The Gaelic Athletic Association of Greater New York

Constitution, Rules and Regulations.

2013 Edition.

 

1. The Association shall be known as the Gaelic Athletic Association of Greater New York.

OBJECTIVE

1. The objective of the Association shall be the cultivation and preservation of Irish national games and pastimes.

2. The Association shall be strictly non-political and non-sectarian. No political questions shall be asked at any of its meeting.

3. The Association shall be a non-profit organization.

REPRESENTATION

1. Each club shall be represented at meetings of the Association on the basis of two (2) named delegates per team or in their absence by duly authorized proxies. A club which does not take part in, withdraws from, or does not complete its schedule obligations in any Championship competition, shall lose representation in respect of the defaulting team at all meetings of the Association.

2. Suspended clubs shall not be represented at any meeting until they are reinstated.

3. A delegate may represent one club only.

COUNTY CONVENTION

1. (a) The Annual “Election” Convention shall be held on the first Sunday of December.

(b) The annual “Rules” Convention shall be held in February, on or before the third Sunday.

2. At the Annual Convention each club shall be represented on the basis of two delegates per club.

3. In accordance with R. 3.10, T.O. 2011 the Co. Convention shall consist of the Officers and Members of the outgoing County Committee (voting as on the outgoing Committee) and two delegates from each club that competed in Junior or higher grade Championship in the current year.

4. (i) Nominations for Officers shall take place at a meeting prior to the Convention designated by the governing body. Such meeting shall be announced at two prior consecutive meetings. (Deviation from General Rule requested). Nominees must be present to be nominated. In the event of an emergency, written notice signed by the nominee, will be accepted to signify acceptance of the nomination.

(ii) Clubs of nominators or nominees to any office must have their affiliation fee paid to the Treasurer prior to the Convention.

(iii) All nominees for office must be duly accredited representatives for at least one year prior to the Convention at which they will be candidates for office. An elected officer should not hold a position as Chairperson of a Divisional Committee.

(iv) At the Convention elections a delegate may vote only once on any issue.

(v) The names of the delegates and proxies who are to represent clubs at the Annual “Election” Convention of the Association must be sent to the Secretary prior to the Convention. The names of the delegates may not be changed, after nominations, until the Election Convention is completed.

(vi) The New York Co. Board delegation to the Annual GAA Congress shall be elected at the Annual Convention. The Chairperson and Secretary of the Association shall automatically be delegates. All other delegates must be elected at County Convention .

5. The Bye laws of the Association are reviewed each year at the Convention. A simple majority vote of the Convention is sufficient to enact a Bye- Law. To amend or delete a Bye-Law a two thirds majority of those present, entitled to vote and voting is necessary.

6. The New York Rule Book shall be updated as soon as possible after the Convention and the Bye-Laws, approved by the Management Committee in Croke Park on behalf of Central Council along with the Official Guide shall be the sole guideline for conducting the business of the Association by the New York County Board.

7. In accordance with R. 3.11, T.O. 2011 the Co. Convention, to be held on the first Sunday in December, shall elect the following Officers : Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Development Officer, Coaching Officer, Youth Officer and Public Relations Officer. It shall also elect a Central Council representative who shall be the County Chairperson . It shall appoint a Children's Officer recommended by the outgoing County Committee . A member who has served five (5) years in a specific Officership shall be ineligible to hold that Officership for the ensuing five (5) year period. In the instance of the Board Chairperson for the ensuing three (3) year period.

COUNTY COMMITTEE

 The County Committee shall be the governing and controlling body of all the affairs of the Association within the County, excepting those functions reserved to the Provincial Council and Central Council under the Official Guide.

6. In accordance with R.3.19 the County Committee shall consist of the officers elected at County Convention, the Children's Officer, the Central Council representative, the Referees’ Administrator appointed by the County Committee in accordance with R.3.20 (i) T.O. 2011, the Chairperson of the Senior Football Division, the Chairperson of the Intermediate Football Division, the Chairperson of the Junior Football Division and the Chairperson of the Hurling Division, the Chairperson of the Minor Board and two delegates per team from adult clubs affiliated to the New York County Board. All members shall have voting rights.

(i) A Committee meeting may only be attended by accredited member of that committee. Non-member(s) of a committee must leave the room before any discussion, or vote, is undertaken by that committee on any item.

(ii) All communications, and reports, must first be read at a Regular or ‘Special’ meeting of the County Committee .

(iii) Referee’s reports requested by a particular club must be read at the Regular meeting immediately following the CCC meeting.

(iv) Any written communication from a Club, or Officer, outlining unacceptable conduct by another club, club member, or team member, shall be dealt with by the CCC.

