Pre-Season Circular 2016-17

YARDLEY HOCKEY CLUB

 

PRE-SEASON CIRCULAR AND CLUB NEWS

August 2016

 

Club Hon Secretary

Peter Brainch

peter@brainch.fslife.co.uk

0121 743 4192

 

Other Club Officials:

Chair

Vice-Chair

Hon Sec & Public Relations Officer

Hon Treasurer

Hon Fixture Secretary

Hon Umpires Secretary

Welfare Officer

Youth Coach

Home address

16, Coverdale Road

West Midlands

B92 7NX  

 

 

Chris Wadhams

Peter Brainch

Peter Brainch

Paul Jarvis

Chris Wadhams

Peter Brainch / Zach Jarvis

Chris Wadhams

Zach Jarvis

 

 

A WARM WELCOME TO EXISTING MEMBERS AND NEW MEMBERS

Welcome to Yardley Hockey Club. The Management Committee is sure you will enjoy your hockey and the friendly atmosphere at our small Club.  Please do encourage anyone you know who is keen to play hockey, even if they have not played for a few years, to join us.

               

From the Club Chairman

 

Dear Club Member

May I welcome you to another season with Yardley Hockey Club. We shall continue to play our home games at Small Heath Leisure Centre, Muntz Street, B10 9RX. This season our slots are again 1.00 p.m. – 2.30 p.m. for the 1st and 2nd X1 matches and 2.30 p.m. – 4.00 p.m. for the Badgers. 

Good luck to all our captains:  Zach Jarvis will continue to lead the 1st XI in the West Midlands League Division 1. Kamran Mir has stepped up to take on 2nd X1 responsibilities while Paul Jarvis continues as Badgers coach, this season allocated to the Conference North. Zach Jarvis becomes our Youth Coach. 

In the absence of an elected Fixtures Secretary at the AGM, I am endeavouring to put a Fixture list together. This is proving a little tricky, especially for the 2nd X1. More on this is explained further on.

It is vitally important that the Club has up to date contact details for all members. This includes e-mail addresses, postal and phone contact details. Last season the Club eventually managed to confirm details for all our current players. If your contact details change then it is your responsibility to inform the Club Secretary. All personal details will be kept securely by the Club Secretary and no details will be disclosed other than on a need to know basis to the Chairman or Team Captains. We ask for your full co-operation in this matter.

 

                                                                                                                                                      Chris Wadhams

 

 

PRE- SEASON INFORMATION FROM THE CLUB SECRETARY

HOME BASE 

We will continue to use the facilities at the Ridgemere Social Club, Partridge Road, Yardley, B26 2DA for all our activities.

By the time you read this, the repairs at the Club will be virtually completed and so things can get back to normal there very early in the season.

Directions:

 From Yardley Park turn into Sedgemere Road, passing the Sedgemere Sports and Social Club on your right, take the first next left into Partridge Road. The Ridgemere Club is 50 yards down the road on your left. The entrance is at the end of a narrow driveway between houses number 30 and 32. (Look for a creamy coloured wall at No 30. (It used to be red!!)) If the door is closed there is a buzzer on the left to gain entry. Just say that you are with Yardley Hockey Club. There is a car park to the right at the end of the drive.

 

CLUB MEMBERSHIP

 Club membership is defined in terms of the following groups:

 Juniors:    Those eligible for the u10 or u12 side.  Also players eligible for the Badgers All members in this group must complete a Consent Form signed by a parent / carer.

Members of this Group do not have voting rights at an AGM or EGM

 

Intermediate:  Those too old for Junior Group, but under 18. Members of this group may be selected for the 1st or 2nd team. If so they must pay the appropriate Annual Subscription set for that group. All members of this group must complete the Consent Form and have it signed by a parent / carer. When Intermediate players move up to play for the 1sts or 2nds they should complete the Full Membership Form and will have voting rights at an AGM or EGM. Members in this group will be expected to buy their own club shirts. For more information on this ask your Team Captain or the Club Treasurer.

