Notes of East League Annual General Meeting

Held on Sunday, 3rd June 2018 at Letchworth Hockey Club

 

Apologies for absence: 

Canterbury HC, March Town, Wisbech Town, Alford, Folkstone, Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Ali Smyth, Sarah Mann, Kishor Shah, Marc Lloyd, Richard Malone, Norwich City, Haverhill, Huntingdon, Christina Dewing, Barry Harness, Cambridge Nomads HC, Berkhamsted HC, Southend HC, Winchmore Hill & Enfield HC, London Royals, MBDA, Cambridge South, Basildon, Pritpal Sagoo and Waltham Forest.

 

Present:  79 persons, representative of 43 clubs.

 

1.  ChairmanÕs League Report for season

Chairman Rosemary Prince welcomed everyone to the League AGM & Presentation Day, once again held at Letchworth Hockey Club in wonderful sunshine. Rosemary thanked Letchworth for their hospitality and the quality of the buffet. Rosemary invited any other clubs who wish to host the event to put themselves forward.

 

Rosemary then thanked all those in attendance for making the day and introduced Sally Tippen, ERHA President and both John Hendy and Bill Felton ex-ERHA Presidents.

 

This season was dominated towards the end of the season by the Beast of the East, bringing snow and harsh winter weather in the very last weeks of the season. It was a fact that at the end of January 90% of all League games due to be played at that point had been played successfully and Rosemary thanked all club Fixture SecretaryÕs for their demanding work throughout the season and to those who appoint umpires and lastly the players for their enthusiasm right through the season.

 

The AGM, as always presented an opportunity to say thank you to fellow volunteers who are members of the League Management Committee for their challenging work this season. The committee is made up of hockey people from clubs based all over the East, who when not on League duty play, umpire, coach or carry out administrative functions within clubs or County Associations. Thanks were offered to Kishor Shah for arranging the collection and engraving of the trophies (while administrating the fines given to clubs for sending them back late or dirty) and Sarah Farmer for the Framed League Tables that are presented t each League Division winning team. Thanks also to Richard Munns in his role as fixtures and results co-ordinator.

 

Rosemary continued that the East League is made up of over 40 League Divisions covering both MenÕs and WomenÕs Hockey and in a League season over 5000 games are played and 24401 goals scored, with nearly 7000 people participating. Understandably Rosemary was proud of the League and the clubs who play in it. Equally it was demonstrated that clubs, who had taken part in the England Hockey Governance survey 75% of East clubs saw the East League as successfully contributing towards their playing aims and objectives. The East League was highly valued.

 

Rosemary took the opportunity to explain the Leagues place in the East and explained a little bit further of the make-up of the East Region Hockey Association and was sure that most club members would not know what goes on beyond the scenes and Rosemary reflected that perhaps they should.

 

Rosemary thanked anyone who had umpired a League match during the season. This season we saw an increase in complaints about umpires and complaints from umpires about players. It was a clubÕs responsibility to ensure they manage their players and cultivate a level of respect towards umpires, who are volunteers and give up their time, so games could be played.

In concluding her report Rosemary congratulated City of Peterborough who won the East MenÕs Premier A Division and Ipswich who had won the East WomenÕs Premier Division. These teams would now progress to the National League and in the nicest possible way Rosemary said she did not want to see them back in the East League for some considerable time.

 

Lastly the 2018/19 season would be a big season for all Regional Leagues, as in the 2019/20 season the National Leagues would be expanding, this means next season more clubs would be promoted to the National League and that meant there would be different promotions in all League promotions for one season only.

 

Rosemary thanked everyone again for their efforts in the 2017/18 season and wished all clubs and teams well in the next season.

 

2. Election of Officers

The following have unanimously been nominated by the East League Management Committee, with no other nominations received:

 

Chairman:

Rosemary Prince

Secretary:

Neil Liversedge

EML League Managers:

David Burt, Barry Harness, Russell Nutter, Pritpal Sagoo, Richard Malone, Chris Perry, Sarah Farmer, Ali Smyth, Jade Bloomfield, Marc Lloyd, Phil Churchman.

EML Results and Fixtures Co-ordinator:

Richard Munns

EWL League Managers:

Sarah Mann, Rosemary Prince, Nicola Wilkes, Kishor Shah, Shaun Dewing, Vicky Benedikz and Christina Dewing

EWL Results Co-ordinator:

Sarah Mann

Budget Officer:

 

 

3. League fees 2017-18 season

The proposed fee for of £16.00 per team (£24.00 for late entries) was agreed unanimously.

 

4. Amendments to League Rules

The following Rule amendments were proposed by the East League Management Committee. All were agreed unanimously. It was understood that East League Rule 6.1 and 6.2 were temporary rules for 2018/19 season only to take into consideration the changes to the EH National Leagues in the 2019/20 season

 

Rule Number

Proposed Wording

3.3

OverseasÕs Players rule from EH – Both EML and EWL Premier Leagues must reflect those of National League. National League is changing so our rules must change to:

At any time two players may be registered who would not comply with the current England Hockey League definition of eligible overseas players. Failure makes a team ineligible for promotion into the national league. (The EHL regulations are available on the England Hockey website).

 

4.3.3

Notifying times and venues -  
At least 4 weeks before the start of the season, a club must input to the league website details of the venues and start times of all its home league matches to be played up to the mid-season break. The same information must be provided by the end of November for all matches after the break.  Failure to meet these deadlines may result in the League Manager imposing a fine of £5 per fixture, though this may be waived under exceptional circumstances. The start of the season is defined as the first East league game to take place.
Changes made after this cut-off must be input to the league website and also notified directly and immediately to opposition clubs and umpiring pool organisers.  Messages left without response and emails without answers are not acceptable as notifications. An away team should not refuse time or venue changes notified at least a week before the fixture.  An away team in need of information is expected to contact the home club.  
If failure to give sufficient notice to all parties leads to a match not being played, the League Manager may decide on a postponement, award the match 0-5, or void the match.

6.1 and 6.2

Temporary Rule for the 2018/19 season

Attached are the proposed structure of promotions and relegations that will be used during the 2018/19 season. These have been caused by the agreed expansion of the National League.

 

Promotions in the bottom divisions are of course dependent on League entries and where lower League Divisions are short of 12 teams the current agreed rules may apply.

 

 

 

5.  AOB

There was no any other business received either in writing or from the floor. The meeting was closed and the East League Presentation Day followed.

The only League Division winning club not in attendance at the Presentation Day was Norwich City.