These rules are to be read in conjunction with the Constitution of Stockport Trinity Cricket Club as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. Nothing in these rules takes precedence over the Constitution and they are intended to guide the functioning of all cricketing matters within the club.

Inclusion and Diversity Policy

Stockport Trinity Cricket Club has adopted the ECB policy on Inclusion and Diversity. Stockport Trinity Cricket Club currently has no employees and no current plans to appoint employees.

Stockport Trinity Cricket Club, in all its activities, is fully committed to the principles of equality of opportunity in cricket, and to ensuring that its employees, members and all other individuals working or volunteering Stockport Trinity Cricket Club and participating in or watching Stockport Trinity Cricket Club’s activities are treated fairly and are able to conduct their activities free from discrimination, harassment or intimidation.

Stockport Trinity Cricket Club in all its activities will not discriminate, or in any way treat anyone less favourably against on the grounds of age, gender, disability, race, parental or marital status, pregnancy, religion or belief or sexual orientation.

Stockport Trinity Cricket Club will not tolerate harassment, bullying, abuse or victimisation of individuals.

Stockport Trinity Cricket Club will endeavour to create access and opportunities for all those individuals who wish to participate, and are lawfully eligible to participate, in its activities.

Stockport Trinity Cricket Club will ensure that it complies with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and shall take all reasonable steps to ensure that its employees, members and volunteers adhere to these requirements and this policy.

This policy is fully supported by the Stockport Trinity Cricket Club’s officers and management committee who are responsible for the implementation of this policy.

Stockport Trinity Cricket Club is committed to the investigation of any claims when brought to its attention, of discrimination, harassment, bullying, abuse or victimisation of an individual, and reserves the right to impose such sanction as it considers appropriate and proportionate, where such is found to be the case.

In the event that any employee, member, volunteer, participant or spectator feels that he has suffered discrimination, harassment, bullying, abuse or victimisation, they should report the matter in writing to one of the Club Welfare Officers or the management committee of Stockport Trinity Cricket Club

Any such report should include: details of what occurred; when and where the occurrence took place; any witness details and copies of any witness statements.

If the accused individual is an employee, the management committee will regard the issue as a disciplinary issue and will follow Stockport Trinity Cricket Club’s employment disciplinary procedure.

If the accused individual is a non-employee, the management committee:

may decide (at its sole discretion) to uphold or dismiss the complaint without holding a hearing;

may (at its sole discretion) hold a hearing at which both parties will be entitled to attend and present their case;

will have the power to impose any one or more of the following sanctions on any person found to be in breach of any policy: (a) warn as to future conduct; (b) suspend from membership; (c) remove from membership; (d) exclude a non-member from the facility, either temporarily or permanently; and (e) turn down a non-member’s current and/or future membership application; and

will provide both parties with written reasons for its decision.

A party may appeal a decision of the [management committee] to the relevant County Cricket board by writing to the relevant County Cricket Board within 3 months of Stockport Trinity Cricket Club’s decision being notified to that party.

If the nature of the complaint is with regard to the management committee of the Stockport Trinity Cricket Club, the complainant may report the complaint directly to the relevant County Cricket Board.

This policy will be reviewed periodically by the Stockport Trinity Cricket Club in consultation with the England and Wales Cricket Board Limited.

The preferred catchment area for the club is from within the boundaries of the Borough of Stockport. However, members from outside this area are welcome provided they can support the club’s activities on a regular basis. Overseas players are permitted only in accordance with the rules of the cricket league of which the club is a member at the time.

ECB Safe Hands Policy

The club has adopted and will, in all circumstances, conduct its business in accordance with the ECB “Safe Hands” policy. Furthermore, all members, volunteer helpers and parents of junior members will ensure their personal conduct is in accordance with the “Safe Hands” policies, copies of which will be displayed on the Club notice board. Any member who has failed to behave in accordance with “Safe Hands” policy will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the Clubs disciplinary procedure and, if appropriate, with the involvement of the Cheshire Cricket Clubs Committee and other governing bodies of cricket.

Discipline and Appeals Procedure

All complaints regarding the behaviour of members should be lodged in writing with the Secretary.

The Committee shall appoint a Disciplinary sub-committee who will meet to hear complaints within 10 days of a complaint being lodged.  Any member requested to attend a Disciplinary sub-committee shall be entitled to be accompanied by a friend or other representative and to call witnesses.  The Committee (or its sub-committee) has the power to take appropriate disciplinary action, including the termination of membership.

