Yorkshire Junior/Youth Constitution 2015
1 PURPOSE AND MANAGEMENT OF THE LEAGUE
3 ACCEPTANCE OF CONSTITUTION
4 CHANGES OF CONSTITUTION
5 PROCEDURES FOR ANNUAL/EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETINGS
6 PROCEDURES FOR OTHER MEETINGS
9 NOTICES AND CORRESPONDENCE
10 REGISTRATION OF CLUBS, TEAMS AND LEAGUE FEES
11 REGISTRATION OF PLAYERS / COACHES
12 PROCEDURE TO REGISTER A NEW PLAYER
13 PROCEDURE FOR RE-REGISTERING EXISTING PLAYERS
15 TRANSFER PROCEDURE & RESTRCITIONS
16 DISBANDED TEAMS
17 FEMALE PLAYERS
18 COMPLIANCE WITH PLAYER REGISTRATION PROCEDURES
19 CONTROLLING THE PLAYING AREA
20 CLUB MATCHDAY OFFICIALS
21 TOUCHLINE MANAGERS
22 ENTERING THE FIELD OF PLAY
24 FIXTURES-CLUB RESPONSIBILITIES
26 UNFULFILLED FIXTURES
27 CUP COMPETITION
28 DISCIPLINE COMMITTEE-COMPOSITION AND PURPOSE
29 DISCIPLINE POINTS
30 IMMEDIATE ACTION FOLLOWING A BREACH OF DISCIPLINE
31 SENDING OFF
32 ALLEGATIONS OF ASSAULT
33 PROCEDURE FOLLOWING AN ALLEGED BREACH OF DISCIPLINE OR A SENDING OFF
34 VIDEO / DVD EVIDENCE
35 DISCIPLINARY ACTION AND FINES
36 PLAYER SUSPENSIONS
37 HOW TO APPEAL A DECISION OF THE DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE
38 PLAYING RULES
The Yorkshire Junior/Youth League acknowledge and accept the implementation of the RFL Community Game Operational rules ("the Rules") as approved by the RFL Community Board from time to time and undertake and accept to be bound by the terms of the Rules. Where there is a conflict between the Leagues constitution or playing rules and the Rules then the Rules shall take precedent unless otherwise stated.
1. PURPOSE AND MANAGEMENT OF THE LEAGUE
The purpose of the Yorkshire Junior Amateur Rugby League ("the League") is to provide opportunities for people to play rugby league by organising and administering matches and competitions on behalf of the member clubs.
1.2 A Board of Management ("the Board") shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and shall have the responsibility of organising the League and interpreting and enforcing its rules.
1.3 The Board shall consist of the following roles:
(a) Honorary President,
(c) General Secretary,
(d) League Treasurer,
(e) Fixture Secretary Co-ordinator.
(f) Management Representative
1.4 Election for all roles shall be for a period of two years.
1.5 The Board shall seek applications each year to form a Management Committee to assist the Board in the administration of the League.
1.6 The Management Committee shall comprise the following roles:
(a) Fixture secretaries,
(b) Welfare Officers,
(c) Discipline Panel members,
(d) Additional Secretarial positions if required.
1.7 The Board shall have the right to co-opt members of the Management Committee onto the Board if required.
1.8 Any member of the Management Committee who fails to attend three successive meetings shall be deemed to have resigned from the Management Committee, unless the Board shall decide otherwise.
1.9 All profits from all League activities shall be retained within the League funds and used solely for the League's running costs. The income of the League shall be applied solely towards promoting the League's objectives and no portion shall be paid or transferred directly or indirectly to Member Clubs other than the League's running costs.
1.10 If the League ever closes down, the assets of the League will be put into the hands of 3 Trustees for them to distribute for the development of junior rugby league. The Board will nominate the Trustees.
2.1 A club shall be considered to be a member of the League ("Member Club") if it has paid its league fees in full for the current season, has submitted a completed Club Registration Form (CRF1) paid any outstanding monies from the previous season and is not suspended from the League. (See rule 10.1)
2.1.1 The CRF1 Form will be accepted as The RFL Partnership Agreement. )
2.2 The Management Committee, at their discretion and in consultation with the members, shall have the right to refuse membership to any club or player.
2.3 Any club seeking membership of the League must demonstrate that it meets the following minimum criteria:
(a) Adequate changing facilities which include showers.
(b) A committee of at least 3 members which shall be Chairperson, General Secretary, Treasurer, these must be three separate people.
(c) A constitution.
2.4 Rugby League is an inclusive sport. Member Clubs must take all reasonable steps to prevent discriminatory practices at their clubs and League activities they are associated with.
2.5 New Clubs joining the League that have not achieved Club Accreditation must work towards this and will be allowed 12 months from admission to the League to achieve the Club Accreditation award.
2.6 Any Member Club that fails to achieve the Club Accreditation award in the required timescale will be refused membership to the League the following season.
2.7 Nominations for Life Members are to be approved by the Board prior to the AGM. Life Members shall have no voting rights.
3. ACCEPTANCE OF CONSTITUTION.
3.1 Clubs and players registered with the League shall accept the current rules of the League as set out in the League's constitution and shall accept the decisions of the Board and Management Committee on all matters.
3.2 The Rugby Football League shall be deemed as the League's governing body and shall deliberate and oversee all issues as requested by the Board.
3.2.1 Clubs must abide by the RFL Operational Rules and where there is a conflict between Operational Rules and the YJL Constitution the Operational rule will supersede all other rules.
4. CHANGES OF CONSTITUTION.
4.1 The constitution may be changed at the League AGM or at an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of the League.
4.2 If the change of constitution is proposed by the Management Committee, written notice of such proposed change shall be given to each Member Club not less than 21 days before the AGM or the EGM.
4.3 If the change of constitution is proposed by a Member Club, written notice of such proposed change shall be given to the General Secretary not less than 42 days before the AGM or 21 days before the EGM and must be accompanied by written support for the proposal by 3 other Member Clubs.
4.4 The required majority for a rule change shall be two thirds of those entitled to vote.
4.5 The required majority for a new rule shall be a simple majority of those entitled to vote.
4.6 All Member Clubs shall be required to vote on changes to the constitution either by sending a representative to the AGM/EGM or by proxy vote via the General Secretary. Abstentions shall not be permitted.
