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Here is a summary of the main discussion points:
1: League to become ‘by invitation only’ from next season: Unanimously agreed.
2: Teams falling below a set Corinthian score average at the end of the season to have their membership for the following season put to a vote of the teams who have played them: Unanimously agreed. (Average required TBC. If it were set at 7.5 then four clubs this season would have fallen into this category, based on adjusted Corinthian scores, not the table on the website): Agreed. Average to be set at 7.5
3: Underage players to be completely banned: Rejected by a large majority.
A counter proposal, that no players in their 20’s should be allowed barring exceptional circumstances was agreed by a large majority. (Exceptional circumstances to include the existing father and son rule and also if it is impossible for a team to raise an XI without using youngsters.) Teams must contact and agree with the opposition manager in good time before using players below the age of 30.
No more than two players under the age of 35 but over 30 will still be permitted as part of a Casuals XI.
4: Underage players in the over 45’s league. No decision was reached on this and it was agreed that the over 45’s teams would confer separately via email to establish the rule.
5: The formation of an uber Casuals division: Rejected by a large majority.
The issue of strong new teams coming in became less pressing as several who we thought wanted to join failed to materialize. The meeting agreed that once promotion and relegation had been fulfilled for existing teams, then if there were gaps in divisions 3 or 4, that a strong new team could start in a higher division at the discretion of the committee.
6: Splitting the cup in two: Unanimously rejected. The meeting voted for the romance of an all-in contest where the division 5 underdog could be drawn against one of the big city teams in division one.
A proposal to launch a shield competition for cup first round losers was also rejected by a large majority.
At the time of writing the new divisions are still TBC, we will publish these as soon as we know who is definitely joining. The state of play at the moment is as follows:
Teams who have folded: SCS, Longwell Green, Nailsea Old Boys, Portishead Jurassic Sparks
Moving to the over 45’s: Re-Union, Russell Athletic.