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Junior League Rules

 

 

2018 Rules

 

1.The objective of the League shall be to nurture Junior Cricket and sportsmanship. To promote and encourage the game of cricket among young people. To bridge the gap between School and Senior League Cricket and to ensure a steady flow of promising talent to senior clubs.
 

2. All clubs shall adhere to the ECB Child Welfare Policy.

 

3. The league shall be governed by a Committee, consisting of: The President, Chairman, Secretary, Assistant Secretary (who will also act as Trophy Steward) and Treasurer, who will be the Officials. These will be elected at the AGM. Life Vice-Presidents will also be elected at this meeting and they will be able to attend AGM in a non-voting capacity. All Clubs will nominate a representative, who is expected to attend all League Committee Meetings. Nominations for all these Officials must be notified to the League Secretary at least 10 days before the AGM, and if required voting will take place at the AGM. The Chairman of all Meetings will be allowed a vote and if required will also have a casting vote. In all Meetings decisions will be decided by a majority vote.
 

NOTE – The Officials shall meet within 14 days after the AGM, which will be held in November. At this Meeting, the Officials shall appoint: 1 – Coaching Officer, 2 – Results Secretary, 3 – Child Welfare Officer, 4 – Umpires Representative, 5 – Joe Lumb Manager. These will all serve on the Executive Committee with full voting powers.

 

4. Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall consist of the Officials and their Nominees, as above, Plus Seven Club Representatives. These shall be elected at the AGM.  All Club Reps are entitled to be nominated for this Committee and nominations should be in the possession of the Secretary at least 10 days before the AGM. The Executive Committee shall deal with all financial and any other matters regarding the running of the League. They will also deal with any other business delegated to it by the League Committee.
 

5. The Executive Committee shall deal with all financial and urgent matters and prepare the business to be dealt with at the League Executive Meetings. They will also deal with any business delegated to it by the League Committee.

 

6.Registration of players
 

a. Any person under the age of 15 on the 31st August of the year proceeding the season in question shall be eligible to play in the league.
 

b. All players must be registered with the League secretary, prior to them playing in a match (league or cup).
 

c. To register a player, the club will submit an application for registration on-line on the www.crichq.com website.  
 

d. All players must complete and sign a copy of the league registration form which is retained by their club. Once the registration has been approved the players name and registration will be displayed on the site.
 

e. Players playing at under 11 and under 13 and under 15 must be registered by midnight on the day before the fixtures. Any club fielding an unregistered player shall be fined £ 5.00 for the respective team and no points shall be awarded to that team for each week of no registration.
 

f. Additional players may be added to, on-line, on the www.crichq.com  website.  

 

g. No player can be registered after the 22nd June, without permission of the Executive Committee.
 

h. Any club found fielding an over age player shall forfeit any points gained in the games in question.
 

i. If a player wishes to transfer from one junior club to another during the season, the club desiring the player must make application to the League in writing. A player shall not be allowed to transfer if he has not fulfilled all financial obligations to his club. No player shall be allowed to transfer after the 22nd June.

 

j. All players wishing to transfer from one club to another or from/to another league during the close season must produce a YCB transfer form, or similar, from their present club.

 

l.    A Junior can only be registered with one YCB club. Any club who transgresses this rule on a regular basis (for the sole reason of winning trophies) or without other good reason shall lead to a points deduction or other penalties as determined by the League Executive. Clubs within the Bradford Junior Cricket League may “loan” players where the club in question does not have a team at a specific age group and where both clubs agree. In the event of a disagreement the player must remain at the original club for the duration of the season and no transfer shall be permissible

 

7. Entrance fee £ 50.00 for one team and £ 15.00 for each subsequent team. Each club must also purchase at least 4 end of season supper tickets. The fee, for both these, is payable at the pre-season meeting. Failure to comply will incur a fine of £ 5.00. Any club not paying their subscription before the first match of the season shall not be awarded any points until the subscriptions have been paid.

 

8. There will be a maximum of 10 minutes between innings in all games except Cup finals
 

9. Points shall be awarded as follows: 4 points for a win; 2 points for a tie; 1 point for an abandoned game. The team scoring the most runs shall be deemed the winner.
 

10. In the event of two clubs tying for a league championship on points, the winner will be decided by head to head results and then, if necessary, by averages. Runs per wicket for divided by runs per wicket against. In the event of more than two clubs tying then the winner will be decided on averages only, runs per wicket for divided by runs per wicket against.