(v) No committee may discuss any matter which is not under the jurisdiction of that committee. In particular, the Chairperson of the County Committee and the Management Committee shall be extremely vigilant in not allowing any particular item which might come before the CCC or Hearings Committee, or would come under their jurisdiction, to be discussed.

(vi) When a game is played, and the points are awarded to a team, the opponent must lodge an objection, in accordance with R.7.10 (c) T.O. 2011, if they wish to claim the points based on a violation of any of the Board’s bye-laws or regulations.

SUB-COMMITTEES

7. In accordance with R. 3.21 T.O. 2012 the County Committee shall appoint the following subcommittees whose powers and functions shall be as outlined in R.3.22 T.O. 2012 and in these Bye Law’s. An elected Officer may not be appointed to hold position on any subcommittee. No one individual may hold two positions on any subcommittee.

(i) Management Committee: It shall consist of the Officers elected at the County Convention and five others all of whom have been elected by the Divisional Committees and approved by the County Committee . The Management Committee will draw up a format for the Hearings and Appeals Committees which will be subject to approval by the General body.

(ii) Competitions Control Committee (CCC): It shall consist of a Chairperson, who shall be the Chairperson of the County Committee , the County Secretary , one representative elected by each Division and the Referees Administrator. All of the members of this Committee shall be approved by the County Committee . It shall be responsible for all arrangements for games, including the appointment of referees, and control of any matters arising from Games under the jurisdiction of the County Committee , including disciplinary matters other than those functions reserved to the Hearings Committee. A quorum for disciplinary purposes will consist of at least four members. It shall process and make recommendations to the Co. Committee on the Grading of Clubs and Players. It shall investigate and process matters relating to the Enforcement of Rules, including hearing of Objections and Counter–Objections. It shall be the duty of the CCC to schedule games four weeks prior to the game if possible. Tie games shall be rescheduled at the discretion of the CCC. It shall be responsible for making decisions on applications for transfer within the County and in accordance with Chapter 6 T.O. 2012.

(Deviation from R. 6.8 (c) requested).

(iii) Hearings Committee: It shall consist of six named members, the Vice Chairperson, the Assistant Secretary and the Chairperson of the Senior, Intermediate and Junior Football and the Hurling Divisions. If the Chairperson of a Division is not present or is an interested party then the respective Vice Chairperson may take their place. If the Vice Chairperson or Assistant Secretary is missing or is an

interested party then it should go down the list of Officers to fill in. It shall adjudicate on all Disciplinary matters where a Hearing is prescribed and requested, relating to the Enforcement of Rules arising from matters under the jurisdiction of the County Committee . It will also hear appeals from individuals or units against decisions of the CCC (e.g. on objections or Counter Objections). The Hearings Committee shall have Plenary Powers. The Vice-Chairperson shall be the Chairperson of the Hearings Committee. A quorum of a Hearings Committee meeting shall consist of four members plus the Chairperson. This is excluding interested parties. A member of the Hearings Committee is an interested party if his club, native County club or a person from his native County are involved in an objection or any judgment being acted on by the Hearings Committee. A member of the Hearings Committee who misses any meeting on an objection or investigation shall not be allowed to sit in on any subsequent meetings on that objection or investigation. Members may not appoint proxies.

(v) FINANCE COMMITTEE to be appointed by the County Committee will consist of four members. The membership will include the Treasurer who will act as the Committee’s Chairperson. It will be responsible, subject to the overall control of the County Committee , for any matters of finance referred to it by either the County Committee or the Management Committee.

(vi) PLANNING & PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE: It shall consist of the Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and four other members

(vii) REFEREES ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE: It shall consist of three members including the Co. Referees’ Administrator

(viii) COACHING & GAMES DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE: It shall consist of four members including the Coaching Officer

(ix) CULTURAL COMMITTEE: It shall consist of three members

(x) PUBLIC/MARKETING COMMITTEE: It shall consist of three members including the Co. P.R.O.

(xi) YOUTH COMMITTEE: It shall consist of three members including the Co. Children's Officer

(xii) INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE: It shall consist of three members

(xiii) Co. TEAMS MANAGEMENT & PANELS SUBCOMMITTEE - the membership of this Sub-Committee shall be as outlined in the Charter for County Committee/Player Relationships as approved by Ard-Chomhairle from time to time. The functions of this Sub-Committee shall be as outlined in Rule 3.22 (ii) Official Guide 2011, Part 1.

8. In accordance with R.3.21 (a) T.O. 2012 the Co. Committee shall have the following subcommittees whose powers and functions shall be as outlined in these Bye-Laws:

(i) Senior Football Divisional Committee : It shall consist of a Chairperson, a Vice-Chairperson, a Secretary and a CCC Representative all of whom shall be elected by the Division and approved by the County Committee . Its function shall be to draw up a schedule of football games at senior level and present same to the Co. Committee for ratification for forwarding to the C.C.C.

