EAPL Constitution 2017
1.1 The League shall be known as “East Anglian Premier Cricket League” (hereinafter called “the league”) and may also include, if required, a sponsor’s name or identity.
2.0 The objectives of the league shall be to:
2.1 Organise cricket for member clubs on a competitive basis.
2.2 Promote the highest possible standards of cricket and playing facilities.
2.3 Ensure that play is conducted within the spirit and laws of the game of cricket.
3.1 The initial members of the league are the clubs invited to join the league for the 1999 season.
3.2 Subsequent membership will be governed by the rules covering relegation and promotion.
3.3 Any club wishing to withdraw from the league must give written notice to the Honorary Secretary by 1st July of the year preceding the season of withdrawal.
3.4 A club may be expelled from the league by member clubs at an annual or special general meeting following a proposal, which shall require a majority of two thirds of member clubs present and voting.
3.5 All clubs must be full members of:- a Their Home County Cricket Board and through affiliation the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) b The Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire Premier Cricket League, the Norfolk Alliance or the Two Counties Cricket Championship.
3.6 Each Club must be Clubmark accredited.
3.7 Each Club shall run junior sections with teams at 3 age group levels, preferably Under 11, Under 13 and Under 15. (Under 9, Under 17 & Under 19 also allowed)
4 MANAGEMENT AND OFFICERS
4.1 Management of the League shall be vested in a Management Committee which shall consist of the Officers of the League, being President, Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and Grounds Standards Committee Chairman; together with two other members, all of whom shall be elected at the AGM each year. A representative nominated by the Premier League Umpires Panel shall be co-opted onto the Management Committee. The representative shall have full voting rights.
4.2 The Management Committee shall have the power to co-opt additional members and to fill any vacancy until the following AGM. No club shall have more than two of its members elected to the Management Committee.
5 FUNCTIONS OF THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
5.1 The committee shall meet at least bi-monthly and a meeting may be called at any time by the Secretary or by any three management committee members acting together. At least seven days’ notice must be given of any meeting.
5.2 A quorum of the committee shall be five. Each member of the committee shall be entitled to one vote. Any proposals shall be decided on a simple majority. In the event of a tied vote the Chairman or his nominated deputy shall have the casting vote.
5.3 The committee shall be responsible for:
5.3a The efficient running of the league
5.3b Control of the league finances
5.3c Appointing sub-committees considered necessary from time to time, delegating to each sub-committee appropriate powers and appointing an officer or one of its members to chair the sub-committee.
5.3d Establishing minimum standards for playing conditions and facilities.
5.3e Ensuring youth development meets required standards.
5.3f Dealing with discipline and complaints.
5.3g Compilation and regular distribution of league tables to member clubs, ECB, and press.
6 GENERAL MEETINGS
6.1 The Annual General Meeting shall be held not later than 30th November when the following business will be transacted.
6.1a To receive the Secretary’s report.
6.1b To receive and adopt the league’s audited accounts.
6.1c To elect the officers and members of the Management Committee.
6.1d To appoint the Reviewing Accountants.
6.1e To set the subscription for the coming season.
6.1f To consider and decide upon proposals properly submitted in accordance with clause 6.6.
6.2 An Extraordinary General Meeting may be convened by the Management Committee at any time or may be convened by the Secretary on receipt of a written notice signed by not less than ten clubs.
6.3 Notification of an Annual General Meeting or Extraordinary General Meeting and all relevant documentation will be circulated 14 days prior to the date of the meeting.
6.4 Each club shall be entitled to one vote at a General Meeting and may send two delegates. Officers of the league not representing their clubs shall not be entitled to vote at a General Meeting.
6.5 Clubs failing to be represented at any General Meeting shall be fined £50.
6.6 Proposals and nominations for officer from member clubs or from the Management Committee shall be submitted to the Secretary no later than 30th August before the AGM.
6.7 Proposals on all matters at a General Meeting shall be decided by a simple majority except for proposals to change the constitution, match rules or league format which shall require a two thirds majority of the clubs present and voting.
6.8 A quorum for any general meeting shall be two thirds of the member clubs of the league.
7.1 Review accounts for the financial year ending 31st October shall be prepared and presented to Member Clubs at the Annual General Meeting.
7.2 The League Bank Account shall be held by a local Bank as decided by the Management Committee. Cheques drawn on this account must bear the signature of the Treasurer and either the Chairman or Secretary.
7.3 Each club will submit to the League Treasurer a copy of their latest annual accounts by 31st December each year.
Failure to comply will lead to an automatic fine of £25.00.
8 LIAISON WITH COUNTY BOARDS AND “LINKED” LEAGUES
8.1 The Management Committee will liaise with The Cambridgeshire, Essex, Huntingdonshire, Norfolk and Suffolk Cricket Boards to review the League’s progress and future development and shall have the right to attend Management Meetings in a non-voting capacity.
9 SAFE HANDS
9.1 The League has adopted the ECB Safe Hands Policy in total in order to pursue safe environments for young and disadvantage people within the League’s clubs.
10 WINDING UP
10.1 In the event of the League being wound up a final statement of accounts shall be prepared and audited. If these accounts reveal a deficit every Full Member Club at the date of winding up and every club that ceased to be a member within the year preceding the date of winding up shall contribute equally to clear the said deficit. If a surplus is revealed it shall be equally divided among the Member Clubs at the date of the winding up.
11.1 All matters not covered by the Constitution will be dealt with by the Management Committee whose decision shall be final.