 
11. In all age groups any game which does not take place due to weather or unavailability of home ground, the game can be mutually rearranged within 14 days of the original date. If the game does not subsequently take place then each side will receive one point. In the event of a team not fulfilling an agreed fixture within 14 days, the non offending team shall receive the points. The Secretary must be notified by email of any rearranged date as soon as possible. Games cannot be rearranged unless more than 2 players are selected for League Representative or District Cricket. If Result Secretary is not notified of a rearrangement date (due to weather) within 48 hours of the original fixture then the fixture will be classed as void
 
 

12. Where points are deducted from a team due to breach of the rules in a particular game, then the points shall be awarded to the non-offending side.
 

13. No admission fee is to be charged to matches, but a collection may be taken.
 

14. A competent scorer, a competent and adult representative must be present at the commencement of all games. Failure to comply with this rule shall be reported to the Executive Committee, who shall have the power to award the game to the other side.
 

15. A fine of £ 10.00 shall be imposed on any club not having a representative at League Meetings.
 

16. All players must have played in two league or cup games to be eligible to play in cup semi-final, final or league play offs.
 

17. No collection shall be taken for individual performances.
 

18. All fines to be paid within 14 days of invoice. If not paid, the fine will increase by £ 1.00 per week not paid.
 

19. Any club wishing to submit proposals for alterations to rules for the following season must do so, in writing, to the League Secretary, by the 31st August.
 

20. At the completion of each season, every club MUST submit averages for every player, batting and bowling, who has qualified for the League Averages on the spreadsheet supplied by the League and also the total number of victims for their wicketkeeper (s) and any fielding points awarded. These must be received by the league secretary by the 24th August. To qualify for the under 15 averages a bowler must bowl a minimum of 20 overs and take 6 wickets, for Under 13 averages a minimum of 16 overs and take 6 wickets. Batsman must bat a minimum of 6 innings. For league averages purposes, each batsman’s innings shall be counted as a completed innings. Cup performances are not included. Nil returns MUST be submitted. Under 11 averages are not required.
 

21. All League Trophies and Individual Trophies are to be returned,   engraved, clean and in a good condition to the Assistant League Secretary by the mid-season meeting. Any club failing to comply will be fined £ 20.00.
 

22. Clubs are required to release players who are selected to play for a Bradford Junior Cricket League representative team

 

23. Girls playing in the Bradford Junior League, with the exception of the  under 17 age group, may play up to 2 years young

 

24. Players selected to play representative cricket at any level, SHALL NOT PLAY for their club on the same day for reasons of Child welfare. Failure to adhere to this and the club will be fined £ 5.00 and deducted 4 points or more, as felt fit by the League Executive.
 

25. Any commitment made by a club in their Letter of Intent at the Annual General Meeting shall be binding for the following season. Any club which does not fulfil this commitment will incur a fine of £50.00. Any club not submitting their Letter of Intent form to the League secretary within 48 hours following the AGM will not be allowed to enter teams in the following year’s competition.
 

26. All clubs must have an accessible and suitably equipped first aid box.

 

27. Clubs to ensure that no senior practise sessions take place on the field whilst junior matches are in play
 

28. In the event of any question arising which is not specially covered by the League and Cup rules, the Executive Committee shall have the power to deal with and inflict such ruling/penalties as may be considered necessary. All decisions made by the Committee in the interpretation of all rules and other matters, concerning the business of the Bradford Junior Cricket League shall be final and binding on all parties. 
 

29. All players must wear a helmet, with face guard when batting or when keeping wicket – stood up to the wicket.

 

30. Fixtures to commence on first available dates in May and end on last available dates in July

 

 

31. Additional rule on Representative Cricket.
1 Selection Process for BJCL Team. Any registered player in the BJCL who wishes to play representative cricket for the BJCL should in the first instance through nomination via their club. If the Club is unable or unwilling to do this, then a player can self nominate. In order to be selected to play for a BJCL representative side, a player, once nominated, must attend at least one official selection event in each separate season. This applies to all players, including those who have previously played for a BJCL side.

2 Playing for a Yorkshire Team. Players who are selected to play for Yorkshire at any age group level will not be selected for a BJCL team during the time they remain a member of a Yorkshire squad. This rule in in place to maximise the opportunities for BJCL players to represent the league

 

 

32. The ECB directive on fast bowling MUST be applied in all games.

 

            AGE

MAX. OVERS PER SPELL

MAX. OVERS PER DAY

 

 

 

Up to 13

5 overs per spell

10 overs per day

U14, U15

6 overs per spell

12 overs per day

U16, U17

7 overs per spell

18 overs per day

 

League rules must always be adhered to regarding maximum overs per bowler, per game.