(ii) Intermediate Football Divisional Committee : It shall consist of a Chairperson, a Vice-Chairperson, a Secretary and a CCC representative all of whom shall be elected by the Division and approved by the County Committee . Its function shall be to draw up a schedule of football games at intermediate level and present same to the Co. Committee for ratification for forwarding to the C.C.C.

(iii) Junior Football Divisional Committee : It shall consist of a Chairperson, a Vice-Chairperson, a Secretary and a CCC representative all of whom shall be elected by the Division and approved by the County Committee . Its function shall be to draw up a schedule of football games at junior level and present same to the Co. Committee for ratification for forwarding to the C.C.C.

(iv) Hurling Divisional Committee: It shall consist of a Chairperson who shall be the Senior Hurling Chairperson and elected by the Senior Hurling Section, a Vice-Chairperson, who shall be the Junior Hurling Chairperson and elected by the Junior Hurling Section, a CCC Representative, who shall be elected by the Senior Hurling Section. Each section shall have an Assistant Chairperson, Secretary, and all shall be appointed by the County Committee . Each section shall draw up a schedule of hurling games, and present same to the County Committee for ratification for forwarding to the C.C.C.

(v) Minor Board Divisional Committee: It shall consist of a Chairperson, First Vice-President, Secretary, Assistant Secretary (Registrar, Treasurer (2 nd Vice President), Assistant Secretary (Registrar), Referee Administrator, P.R.O., three (3) Auditors (Finance Committee), Developmental Officer, Cultural Officer, Delegate to Congress and a Youth Hurling Officer. Its function shall be to conduct the day to day business within the Minor Board Division with a monthly report submitted to the County Secretary and to draw up a schedule of football games at all levels and present same to the Co. Committee for ratification for forwarding to the C.C.C.

OFFICERS

 CHAIRPERSON : The Chairperson shall preside at all meetings of the Association other than those provided for in the Constitution. They shall impartially put all motions, duly seconded and in order, to a vote and declare the result thereof. They shall have the casting vote. They shall nominate for appointment by the Co. Committee all Committees necessary for the welfare of the Association other than those provided for in the Constitution. The Chairperson may not serve longer than three consecutive years in office.

The outgoing Chairperson shall continue as an officer “ex-officio” for one year after the termination of his elected term. The Chairperson shall automatically be the NY Board delegate to the Central Council of the GAA.

VICE CHAIRPERSON : The Vice-Chairperson shall preside at all meetings of the Association in the absence of the Chairperson and shall be governed by the same rules as the Chairperson. They shall preside over all meetings of the Hearings Committee.

SECRETARY : It shall be the duty of the Secretary to attend all meetings of the Association and keep a correct account of all business transacted and give a full report at regular meetings. They shall give a report at each regular meeting of the Association of the business transacted at the Committee meetings. It shall also be the duty of the Secretary to receive and read at meetings all correspondence in connection with the Association, and to reply as directed by the Association, or by the presiding officer, at meetings of the Association. They shall keep a correct list of all delegates representing clubs.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY : The Assistant Secretary shall provide assistance to the Secretary in their duties as outlined, and substitute for the Secretary in their absence.

TREASURER : The Treasurer shall keep the funds of the Association in a checking account in the name of the Gaelic Athletic Association. There must be two signatures on all checking accounts. All withdrawals from the checking account shall bear the signature of the Treasurer and the Chairperson. They shall act in conjunction with the Assistant Treasurer at games. The treasurer is not subject to the maximum period of office of five years.

ASSISTANT TREASURER : The Assistant Treasurer shall receive all funds, dues etc. of the Association and hand them over to the Treasurer. It shall be their duty to collect the expenses of the teams and referees and have same for the Treasurer at the following meeting.

PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER : As per R. 3.22, (viii), T.O. 2011

DEVELOPMENT OFFICER : The duties the development officer shall include, but shall not be limited to, enhancing the development of underage hurling and football, advancing relationships between the Board and other jurisdictions, particularly in North America, developing and managing summer coaching camps and other responsibilities as deemed appropriate by the Board of Officers.

STANDING COMMITTEES

MEETINGS

A meeting shall be chaired by the senior Officer present and shall require that at least ten affiliated clubs are represented to form a quorum.

  BYE LAWS

1. The Gaelic Athletic Association of Greater New York is affiliated with the Gaelic Athletic Association in Ireland .

2. The Minor Division is recognized as a division of the New York Board. It shall have the same status and is entitled to the same privileges as all other divisions.

