The first week of putting full scorecards onto the website found a few issues, which have all now been resolved. From here on in, things should be much easier.
When entering scorecards going forwards, please use the list of known players as far as possible - only add new players if they're not in the list. And if your club's list of players contains duplicates, please let me know so I can merge them. The same applies if any of the players have spelling errors, etc.
If you have any problems, please let the Fixtures Officer know (fixtures (at) wccl.org.uk), providing as much information as possible. If the problem involves importing a scorecard from Play-Cricket, please make sure you include the Play-Cricket URL you are using.
Any clubs reporting a problem which is causing them to be unable to enter a scorecard before the deadline has passed, will not be penalised if the deadline is then missed.
Chippenham V: Will now be playing at the Sheldon School second ground. Directions are as for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th XI. Artificial Pitch, so no spikes allowed.
Heytesbury and Sutton Veny CC: The Club Welfare Officer is now Sarah Dalby. Phone 07950 546077.
Nationwide House CC: The Secretary is now Steve Lewis. Email Steven.Lewis (at) nationwide.co.uk. Phone 07885 668204.
Purton CC: The Chairman is now Ian Bailey. See Secretary for details.
Swindon CC: The 2nd XI Captain is Harry Chevis. Phone 07901 982382.
Swindon NALGO CC: The phone number for the 1st XI captain (Prashant Joshi) is 07969 765785.
Trowbridge IV: Are not playing at North Bradley. New home venue TBA in due course.
As discussed at the league AGM, it is a requirement of the league (rule 22a), and of Wiltshire Cricket, that every club has a Club Welfare Officer who in the last three years has completed the ECB Safe Hands Workshop, the Sportscoach UK Safeguarding and Protecting Children Workshop, and an ECB DBS check. With abuse cases in sport making headlines several times in the past 12 months, the league will now be checking that the Club Welfare Officer of every club has completed these requirements.
ECB Safe Hands Workshops are arranged by Wiltshire Cricket. They are running a workshop at Beversbrook, Calne on Wednesday 21st February 2018, 6:00-9:00pm. You can book onto the workshop via the Wiltshire Cricket website course application page. The deadline for applications is 15th February 2018, and the price is £35.
The Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop is run in Wiltshire by the Wiltshire and Swindon Sport Activity Partnership (WASP) on behalf of Sportscoach UK. They are running workshops on 7th February 2018 in Trowbridge, Thursday 22nd March 2018 in Swindon, and Tuesday 1st May 2018 in Salisbury. All workshops run from 6:30-9:30pm, and cost £47. Workshops can be booked via the partnership website.
ECB DBS checks are arranged through Wiltshire Cricket. Please contact Pete Sykes or Karen Smith at Wiltshire Cricket to arrange. Once they have initiated your DBS check, the process requires filling in an online form, and then a brief meeting with one of many DBS checkers in the county in order to sign off your application. A paper version is also available, but takes significantly longer.
These two workshops and ECB DBS check are also available in Somerset, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, for those clubs from outside Wiltshire who play in the league.
With the number of disciplinary incidents which occurred in the league in 2017, the league will be using its powers under rule 51b of the league rules to penalise any team whose players are found guilty of an offence by the league. The penalties will be based on the level of offence committed, as follows:
In addition, if a second or subsequent offence is committed by any player in the club during the same season or the following season, their team will be penalised as above plus an additional 5 penalty points.
The above is in addition to the penalties received by the player in question.
The WCCL Committee hopes that this will be sufficient to significantly reduce the number of disciplinary cases which are being seen by the league, but if it does not, the league reserves the right to increase the above penalties during the season.