 

Full:  Adult members   Full Membership shall be defined as members playing or non-playing, who have paid the appropriate membership fees, or who have been granted life membership. Members of this Group must complete the Membership Form. Full members, not being selected regularly to play, may instead be asked to pay the Non-Playing members Annual Subscription and pay the appropriate Match fee as and when selected to play. Members of this Group are entitled to vote at an Annual General Meeting or an Extra-ordinary General Meeting.

 

  TRAINING

 

 Club training will continue on Tuesdays between 6.00pm and 7.00 pm for Youth players and any other beginners and also then 7.00pm to 8 pm for any other club players at the King Edwards X1 Sheldon Heath Academy (KESHA) astro turf. Although this is ongoing now it will start in earnest for the new season on Tuesday 6th  September.

 

Everyone attending training is strongly advised to obtain their own protective equipment – shin pads AND gum shields

 

Training Costs:             Tuesdays -  50p - unless paying full or reduced match day levy

 

 

 SUBSCRIPTIONS & LEVIES 2016 / 2017

 

The Treasurer has recommended and the Management Committee has agreed that there will be no change to the rates for the coming season. Please note the arrangements for Annual Subscriptions and Match Levies. There are financial commitments that have to be met early in the season by the Club and so all members are urged to pay up as soon as possible. Please note that the deadline dates for paying subs and the arrangements for late payers. 

 

  MEMBERSHIP GROUP

ANNUAL SUB

MATCH LEVY

 

FULL MEMBER

£30

£7

REDUCED FULL MEMBER – unemployed or those in full-time education at Uni or College

£10

£5

INTERMEDIATE – u18, playing for 1st or 2nds

£5

£2

JUNIORS - Badgers

Nil

£2

JUNIORS – u10s and u 12s, not playing Badgers

Nil

50p per training session

NON-PLAYING MEMBERS – Those eligible for Adult Full membership

£5

Match levy if selected to play the occasional game as needed

 

* Please note that the £30 subscription applies provided it is paid in full by Monday 31st October 2016.

Please note that the initial subscription for new members will be £80. This covers the annual subscription and the cost of a numbered red and white club shirt.

 

 Full subscriptions paid after MONDAY 31st OCTOBER 2016, will be charged at £40.

Full subscriptions not received by MONDAY November 28th 2016 will cost you a £20 penalty and so will then cost £50.

Reduced rates apply in specific circumstances and can be agreed with the Treasurer.  It is the Club’s policy that  no-one shall be prevented from playing hockey for the Club by difficult financial circumstances.

 Levies must be paid in advance, i.e. before the game, or immediately after the game but not in arrears.

Please do not leave pitch side after the game or the dressing room without paying your match levy.  Non payment leads to unnecessary demands on hard pressed kitty masters and complicated accounting.

Don’t wait to be asked for your levy – it’s your responsibility to offer it to the team kitty master collector yourself.

Consistent non-payment of match levies may affect team selection.

 

GOLDEN RULE: YOU PAY ON THE DAY

 

KIT       Home Games - red shirt, white shorts and red socks.

Away Games - white shirt, white shorts and white socks.

 

Your Management Committee strongly recommends that all players turn out in the correct kit. It has been noted that some players are not correctly kitted out at times. Shirts and socks are available to buy via the Club Treasurer. New players receive shirts as part of their initial subscription. The management Committee would like to see all players wearing the correct and current Club shirts.

 

 This season, your Management Committee is strongly recommending that gum shields become a necessary part of all players’ personal kit.

 

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS

When Yardley teams travel outside the West Midlands it is a courtesy for players to offer the car driver a contribution towards the cost of petrol for the journey. At the 2012 Annual General Meeting it was agreed that the Club would help out with increasing petrol costs for longer journeys. This scheme will continue for 2016/17.

 

It has been agreed that round trips of sixty miles from the designated meeting place should qualify for petrol support from the Club.  For shorter journeys the driver will not pay a levy that week to compensate. Drivers ‘going direct’ without passengers will not qualify for petrol support. Matches qualifying for petrol support will be worked out in advance at the beginning of the season when the list of fixtures is known.

