Rules and Regulations
The Association shall be called the Gloucestershire Table Tennis Association.
2.1 The Association shall be affiliated to the English Table Tennis Association Ltd.
2.2 The objects of the Association shall be as follows:
2.2.1 To act as the controlling and governing body of the sport of Table Tennis in the County of Gloucestershire, subject to any over-riding decisions of the National Council of the English Table Tennis Association Ltd.
2.2.2 To assist and encourage the formation of Table Tennis Leagues and Clubs in the County of Gloucestershire and to promote the sport in every way possible.
3. AREA OF JURISDICTION.
The area of jurisdiction of the Association shall be the County of Gloucestershire as defined by the rules of the English Table Tennis Association Ltd.
In these Rules and Regulations made hereunder:
4.1 The following words and phrases shall have the meaning assigned by this Rule:
4.1.1. The Association: The Gloucestershire Table Tennis Association.
4.1.2. Casual Vacancy: A vacancy which occurs at a time when the normal procedure prescribed by the Rules for filling it cannot operate.
4.1.3 E.T.T.A.: The English Table Tennis Association Ltd.
4.1.4. Member: Any person mentioned in Rule 5.1, or any official, player or other member of a body mentioned in Rule 5.1.2, or of a Club in membership of, or affiliated to, such a body.
4.1.5. National Council: The National Council of the E.T.T.A.
4.2 Words and phrases defined by the Rules of the E.T.T.A. and not otherwise defined by these Rules, shall have the meaning assigned to them by the Rules of the E.T.T.A.
5.1 The Association shall consist of:
5.1.1. President, Vice-Presidents, Honorary Life members and duly elected Officials.
5.1.2. All Local Leagues, Directly Affiliated Clubs and Directly Affiliated Individuals affiliated to the E.T.T.A. which are within the jurisdiction of the Association as prescribed by the National Council (except those exempted by the National Council).
5.2. The Association shall without payment of fee accept into Good Standing the following, but no other, bodies:
5.2.1. All Organisations within the jurisdiction of the Association which are in Good Standing with the E.T.T.A.
5.2.2. All County or Regional Associations or Organisations covering the area, or part of the area of jurisdiction of this Association which are part of or affiliated to National Associations or Organisations in Good standing with the E.T.T.A.
5.2.3. The County Schools Table Tennis Association and Schools Leagues and Schools Clubs within the jurisdiction of the Association except such as are affiliated.
6.1. Affiliation to the Association shall be compulsory for all Local Leagues, Directly Affiliated Clubs and Directly Affiliated Individuals in the County, unless exempted by a decision of the National Council..
6.2. Application: Every applicant for affiliation shall complete the current affiliation form and shall sign it on behalf of himself or of the League or Club on whose behalf the application is made.
6.3. A Club or Individual not directly affiliated to the E.T.T.A may apply to be directly affiliated to the Association provided that it or he is affiliated to the E.T.T.A. through another body.
6.4. Every Local League and Directly Affiliated Club shall send to the General Secretary, not later than 31st October each administrative year, a copy of its Handbook including its current Rules. If the Handbook does not contain the current Rules, any changes must be submitted to the General Secretary at the same time.
6.5. No person or body may affiliate to the Association unless affiliated to the E.T.T.A.
7. AFFILIATION FEES.
7.1. The Affiliation Fees for the following administrative year shall be agreed at the March Executive Committee meeting.
Such fees shall be notified to the Secretary of each of affiliated leagues by the end of March.
7.2 Date for payment: Affiliation Fees shall be paid on or before 15th November to the Hon.Treasurer.
8. OFFICERS AND NATIONAL COUNCILLOR.
8.1. The Honorary Officers of the Association shall be Chairman, Vice-Chairman, General Secretary, Treasurer, Minute Secretary, Team Secretary, Publicity Secretary, Tournament Secretary, County Umpires' Secretary, and Coaching Officer.
