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League Rules

FastFix Dundalk Schoolboys League

Affiliated to the Schoolboys Football Association of Ireland

 


 

Dundalk & District Schoolboys/Girls League Rules

  1. Name
    1. The League shall be known as Dundalk and District Schoolboys/Girls League.
    1. The Committee may use a working title other than the above to include the name of any sponsor from time to time.
  1. Objects
    1. The Objects of the League shall be:
      1. To promote the game of Association Football among young and old in the Dundalk and District area
      1. To promote the aims of the Football Association of Ireland as outlined in its charter and general rules
    1. The League will further its objects by organising league and cup competitions for teams from affiliated clubs in age groups from Under 10 to Under 18 years and by organising representative teams from those age groups and entering them in suitable national and international competitions.
  1. Membership
    1. The League shall have in membership affiliated clubs who commit to furthering the objects of the League.
    1. Clubs wishing to join shall apply to the League Committee for permission to affiliate.  The League Committee may grant or deny affiliation.
    1. Member Clubs shall be entitled to enter teams in competitions run under the auspices of the League.
    1. Member Clubs shall have the right to vote at League Annual General and Special General Meetings.
    1. Member Clubs shall be entitled to nominate, in accordance with the provisions of these rules, persons to serve as Officers of the League.
    1. Member Clubs shall be entitled to propose, in accordance with the provisions of these rules, deletions/additions/alterations to these rules and to put forward other proposals for consideration at the League Annual General Meeting.
    1. Member Clubs must be represented at the League Annual General Meeting, any Special General Meeting called, and at the Formation Meeting which shall take place prior to the commencement of the season.
    1. A fine of 50 shall be imposed on any Member Club not represented at any Special General or Annual General Meeting or at the Formation Meeting
  1. Affiliation/Registration Fee
    1. The Annual Affiliation/Registration Fee will be announced at the Annual General Meeting.
    1. The Annual Affiliation/Registration Fee shall be payable in respect of each team registered with the League and is payable not later than 1st November of each year.
  1. League Committee
    1. There shall be a League Committee, which shall conduct the affairs of the League in between League Annual General Meetings.
    1. The League Committee shall consist of a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, and Treasurer, who shall be Officers Of the League, and of ordinary members.
    1. The Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, and Treasurer shall each be elected at the League AGM from amongst nominations received in accordance with the provisions of these rules.
    1. Member Clubs may nominate persons for election as Officers of the League.  Such nominations must be made on Club headed paper, signed by the Secretary of that Club and the Secretary of one other member Club.
    1. The League AGM shall appoint ordinary Members to the League Committee.
    1. In between AGMs the League Officers may appoint persons to be ordinary members of the Committee where they feel such appointments would benefit the League.
    1. Members of the League Committee shall hold office from the conclusion of the AGM at which they were elected/appointed until the conclusion of the following AGM.
    1. In the event of a vacancy arising in the Office of Chairperson the Vice-Chairperson shall fill that Office for the remainder of the term involved.
    1. In the event of a vacancy arising in the Office of Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, or Treasurer the League Committee shall elect a member from amongst their number to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the term.
    1. The League Chairperson shall call meetings of the Committee as he/she sees fit, but shall call at least 20 meetings at intervals during the playing season.
    1. A special meeting of the Committee shall be held within one month of receipt by the Secretary of a request for such a meeting signed by three members of the Committee.
    1. A Special Meeting shall be held as soon as possible when called by the Child Protection Officer to discuss matters under his/her remit.
  1. The League Child Protection Officer
    1. The League shall have a Child Protection Officer with responsibility for maters relating to ethics and child protection.
    1. The Child Protection Officer shall hold no other Office or perform no other function in the League other than the functions related to ethics and child protection.
    1. The Child Protection Officer shall attend meetings of the Committee where issues related to ethics or child protection are to be discussed.
    1. The Child Protection Officer may call an emergency meeting of the League Committee at any time to discuss issues related to ethics or child protection.
