EBUF Constitution 2017

ENGLISH BOWLS UMPIRES’ FEDERATION CONSTITUTION
Changes for 2017 shown in RED

 

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Title
Objects
Membership
Finance
Administration
Executive Committee
Life Membership
Annual General Meeting
Special General Meeting
Constitutional Powers
Standing Orders
Dress for Inter-County Matches
National Finals
Officials and Committee Members





1 TITLE

 

1.1 This body shall be called the 'English Bowls Umpires' Federation' (hereinafter called the 'E.B.U.F.').

 

1.2 The English Bowling Federation (hereinafter called the 'E.B.F.'), having created and established the E.B.U.F. shall encourage and foster that body; the E.B.U.F. for its part shall, by its actions, demonstrate that it is worthy of such encouragement and fostering.

 

1.3 The E.B.U.F. shall conduct its own domestic affairs, subject to its ultimate responsibility for those affairs to the E.B.F.


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2 OBJECTS - The objects of the E.B.U.F. shall be:-

 

2.1 To hold periodic examinations of candidates to become qualified umpires/markers.

Umpires qualifying from 2003 onwards to be re-tested every five years.

 

2.2 To hold periodic examination of candidatesto become qualified club markers.

 

2.3 To hold three yearly written questionaires for umpires who qualified prior to 2003; those failing to obtain the required pass mark shall be given the opportunity of a complete re-test. A refusal shall mean removal from the active county list.

 

2.4 To provide qualified umpires for games of bowls played under the jurisdiction of the E.B.F. or of the English Women's Bowling Federation (hereinafter called the 'E.W.B.F.')

 

2.5 To consult with the E.B.F. and the E.W.B.F. on the "Laws of the Game" and amendments thereto.

 

2.6 To give guidance on the "Laws of the Game".


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3 MEMBERSHIP

 

3.1 Membership of the E.B.U.F. shall be open to umpires qualified by passing an examination organised by the E.B.U.F.  The right of membership shall be at the discretion of the Executive Committee of the E.B.U.F.

 

3.2 The Presidents of the E.B.F. and the E.W.B.F. shall, during their term of office, be ex-officio members of the E.B.U.F.


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4 FINANCE

 

4.1 The Honorary Treasurer shall keep a precise account of the income and expenditure to the 30th day of September, and shall present it, duly audited and signed by the professional auditor appointed by the E.B.F. to the E.B.U.F. Annual General Meeting; a copy of that account, so audited, shall be delivered forthwith to the Secretary of the E.B.F. who shall arrange for it to be presented to the Annual General Meeting of the E.B.F. and subsequently published in the E.B.F. Year Book.

 

4.2 Any request by the Honorary Treasurer of the E.B.U.F. for financial assistance shall be made to the National Executive Committee of the E.B.F.

 

4.3 The National Executive Committee of the E.B.F., in determining the level of financial assistance to be given to the E.B.U.F. shall disregard members' subscriptions and any genuine donations.

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5 ADMINISTRATION

 

5.1 The following officers of the E.B.U.F. shall be elected and appointed at the Annual General Meeting:-
Chairman, Deputy-Chairman, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, together with an Examination Officer for each of the Northern, Midland and Southern Areas.

 

5.2 The Honorary Secretary shall keep a record of all business transacted at the Annual General Meeting, and at all meetings of the Executive Committee.
 

5.3 The Honorary Secretary shall submit an annual written report to the Annual General Meeting of the E.B.F. not less than 28 days before the date of that Annual General Meeting.

 

5.4 The Honorary Secretary shall submit to the National Executive Committee of the E.B.F. a copy of the minutes of each Executive Committee meeting within 21 days of the date of such meeting.

 

5.5 The E.B.U.F. may appoint a representative to the National Delegate Council of the E.B.F. Such representative will have the power to speak, but shall have a vote which is restricted to matters which fall directly within his sphere of office.
 

5.6 A working party, consisting of the Chairman, Secretary, and Honorary Treasurer of the E.B.F. and the Chairman, Honorary Secretary, and Honorary Treasurer of the E.B.U.F. shall meet as and when required to consider matters of mutual concern.


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6 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

 

6.1 The Executive Committee of the E.B.U.F. shall be composed of qualified umpires; it shall consist of the elected and appointed officers.