3. All teams when affiliating at the start of the season must submit the names of the Chairperson/Vice Chairperson and Secretary of the club together with the names of the delegates and proxies. This remains the official list until the club notifies the Association in writing of any changes. The new list shall be read out at a regular meeting of the Association.

4. (a) A new Football or Hurling team must have twenty playing members before it can be affiliated. Players who played in the previous years’ championship cannot be included on the list, submitted with the application for affiliation, or play for a new club with the exception of players going to their native County which will be limited to 2 players.

(b) A player or players may not transfer to a team of any club which has not competed in or completed its schedule obligations in the previous year’s championship with the exception of players going to their native County which will be limited to 2 players.

5. A player who has been included on an Inter-County Senior Championship list submitted to the Referee, in accordance with Rules of Specification 2.5 (ii) (a) for a game in the current year’s Championship shall not be eligible to be accepted for Registration as a member of any Club in New York Board Jurisdictions until his county has been eliminated from the Inter-County Senior Championship.

6. All games, competitions, events or awards involving the Association, its clubs, teams or players must have the prior approval of the New York Board. A written request must be made to the Board by any person, club, organization or corporation wishing to stage or sponsor such event or award.

7. Affiliated clubs may not play non-affiliated or suspended clubs in organized areas. In areas where there is no organization or with schools within organized areas the Association may grant permission.

8. Each team is responsible for the conduct of its players, officials, and members while participating in any of the activities of the Association.

9. All suspensions by a recognized authority here and in Ireland shall be honored.

10. Members of a suspended club cannot compete with any other club during the term of the suspension.

11. No suspended player shall take part in any league, championship, or exhibition game until the term of his suspension has been completed.

12. Perpetual cups shall be provided for the New York Championships. They shall be presented to the captains of the winning teams on the day of the final. Such cups shall not bear the name of any living person.

13. The Association will provide a set of twenty five standard medals, emblematic of the Association to the winners of the Senior, Intermediate and Junior Football, Senior and Junior Hurling and the U–21 Championships. These medals shall be without commercial endorsement.

14. Any club which loses, damages, or fails to return a championship trophy to the Association before the start of the playing season shall be required to pay the cost of repairing or replacing same. Divisional Chairperson’s shall be responsible for notifying Clubs of the return date.

15. All communications received at a regular meeting shall be read at that meeting.

16. All business handled at a division level shall involve that division only.

17. At the conclusion of the year, prior to, or at, the Annual Convention, the appropriate officers, including but not limited to, the Treasurer, Secretary, PRO, and Development Officer, shall present annual reports to the body.

18. The end of a meeting shall be considered as the deadline for close of Board or Division business which is designated to be completed by a particular day or date.

19. A Centenary Celebration Committee of the NY GAA Board shall be formed. The terms of reference to include, but not limited to;

Holding the Annual GAA Congress in New York in 2014; publishing a comprehensive history of the Minor and Senior Boards; developing and enacting a long term development plan for football and hurling; establishing Gaelic games as an element of the curricula of schools, holding international overseas division tournaments; capital investment; sponsorship; city, state and federal grant aid.

The committee may draw on as many resources of the community as it considers necessary to celebrate the centenary.

REGULATIONS

1. In addition to Rule 2.2 and 2.3 TO 2011 –

(a) All clubs are required to register their players on official New York Board registration forms accompanied by two pieces of photo id for each player on the list. The Registrar shall hold one set of ID cards and the registration forms and the club shall retain the duplicate set of ID cards. Beginning April 1 st all players must produce a New York GAA photo ID when requested to do so by the referee at the request of the opposing team manager.

Penalty for infraction: loss of game.

(b) A player who has been included on an Inter-County Senior Championship list submitted to the Referee, in accordance with Rules of Specification 2.5 (ii) (a) for a game in the current year’s Championship shall not be eligible to be accepted for Registration as a member of any Club in New York Board Jurisdictions until his county has been eliminated from the Inter-County Senior Championship.

(c) Each Senior, Intermediate and Junior Football team shall be allowed four (4) 60-day sanction players. Each Senior Hurling team shall be allowed six (6) 60-day sanction players. Each Junior Hurling team shall be allowed two (2) 60-day sanction players.

(d) Prior to his first game a 60 day sanction player must register in person with the NY Board. To register the player must produce his valid passport to the Officer of the day, the Chairperson, Registrar, or Secretary of the Board.

Failure to do so shall result in loss of game for club and one game suspension for player to be served with that club.

(e) For his first game, and only his first game, a sixty day sanction player may meet the requirement of section A of this rule by showing his valid passport to the Officer of the Day, the Chairperson, Registrar, or Secretary of the Board. Failure to do so shall result in loss of game for club and one game suspension for player to be served with that club.