4.7 On a vote to change the constitution, the Chairperson of the meeting shall cast the vote, as they in their absolute discretion decide, on behalf of any Member Clubs who do not vote.
5. PROCEDURES FOR ANNUAL/EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETINGS.
5.1 The AGM shall be held in January (or such times as the Board shall decide). The purpose of which shall be:
(a) to receive the General Secretary's report.
(b) to receive and approve the audited accounts.
(c) to deal with changes to the constitution.
(d) to elect the Board.
5.2 The General Secretary shall give at least 49 days notice of the time, date and venue for the AGM.
5.3 An EGM may be held at any time and maybe convened by the Board acting on its
own initiative or following a specific request from a Member Club made with the written
support of at least one third of all Member Clubs. Such a meeting shall be called by
the Management committee within 28 days of the request.
5.4 The General Secretary shall give at least 14 days notice of the time, date and venue for an EGM.
5.5 The notice convening the EGM shall specify:
(a) the purpose of the meeting,
(b) an agenda,
(c) any proposed change of rules.
5.6 The Board shall elect the Chairperson of the meeting.
5.7 If a Member Club fails to send a representative to the AGM or an EGM it shall be fined £50 unless it shall have sent a proxy vote in the case of a meeting to change the constitution.
6.1 Delegates meetings will be held in MAY and OCTOBER, dates to be decided by the Board. Should any further meetings be required these will be arranged by the Board. If a Member Club fails to send a representative to a Delegates meeting it will be fined £50 and clubs failing to attend 2 consecutive meetings will be fined £100. Sending of apologies does not prevent a fine.
6.2 At Delegate meetings only one representative may speak on behalf of any Member Club on any issues their club wishes to be raised or any issues debated on at that particular meeting.
6.3 All Delegate, Board and Committee Meetings will finish no later than 10pm.
7.1 The decisions of all meetings, except changes to the constitution, shall be by a simple majority of all those attending and entitled to vote.
7.2 Voting by proxy shall only be allowed in the case of a proposed change to the constitution. A proxy vote will only be valid if given in writing to the General Secretary at least 3 days before the meeting.
7.3 All other votes other than proxy votes shall be by a show of hands unless the meeting shall decide otherwise.
7.4 Proxy votes shall be added to the votes for and against as the case may be before deciding whether or not a proposal is passed or defeated.
7.5 Each Member Club shall be entitled to one vote only.
8.1 For the meeting of the Board or Management Committee, three members of the Board shall constitute a quorum.
8.2 For an AGM or EGM, those actually present shall form a quorum.
8.3 At all discipline meetings 3 members, one of whom will act as Chairperson, shall form a quorum.
8.4 The Board shall have the power to deal with any matter not covered by these rules as they may decide.
9. NOTICES AND CORRESPONDENCE
9.1 All notices and correspondence to be served on the League shall be served posted or e-mailed to the General Secretary by the Club Secretary or nominated person.
9.2 Discipline reports must be sent to the Discipline Secretary.
9.3 All notices and correspondence to be served by the League on a player, club or official shall be served either by post, e-mailed or personally.
9.4 Member Clubs shall notify the Club Accreditation Co-Ordinator, Discipline Secretary and General Secretary of every change of officer or contact details.
10. REGISTRATION OF CLUBS, TEAMS AND LEAGUE FEES.
10.1 The following fees ("League Fees") apply:
(a) Teams at U11s and below will have no fee to pay.
(b) £30 per team at U12s (Year 7) and above.
(c) £15 per team entered into any cup competition organised by the League.
(d) £50 per Member Club for Presentation Day.
(e) Any outstanding monies from the previous season.
10.2 The deadline for payment of the League Fees and completion of the Club Registration Form (CRF1) each year will be determined by the Board.
10.3 Any Member Club that does not pay the League Fees and submit a completed CRF1 by the published deadline shall be deemed to have resigned from the League and will need to re-apply for membership and will be fined £50 if they are accepted back into the League.
10.4 Every Member Club must complete a CRF1 giving details of:
(a) A Club Secretary, Club Treasurer, Club Chairperson.
(b) A Nominated Club Person.
(c) A list of teams registering for the forthcoming season.
(d) Name of coach of each age group with the coach's appropriate qualification, and expiry date.
(e) Contact details and two e-mail addresses for at least two different individuals for correspondence.
(f) All Registered Touchline Managers.
(g) Club Accreditation status
(h) Club Welfare Officer
(I) Registered Teams qualified First Aiders (This is a mandatory requirement)
10.5 It is the responsibility of the Club Secretary or Nominated Club Person to ensure that all sections of the CRF1 are completed and verify that the details are true and correct.
10.6 The CRF1 must be returned to the Club Accreditation Co-Ordinator and General Secretary by the deadline and any changes notified in writing within 14 days.
10.7 League Fees must be submitted by the deadline to the League Treasurer. Failure to comply will result in the teams not being entered into the league competition.
10.8 Each Member Club shall take out the compulsory insurance as specified by the Board. (See A4:2 Operational Rules)
10.9 Any club joining the League or registering additional teams after the start of the season will normally be required to pay the League Fees in full. The Board has discretion to reduce the amount payable if it so decides.
10.10 Any team joining the League after one quarter of the season has passed will be allocated friendly games only and will not be entered into any League cup competitions.
10.11 A Member Club may enter teams in each age group organised by the League.
11. REGISTRATION OF PLAYERS / COACHES.
11.1 Each Junior team shall consist of not more than 25 registered players per team.
11.1.1 No Youth (U16-U18) Team shall at any time have more than 30 Players on
its Club register.
11.2 Every team entered into the League must have an appropriately qualified coach or person registered on a coaching course.
11.2.1 Every team entered into the League must have an appropriately qualified 1st Aider. No games can take place without a qualified 1st Aider present.
11.3 A new player is defined as a player who has not been registered with another Yorkshire Junior team for 1 full playing season.
11.4 Any new player joining a Member Club must not take part in training until a registration form has been completed by the Member Club, parent and player.
11.5 Once the registration form has been completed the new player may take part in training for a maximum period of 3 weeks. After this time the player must either be registered with the League or must stop training with the club.
