Panel will fix a date, time and venue within 14 days of the appeal being lodged and those clubs or individuals MUST attend. The Appeals Panel may increase, reduce or quash the penalties levied after receiving presentations from the League Disciplinary Sub- Committee and the appealing parties.

10. FINES

(a) In addition to the fines specifically mentioned in these rules, the Management Committee shall have the power to impose fines on clubs for other offences, subject to a maximum of £10 per offence.
(b) The Management Committee shall also have the power to increase the fines imposed on persistent offenders of a rule, subject to a maximum of double the normal sum.
(c) Fines must be paid within 20 days of notification. Failure to do so will result in an automatic doubling of the fine and the deduction of points.
(d) The level of fines shall normally be reviewed annually by the Management Committee who shall present any proposed changes to the Annual General Meeting for approval by the member clubs of the league.

11. CLUB SECRETARIES

(a) Each member club must notify the Chairman of the name and address of their respective club secretary within fourteen days of any change being made. Facilities exist on the league web site to notify changes electronically – select ‘Our Clubs/Change Details’.
(b) Club Secretaries must reply to any official correspondence from the League Officers within 28 days (unless otherwise stated) of the date on the correspondence. Failure to do so will result in the club being fined the sum of £10.00.

12. THE LAWS OF CRICKET

All matches shall be played under the Laws of Cricket approved by the MCC (Latest Code) and/or by any alterations to those Laws brought in by the ECB except where League Rules of Play express differently

13. DATA PROTECTION POLICY

(a) To comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2018 and the existing Data Protection Act. The Mid Bucks League is committed to a policy of protecting the rights and privacy of member clubs, their officials and players. The league’s officers and committee acknowledge the importance of keeping personal information safe and secure at all times.
(b) To carry out the work of the league efficiently MBCL requires information from member clubs. It is a condition of membership that the information maintained by the League is supplied and kept up to date by all clubs. The information held by the league is as follows:–
• Member Club Names and Ground Address (this information is displayed publicly on the League Web Site to enable other clubs to travel to the ground to complete fixture commitments).
• Name, Telephone Number and e-mail address of member club secretaries . This is held by the League Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer for administration of the league and is stored privately on personal computers. It is also notified to all member club secretaries.
• Name and Telephone number of member club captains. This is held by the League Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer and stored privately on personal computers. This is also sent to all member clubs to enable contact to be made in the event of fixture cancellation or fixture rearrangement.
• Registration Number, Name and Address of member clubs’ playing members. This is held by the League Chairman and Fixture Secretary on personal computers, to check eligibility of players.
• The League also holds Name, Telephone Number and e-mail address of all League Officials and Committee members. This is stored by the League Chairman and Secretary on personal computers.
(c) No other third party has access to information collected by the League. It will only be released when legally required by a Statutory Authority.

14. SOCIAL MEDIA

Anything posted on social media, or member clubs’ own websites, which is offensive, or disrespectful to clubs, teams, players and individuals within the MBCL community, will lead to disciplinary action. In the event of an individual or club wanting to make a complaint, then their club must follow the protest procedure in the MBCL Constitution, Sections 8 (d) and 8 (e). In the first instance it must be reported to the League Chairman.

Clubs are expected to inform all of their players and associates of this prohibition.