 

6.2 The Presidents of the E.B.F. and of the E.W.B.F. shall, during their term of office, be ex-officio members of the Executive Committee.

 

6.3 Five members of the Executive Committee shall form a quorum.

 

6.4 The Executive Committee shall have the power to co-opt persons to the Committee to fill vacancies occurring among the officers between Annual General Meetings.
 

6.5 The Executive Committee shall meet at least twice a year, and shall deal with the affairs of the E.B.U.F., excepting matters of principle or policy which shall be dealt with at a General Meeting.

 

6.6 Any Office-holder or Life Member shall not be able to act in a dual capacity; under such circumstances the person concerned would be entitled to one vote only (other than the Chairman's casting vote).


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7 LIFE MEMBERSHIP

 

7.1 Life Membership may be conferred on members of the E.B.U.F. who, by loyal service or other meritorious action, are recommended by the Executive Committee to be deserving of that honour.

 

7.2 Life Members may attend the Annual General Meeting with power to speak and vote.


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8 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

 

8.1 The Annual General Meeting shall be held on the first Sunday in November each year.

 

8.2 Notices of Motion to be considered at the Annual General Meeting must be received, in writing, by the Honorary Secretary not less than 56 days before the date of the Annual General Meeting.

 

8.3 The Honorary Secretary shall circulate to all members details of Notices of Motion received by him in accordance with article 8.2 at least 42 days before the date of the Annual General Meeting.

 

8.4 Any member wishing to amend a Notice of Motion circulated in accordance with Article 8.3 shall, not less than 28 days before the date of the Annual General Meeting, give notice in writing to the Honorary Secretary of his intention so to do, indicating in such notice the wording of the amendment.
 

8.5 Any member wishing to nominate an office-holder shall, not less than 28 days before the date of the Annual General Meeting, give notice in writing to the Honorary Secretary of that nomination.

 

8.6 A notice of the Annual General Meeting, including Notices of Motion and Amendments received by the Honorary Secretary and any other business to be transacted, together with details of written nominations received for the Election of Office-holders, shall be circulated by the Honorary Secretary to members at least 14 days before the Meeting is held.
 

8.7 Only Motions and Amendments circulated in accordance with Article 8.6 shall be permitted, and no further amendments may be made, at the Annual General Meeting.

 

8.8 Notices of Motion, Amendments of Motions, and Nominations of Office-holders must be seconded at the Annual General Meeting before being spoken to or voted upon.
 

8.9 Notices of Motion emanating from the E.B.U.F. on any matter other than a domestic one shall be submitted to the Annual General Meeting of the E.B.F. through the National Executive Committee of that body.

 

8.10 Any Office-holder or Life Member shall not be able to act in a dual capacity; under such circumstances the person concerned would be entitled to one vote only (other than the Chairman's casting vote).

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9 SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING

 

9.1 A Special General Meeting may be called at any time by the Executive Committee, and, where it certifies the subject matter to be a case of urgency, it shall be called within 14 days by the Honorary Secretary on receipt of a written request signed by ten members.

 

9.2 The Honorary Secretary shall give 28 days notice of such Special General Meeting, and shall with such notice state what business is to be discussed.
 

9.3 At any Special General Meeting only the business of which notice has been given in accordance with Article 9.2 of the Constitution shall be discussed.

 

9.4 In all other respects, the procedure for voting at a Special General Meeting shall be the same as at an Annual General Meeting.


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10 CONSTITUTIONAL POWERS

 

10.1 Amendments to the Constitution and Standing Orders may only be

proposed at an Annual General Meeting or at a Special General Meeting called for that purpose.

 

10.2 Any Notice of Motion to amend the Constitution and Standing Orders must be in the hands of the Honorary Secretary at least 56 days before the Annual General Meeting or a Special General Meeting.
 

10.3 The Constitution and Standing Orders of the E.B.U.F. and any amendment thereof shall be of no effect until it has the approval and confirmation of the National Executive Committee of the E.B.F.


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STANDING ORDERS

 

1 Members of the Executive Committee attending Management meetings and Umpires on duty may claim travelling expenses at rates stipulated by the National Executive Committee of the English Bowling Federation.
 

2 The Executive Committee of the E.B.U.F. shall have power to cease membership. The said member if he or she wishes may appeal to the National Executive Committee of the English Bowling Federation.

