Oxfordshire Cricket Association 2019
 

Oxfordshire Cricket Association Bylaws for 2019 Season

Bye-Law 1. Wet Weather procedures
Bye Law 2. Administrative Penalties
Bye-Law 3 - Trophies
Bye-Law 4 - Reporting
Bye-Law 5 - Criteria For Applying/Reapplying For Membership Of The Oxfordshie Cricket Association (OCA)
Bye-Law 6 - Bowling Actions
Bye-Law 7 - Smoking and Alcohol
Bye-Law 8 - Player Pool Provisions
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Bye-Law 1. Wet Weather procedures-can only be applied on the day of the match.

In accordance with the Laws of Cricket the OCA have defined the following local rule concerning wet weather procedures.

Summary of Match Rules:

  1. All efforts must be made to play the match.
  2. Matches shall only be cancelled due to bad weather.
  3. Cancelled league matches shall not be replayed. Cup matches not concluded on the original date shall be rescheduled iaw Match Rule 15b.
  4. The home side is responsible for liaising with and notifying the away side and OCA officials (iaw Match Rule 16 & 18) and shall ensure the umpires, as shown on the website, do not attend cancelled matches.


Bye Law 2. Administrative Penalties

Administrative and similar offences and penalties.

The penalties that the Association may levy under the Constitution and Match Rules for routine administrative failures or for failures to comply with the provisions of the Constitution and/or Match Rules are as follows:

Administrative Failures

Offence:

Penalty:

Failure to attend AGM or to stay in attendance for the AGM.

£25

Failure to attend Pre-season Captains meeting or to stay in attendance for this meeting

£25

Failure to register players in accordance with Match Rule 1c

£50

Subscription not received by 17th September

£25

Any team conceding a league fixture

£25 per fixture

Any team conceding a cup fixture

£25 per fixture

Any away team conceding a match less than 24 hours before that match

In addition to the above, the cost of tea shall be paid to the home team* (the penalty to be paid to the Treasurer or Secretary of the home team)

Failure to report full result in accordance with current Bye-Laws

1st offence in season: Warning
2nd offence in Season: £10
3rd offence in Season: £20
Each subsequent offence in season shall increase the fine amount by £10 with the addition of a 5 point penalty. For example, the 4th offence in the season would incur a £30 fine and a 5 point deduction.

Failure to report ground assessment in accordance with current Bye-Laws

Failure to produce a correctly and legibly completed Result Sheet within 5 days when requested to do so by a member of the OCA Executive

1st offence in season: Warning

2nd offence in season: £10

3rd offence in season: £20

Each subsequent offence in season shall increase the fine amount by £10 with the addition of a 5 point penalty. For example the 4th offence in the season would incur a £30 fine and a 5 point deduction.

Failure to supply a written report on an umpire grading within 7 days when requested to do so by the Umpires Secretary.

£25

All penalties not paid within 21 days from the date of notification by a member of the Executive

Additional £10

Failure to register Umpire or Umpires in accordance with Playing Condition 2 a)

£25

Administrative failures not specified above

£10

* Home teams not in receipt of tea money within 2 weeks of the date of the conceded match should write to the away team and copy the General Secretary. The General Secretary shall be empowered to increase the amount owed by £10.

Match Rule failures and penalties

Offence:

Penalty:

Failure to provide an umpire

1st offence in season: 5 point penalty per team per umpire and £25 per umpire

2nd offence in Season: 10 point penalty per team per umpire and £25 per umpire

Subsequent offences (in that season): Penalty as for 2nd offence above.

In addition the Umpires Secretary will report the matter to the Disciplinary Co-ordinator in accordance with the Disciplinary Regulations. The Disciplinary Co-ordinator will then initiate the disciplinary process as laid down in the Disciplinary Regulations

Any team conceding a league fixture

£25 per fixture. In addition: 1st and 2nd offences in season: 20 point penalty. The opposition shall, in addition to the 20 points for a win, be awarded full batting and bowling points. Where no matches start in a division on any day, only 5 points (in total) shall be awarded although the 20 point penalty shall still apply. Subsequent offences in season: Penalty as above. In addition, the Fixtures Secretary will report the matter to the Disciplinary Chairman (DC) in accordance with the Disciplinary Regulations. The DC will then initiate the disciplinary process as laid down.