8.2 Election: The Officers shall be elected to serve from the end of the Annual General Meeting to the end of the A.G.M. following. Forms of nomination for the election of Officers shall be forwarded by the General Secretary to Secretaries of all Local Leagues in membership, at least 28 days before the date fixed for holding the Annual General Meeting. Each Local League shall be entitled to nominate a person for each of the positions listed in 8.1. No nominations shall be effective unless received by the General Secretary (or such persons as may be appointed for the purpose by the Executive Committee) within 14 days of the issue of the nomination paper.
If there is more than one effective nomination for any of the honorary officers listed in 8.1, an election shall take place at the Annual General Meeting, voting as laid out in rule 10.3
8.3. Casual Vacancy: A vacancy occurring during the administrative year shall be filled by the Executive Committee.
8.4. National Councillor:
8.4.1. Between 1st May and 15th June each administrative year, the Executive Committee shall elect a National Councillor and his/her Deputy to represent the County for the following administrative year, after considering all nominations submitted to them by members of the Association.
8.4.2. The General Secretary shall send a copy of the Executive Committee Minute recording the election or the information required by the ETTA official appointment form certified by himself and by a second person who must be the Chairman, Vice-Chairman or Treasurer to reach the E.T.T.A. General Secretary or such other person as designated for the purpose by the ETTA Management Committee, by June 20th.
9.1. The affairs of the Association shall be managed subject to the control of the Annual General Meeting by an Executive Committee consisting of;
(i) The Officers.
(ii) The person representing the Association on the National Council.
(iii) Representatives appointed by the Local Leagues on the following basis:
Cheltenham, Cirencester, Gloucester and Stroud 3 members each.
(iv) The day to day affairs shall be administered by the 4 main Officers: Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer, these officers shall comprise the Management Committee.
9.2. Co-option: The Executive Committee shall have power to co-opt to the Committee.
9.3. Casual Vacancies: The Executive Committee shall have power to fill a casual vacancy in any Office or on the Committee until the next Annual General Meeting.
9.4. Meetings: The Executive Committee shall meet in July, September, November, January, March and May or as decided at the previous meeting.
9.5. The date and venue of any Executive Committee Meeting shall be agreed at the preceding meeting.
9.6. At least 7 days notice in writing of the place, date and time of every meeting shall be sent to every member of the Committee.
9.7 Quorum: The business of the Executive Committee may be transacted by not less than 5 members.
9.8. Chair: In the absence of both Chairman and Vice-Chairman, the Executive Committee shall elect one of its number to take the chair for the meeting.
9.9. Voting: Every question at a meeting of the Executive Committee shall be determined by the majority of the members present and voting, every member having one vote. In the case of equality of votes, the Chairman of the meeting shall have a second or casting vote.
9.10. Regulations: The Executive Committee shall have the power to make Regulations to cover such matters not specifically dealt with in these Rules as they think fit.
9.11. Standing Sub-Committees: At its first meeting following the Annual General Meeting the Executive Committee shall appoint Standing Sub-Committees to deal with the following matters:
(i) Umpiring.(Meeting of this Sub-Committee shall be convened by the Umpires' Secretary).
(ii) Tournaments. (a) Closed;(b) Open.
9.12. Sub-Committees: The Executive Committee may delegate any of its duties and powers to Sub-Committees consisting of such persons as it shall decide. Any Sub-Committee shall, in the performance of its duties, conform to the Terms of Reference laid down by the Committee. Unless decided otherwise by the Executive Committee, the Chairman of a Sub-Committee shall be responsible for reporting to the Executive Committee.
10. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING.
10.1. Date: Each administrative year the Association shall hold an Annual General Meeting during the month of June.
10.2. Notice: To call the A.G.M. the Secretary shall give 14 days' notice in writing, of the place, date and hour, together with the Agenda, to the President, Vice-Presidents, Life Members, Officers and to the General Secretary of each Local League, Directly Affiliated Club and each Directly Affiliated Individual.
