The Stanmore Cricket Club - Stanmore Cricket Club Rules

Club Rules

1. The Club shall be called THE STANMORE CRICKET CLUB. The Club shall be affiliated to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). Its objectives shall be to play and promote the amateur game of cricket in Stanmore, to encourage community participation in cricket and to provide the necessary facilities for the playing of the game.

To ensure duty of care to all members of the club by adopting and implementing the ECB ‘Safe Hands – Cricket Policy or Safeguarding Children and any future versions of the Policy.

To ensure a duty of care to all members of the club by adopting and implementing the ECB Club inclusion and Diversity Policy and any future versions of the policy.

2. Membership of the Club shall be divided into the following categories:

a) Playing Members:
Aged 18 or over on the 31st August of the current year
(1) Student: In full-time education.
(2) Full: Not in full-time education.

b) Honorary Members:
No Subscription required
(1) Life: For special services to the Club
(2) Annual:

c) Non-Playing Members

d) Junior Members
Aged 17 or under on the 31st August of the current year.

e) Family Members:
Two or more non-playing members from the same residence.

The Executive Committee shall submit to the Annual General Meeting (or a Special General Meeting) for approval, rates of annual subscription for the forthcoming year. (From 2021 onward the subscriptions shall be: Full Playing Members £150; Student Playing Members £130; Junior Members £130; Junior Members under 9 Years £100; Family Members £150 per family; Non-Playing Members a minimum of £50).  All subscriptions are due on or before the 30th June in each year. No Member shall be entitled to play for the Club or use any Club facilities in any year until that member has paid the appropriate subscription. 

1. Membership of the club shall be open to anyone interested in the sport of cricket on application regardless of sex, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion or other beliefs. However, limitation of membership according to available facilities is allowable on a non-discriminatory basis.

The club committee may refuse membership only for good cause such as conduct or character like to bring the club or cricket into disrepute. Appeal against refusal may be made to the Committee who shall appoint an Appeals Committee to hear the appeal.

2. The Management Committee have the power to expel or suspend any member whose conduct has been in their opinion after due enquiry, injurious or detrimental to the character and interests of the Club or its members. This rule may be applied only by the assenting vote of not less than a two-thirds majority of its members then sitting. Before the Management Committee passes a resolution referred to in this rule, the member concerned shall be given fair and sufficient notice of the proposed action and of the grounds upon which it is proposed to expel or suspend him/her. The member shall be afforded the opportunity of explaining the circumstances to the Management Committee and of defending his/her conduct or action either in writing or in person and either alone or accompanied by a representative of his/her choice, or by sending a representative alone.

Any person whose membership is determined under this rule shall not be allowed to use the ground facilities or club facilities until and unless they are reinstated.

There shall be a right of appeal within 14 days of receipt of the decision by the Management Committee to suspend or expel a member. The Management Committee shall appoint an Appeals Committee. The Appeals Committee have maximum of three members which shall not include members involved with the initial disciplinary hearing but may include non-members of the Club. The Appeals Committee shall consider the appeal within 21 days of the Secretary receiving the appeal. The individual who submitted the appeal shall be entitled to be accompanied by a friend or other representative and to call witnesses. The decision of the Appeals Committee shall be final and binding on all parties.

3. The control and management of the Club shall be vested in the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall consist of the Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, Club Captain and four elected members – at least one of whom shall be a Non-Playing Member – and shall meet regularly. The Club Development Manager and the Colts’ Manager shall also be members of the Executive Committee. One member of the committee shall be appointed to be the Child Welfare Officer to implement the ECB ‘Safe Hands – Welfare of Young People in Cricket’ policy. Five Members shall form a quorum. The Executive Committee shall have power to fill any vacancies on the Committee which may occur during the year and to co-opt no more than two other members.

3. The Club’s financial year will end on 30th September and a General Meeting of the Club shall be held annually, by the following 31st January, to receive the Report and Statement of accounts, to elect the President, Vice-Presidents, Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Club Captain and other Officers, the other Executive Committee Members and to discuss and decide any other business relevant to the running and objectives of the Club.

4. At least twenty-one days notice shall be given to all Club Members of any General Meeting of the Club and the quorum for any such meeting shall be twenty Members qualified to vote.

5. A candidate for office and/or the Executive Committee shall be nominated by a proposer and seconder, both of whom shall be members permitted to vote at General Meetings as set out in Rule 10. Every nomination shall be made in writing and given to the Secretary two weeks before the General Meeting together with the written consent of the candidate nominated.