11.6 No player may take part in matches until they have been registered with the League and the team is in possession of the players ID card.
11.7 A player can register for any Member Club irrespective of their geographical location if sanctioned by the Board of Management.
11.8 Players can only be registered with one Member Club at a time. Insurance is only valid with the Member Club/Team a player is registered with.
11.9 All coaches must wear their coaching ID Card whilst officiating at games, these must be checked prior to kick off by the opposing team.
11.10 A player may only play in the age group for which they are registered, and this can only be 1 year above the current age group. For example to play an U10 can only register for the U10s (Year 5) or for the U11s (Year 6).
12. PROCEDURE TO REGISTER A NEW PLAYER.
12.1 All new registrations must be on an official registration form.
12.2 It is the responsibility of the Club Secretary or Nominated Club Person to ensure all sections of the registration form are complete and then to sign to verify that all details are true and correct.
12.3 It is the responsibility of the Member Club to take reasonable steps to ensure that any new player is a free agent.
12.4 Players must not have been registered with a Yorkshire Junior team for 1 full playing season before they are deemed to be a free agent (except when the team has disbanded, see Section 16).
12.5 To register a new player, the Member Club should forward the following to the Community Game Services:
(a) the completed official registration form.
(b) copy of an official proof of birth document showing the player’s name and
(c) date of birth. The copy document must be of a good quality and signed as a true copy of the original document by the Club Secretary or Nominated Club Person.
(c) a new up to date photo of passport standard.
13. PROCEDURE FOR RE-REGISTERING EXISTING PLAYERS.
13.1 Each team will be supplied with a list of players registered from the previous season. This list (the "Re-registration sheet") must be signed by both the Club Secretary or Nominated Club Person and the Parent/Guardian to confirm ALL the details are correct and if not make any alterations necessary.
13.2 The completed Re-registration sheet must be forwarded to the RFL and must include updated photos for all players at all even age groups, with the player's name and ID number on the back of the photo.
13.3 Only players re-registering to play at an even age group need to supply a new photo, which must be of passport standard. Failure to do so will mean the player is not re-registered until the photo is received by the RFL.
13.4 No player registered from the previous season may play after the second week of the season unless they have been re-registered with the Member Club for the current season. Any player in default will be classed as an unregistered player and the Member Club will be fined accordingly.
14.1 The closing date for transfers for U12s (Year 7) and above shall be 31 January for teams whose season begins in September and 23rd October for those beginning in March.
14.2 Transfer forms received closed season will be processed after all CRF1 forms have been submitted and monies received for the coming season from the team involved in the movement of a player. When forms and monies have been received the transfer will be processed.
14.3 Any Player, Parent or Guardian owing monies or garments to the club they are leaving will void the transfer until an agreement by both parties is achieved.
14.4 Transfers will be processed throughout the playing season for ‘in-house’ transfers, players returning to their former clubs within the playing season and free agents from disbanded teams.
TRANSFERS – UNDER 11 AND BELOW
14.5 A Player can transfer up to twice in any Season. For the purpose of this Rule, the Team a Player is first registered with in a Season shall be “Team A”, any Team a Player is registered to second in a Season shall be “Team B” and any Team a Player is registered to third in a Season shall be “Team C”.
14.6 If, in accordance with this Operational Rule, a Player transfers for a second time in a Season (i.e. to Team C), the transfer from Team A to Team B shall cease to count towards Team B’s quota of transfers permitted pursuant to Operational Rule C2:10:1.
14.7 In addition to the transfers permitted pursuant to Operational Rule C2:11:1, a Player may transfer to any Team he has been registered with previously during that Season subject to the following:
(a) in relation to the Player, it will not count as a transfer for the purposes of Operational Rule C2:11:1;
(b) if the Player is returning to Team A, it will not count towards Team A’s quota of transfers permitted under Operational Rule C2:10:1;
(c) if the Player is returning to Team B then it will count towards Team B’s quota of permitted transfers under Operational Rule C2:10:1 (this is because pursuant to Operational Rule C2:11:2 when the Player transferred from Team B to Team C the previous transfer from Team A to Team B ceased to count on Team B’s quota of transfers); and
(d) The last transfer of the Player (to either Team B or C as applicable) will cease to count towards that Team’s quota of transfers permitted under Operational Rule C2:10:1.
15. TRANSFER PROCEDURE & RESTRCITIONS.
1) The club that is receiving the player MUST make sure they have given the player and their parents / guardians the correct transfer information: a) The number of transfers that team have already received that season b) The possibility of the transfer going to a review of the decision. c) There is no guarantee the transfer will be successful until all information has been evidenced by the League and the correct information received and then start the process by filling in all the necessary details required by them on the transfer form.
2) If any details for the player transferring have changed a new registration form MUST be completed to accompany the transfer form when submitting it to the league.
3) The form once filled in by the receiving club is then taken to the club the player is leaving and signed off by both the Coach of the team leaving and the Secretary or Club Official once they are both satisfied that the transfer form is filled in correctly.
4) Once the club the player is leaving signs the transfer form they cannot then contest the transfer for whatever reason. Please note in 1) & 3), anyone not on the Clubs CRF1 form will prevent the transfer from being processed and the form will be returned.
5) The club official submitting the transfer documents MUST SCAN the documents required (Mobile phone Photo’s will not be accepted) and send by E-MAIL to the League Transfer Secretary and also CC:
a) The League Fixture Secretary Co-Ordinator.
b) The League Club Accreditation Co-Ordinator.
(Details available in the 2016 handbook or on the YJL website)
6) On receipt of the forms, the person submitting the transfer will receive acknowledgement of the email from the Transfer Secretary, the details will then be checked by all parties to ensure the information is correct and once satisfied the transfer will be forwarded onto the RFL registration department and logged onto the YJL website. This will be a minimum of 7 days.
7) Should the transfer be unsuccessful the club will be informed and will then have the right to ask for a review against the decision. This will be allowed when the Transfer Secretary has been informed by the Club and a payment of £40 paid into the online banking account quoting the transfer reference number (no other payment will be accepted) Online Bank Details YJARL FINES Sort Code 40-45-11 Account No 42284618.
this MUST be done within the timescales allowed by the League. (14 days of the decision).