  1. The League Annual General Meeting
    1. The Annual General Meeting of the League shall be held on a date between 1st April and 31st May each year.
    1. The League Annual General Meeting shall consist of the outgoing Committee, and representatives of Member Clubs.
    1. Each Member Club in attendance shall have one vote and each member of the League Committee in attendance shall have one vote.  In the event of a tied vote the Chairperson shall have a second or casting vote.
    1. The AGM shall have the following functions:
      1. Consider the Annual Report of the League Secretary
      1. Consider the Annual Financial Statement of the League Treasurer
      1. Elect the League Officers
      1. Appoint Ordinary Members to the Committee
      1. Appoint a Child Protection Officer
      1. Consider proposed deletions/additions/alterations to these rules.
      1. Consider proposals from member Clubs
      1. Decide on the Affiliation/Registration Fee for the following year
      1. Consider any other necessary business
    1. The League Secretary shall advise member Clubs in writing, at least six weeks in advance, of the date and venue, for the AGM.
    1. Nominations to the posts of Officer of the League, proposed deletions/additions/alterations to these rules, and other proposals for consideration at the League Annual General Meeting must be received by the League Secretary on Club headed paper and signed by the Club Secretary not later than four weeks prior to the date of the AGM.
    1. Nominations and proposals received in accordance with rule 7.6 above shall be circulated to all member Clubs by the League Secretary at least two weeks prior to the date of the AGM.
    1. Member Clubs wishing to put forward amendments to proposals being put by other member Clubs must notify the League Secretary in writing, including the text of the proposed amendment, on Club headed paper and signed by the Club Secretary at least two days before the AGM.
    1. The League Committee, in its own right, may put forward proposals for consideration at the AGM.  Such proposals must be notified to member Clubs in the same way and by the same time deadlines as applies to proposals from Clubs.
    1. The Officers of the League shall meet ahead of the AGM to decide the order of business for the AGM.  They shall have the power to rule items out of order where they feel such items were not submitted in accordance with these rules, or would conflict with, or require alteration to these rules, and no such alteration has been proposed and carried.  The Officers shall inform the AGM of their decisions on the order of business and of any item deemed out of order at the commencement of the AGM.
    1. The decision of the Officers on the order of business may be challenged and over-ruled by vote of the AGM.  Such vote must be carried by a majority of two-thirds of those present and entitled to vote at the AGM.
    1. Proposed deletions/additions/alterations to these rules shall be deemed carried only if supported by a majority of two thirds of those present and entitled to vote at the AGM.
    1. All decisions at the AGM, other than those covered by rules 7.11 and 7.12 above, shall be taken on the basis of simple majority of those present and entitled to vote.
  1. League Property
    1. All Assets whether fixed or not belonging to the League shall be under the control of the League Committee and shall be used for the sole purpose of advancing the Objects of the League.
    1. All monies collected whether through fund raising, donations, grant, affiliation/registration fee, or fine shall be used at the discretion of the League Committee for the sole purpose of advancing the Objects of the League.
    1. In the event that the League should be wound up any remaining assets money or property, after satisfaction of its debts and liabilities, shall be transferred to the ownership of a body with similar objects to the League.
  1. Administration
    1. The League Committee shall be responsible for the administration of all League business and for the day to day running of all competitions
    1. The Chairman or in his/her absence the Vice Chair shall chair all meetings of the League Committee and any sub-committees of the League
    1. All correspondence for consideration of the League Committee or any of its sub-committees or appointees shall be addressed to the League Secretary.
    1. The League Treasurer shall be responsible for safeguarding the financial affairs of the League.
      1. He/she shall maintain proper books of account and report periodically or as directed to the League Committee
      1. He/she shall organise the conduct of an annual audit of the League Accounts and present audited accounts to the League AGM as part of his/her Annual Financial Statement
      1. He/she shall be responsible for notification and collection of all monies due to the League from Clubs regarding registration fees, entry fees, fines, and any other fees
      1. He/she shall operate a bank account in the name of the League into which all monies raised on behalf of the League from whatever source must be lodged
      1. All expenditure other than minor cash amounts shall be authorised by the League Committee in advance, and shall be by cheque, signed by the Treasurer, and one other League Officer, either the Chairman or Secretary.
