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NCSCA response to players page
Date of Event Newcastle C&S Cricket Association: Thu May 2, 2019 4:43PM

             To the clubs and players of the NCSCA,

 

Before I go to the purpose of this statement, I would like to inform everybody that the Guest speaker for our Association Presentation night on the 7th of June is Alyssa Healy (all details please see prior announcement or check the Association web page)

In our last correspondence to clubs dated April 2, 2019, the Board of Management for the NCSCA stated that it would prepare a report responding to each of the allegations made in the Letter to All Clubs from the Players Page.

These allegations were:

1.      Lack of correspondence/communication from members of the Committee

2.     Severe examples of nepotism or favoritism towards Clubs associated with                respective Committee members

3.      Serious concerns regarding the judicial process pertaining to suspensions of            players for minor offences

4.        Clear breaches for the NCSCA Constitution regarding the financial records of the        NCSCA and failure to provide this upon request. The failure of an Independent          Audit of NCSCA books/records has been ignored and yet to occur either

5.    Breaches of the NCSCA Rules, pertaining specifically to allowing certain                players from Clubs represented by the Executive Committee to partake in Finals,        when they have not qualified due to the rules stated in NCSCA rulebook 2018-2019.

 To ensure full transparency, the Board of Management will be holding an open forum for any financial clubs and players to come and meet with us, face to face, to ask any questions. This forum will take place on:

 

                           Wednesday 15th May, 2019

                           6:30pm until 8:00pm

                           Club Macquarie, Argenton.

 

A range of documentation will also be available on this evening for clubs/players to examine.

 In the meantime, the Board of Management has considered each allegation and responds as follow:

1.    Lack of correspondence/communication from members of the Committee

The Board is confident that it has replied to all correspondence in a timely manner. It needs to be considered that, just like everyone who holds a committee position with their own club, the NCSCA Board of Management consists of volunteers who, for the most part, have full time occupations and families away from cricket. This is not a corporate situation where the only focus in the lives of the Board members is the running of the NCSCA.

However, given that the concerns raised the Board of Management will review the current methods, nature and appropriateness of communications. This will attempt to identify some more effective ways of corresponding between the Board of Management and the clubs.

Effective immediately, the expectation is that all official correspondence is to go between the club secretary and the NCSCA Secretary. Club secretaries will be notified of any additional strategies that come out of the review.

2.  Severe examples of nepotism or favoritism towards Clubs associated with respective     Committee members

Without specific examples to respond to, the Board has reviewed a broad range of possible scenarios to which this allegation could be alluding.

In recent years, there has been a distinct lack of people from NCSCA clubs who have put their names forward for positions on the Board of Management and other positions that have been advertised (such as the minutes secretary for this season). This has meant that a number of positions have been filled temporarily until an AGM so the NCSCA can function. At the past several Annual General Meetings the Board of Management have been elected unopposed. We acknowledge that this has created a situation where few people are doing the majority of the work.

As such, the Board of Management welcomes anyone who is willing to put their name forward at the AGM to take on roles to spread the workload away from just a few clubs. The same goes for anyone who is willing to put their hand up to assist in any manner such as curating, labouring or organising logistics.

 3.    Serious concerns regarding the judicial process pertaining to suspensions of           players for  minor offences

 The Board of Management has reviewed the cases that have come before the judiciary this season and is satisfied that the processes pertaining to suspensions of all players have been clear, consistent and transparent. To that end, a full report of all judiciary hearings – including the details of people who have been charged, evidence considered, penalties imposed and reasons for respective findings – will be available for clubs and players to peruse and ask questions about at the open forum (details as above).

 4.  Clear breaches for the NCSCA Constitution regarding the financial records of the        NCSCA and failure to provide this upon request. The failure of an Independent          Audit of  NCSCA books/records has been ignored and yet to occur either

The Board of Management has reviewed the allegation of breaching the NCSCA Constitution regarding financial records. The method of record keeping has transferred to MYOB over the past two seasons to ensure the effective record keeping.

In regards to failure to provide records upon request, there has been no formal request lodged by any individual person or club who has openly identified themselves. The Board will not provide any of these details to a nameless, faceless Facebook page. A summary of the NCSCA accounts are made available each financial year to every club at the AGM.

To that end, the Treasurer will be present at the open forum on Wednesday 15 May to answer any questions and the accounts for the current season will be available for inspection. Copies of the Annual Report from last season containing the financial summary will also be available for those who did not get one at the last AGM.

The Board of Management recognises that there has been a failing from past treasurers to have an independent audit completed. The process of rectifying this commenced last season and will result in independently audited accounts presented as a part of the Annual Report at the AGM in August this year and for each season henceforth.

5. Clear breaches of the NCSCA Rules, pertaining specifically to allowing certain         players from Clubs represented by the Executive Committee to partake in Finals,         when they have not qualified due to the rules stated in NCSCA rule-book                 2018-2019.

 The Board of Management acknowledges that the rulebook states under rule 19 C that players must have played a minimum of five games to be eligible for final series. However, teams can appeal to the Board of Management to have special circumstances taken into consideration. As with all appeals, this must be in writing to the NCSCA Secretary prior to the matches affected.

This season the Board of Management received a number of requests from a number of clubs for special consideration in terms of player eligibility for finals, with each case considered on its merit. Based on this, some players were approved to play in the finals, others were not. This included a player from the club of one of the Board of Management members denied. The Board of Management has checked all games and has found no ineligible or unapproved player participated in the final series.

 Details surrounding these decisions will also be available at the open forum.

The Board of Management welcomes the opportunity to meet and discuss this further, face to face, with any clubs and/or players who wish to do so on Wednesday 15th May.

 

Kind regards

 Graham Field

Secretary

 


Last updated: Wednesday June 19, 2019 9:11PM

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