8) Once the review application has been accepted by the Transfer Secretary the club will be informed of the venue date and time of the review meeting. (within 14 days of the request) Please note any review stating safeguarding issues will be referred to the RFL Safeguarding department to deal with.
9) Any paperwork supporting the transfer review must be submitted with the review submission and only the following people will be allowed at the review meeting.
a) The player involved.
b) The player’s parent/s / guardian/s.
c) Club officials registered on the CRF1 form x 2.
10) The decision of the review panel is final and binding on all parties.
a) Should the transfer be successful then the transfer will be processed within a maximum of 7 days.
b) If the decision by the review panel is to reject the transfer then the player is not permitted to play at the team they wished to transfer to until the following seasons transfer quota begins.
15.2 All players once registered with a team may only transfer to another team on obtaining written permission of the club and the League. No player may register for more than one team in a season unless agreed by the Board.
15.3 No player can transfer to a club unless there is a registered team at an age group that the player would be eligible to play in. For example an U12 (Year 7) can only transfer to a club that has either an U12s (Year 7) or U13s (Year 8).
15.4 Youth and Junior Teams may apply to transfer up to three Players only per Season.
Management Groups may relax Operational Rule C2:10:1 at their discretion, as deemed
appropriate to meet the needs of their Competition.
15.5 Youth and Junior Teams may not register by transfer more than three Player from a single
Club in a Season unless otherwise agreed by the Clubs and Management Group.
15.6 (See OR C1:12:3)
RFL Scholarship players whilst active participants in the Scholarship Programme may transfer
provided that the team to which they are transferring to has no more than 5 Scholarship players
15.7 ( See OR C1:12:2).
Any player who signs a professional contract for the following season MUST finish their
current season with their existing team but may not transfer to a new team.
15.8 A player can transfer only once in a season. However after transferring a player has the option to return to the club from which they transferred within a six month period from the date of the transfer but will be cup tied to any cup competitions they have taken part in. Their return transfer will not count on the transfer quota.
15.9 Players that transfer to a club and the following season wish to INHOUSE TRANSFER to another team within that club can do so but will count as part of the quota of transfers allowed.
15.10 Any player who re-registers within a club at a different age group does not have to be transferred but must remain with that age group for the rest of the season. If the player then wishes to move in season to the previous age group at the same club, then they will need to follow the transfer procedure.
15.11 Transfers will be monitored closely from season to season. Should 'super team building' be identified then the Board will reserve the right to refuse a transfer. This includes players from disbanded teams.
15.12 On refusal of a transfer, if a player does not return to their original club then the League's insurance will not be valid.
15.13 Transferring players found guilty of falsifying the transfer document will have the transfer refused and could be expelled from the League.
15.14 Any club, player or official found guilty of inducing (poaching) a player of a club to join another shall be deemed guilty of misconduct and will be dealt with as the Board decide.
16. DISBANDED TEAMS.
16.1 If a team is disbanded the points that have been played for will be adjusted from the relevant teams as per rule 26.9.
16.2 Notice of the disbanded team must be put in writing to the General Secretary. This MUST be signed by the Club Secretary or Nominated Club Person.
16.3 If there is a team within the club with 20 registered players or less in which the players of the disbanded team are eligible to play (see rule 11.7) then they may use the transfer procedure to move to that other team within the club without counting on the quota.
16.4 If a player from a disbanded team wishes to move to another club:
(a) If there is no team within the club with 20 registered players or less in which the players are eligible to play (see rule 11.7) then they shall become free agents and may use the transfer procedure to move to another club without counting on the quota.
(b) If there is a team within the club with 20 registered players or less in which the players are eligible to play (see rule 11.7) then they may use the transfer procedure to move to another club but will count on the quota.
17. FEMALE PLAYERS.
17.1 Clubs will be encouraged to provide opportunities for females to play rugby league.
17.2 Teams at U11s (Year 6) and below will be mixed teams, open to both boys and girls.
17.3 Teams at U12s (Year 7) and above will be single sex teams.
17.4 All clubs shall be encouraged to provide opportunities for girls to continue to play rugby league once they are no longer able to play in mixed teams.
18. COMPLIANCE WITH PLAYER REGISTRATION PROCEDURES.
18.1 Member Clubs will be issued with a player ID Card for every registered player.
18.2 Member Clubs shall ensure that the ID Cards are available for inspection in respect of its players selected for each fixture.
18.3 Any member of the Management Committee can inspect ID Cards at any time.
18.4 Club officials from both teams shall inspect the ID Cards before a fixture and they shall both sign the match card to confirm this. A Member Club that fails to comply will be fined £5.
18.5 If a Member Club does not produce a player's ID Card for inspection then the fixture shall be forfeited to the opposing team with a score of 18 - 0 against and the offending club shall be fined £20.
18.6 If a team plays an unregistered/ineligible player, then it will forfeit that fixture to the opposing team with a score of 18 - 0 against and the offending club shall be fined £50 and disciplined.
18.7 If a Member Club plays an over-age player then they could be expelled from the League and will be fined a minimum £100, the maximum fine being without limit and entirely at the absolute discretion of the Management Committee.
19. CONTROLLING THE PLAYING AREA.
19.1 It is the responsibility of the home side to ensure that before a game commences there is in place a " Physical Barrier" around the full perimeter of the playing area.
19.2 The minimum standard for a "Physical Barrier" is roping off. Failure to provide a barrier will result in a £20 fine.
19.3 The "Physical Barrier" should be such that no point is less than 600mm above the floor and no greater than 1500mm.
20. CLUB MATCHDAY OFFICIALS.
20.1 A Member Club may register 4 matchday officials on the team sheet (one must be a qualified first aider) and apart from the TLM only those 4 named officials and players on the teamsheets are allowed within the confines of the "Physical Barrier" at any point during the match, this includes the half time interval.
20.2 The 4 matchday officials on the team sheet within the "Physical Barrier" must wear official League yellow hi-visibility jackets and substitutes must cover their playing shirts.
20.3 The 4 matchday officials on the team sheet are only allowed to patrol the touchline within 10 metres either side of the half way line (Technical Area) whilst the game is in progress.