    1. The League Committee shall appoint from among its number individuals or sub-committees to perform the following functions:
      1. Registrar: - To maintain a register of Clubs, Teams, and Players, to administer the transfer system, and to retain all necessary registration forms.
      1. Fixtures Secretary: - To set, circulate, and publish competition fixtures.
      1. Disciplinary Committee: - To decide all matters of discipline and to adjudicate on all protests.
      1. Referees Committee: - To appoint match officials.
      1. Grounds Committee: - To govern the use of Bellew Park and to organise all necessary maintenance of League Property.
  1. Player registration
    1. The Registrar shall issue official Dundalk Schoolboys/Girls League Team-Player registration forms, on which up to 20 players may be registered, to each member Club at the League Formation Meeting prior to the start of the season.
    1. The completed form must be returned to be with the Registrar at least 48 hours prior to the commencement of the first fixture of the season.  Illegible, damaged, or altered forms will not be acceptable and replacement team-player registration forms will be required.  A fee of 5 for each replacement form shall apply.
    1. Following the commencement of the season additional players may be registered on individual registration forms available from the Registrar at a fee of 5 per form.  The completed registration form must be returned to be with the Registrar at least 48 hours prior to the commencement of a game in which the player being registered is to play.
    1. Players may only assist the team for which they are registered.
    1. There shall be a transfer deadline of 15th October in the season.
    1. Players may transfer their registration between clubs, or between teams in the same Club, prior to the transfer deadline.  The Registrar shall provide Transfer Application Forms on request, at a fee of 5 per form.  Transfer of registration shall only be allowed upon receipt, by the Registrar, of a properly completed Transfer Application Form accompanied by 20 transfer fee.
    1. A player may only assist one team in any cup competition in the season.
    1. Following consultation with the Referee the names, signatures, and dates of birth of up to 4 (four) players may be obtained at half time in a game, and the names, signatures, and dates of birth of any substitutes used in the second half of a game may be obtained when the game has concluded.
    1. A club Secretary may consult the Registrar of the League after the match to examine the relevant player registration form/s of the last opponents.  A search fee of 5 is payable.  Registration searches may only be carried out by arrangement, at League headquarters, on Mondays from 7.30 pm to 9 pm, or other times where possible at the discretion of the Registrar.
    1. Protest should be lodged in accordance with these rules.  The Disciplinary Committee will deal with all protests.
      1. Where a finding of player ineligibility is recorded Rule 23 shall apply.
      1. Where a finding of use of overage player\s is recorded the team found guilty of playing overage player\s shall be removed from the League and Cup competitions, with effect from the date of the game in which the offence occurred, and the club shall be fined an amount equivalent to the annual registration fee for the season.
    1. The players of a team withdrawn or removed from the league become the property of the league and shall remain so until such time as a transfer is sanctioned.  The number of players transferring to any Club shall be limited to three per club.
  1. Fixtures
    1. The Fixture Secretary shall be responsible for making fixtures, maintaining records of results, and maintaining League Tables.
    1. The Fixture Secretary shall notify Club Secretaries in advance, of fixtures, and it shall be the responsibility of the Club Secretary to ensure that the appropriate persons in his/her Club are advised of the fixtures
    1. Club Secretaries must provide the Fixture Secretary with an email address or addresses to which notice of fixtures can be sent.
    1. No Club or manager may postpone or alter an official fixture.
    1. Requests for postponement of a fixture must have the prior approval of the League Committee, and must be made in writing to the League Secretary at least 14 days in advance of the fixture date.
    1. Teams should expect a fixture on the appropriate day for their age group each weekend of the season.  Therefore the fact that notice of such fixtures may be received only seven days in advance of the fixture shall not be deemed adequate excuse for late submission of a request to postpone.
