League rules - 2019

                Last updated August 2019
1              The competition shall be managed by a General Committee consisting of a
                Chairman, Treasurer, Systems Manager, Secretary and one member from each
                club participating in the League.
                The Chairman, Treasurer, Systems Manager and Secretary are to be elected
                annually by the club representatives. The General Committee shall meet once a
                year in August.
                An Executive Committee consisting of the Chairman, Treasurer, Systems
                Manager and Secretary shall manage the day to day running of the League. The
                competition shall be open to any club in the Leicestershire area at the discretion
                of the Executive Committee. There shall be an annual fee, fixed at the A.G.M.
                due by 30th September every year.
2              At the discretion of the General Committee each club may enter one or more
                teams of players who shall be members of that club.
                Clubs shall not be limited to the number of teams entered into the League, but
                not more two teams from one club may play in Division 1, with no restriction
                applying to other Divisions. It is recommended that clubs be affiliated to ESR.
3              All divisions to be decided by the E.C. using as guidelines that all divisions
                consist of equal numbers of teams, and promotion/relegation shall be on a 2 up
                and 2 down wherever possible.
4 (a)       No person may represent more than 1 club during a season except by
                permission of the E.C. or being a "loan" player
(b)          An order of merit shall be posted online into the Leicestershire Squash Website
                1 week before the Club's 1st match, and should be in order as listed on Squash
                Levels using the "Damped" scores. This will "lock" a player into a team.
                Any club trying to play a match without posting the complete order of merit will
                forfeit the match.
(c)           The E.C. may review any order of merit on request from a club, and shall have
                the power to alter any player's position.
(d)          Only players on their order of merit may play for the club during the season,
                subject to Rule 4 F & I, or are players from the "Loan List."
(e)          A player's position in the team could vary each week if there is movement in the
                Squash Levels "damped" list
(f)           No new players may be used during the last 4 weeks of the season.
(g)          Squash Levels will indicate the correct position for each player
(h)          No player may play more than 22 matches in a season. Including "Loan" games.
                A Loan Player may not play at Number 1 as a guest, nor against his Home Club.
(i)            Before the 2nd half of the season begins ALL clubs will be required to resubmit
                their order of merit as per Squash Levels which may alter the team composition.
(m)         Any player without a "Squash Level" must be placed where the club believes
                that player should be. The E.C. reserve the right to move the player should their
                position be clearly incorrect.
(n)          Any player in a team position must play at least 2 games in the first half of the
                season or they will be removed from the order of merit for the second half.
                Any new player brought into the order for the second half of the season must
                play at least 2 games or the team he is placed in will be fined 20 league points.
5(a)        Each team shall play two matches, one at home and one away, against each
                other team in that division. Teams shall score 1 point for each game won in each
                match, and the winning team shall score 5 extra points.
                Both sides in a match must have not less than 3 members of their side at the
                venue at the time of the scheduled start. The other 2 members must also be in
                attendance within 30 minutes of the scheduled start.
                A team must consist of a minimum of 3 players.
                In the event of a team not fulfilling a fixture the result will be that the team not
                playing will be fined 15 league points, with the "winning" team receiving 20 pts.
                Any team wishing to change its' HOME night after the fixtures have been issued
                is required to advise ALL opponents to confirm the alteration.
(b)          All teams in Division 1 to make every effort to have Tuesdays as their home
(c)           Start times to be a free choice but must allow sufficient travel time for away
                teams. After 7-00 p.m. is to be used wherever possible
                N.B. The start time IS the start time NOT the turning up time. Teams not there
                ready to play could forfiet outstanding games if court time runs out.
(d)          The scoring in Divisions 1, 2 and 3 shall be PAR 11.
                The scoring in Division 4 and 5 shall be PAR 15.
                Instead of traditional hand in/hand out.
6              At the end of the season the club scoring most points shall be the winners of
                each Division. In the event of a tie the side with the most number of matches
                won shall succeed. If the teams are still equal they shall play off at a time and
                place to be decided by the E.C..
7              The winners of Division 1 shall hold the Leicestershire League Trophy for 1 year.
                The trophy may not be won outright and shall remain the property of
                Leicestershire League.
8              All matches will be played on the dates arranged by the E.C. The only
                exceptions being those matches altered BEFORE the season starts for the 1st
                half and during the WINTER recess for the 2nd half season and advised as such
                to the League Secretary, or during the season for the following reasons:-
(a)          A strike, which affects the playing of the game. E.G. water or electricity.
(b)          Extreme weather conditions.
(c)           Any reason deemed acceptable to the E.C.. E.G. club burnt down - conflict with
                a National Competition for 3 or more regular players.
                But NOT - illness - weddings - non availability of usual players - holidays etc.
(d)          There shall be no matches scheduled for Leicestershire Half Term weeks
(e)          Once a season starts if a fixture is changed, and EITHER Mike or Dave has
                been informed, there will be an automatic 5 point fine for BOTH Teams.
                If NEITHER has been informed there will be an automatic 10 point fine for both
                teams. The only exceptions are as allowed for under Rule 8.
9              Both teams are required to input the result into the Leicestershire League
                Website within 48 hours of the match date. After which the screen will lock.
                Temporary team captains can be appointed through The System Manager.
10           All member clubs MUST have one person representing them at the A.G.M.,
                unless prior absence has been agreed by the E.C.. Failure to comply will result in
                a fine on the club, the amount to be decided by the E.C.
11           Rules of play shall be those of the ES. An ES approved ball shall be used.
12           Any disputes must be submitted in writing to the League Secretary within 14
                days and the decision of the E.C. shall be final.
13           No recording of matches shall take place without the permission of both players
                involved in the match.
14           Each club must submit the name, address, phone number and email address of
                the Club Secretary by 1st September each year to the League Secretary
                The same information for ALL team captains must be advised at least 1 week
                before the start of the season.
                This information must be kept up to date.
15           Any team before the season starts may alter a fixture without penalty either
                financial or league points. Likewise in the mid season break a team may alter a
                2nd half fixture without incurring a penalty. After these dates any team not
                attending a fixture WILL be fined 15 league points. Subject to Rule 8 any team
                failing to give 7 days notice of its intention not to complete a fixture, will be liable
                for cost's incurred by the home team. Any such claim to be made through the
                E.C. Any club which refuses to pay these costs will be suspended.
16           The "Critchlow Fellowship Cup" shall be presented annually to the individual
                team deemed the most sociable during the season. The cup shall be presented
                at the  A.G.M. and shall be held for 1 year. The away team shall record a mark
                out of 10 for each of its opponents on the computerised score card.
                The score should reflect the good fellowship enjoyed on the evening.

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