Rules & Regulations

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1. Ethos:

The Bristol Casuals League aspires for all teams playing within it to adhere to the "Corinthian Spirit." Trying to win is perfectly fine, but trying to win by any means necessary is not. In our league the spirit in which the game is played is more important than the result.

a. All games should be played in a friendly but competitive manner. Sportsmanship and good conduct of players and officials are the most highly prized commodities in our league.

b. Physical, sexual, racist or homophobic abuse of opponents and officials is completely unacceptable.

c. Violent conduct towards opponents or officials is also completely unacceptable.

d. Audible swearing should be kept to a minimum and whilst a competitive approach is to be encouraged, this should not be at the expense of the Corinthian ideal.

2. Players:

a. Players must be aged 35 years and over.

b. A maximum of 2 under age players may be fielded, but ONLY where a team cannot otherwise field eleven players. They MUST be under the age of twenty or over the age of thirty. They should not be good enough to dominate a game or make a significant difference to the result because of their superior fitness or ability. As a matter of courtesy, opposition managers MUST be made aware of a teams' intention to play under-age players, before the game kicks off.

c. There is no limit to the number of subs or substitutions. Substitutions may be made during a break on a roll on/roll off basis. Referees must be notified of substitutions.

d. Mixed teams of men and women are permitted.

3. Matches:

a. Teams are responsible for arranging their own fixtures. Teams must arrange home fixtures at the earliest opportunity and inform the league of any changes from the original fixture schedule.

b. Home teams must re-confirm with the opposition that the fixture is going ahead one week before the match.

c. Any issues with making contact with individual teams must be reported to the league at the earliest opportunity.

d. The fixtures computer cannot take into account whether any given tie is awarded to you as a home or away fixture. If your team has travelled away to a particular team and would rather not travel again in the current season, then a venue swap can be arranged by mutual consent between the two teams concerned.

e. Cup fixtures must take priority and must be completed by the cut off dates set by the league. The League reserves the right to award a walkover where a team has failed to make adequate efforts to play a cup match on time.

f. Games are preferably to be played on grass. They may be played on artificial pitches if these are of at least 3G standard. Teams may refuse to play on old style sand based AstroTurf pitches.

g. The cost of hiring a pitch for a match shall, unless otherwise agreed by both teams, be split 50/50, with the away team ensuring they pay their 50% on the day of the game.

h. Home sides are to provide a referee, both sides are to provide an assistant referee. If at all possible home sides should endeavor to provide a neutral referee. Referees fees are to be split between the home and away teams, with the away team ensuring they pay their 50% on the day of the game

i. All matches are to be played as per the date allocated on the League website. Clubs are welcome to rearrange fixtures but must notify the league of any new dates.

4. Administration:

a. All outstanding League subscriptions must be paid by the date agreed at the AGM. Clubs who fail to make this payment by this date will be deemed to have left the League.

b. Each club must provide TWO contact names (Main Contact and Secondary contact), to include mobile phone numbers and e-mail addresses for BOTH contacts, to be displayed on the league website.

c. Clubs must notify the League Secretary of address/postcode of their (main) pitch.

d. Each club is responsible for obtaining its own insurance cover.

e. Home AND away teams must report match results, Corinthian Score, and match report to the League via their MyClub page on the league website, within 48 hours of the match date. Should this page be unavailable for any reason, the above details must be emailed direct to Failure to do so will result in a ONE point deduction.

5. Corinthian Scores:

As of 2016/2017 season, to reduce the risk of any team being influenced in their Corinthian scoring through seeing what their opponent has awarded them, Corinthian Scores awarded are NOT made visible on the League website. Scores are logged and totalled in the database as before, and the Corinthian Table will show each clubs' Corinthian Average Score (i.e. aggregate score total divided by games played). Each club will automatically appear in the Corinthian table once they have been scored on THREE fixtures.

a. Both Home AND away teams must award their opponents a 'Corinthian score' after each game, via the result submission link on their MyClub page. The Corinthian score is a mark out of ten that reflects the opponent's attitude and approach to the game. This must be reported with the result within 48 hours of the game being played. A guide on how to rate your opponent is included with these rules.

b. Any team awarding an opponent a Corinthian Score of four less MUST provide a written report detailing the reasons for the score. Teams who are awarded a score of four or less will be contacted by the league and asked to improve their conduct in future games.

c. Three scores of four or less will result in a team being automatically barred from entering the league in the following season.

d. Any club not achieving a Corinthian Average Score of 7.5 at the end of the season may, at the discretion of the League Committee, not be invited to re-join the League the following season.

d. The League Committee reserves the right, in exceptional circumstances of bad conduct, to expel a club immediately from the from the league.

e. The annual Corinthian Award will be made to the team with the highest average. In the event of a tie, the award will be given to the team having played the most games.