    1. The League Committee may reverse any fixture in circumstances where it considers it prudent for the running of the competition.  Such circumstances may include, but are not restricted to, the following:
      1. Where a Club fails to notify the fixture Secretary of a venue for its home games;
      1. Where a Clubs home venue becomes unplayable or unavailable and is likely to remain so for a considerable period:
      1. Where a fixture has been cancelled a number of times due to the venue being declared unplayable:
      1. Where the Committee feel a fixture venue is declared unplayable in order to gain unsporting advantage or for some other unsporting reason:
    1. Any team who gives 2 walkovers without a reasonable explanation or sporting just cause may be removed from the League.
    1. The Club secretary of the home team shall be responsible for notifying the Fixture Secretary of all his/her Clubs home results, by text message to the League Telephone, no later than 6pm each Sunday in the season.  A fine, at the discretion of the League Committee, may be imposed on any Club failing to fulfil this responsibility.
  1. Discipline
    1. The League Disciplinary Committee shall be formed from among the members of the League Committee and shall adjudicate on all protests properly lodged, all maters of misconduct by league officials, clubs, club officials, players, and supporters, and on all matters related to the disciplinary code contained in these rules.
    1. Members of the Disciplinary Committee shall be excluded from discussions and decisions relating to matters concerning themselves, clubs, club officials, players, or supporters of clubs, to which they are affiliated.
    1. The Disciplinary Committee is authorised to impose sanctions for any breach of the rules of the League and its competitions, which do not come under the jurisdiction of another body.
    1. The Disciplinary Committee decides by simple majority with no abstentions.
    1. A special sitting of the Disciplinary Committee shall take place every week during the season (except Christmas and Easter breaks) to deal with match reports.
    1. The Disciplinary Committee shall deal with disciplinary matters as follows:
      1. On the basis of match reports;
      1. If a complaint or protest is lodged;
      1. Reported violations of League and or competition rules;
    1. The Disciplinary Committee is responsible for:
      1. Sanctioning offences recorded in all Referee and Match Delegate reports not otherwise automatically dealt with;
      1. Sanctioning all breaches of these Rules;
      1. Sanctioning serious infringements which have escaped the match officials attention;
      1. Rectifying obvious errors in the referees disciplinary decisions;
      1. Extending the duration of a match suspension incurred automatically by an expulsion;
      1. Imposing additional sanctions, such as additional suspensions or fines or other sanctions.
    1. Anyone who fails to respect a disciplinary decision may be:
      1. Fined for failing to comply with a decision;
      1. Granted a final deadline by the Disciplinary Committee in which to pay the amount due;
      1. Be warned and threatened with deduction of points if it has not complied with the decision by the final time limit;
    1. If anyone disregards the final time limit, the Disciplinary Committee shall implement the sanctions threatened.
    1. All decisions of the Disciplinary Committee may be appealed to the S.F.A.I. and or the F.A.I in accordance with the rules of those bodies at the time
  1. Protests
    1. Protests must be in writing, on Club headed paper, from the Club Secretary or Assistant Secretary, and forwarded to be received by League Secretary within five working days of the date of playing the match to which the protest relates.
    1. An exact copy of the protest must be forwarded at the same time to the Secretary of the club protested against.
    1. A cheque, drawn on the Club Account, for 25, which will be refunded in the event of the protest being successful, must accompany each protest.
  1. Disciplinary Code
    1. These rules describe infringements of the rules of the League, and determine the sanctions incurred.  They apply:
      1. To every match and competition under the jurisdiction of the League;
      1. If the rules of the League are violated;
    1. The following are subject to these rules:
      1. Members of the League;
      1. Participants;
      1. Officials;
      1. Players;
      1. Managers;
      1. Match officials;
      1. Spectators;
    1. If there are any omissions in these rules, the League Committee or Disciplinary Committee shall decide in accordance with the Leagues custom or, in the absence of custom, in accordance with the rules as a whole.