For his second and subsequent games all 60 day sanction players are required to comply with section (a) of this rule.

Penalty for infraction: loss of game

(f) Prior to his first game an Inter-County transfer player must register in person with the NY Board. To register the player must produce his valid passport to the Officer of the Day, the Chairperson, Registrar, or Secretary of the Board. Failure to do so shall result in loss of game for club and one game suspension for player to be served with that club.

(g) To be eligible to participate in the play-offs a 60 day sanction player must have played (either started or come on as a substitute) in at least two qualifying games for those play-offs.

Penalty: Loss of game.

2. A player who transfers to a club in Ireland and returns to New York as a 60 day sanction player in the same season may only play with the club from which he transferred. Deadlines outlined in Rule 6.13 (b) (iv) T.O. 2011 apply.

A 60 day senior, intermediate or junior football sanction player who has played four or more championship games in New York and who returns to Ireland, shall be allowed to play with their clubs in Ireland , and return to NY, as a week-end player, subject to rule 6.13. T.O. 2011 for the championship playoffs. Championship play-offs shall be quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals. Elimination games are not covered under this rule.

3. The first meeting in February shall be the deadline for applications to affiliate all teams.

4. Only scheduled Championship or league games shall count towards working off of suspension.

5. A player is regarded a senior, intermediate, junior or minor according to his competition.

6. A player may not play with two teams in the same competition.

7. A junior or intermediate player may be advanced by registration to a senior team of the same club name. However if he takes part in any senior competition he may not play junior or intermediate again in the same year.

8. Players being re-graded at the start of the playing season must stay intermediate/ junior for two games. However if the intermediate/junior team is knocked completely out of the competition before they play two intermediate/junior games they are permitted to go back intermediate/senior after their intermediate/senior teams next scheduled game of that year’s competition. However they cannot be re-graded again in that year’s competition.

9. A senior team seeking to be re-graded may only drop one division subject to CCC approval.

10. Each competing team shall furnish a list of its players in duplicate before the start of game to the referee. This list shall contain the name of each starting player and the names of the substitutes in full. The referee shall sign both copies and give one copy to the opposing team captain and the other copy must be submitted with his report. Official forms must be used for lists of players and substitutes.

11. Upon entering the game all substitutes shall submit their names in full and in writing to the referee. All names on these lists shall be printed. Abbreviated Christian names are acceptable.

12. All players must wear correctly numbered jerseys and their name and number on the team sheet must correspond with the jersey that they are wearing.

Penalty for infraction - $100

13. In the event of a clash of colors both teams shall change jerseys.

14. The winner of the Intermediate Football championship shall be promoted to the Senior Division except where the club already has a senior team. The winner of the Junior Championship shall be promoted to the Intermediate Division unless the club already has an Intermediate team.

15. When the winners of the Junior or Intermediate division are promoted the team at the bottom of the division to which they are promoted must be re-graded.

16. The team that finishes at the bottom of the Senior Hurling Division shall be relegated. In the event of two teams being tied on points at the bottom, a play-off shall take place to decide who should drop down to junior.

17. Only the team which has won Division Championships the previous year may be promoted the following year.

18. Any senior team withdrawing from a senior championship competition shall only be permitted to return at a lower level subject to CCC approval.

19. The rules governing the drafting of players shall be made at Annual Convention. A player must be a legitimate intermediate or junior player in order to be drafted. A legitimate intermediate or junior player is defined as any player transferred into NY by July 20th, the year prior to the draft.

Senior Football: Four (4) from either the Intermediate or Junior division plus 2 who are or were in the minor grades in the NY Minor Division. A team or teams promoted to the Senior Division shall be allowed six (6) from either the Intermediate or Junior Division plus two (2) who are or were in the Minor grades in the NY Minor Division, the first year.

Intermediate Football: Six (6) from the Junior Division with a requirement that two (2) of the six (6) drafts are or were in the Minor grades in the NY Minor Division.

Senior Hurling: Six (6) from the Junior Division who played in prior years championship with a requirement that two (2) of the six drafts are or were in the Minor grades in the NY Minor Division.

Exception: A 60 day sanction players who is the property of an intermediate or junior team and who remains in the NY jurisdiction upon completion of his sanction, and who has transferred to New York by March 1st, is eligible to be drafted.

A player’s status as a junior or intermediate player in the previous year’s championship shall determine eligibility.

Players on a team being re-graded or re-grading from the Senior to Intermediate, or from Intermediate to Junior shall be deemed to have competed at his new level in the previous year’s competition and are eligible for the draft.