 

SPORTSMANSHIP ON AND OFF THE FIELD

 

Yardley Hockey Club puts a major emphasis on sportsmanship on and off the field.  We want to maintain this high standard.  Players must refrain from bad language in any circumstances.  Spectators are rightly offended if they are aware that players are guilty of foul language and / or dissent. 

 

PLEASE NOTE:  Yellow cards for misconduct on the field will be reported to the Selection Committee meetings.  Persistent offenders will have their selection reviewed.  If any member is foolish enough to be sent off permanently, i.e. to receive a red card during the match, he should be aware that the Club may impose a stricter penalty and match ban than the Midlands Hockey Association itself. Persistent offenders may have their Club membership cancelled.

 

All players should refrain from reacting or retaliating to comments or actions by members of opposing teams, however difficult that may appear in the heat of the moment at the time.

It is particularly upsetting when young club players who take up umpiring should feel the need to write to the Club expressing their unhappiness at having to deal with bad language and indiscipline directed either at them or fellow team mates during a game.

The Club is very grateful for the time given up by all our umpires and is very pleased when younger members feel able to take up the whistle when not playing. Club members are asked respect their umpires and should remind themselves that without them they would NOT have a game.

 

 It is hoped that all players can enjoy their games for whichever team they represent. The Club asks that ALL players remain mindful of their responsibilities at all times.

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

 

Monday

5th

September

2016

Selection Meeting

6:45pm

Ridgemere Club

Monday

5th 

September

2016

Management Meeting

7:15pm

Ridgemere Club

 

Saturday

10th

September

2016

Club Training Day

1:00 – 3:00pm

Small Heath

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday

25th

November

2016

Race Night Social Event

7:00pm

Ridgemere Club

Friday

24th

February

2017

Quiz Night  Social Event

7:00pm

Ridgemere Club

Friday

  7th

April

2017

Annual Dinner

7:30pm

Westfield Court

Saturday

   8th

April

2017

End of season Club Day

1:00 – 4:00pm

Small Heath

 

   

HOCKEY FEST

This year the Club has again registered as part of the National England Hockey Fest. The aims are quite straight-forward:- to welcome existing club members to the start of the new season and to encourage any new players. With this in mind it is hoped that existing Club members will keep on the look-out for new recruits and that by placing a few strategic posters and reports in the local press, we will hopefully encourage new players to join us. More details soon.

The Club is always on the look-out for new recruits. Already, I have had several enquiries from both ex-players wanting to return and also new members joining. This is good news and your Management Committee urges all current members to keep an eye out for and to actively encourage new players. 

 

EARLY SEASON CLUB DAY

 Partly to link in with the Hockey Fest and partly to get us all back into the swing of things the Club has arranged its traditional early season get together for Saturday 10th September. All club members are invited to attend at Small Heath – 1.00 till about 3.00 ish. Paul and Zach will co-ordinate proceedings. Any prospective new members? Bring them along.  Make sure you bring red and white shirts.                                                             

 

MANAGEMENT MEETING DATES FOR 2016-17 SEASON

5th September              14th November             23rd  January    13th  March      3rd  April

Annual reports to go out by     1st  May        Annual General Meeting:   15th May

OPEN MEETINGS CLUB POLICY

Both Management Committee and Selection Committee are open to all Club members should you wish to attend as an observer.  If you want to come and see how the Club is run, please ask the Secretary for the next meeting date and let him know in advance if you can should you wish to attend.

INSURANCE:

Members are advised that whilst the Club does carry some third party insurance it does not presently take out any insurance to cover such items as personal injury or loss of possessions. If you wish to be insured against injury whilst on the field of play you should make personal arrangements with your insurers or at least check the current fine print.

Qualified coaches and umpires are covered for any liability by our Club insurance policy provided they are coaching or umpiring Club members, including junior members. 