  1. OFFENCES
    1. Disciplinary sanctions shall be imposed for offences as reported in a Referees Report.
    1. Disciplinary sanctions shall be imposed for offences as reported in a Match Delegates report.
  1. MISCONDUCT AGAINST PLAYERS OR PERSONS OTHER THAN MATCH OFFICALS
    1. Including the automatic suspension incurred, the overall suspension imposed on any person receiving a direct red card shall be:
      1. At least one match for denying the opposing team a clear goal-scoring opportunity (particularly by deliberately handling the ball);
      1. At least two matches for serious foul play (particularly in the case of the use of excessive or brute force);
      1. At least two matches for unsporting conduct towards an opponent or a person other than a match official;
      1. At least three matches for assaulting (deliberately pushing, pulling, spitting, striking, butting, elbowing, punching, kicking etc. Touching is not an assault) an opponent or a person other than a match official;
      1. At least six matches for spitting at an opponent or a person other than a match official;
    1. A fine may also be imposed in all cases.
    1. The right is reserved to punish an infringement that has escaped the match officials attention.
  1. MISCONDUCT AGAINST MATCH OFFICIALS
    1. Including the automatic suspension incurred, the overall suspension imposed on any person receiving a direct red card shall be:
      1. At least four matches for unsporting conduct towards a match official;
      1. At least 12 months for assaulting (deliberately pushing, pulling, spitting, striking, butting, elbowing, punching, kicking etc. Touching is not an assault) a match official;
      1. At least 12 months for spitting at a match official.
      1. A player whom the referee has reported as guilty of assault before, during or immediately after a match shall automatically stand suspended until the Disciplinary Committee has decided upon the case. In this connection, spitting at a match official is regarded as an assault.
    1. A fine may also be imposed in all cases.
    1. The right is reserved to punish an infringement that has escaped the match officials attention.
    1. All suspensions imposed relating to physical assaults on match officials must be notified immediately to the Disciplinary Control Unit of the FAI and to all other relevant bodies.
  1. BRAWL/FIGHTING
    1. Involvement in a brawl/fight is sanctioned with a suspension for at least six matches.
    1. Anyone who has tried merely to prevent a brawl/fight, shield others or separate those involved in a brawl is not subject to punishment.
  1. UNIDENTIFIED AGGRESSORS
    1. If it is not possible to identify the perpetrator(s) of an offence, the Disciplinary Committee may sanction the club to which the aggressors belong.
  1. TEAM MISCONDUCT
    1. The following constitute misconduct by a team and are sanctioned by a fine:
      1. When at least five players are cautioned or sent from the field of play during one match;
      1. When at least three players are sent off during one match;
      1. When several players together make threats or show force against a match official;
  1. INCITING HATRED AND VIOLENCE
    1. A player or official who publicly incites others to hatred or violence may be sanctioned with match suspension for no less than twelve months and with a fine.
  1. PROVOKING THE GENERAL PUBLIC
    1. Any player or official who provokes the general public during a match shall be suspended for two matches and sanctioned with a fine.
  1. INELIGIBILITY
    1. If a player takes part in an official match despite being ineligible, his team shall be sanctioned by forfeiting the match, and paying a fine.
    1. Unregistered Players and Suspended Players are deemed to be ineligible.
  1. FAILURE TO PLAY AND ABANDONMENT
    1. If a team refuses to play a match or refuses to continue playing one that it has begun, it shall be sanctioned with a fine and shall forfeit the match.
    1. In serious cases, the team shall also be disqualified from the competition in progress and may be disqualified from future competitions.
    1. Any player selected to play in any Representative match arranged by the League and who without good and sufficient cause refuses to comply with the arrangements for the playing of the match, or fails to play in such match, may be adjudged to be guilty of misconduct, and such player, or any Club which may be deemed to have encouraged such player to such misconduct, may be dealt with as the Disciplinary Committee shall deem appropriate.
  1. OFFENSIVE BEHAVIOUR
    1. Anyone who insults someone in any way, especially by using offensive gestures or language, shall be sanctioned with a match suspension.
    1. If the perpetrator is a player, he shall be suspended from at least two matches; if he is an official, he shall be suspended for at least four matches.