20. Players on an intermediate or junior winning championship team, which is promoted and who were not drafted, who transfer to avoid promotion, or to remain in the division shall be ineligible for the draft that year.

21. No team is allowed more than five officials on the sideline during a game: A team with more than five officials on the sideline
Penalty: Loss of expenses

22. Ninety minutes is allowed for each game on Sunday. Teams arriving fifteen minutes late: loss of game. In the event both teams are late the game shall be played for the amount of allotted time left for that game. Both teams must leave the field at the end of time allotted for said game.

23. Each club shall be assigned on a rotating alphabetical basis to man the main entrance and sideline gates each Sunday during the playing season.

24. The Presiding Chairperson shall appoint an Officer to officiate on a given date. The Officers shall rotate according to seniority and shall be appointed at the first reading of the schedule for that date. The Officer of the Day shall have the authority to appoint a referee if the teams about to compete do not agree to one.

25. If players get injured in International games or in training for such games the New York Board is regarded as their club.

26. Official programs shall be printed for all finals played.

27. A team arriving fifteen minutes late for a game: loss of game.

28. The National Anthems of Ireland and the United States of America shall be sung at appropriate G.A.A. occasions. The National Anthem of Ireland shall be sung in Irish on all such occasions.

29. Players of the Year in all grades to be represented at the GAA Annual Dinner Dance as in U-21, Senior Intermediate and Junior Football and Hurling. Players to be selected by the Board of Officers of the New York GAA.

30. That a stamp system replace the wristband system for all play-off games.

PENALTIES

1. A player or club official who behaves in a disorderly fashion, calculated to bring the Association into disrepute, shall incur a minimum suspension of 8 weeks up to a maximum of 48 weeks.

2. When a player persists in refusing to leave the field after being ordered off by the referee, the referee after a lapse of three minutes shall terminate the game.
a. Penalty to the team: loss of game, Penalty to the player: 24 weeks suspension.

3. For the following offenses:

Category II

(i) Striking or attempting to strike with arm, elbow, hand or knee

(ii) Striking or attempting to strike with a hurley, with minimal force

(iii) Kicking or attempting to kick, with minimal force

(iv) Behaving in a way which is dangerous to an opponent

(v) Spitting at an opponent

(vi) Contributing to a melee

(vii) Abusive language towards a Referee, Umpire or Sideline Official.

Penalty: A minimum of a one game suspension

Category III

(i) Striking or attempting to strike with the head

(ii) Striking with hurley, either with force or causing injury

(iii) Attempting to strike with hurley, with force

(iv) Kicking, either with force or causing injury

(v) Attempting to kick, with force

(vi) Stamping

(vii) Inflicting injury recklessly by means other than those stated above

(viii) Any type of assault on an opposing team official after the conclusion of a

game shall be suspended for a minimum of two (2) games. Penalty: A minimum of a two game suspension, and up to a maximum of 96 weeks suspension.

(All referee reports to reflect this terminology)

4. A player who strikes a referee, linesman, umpire or any other official, first offense – 48 weeks, second known offense – 96 weeks, third known offense – expulsion from the Association.

A player who pushes, shoves, or makes physical contact, including striking with a ball, a referee, linesman, umpire or any other official, first offense – 24 weeks, second known offense – 48 weeks, third known offense – expulsion from the Association.

A player reported by the Referee as having committed offences under rule 3, rule 4, or rule 5 after the conclusion of the game, shall likewise stand suspended as outlined in rule 3, rule 4, or rule 5 under penalties.

5. When a player, hurler or footballer is ordered off the field by the referee, he is automatically suspended, and remains so until his total period of suspension shall be decided by the Presiding Officer at the meeting at which the referee’s report is read. A player who has been suspended must serve the suspension with a team of which he is a bonafide member before playing his next game in any competition. A bonafide member is one whose name has appeared on a team sheet during that season or the previous season.

6. A player who is sent off twice in the same season for two yellow card offenses be suspended for his next game with the team he was sent off with.

7. The penalties for a club failing to fulfill a scheduled game shall be:

First offence - the game shall be awarded to its opponents and the club fined $500.

Second offence - disqualification from the competition for that year.

8. Players giving the wrong names to the referee shall incur the following penalties, first known offense – one game and one game added for each such offense thereafter.

(Deviation from General Rule requested.)

9. Omitting the name of a player from the list given to the referee or failing to submit the name of a substitute – loss of game.

10. Penalty for playing an illegal player – loss of game.

Penalty for player – suspension for the remainder of his teams playing season. (Deviation from General rule requested.)

11. No suspension shall exceed two years. Players repeating offenses which merit such suspensions shall be debarred from playing. In serious cases expulsion may be applied by County Committees and Higher Councils.