The outcome of the disciplinary hearing shall be put in writing to the person who lodged the complaint and the member against whom the complaint was made within 7 days following the hearing.

There shall be a right of appeal to the Committee against either the finding or the sanction imposed or both following disciplinary action being taken.  The Committee shall appoint an Appeals Committee (a maximum of three) 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 10 days of the Secretary receiving the appeal.  The individual submitting 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.

Membership of the Cricket Club

Membership of the club shall be in five classes, namely Junior Member, Student or Unemployed Member, Senior Member, Life Member and Non-playing Member. Junior members shall be between the ages of 7 and 18, senior members over the age of 18 on April 1st of the current year. Nominations for Life Members shall be put before the cricket committee, with proposer and seconder, and can be elected on the recommendation of the committee only at a Cricket Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Membership of the club shall be obtained by payment of the appropriate annual subscription except in the case of Junior Members who will have the opportunity to make a donation to the club. Such a donation is not a requirement for membership. The amount of subscription paid for the other categories of membership shall be recommended by the committee and approved at the AGM.

Vice Presidents of the Cricket club shall be elected at each Cricket Annual General Meeting and shall hold office until the close of the next following Annual General Meeting. Any vacancy in the office of President shall be filled by the nomination of the Cricket committee. There shall be no annual subscription for President or Vice President. The Chairman and President of the club will be elected at a Cricket Annual General Meeting and retain office for a period of three years. All other Officers will be elected for a period of one year.

Management of the Cricket Club

The Management of the club shall be in the hands of a Cricket Committee who shall act in accordance with the rules of the club.

The Cricket Committee shall consist of a Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Fund Raising Officer, Club Welfare Officer, Volunteer Groundsman, Junior Manager, Men’s Cricket Representative and Ladies Cricket Representatives (both of whom shall be elected at the Cricket AGM for any year) and not more than two ordinary members elected at the Cricket AGM.

In addition, there will be a Cricket Club Planning Committee whose role will be to consider and recommend to the General Committee on major Cricket club issues and particularly the development of the clubhouse and ground. The Planning Committee shall consist of the Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Volunteer Groundsman, Men’s Representative, Ladies Representative, Junior Representative and others as required. The Planning Committee will meet as required.

There will also be a Junior Cricket Management Committee to consider all matters relating to Junior cricket. The Junior Cricket Management Committee shall consist of the Junior Manager, Chairman, all club Coaches, 4 Parents Representatives, Secretary/Club Welfare Officer. The Junior Manager and/or the Secretary to feed back any issues from this meeting to the main Committee.

The club officer positions of Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer shall be held by different individuals, but the League Representative, First Team Captain and Second Team Captain, Junior Managers and Club Welfare Officer are eligible to occupy also an officer position.

The quorum for a committee meeting shall be five members personally present.

The committee may meet together for the dispatch of cricket business, adjourn and otherwise regulate its meetings as it thinks fit and may delegate any of its powers to sub-committees.

Decisions at any meeting of the committee shall be taken by a majority of votes, the Chairman to have a second or casting vote in the case of a tied vote.

Any five members of the committee may request the Secretary at any time to summon a meeting of the Committee.

The Chairman, or in his absence the President, shall preside at meetings of the committee, but in their absence a Chairman shall be appointed for that meeting from the members present.

The Secretary, or in his absence, an agreed deputy, shall produce minutes of Committee meetings and a copy of such minutes, signed by the Chairman, or by the Chairman of the next succeeding meeting, shall be retained as evidence of the proceedings of the Committee.

A resolution in writing signed by every member of the committee shall have the same validity as a resolution approved at a meeting of the committee.

The committee shall have power to co-opt individuals and to fill any vacancy arising in the committee.

Any member of the committee absent from three consecutive meetings, other than through ill health, and not giving the Secretary a satisfactory explanation beforehand, shall cease to be a member of the committee but may be re-elected or co-opted.

