The League shall be known as the Wirral Table Tennis League, hereinafter referred to as ‘The League’ and shall be affiliated to the relevant County (presently Cheshire) Table Tennis Association and to Table Tennis England
2. JURISDICTION OF LEAGUE
The area within which the jurisdiction of the League shall apply is that area lying within the boundaries of Wirral Borough Council. Clubs having a headquarters outside this area, but within a reasonable distance thereof, may, subject to the consent of the League, become affiliated to the League.
a) The League shall consist of President, Vice-Presidents, Life Members, Elected Officers and affiliated clubs.
b) The elected officers shall be Chairman, Vice-Chairman, General Secretary, Fixture Secretary, Treasurer, Coaching Secretary, Tournament Secretary, Press Officer, Women’s Representative and Youth Representative. Any person may at any time hold more than 1 of these posts, subject to the proviso that the positions of Chairman and Vice-Chairman shall not be held simultaneously by the same person.
c) The control of the affairs of the League shall be vested in a General Council consisting of a Management Committee duly elected to manage the affairs of the League and one authorized representative from each club affiliated to the League. The Management Committee shall consist of the elected Officers set forth in sub-section (b) above, together with not more than six elected members. All Members of the management Committee shall be subject to election at least once in each calendar year at a meeting of the General Council.
d) The Management Committee shall have the power to Co-opt not more than 2 persons on to the Committee for any purpose. The Management Committee shall meet as often as is considered necessary, and shall endeavour to meet at least once a month during the playing season.
e) At a Management Committee meeting, the quorum necessary for the transaction of any business shall be five.
f) The Management Committee may delegate any of its duties to sub-committees, such sub-committees being composed of such persons fit so to act by the Management Committee. Any sub-committee so formed shall, in the performance of the duties delegated thereto, conform to any requirements or regulations imposed upon it by the Management Committee.
g) The Management Committee shall be empowered to nominate suitable candidates for the honorary posts of President, Vice-Presidents and Life Members of the League, any such nominee being subject to election at a meeting of the General Council.
h) Any Member of the Management Committee who fails to attend three consecutive meetings of the Committee without good reason shall be deemed to have resigned from the Committee. The resultant vacancy and any other casual vacancy may be filled by the Management Committee, the tenure of the thus filled vacancy lasting until the next meeting of the General Council.
i) The Management Committee shall have the power to legislate with regard to any disputes between individuals and / or clubs affiliated to the League.
The League shall use its best endeavours:
a) To promote competitive table tennis in an atmosphere of good sportsmanship throughout the area falling within the jurisdiction of the League by organizing matches within the structure of the League.
b) To raise the standard of play in the area falling within the Jurisdiction of the League and to enter teams in Competitions partially or wholly organized by the County Table Tennis Association and Table Tennis England.
c) To Promote and / or control all competitions, tournaments and exhibitions taking place in the area falling within the Jurisdiction of the League.
d) To promote any other activities, which the Management Committee considers, will be beneficial to Table Tennis in the area falling within the Jurisdiction of the League.
5. GENERAL COUNCIL
The General Council shall be convened on a resolution of the Management committee once during each calendar year (hereinafter referred to as the Annual General Meeting). The general Council may also be convened within 28 days from the date of receipt by the General Secretary of a resolution supported, in writing, by at least one-quarter of the Members of the General Council or by a resolution passed by the Management Committee at any time (hereinafter referred to as Extra-Ordinary General Meeting).
6. VOTING POWERS
a) General Council
At any meeting of the General Council, each elected officer and member of the Management Committee shall have one vote, and each club affiliated to the League shall have one vote for each of its teams. In addition to his or her Own Vote as an elected Officer, the Chairman shall additionally be entitled to a casting vote in the event that the number of votes cast for and against any motion are equal. A Club will not be considered as affiliated to the League if any subscriptions or fees relating to such clubs are outstanding and hence shall not be entitled to vote at a meeting of the General Council. An affiliated club or Officer or a member of the Management Committee may be represented by a proxy for voting purposes only, such proxy voting being on written instructions only on identified motions. All matters voted on at a meeting of the General Council shall be decided by a simple majority except for motions to change the rules. A rule change will only become effective if at least two thirds of the votes cast are in favour of the proposed change.
b) Management Committee
Only elected Officers and Members of the Committee and persons filling a vacancy on the Management Committee in accordance with rule 3(h) above shall be entitled to vote at a Committee Meeting and then only if present at the meeting. In addition to his or her own vote as an elected Officer, the Chairman shall additionally be entitled to a casting vote in the event that the number of votes cast for and against any motion are equal.
7. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
a) The A.G.M. shall be held as soon as possible after the end of the playing season as determined by the Management Committee but shall be held no later than 31stMay.
b) Notice of convening of the A.G.M. shall be given at least 7 days prior to the A.G.M. At Least 7 days before the date of the A.G.M. each affiliated club shall be supplied with a copy of the agenda for the meeting, a financial statement made up to 31stMarch of each year and any proposed alterations to the rules.
c) Any suggested alterations to the rules shall be in the hands of the General Secretary no later than 30thApril preceding the A.G.M.
d) Any amendments to the proposed alterations shall be received by the General Secretary by the last post of the third day preceding the A.G.M.
e) The General Secretary shall, at a suitable date prior to 15thApril, issue nomination papers to all affiliated clubs. Such forms shall give particulars of the Management Committee as then constituted and shall indicate which members of the committee are seeking re-election. Nominations in writing for elected posts on the Management Committee and for the post of Auditor shall be in the hands of the General Secretary not later than 30thApril preceding the A.G.M. If any elected Officer or Member of the Management Committee or the Auditor does not wish to seek re-election, they shall notify the General Secretary no later than 31stMarch preceding the A.G.M.
f) The Auditor for the ensuing year shall be elected at the A.G.M.
g) In the absence of any nominations for the elected posts on the Committee or the post of auditor, it will be assumed that those members of the Management Committee who have not resigned and the auditor, if no resignation has been received, have been re-nominated and may be re-elected en bloc.
a) The Scale of fees for affiliation to the League and registration of teams shall be set at the preceding A.G.M.
b) The League bankers shall be Barclays Bank PLC. The account shall be in the name of the Wirral Table Tennis League. Cheques drawn on the account shall be signed by any two of the following; Chairman, Fixture Secretary, Treasurer any of whom shall be empowered to pay into the account. All accounts for payment over £25.00 shall be approved by the Management Committee.
a) The Management Committee will be responsible for supplying Official forms to all Clubs affiliated to the League at the date of the preceding A.G.M. These forms will be distributed at the A.G.M. and should be returned to the Fixture Secretary by 1stAugust following the A.G.M.
b) All applications for registration of teams and players within such team shall be made on the Official form. The Committee may decline to accept affiliation of any club, the registration of any team or the registration of any player without stating a reason. Only bona fide members of a club are eligible for registration for that club. The registration of an individual player, for a particular club, and team, shall be received by the Fixture Secretary at leastTHREE clear days before the player’s first game for that particular club. A player will not be considered as Registered until the Fixture Secretary has been provided with the players TTE Membership Number and Full Name. A Certificate of posting or date of an e-mail shall be considered the date of the receipt of the registration.
c) Clubs must register a minimum of 3 players for each team entered together with a sufficient number of additional players to ensure that each fixture can be fulfilled.
d) The Management Committee shall have the right to debar a player of known ability from becoming registered to play in a particular team or teams within his or her club.
e) All Players registered or transferred after 31stAugust must be made in writing. Players can be registered or transferred after this date and can be approved by the fixture secretary pending final approval by the management committee. Registration shall lapse on 31stMay of each year.
f) Application from registered players for a transfer to another club affiliated to the League shall be submitted in writing to the Management Committee. The transfer fee shall be £1.00. Such applications must be accompanied by a signed release from the secretary of the club from which the transfer is being sought and the transfer fee. The Management Committee will advise the player and the 2 clubs concerned if and when the transfer has been approved and the effective date thereof. Any person or persons found guilty of attempting to induce, or inducing a registered player to join another club shall be deemed guilty of misconduct and be subject to disciplinary action at the discretion of the Management Committee.
g) A player intending to play in any other League as well as the Wirral League shall state on the registration form, which league has first call on his or her services for representative and League Matches.
h) No player may play for more than 1 club in any one season except as provided for under Rule 9F.
i) Once applications for registration of teams and individual players have been made, the Management Committee shall set a date for a meeting for the issuance of handbooks. The fees payable for affiliation to the League and for registration of teams shall be paid no later than the date of the aforesaid meeting. Handbooks will not be issued to Clubs, teams and / or individual players unless all appropriate fees have been paid.
10. LEAGUE COMPOSITION
The League shall be divided into a number of divisions for League play and the composition of such divisions shall be decided by the Management Committee. The winning team/club of each division must automatically go up to the higher division the following season. The final decision as to the constitution of each division shall lie in the hands of the Management Committee.
The league shall make awards to a maximum of 3 players forming the team winning each competition and to players forming the runners up team.
12. MATCH NIGHTS
All clubs shall register the match Night for each team prior to the commencement of the season and any subsequent alterations thereto shall be subject to individual notification to the Fixture Secretary and each club affected by the Club involved.
