Notes of the East MenÕs and WomenÕs League Annual General Meeting
Held on 9th June, 2013 at Letchworth Hockey Club
Apologies were received from Luton Town HC,
Canterbury HC, Brentwood HC, Folkstone Optimists HC, Maidstone HC, Cambridge
University HC, Colchester HC, Sprowston HC, David Roberts (ERHUA), Wapping HC,
Yarmouth HC, Saffron Walden HC, Holt Harlequins HC, Panthers HC, St Ives HC,
Framlingham HC, Phoenix HC, Spalding HC, Vauxhall HC, Harleston Magpies HC,
Haverhill HC, John Hendy (ERHA President), David Burt (League Manager),
Cambridge South HC, Waltham Forest HC, University of East Anglia HC, Janet
Goody (League Manager), Samantha Menear (League Manager), Pritpal Sagoo (League
Presnt: 52 people, representing 37 clubs.
Chairman Rosemary Prince
welcomed everyone to the AGM and thanked Letchworth HC for hosting the event
once again and for the wonderful buffet that had been provided. She reminded
any club that fancies hosting the event to let any committee member know.
She reflected that it hardly
seemed a year since we had last gathered and also reflected on what had made
the 2012/13 season stand out. We thought we could all agree the weather was the
one thing that made the season a challenge with many fixtures affected, some
games being re-arranged, then cancelled and re-arranged again and cancelled and
then re-arranged again. Rosemary gave a vote of thanks to all clubs, especially
their fixture secretaryÕs for getting the games re-arranged and then played.
Rosemary also gave a vote of
thanks to her team of League Managers, including the 6 new managers who joined
the committee. This team managed 35 leagues (28 MenÕs and 7 WomenÕs) and
managed all match day problems well.
Next season will see 4
additional Ladies Leagues with Cambs and Lincs ladies clubs asking if they
could join the East League. As with the MenÕs Leagues we will be seeking to
keep those divisions as local as possible. The proposed League tables were on
display (and will also be send out to the Ladies clubs) for potential feedback.
RP was keen to highlight that it was the Cambs and Lincs Leagues that had
approached the East League and she did not want anyone to think that the East
League was trying to ÒtakeoverÓ County Leagues. However since news of the Lincs
and Cambs County Leagues had become common knowledge she had been contacted by
several County Leagues who were keen to look at making rules consistent between
the East and County Leagues. RP expressed thanks to Jill Warwick, Sally Tippen
and Nadine Curtis for their help in the transition of the Cambs and Lincs
Leagues into the East League.
Rosemary moved on to look at
what else had marked the season out. She warned clubs that they needed to keep
reminding their members about not using social media websites to put
down/abuse/insult their opposing clubs/umpires or opposing team members. Both
the East Disciplinary Officers and the League Committee have a duty to act if
Òinsulting commentsÓ are used and these can be avoided.
Respect for umpires was
another topic that had been raised through the season. Umpires regardless of
whether they are appointed by ERHUA/County HUAÕs or clubs are essential for us,
at whatever standard, to play the game. We all know umpiring isnÕt an easy job
but sometimes the competitive side of people makes the job even harder for
umpires, and it is essential that umpires are allowed to enjoy their game.
Clubs and captains have a responsibility to set an expectation of behaviours
they expect from their players and must have a clear view if someone playing
for their club/team does not show respect for the umpire how they will manage
that player, whether through substitution, coaching the player or if they
consistently disrespect match officials dropping them. It has always been the umpireÕs
job to officiate games and we are sure all go out to umpire fairly. RP reminded
clubs that they needed to remind their players of this.
In regard to discipline there
was roughly the same number of yellow cards issued as last season, but with an
increase in red cards in the MenÕs section. Most were for dissent and this
highlights the need for clubs to enforce the purpose of umpires and the need
for more respect to be shown their way.
Next season the League dates
have already been published on the League website but Rosemary reminded all
that the League season starts on 21st September and runs to 14th
December, with a break on 7th December for indoors. The League
season starts again on 11th Jan and goes through to 22nd
March with a weekÕs break on 22nd Feb. Rosemary paid thanks to
Richard Munns, who as Fixtures and Results co-ordinator puts in many hours of
time and effort and uses his years of experience to provide sensible advice and
guidance to all League Committee members and clubs. Rosemary also paid tribute
to League Secretary Neil Liversedge.
Rosemary highlighted that
throughout the season League Officials had to make difficult decisions that
sometimes clubs may not like but the decisions made all decisions are made within
the context of the League Rules, fair play and for the good of the game. League
Officials, like club officials and players do their job for the love of our
sport and sometimes that needs to be remembered.
Rosemary offered her
congratulations to both Holcombe and St Albans who would be leaving the East
League as Champions to compete in the National League, she congratulated all
League Division winners and looked forwards to welcoming all present back to
next yearÕs Annual General Meeting.
The following officers were unanimously voted in
to form the East League Management Committee:
Burt, Barry Harness, Nick Hoyle, Russell Nutter, Pritpal Sagoo, Andrew
Barlow, Henry Wanchoo, Richard Malone, Chris Perry, Sarah Farmer, James
Sheppard, Ali Smyth, Kishor Shah, Christine Dewing, Phil Maddison.
Results and Fixtures Co-ordinator:
Goody, Sarah Mann, Samantha Menear, Rosemary Prince, Nicola Wilkes
Fees for the 2012/13 season
The fee was proposed to
remain unchanged at £12.50 per team (£18.50 for late entries) was agreed
Four rule changes were
Rule 3.2 was a change of
wording to Paragraph 2, to bring the East League Rules into line with the
National League, stating that clubs with registered players (EML and EWL
Premier Divisions) may only have one eligible overseas player registered at a
time, rather than only one player registered per season. This rule change was
Rule 4.3.1 proposed a change
to the way games in cancelled matches are re-arranged. Games from the 1st
half of the season would be re-arranged to be played by the 2nd
Sunday after the start of the 2nd half of the season and that any
postponed games in the 2nd half of the season must be played by the
second Sunday after the last fixture date. After some clarification questions
the rule change was agreed.
Rule 5.2, proposed by
Cambridgeshire Hockey Umpires Association looked to change the level at which
Candidate Level 1 umpires (Probationers) could have their assessment game at
and applied conditions on the clubs looking to have their umpires assessed.
This rule change was agreed.
Rule 7.4, the Rule change
looked to change the amount of deposit that should be submitted by clubs when
confirming their wish to appeal a decision of a League Manager, East League
Secretary or the East League Management Committee from £100 to £120. This was
to reflect the real cost of holding an appeal hearing. This rule change was
There were no written
questions, therefore the Chairman offered to take questions from the floor.
A question was raised by
Blueharts about the need for a handbook. After a brief discussion it was agreed
that it was, however it was noted that Trevor Williams had canvassed clubs
already about the amount of handbooks each club needed.
With no further questions the
meeting closed and the presentation of trophies to Divisional Winners took
place. There was 100% attendance from all clubs that had won a League winnerÕs