Cricket Annual General Meeting

a) A Cricket AGM shall be held each year as close to the second Monday in November as possible. The quorum for an Cricket AGM shall be ten members other than committee members. At each Cricket AGM the Committee shall present an annual report and a financial statement detailing receipts and payments up to the 30th September of the current year. The financial statement shall be audited by an Honorary Auditor, appointed annually at the AGM, who must not have been a member of the committee during that year. In the absence of a suitable nominee for Honorary Auditor, a resolution not to appoint such a person must be proposed and carried each year.

b) A resolution at an AGM shall be decided on a show of hands, each member  present being entitled to one vote. Decision shall be reached by a majority of  votes, the Chairman, or in his absence, his deputy, having a second or casting  vote in the event of a tied vote.

c) All members shall be invited to submit nominations for Officers of the club to be elected at the Cricket AGM by email or, for those without email, post. Such nominations shall be sent by email or in writing to the Secretary of the club not later than three days before the Cricket AGM. All nominations must have the approval of the nominee. Only in the event of there being no email or written nominations for a particular office may nominations be accepted during a Cricket AGM.

Additional Cricket Rules

No player or official of the club shall act, within or without the club, in a way likely to affect the character or good name of the club.

a) There shall be an annual subscription payable for playing members except in the case of Junior Members who will be invited to make a donation to the club.                                

Payment of the annual subscription will entitle a member to voting rights as a member of the club.

Match fees for senior and junior members are payable, the amount of such fees to be decided at the Cricket AGM.

Players qualifying for membership in any one season shall retain the rights of membership until 31st May the following year. Thereafter, entitlement to membership shall be determined by the payment of the subscription for the current season.

Non-playing membership status is available on payment of a fixed subscription, agreed each year at the Cricket AGM.

f)  Junior members serving on the committee shall have the right to vote at any general meeting. Voting rights at general meetings are otherwise confined to junior members of 16 years and over, senior playing and non-playing members.

g) Any member having a complaint shall submit details to the committee in   writing, not to an individual member of the committee.

h) Persons chosen to play must, whenever possible, signify acceptance not less than 48 hours before the game.

i) White cricket clothing shall be worn in all matches except in emergency or unforeseen circumstances, in which case the approval of both captains and the  umpires must be obtained.

j) The committee shall award trophies annually to those winning first Xl, second Xl, ladies and junior team batting and bowling averages and for other meritorious contributions on and off the field of play.

5. Selection Policy (for men’s senior teams)

The first and second teams will be selected from those players who are considered by the Selection Committee (SC) to best represent the club in terms of skill, performance, behaviour and achievement for each place in the team. However, the SC shall take into account the need for a balance of skills in all teams.

The SC will comprise the Chairman, the Seniors Coach and captains and/or vice  captains of all men’s teams. The Chairman may vote but in the event of a tied  vote shall have a second or casting vote. The Selection Committee shall also  consider any relevant general cricket issues that arise and will report back and/or  raise these at the General Committee.

The committee may at its discretion take into account the wishes of members  who wish to play for a specific team on a specific date but the policy set out in  item a) above shall be borne in mind in such circumstances.

The lowest ranked team will be selected with the aim of being competitive in its league but with the further objective of developing junior and younger players who are not yet ready for first team cricket. Consideration will always be given to junior and developing younger players while recognising the need for a balance of experience and skill within the team for competitive and development reasons.

(e) Notwithstanding Rules (a), (d) and (f), the Selectors will pick teams for matches giving  due thought to factors such as talent and form. However, a player’s selection may be  prejudiced by the following;

  I) failure in match day duties, discipline or punctuality

  II) unavailability in preceding game(s)

Equally, the Selectors will use the following to improve a player’s chance of selection;

  I) administrative Club work or attendance at pre-season ground maintenance  

  II) attendance at Winter/Summer nets  

f)  No player shall be eligible for selection who has not paid their annual subscription  by 31st May of the season then current.

g)  The captains or Vice Captains shall be responsible for advising players of their  selection and may change the selection decisions of the SC without further  reference to and the agreement of the SC subject to the approval of the  Chairman.

h)  A member who has represented the First Xl in a particular league or cup  match, and  is available for selection in the next following game, shall be selected to play for  either team unless his/her express consent to his/her not  being chosen has been  given in advance. The SC shall have no power to alter this rule except when the first  game was played during a double weekend (i.e. fixtures on both days) and even then  only with the express consent in advance  of the individual concerned.

i)  All players are squad members and as such, will not be considered as a member  of  solely one team. Therefore, their place is not guaranteed so for each game,  they will be only considered on the basis of all selection criteria.

j)  For home senior games, players are required to attend 45 minutes before the  start and in the case of an away match, 30 minutes.

k)  Each player will be expected to provide a tea for at least one game per season.  The  Club will provide a fee to the player making the tea and he will forego the  need to pay  a Match Sub. Donation to be set by the AGM.