13. LEAGUE MATCH REGULATIONS
a) All games to be played under Table Tennis England Rules. Changes made during the playing season will be printed in the next issue of the Weekly Bulletin and posted on the website.
b) All League matches shall consist of 9 singles sets and 1 doubles set, each set being the best of 5 games. Each team shall consist of not less than 3 or more than 5 players. 3 players only in each team shall be nominated to play singles sets and each such nominated player shall play 1 singles set against each of the 3 nominated players of the opposing team. Each team shall nominate 2 players to play in the solitary doubles set. The nomination and order of players for both singles and doubles sets must be affected at the outset of the match.
c) The Captains shall simultaneously exchange full details of their teams and they shall decide alternately, the opponents of each set. The visiting Captain shall have the right of first choice. Unless otherwise agreed, sets will be umpired alternately by a member of each team, the visiting team supplying the umpire for every even numbered game.
d) The Official starting time of League and Cup Matches is 7.30pm. If a Player is absent when called upon to play before 8pm that set shall be forfeited unless a reserve is played. If a set is so forfeited, the absent player cannot be called upon to play until after 8pm. If a player is absent when called upon to play after 8pm all the remaining sets for which he/she was nominated shall be forfeited unless a reserve is played. A reserve once played, shall continue to play throughout the match. A reserve shall be a player who was not originally nominated to play in a singles set. Every Player shall be entitled to take a rest interval of 10 Minutes duration if called upon to play in consecutive games.
e) It shall be the responsibility of the home team to provide, complete and ensure the onward transmission of the Official Scorecard to the Fixture Secretary. The duly completed Official Scorecard shall be signed by both captains at the end of the match.
f) In all League matches the result shall be decided by the sets won and lost, each team, being awarded 1 point for each set won.
g) Where a match is unfinished the un-played sets, May at the discretion of the Management Committee, be awarded against a defaulting team or otherwise.
h) Clubs having more than 1 team shall rank their teams in order of ability and shall, upon registration nominate a minimum of 3 players for each team. Once so nominated a player shall not be eligible to play for any team of his or her club, which is lower, ranked than the team for which he or she is nominated. The Committee shall also have the right to determine what constitutes a lower ranked side. The Committee shall have the discretion to alter nominations either upon application by the club concerned or as they deem appropriate. If a player is re-ranked from a higher team into a lower team, he / she will not be permitted again to play for the higher team during that season.
i) A player can only play for higher ranked teams a total of 4 times in league matches. On the fifth occasion the player automatically becomes a member of the next highest ranked team, regardless of teams played for, unless an application is made to the fixture secretary to play for an even higher team.
j) During the progress of a set, team captains may give advice to their players, but only in the interval between games. Play during a set shall be continuous and the length of the interval between games shall be at the discretion of the Umpire.
k) Clothing shall be in accordance with Table Tennis England Legislation.
l) Matches may be postponed if a team is depleted for any reason with the team giving at least 24hrs notice to the opposition. If less notice is given, a team has the right to claim the pointsbutit would be hoped the match would be played. League matches must take preference over cup matches. In all such cases the opposing team must agree and fixture secretary must be notified by the club requiring the postponement. Mutual consent must be given by the opposition or the original date and venue must be adhered to. Once Consent has been given both teams must agree within 1 calendar week of the original fixture a new date for the fixture to be played. Both Captains must advise the fixture secretary of the revised date and it must be adhered to or Fixture secretary shall take action under rule 16. Please note where Fix sec has not been informed or a new date provided the match may be voided under rule 16. Please note all matches from 1sthalf of season must be completed with scorecards received by 31stDecember and all fixtures from 2ndhalf must be completed by deadline provided in the handbook.
m) Any player without a valid Table Tennis England membership number will automatically forfeit any games played.
a) Any club not directly represented at an Annual General or Extra Ordinary General Meeting shall be fined £5.00
b) Official Scorecards will be provided by the League and the scorecard for each match shall be in the hands of the Fixture Secretary within 7 days of the match. It is the responsibility of the home team to ensure that the scorecard is forwarded to the Fixture Secretary. The penalty for non-compliance with this rule shall be a fine of £1.00 for the home team.
c) Any team failing on THREE occasions to fulfil a fixture shall be expelled from the League.
d) The Management Committee shall be empowered to impose such penalties, as they deem appropriate for any breach of the League rules or any other form of misconduct on the parts of clubs or players.
e) The Management Committee shall be empowered to waive any penalty set out under this section if they consider that having due regard to all of the circumstances of the case, such waiving is justified.
f) Any Team failing to fulfil a fixture shall be fined £10.00
a) The Committee shall hear, discuss and decide all protests. Protests relating to any violation of the Laws of the game or the rules of the League shall be lodged by the aggrieved club with the General Secretary within 7 days (excluding Sunday) of the occasion in respect of which the protest arises. The Protest must include a full account of the alleged infringement of the rules, the latter to be specified. A copy of the protest shall simultaneously be sent to the secretary of the club(s) or individual against whom the protest has been made, failure to do so causing summary dismissal of the protest.
b) Any Club receiving such a copy of a protest shall be allowed a period of 21 days from the date of the letter to supply their comments thereon to the General Secretary. A copy of any such reply shall simultaneously be sent to the club lodging the protest. In the absence of any such reply being received by the General Secretary, it will be assumed that the facts of the matter are not in dispute.
c) Any dispute between the Management Committee and a Member Club may be referred for arbitration to the County Executive as provided for by the Cheshire Association rules, any decision by the County Executive shall be considered final.
