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January 2017 Newsletter


Posted by Brian Hudson on 28/01/2017 10:18


GCCL – Newsletter to Clubs – January 2017

 

This newsletter records the key points from the County League Committee meeting on January 23. 

 

At the AGM, it was reported that the League could not run in 2017 unless a volunteer to be League Secretary came forward.  Unfortunately, the person who volunteered in November is now unable to take up the role. 

 

Therefore, can clubs please identify a suitable candidate before the next Committee Meeting on February 27.  Thank you very much.

 

If no volunteer comes forward, the Committee will have to decide whether or not the League will run in 2017.  Even if it does decide to go ahead there will be severe implications.  Match Day Contact details will not be collected and the Handbook will not be updated or printed.  This means that there will be no up to date Rules or Match Day Contact information available, either in hard copy or on the website.

 

League Secretary

 

As previously mentioned:

 

  • This is not an over-onerous role:

 

  • In consultation with the chairman, produce the agenda for committee meetings.  There are a maximum of 10 per year lasting a maximum of 2 hours
  • Minute committee meetings and summarise the results of general meetings
  • Maintain the Club Contacts database.  This is mainly a one-off annual update, with occasional changes as club officers change, etc.   NB The ECB is developing a process that should minimise the work required
  • Draw up and distribute the Calling Notice and Agenda for the two General Meetings
  • Receive any correspondence and table it at Committee Meetings.  NB With the advent of electronic communication, the scale of this task has significantly diminished
  • Draft any changes to the Handbook, and organise the printing

 

  • There is a small honorarium associated with the role

 

  • As well as the pool of players and club officers, there must be retired grandmothers and grandfathers or stay-at-home mums who would value the opportunity to support local, professionally run Saturday League Cricket.

 

Much of the remainder of this Newsletter is only relevant if a volunteer to be League Secretary comes forward.

 

Legside wides

 

Thank you very much to the overwhelming majority of teams that responded to the survey.  The summary of the results is:

 

Division

 

In Favour

Against

Total

 

Majority in favour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

6

4

10

 

2

2

 

7

2

9

 

5

3

 

6

3

9

 

3

4

 

6

2

8

 

4

5

 

3

5

8

 

-2

6

 

2

7

9

 

-5

7

 

3

5

8

 

-2

Total

 

33

28

61

 

5

 

In view of this, a proposition will be put to the SGM on April 25 that Legside wides are adopted in Divisions 1, 2, 3 and 4.

 

Those clubs that did not reply will be receiving a "Failure to Respond" fine.

 

Key dates for 2017

 

The Balls Meeting and Captains’ Briefing will take place on Tuesday April 25 at Hatherley & Reddings CC.  There will also be a short Special General Meeting with three propositions:

 

  • Legside wides to be adopted in Divisions 1 to 4
  • A tidy-up of the Overseas Player rule.  NB This will not lead to more overseas players in the County League
  • Clubs’ play-cricket “About Us” to provide the data for the League’s communication with clubs

 

Attendance at the Briefing is mandatory for Team Captains.  Club Chairmen are responsible for the culture of their clubs and thus they are also very welcome to attend.

 

The AGM will be held on Thursday October 26 at Hatherley & Reddings CC.

 

The Dinner will on Friday November 17 at Cheltenham Civil Service CC.

 

Club Contacts Database

 

A new feature has recently been added to play-cricket that allows leagues to communicate with clubs using the details held in the “About Us” page on clubs’ play-cricket website.  This will have benefits for clubs and leagues alike:

 

  • Once fully established, club secretaries will not have to deal with multiple requests from leagues, associations and county boards for club contact details
  • Clubs will be able, quickly and easily, ensure that their contact details are always up-to-date when personnel, or their details, change
  • The League will not have the time-consuming and tedious task of maintaining the current database.

 

The League will be in touch shortly to implement this new arrangement.

 

Invoices

 

The invoices for the affiliation fee and cricket balls, including any additional balls ordered, will be sent out during March.

 

Player Registrations

 

Thank you very much to all the clubs that have started the tidy-up of the plethora of incorrect, corrupt, spurious and duplicate registrations.  Some clubs have identified a glitch in the process and your Divisional Representative will be in touch with the solution in the next few days.

 

Safeguarding

 

Clubs will have received communications from the GCB and are reminded of rule 4 – “All clubs must have a current Club Welfare Officer, registered with the GCB.”

 

Officials Courses

 

The dates and venues for the three core “Introduction to Umpiring” courses have been confirmed:

 

  • Monday April 3rd  at Aston Ingham CC 6.30pm – 9.30pm
  • Wednesday April 12th at Cirencester CC 6.30pm – 9.30pm
  • Monday April 24th at Upton St.Leonards CC 6.30pm-9.30pm

 

In addition, Woodpeckers CC are hosting a course on Monday 10th April.  This is mainly for club members, but other attendees will be welcome.  If any other club wishes to host an in-house course, please contact Peter Sawyer at GACUS.

 

Very many thanks to all the clubs that are hosting courses. 

 

Details of the Level 1 Umpiring and Introduction to Scoring courses are on the “Training” page of the GACUS website (http://www.glosumps.org.uk/).  The Scoring Courses are on:

 

  • Saturday 11th February 2017 - 9:30am to 1:30 pm at Thornbury CC, The Ship Field, Alveston, Bristol BS35 3LG
  • Sunday 5th March 2017 - PM - 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm at Kingsholm CC, Sandhurst Lane, Sandhurst, Gloucester, GL2 9NP   

 

The League policy for funding attendance at Officials Courses is:

 

  • GACUS invoice directly for attendees at Introductory Umpiring and Scoring courses to meet the League’s requirements
  • Clubs hosting in-house Introductory courses are refunded for up to four attendees
  • Full refund, plus £50 bonus, for successful Level 1 Umpiring delegates that start to be appointed for, and stand regularly, at Saturday afternoon matches.

 

Bookings can be made with Peter Sawyer (See the “About Us” page on http://www.glosumps.org.uk/).   

 

The League “Requirements” spreadsheet is at http://www.gccl.org.uk/ump2017.htm

 

Scorers

 

Andrew Marson at GACUS wants to create a register of everyone who regularly acts as a non-playing scorer, whether a GACUS member or not, for a County League team so that they can be kept up to date with scoring developments.  Please pass their contact details to Andrew at handrcc@gmail.com

 

High Quality Cricket Mowers

 

Please contact Andrew Fox on 07768 950678 or email af@foxwear.co.uk   Andrew is the son of the chairman of the Somerset Cricket League.