BYE-LAWS PASSED AT OFFALY CAMOGIE CONVENTIONS
Bye-Laws passed at Offaly Convention 1992
That the County Board Officers have sole charge of electing County Junior trainer and selectors subject to ratification by the County Board.
Bye-Laws passed at Offaly Convention 1993
• Offaly Camogie Board hold the Junior League immediately following completion of the Junior Championship with one section only.
• That all underage competitions in championship commence first week in July and be completed by first week in September.
• That when fixtures are made, no fixture may be put back so that it would interfere with next round of championship. If date is not suitable to both teams fixtures should be brought forward if possible by mutual agreement. But under no circumstances should County Finals be delayed.
Bye-Laws passed at Offaly Convention 1994
That a draft of all fixtures for the year be drawn up and distributed to all clubs, who at this point may request changes. These changes to be facilitated in so far as possible by the Fixtures Secretary. The Fixtures Secretary to then draw up a final Fixtures List to be distributed to all club secretaries 14 days prior to the first fixture date.
That no deviation be allowed from the fixtures list except:
a) That a match be postponed due to the death of an immediate relative of a player/official of one of the clubs involved or due to a tragedy in the parish.
b) That a match be played before the specified date.
c) Where the pitch is deemed unplayable by the referee or the GAA Club involved.
Failure to comply with this directive to entail the loss of the game by the club which is unable to field on the required date.
Bye-Laws passed at Offaly Convention 2000
• A club that concedes points – ie do not full-fill fixtures, cannot progress in the competition.
• That each team pays £7 to referees as expenses for all games except play-offs, semi-finals and finals.
• That Offaly Junior Championship medal winning players shall be graded Senior and must play in the Senior Championship before applying for regrading. Applications for regrarding to be submitted to An Runaí, Coiste Contae by the Club Runaí before 31st January each year.
• The senior team finishing bottom of the table after the league series of games in the Senior Championship shall be eligible for regrading to Junior status the following year if they wish to do so.
• That all underage competitions up to and including u18 should be completed by the end of September with U12 and U14 finished by end of June.
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• That the U18 Championship Finals be played in future by the end of September
• That the U14 Championship games be played 15 a-side and an U10 competiton be started in 2001.
Bye-Laws passed at Offaly Convention 2001
Each club must send a delegate to all County Board meetings. Clubs failing to be represented by delegates at meetings shall be fined €30 for meeting missed.
• That the County Board introduce a Senior B or Shield Final to be contested by the beaten semi-finalists in the Senior Championship.
• That the County Junior Team be allowed not more than 8 (eight) free days where necessary before Inter-County championship fixtures.
That the County Board Executive set out with Junior Team Management a training programme that facilitates players training with their Clubs.
County Board shall take responsibility for ensuring that County Teams receive a proper meal after away matches.
Bye-Laws passed at Offaly Convention 2002
Appointed Offaly Referees should be paid at least €15 per club in each game.
• That the Junior Championship begin the same time as the Senior and be played on alternate weekends.
• That the Offaly County Junior Team Captain need not be form the previous year’s Senior Championship winners but at the same time they could be.
That at the beginning of each year a special County Board meeting be held to determine the structures of all Club Competitions and Gradings for same.
• That the A & B Senior Finals be played on the same day.
• That a Committee be set up to deal with Referees Reports and meet once a month while the Fixtures are in progress
That no Adult Championship Finals be played mid-week.
Bye-Laws passed at Offaly Convention 2003
• An Intermediate Championship to be introduced in 2004.
• All semi-finals to be played at neutral venues.
Drumcullen recommend that all referees should participate in a Referees Course before officiating at any games.
Bye-Laws passed at Offaly Convention 2004
• Offaly Camogie Board to set up a Referee’s committee.
Recommended that this committee shall consist of 3 0r 4 knowledgeable Referees.
• Offaly Camogie Board to set up a Fixtures Committee
Recommendation suggested that Finals Replay dates should be designated on Fixtures Book.
• Form a Disciplinary Committee
• That the August Bank Holiday weekend ie Friday to Monday be free of all matches.
Recommendation: Neutral referees for all matches
Suggestion: That clubs get extra Fixture Book even at a cost.
Bye-Laws passed at Offaly Convention 2005
• That semi-finals be played in the Offaly Senior Championship.
• That a special County Board meeting be held in early 2006 to review all competition structures.
• The following penalties shall be imposed where walkovers are given in any offaly Championship Competition:
o Walkover in the league series of the same Championship- €50 fine imposed on offending team.
o Two walkovers in the league series of the same Championship – a further fine of €50 & disqualification from that Championship.
Recommendation: That fixture guidelines in Offaly be reviewed before start of 2006 competitions.
Rule 19.14 shall be altered as follows:
a) The Referee shall dismiss a player from the field of play in the following instances:
Where a player is adjudged by the Referee to have struck or attempted to strike an opponent, unless the Referee is satisfied that such was accidental.
Such player shall be dealt with by the Committee in Charge in accordance with Rule 16.2(b)
b) Where a player who having already been warned once by the Referee in connection with rough and/or dangerous play, and the Referee has indicated this by showing the player a yellow card , commits a second offence of this nature, and the Referee has indicated this by showing a second yellow card and has also indicated her dismissal by showing the player a Red Card.
c) Where a player who, having already been warned once by the Referee for dissent or abusive language, and the Referee has indicated this by showing the player a second Yellow card and has also indicated her dismissal by showing the player a Red Card.
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In instances (b) and (c) no further action shall be taken in relation to the player, and no further penalty imposed, unless Rule 16.3 is applicable.
In all instances, substitution of a dismissed player shall not be permitted.
Bye-Laws passed at Offaly Convention 2006.