 

Should you be asked to stand in as an umpire by another Club to help them out in whatever circumstances please be aware that our insurance will not cover you against any claim.  You should, if you accept the invitation to umpire, make this clear to both captains and any other umpire before the game and insist on an indemnity against any subsequent action, however unlikely they feel this to be.  If you are likely to umpire other club matches outside the BCHUA system then please contact the Hon Treasurer.

 

UMPIRES AND COACHES

This season especially, the Club is very keen to encourage members to take up umpiring or coaching.  For a small Club we have a relatively strong umpiring and coaching panel, now sadly recently depleted, New recruits are actively encouraged.  The Club may a contribution towards the costs of achieving umpiring and coaching qualifications if you then use these skills for the benefit of the Club.  If you are interested please speak to the Hon Club Chairman, Secretary or Treasurer or any of the Club Officials.  If you know of any gentlemen retiring from playing but would not mind picking up a whistle ask them to get in touch. We could use their skills.

 

EARLY SEASON FIXTURES

WE WILL REGARD YOU AS AVAILABLE FOR SELECTION ON ALL EARLY SEASON WEEKS UNLESS YOU TELL THE CHAIRMAN THAT YOU ARE NOT AVAILABLE – RING 0121 784 3292

PLEASE NOTE: THE CLUB DOES NOT HAVE A TEAM SECRETARY TO HANDLE ALL THE AVAILABILITIES -   EACH TEAM IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS OWN TEAM SELECTION NOTIFICATIONS.

 

Sat 10th Sept

    

Early season internal practice game for all Club members at Small Heath 1 – 3pm. All turn up with red and white shirts if possible. New members welcome.

 

17th

Sept

1st XI

.v.

Kings Heath                          

A

   

.v.

 

 

24th

Sept

1st XI

.v.

Atherstone     

A

2nd X1

.v.

Atherstone          

H

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st   

Oct

1st XI

.v.

Newtown (Lg)       

H

2nd X1

.v.

To be confirmed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Badgers

.v.        

Kingswinford

(Conference North)       

A

                     

 

 

 As the Chairman mentioned in his introductory notes, in the absence of an elected Fixture Secretary at the AGM, he is sorting out the fixture lists for the teams. The 1sts and Badgers lists are mainly provided from other sources. The Second team list will be a mixture of Fathom League and Friendlies. This list is still awaiting some final confirmations. The  Fixture Cards will be available very soon.

 

LAST MINUTE UNAVAILABILITY

It is an honour to be selected to play for Yardley Hockey Club.  However, misunderstandings about availability can occur or last minute emergencies can arise.  If you have to cry off at short notice you must ring and speak to YOUR TEAM CAPTAIN OR DELEGATED TEAM ORGANISER and tell him directly so that he can make the necessary adjustments to team selection. As a last resort ring the Chair – Chris Wadhams on 784 3292.

DO NOT JUST LEAVE AN ANSWER PHONE MESSAGE. RING BACK AGAIN LATER. DO NOT SIMPLY SEND A TEXT MESSAGE OR AN E-MAIL OR A TWITTER OR  FACEBOOK MESSAGE.  MAKE HUMAN CONTACT.

WE WILL NOT SELECT PLAYERS YOUNG OR OLD WHO SIMPLY FAIL TO TURN UP WHEN SELECTED.

 

CLUB WEB SITE       The site can be found at   www.yardleyhc.co.uk

Yardley Hockey Club web site is a source of news and information regarding the happenings within the Club. The site is regularly updated to contain the latest results, scorers and match reports. You can also find out details of the club’s social events and the minutes of the Management Meetings. If there is anything that you wish, within reason, to have included on the site please let me know – preferably by e-mail.

 

FACEBOOK LINK  – The Club has a connection to Facebook through a link set up by Zach.  It complements the web site very well.

                                   The link is -  facebook.com/YardleyHC

 

As Club Secretary, I wish everyone connected with Yardley Hockey Club a very enjoyable season.

                                                                                   

Peter Brainch   peter@brainch.fslife.co.uk    0121 743 4192

 

 

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