Playing an ineligible player in a cup competition

£25 penalty and exclusion from that cup competition for that season.

Playing an ineligible player in a league competition

1st offence (in that season): £25 plus loss of points gained including bonus points.

The contribution of the ineligible player(s) will be considered and if appropriate points may be given to the opposition up to a maximum of 20 points.

Subsequent offences (in that season): Penalty as above.

The Registration Secretary will report the matter to the Disciplinary Co-ordinator in accordance with the Disciplinary Regulations.The Disciplinary Co-ordinator will then initiate the disciplinary process as laid down in the Disciplinary Regulations.

Junior sides(s) having more players than senior side(s).

For each junior side, loss of any points gained excluding bonus points. If appropriate, points may be given to the opposition (up to a maximum of 20 points).

In addition to the above, please note Rule 43 of the Constitution: 43. In respect of breaches of the Constitution or Match Rules and penalties as specified in the Bye-Law required by paragraph 42 above there shall be a penalties panel (PP) comprising the Registration Secretary and 2 other members of the Executive. The PP shall consider the failure and agree the penalty to be applied either unanimously or by majority vote. The PP may reduce the penalty specified in the Bye-Law at their discretion but may not increase the penalty.


Bye-Law 3 - Trophies

The Associations Trophies and the competitions for which they are to be awarded for the 2019 season are as follows:

 


Bye-Law 4 - Reporting

The reporting requirements for the 2019 season are as follows:

Match Results

The result of the match, including the full score card where appropriate, is to be completed on the website by 1200 on the day after the match.

The home side shall be responsible for completing the result sheet at the end of the match which shall show the name and registration number of all participating players and shall be signed by both captains and umpires. In the event of a cancelled game, the signature of the home club captain will suffice. The sheet must be retained by the home team until 4 weeks after the end of the season. The result sheet may be called for by a member of the OCA Executive at any time. Result sheets can be printed from the OCA website.

Ground Assessments

The away side shall be responsible for completing a Ground Assessment at the end of the game. The ground assessment shall be completed on the website by 1200 on the day after the match. This includes matches abandoned after arrival at the ground.

Umpires Assessments

Both captains shall mark the umpires according to the grading system as agreed by the Executive Committee.

Fair Play Marking

Both captains shall mark the opposition team according to the grading system as agreed by the Executive Committee.

Failure to Comply

Clubs failing to comply with this bye-law may be fined under bye-law 2 for each default.

Additional Reports (extracted from the rules)

Notification of termination of membership

By 17 September of preceding season

Application/Reapplication (and payment of fees) for Membership

By 17 September of preceding season

Report of non-availability of ground for next season

By 15 January for following season

Registration of all players on website

By 23 April

Return of trophies:

K.O.Cups and MoM trophies

All other Trophies

 

By 1 July

By 1 October

 


Bye-Law 5 - Criteria For Applying/Reapplying For Membership Of The Oxfordshire Cricket Association (OCA)

Set out below are the criteria that any club/team that wishes to apply for membership of the OCA must meet before their application can be considered by the League Admissions Committee.

It should be noted that all clubs/teams have to apply/reapply for membership on an annual basis and all are considered by the Admissions Committee.

Membership is open to any bonafide cricket club who, at the time of their application, are able to satisfy the OCA Admissions Committee that they meet the criteria below.

The Admissions Panel may ask for proof of any of the criteria below to support any such application.