20.4 If any of the 4 matchday officials on the team sheet are requested to run the touchline for a referee they must not coach from the touchline.
21. TOUCHLINE MANAGERS.
21.1 All Touchline Managers must be registered with the RFL and it is their responsibility to ensure that anyone connected with their own club conducts themselves in accordance with the RFL Code of Conduct and the League Roles and Responsibilities document.
21.2 Touchline Managers MUST BE within the "Physical Barrier" so they are pro active with their spectators and technical area officials and can be easily contacted by the match official.
21.3 Touchline Managers must wear an official League orange hi-visibility jacket.
21.4 Matchday officials (people registered on the team sheet) are not allowed to become a Touchline Manager whilst on duty in the technical area.
21.5 Touchline Managers should be familiar with and conduct their duties in accordance with the League's Roles and Responsibilities document whilst on the touchline this to include any officials in the technical area (wearing Hi Vis garments).
22. ENTERING THE FIELD OF PLAY.
22.1 In the event of an injury a spectator/parent may only enter the field of play upon invitation from the referee.
22.2 All spectators, club officials and other persons except the 4 matchday officials on the team sheet must remain on the outside of the "Physical Barrier" at all times. In the event of any person(s) entering the field of play whilst a game is in progress the following procedure must be followed.
(a) the incident must be reported on the Discipline Report Form.
(b) the person(s) must be reported on the Discipline Report Form.
(c) both clubs must provide a full report.
(d) the offending club must provide the name of the person(s) involved.
(e) the League's Discipline Procedure must be followed.
22.3 Failure to report an incident (as in rule 22.2) will be dealt with by the Discipline Committee.
23.1 All fixtures will be arranged and published by the League and the season will usually begin in either September or March unless otherwise decided by the Board.
23.2 Clubs may enter teams in either the September to April, or March to November season.
23.3 Fixtures for U11s (Year 6) and below will only be organised for the March to November season unless agreed by the Board.
23.4 The Board will decide how to manage the movement of teams and players from one season to the other.
23.5 Teams and players will not be allowed to repeatedly move from one season to the other to play year round rugby.
23.6 Once Leagues have been finalised all results between teams still remaining in the same Division will stand as league points. A fixture must be played to receive points unless decided otherwise by the Management Committee.
23.7 No fixture shall be arranged without first having been approved by the Fixture Secretary. Any Member Club taking part in such a fixture will be fined £50.
23.8 In competitive leagues, fixtures will not be issued to teams with less than 10 players registered for that playing season.
23.9 The maximum score to be published by the League will be 50 points. Points for and against will not be used to decide final league positions unless there is a tie for 1st place then the points in the league games played between the teams concerned will be taken into account.
24. FIXTURES-CLUB RESPONSIBILITIES.
24.1 It will be the responsibility of the HOME club to confirm the fixture and the kick off times for the coming week not later than 9pm on the Tuesday preceding the fixture, failure to do so will result in a fine of £5. Where a team cancels a fixture after the Tuesday deadline the fixture will be 18-0 to the opposition and fined £20 and at the discretion of the Management Committee be responsible for food, this will be to a maximum of £25 and referees fees.
24.1.1 Where a team postpones a game in the official timescale (Tuesday 9pm) the fixture secretaries will then have until 9pm on the Wednesday to re arrange another League fixture for that opposition, should there not be a League fixture available then a friendly may be played. Teams shall not be allowed to cancel a re arranged League fixture once given in the official timescale.
24.2 It will be the responsibility of BOTH teams to notify the Fixture Secretary of all match results, postponements and abandoned games, including BARLA or local cup games, by TEXT MESSAGE not later than 6pm on Saturdays and 2pm on Sundays. Failure to comply will result in the Member Club being fined £5.
OBJECTIONS TO RESULTS
24.3 Any discrepancies regarding results must be made to the Fixture Secretary concerned with 72 hours of the result being published on the website.
24.3.1 A Club wishing to object to the result of a Match shall:
(a) Send an email to the relevant Competition Administrator and to the opposing Club within two working days of the termination of the Match stating the full grounds on which the objection is made.
(b) Send within two working days a payment for £40.00, by way of an appeals deposit, to the relevant Competition Administrator.
24.3.2 The Management Group will hear the objection and may decline to consider any
matter not stated in Respect of the above, and can if the objection is not sustained,
order the forfeit of the whole or any part of The deposit. For the avoidance of doubt, a
Club shall not be entitled to object to a result on the grounds of a Match Official's
decision(s), and the imposition of a fine or other penalty on a Club pursuant to these
Operational Rules and shall not preclude a Club from objecting to a result of a Match
under this operational rule.
24.4 Mini League scores must not be published. Failure to comply will result in a £20 fine.
24.5 The home team shall ensure the Fixture Secretary receives the completed team sheet within 5 days of the match. This can be done electronically (scanned document e mail). Failure to comply will result in the Member Club being fined £5.
24.6 Kick-off times for matches and duration of the various age groups will be as follows.
Sunday 10.30am 30 minutes in a day Under 7s (Year 1&2)
Sunday 10.30am 30 minutes in a day Under 8s (Year 3)
Sunday 11.00am 30 minutes in a day Under 9s (Year 4)
Saturday 10.30am 40 minutes in a day Under 10s (Year 5)
Saturday 11.30am 40 minutes in a day Under 11s (Year 6)
Saturday 12.30pm 40 minutes Under 12s (Year 7)
Saturday 12.30pm 50 minutes Under 13s (Year 8)
Sunday 10.30am 50 minutes Under 14s (Year 9)
Sunday 10.30am 60 minutes Under 15s (Year 10)
Sunday 11.30am 60 minutes Under 16s (Year 11)
Sunday 11.30am 70 minutes Under 17s (Year 12)
Sunday 11.30am 70 minutes Under 18s (Year 13)
24.7 Where kick off times are at the same time the highest age group will take priority. These kick off times may be varied if both clubs agree.
24.8 If clubs cannot agree on the fitness/state of the ground then the referee will decide and BOTH CLUBS MUST accept the decision.
24.9 Clubs shall ask the local Referees' Society to appoint a referee for home fixtures. Home clubs failing to inform the opposition of not having an officially appointed referee will be fined £20.
