Management Rules

MANAGEMENT RULES 

Name of the League:

1. The League shall be known as the Mid Shropshire Bowling League but this may be altered to meet the conditions of any sponsorship agreement.

Officers:

2. The Officers shall be President, Chairman, Deputy Chairman, General Secretary, Minutes Secretary, Treasurer, Fixture Secretary and Competitions Secretary.

Annual General Meeting:

3. The AGM shall be held in January of each year on a date fixed by the Management Committee and shall commence at 7.00pm. The meeting shall elect Officers as per rule 2, elect the Management Committee, appoint representatives to serve on outside bodies, appoint Auditors, receive audited statement of the League’s financial accounts, settle the number of divisions and the number of teams per division for the forthcoming season. Deal with any propositions for rule changes.

Executive Committee:

4a. The Executive Committee shall consist of one delegate from each Club, together with Officers of the League. The Committee shall meet on the first Tuesday of April, July and October at 7.30p.m. and on other occasions as the Management Committee deem necessary.

4b. At the April Meeting a Player Scruteneer Panel shall be appointed to manage on a weekly basis, RULE 22 Named Players, and report any breaches of his Rule to the Fixture Secretary, to enable him to take appropriate action.

Management Committee:

5. The Management Committee shall consist of two representatives from each division of the League together with the Officers of the League. The Committee shall meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm when Annual General or Executive Committee meetings are not held.

Voting: 

6. (a) All decisions taken at meetings shall be made by a simple majority of those present and voting.

(b) Those entitled to vote at meetings shall be accredited representatives of each Club.

(c) Each Club shall be entitled to ONE vote.

(d) Any registered bowler in the League may attend and, at the discretion of the Chairman, speak at meetings of the Executive or Management Committee.

(e) Any Club failing to send a representative to the Annual General or Executive Meeting shall be fined £5.

Alteration of Rules:

7. The rules of the League may only be altered at the Annual General Meeting. Proposals to make such amendments or alterations shall be given in writing to the League secretary not later than the 31st October. The League secretary shall distribute the Proposals to Clubs together with the notice for the December meeting.

Notice of Meetings:

8. Notice of meetings shall be given to each Club 14 days prior to the meeting and to include Minutes of previous meetings, Agenda and any relevant correspondence.

Finance:

9. (a) Clubs shall pay an entrance fee of £5 per team when joining the League and thereafter an annual subscription of £5 per team.

(b) Clubs shall pay 25p each year for each player signed on the League Registration Form.

(c) Each Club shall receive 2 tickets for the Annual Presentation Dinner the cost of which shall be invoiced by the Treasurer with the June accounts.

(d) The Treasurer shall invoice all Clubs by post in June for all fees due including match fees up to the end of the season. These accounts shall be paid by the 1st July each year and any fees incurred after this date and any fines etc. shall be paid by the 1st November. Any Club not paying the fees by the due date will be fined £25.00.

(e) Clubs shall pay a match fee for each player per match.

Prize Money:

10. (a) The Executive Committee shall at their April meeting settle all honorariums, match fees, entry fees for competitions, prize money for divisions, competitions and individual aggregates. Prize money for competitions will be subject to the number of entries and this will be stated on all entry forms.

(b) Prize money will be awarded in all divisions, and will be withheld if a team, due for promotion, refuses to accept for any other reason than green availability.

(c) Any team unable to take promotion due to green unavailability will receive full prize money the first year. If the same team is due to receive prize money the next year, then the amount will be reduced by 50%. The same team will then revert to full prize money the following year.

(d) Winners of individual aggregates shall receive an engraved trophy and a monetary award. Players having played six games in division 1, 2 or 3 shall not be eligible for this award in divisions 4 or lower. Players receiving a walk over in a League match shall be credited with a win and the score shall be 21-11. Qualification for this award shall be the player with the most wins. If two or more players finish level, the award goes to the player with the better aggregate.

(e) Prize money for the last 8 losers of the Senior Individual Merit, and the losing quarter finalists of all junior competitions, Dixon Driscoll Doubles and Mixed Doubles will be paid on the day of the finals. All other prize money will be paid on Presentation Night to the winner or representative. Prize money not collected as above must be claimed on or before the Management Meeting following the presentation, after which it will be forfeited and returned to league funds.

(f) Any Player winning the individual aggregate prize in the same division and consecutively, and has won it playing for a team who declined promotion to a higher division for reasons other than green unavailability, shall forfeit their prize money every second year they win it consecutively;

Registration of Teams:

11. (a) Any new Club or existing Club who is in the position to support an additional team on a Friday night may apply to the League to be placed in a Friday night division (subject to those divisions not being fully subscribed).

(b) Clubs shall by a date not less than 7 days prior to an AGM advise the Fixture Secretary of the number of teams that they will be entering in the league for the forthcoming season, together with the green that each team will play, if the Club has more than one green.

(c) Clubs wishing to withdraw a team from the League must notify the League secretary not later than the 14th March. Failure to do so will render the Club liable to a fine up to but not exceeding the match fees for that season.

(d) Withdrawal of any team from the League will be discussed and approved by the Management/Executive committee. Clubs must withdraw their lowest team from the Monday or Friday night divisions.

(e) Any Club in receipt of a loan from the League who resign shall be liable to repay that loan immediately, irrespective of any time limit given at the time the loan was granted.

(f) Following the Shropshire Premier Bowling League ‘play off’ in October if this results in a team identified with a Mid Shropshire Bowling league based club being relegated then this team should be afforded a place in the First Division of the Mid Shropshire Bowling League, unless that club already has a presence in that division. This rule shall only apply to teams that originally entered the Premier League from the Mid Shropshire Bowling League.

(g) If it is necessary to incorporate that team in the First Division when no vacancy exists, then for the following season the first division should play with one extra team and relegate three teams in the season thereafter.

Honorary Members:

12. The Annual General Meeting shall on the recommendation of the Executive or Management Committees be empowered to award Honorary life membership of the League to recognise outstanding service to the League or Crown Green Bowling.

Extraordinary General Meeting:

13. An Extraordinary General Meeting may be called at the request of a majority of the League Officers or a minimum of one third of the Clubs registered in the Mid-Shropshire Bowling League provided 14 days notice is given and the Meeting held within 28 days of the notice of the request. Only business stated on the request shall be discussed at the Meeting.

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