16. EMERGENCY POWERS
The Chairman, Vice-Chairman, General Secretary, Treasurer and Fixture Secretary shall be empowered to act individually in emergencies except in cases of disciplinary action. Any action taken under this sub-section is to be reported to the next meeting of the management Committee.
Players shall not be eligible to represent the Wirral League in Representative Matches and Competitions unless they have opted to play for the Wirral League during the current season.
18. QUALIFICATION FOR CUP SEMI-FINALS AND WIRRAL CLOSED CHAMPIONSHIP
a) In the event of the Management Committee organizing cup competitions, no player shall be eligible to play in such cup semi-finals or final unless he/she has played in at least 4 matches organized or controlled by the League prior to the date of the Cup Match except at the discretion of the Committee. The Management Committee shall have the power to make regulations governing the organization, control and playing of Cup Competitions.
b) In the event of the Management Committee organizing a Closed Championship, no player shall be eligible to play in such a closed championship unless he/she has played in at least 4 matches organized or controlled by the League prior to the closing date for the tournament, except at the discretion of the Committee. This requirement does not apply to Juniors, Cadets and Under 13’sentering these age related events provided they reside in the area of Wirral Borough Council and are registered with a Club participating in the Wirral League.The Management Committee shall have the power to make regulations governing the organization, control and playing of Tournaments.
19. MATTERS NOT COVERED BY THE RULES
The Management Committee shall have the power to implement these rules, as they deem appropriate and to deal with any matter not covered by these rules.
20. CUPS AND TROPHIES
All individualsor teams receiving Historical Trophies (Cups and /or Shields)from the League do so, on the following conditions:
a) The Trophies are awarded for one year only and cannot be won outright.
b) The recipient shall sign a receipt and an undertaking drafted by the Committee when receiving the Trophy.
c) In the event of a person holding a Historical Trophy leaving Great Britain for a period inexcess of l month,itshall be returned to the General Secretary by such person prior to his / her departure.
d) Under no circumstances may any HistoricalTrophy be taken out of Great Britain.
e) The holder shall keep the Trophy in proper condition and shall be responsible for any damage thereto.
f) The Trophy shall be returned without any request being made to the General Secretary or the League nominated person with responsibility for the engraving of annual Trophies, before the end of February of the following season.
The General Secretary or League nominated personmust be given 24 hours notice before a Historical Trophy is returned.
21. HANDICAPPED PLAYERS
Matches involving handicapped players will conform to the recommendation of the English Paraplegic Sports Association. As far as wheelchair players are concerned play shall be in accordance with the normal laws as far as is practicable. Apart from the concession on the service law, which is covered by Table Tennis England Laws, the following guidelines shall be followed;
a) If 2 wheelchair players are playing doubles, they do not have to take alternate shots. They still have to change places for service as for the able-bodied. (If an able –bodied player or an amputee is playing with a wheelchair player, they must take alternate shots as normal).
b) If the trajectory of a service received by the wheelchair player would pass over the side, rather than the end, of the table, it is counted as a ‘let’. (This is to prevent a player who utilizes a short service of the side of the table gaining an unfair advantage because his opponent cannot ‘run’ around the table.)
Insofar as the service law concession is concerned it is only the ‘flat hand’ part that is affected. Some disabled players cannot turn over or flatten their hand but they must still throw the ball up.
a) The Executive Committee, or appointed sub committee thereof, shall have the power to deal with any breach of Rules or Regulations.
b) A Club and/or Individual Registered Players shall not do, or cause to be done, anything harmful to the Wirral Table Tennis League, nor likely to bring the league into disrepute. This includesinappropriate behaviour towards officials, spectators and other players.
c) Clubs and Individual Players are entitled to a personal hearing.
d) Clubs or Individuals found guilty of breach of the rules or Regulations of the Wirral Table Tennis League render themselves liable to be fined, expelled and/or otherwise penalized as the Executive Committee, or appointed sub committee,shall decide.
e) Any such penalty shall take immediate effect and shall commence from the moment the decision is advised verbally or in writing to the Individual or Club.
f) Any appeal must be lodged within 21 days of the date of the decision letter.
Updated June 2019