Transfers and Discipline

TRANSFERS AND DISCIPLINE

YCB/YCA DISCIPLINARY OFFICER:

PHILIP RADCLIFFE, 16 Moor Close Road, Queensbury, Bradford BD13 2EA. Tel: 01274-420551.

Please note that all references to Rule in this section refer to the YCA Constitution

TRANSFER OF CLUBS Rule 11.3

Concern is expressed regarding the method of movement of Clubs from one Member League to another Member League.

Rule 11.3 makes it quite clear that clubs must get permission from their present League before entering any negotiations with another League and it follows that any Member League who wishes to negotiate with a Club from another Member League must ensure that permission has been received in writing prior to the negotiations.

AN ADDITION TO RULE AGREED BY THE YCA AGM IN FEBRUARY 2000 STATES THAT CLUBS RESIGNING FROM THEIR LEAGUES MUST GIVE NOTICE IN WRITING BY 30TH APRIL (IE BY 30TH APRIL 2003 FOR SEASON 2004)

It is expected that Leagues should ask for a copy of the clearance to negotiate from the applicant club before entering any negotiation with them or accepting any application.

Please check that the YCA constitution is fully carried out in this respect.

TRANSFER OF PLAYERS Rule 11.2

Concern is expressed from time to time regarding approaches made to players of one Club by officials of another with a view to joining that club for the following season. The YCA deprecates such approaches and reminds all Leagues and Clubs that there are strict procedures laid down for such matters which are clearly expressed in YCA Rule 11.2. The YCA expects this rule to be observed by all parties on all occasions.

The Council of the Association have interpreted rules 11.2.1, 11.2.2 and the new 11.2.3 that where a player is a bona fide playing member of two or more clubs affiliated to Member Saturday Leagues then the Player can only be registered by one club and will be regarded as being registered as a Player for the first such Club he plays for in any season and the transfer requirements of these rules must be met before the player can play for another club affiliated to a Member Saturday League.

TRANSFER OF PLAYERS BETWEEN CLUBS IN DIFFERENT LEAGUES

All transfer of Players between clubs in different Leagues must be carried on YCA Player Transfer Forms. This will operate throughout the year. Leagues may use these internally if they so wish or retain their current arrangements for internal player transfers.

Forms must be signed by the player, the Secretary of the present club, then sent to the Secretary of the new intended club, signed by him and forwarded to the League Secretary of the new Club.

In any event all Clubs are advised to check that any player joining them at any stage has fulfilled all his obligations to his previous club and this is best done by requesting a clearance certificate on all occasions. This applies throughout the year.

MOVEMENT OF OVERSEAS PLAYERS

The Association has viewed with concern some movements by overseas players between clubs in midseason in recent years. In some cases clubs responsible for help with bringing a player to this country have subsequently lost his services at financial and other loss to themselves.

YCA feels, that because of the varying interpretations of "overseas" players throughout Member Leagues and the varying conditions under which they come to and play for clubs, it is impossible to lay down firm procedures at this stage except that they must conform with Rule 11.1.2 Transfer of Players as above.

The Association stresses that it feels clubs should not approach overseas players to change allegiances during the season. It would welcome League rules which prohibit this by allowing only one overseas player to be registered for a club in a season (and perhaps by the start of the season only).

SUNDAY AND MIDWEEK LEAGUES Rule 11.4

YCA Rule 11.4 makes separate arrangements for the transfer of players to and from such leagues in that players from Saturday Leagues may play in such leagues without transfer. YCA Council has now added the further additional ruling and interpretation:

"Where a member Saturday League has a separately organised Sunday Section, then for the purposes of Rules 11.2, 11.3 and 11.4 this Section shall be regarded as an independent Sunday League".

DISCIPLINARY GUIDELINES

Leagues, Associations and Clubs are reminded of Bulletin DISCIPLINARY CODE (Third Edition) issued in April 2001. Extra copies are available from the Administrative Assistant or the YCB Office.

The YCB cannot emphasise too strongly the importance of having adequate provision in rules (league or club) for dealing with disciplinary matters.

The YCB also strongly believes that within the framework of leagues in Yorkshire that periods of suspension must be based on time. We emphasise that this should be for a period of time rather than a number of matches. The latter may be taken to refer to a specific league or competition whilst a period of TIME can be made to operate throughout cricket.

SUSPENSION OF PLAYERS

Please note the rule 11.1.1

"All expulsions or suspensions made by a member organisation MUST be reported to the Association within seven days of the decision being made or confirmed (on Appeal).

Leagues or Associations suspending players or whose Clubs do so MUST INFORM (Rule 11.1.1.) on the form provided to the Disciplinary Officer of YCA/YCB forthwith so that any suspension is operative throughout cricket. Delay means players may try to play in other competitions and thus evade their punishment.

NOTIFICATION SHOULD BE ON THE YCA FORM WHICH SHOULD BE COPIED AND SENT TO THE APPROPRIATE AREA CRICKET COUNCIL AND NEIGHBOURING ORGANISATIONS.

YCB will inform ECB where necessary. Returns must not be sent direct to ECB

On the same theme as above, Clubs suspending players should inform all relevant bodies forthwith including their League.

Report Forms for Umpires and Officials have been circulated to League Secretaries which may be used by those or other bodies if they so wish.

For League and Association Secretaries a list of players currently suspended has been sent in April and extra copies are available from the YCB Office.

Contact for all Transfer & Disciplinary matters is the

YCB TRANSFER AND DISCIPLINARY OFFICER:

P. RADCLIFFE, 16 Moor Close Road, Queensbury, Bradford BD13 2EA. Tel: 01274-420551.

All necessary transfer and disciplinary report forms can be found by clicking here

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