All, Season 2019/20 Update No 3
Well the season is underway - and with relatively few issues to report I am pleased to say! Thank you to everyone for their support in ensuring that the season started as smoothly as possible – long may that continue.
However I thought I should clarify a few points for everyone relating to some questions that have been asked, so everyone is aware of the position on these points, so please ensure that this update is circulated to your managers and administrators.
At this stage, I would like to add that as per normal, we have had a fine amnesty in September whereby we have not issued any fines for the following:-
Please note that non-fulfilled fixtures will still be liable to disciplinary action during September and hence fines will be issued accordingly.
Kick Off Times / Alterations to Match Locations
Strangely enough, one small issue that has arisen has been the question of kick off times. Unlike other leagues, who allow teams to choose their kick off times and even which day they wish to play, the CYFL operates a clear kick off policy:-
Under 11, 12, 13 and 14 age groups kick off on Sunday AM, with 10.30am as the default kick off time
Under 15, 16, 17 and 18 age groups kick off on Sunday PM, with 2.00pm as the default kick off time
In instances where teams pitch share, we do allow kick off times to be flexible, but they must always be either AM or PM (depending on age group) and if teams do not agree, then kick off times will revert to the default time as listed above.
I would also ask that if a kick off time that is different to the default is decided upon and or the location of the game is changed, Tony Gee and Steve Chamberlain MUST be advised of this ASAP ahead of the day. We need to ensure that the match referee is considered in any changes so that they are able to attend at the alternate kick off time or location. And please note that we have Committee Members who go our each Sunday to watch games to check behaviour, player registrations and offer support to teams. If the Committee Members arrive at a game to find that either it is kicking off at an alternate time or location, any costs incurred may be charged to both teams, so please avoid this by dropping a simple message to our Officers to advise them of the change.
October Half Term
Please note that fixtures for all age groups will be scheduled on the Sundays either side of half term in October (whatever dates that maybe for your local Council area). Therefore, if you require a free Sunday, you will need to request one ASAP to ensure that it is submitted in accordance with League Rules! Refusal often offends, and to be fair and consistent to all teams, any requests not received with a months’ notice of the date will be refused. So please ensure that you canvas parents and players in the next week and make the request in a timely manner.
Pre-Season Full Council Meeting Presentations
Those of you in attendance at the Full Council Meeting held on Monday 2nd September will have been aware of the 2 presentations delivered on the evening by Mike Desborough (Referee Development Officer, Bedfordshire Football Association and CYFL Management Committee Member). These were on the areas of Temporary Dismissals (Sin Bins) and changes to the Laws of the Game for the 2019 / 20 season.
These presentations are now available to be viewed and downloaded from the Bedfordshire Football Association website, via the attached link:-
Now that the confirmed rules have been circulated (in the CYFL Handbook), I am able to circulate the Club Agreement for Season 2019 / 20. Could you please complete and return to me by Monday 30th September.
I am happy to receive either completed and signed copies via email (Scanned) or via post. Please note that any club who does not complete and return their agreement by this date will be liable to a fine and will be disqualified from playing CYFL fixtures until the form is returned, as per Rule 10.
Attached with this email are some club amendments that I have been notified of over the opening weeks of the season. Please note that at present, the paper handbook and Online / Virtual handbook will not have been updated with these changes. I will be looking to update the online / virtual handbook in October, so would appreciate you notifying me of any changes to contact details by 10th October please. However, in the meantime, please circulate the amendments attached to this email to your managers and administrators.
I have been made aware that some people are still experiencing issues accessing the online version of the CYFL handbook using the links in the email that I sent out. It would appear that some people are still viewing the Club Directory for the 2018 / 19 season (last year) as opposed to this season. I have double checked and the second version I sent out is the correct one for this season and having checked with the publisher, it would appear that the issue maybe caused by a slight technical issue.
If you are seeing last season’s version of the handbook, it may well be a cookie issue. It is likely that your laptop or pc is pulling through the old version as your cookies are set to do this; basically to improve page loading time. If you go to your browser settings and clear cache - that should do the trick
Whilst appreciating that there have been issues around Full-time notifications, I feel that general levels of communication during the opening weeks of the season have been below the standards that I would expect. Please remember that it is courteous (as well as within the rules!) to confirm fixtures with the opposition and the match referee in a timely manner. And ensure that you have received confirmation that the messages have been received and acknowledged. And if you are the away side, you should actively seek confirmation if it is not made by 9pm on the Tuesday. Please do not assume that there is no game if confirmation is not made as some teams have done already!
Other league matters should be communicated through the relevant league officer, copying myself in where appropriate.
All Fixture Related Issues (including Free Week Requests) Tony Gee
AM Referee Appointments & Queries Steve Chamberlain
PM Referee Appointments & Queries Tony Gee
Player Registrations Pamela Johnson
Fines / Pitch Fees Jane Brown
All other Issues (Complaints, General Queries, Amendments, League Administration) Jonathan Brown
Please use email for these - do not send messages via Full-time or Facebook if you require a time sensitive response. And complaints regarding incidents in fixtures need to be made within 3 days of the date of the game.
A little reminder that County Cup fixtures have now been published and we would ask that those teams who are not Bedfordshire affiliated and playing in other County Cups, keep us updated as to their progress and the dates of subsequent rounds. We do not always unfortunately get notified of results and draws, so as County game take precedence over CYFL we need to know to keep the fixtures up to date.
This coming weekend sees the first round of County Cups in Bedfordshire and as such these fixtures take priority over CYFL fixtures, which means that referees will be allocated to those ties first. This may impact our referee coverage for this coming Sunday.
For the first 2 weeks of the season, we have been able to appoint referees to 80% of our fixtures, which is in line with previous seasons at this stage. Please note that both Tony and Steve are working hard in conjunction with the Bedfordshire Football Association to improve coverage. A training course for new referees was held in late August and there is another one in October, so hopefully we will gain some officials from these groups.
At this point I would like to thank all my committee colleagues for their hard work over the past few weeks.
Enjoy match day 3 and please ensure that this communication is circulated to your managers and administrators.