12. A player who is the property of his Irish Club and is playing on a weekend authorization or 60 day sanction who is sent off and will be returning to Ireland will have the appropriate penalty from TO applied. His County Secretary and Croke Park will be notified immediately.

PLAYING SYSTEMS

1. Each Division shall be required to submit its schedule to the County Committee before the first meeting in March each year.

2. When a league is adopted, the following regulations shall apply:

a) Each team shall play every other team in its section or league at least once except where the divisions’ annual recommendations as approved rule otherwise

b) Two points shall be allotted for a win, a point to each team in the event of a draw except where penalties are imposed

c) The team having the most points at the conclusion of the league shall be the winner of the league or section.

3. When a team has played half its schedule and does not complete it, the results of the games played stand as finally recorded, and the un-played games are awarded to the scheduled opponents. If a team withdraws with less than half its schedule played the games played or un-played shall not count for or against its opponent.

(Deviation from General rule requested.)

4. Junior Hurling – to be eligible to participate in the Junior Hurling play-offs a player must have played (either started or come on as a substitute) in at least two (2) qualifying games for those play-offs.

5. No player who has played Inter County Hurling in Ireland at any level, U-18, U-21, and Senior in the current or previous season is eligible to play in the Junior Hurling Championship.

SCHEDULES

1. Schedules shall be drawn up by the CCC four weeks prior to the game when possible and not less than one week prior to the game.

2. A playing schedule cannot be objected to after one reading.

3. Tie games shall be rescheduled at the discretion of the CCC.

4. A team may object to being scheduled for the following reasons:

(a) If their County is playing in the All Ireland Senior final.

(b) If two teams from the same club are being scheduled on the same day.

5. When schedules are drawn up the games shall be numbered to avoid argument or confusion.

6. Nobody shall have the power to call off games after the schedule is set except as provided for in Rule 3(i) under referees, linesmen and umpires

7. A complete schedule which details each fixture, location and date will be available to all clubs prior to the start of the season.

8. The senior or intermediate or junior football finals shall not be played on the same day.

9. In the event of overtime being required it will be played as two ten minute halves.

 TEAM OFFICIALS FOR NEW YORK SELECTED TEAMS.

1. The NY Senior Football selection committee shall consist of a manager and three selectors. The manager shall be appointed by a sub-committee of the board consisting of the Vice-Chairperson, the Secretary, the Chairperson of the Senior Football Division, the Chairperson of the Intermediate Football division and the Chairperson of the Junior Football Division.

The committee, in conjunction with the manager, shall appoint three selectors, one from the Junior Football Division, one from the Intermediate Football division and one from the Senior Football Division. The trainer is to be selected by the manager and selectors. These appointments are to take place in January for a period of two years subject to the approval of the County Committee

2. The captain of the New York Football team shall be elected by the New York Senior Football players’ panel.

3. The manager and selectors of the New York Hurling team shall be elected by the Senior Hurling division subject to approval of the County Committee .

4. The other New York Football and Hurling team officials shall be elected by the Hurling and Football divisions as each division sees fit subject to the approval of the County Committee .

Rules 1, 2, 3 and 4 above are subject to ratification by the County Committee .

FINANCIAL

1. The funds of the Association shall not be appropriated for any purpose other than the necessary expenses required for the running of the Association.

2. The affiliation fee is $100 per team.

3. Each Hurling club shall be allowed a $1,000 allowance per team towards the purchase of hurley’s.

4. A financial report shall be read out once a month at a regular meeting of the Association.

5. The Treasurers report shall be read out quarterly at a regular meeting of the Association.

6. All Ireland tickets shall be paid for, by everyone, when tickets are given out or distributed.

7. Referee’s shall be admitted free of charge to games on days on which they are officiating.

8. Referees shall be compensated $50 per game for expenses.

 OBJECTIONS

1. All objections must be lodged in triplicate with the Secretary within three days of the game. The objection shall be decided at a regular or special meeting of the CCC.

2. A counter objection must be lodged in triplicate within three days of the final hearing of the objection. It shall be decided by the CCC from whose decision there shall be no appeal. No other form of appeal shall be entertained.

3. All objections and counter objections must be lodged in triplicate form, one copy of which shall be given to the club against which the objection or counter objection is lodged and accompanied by a fee of $50 which shall be forfeited if the objection or counter objection is not upheld. All members of the CCC and parties involved shall be notified by the Secretary when the objection or counter objection is being heard.

4. An objection or counter-objection must be based upon the violation of the rules or bye laws of the Association. It shall be compulsory upon the party lodging the objection(s) or counter objection(s) to quote in full the rule or rules alleged to have been violated.