24.10 If for any reason, there is no officially appointed referee for a particular match, then the AWAY club shall appoint the referee, but if it does not wish to do so then both sides will jointly appoint the referee.
24.11 If a team has been refused referees from the Referees' Society, then they will forfeit their rights to Appoint the referee.
25.1 Teams will be allowed to postpone 2 league fixtures (1 in each half of the season) and this must not be against the same team. Half a season will be deemed as when a team has completed half its league fixtures.
25.2 If a postponement is not used in the first half of the season it cannot be carried over to the second half.
25.3 Any team wishing to postpone a league fixture or other organised game shall make the application on the correct Official Request Form not later than 9pm on Tuesday preceding the fixture and inform the opposition. The form must be with the Fixture Secretary and Fixture Co-ordinator to count (this can be done electronically). If it fails to do so then it shall be fined £10 and forfeit the match to the opposing team with a score of 18-0 against.
26. UNFULFILLED FIXTURES.
26.1 Where a Member Club fails to fulfil a fixture on the scheduled date, such Member Club will, at the discretion of the Management Committee be responsible for food, this will be to a maximum of £25
26.2 Where the offending club is the visiting club, that club shall forfeit home advantage for the return fixture, or where such fixture has taken place, will reimburse the non offending club up to half the travelling costs of the previously fulfilled fixture.
26.3 The game will be awarded to the non offending club 18-0 and the offending club will be fined £20 and should the offending team not have used its postponement this will count as there postponement.
26.4 The offending club will pay the referee's fees.
26.5 Teams not fulfilling away fixtures will not be allocated a home game against the relevant club the following season. Both fixtures will be played away.
26.6 If for whatever reason a fixture has to be cancelled after confirming it, then both the opposing team/club and fixture secretary of that age group must be contacted and informed verbally. Leaving a message on a phone will not be classed as making contact.
26.7 If a club wishes to make a complaint, it shall inform both the Fixture Secretary and the other club of that complaint
26.8 Member Clubs must make every effort to complete their fixtures. At the discretion of the Management Committee, Member Clubs will be fined £10 for each unfulfilled fixture.
26.9 If a team is unable to complete the season before half of the league fixtures have been played the points that have been played for will be deducted from the relevant teams, if over half then a score of 18-0 will be given for the remaining fixtures unless agreed by the Board of Management
26.10 Fixture Secretaries shall have the right to locate a venue for any league or cup game that is postponed, unless postponed in accordance with rule 26.1.
27. CUP COMPETITION.
27.1 Participation in the cup competitions will be optional and the fee must be paid when registering teams at the start of the season, any team playing in the BARLA Cups MUST ENTER the Yorkshire Junior Cups.
27.2 Any team who withdraws from the cup competition will be fined £20 and the game awarded to the opposing team. This will be at the discretion of the Board.
27.3 There shall be competitions for age groups 12/13/14/15/16/17/18 or as agreed by the Management Committee.
27.4 A player is only cup tied to the competition they have played in.
27.5 There will be no cancellation of cup fixtures unless agreed by the Management Committee or rule 24.8.
27.6 Whenever possible, cup games for all age groups will be played on the same weekend, except for any prelim rounds which will be played on a date given at the time of the draw whenever possible.
27.7 No cup games will be played on the weekend after a school half term break unless agreed by the Board.
27.8 The cup draw will be made based on the league positions as decided by the Board.
27.9 All cup draws will be made prior to Management Meetings which Delegates may attend if they so wish.
27.10 The two cup draws will be made up wherever possible of two even halves, where this is not possible the draw will be at the Managements discretion.
27.11 The draw for each round of all cup competitions shall be on the basis that the first named club shall be the home club and the second named club shall be the away club.
27.11.1 Where a Prelim round is required this will be drawn with the lowest placed teams required to make up the first round draw.
27.12 In all cup games if scores are level then 5 minutes each way extra time will be played. If the scores are still level at the end of this period then the teams will change ends and the GOLDEN POINT (first to score) will decide the game.
27.13 A player must play in at least 2 league or cup games to be eligible to play in a cup semi-final or final.
27.14 Grounds for semi-finals and finals for all competitions should be properly roped off so as to keep spectators from the field of play. Home advantage for semi-finals is given to the first team drawn. The club must provide a full size pitch. Should the club be unable to meet this criteria then the Management Committee will locate a suitable venue.
27.15 Once dates have been confirmed for cup finals those dates shall not be changed.
27. CUP COMPETITION.
27.15 Once dates have been confirmed for cup finals those dates shall not be changed.
27.16 The General Secretary shall appoint the referees and confirm kick off times for Challenge and Continuation cup finals.
27.17 If there is any clash between the shirt colours, then the home team shall be required to change its colours. This should be ascertained when confirming fixtures.
27.18 The League will provide up to 17 trophies per team for league winners and cup finalists.
Rule change if Rule 6.1 is passed ADD
27.19 All Cup and League trophies must be returned to the General Secretary by/at the October Delegates meeting. Cups will be re-presented at the Presentation Day Dinner and must then be returned again by/at the May Delegates Meeting. Non return will result in a £20 fine per trophy. Cups/trophies/shields must be returned to the League in their original condition. Failure to do so will result in the Member Club incurring the full cost of cleaning, repair or replacement.
28. DISCIPLINE COMMITTEE-COMPOSITION AND PURPOSE.
28.1 The Disciplinary Committee shall be appointed by the Board and shall consist of a panel of not less than 6 members.
28.2 The Disciplinary Committee shall deal with:
(a) All allegations of breaches of rules including charges of bringing the game into disrepute against players and/or club officials.
(b) All allegations of misconduct and dismissal against players.
(c) All allegations of misconduct against clubs & supporters.
28.3 The Disciplinary Committee shall have full powers to suspend and/or fine and/or expel from the league any player, Member Club, or official of any Member Club found guilty of any matter investigated.
28.4 At all hearings of the Disciplinary Committee the Discipline Secretary will act as a minute taker only.
29. DISCIPLINE POINTS.
29.1 The League discipline system works on the basis of discipline points being applied when a guilty verdict is reached. The number of points depends upon the nature and severity of the offence.
