Notes of East Menís and Womenís Leagues Annual General Meeting 10th June 2007
Apologies for absence
Present:† 49 persons, representative of 21 clubs.
Postal voting:† 42 postal voting papers were received, 23 from EML and 19 from EWL† clubs.
1.† Chairmenís welcome
On behalf of the EML and the EWL Chairman Russell Nutter welcomed all present.
2.† Chairmenís League Reports for season
The Chairmen presented a brief review of the 2006/7 season.†
Considerable time was spent on considering the implications of a restriction proposed by England Hockey on junior players in senior leagues.† A survey of East clubs showed that this would have an adverse effect on Clubs and on the East Leagues, with the loss of around 100 senior teams. †A similar later survey by EH confirmed these findings. †A ruling by EH that Clubs shall not select U13 players for senior competitions was subsequently published, and we await the outcomes for older junior players with interest.
A statement by ERHA advocating the U13 ruling for East Clubs was published without full discussion by the ERHA Management Committee, leaving the League Chairman considering his position on that Committee.
Disciplinary issues on the pitch have been a growing concern. †With over 1100 yellow cards issued in the season, more stringent yellow card bans are now being proposed for next seasonís League Rules.
It should be noted that the downsizing and restructuring of the National League will probably lead to their being more relegations than usual next season, with consequent knock-on effects on our League.
The League Managers continued to work tirelessly to ensure the
smooth running of both the EWL and the EML, and
The League was to receive sponsorship from the new hockey website NE14HOCKEY, at a rate of £1000 per season for the next three seasons, which was gratefully acknowledged.† As a result league fees for next season and subsequently would be below the current rate. †On that happy note, the Chairman closed his report.
3. Election of Officers
The following had been nominated by the League Committees.† There were no other nominations.
Chairman:† Russell Nutter
EML League Managers:†
EML Results Coordinator:† Richard Munns
EMVL League Manager:
EWL League Managers:†
EWL Results Coordinator:† Sarah Mann
Budget Officer:† Samantha Menear
The Officers as listed were therefore elected.
4. League fees 2004-5 season
The proposed fee for of £12.50 per team (£18.75 for late entries) was agreed unanimously.
5. Amendments to League Rules
The rule amendments proposed by the League Committees were discussed. †Voting en bloc at the meeting was substantially in favour of all changes, as were the postal votes.† All changes were therefore carried.