1. Grounds

  1. The club must have its own ground or grounds or have arrangements through lease or hire for access to a ground(s) to enable its teams to fulfil a full season of home league fixtures and such cup competitions as the club decide to enter.
  2. Ground standards will be inspected/monitored by the OCA Grounds Panel and by reports from captains and umpires.
  3. It is a requirement for all clubs to ensure the following:
    1. Pitches should provide a good, consistent bounce.Any ground which averages 40% or below in this area on both Captain and Umpire Reports may be subject to refusal of use.
    2. A grassed and cut outfield, free of ruts and potholes, with the boundary clearly and visibly lined or roped throughout its circumference. Flags or markers shall indicate the boundary. Any ground which averages 40% or below in this area on both Captain and Umpire Ground Reports may be subject to refusal of use.
    3. A pitch prepared and marked out according with the MCC Laws and any additional playing conditions as defined by OCA regulations.
    4. A clock in proper working order, clearly visible from the square.
    5. A visible and legible scoreboard or scorebox.
    6. Sight screens at both ends of the ground.
    7. Pitch covers to fully cover the pitch and bowlers’ take off areas (at least 4 feet behind the bowling crease markings).
    8. Changing rooms with washing facilities and toilets near to the playing area, together with a suitable room where food can be consumed under hygienic conditions.

2. Umpires

Each club must register one Umpire for each team they are entering. Registration of Umpires with the Umpires Secretary shall be made by the date to be notified by the Umpires Secretary. All appointed umpires must be capable of taking on the full responsibilities of the position and should, ideally, have undertaken a recognised training course either face to face or on line.

In addition, all umpires must have a DBS Clearance certificate and provide the certificate number and issue date to the umpires’ Secretary on the Umpire Registration Form.

In registering an umpire, it will be assumed that that individual has given agreement to their personal data being shared with the OCA and processed under the terms of the OCA’s Privacy Policy.

3. Playing Strength

New clubs/teams will be placed in a division appropriate to their perceived playing strengths taking into account promotion and relegation issues with existing teams.

Clubs/teams must have an adequate number and availability of playing members to ensure the fulfilment of all fixtures.

In accordance with 14C from the OCA Constitution: 'By way og a general guideline, the Admissions Committee will give serious consideration to the readmission of ant team conceding 4 or more league and cup matches in a season'.

4. Administration

Clubs must provide the OCA Admissions Committee with names and contact details of club officials (a minimum of Chair, Secretary and captains of each team).

In applying for membership, it will be assumed that individual club officials, Chair, Secretary, Captain(s), have given agreement to their personal data being shared with the OCA and processed under the terms of the OCA’s Privacy Policy. In addition club officials, as appropriate, must have a DBS certificate in accordance with the ECB’s Safe Hands Policy.

The club itself must follow data protection regulations regarding its officials, members and in its dealing with the OCA.

Club constitutions and accounts may be requested.

Clubs must have taken out public liability insurance and policy documents may be requested.

Affiliation with the relevant County Cricket Board is advised but not compulsory.

The fees payable for entry into the Associations competitions will be determined by the number of teams entered by the club. The fees shall be:

  1. £100 for one team
  2. £150 for two teams
  3. £190 for three teams
  4. £50 for any additional team thereafter.

These fees cover participation in leagues, Airey Cup, Telegraph Cup, Steve Dixon Memorial Cup, Osberton Radiators Cup and Keith Crump Centenary Cup as appropriate. There will be no reduction in fees where a Club notifies its intention not to compete in cup competitions. Fees must be paid to the league by the date specified in OCA Bye-Laws.

 