 

3 The annual subscriptions shall be decided at the AGM.
 

4 All such payments of subscriptions shall be payable by the 31st December in the year of the AGM.

 

5 Any member whose subscriptions remain unpaid by due date shall cease to be a member.
 

6 Any such member who wishes to rejoin will be required to pass both written and practical examinations.

 

7 Any candidate who fails the examinations twice will not be permitted to take them again.
 

8  On receipt of a written complaint against an umpire received by the E.B.U.F. Chairman/Secretary, the umpire in question must be informed in writing, requesting his/her version of the complaint. This is also to be in writing. Should the umpire's version conflict with the original complaint, he/she should be observed at the next match. If the observer's report is complimentary no further action will be taken and the county involved will be notified in writing. Any umpire, whose complaint against them is upheld, will be requested to re-take both the written and practical examinations, which should include if possible the fault in the complaint. The umpire in question should be suspended from active duty pending the outcome of the re-test. Should the umpire refuse to take the re-test, he/she will be withdrawn from the active county list and informed accordingly in writing.

 

9 Umbrellas are not permitted on the green whilst umpiring or marking.
 

10 All members of the E.B.U.F. officiating at inter county matches and national or county finals must be members of an affiliated E.B.F/E.W.B.F club.

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MENLADIES
Blue or Black blazer, Royal Blue Fleece.
White or Cream trousers.
White shirt (contained within white or cream trousers).
Polo shirts or tee shirts will not be allowed.
White cap (not baseball cap) or white hat if worn.
White underware.
White socks.
White shoes.
E.B.U.F. tie.
White Belt.
White braces (if worn must be covered).
White or Blue waterproof tops may be worn.
Royal Blue, White or Cream Blazer, Royal Blue Fleece.
White or Cream Skirt of REGULATION length or optional White or Cream bowling trousers (as supplied by a bowlswear retailer), Cropped trousers are not pemissible.
White or cream shirt with collar and sleeves.
The wearing of a hat is optional, but if a hat is worn it must be a recognised hat with E.B.U.F. hatband.
White shoes.
Waistcoats (if worn) shall be of a blue material.
Stockings or tights, if worn, must be brown (not dark brown).
Plain white underwear.
White waterproofs or blue tops may be worn.
E.B.U.F. tie (optional).
Walking out shoes to be brown or navy blue.




NATIONAL FINALS
 

1 The Royal Blue blazer and E.B.U.F. tie will be worn for umpiring and marking at National Finals.

 

2 On completion of duty the Blue Blazer should be removed.

 

3 Umbrellas are not permitted on the green whilst umpiring and marking.
 

4 The Royal Blue Blazer: Only the Umpires Badge, the Markers Badge and a name lapel are to be worn. Officers may wear badge of office.

The Umpires carried out their duties during the 2016 season with credit both at inter-county matches and the championships - for which the E.B.F. is grateful. More umpires are needed - both men and women. Details of examinations and subsequent membership of the E.B.U.F. can be obtained from the Honorary Secretary, G Swann, at the address shown below or from any member of the committee.


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OFFICIALS AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Presidents (ex officio) EBF and EWBF Presidents
Chairman John Fox, 9 Park Road, Wisbech, Cambs PE13 2DT
Tel. 01945 463558
Vice-Chairman

 Barry Swan, Daisy Roots, Mill Road, Dilham. North Walsham. Norfolk NR28 9PU Tele: 01692 536270

Honorary Secretary

Keith Fox, 21 Highview Close,  Blofield, Norwich. Norfolk. NR13 4RA. Tele: 07719871282 
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Honorary Treasurer

Barry Swan, Daisy Roots, Mill Road, Dilham. North Walsham. Norfolk NR28 9PU Tele: 01692 536270

Examining Officers

(Midlands) Mick Jackson, Humberside, Derbyshire
(South 1. ) Stephen Engledow, North Cambs, Hunts and Nott
(South 2. ) Mick Nunn , Norfolk, Suffolk and North Essex

   
   

EBUF Life Members

 

Mrs I Younger             Durham

Mr K Harrison             Lincolnshire

Mr. G. Swann             Lincolnshire

Mrs B Rushbrook        Suffolk

Mr. G. Matchett          Humberside




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