That the following bye-law be rescinded:
• ‘That the County Junior Team be allowed not more than eight free days where necessary before Inter-County championship fixtures’.
The following motion be adopted:
• ‘That the County Junior Team be allowed not more than FIVE free days where necessary before Inter-County Championship Fixtures’.
That the following Terms of Reference for Fixtures Sub Committee be adopted
Number of members – Three – two members elected by County Convention and one Executive member to act as Chairperson.
The two members to be – one representative of Senior Clubs and one representative of non Senior Clubs.
Terms of Reference
The Fixtures sub-committee shall act in accordance with An Treorai Oifigiul and Offaly County bye-laws.
Duties of Fixtures Sub-Committee
1. Oversee the competition draws for all grades
2. Fix match dates for all grades in accordance with master plan agreed by County Board.
3. Appoint Referees
4. Deal with requests on Fixtures.
5. Deal with inter-club disputes on fixtures
6. Make recommendations to the Executive Committee
Guidelines for Club Games
Changes to a fixture may take place on the following basis:
1. Both clubs are in agreement to an alternate date provided that
a) The re fixed date does not interfere with other fixtures irrespective of grade
b) The re fixed match is played on or before the date of next County Board meeting. Some flexibility should be given to fixtures on the week of Co Board meeting.
Details of the re fixed match and the reason for the change must be furnished to the Chairperson of the Fixtures Sub Committee as soon as change has been agreed.
2. In the case of DRAWN GAMES requiring a replay, and where a replay date has not previously been set, the Fixtures Sub Committee shall consult the two clubs involved and then decide on a fixture date.
3. Notice of request for changes to FIXED SEMI-FINALS and FINALS should be made to County Secretary in writing or email for consideration by the Fixtures Sub Committee, such changes will only be considered in exceptional circumstances and with reasonable notice.
Changes to Facilitate Inter-County Fixtures
The Fixtures Sub Committee when making Club Fixtures, should take into account the Inter County Fixtures of the same grade, and endeavour to ensure that a minimum of four days in the case of underage teams, and FIVE days for the Junior County Team (in accordance with County bye-laws) is allowed preceding an Inter County Fixture.
Should Inter County Teams advance to the knockout stages of a competition consideration to deferment of Club Games in that grade can be considered on its special merits.
That the following Terms of Reference for a Disciplinary Sub Committee be adopted:
1. Five members – 2 representatives from Senior Clubs and 2 from Non Senior Clubs, all from different clubs excluding active referees, plus 1 Executive member nominated by the Executive.
2. Report back to the Executive committee
3. Who report back to the County Board
4. A Disciplinary Sub Committee member shall step aside in the event of a Player/Person from their club appearing before the Committee. In the case of the person stepping aside being the Chairperson then the Executive Committee appoints an Interim Chairperson to preside.
5. The Disciplinary Sub Committee shall act in accordance with An Treoraí Oifigiúl and Offaly County Bye-Laws.
At the beginning of each year a Special County Board Meeting be held to determine the Structures of all Club Competitions and Gradings for same.
When Competition structures and dates have been agreed a full year’s Fixture Booklet shall be issued to all Clubs. The fixtures dates contained therein shall be accepted as written notice of all fixtures, unless otherwise notified by the Fixtures Chairperson at least seven days prior to a fixture.
The Inter provincial Gael Linn shall be run on both a Senior and Junior basis. The Senior team players shall be selected from the Senior counties in their province and the Junior team players shall be selected from the Junior counties in their province.
That Leinster Council adopt the following rules for the Leinster Senior and Junior Championship:
1) ‘The Leinster Senior Championship shall be completed before teams from the Leinster Senior Counties play in the Leinster Junior Championship.
2) ‘A player who plays in the Leinster Senior Championship is not eligible to play in the Leinster Junior Championship in the same year.
That all adult teams play in the one Offaly Championship. Each team plays each other once. Top 4 teams play in Senior A semi-finals and next 4 teams play in Junior semi-finals. Play-off if equal in points to determine placings on table. Three points for a win, one point for a draw, no points if beaten.
That each Club pays the referee when handing in team sheets at games.
That Offaly should consider withdrawing from the Leinster Junior Championship if the present format remains in place.
Motions passed at Offaly Convention 2007
The following Offaly Bye Law to be rescinded:
1. That Offaly Junior championship medal winning players shall be graded Senior and must play in Senior Championship before applying for regarding. Applications for regrading to be submitted to An Runai, Coiste Contae by the Club Runai before 31st January each year.
2. That the County Board introduce a Senior B or Shield Final to be contested by the beaten semi finalists in the Senior Championship.
1 Anyone in an executive position on Offaly Camogie Board shall not hold the position for more than 5 years.
2 That a special county board meeting be held early in 2008 to review all the competition structures.
That Player of the Match awards be for all Finals or none.
That as far as possible the Offaly County Board or Fixtures Secretary should fix over 14 Championship Finals on Sundays.
Each competition should conclude within 4 months of starting date.
Motions passed at Offaly Convention 2008
1. That referees for all camogie matches in Offaly may be from inside or outside the County (Drumcullen).
2. That all county panels should be increased to 30 players (Kilcormac/K).
3. That the current By Law be amended as follows: That where possible Offaly referees be appointed to referee senior and junior championship games including semi finals and finals ( Kinnitty)
Motions passed at Offaly Convetion 2009
• That Co Board Executive members shall not partake in the management of county Teams (Drumcullen)
• Neutral venues for all semi finals and finals, unless both teams agree to toss for home venue ( Drumcullen)
• That a special Co Board meeting be held early 2010 to review all competition structures (Drumcullen)
• That a record be kept of all arrangements made with Team managements in relation to their appointment and which is available from one committee to another (Tullamore)