29.2 Any team that reaches 50 discipline points will forfeit 4 competition points at the end of the season.
29.3 A further 2 competition points will be deducted for each further 25 discipline points received.
29.4 The deduction of competition points for discipline reasons will not be taken into account when determining a team's league position for the cup draw.
29.5 Only points given to players / teams / officials will count towards the loss of competition points. All other offences will carry a minimum £200 fine plus £100 suspended.
29.6 Once an age group (this includes anyone concerned at the respective age group) reaches 50 discipline points the Member Club concerned will be fined £50 and for each 50 discipline points thereafter a further £50.
29.7 The discipline points system will end the first Monday in April or November, depending upon playing season.
29.8 Any discipline points accrued after this date:
(a) will be carried forward to the next season with the age group concerned for team at U12s (Year 7) and above.
(b) for Mini/Mod or if the Member Club does not re-register the team at the appropriate age group the following season, it will be £s for points as per discipline procedure eg if a player gets a 4 match ban, instead of receiving 15 points, they will receive a £15 fine.
30. IMMEDIATE ACTION FOLLOWING A BREACH OF DISCIPLINE.
30.1 Every Club is required to take all necessary precautions to prevent assaults or threats on players or officials in connection with games. All allegations of a breach of discipline, including all offences, players / coaches / club officials / spectators, sending-offs, brawls, abandoned games etc must be reported on the League discipline form and emailed by the clubs involved to the Discipline Secretary and General Secretary by the third day at midnight after the match took place (eg match played on Sunday, deadline midnight Tuesday). The form must be completed in full. Failure to do so will result in a £20 fine.
30.2 At the end of each match, both Touchline Managers must approach the referee in the correct manner. They must:
(a) establish whether the referee will be submitting a report for any breach of discipline.
(b) clarify the nature of the incident the referee will be reporting.
(c) confirm the name and number of any player sent-off.
(d) confirm the names of any other person(s) to be reported and the reasons for them being reported.
(e) ensure the team sheet clearly shows whether the referee will be making a report or not.
30.3 If they are not in agreement with the referee this must be cleared up before the referee leaves.
30.4 Every club must ensure that the referee is given the full name of any dismissed player and give every assistance to any match official to identify any club official, spectator or other person about whom they have cause to enquire.
30.5 (OR D5:1:4)
If a Player/Club wishes to be given the opportunity of stating his/her case in a personal hearing then they should send a letter for receipt by the Relevant Competition Officer within ten days of the date of the Match. The Player or Club may in their own defence request a personal appearance and/or bring witnesses to the hearing, provided that they notify the Competition Officer within ten days of the alleged offence and send with it a deposit of £20.00. (This must be paid online within the timescale of ten days) and include the following:
(a) any paperwork regarding the complaint supported by a letter on official headed paper
signed by the Secretary or Nominated Club Person
(b) the Yorkshire Junior Discipline Report.
(c) after this date no further evidence will be accepted.
30.6 The Discipline Secretary will then liaise with the referees' society to ensure reports are submitted.
30.7 If one club wishes to report another club it must inform the Club being reported on the day of the fixture and inform the Discipline Secretary and General Secretary by E- Mail on the correct forms within 24 hours of the incident.
30.8 The reported club then has ten days from from the date of the Match to submit the following:
(a) any paperwork regarding the complaint supported by a letter on official headed paper signed by the Secretary or Nominated Club Person
(b) the Yorkshire Junior Discipline Report.
(c) copies of all paperwork to the club who reported them in the same timescale.
30.9 After the timescales in 30.5 / 7 / 8 no further evidence will be accepted.
31. SENDING OFF.
31.1 If a player / official / spectator is sent off, then each Member Club involved in the fixture shall notify the fixture secretary by TEXT MESSAGE NOT LATER THAN 6pm SATURDAY 2pm SUNDAY and 9pm MIDWEEK GAMES. Failure to do so will result in a £20 fine being imposed. They must provide:
(a) the player's name, shirt number and club.
(b) the spectators / officials name and club.
(c) the name of the referee and their society.
31.2 A referee may at their discretion send a player from the field of play to the sin bin for a maximum of 5 minutes. A sin-bin does not need to be notified to the fixture secretary.
31.3 Fixture Secretaries must report ALL sending off’s to the Discipline Secretary and fill in the weekly report sheet forwarded to him each week.
32. ALLEGATIONS OF ASSAULT.
32.1 Any claims of assault by a club official, spectator, coach or player must be reported to the police. The Discipline Secretary and General Secretary must be notified within 12 hours of the incident. Written statements must follow within 10 days of the date of the match with a copy to the offending club. Failure to follow this procedure will result in the League not taking action.
32.2 All cases of assault reported in accordance with the rules will be dealt with by the Yorkshire Junior League Welfare Officers.
33. PROCEDURE FOLLOWING AN ALLEGED BREACH OF DISCIPLINE OR A SENDING OFF.
33.1 The Disciplinary Committee shall consider the written report of any referee, touch judge, club or officer of the league concerning any matter under 29.3.
33.2 If the Disciplinary Committee shall resolve that there may have been an offence committed and it wishes to investigate the matter further then it shall give written notice to the player, club or other person concerned, specifying the matter under investigation within 10 days of the incident and convene a meeting within 28days of the incident.
33.3 If a personal hearing is requested under 30.5 (or in the absolute discretion of the Disciplinary Committee granted pursuant to a later request), the Discipline Secretary shall notify within 10 days
(a) the player,
(b) the match officials, if all allegations arise as a result of the fixture,
(c) the club with which the player is registered or which the club official represents or the supporter is known or considered to support.
33.4 The hearing of the Disciplinary Committee shall be informal and:
(a) only 4 persons concerned, including witnesses shall be entitled to be present.
(b) anyone charged with a breach of the rules shall be entitled to be represented by a friend and shall be entitled to call witnesses and question witnesses.
33.5 The Disciplinary Committee shall deliberate in private and whenever possible shall reach its decision immediately following the hearing. All persons concerned shall be notified of the decision within 7 days of the meeting.
33.6 In all cases of discipline or disputes, claims of non receipt of relevant correspondence shall not prevent any matter from being dealt with.