    1. A fine as well as a ban on performing any football related activity may also be imposed.
  1. RACISM
    1. Any player or member of the technical staff, who publicly disparages, discriminates against or denigrates someone in a derogatory manner on account of race, colour, language, religion or ethnic origin, or perpetrates any other racist and/or contemptuous act, shall be subject to match suspension for at least five matches at every level. The Disciplinary Committee shall consider and have the power to impose a fine and/or other sanction as deemed appropriate.
    1. Any club official or spectator who commits such an infringement shall be subject to a stadium ban for two years.
    1. If spectators display banners bearing racist slogans at a match, the Disciplinary Committee shall sanction the club that these spectators support with a monetary fine. If the spectators cannot be identified as supporters of one or other club the host club shall be sanctioned accordingly.
  1. INTIMIDATION AND THREATS
    1. Anyone who intimidates a match official with serious threats shall be sanctioned with a fine and a suspension.
  1. COERCION
    1. Anyone who uses violence or threats to pressurise a match official into taking certain action or to hinder him in any other way from acting freely shall be sanctioned with a fine and a suspension.
  1. DISCRIMINATION
    1. The League shall not tolerate sexual or racially based harassment or other discriminatory behaviour, whether physical or verbal, and such behaviour shall result in disciplinary action.
  1. DETRIMENTAL CONDUCT OR MISCONDUCT
    1. Anyone who is deemed to be guilty of Misconduct or who has brought the game of football or the League into disrepute by any means, written, verbal, by action or otherwise shall be subject to disciplinary sanction.
  1. DISPARAGING COMMENTS
    1. Public comment of the following nature may result in disciplinary sanction:
      1. Comments that are offensive or threatening in any way;
      1. Comments causing damage to the game or bringing the game into disrepute;
      1. Unsubstantiated allegations that question the integrity of any person or body or are disparaging in any way;
  1. PROTECTION AND WELFARE OF CHILDREN
    1. Breaches of FAI rules and codes governing the protection and welfare of children shall be subject to disciplinary sanction.
    1. The Disciplinary Committee may impose any sanction it deems appropriate.
    1. Any act, statement, conduct or other matter, which harms a child or children, or poses or may pose a risk of harm to a child or children, shall constitute behaviour, which is improper and brings the game into disrepute.
    1. Any participant who is the subject of a Statutory Inquiry in relation to any child welfare concern must stand down from all football activities pending the outcome of that inquiry and any subsequent internal disciplinary proceedings.
  1. FORGERY AND FALSIFICATION
    1. Anyone who, in football-related activities, forges a document or falsifies an authentic document or uses a forged or falsified document to deceive shall be sanctioned with a suspension of at least six matches.
    1. If the perpetrator is an official, the Disciplinary Committee shall impose a ban on taking part in any football-related activity for a period of at least twelve months.
    1. A fine may also be imposed.
  1. SPECTATOR CONDUCT
    1. The home club/team are liable for any improper conduct among all spectators, regardless of the question of culpable conduct or culpable oversight and depending on the situation, may be fined. Further sanctions may be imposed in the case of serious disturbances.
    1. The visiting club/team is liable for improper conduct among its own group of spectators, regardless of the question of culpable conduct or culpable oversight and depending on the situation, may be fined.  Further sanctions may be imposed in the case of serious disturbances.
    1. Improper conduct includes but is not limited to, violence towards persons or objects, letting off incendiary devices, throwing missiles, use of flares or fireworks, displaying insulting slogans in any form, uttering insulting sounds, racist behaviour, or invading the pitch.
    1. The liability described in par. 34.1 and 34.2 also includes matches played on neutral grounds, especially during final competitions.
  1. FINES
    1. The Disciplinary Committee shall decide the terms and time limits for payment and the level of the fine if not otherwise provided for in these rules or in specific competition rules.
    1. Clubs are liable for fines imposed on players or officials from their teams. The fact that the person subject to the fine has left the club will not negate the responsibility of the club to pay the fine.