Middlesex Rugby Bye-Laws
All Bye Laws of the Middlesex County Rugby Football Union Ltd shall be consistent with and complimentary to the “RULES” of the said Union as registered under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965 and hereafter referred to as “The Rules”. A copy of the Rules is obtainable from the Honorary Secretary via the Administration Office on payment of such reasonable sum as is permitted by law.
1. The name of the Union shall be “MIDDLESEX COUNTY RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION LTD”.
2. The object of the Union shall be as stated in the Rules.
3. The Union shall consist of:-
(a) Affiliated Clubs, who shall be properly constituted Rugby Football Clubs from within the Middlesex area and who shall either,
(i) be listed by the Rugby Football Union under RFU Rules and Regulations as currently apply, or
(ii) (if not listed) shall as a prerequisite of eligibility for membership as hereinafter provided be ready, willing and able to conform with the Bye Laws of the Rugby Football Union including the requirement to take out appropriate and adequate cover in accordance with such Bye Laws under the Rugby Football Union Death and Total Disability Accident Insurance Scheme and shall be listed as under Rule 5 of this Union.
(b) Associated Clubs, who shall be properly constituted Rugby Football Clubs without the Middlesex area.
(c) The Schools’ Rugby Football Union of Middlesex (SRFUM) which shall have the status of an Affiliated Club.
(d) Schools that are members of the SRFUM which shall have the status of Associated Clubs.
4. (a) Any such Club as defined in Bye Law 3 (a) willing to conform to the Bye Laws of the Union shall be eligible for membership, but must be duly proposed and seconded respectively by two Affiliated clubs belonging to the Union, undertaking at least eight fixtures each season.
(b) Any such Club as defined in Bye Law 3 (b) willing to conform to the Bye Laws of the Union shall be eligible for ASSOCIATED Club status, but must be duly proposed and seconded respectively by two Affiliated Clubs belonging to the Union.
5. (a) General Meetings shall be held and conducted as stated in the Rules.
(b) Each Club as defined in Bye Laws 3 (a), (b), (c) and (d) shall be entitled to send two representatives to a General Meeting.
(c) Only one representative as defined in Rule 5 of the Union, of each Affiliated Club and the SRFUM is entitled to vote on matters proposed thereat.
(d) Representatives of Associated Clubs and member Schools of the SRFUM may not vote at General Meetings.
(e) The following persons shall also be entitled to attend and vote at a General Meeting: Past Presidents, Life Vice Presidents, Vice Presidents and Officers.
(f) A member of the Committee shall be entitled to attend a General meeting and vote thereat.
6.1 The Affiliated Clubs shall be divided into four geographical groups, namely North, North West, West and South as stated in the Rules.
6.2 A General meeting of each Group shall be held in May of each year. This meeting shall be called by the Honorary Secretary, having first given twenty one day’s notice of such meeting and will be chaired by the County President or his nominee. Group Representatives as defined above, for the following season shall be nominated in writing to the Honorary Secretary of the Union not later than seven days prior to the meeting.
7. OFFICERS, GENERAL AND MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES
These shall be as presented in the rules.
8. STANDING ORDERS FOR THE CONDUCT OF MEETINGS
The Management Committee may make Standing Orders which will be made available on request to members from the County Office. In the event of any Committee of the Constituent Body taking a vote, then if there is a tie that the meeting’s Chairman shall have the deciding vote.
For the purposes of the Act of Incorporation the Committee may appoint Patrons under Rule 14. Individuals previously designated as County Members or Honorary Individual Members or such groups as the General Committee may approve are herein after known as Patrons of the Union and may enjoy such rights and privileges as the General Committee may from time to time determine and as are printed in the Handbook.
9.1 Any such individual (preferably a member of a club in membership with the RFU) willing to conform to the Bye Laws of the Union may be elected as a Patron at the discretion of the Committee, provided that his or her application is recommended by the Honorary Secretary of
a club in membership of the RFU, or by a member of the General Committee of the Union or of the Patrons’ Sub-Committee.
9.2 Each Patron shall be entitled to wear the Patrons tie, and to a priority application form for tickets for the Seven-a-Side Competition. He or she will not be entitled to apply for International match tickets through the Union, to representation on the Committee or to attend General Meetings in this capacity only.
9.3 Each Patron shall pay to the Union, with the application, and thereafter annually on the 1st September, a donation the amount of which shall be recommended by the Committee.
10 DISCIPLINE AND POWERS DELEGATED BY THE RFU
In exercising the powers delegated to the Union by the Rugby Football Union such reasonable sum or sums as shall be incurred by the Union in arranging and convening an inquiry in accordance with the powers delegated to the Union being a Constituent Body and in addition thereto the travelling and subsistence expenses of a Referee attending such Inquiry in person and such sum or sums charged to a Club shall forthwith be payable to the Union on demand.
11. COUNTY INSIGNIA
11.1 Only those who are qualified to play for the County according to the “County Championship Qualifications” authorised by the Rugby Football Union shall play for the County.
11.2 The County uniform shall be a jersey of blue and white narrow hoops, dark blue stockings and dark blue shorts, and will be worn by all players in County Matches.
11.3 Honours Caps, Honours Pullovers and Blazer Badges shall be presented at the discretion of the Committee.
11.4.1 In regard to the wearing of the ties and badges, the following shall be entitled to:-
Official County Tie and Blazer Badge: Members of the Committee who have served for at least three years, and players who have played in a County Championship Match, or represented the County in three games outside the County Championship Competition.
Other County Ties and Blazer Badges: The Committee may from time approve the awarding and/or wearing of ties and/or badges other than the official County Tie or Badge, to players and members of Standing or Sub Committees in respect of teams other than the Senior County XV. The criteria for entitlement to wear such ties or badges shall be determined by the General Committee.
11.4.2 Those persons entitled under the previous paragraph to this Bye Law to wear a County tie or blazer badge, and any other person or persons who is or are considered by the Committee to merit such a privilege, shall be entitled to purchase and to wear the Official County pullover.
Patrons shall not be entitled to wear an official county tie (other than the Patrons tie), or an official pullover, unless qualified to do so under the Bye Law 11.3. or 11.4.1
12.1 These Bye Laws shall not be altered except at a General Meeting and then only by a resolution carried by a majority of not less than two thirds of those present and voting.
12.2 Notice of any proposal or any amendment or alteration in these Bye Laws, together with the names of proposing and seconding Affiliated Clubs, shall be given in writing to the Honorary Secretary at least twenty one days before the date of the General Meeting.