Annual General Meeting 2024

Annual General Meeting 2024
Tuesday 2nd July at 7:00pm
The Northumberland Club
All are welcome to attend the AGM.

Anyone who would like to stand for election to the committee will need to make this known on the night to the chairman – John Thompson.

All agenda items to Dave North via the form below, items for discussion to be received by Sunday 30th June 2024.

All items for discussion are below so that details will be available for all attendees to discuss in advance of the AGM.

  • Proposer: Ryan Doran (The Northumberland Club) Seconder: Richard Bradley (Tynemouth)
    • Rule change – Thursday night matches
      • The current rule 3.7 states that “All men’s league premier division fixtures will be played on Thursday.” 
      • This rule preventing players from playing in the premier division; there are examples where players have had to miss entire team seasons due to clashes (i.e., with work or family commitments), and there are examples where clubs have had to field significantly weakened teams due to injury etc. 
      • In order to ensure that as many players of possible can participate in a premier division that is as high quality as possible, we propose that the rule is changed so that all premier league matches must be played on one of two nights of the week. For example: “All premier league fixtures will be played on a Tuesday or a Thursday.
  • Proposer: Ryan Doran (The Northumberland Club) Seconder: David Breakey (The Northumberland Club)
    • Rule change – Cup competitions
      • The current rule 6.6 states that “Each tie will be the best of five games, with Point-a-Rally scoring to 11 points (with “2-clear” from 10-all) in the Premier Division and Division 1 of the men’s league, the men’s Northumbria Cup and the premier division playoff, and to 15 points (first to 15) in all other Leagues, Cup competitions and playoffs.” 
      • We propose that, where two teams from division 1 are playing in a cup fixture, the matches may, at the agreement of the two captains, be played to 11. I.e., 
      • Each tie will be the best of five games, with Point-a-Rally scoring to 11 points (with “2-clear” from 10-all) in the Premier Division and Division 1 of the men’s league, the men’s Northumbria Cup and the premier division playoff, and to 15 points (first to 15) in all other Leagues, Cup competitions and playoffs. Where two teams from the first division are drawn in a round of the cup, they may play to 11 points (with “2-clear” from 10-all) at the agreement of both team captains.” 
  • Proposer: Ryan Doran (The Northumberland Club) Seconder: David Breakey (The Northumberland Club)
    • Rule change – Entering Match Results
      • The current rule 7.4 states that “Unless otherwise agreed it is the responsibility of the home team to ensure the correct result (i.e., match scores including game scores) has been posted on the league website within 5 days of the match being played. Teams consistently failing to comply with this may be penalised. Any anomalies, i.e., players not registered or not nominated, disputed score etc. should be notified to the LS for action.
      • In order to keep the momentum of a competitive league season, we feel it would be beneficial for the scores to be entered within 24 hours of the match being completed. I.e., 
      • Unless otherwise agreed it is the responsibility of the home team to ensure the correct result (i.e., match scores including game scores) has been posted on the league website within 24 hours of the match being played. Teams consistently failing to comply with this may be penalised. Any anomalies, i.e., players not registered or not nominated, disputed score etc. should be notified to the LS for action.
  • Proposer: Ryan Doran (The Northumberland Club) Seconder: David Breakey (The Northumberland Club)
    • Rule for consideration – Playing up and tying
      • The current rule 5.2 states “In the men’s league, if a player nominated of a lower team plays for any higher team on more than three occasions during any period, that player normally becomes tied to the higher team most played-for (or, in the case of an equal number of play-ups, the next-higher team) and ineligible to play for any lower team in League matches, including end-of-season divisional playoffs, for the rest go that period only (but may still play for the nominated lower team in Cup matches). However, in the event that a men’s league fixture involving the nominated lower team is postponed from its originally-fixed date due to exceptional circumstances under rule 3.4 which are beyond the control of that ream, any player from that team who subsequently plays for a higher team on a fourth or further occasion during the period remains eligible to play for the nominated lower team in the re-arranged match subject to proper LS approval in each case. Becoming tied does not affect the nominated order, which must be adhered to. Playing for a higher team in cup matches does not count for the purposes of this rule.
      • We believe that it is time to review the rules around tying players to a higher team. Generally, across the county, the number of squash players in the leagues is decreasing. This decline in numbers is making it more challenging for clubs of all sizes to field a strong team, and this is only made more difficult by draconian rules such as this. 
      • One option would be to remove rule 5.2, and instead strengthen the current rule 4.7 [“The five highest-nominated players at any time in each club in the men’s league must play at least three league matches in each period, unless there are mitigating circumstances notified to the LS and accepted by the Northumbria Squash committee. Failure to meet this requirement will lead to a 5-point deduction per defaulting player per default being applies to the club’s first team at the end of each period.”] so that players nominated in the first 5 of any team within a club must play at least 3 league matches in each period unless there are mitigating circumstances. 
  • Proposer: Ryan Doran (The Northumberland Club) Seconder: David Breakey (The Northumberland Club)
    • For clarity from the League Secretary
      • The current rule 4.9 states “A club with two or more teams in the top division of its Winter League may optionally nominate players for those teams in such a way that the teams are broadly of equal strength, based on the club ranking order. Such teams will be designated 1A, 1B, etc. accordingly. Once nominated to a particular team in this way, a player may not play for any other team during that period of the season.
      • We would like to seek clarity from the League Secretary around how this rule will be applied when a club has 3 teams in the top division of the Winter League. In particular, is it possible to have one team that contains the best 5 players in the club and two teams that are of broadly equal strength (i.e., a 1st team, a team 2A and a team 2B) or two teams of broadly equal strength and one containing the 11th—15th ranked players (i.e., team 1A, team 1B and a 2nd team)?

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