The following rescind and replace all previous rules.
Name of Club
[a] The name of the Club shall be "PLOUGHMANS CRICKET CLUB", hereinafter referred to as "the Club".
[a] The use of the words "the committee" within these rules shall be taken to mean the Management Committee of Officers of the club.
[b] The use of the words Annual General Meeting or A.G.M., within these rules shall be taken to mean the Annual General Meeting of the membership of the club.
Aims and Objectives of The Club
[a] The objects of the club shall be;
[b] To play Cricket in accordance with the Rules, Regulations and Bye-laws as they apply from time to time of the International Cricket Council, the England and Wales Cricket Board and/or their successor bodies, And;
[c] To develop and to progress the club with the ultimate aim of attaining entry into the most Senior Level of competition possible in club cricket. And;
[d] To promote the interest and development of players in the game of cricket. And;
[e] To promote both playing opportunities and social activities for members of the club.
[a] Membership of the club shall be open to the following, and the term "members" hereinafter shall be deemed to include all their categories;
[b] Hon President, Hon. Life Vice-Presidents, Hon. Life Members, Playing (Full) Members, Associate (Former Playing) Members, Junior (Playing) Members, Officers and Officials.
[c] Junior members are defined as those members who, at the commencement of the cricket season, are under 16 years of age or in full time education, and who by 31st March in any one year, have declared themselves as desiring to play cricket for the club for the coming season, and who, by this date, have paid to the Hon. Treasurer such subscription as may be decided by the A.G.M., for this category of membership.
[d] Associate members are defined as those members who, whilst no longer desiring to play for the club nonetheless wish to support the activities of the club, participate in the social and non-competitive activities of the club, and who, by the above, date have paid the appropriate membership subscription for this category of membership as may be decided by the A.G.M.
[e] The annual subscriptions and match fees for the coming season, for all grades of membership, shall be decided at the A.G.M. Annual subscriptions shall be payable on or before 31st March in each year. The Annual Subscription shall be paid even if the member is elected after this date, but may be reduced, entirely at the discretion of the Committee. Any member who is in arrears of more than one month in payment of their Annual Subscription and/or Match Fees shall be liable to suspension by the Committee until all outstanding such liabilities to the club have been discharged, to the satisfaction of the committee, together with any additional late payment administration fee as the committee may determine from time to time
[f] Membership of the club shall be open to all, irrespective of age, ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and/or disability. Membership shall be granted by a simple majority vote of the Committee. All such candidates for membership must be proposed and seconded by existing members. In the case of a new playing member he/she may be required to furnish information regarding previous playing experience or other details required by the Committee. All candidates shall sign a declaration that they have fully paid all outstanding liabilities to any club to which they previously belonged.
[g] As a condition of membership all members shall be deemed to have agreed to; (i) to promote and support the activities of the club insofar as they are reasonably able; (ii) to promote and act at all times in the best interests of the club when engaged in activities connected with the club; (iii) not to engage in any activity which may be likely to bring the club into disrepute; (iv) both abide and be bound by, the rules of the club, the laws of cricket and associated Code of Conduct, and the rules and regulations of any governing body or competition authority, under whose auspices the club, may from time to time operate, and; (vi) be subject to the discipline of the club and such governing bodies or authorities. [h] In the event of any serious actual or potential breach of the above rule by any member(s) of the club, or any failure by any member to discharge their obligations to the club, the committee may, upon such allegations(s) being substantiated, take such action against any such member(s) as it deems necessary including, though not restricted to, the temporary or indefinite suspension of the membership of such member(s) and/or, their participation in the activities, of the club
Club Officers and Officials
[a] The Officers of the club shall be;
[b] Hon. Chairman, Hon. Secretary, Hon. Treasurer, Hon. Fixtures Secretary, Club (Saturday) Captain, Sunday Captain and Development Officer.
[c] Officers of the club are to be elected annually at the A.G.M. by a majority of those members present who are entitled to vote.
[d] Nominations for Hon. President, and Life Vice-President are to be made by the outgoing Committee and elected at the A.G.M. by a majority of members present who are entitled to vote. The minimum qualification for the position as Hon. President shall be that such a nominee shall have been in member. by a majority of members present who are entitled to vote. The minimum qualification for the position as Hon. President shall be that such a nominee shall have been in membership of the club for a significant period and in that time have rendered substantial service to the club as both an Officer and a Player. The qualification for nomination as a Life Vice-President shall be that such nominee shall over a significant period, normally in excess of ten years, have in the opinion of the membership rendered a substantial service to the club whether as an officer, member and/or supporter of the club. The qualification for the award of Hon. Life Member shall be open to those former members, whose presence as a member over a period of time, in the opinion of the committee, made a substantial contribution to the ethos and/or the spirit of the club and the enjoyment of other members.
[e] Recommendations for nomination from any members of the Club to be elected as an Officer of the Club must be made to the Hon. Secretary, not later than 21 days prior to the A.G.M. Such nominations to be in writing and supported by at least two members of the club. Officers of the club standing for re-election may be nominated by the committee.
[f] A notice in writing shall be despatched to all members fourteen days before the A.G.M. advising of all nominees for election to the Committee.