10.3. Voting: Accredited Representative:- Each Local League or Association shall appoint one Accredited Representative to attend each General Meeting who shall hold an official Accredited Representative Card signed by the General Secretary of the Local League. Only the Accredited Representative shall be entitled to cast his League's vote(s). The allocation of voting rights for block voting shall be as follows:
Cheltenham 3 votes
Cirencester 3 votes
Gloucester 3 votes
Stroud 3 votes
Other Leagues 1 vote
10.4. Right to Attend: Attendance at the meeting shall be open to all members.
10.5. Agenda: The following items shall be included:
(i) Minutes of the previous A.G.M.
(ii) Minutes of any S.G.M. held since the previous A.G.M.
(iii) Annual Report of the Management Committee.
(iv) Statement of Accounts.
(v) Propositions for alterations of Rules (if any).
(vi) Motions which the General Secretary has received in writing, not later than 14 days prior to the meeting.
(vii) Election of President, Vice-Presidents, etc.
(viii) Statement regarding election of Officers.
(ix) Statement regarding election of Management Committee members.
(x) Election of Auditor.
10.6. Special Majority: No resolutions altering the Rules of the Association shall be declared carried unless the majority of the total votes cast are in favour of that resolution.
11. SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING.
11.1. A Special General Meeting shall be convened on a resolution of the Management or Executive Committee or within 28 days of receipt by the General Secretary of a requisition signed by the authorised representatives of at least one-half of the Affiliated Associations or Leagues stating the business to be transacted at the meeting.
11.2. Rule 10 (except sub-rules 10.1. and 10.5 shall apply.
11.3. A Special General Meeting shall transact only such business as is specified in the resolution or requisition convening it.
12.1. Bank Account: The funds of the Association shall be kept at a bank or invested in a Building Society or other security approved by the Association.
12.2. Cheque Signatories: All cheques etc. drawn on the Bank, Building Society and other accounts shall be signed by the Treasurer and by one of the following: Chairman or General Secretary.
12.3. The Financial Year of the Association shall end on 30th April.
12.4. Auditor: The accounts of the Association shall be audited each administrative year by the Auditor elected by the A.G.M.
12.5. All income and property of the Association from, whatever source derived, shall be applied solely to the promotion of the objects of the Association.
In the event of the winding up or dissolution of the Association, any surplus assets remaining after discharge of liabilities shall automatically vest in the E.T.T.A., who shall hold them for a period of six years in trust to pay them to any organisation set up with objects identical or with similar to those of the Association (the E.T.T.A. during such period making every endeavour to promote and encourage the formation of such an organisation) and thereafter for the general purposes of the E.T.T.A.
14. APPEALS AGAINST LEAGUES.
14.1. Any Member or affiliated Club aggrieved by a decision or action of a Local League, or a Committee, Officer or official of such League, or by neglect or refusal to do something which such organisation or person is under a duty to do, may appeal against such a decision, action neglect or refusal to this Association whose decision shall be final and binding on all parties.
14.2. The Association shall have the power to reserve a decision or action which is in accordance with the rules of the Local League unless it constitutes a breach of the Rules or Regulations of this Association or of the ETTA or of the principles of natural justice.
14.3. Any such appeal shall be made in writing to the General Secretary within 21 days after notification of the decision or action appealed against, and shall be accompanied by a fee of the amount prescribed by the ETTA and specified in the Schedule to this rule. The fee shall be returned if the adjudicating body consider the making of an appeal to have been justified (whatever the result).
14.4. Either party to the appeal shall be entitled to be heard by the adjudicating body, both in person, and if so desired, additionally by a representative who shall have been nominated in writing.
15.1 A member shall not do or cause to be done anything deliberately harmful to the Association nor likely to bring the Association or the sport of Table Tennis into disrepute.
15.2 A Member shall not without good and sufficient cause-
15.2.1. absent himself from the Hearing of any allegation or appeal after having been requested with reasonable notice to attend.
15.2.2. Refuse or neglect to answer any question put to him in connection with such allegation or appeal if directed to answer by the chairman of the adjudicating body.
16.1. For a breach of this Association’s Rules or Regulations the Association shall have the power to suspend any Local League, club, player or official within its jurisdiction,
under the power created by ETTA Rules and subject to the right of appeal provided by such Rules.