6. The retiring Committee shall make recommendations for candidates for office and the Executive Committee for the ensuing year and a list of these recommendations shall be circulated with the notice convening a General Meeting.

7. Voting at any General Meeting shall be by Playing Members, Life Members, President, Vice-Presidents and any past or present members of the Executive Committee who are Non-Playing, Family or Honorary Members for the current year. Votes shall be decided by a show of hands unless a secret ballot is demanded by two thirds of those present and voting or unless any election for a club officer is contested. When such cases arise written ballot papers shall be used and the Chairman shall appoint two scrutineers to count the votes cast. The Chairman shall declare a motion or resolution carried, except for votes under Rule 23, when a majority of Members of the Club present and voting so signify assent. No votes shall be cast by proxy.

8. The Chairman of any general or executive Committee meeting, who shall be the Club Chairman or, in his absence, the Club Vice-Chairman or, in the absence of both, a person appointed for that meeting or committee by those present who are entitled to vote on such matters, shall be entitled to vote and, in an equality of votes, he shall have and exercise an additional casting vote. The Chairman’s decision as to whether a motion is carried or not shall be final.

9. A Special General Meeting of the Club shall be called by the Hon. Secretary within one month of the receipt to that effect of a majority resolution of the Executive Committee or a requisition from at least ten Playing Members of the Club. Each such requisition to the Hon. Secretary shall be in writing and shall state explicitly the objects for which the Special General Meeting shall be called. The reasons for the Special General Meeting shall be communicated to each Member on the notice convening the Meeting.

10. The Executive Committee may delegate all or any of its powers to sub-committees or require a sub-committee to carry out specific functions. The constitution of the sub-committee shall be determined by the Executive Committee and the sub-committee shall be responsible to the Executive Committee and report thereto.

11. All teams to represent the Club shall be chosen by a Selection Committee consisting of the Captains and Vice-Captains, or their nominated representatives, of the various teams and, should the Executive Committee consider it necessary, one other Club Member to be elected by the Executive Committee. The Selection Committee shall decide upon selection matters only.

12. All the property, effects and rights of the Club shall be vested in the Executive Committee and it shall deal with them in accordance with the direction of the Club in General Meeting.

13. The income and property of the Club, whencesoever derived, shall be applied solely towards the objects of the Club without any monetary profit to the Members thereof. However, the Club may employ members (though not for playing) and remunerate them for providing goods and services, on fair terms set by the Committee (without the person concerned being present). The Club may also indemnify the Committee and members acting properly in the course of the running of the Club against any liability incurred in the proper running of the Club (but only to the extent of its assets).

14. All the funds of the Club shall be paid into a bank in the name of the Club and all cheques shall be signed by the Hon. Treasurer or the Hon. Secretary and the Chairman.

15. An Hon. Auditor shall be elected each year at the Annual General Meeting.

16. The Hon. Treasurer shall prepare, annually, an Account and Balance Sheet covering the financial year ending 30th September and shall present these at the next Annual General Meeting. Before presentation, the Hon. Treasurer will submit the Account and Balance Sheet to be certified by the Hon. Auditor.

17. Life Honorary Members may only be elected by the majority agreement of a General Meeting. Annual Honorary Members may be elected by the majority agreement of the Executive Committee.

18. Members of visiting Clubs may be elected as temporary members of the Club for the day or days on which they visit the ground and the names of such temporary members shall be posted in the Club for at least 48 hours before their admission thereto.

19. The permitted hours during which alcohol may be supplied to the members (or sold to guests of members) under the Licensing Act, 2003, shall be as follows:

Mondays to Thursdays: 11a.m. to 11 p.m.
Fridays & Saturdays: 11a.m. to 12 midnight
Sundays: 11a.m. to 11:30p.m.

The hours of opening are as above with an added 30 minutes added to the closing time to allow for drinking up and clearing up.

1. The above Constitution and Rules of the Club shall not be altered or amended except at the Annual General Meeting or a Special General Meeting called for that purpose and shall require the assent of two thirds of the Members present and eligible to vote.
2. The Executive Committee shall have power to deal, in any manner it may think fit, with any matter not provided for in these Rules.
3. The Executive Committee shall have power to deal, in any manner it may think fit, with any matter not provided for in these Rules.
4. A resolution to dissolve the club can only be passed at an AGM or EGM with a vote in favour by, at least, 75% of those present and qualified to vote. In the event of dissolution, any assets of the club that remain will become the property of the Sports Governing Body, for use by them in Community related sports.