Notes for Team Managers

 
These Notes are provided to assist teams enjoy a trouble free season
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

FIXTURES
The fixture list provided at the beginning of the season is for GUIDANCE ONLY and all fixtures are subject to change.
A revised Master List is issued to Club Secretaries at regular intervals throughout the season.
Team Managers should check with the Club Secretary to ensure they have the correct fixtures.
ALL SUNDAYS FROM THE 2ND SUNDAY IN SEPTEMBER TO THE LAST SUNDAY IN MAY INCLUSIVE ARE MATCH DAYS… TEAMS CANNOT REFUSE TO PLAY ON MATCH DAYS
N.B. Teams are allowed to postpone games on the following dates ONLY and must give at least 28 days notice, in writing, to the League Secretary…
Ramadan,  Christmas,  Easter Sunday,  School Trips.

Teams entering competitions outside the jurisdiction of the Huddersfield Junior League (i.e. West Riding FA, Sheffield FA and District FA Cups) must inform the Fixture Secretary and their League opponents should any postponement be necessary.

Team Managers are advised to take note of Rule 10…
Blank Sundays WILL be used to accommodate re-arrangements A BLANK WEEK ON THE FIXTURE LIST IS NOT A FREE WEEK.
The dates shown on the Monthly fixture lists are the last dates on which games may be played…
Rule 10 (C) ALL games may be played at an earlier date with the mutual agreement of both teams and the Fixture Secretary.
Toward the end of the season Mid-Week fixtures may be allocated to teams suffering a backlog of games.
LAST DAY OF SEASON… normally the FIRST SUNDAY IN MAY due to the fact that most Council owned pitches will have the posts removed after this date and to avoid a clash with the Cricket season.
SCHOOL EVENTS  Team managers should be aware of schools events and inform the League Secretary as soon as possible should any conflict of interest occur. Rule 8(P)

UNDER 16’s – 17’s – 18’s…  All kick-off times must be 2.00 pm. Any other arrangements must be agreed by the Referees Secretary

POSTPONEMENTS…   Postponements will only be accepted for Ramadan, Christmas, Easter Sunday and School Events (28 days notice required).
Clubs arranging holidays or club trips on Match Days will NOT be allowed to postpone their League or League Cup games.
School Events are usually organised months in advance however, players often forget to tell the team manager, therefore it is advisable to keep asking the players if they have any school events arranged.

PITCH SHARING…
Check teams sharing pitches are not down to play at the same time. It is the Clubs responsibility to provide adequate pitch space for teams entered in the League.

MATCH ARRANGEMENTS…
As a matter of courtesy Home Team Managers should inform their opponents of match arrangements at least 6 days before a game.
If your opponents don’t ring you, then ring them !
REMEMBER, every attempt should be made to ensure games actually take place on or before the scheduled date.
If you think you might have a problem on a particular date, or if your opponents have a problem try to re-arrange the game as soon as possible.

BEFORE A MATCH MAKE SURE…
Your Clubs changing & toilet facilities are fit for use.
The pitch is clearly marked out  Goal nets are secured and pegged down.
Corner flags are in place.
Ensure details are recorded in the Match Report Book.
Registrations are exchanged with the opposition manager.

The above are subject to strict penalties if not properly maintained.
Random inspections will be made throughout the season.

Always carry a First Aid Kit  Read the Rules carefully.  If unsure, contact a League Official.
Ensure your opponents & Referee know k.o time & location of ground.
Provide the Referee with 2 match balls.
Remember to play Extra Time & Penalties where necessary in all Cup games.
AFTER A MATCH  Pay the Referee promptly.
Phone results as soon as possible – Before 6.00pm for Sunday Games.
Ensure the Match Report Form is completed and posted.

REFEREES…
The appointment of an official Referee CANNOT be refused.
TREAT REFEREES WITH RESPECT AT ALL TIMES.
Referees must be kept informed of any changes to match arrangements.

NOTES FOR CLUB REFEREES…
Any person who takes responsibility for refereeing a game (whether appointed by the League or by the Club or even someone who has never refereed a games before) is deemed to have full control of the game and have the same authority and powers as an officially appointed referee… Rule 13(B).
All Clubs and Referees should take note that ‘on the field’ offences must be reported to the West Riding County F.A as set down under F.A Laws.

GOAL DIFFERENCE…
Does NOT count.  It is only use to determine weekly league positions.
If 2 or more teams finish at the top of a division with an identical points total, a play – off will decide the championship.

PROMOTION & RELEGATION…
Due to the unknown number of teams which may drop out and the number of new teams entering the league between one seasons it is not possible to make fixed rules about promotion and relegation.
Any team finishing in the bottom half of a league MAY be subject to relegation.

RULES TO BEWARE OF…

QUALIFICATION FOR LEAGUE CUP…
Players must have played at least 1 (one) League game for the Club in the current season before they are eligible to play in the cup competition.
Substitutes are eligible providing they have actually been brought on to play (substitutes are deemed not to have played if it is not clearly marked on the match report form).
It's a common mistake for team managers to forget to mark on the match report form if a substitute has actually played and then to find their team eliminated from the competition for playing an ineligible player.

RULE 17 C – MANAGEMENT & CONDUCT OF CLUBS…
All clubs are responsible for the conduct and behaviour of their players, officials and supporters and the following rules will be strictly observed…  Any person or Club found guilty of ‘misconduct’ shall be liable to expulsion from the League
This is a Junior League – Children are watching and listening.
The safety and well being of junior players must be the first consideration of all persons who associate themselves with junior football.
These matters should be brought to the attention of all parents and supporters of your club.