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Uni Cricket Organisation
« on: January 20, 2018, 12:23:37 AM »

After almost 2/3rds of our uni cricket club graduated last year, we were left with a situation where there was only 4 of us who were in a position to run the club, therefore we became the committee by default. Since the start of the year there's been a lot of problems and unnecessary stress which culminated in last night where our coach sulked because he was batting last in a net session (which is obviously meant to be for players, but more on that later)

Our first job was to secure a new first year students to bolster our numbers, as after last year we were left with about 8/9 regular members. As a result we were far too lenient on paying membership fees (which are 50 a year with no subs at all, not bad for 30 weeks indoor training, and free games if selected). Normally the policy is to give one free taster training session, and then not allow them to train until they pay their share. We ended up with people turning up on week 5 and getting arsey when they were told they couldn't train. We had people tell us week after week that they would 'pay before next week' and then yet another 'money issue' would pop up. We then finally told the lads 'ok no worries, come back in a couple of weeks when you can pay' and it's amazing that all of them miraculously found the money to pay at the same time!

Our second issue was selection for the indoor league. We had two sets of games a month or so apart, and selected our teams based on commitment and ability. Some lads who hadn't been to training were arguably better cricketers than the lads that were selected, and couldn't work out why coming to 1 out of 5 training sessions didn't warrant selection. We also base commitment not only on training but on 'socials' (basically, like every other sports club in uni, half our funding comes from bars, on the condition that we bring a certain number of people to their bar every other Wednesday) Half our club haven't bothered to come despite constant reminders, leaving the dependable among us to make up the numbers by any means including dragging non-cricket mates out with us.

And lastly we have our farcical situation with our 'coach' who finished uni last year and insisted on coaching us. He put on a few drills in the first few weeks and since then has been using the 2 hours as a winter net session for himself. Last night i overheard him telling someone once he'd batted he was off, so i held of and made sure he was the last one to bat, which led to him sulking and refusing to give me and another lad a lift home (which is directly on his way home). We've decided as a committee that if he carries on using us as his excuse to bat that we will tell him to pay membership seeing as he wants to be treated as regular player. However, he is also our key to getting cheaper local ground hire/umpires as he's a local lad who 'knows' absolutely everyone.

How on earth do we proceed with this situation? tell him to pay and risk stretching our finances further if he tells his club not to let us rent the ground? or bite or tongues and continue to let him do whatever he wants at training?

Apologies if this has been a bit of an incoherent rant, but it's had me in a (No Swearing Please) mood all day and none of us have any idea what to do with the situation.
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Re: Uni Cricket Organisation
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2018, 06:53:17 AM »

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Re: Uni Cricket Organisation
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2018, 09:45:08 AM »

A couple of thoughts...
Do you have an Athletic union reps who can help with your organisation of activities.
You will need to get hold of all the local contacts too.

With some help and a couple of hours on the phone you will be able to bypass this "coach".

Your AU should be helping with all this, not you on your own.
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Re: Uni Cricket Organisation
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2018, 01:06:56 PM »

We tend to get left to our own devices when it comes to ground hire etc. Our Union are basically there to arrange our transport (which they're a bit useless at) and to help us use our finances (to stop anyone getting away with taking money out of the club). They are the ones who organise paying for the ground, but we have to find a ground and make a deal ourselves.

It won't be hard to find a ground, but we will be charged probably double what we are now, as it's this lads club so they do it cheap for him.
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Re: Uni Cricket Organisation
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2018, 08:17:18 PM »

Guess it comes down to can the players afford  want to pay the extra for a ground.
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Re: Uni Cricket Organisation
« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2018, 08:40:00 PM »

If not the Athletics Union, then the Student's Union should be able to help in this situation. They'll have plenty of experience with issues with other societies, and they'll help mediate if needed.
Perhaps mine was just a good SU though!
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Re: Uni Cricket Organisation
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2018, 10:05:56 AM »

Interesting and difficult situation, University sport is always filled with debate and politics when student run. I'd suggest having a discussion with the union to fill them in on where things are now, what you plan on doing and how they might be able to suggest.

From my point of view a coach should be there to do that... coach not train. If he is training it should be separate from the sessions he is coaching. Having an open discussion with yourselves as committee with him would be the right thing to do. As long as you inform the SU prior to that and the potential consequences financially then you should be ok.

With regards to paying for nets make it compulsory prior to entering the net facility and speak with the venue to inform them that you are having issues and there might be some people turned away, if they could help that would be good. Other than that just be very clear in communication with people via all your communication channels that from the following week there will be zero tolerance and hopefully that the SU & venue are supporting you with that.


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