 

RESULTS SHEETS

 

The home team shall be responsible for the submission of a score sheet from each match. This shall be completed in full for all games, whether completed, abandoned or not played. Full Scorecards must be submitted to the results website www.crichq.com It must include the names of all players from both sides in full. This must be uploaded within 48 hours of the match being completed. Failure to comply will result in a £ 10.00 fine.
 
The manager/coach of the away club must provide the home manager/coach with a full list of his team, including the first name and surname and who is captain and wicket keeper, before leaving. Clubs failing to do so will be fined £5.00

 

 

 

DISCIPLINE

 

34. Any allegation of misconduct on the part of a player or players, whether before, during or after a game and whether on or off the field of play, shall be referred to the Executive Committee. If the Executive Committee determines such allegations of misconduct are substantiated and the misconduct is of such gravity as to bring the League into disrepute, the Executive Committee is empowered to impose such penalties on the player or players concerned, or on his or their clubs, as shall in its absolute discretion think fit. Such penalties shall include the suspension of the player/s (either temporary or permanent) from the Bradford Junior Cricket League and the imposition of fines on the players and their clubs
 

35. Any individual or club found to have committed an offence, or penalised by a Disciplinary Hearing, shall have the right to appeal. Notice of Appeal, setting out the grounds for the appeal, must be received, in writing, by the league secretary, within seven days of the disciplinary hearing. A sum of £ 25.00 must be deposited in respect of each appeal, which will be forfeited in the event of the appeal being rejected. The appeal hearing must be heard within 14 days of an appeal. No person may sit on an Appeals Panel who sat on the original hearing. The Appeals Panel has the power to increase, confirm, decrease or cancel any penalty imposed by the Disciplinary Hearing. The decision of the Appeals Panel shall be final and binding on all parties.

 

 

 

 

 

Under 15 Match Rules

 

a. Any person under the age of 15 on the 31st August of the year preceding the season shall be eligible.

b. Games will be played on a Sunday morning with a 10am start, whenever possible.

c. 30 overs per side to be played in all league games where possible. If 30 overs cannot be played due to Sunday Afternoon commitments then dependant on weather / playing conditions, overs can be reduced by mutual consent of the coaches / managers.

d. No more than five overs per bowler if playing 30 overs. No more than four overs per bowler if playing 20 overs, likewise if weather / playing conditions affected then bowlers cannot bowl more than one fifth of the overs played.

 e. In games of more than 20 overs per side, on scoring 40 runs, a batsmen will retire, and not return to wicket when all other batsmen have batted. In games of 20 overs or less, on scoring 30 runs, a batsmen will retire and not return to wicket when all other batsmen have batted.

 f. No fielder, except the wicketkeeper, is to field nearer than 8 yards, measured from the middle stump, except behind the wicket on the off side, until the batsman has played the ball. If a fielder comes within this distance; the umpire must stop the game and instruct the fielder to move back.

g. The games shall be played on a pitch of 22 yards. Artificial pitches are acceptable.

h. Full size wickets to be used.

i. Six ball overs.

j. Regulation size ball.

h. Six hits are allowed.

i. Suitable tackle to be provided by the home team, if necessary.

m. Coaching on the field of play shall only be permitted at the end of an over.

n. A player may not take part in a game at which he has not appeared by the time half the number of agreed overs has been bowled in the first innings. This rule does not affect the law relating to substitute fieldsmen.
 
 
 
Under 13 Match Rules

a. Any person under the age of 13 on the 31st August of the year preceding the season shall be eligible.

b. Games will be played on a Thursday evening with a 6.30 pm start, whenever possible. Twenty overs per side to be played in all League games, unless otherwise agreed between the team managers.

c. The games shall be played on a pitch of 21 yards. Artificial pitches are acceptable.

d. Ball must be school regulation size. Maximum weight 4.75oz.

e. All boundaries count as four runs.

f. Maximum of 3 overs per bowler.

g. There will be no extra ball if a wide or no ball is bowled and two runs shall be awarded, (plus any runs scored off the no ball).  With the exception of the last over of each innings, when a wide or no ball (plus any runs scored off the no ball), will count as one run and an extra ball shall be bowled.

h. On scoring 30, a batsman will retire and not return to the wicket.

i. No fielder, except the wicketkeeper, is to field nearer than 11 yards, measured from the middle stump, except behind the wicket on the off side, until the batsman has played the ball. If a fielder comes within this distance; the umpire must stop the game and instruct the fielder to move back.

j. Mandatory marking of a centre line from stump to the popping crease
 
 
 
 
Under 11 Match Rules
 

a. Any person under the age of 11 on the 31st August of the year preceding the season shall be eligible.