16.2. The ETTA General Secretary shall be notified of any such suspension under this Rule.
16.3. Such suspension shall be enforced by all bodies in this county, but shall operate only within the jurisdiction of this Association, the suspended person or body being deprived of the privileges of membership of or affiliation to this Association and any Local League or Directly Affiliated Club affiliated to this Association, but not of the privileges of memberships of or affiliation to the ETTA enjoyed outside the jurisdiction of this Association.
17. DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE.
17.1. The Disciplinary Committee shall deal with any allegation under Rule 17.2 of breach of Rule or Regulation of this Association.
17.2. Any allegation referred to in Rule 17.1 must be made in writing to the General Secretary specifying the Rule or Regulation alleged to have been broken, the name of the member or organisation alleged to be in breach and the date and place of the alleged breach.
18. RIGHT OF APPEAL.
18.1. Any Member, affiliated Club or Local League aggrieved by a decision of this Association, or a Committee, Officer or official of this Association (except the proper determination of an appeal), or by the neglect or refusal to do something which this Association or such Committee, Officer or official of this Association is under a duty to do, may appeal against such decision, action, neglect or refusal to the ETTA Board of Appeal.
18.2. Any appeal under Rule 18.1 shall be made in writing to the General Secretary of the ETTA within 21 days after notification of the decision or action appealed against, and shall be accompanied by a fee of an amount prescribed by the ETTA. The fee will be returned if the adjudicating body consider the making of an appeal to have been justified (whatever the result).
19. MATTERS NOT COVERED BY RULES.
If any question or matter arising which is not provided for in these Rules, it shall be dealt with by the Executive Committee.
20. ALTERATION OF RULES.
20.1. These Rules may be changed (whether by addition, alteration or deletion) only by decision of an Annual General Meeting or a Special General Meeting convened for the purpose.
20.2. Proposals for such changes to be considered by the next A.G.M. shall be submitted in writing to reach the General Secretary not later than 30th April.
20.3. All proposals so received shall be circulated to all Local Leagues, Directly Affiliated Clubs and Directly Affiliated Individuals affiliated to the Association by no later than 14 days before the date fixed for the A.G.M.
20.4. Amendments or Alternative Propositions dealing with the same subject matter shall be accepted for consideration by the A.G.M. if submitted in writing and received by the General Secretary not later than 7 days before the A.G.M.
20.5. Proposals for such changes to be considered by a Special General Meeting shall be submitted to the General Secretary in writing together with the requisition for the Special General Meeting.
20.6. Before any resolution altering these Rules shall be declared carried, a majority of the total votes cast must be in favour of that resolution.
20.7. Voting Rights: As laid down in Rule 10.3.
20.8. Notwithstanding the provisions of Rule 20.1, the following Rules 2.1,2.2.1, 2.2.2, 3, 4- 4.1.5, 4.2, 5.1.2, 5.2, 6.1, 6.5, 8.4, 9.10, and 9.10.(1), 12.2,13, 14, 15, 16, 17.6, 17.7, 18, 20.1, 20.8, 20.9, may not be changed without the previous written consent of the National Council and may be changed by the national Council without any such change requiring to be approved by a County General Meeting; such a change shall take effect on a date to be specified by the National Council being a date not earlier than one month after the County Association has been given notice of the change.
20.9. The Rules of this Association are subject to the approval of the ETTA.
21.1. All players who are registered with the Association shall be eligible to play for any team representing the Association except players registered to play for another County.
21.2. Selection for any International Team or National Open Championship shall take precedence over selection for the County Association.
21.3. Badges will be awarded at the discretion of the Selection Committee.
21.4. The playing regulations of the English Table Tennis Association Ltd. shall be observed in all competitions and matches under the jurisdiction of the Gloucestershire Association.
22. LIFE MEMBERS and VICE PRESIDENTS.
The distinction of Honorary Life Membership and Election of Vice Presidents may only be made at an Annual General Meeting. Candidates may only be nominated by the Management Committee. Local Leagues may submit names for approval by the Management Committee to the General Secretary, no later than 30th April.