34 VIDEO EVIDENCE.
( OR D5:6:1 (f) )
The recording of games is an integral part of rugby league used as a coaching tool and memorabilia, Clubs must make sure that the person recording such games has an up to date DBS and is registered to your club. Should anyone in a club object to their child being recorded then they must seek dispensation from the RFL Safeguarding Department, only this action can halt the recording of a game and must be evidenced as proof. Each Disciplinary Panel shall be entitled to use DVDs, reports and any other relevant information available.
34.1 Should any claims or allegations be made under the Child Protection Act then the Club submitting the evidence will be liable. The League WILL NOT accept any liability or responsibility.
34.2 The unedited Video/DVD must be in the hands of a member of the Management Committee within 48 hours of the incident in question.
34.3 The Discipline Secretary must be informed that a Video/DVD is being submitted prior to the date of the Discipline hearing. The Video/DVD must to be set at the incident in question, and only the incident reported by the referee or club will be dealt with.
34.4 All Videos/DVD's must be clearly labelled i.e. Club, date of game, age group and opponents.
34.5 The League cannot be held responsible for the loss of any Video/ DVD.
34.6 The offending club has the right to view the Video/DVD at the Discipline hearing.
35. DISCIPLINARY ACTION AND FINES.
35.1 The Disciplinary Committee (and on appeal the Management Committee also) may on finding an allegation proved:
(a) Fine any player, club, official or spectator.
(b) Suspend any player, club, official Member Club concerned by imposing any of the punishments specified in paragraphs (a) to (e) inclusive on the Member Club.
35.2 If the Disciplinary Committee shall be satisfied that a player from a particular Member Club has committed an offence but the player concerned cannot be identified the Disciplinary Committee shall be entitled to deal with the Member Club concerned by imposing any of the punishments specified in paragraphs (a) to (e) inclusive on the Member Club.
35.3 If a fine is not paid by a player or any other person associated with a Member Club (eg a supporter) the Member Club shall be responsible for the payment of the fine.
35.4 All fines must be paid by the last Monday of the following month from the date of the fixture or discipline meeting otherwise it will automatically be doubled and ALL fixtures for that Member Club shall be suspended for the next coming weekends fixtures and awarded to the opposing teams with a score of 18 - 0 against this will continue until any outstanding fines are paid.
35.5 All fines must be made payable to the Yorkshire Junior League and must be sent direct to the League Treasurer payments to any Management Members will not be accepted as paid.
35.6 Where a club receives a fixture secretary fine they will have 7 days from the decision to appeal to the relevant fixture secretary and general secretary otherwise the fine will stand.
36. DISCIPLINE SUSPENSIONS.
36.1 Once a player has been suspended the ID card must be shown to the opposing coach/official as verification the player is not playing failure to do so will result in a £20 fine.
36.2 The official suspension form must be correctly completed for each match of the ban to confirm that the player did not take part in matches during the suspension.
36.3 Once a player has fulfilled the suspension, the official form correctly filled in must be sent to the Discipline Secretary no later than 7 days after the ban ends, this can be scanned and sent electronically. Failure to do so will result in the Member Club being fined £5 per week until the form is received.
36.4 Suspension commences on the 2nd Saturday following the meeting when the ban was imposed except in the cases of Sine Die or 6 or more matches when the ban is immediate. Players who appeal will be allowed to play until the appeal is heard if the ban is less than 6 matches.
36.5 If a player is suspended by the Disciplinary Committee, then only games arranged prior to a player's suspension or subsequent League/Cup games will count towards the suspension.
36.6 If a player is suspended having transferred to another club and a cup tie is due to be played, should the player have played in a previous cup round then he is cup tied to his previous club and would therefore not have been able to play in the cup fixture. That game will not count as one of the match bans.
37. HOW TO APPEAL A DECISION OF THE DISCIPLINE COMMITTEE.
37.1 A Person Subject to the Operational Rules or Club found guilty of Misconduct by a Competition Disciplinary Tribunal shall have the right, by notice in writing to appeal that decision (provided that the individual and/or his Club has made a personal hearing at, or made submissions in writing to, the original Hearing or if the Competition Disciplinary Tribunal otherwise considers, in its discretion, that in all the circumstances it is appropriate for an appeal to be allowed.
37.2 The initial decision should state the period of time in which the Person Subject to the Operational Rules or Club may appeal that initial decision which shall not be less than 7 days from the date of the initial decision and at all times shall be in accordance with any guidelines set out by the RFL from time to time.
37.3 A Person Subject to the Operational Rules or Club must submit in writing the reasons for any appeal and must pay a deposit of £40.00 to the Competition Officer at the time the appeal is lodged. The deposit will only be returned if the appeal is successful.
37.4 Any appeal will be heard by an RFL Appeal Tribunal. No person who sat on the original Hearing will be a member of the RFL Appeal Tribunal.
37.5 The appeal Hearing shall follow an equivalent process to that set out above in relation to the initial Hearing and shall be heard within a reasonable period of time after notice of appeal is lodged and always in accordance with any guidelines provided by the RFL from time to time.
378.6 The decision of the RFL Appeal Tribunal will be final and no further right of appeal or arbitration will be allowed.
38. PRIMARY PLAYING RULES.
38.1 The RFL Primary Mini/Mod/Mod Transition rules are a modified version of rugby league that will be played for enjoyment where basic skills will be taught to all players. No competitions will be played (cups, shields etc) by any Member Club / team but at festivals a momentum of the day may be given out to all players.
38.2 ALL Primary Mini/Mod/Mod Transition teams will abide by and play to all the RFL Primary Mini/Mod/Mod Transition rules.
38.3 The international rules of the game will apply to all matches played at U12s (year 7) and above, with the following alterations:
(a) There shall be unlimited substitutions up to U18s ( year 13)
(b) The 40/20 rule shall not apply.
38.4 Ball sizes are as follows:
(a) U9s and below size 3 (Years 2-4)
(b) U10s - U12s size 4 (Years 5-7)
(c) U13s and above size 5 (Year 8 and above)
38.5 Where the duration of a match is less than 80 minutes, a sin bin shall last for 5 minutes.
38.6 Post protectors shall be compulsory.
38.7 Corner flags shall be compulsory and shall be 54 inches above the ground level with a coloured flag on top and of a flexible construction so that they will bend at the base.