b. A club can have the choice of playing 8 a side pairs cricket or 10 a side pairs cricket. Games will be played on a Sunday morning with a 10 am start, whenever possible.

c. Each team shall consist of 8 or 10 players.

d. The games shall be played on a pitch of 20 yards. Artificial pitches are acceptable.

e. Ball must be school regulation size. Maximum weight 4.75oz.

f. All boundaries count as four runs.

g. Each game shall consist of one innings per side.

h. The batting side shall be divided into pairs, in 8 a side each pair batting for 5 overs and the pairs shall change at the end of the 5th, 10th 15th and 20th overs. In 10 a side each pair batting for 4 overs and the pairs shall change at the end of the 4th, 8th 12th 16th and 20th overs

i. A batsman shall have unlimited lives, but each time he is dismissed, 4 runs shall be deducted from the score and shown on the score sheet as a wicket lost. The umpires shall signal to the scorers the fall of all wickets, using the normal ‘out’ signal. The game is not to proceed until the scorers have acknowledged the umpires signal.

j. Everyone on the fielding side must bowl, with the exception of the wicket keeper. No person may bowl more than four overs. There shall be a maximum 8 yard run up in Under  11 matches

k. There will be no extra ball if a wide or no ball is bowled and two runs shall be awarded, (plus any runs scored off the no ball).  With the exception of the last over of each innings, when a wide or no ball (plus any runs scored off the no ball), will count as one run and an extra ball shall be bowled.

l. No fielder, except the wicketkeeper, is to field nearer than 11 yards, measured from the middle stump, except behind the wicket on the off side, until the batsman has played the ball. If a fielder comes within this distance; the umpire must stop the game and instruct the fielder to move back.

m. At the fall of each wicket, the batsmen shall change ends. This shall not apply if a wicket falls on the last ball of an over.

n. At the start of an innings the scoreboard shall show a total of 200 runs. Runs will be added in the normal way as they are scored. For each wicket 4 runs will be deducted from the total.

o. If less than 8 players, a player shall be selected by the opposition, to bat twice, prior to the start of the game.

p. A no ball shall be called and signalled if a) a player throws the ball or b) the ball bounce twice or rolls along the ground before reaching the popping crease.

q. Each team shall provide a responsible person to umpire their game, who will be allowed to assist their team in the field.

r. Mandatory marking of a centre line from stump to the popping crease
           
Under 11 Match Rules (Cup)
 

a. Any player under the age of 11 on the 31st August of the year preceding the season shall be eligible.

b. Each team shall consist of 11 players.

c. The games shall be played on a pitch of 20 yards. Artificial pitches are acceptable.

d. The ball must be school regulation size. Maximum weight 4.75oz.

e. All boundaries count as 4 runs.

f. Maximum of 3 overs per bowler.

g. There will be no extra ball if a wide or no ball is bowled and two runs shall be awarded, (plus any runs scored off the no ball).  With the exception of the last over of each innings, when a wide or no ball (plus any runs scored off the no ball), will count as one run and an extra ball shall be bowled.

h. On scoring 30 runs, a batsman shall retire and not return to the wicket.

i. No fielder, except the wicketkeeper, is to field nearer than 11 yards, measured from the middle stump (strikers end), except behind the wicket on the off side, until the batsman has played the ball. If a fielder comes within the distance, the umpire must stop the game and instruct the fielder to move back.

 j. Mandatory marking of a centre line from stump to the popping crease
 
Cup Competitions
 

a. All cup matches, (all ages), shall be played between two teams of 11 players, and all matches, with the exception on the finals, shall be of a maximum of 20 overs duration per innings.

b. All matches, except where weather intervenes, shall be played on the date set by the executive committee.

c. Each age group will play on pitches of their appropriate age and use balls appropriate to that age group. The number of over’s allowed by each bowler, shall be the same as league matches of their age.

d. All ECB rules regarding bowling and fielding restrictions must be adhered to. League rules must always be adhered to regarding maximum overs per bowler, per game.

e. Matches which have commenced and which subsequently have to be postponed due to weather conditions, will continue, as soon as possible after the interruption and from the same stage as prevailed at the time of postponement. Delayed Cup matches must be completed before the schedule date for the next round.

f. The winners shall be the team who scores the most runs. If scores are level after both innings, the team who has lost the least wickets shall be the winners. If this does still not determine a winner, then the winners will be the team who has scored the most runs after the first 5 overs,  if still level, 10 overs, and then 15 overs if required.

g. At the conclusion of the match, the home team must submit the result  as described in League Rule 33.  If the match has been abandoned or not finished, the current position of the match and when it will be completed or played must be texted to the league secretary, (within 24 hours). Failure to do so will result in a £ 5-00 fine.

h. Clubs MUST only enter one team in any age group of the Cup Competition

i. Players must have played one league match prior to playing in the first round and in two league matches prior to the second round

j. No player can play for more than one side in the cup competition at any age group

k. The League Executive shall appoint umpires for the semi-final and final of the competitions.

