Pre-season work to do!!: This news item is written with the aim of making sure each club have these boxes ticked as we approach going into the season. This items below apply to every team. I am sure by now you remember that the season starts on 22nd September.
1) Ensure that your club has paid their League Entry fees for your teams (the deadline is 21st September). There is a news item on this page informing you which clubs are outstanding and there is another news item dated 12th August on how the you can download your invoice so that you can arrange payment).
2) Make sure your captains and vice captains contact details are sent to your League Manager.
3) Make sure your captains and vice captains are briefed on their match day responsibilities in regard to pitchside conduct, managing their players conduct, completion of teamsheets (making sure they are legible!!), results reporting and sending teamsheets to the League Manager. Ensure they are aware of the deadlines.
4) Ensure you have a process for managing transfers both in regard to players coming in to your club and players moving away from the club and make sure you are aware of the League Rules and process concerning this (last season we had a club playing at a surprisingly high level thinking it was ok to bring players in both before and after the transfer deadline and not use the process!).
5) If you are lucky to have umpires appointed by the ERHUA or CHUA the deadline for the home team contacting umpires with details of the game to be played the following Saturday is 9pm on the Tuesday night prior to that game. Please make sure you have a process in place to make sure your club is happy that this will happen from Week 1.
6) In entering the League East League Rule 2.2 says that your club consents to the League Rules and that your clubs senior officers will know the East League rules, so please make sure your senior officers do. Never guess about the rules, if you unsure on anything please speak to Neil Liversedge, as East League Secretary or any League Manager. All are here to support you, to ensure that your season is enjoyable.
Lastly please remember that although we play a competitive sport, we must ensure all involved enjoy the game. Umpires (who are dwindling in numbers) will umpire the game to the best of their ability with the aim of making sure the game is safe and enjoyed. Umpires will get some decisions right and some decisions wrong (just as players will get some passes or shots right and some passes or shots wrong!). Umpires are volunteers, they do the job to ensure you can play! They are not fair game for negative comments from either players, coach's, team managers or people watching from the sidelines during the game or directly after. It is up to club committees, team captains, coach's and managers to ensure that our umpires are supported and their work promoted. The League Management Committee will expect clubs to have processes in place to ensure dissent towards umpires is managed and will investigate any case of persistent umpire abuse.