5. An objection or counter objection shall be finalized not later than two weeks after the objection or counter objection is lodged.

6. The CCC or Hearings Committee shall under no circumstances order a replay. The CCC or Hearings Committee shall deduct or award the points according to the merits of the case plus all the facts as known to the officers of the Association.

7. The tendering of false or forged evidence shall entail suspension of the guilty party for not less than twelve months. The Hearings Committee may at a special meeting review its decision in case of doubt,

where evidence of falsification exists. Save as provided for in the rules no appeal shall be made to any County Board or Committee. In particular no appeal shall be made to any court of law or to any outside body. This applies to all matters.

8. The basis for an objection(s) to a player(s) shall be the legality of that player(s) in the current or previous year’s championship.

9. When the CCC reaches a decision on an objection submitted by any club the club in question shall be informed in writing how and why they reached that decision.

 TRANSFERS

1. Any player desirous of leaving one club to join another club must apply to the County Committee for a transfer.

2. Transfers must be made on official forms of the New York Board. The player shall appear in person, at the scheduled meetings in February, to verify the request to transfer. Having presented proper identification the player must sign the transfer. A list of transfers shall be compiled and distributed to the clubs. (General Rule: A transfer becomes effective as soon as it is granted by the appropriate authority).

3. All disputed transfers shall be examined by the CCC. It shall make recommendations to the County Committee whose decisions shall be final. All transfers must comply with R. 6.5, T.O. 2012. (Deviation from General Rule requested).

4. A club may not receive more than seven transfers in a given year. No more than three of these may come from one club. Any player who has not played in the previous year still must transfer before July 20 th but will not count against the seven.

5. A player or players may not transfer to a team of any club which has not competed in or completed its schedule obligations in the previous years’ championship.

REFEREES, LINESMEN AND UMPIRES

1. The CCC appoints referees for all games. Control of the matches shall be entrusted to the referee, umpires (4) and linesmen (2). All questions affecting play shall be decided by them. Referee’s umpires and linesmen shall be properly attired for all semifinals and finals.

2. The referee’s decision on questions of fact connected with the match shall be final. Players should particularly note that the ball is in play until the whistle sounds. Any stoppage in play on their part is at their own risk as any score made as a result of the whistle not sounding shall be perfectly valid.

3. The duties of the referee in addition to those set out under playing rules shall be:

a) Receive the list of players, sign them and give one copy to the opposing team captain. Report any failure to receive lists to the Officer of the day.

b) (b) Throw in the ball at the commencement of play in each half and allow or disallow a score.

c) Indicate when and where frees are to be taken.

d) Consult with the umpires and linesmen when the need arises and in case any of them withdraws before the end of the match appoint a substitute.

e) Keep a record of the scores and forward a report of the match with the names of any players ordered off and why, players injured and replaced, substitutes coming on to play, the intrusion of unauthorized persons and the names of players or officials interfering during the course of the game. These latter may be penalized at the discretion of the CCC. Referees are expected to turn over their report of the game to the officer of the day on the Sunday of the game or at the next meeting for a midweek game.

f) When a referee is directed by the governing body or it’s properly constituted committee’s to submit further details or explanations of a game and refuses to do so, he shall be suspended from refereeing for a period of six months.

g) Referees cannot make the award of a game but must report the final score. The awarding of a game rests with the committee or council concerned acting on his report.

h) The referees’ decision on all questions of fact and in regard to time shall be final

i) The referee shall have the power to declare the ground or other conditions unsuitable for play after consulting with the officials in charge of the fixtures.

j) The referee shall have the power to terminate the match for want of light, because of constant outside interference or any other reason he considers sufficient.

k) In cases of deliberate delay in pucking out the ball in hurling or in kicking out the ball in football, the referee shall have the power to extend the time in each half.

l) Should a team commit a foul before the full time whistle has sounded, the referee must allow time for the free to be taken. A score can result from such a free only when no player from the same team touches the ball other than the player taking the free.

m) The referee shall have the power to abandon a game if a player refuses to leave the field when ordered to do so by the referee.

n) Once having given a decision the referee after sounding the whistle shall not alter it.

o) There shall be two linemen appointed by the referee who shall be provided with flags. Their duty shall be to decide when and where the ball crosses the sideline and which team is entitled to the kick in or puck in. When a linesman cannot determine which team is entitled to the kick in or puck in the lineman shall throw in the ball himself. The linesman shall take one side of the ground just outside the field of play changing sides at half time. They shall hold up the flag when and where the ball is out of play pointing the flag in the direction of which the ball is to be kicked or pucked.

4. When a referee stops a game for any reason he shall restart it by throwing up the ball between two players in football or along the ground between two players in Hurling.

 

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