[g] No nomination for election shall be valid unless the candidate has been a member of the club for two years from the date of acceptance.
[h] Where reference is made in these rules to a requirement for written notice to be served, then such service shall be taken to include the most appropriate method of despatch available, including despatch by electronic means.
Annual General Meeting
[a] The A.G.M. shall be held each year in the month of October. Written notice of the A.G.M. shall be despatched to all members no later than twenty-eight (28) days prior to the date of the meeting.
[b] At this meeting the following business shall be transacted;
[c] (i) Minutes of the last A.G.M. and any matters arising there from; (ii) Presentation and adoption of the Chairman's Annual Report and Treasurer's Statement of Accounts; (iii) Election of Chairman (to be presided over by Hon. President or nominated deputy) (iv) Election of other Officers; (v) Changes to Club Rules (vi) To agree the Annual Subscription(s) and Match Fees (vii) Any Other Business.
[d] The A.G.M. shall be presided over by the Hon. Chairman who shall retire with the Officers prior to the election of Officers. He/She shall resume the chair only upon re-election. If a new Chairman is elected the new Chairman shall then assume the Chair before the election of the remaining officers. The election of the Hon. Chairman shall be presided over by the Hon. President (or his/her nominated deputy).
[e] At the A.G.M. only Full (playing) Members, Associate Members, Officers, the Hon President, Hon. Life Vice- Presidents and Hon. Life Members present shall be entitled to vote on any resolution put to the meeting. Junior Members shall not be entitled to vote or to have any rights in relation to the A.G.M.
[f] The Officers of the club shall form a (Management) Committee, in whom shall be vested the management of the club.
Special General Meeting
[a] A Special General Meeting for any purpose shall be convened at any time, by the Hon Secretary acting on behalf of the committee, or upon a requisition being made by no fewer than ten (10) members in writing to the Hon. Secretary. A minimum of fourteen (14) days notice, in writing shall be given of the said meeting, to all members by the Hon. Secretary. At the meeting no other business other than that for which the meeting was called shall be discussed.
[a] Meetings of the Committee shall be called by the Hon. Secretary.
[b] The President, Vice President(s) and co-opted members shall be permitted to attend all meetings and to take part in discussions but shall have no voting powers. The resolution of a simple majority of those Committee Members present voting at any meeting shall be binding on both the committee and the club, in so far as that resolution shall relate to any matter competently within the sole jurisdiction of the Committee.
[c] The duties of the Hon. Chairman shall be to oversee the day-to-day management of the club and the conduct of the Committee and Officers. He/She shall preside at all meetings of the Committee at which he/she is present. In his/her absence the Committee shall elect a Chairman for that meeting only. The Hon. Chairman cannot simultaneously hold office as Club Captain.
[d] The duties of the Hon. Secretary shall be to assist the Hon. Chairman in conducting the administrative affairs of the club commensurate with the duties of the position. He/she shall take minutes of all meetings of the Committee. In his/her absence, one of the Committee members present shall take the minutes by appointment of all present.
[e] The duties of the Hon. Treasurer shall be to assist the Hon. Chairman by conducting the efficient management of the financial affairs of the club, including the periodical reporting of such to the committee and the membership, and to undertake such other duties as are commensurate with the position.
[f] The duties of the Hon. Fixtures Secretary shall be to assist the Hon. Chairman by conducting the efficient management and arrangement of fixtures of the club, and to undertake such other duties as are commensurate with the position.
[g] The role of Captain(s) shall be to assist the Hon. Chairman by undertaking the efficient management of team selection and on-field team affairs in accordance with club policy and ethos. H/she shall undertake also such other duties as are commensurate with the position.
[h] The duties and responsibilities of the remaining Officers of the club shall be determined by the Committee, who shall have power to suspend, but not to dismiss, any Officer who fails to perform his/her duties in a satisfactory manner.
[I] The Committee shall have the power to appoint any member of the Club to fill a vacancy amongst the Officers during the season.
[j] A meeting of the committee shall be considered to have a quorum when five (5) committee members are in attendance.
[k] The Committee shall have the power to appoint a Sub-committee(s) and as required co-opt members thereon as it may deem necessary. Any decision taken by such sub-committee(s) shall be subject to ratification by the committee.
Alterations to Rules, Winding Up and Miscellaneous Matters
[a] The Club shall be "wound up" only at an Extraordinary Special General Meeting so convened for that purpose. 75% of the members must be present. The motion put forward must be carried by a majority of not less than two-thirds of those members present. After payment of all liabilities all assets of the Club at the date of "winding up", shall be disposed of as decided at the said Extraordinary Meeting, subject to the approval of any relevant, competent governing body.
[b] These rules shall be altered only by a two thirds majority vote of a Special General Meeting or simple majority vote at an A.G.M.
[c] All liabilities of the Club shall be equally shared amongst all members of the club at the time of "winding up" of the Club.
[d] The Committee shall have the power to deal with anything not provided for in these rules.
[e] Where reference is made in this constitution, either expressly or impliedly, to a person or position in the male gender, then such reference shall be taken to automatically include reference to both male and female.