Offaly Camogie By-Laws

By-Law Code Date Passed Details
OYBL001 Bye-Laws passed at Offaly Convention 1992 That the County Board Officers have sole charge of electing County trainer and selectors subject to ratification by the County Board.
OYBL002 By-Laws passed at Offaly Convention 1993 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. If this is not possible it should be brought to the attention of the fixture secretary and fixtures will determine date and time.
OYBL003 By-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. It will be reset.
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.
OYBL004 By-Laws passed at Offaly Convention 2000 That the U14 Championship games be played 15 a-side and an U10 blitz. – Kinnitty
OYBL005 By-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. – Kinnitty
OYBL006 By-Laws passed at Offaly Convention 2001 Rescinded at 2018 convention.  That the County Teams be allowed not more than five free days where necessary before Inter-County championship fixtures (as per central rule). – Drumcullen.  Replaced with new by-law OYBL033
OYBL007 By-Laws passed at Offaly Convention 2001 Recommendations:That the County Board Executive set out with Management teams a training programme that facilitates players training with their Clubs. – Tullamore
OYBL008 By-Laws passed at Offaly Convention 2001 County Board shall take responsibility for ensuring that County Teams receive a proper meal after away matches – Shinrone
OYBL009 By-Laws passed at Offaly Convention 2002 Appointed Offaly Referees should be paid the going rate per club in each game – Drumcullen
OYBL010 By-Laws passed at Offaly Convention 2002 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. – Tullamore
OYBL011 By-Laws passed at Offaly Convention 2002 Rescinded at 2018 Offaly Convention: That the Junior and Senior Finals be played on the same day. – Kinnitty
OYBL012 By-Laws passed at Offaly Convention 2002 That a Committee be set up to deal with Referees Reports and meet once a month while the Fixtures are in progress. – Kinnitty
OYBL013 By-Laws passed at Offaly Convention 2002 That no Adult Championship Finals be played mid-week – Shinrone
OYBL014 By-Laws passed at Offaly Convention 2003 All semi-finals to be played at neutral venues – St.Sinchills
OYBL015 By-Laws passed at Offaly Convention 2003 That all referees should participate in a Referees Course before officiating at any games. – Drumcullen
OYBL016 By-Laws passed at Offaly Convention 2004 Offaly Camogie Board to set up a Referee’s committee. Recommended that this committee shall consist of 4 knowledgeable Referees.Offaly Camogie Board to set up a Fixtures CommitteeForm a Disciplinary CommitteeThat the Sunday August Bank Holiday be free of all matches if possible.RecommendationNeutral referees for all matches
OYBL017 By-Laws passed at Offaly Convention 2004 That clubs get extra Fixture Book even at a cost.
OYBL018 By-Laws passed at Offaly Convention 2005 That semi-finals be played in the Offaly Senior Championship – Drumcullen
The following penalties shall be imposed where walkovers are given in any offaly Championship Competition:
•Walkover in the league series of the same Championship- €50 fine imposed on offending team.
•Two walkovers in the league series of the same Championship – a further fine of €50 and disqualification from that Championship – Drumcullen· At least 24 hours notification to County Fixture Secretary if unable to fulfill fixture. If 24 hour notice is not given, team shall be disqualified from the competition and receive a €50 fine. – Drumcullen
OYBL019 By-Laws passed at Offaly Convention 2005
(Note made when numbering laws, Jan 2019, by-laws are not valid if they contradict a national rule).
Rule 19.14 shall be altered as follows: – St Sinchill’s
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. 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. – St Sinchill’s
OYBL020 By-Laws passed at Offaly Convention 2006. Rescinded and replaced at the 2018 convention. • ‘That the County Teams be allowed not more than FIVE free days where necessary before Inter-County Championship Fixtures’.
(Rescinded & Replaced by Rule OYBL033 in 2018)
OYBL021 By-Laws passed at Offaly Convention 2006
(Note made Jan 2019, reference to a minimum of 5 day before an intercounty game is obsolete, as rule OYBL020 was rescinded at the 2018 convention)
That the following Terms of Reference for Fixtures Sub Committee be adopted:
Composition:
Number of members – Three – two members elected by County Convention and one Executive member to act as Chairperson.
Number of members – Three – two members elected by County Convention and one Executive member to act as Chairperson.
Terms of Reference:
The Fixtures sub-committee shall act in accordance with An Treorai Oifigiul and Offaly County by-laws.
Duties of Fixtures Sub-Committee
1. Oversee the competition draws for all grades
2. Fix match dates from U14 up 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 CommitteeGuidelines 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.
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 secretary’s 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 five days for all grades (in accordance with County by-laws) is allowed preceding an Inter County Fixture.
OYBL022 By-Laws passed at Offaly Convention 2006 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.
OYBL023 By-Laws passed at Offaly Convention 2006 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 five days prior to a fixture.
OYBL024 By-Laws passed at Offaly Convention 2006 That each Club pays the referee when handing in team sheets at games.
OYBL025 By-Laws passed at Offaly Convention 2007 Anyone in an executive position on Offaly Camogie Board shall not hold the position for more than 5 years
OYBL026 By-Laws passed at Offaly Convention 2007 Recommendation
That Player of the Match awards be for all Finals for all grades or none.
OYBL027 By-Laws passed at Offaly Convention 2007 That as far as possible the Offaly County Board or Fixtures Secretary should fix over 14 Championship Finals on Sundays.
OYBL028 By-Laws passed at Offaly Convention 2007 That referees for all camogie matches in Offaly may be from inside or outside the County – Drumcullen
OYBL028.1 By-Laws passed at Offaly Convention 2008 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
OYBL029 By-Laws passed at Offaly Convention 2008 That all county panels should be increased to 30 players – Kilcormac/K
OYBL030 By-Laws passed at Offaly Convention 2009 Neutral venues for all semi finals and finals, unless both teams agree to toss for home venue – Drumcullen
OYBL031 By-Laws passed at Offaly Convention 2009 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
OYBL032 Offaly By Law passed at Offaly Convention Dec 2015 and Ratified at Ard Chomahirle meeting of 16th March 2016
(Clarification and Example added after request was made at the 2018 convention)
Tullamore:  “In the event of two or more teams being equal on points after the league series of a competition, the score difference of the preceding games between the teams concerned only, shall be taken into account to determine places in the knockout stage of the competition.  If teams are still tied at this stage, the victorious team in the first game between the sides concerned shall proceed to knockout stage of the competition and where two or more teams draw in the first game that a play-off game be played, with the victorious team progressing to the knockout stage of the competition.”