Bye-Law 6 - Bowling Actions

  1. Any member club, via the club’s secretary, umpire or official of the Oxfordshire Cricket Association (OCA) may raise concerns over a players bowling action.
  2. Concerns must be made in writing and should be addressed to the secretary of the OCA.
  3. In the case of the umpires this should be on the normal report form and follow the “On the field of play” and “Report” procedure detailed in the “Guidelines to address suspect bowling actions” document.
  4. The OCA disciplinary panel (DP) will review the details and where appropriate make arrangements to investigate the matter in line with the procedures set out in Section 3 “Report Management” in the guidelines.
  5. Until such time as the DP has ruled on the matter any player under investigation may continue to play and bowl in matches under OCA jurisdiction.
  6. In the event that the DP rule has serious concerns that a players bowling action contravenes the laws of cricket or a second report is received within a 12 month period the player will be permitted to play in matches under OCA jurisdiction but will be suspended from bowling in such matches.
  7. Once a player is placed under a bowling suspension it will be the responsibility of the player’s member club, or the player concerned, to provide evidence of their eligibility to resume bowling in matches under OCA jurisdiction.
  8. Such evidence can be provided through the process outlined in Section 4 “Assessment” of the guidelines.
  9. The players member club, or the player themselves, have the right to appeal any bowling suspension imposed by the DP. Appeals, in the first instances, should be made verbally to the Chairman of the OCA who, with the appellant, will agree what form of evidence the appellant should provide in order for the appeal to be progressed. The player will remain under bowling suspension during any appeal process.

 


Bye-Law 7 – Smoking and Alcohol

1. There shall be no smoking on the field of play by players or umpires for the duration of the match.

2. No alcohol shall be consumed on the field of play by players or umpires for the duration of the match.

3. An away team must not bring alcohol for their own consumption before, during or after the game onto the home ground without the express permission of the home ground authorities.

 By their presence at the match the captains and umpires have a duty of care to the players of both sides such that, should they consider any player unfit to play in the match through intake of alcohol or other substances, they shall have the right to refuse to accept that player on the field of play.


Bye-Law 8 – Player Pool Provisions

The provisions and procedures for the player pool per Match Rules are as follows:

  1. The Player Pool (PP) is available for league matches only.
  2. Players are eligible for the PP if they are registered with an OCA Club (the parent club), and have not been selected to play for that club, or do not otherwise have a match for their parent club. The parent club must also be fielding a full side for all their fixtures on the relevant date.
  3. A player can only make themselves available once they have received permission from their parent club.
  4. A player may not play for another club in any division in which their parent club fields a team.
  5. A player can only be considered for a club’s lowest team.
  6. A player will not be allowed to play more than two divisions below the level he/she regularly plays.
  7. A player will be allowed to play in any division above the level he/she regularly plays.
  8. A player will NOT be allowed to transfer to a club that he/she has played for via the PP during the same season.
  9. A player will NOT be allowed to play for the same side via the PP more than twice during the same season.
  10. Players from outside the OCA will be allowed to play via the PP in Divisions Four and below. The appropriate level will be determined by agreement with the PP Secretary.
  11. No team is allowed more than two PP players in the same game.
  12. In a situation where a team (with one or more PP players) has two players more than their opponents, the PP player(s) will be allowed to play for the side that has the numerical disadvantage if mutually agreed by both captains.. This must be reported to the PP Secretary before the start of the game by a phone call.
  13. Nominated players are not eligible to participate in the PP.
  14. The parent club has the right to recall a player who has previously been given permission to play for another club if the parent club is unable to field full sides for all their fixtures on the relevant date.
  15. The PP will close to all new entrants at 22.00 hrs on the Friday night.
  16. A club may post a message on the forum stating they are short of players for a particular date.
  17. The PP Secretary is responsible for administering the PP and ruling on eligibility. His/her decision is final with no right of appeal.
  18. Under no circumstances may a player from the PP play for a club without the permission of the PP Secretary. Breach of this ruling will be dealt with in line with Match Rule 5a.

Procedure:

  1. A player must first request permission from their parent club to enter the PP.
  2. A player then adds their name and details on the OCA forum.
  3. Interested clubs should then contact the player.
  4. Once the player has agreed to play for a club, both the player and the club must contact the PP Secretary to request permission for the player to play.
  5. If permission is granted, the PP Secretary will register the player with the club’s player listing and will then contact both the player and the club with the player’s new registration number.
  6. The club must then contact the opposition’s captain and inform him that they have permission to play a player from the PP.

When posting a new thread, the following information is required:

Thread title:

  • Player name and available date
  • Content:

  • Player name, email and phone
  • Available date
  • Registered club
  • Registered league
  • Name and email of the person from the registered club who granted approval
  • Description of playing capabilities
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