 

Finals

a. All finals must be played on the date set by the Executive Committee

b. Cup Finals shall be played at neutral venues arranged by the Executive Committee

c. The finals shall be played as show below, or as guided by the league executive.  The Executive Committee have the power to reduce the number of overs in the final dependant on the weather conditions.
Under 15’s   40 Overs
Under 13’s    30 Overs
Under 11’s  25 Overs
 

d.A bowler will only be allowed to bowl no more than one fifth of the total over’s in their innings.
 

e. Batters are not required to retire.
 

 

Under 9 Rules - Season 2018

 

1. Clubs will apply annually to enter the Under 9 competition. Final date for entries to be advised by the League Executive.

2. There will be an entrance fee of £5.00 per team

3. Clubs will be grouped geographically as far as possible and will play each club in their group on a home and away basis. All playing details will be sent to clubs by 31st March each year.

4. All games shall be played on Wednesday evenings with a 6.00pm start whenever possible.

5. Each Group will run on a league basis. The number of teams for each group to qualify for the knock out competition will be decided each year dependant on the number of teams entered. In the event of two teams finishing equal on points the positions will be decided on averages.

6. The format and play by dates of the knock out and plate competition will be set out prior to each season eventually producing two finalists. The finals will be played on a date, time and venue as decided by the League.

7. A trophy will be awarded to the winning team and individual awards to the winners and finalists.

8. All players to be Under 9 at midnight on 31st August of the previous year.

9. Each team to consist of 8 players and each game will be 16 overs per side with the exception of the final which will be 20 overs per side. Pitch shall be 16 yards in length and the ball used shall be a Readers Supaball – Red. Normal size junior stumps will be used.

10. Each game shall consist of one innings per side and all games to be played under current MCC law unless otherwise stated.

11. All boundaries shall count as four runs

12. All wides will count as TWO runs, but there will not be an extra ball in the over. However, in the LAST OVER OF EACH INNINGS, the normal law for wides will apply (ie one run plus an extra ball each time wide is called)

13. The batting side shall be divided into pairs, each pair batting for overs. Pairs changing at the end of the 4th, 8th and 12th overs. The Final shall be 20 per innings with each pair batting 5 overs and changing at the end of the 5th, 10th and 15th overs

14. Batter shall have unlimited ‘lives’ but each time he/she is dismissed 4 runs will be deducted from the total score and shown on the scoresheet as a wicket lost. The umpire shall signal to the scorers the fall of each wicket (using the normal ‘out’ signal). The game shall not proceed until the scorers have acknowledged the umpires signal.

15. Each player on the fielding side, with the exception of the wicket-keeper MUST bowl. No player may bowl more than 3 overs. (4 overs in a 20 over match).

16. No fielders will be allowed within 10 yards in front of the striker’s wicket at the instant of delivery.

17. At the fall of each wicket the batsmen shall change ends. This does not apply if the wicket falls on the last ball of the over.

18. At the start of the innings the scoreboard shall show a total of 200 runs. Runs will be added as scored in the normal manner. For each wicket lost 4 runs will be deducted from the total and a running total will be shown along with the number of wickets taken. In the group section if both sides have the same score the game will be tied with each team receiving one point. In the knockout section, in the event that the scores are level at the end of the game the winner shall be the team losing the least number of wickets. In the event of both still being equal each person shall bowl one ball overarm at the wickets, the side hitting the wickets most shall be the winners. If still tied then each side shall bowl at the wickets and the first side to hit the wickets when the other has not in the same number of balls shall be the winners.

19. In view of the fact that the game will be played with a Supaball, there is no need for batters to wear pads. Batters, however, MUST wear batting gloves and abdominal protector. The wicket-keeper MUST wear pads, W/K gloves and abdominal protector, plus a helmet if stood up to the wicket.
 

20. Each side shall provide a responsible person to umpire their games, who will be allowed to assist their teams in the field.

21. Two points will be awarded for a win, one point for a tie and no points for a loss.

22.Each club shall provide a responsible and capable scorer. Scoresheets will be provided. These can be downloaded from www.bjcl.org.uk/forms.html and follow the link to U9 scoresheet.

23.Results should be submitted in accordance with league Rule 33

24. The home team supplies the match ball and both teams use the same ball.