Below is a clarifications and examples added after the 2018 convention and do not form part of the wording of the above by-law, but were written to help understanding of same:
Clarification:
Score difference accumulated against teams that don’t finish on the same table points are not counted. Therefore strong teams amassing big scores against teams that will never be in contention for the same place on a league table is not necessary. Only score difference accumulated against teams you are on equal table points with will be counted, in the event of a points tie.

Example 1: A league has 6 teams: ABCDEF
Teams A B and C are tied at the top of the table with 6 league points each after winning 3 games each. The top team goes to a semi final, so to determine the top team we only look at the score difference from the following games: Team A v Team B ;  Team A v Team C and Team B v Team C. Any scores in games between the top 3 teams and teams D E or F are not considered.
Example 2: If Teams D&E are tied on equal table points and we need to determine 4th place on the table, then the score difference from the games between team D and team E will be counted only.
If the score difference from those games is equal, then whoever won the first game between teams D and E proceeds. If that game was a draw, then a play-off is needed.

OYBL033 By-Laws passed at Offaly Convention 2018 That the County Teams be allowed a minimum period of Three free days before Inter-County Championship Fixtures’ whereby county
players cannot play or train with their clubs unless released by county management. Exceptions to this rule can be made by the County Board Executive to extend the period up to a maximum of Six free days, where it is deemed that the forthcoming county fixture warrants such preparation.’