General Rules

General Rules

1 Objectives of the Club

To promote and encourage long distance pigeon racing from the north and for that purpose to organise races for the membership of the Club. The Club confines itself strictly to Lerwick for the Grand National race and the King George V Challenge Cup

2 Organisation and Membership (R P R A Rule 149)

2.1 Name The club shall be called THE NORTH ROAD CHAMPIONSHIP CLUB. (NRCC)

2.1.1 Affiliation The club shall be affiliated to THE ROYAL PIGEON RACING ASSOCIATION

(R P R A) and will adopt all its compulsory Standard Rules ( PART 0 )

2.2 Headquarters The Registered headquarters will be the home address of the Secretary

2.2.1 All Committee Meetings will be held in the Peterborough area at the discretion of the Committee.

2.2.2 Boundaries The boundary of the club will be, all lofts situated at least 475 miles from Victoria Pier LERWICK. (RPRA official liberation site code 4057)

3 Officers of the Club Officers of the club will consist of the following

3.1 Officers

3.1.1 President

3.1.2 Chairman

3.1.3 Treasurer

3.1.4 Auditors

3.1.5 Committee

3.1.6 Vice-Presidents

3.1.7 Secretary

3.2 Officials

3.2.1 Life Vice-Presidents

3.3 Election and Conditions

3.3.1 All officers will be elected at the Annual General Meeting (A G M)

3.3.2 All officers will be elected individually.

3.3.3 The President, unless re-elected will be selected from the retiring Vice-Presidents.

3.3.4 Vice-Presidents will have served at least three years as a Committee delegate immediately prior to a nomination for President, should they be proposed when this office becomes vacant.

3.3.5 The Committee will be elected on the basis of one delegate for each 80 or part of 80 members per section as indicated on the most up to date membership figures available at the meeting. The section they represent will be indicated against their name in the Rule Book.

3.3.6 Nomination for Life Vice-President will only be accepted for members who have held the office

of President, or served on the Committee for 10 consecutive years.

3.4 Powers and Duties of Committee

The entire management of the club shall be vested in the Committee for the time being. Five Committee delegates to form a quorum, who shall have the power to add to their numbers and fill any vacancies that, occur. The Committee shall make rules, bye laws, regulations and conditions as to the management of the club, its races and anything therewith and shall be binding upon every member from the time they are made and advised to the members.

3.5 Holding of Committee Meetings

Committee Meetings shall take place to regulate the affairs of the club. Seven days notice in writing shall be deemed sufficient. Meetings shall be held as follows.

3.5.1 Five regular Meetings per year in February, September, October, November and December.

3.5.2 To consider the Agenda for the A G M and to receive a draft of the Balance Sheet.

3.5.3 To resolve disputes and in the event of an objection to Race Results.

3.5.4 Any other business not mentioned in the above particulars to be considered at Committee Meetings may be brought forward.

3.6 Definition of Committee

The Committee shall be composed of the President, Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, and elected section committee delegates.

3.7 Emergency Committee

The President, Chairman, Treasurer, one Vice-President and one long serving Committee delegate shall form an Emergency Committee who will deal with all matters which, in the opinion of the President, needs a decision within five days. Such decision or decisions are to be confirmed at the next Committee Meeting.

4 Meetings all Members (RPRA153 & 155)

The Annual General Meeting shall be held at a venue within the NRCC radius once per year. All members will receive a full agenda of the meeting, including statement of accounts and any voting papers seven days prior to the meeting. Detailed results of the voting shall be included in the official report of the AGM, all of which shall be published in the fancy press.

4.1 General Meeting following AGM

A General Meeting of members shall be held immediately after the AGM. Card Votes on Race Points and any other general business of the club will be decided.

4.2.1 Voting (RPRA154)

Simple majority decides all issues. Chairman of Meeting to have casting vote.

4.2.2 Card Votes (R P RA182) Card votes received by the secretary not later than the last Friday

before the AGM shall count. No vote by show of hands will be applicable. Simple majority shall decide. The Chairman of Meeting shall not have a casting vote.

5 Alterations to Rules (RPRA155/156/15)

5.1 Proposed alterations to rules of the club shall only be permitted to the rules printed in this rulebook.

5.2 No proposals will be accepted concerning the Committee Clock and Marking Rules.

5.3 Should a member wish items concerning Committee Rules to be reviewed he may write to the Secretary or local Committee Member for such items to be included on the next Committee Agenda. The decision of the Committee on such issues is final.

6 Membership (RPRA158)

All members must declare at which club and local region of the R P R A fees are paid.

6.1 Entrance Fee. Shall be £5.00 per loft.

6.2 Application for Membership (RPRA159) Applications must be in writing and accompanied with any required entrance fee. Each application to be notified to the Committee of the Club who will decide on the application and shall be confirmed at the next Committee Meeting.

6.3 Subscriptions (R P R A 161) The committee shall determine the Yearly Subscription, it shall be determined at the October committee meeting each year, as part of their management of the club. The members shall be informed prior to the Annual General Meeting each year and shall be paid no later than 1st March each year.

6.4 Resignations (R P R A 162) Members requiring acknowledgement of a resignation must enclose a stamped addressed envelope. Resigned members of the club shall forfeit all claims to its property.

7 Dissolution (R P R A 163/164/165/166a/166b) All rules apply.

8 Banking Account (R P R A 167) There shall be a separate banking account in the name of the

North Road Championship Club. All payments shall be made by cheque signed by the Secretary and Treasurer or President.

9 Grievances and Disciplinary Matters (R P R A 168/169/170/171/172)

A fee of £12.50 must accompany any Grievance or objection with the club, to be referred to the Committee for consideration. Should the objection be won this fee will be returned.

10 Special Meetings (R P R A 173) Will be called as required.

11 Arrears (R P R A 174) Will be applied as necessary.

11.1.1 Race Entry Forms will not be sent to those members who have not paid a Subscription

11.1.1.1 Should a member pay the subscription after being reported to the R P R A he shall not continue as a member of the Club without re-election.

12 Forfeit Members being expelled or suspended from the club shall forfeit all claims to fees or it’s property.

13 Penalty Failure to comply with the R P R A rules, Club Rules, club Committee Rules and Committee Clock Rules will result in members being disqualified and suspended by the Committee. Failure to comply with Committee rules will entail disciplinary action to be determined.

14 Race Results Will be published courtesy of THE BRITISH HOMING WORLD as soon as possible after the race; objections must be lodged with in seven days of publication of such results in the press. Results will show true the first 300 open positions after which results will be displayed in sections when the first position of each competitor only will be shown, unless subsequent arrivals win prizes or pool money.

14.1 The number of birds entered by each competitor be published on the result.

14.2 Members may purchase a race result directly from the club for a fee, (to be determined/set by the committee) payable when entering the specific race.

15 Race closure (R P R A 191) All races shall close at 440 yards per minute.

16 Performance Enhancing (R P R A 199 and appendix G)

The Committee reserves the right to have any entry tested for the use of performance enhancing drugs/substances failure to allow access will result in suspension and may entail disqualification.

17 Adjudication. (R PR A 200) Will be applied as necessary.

18 Clock Rules The complete section Q of the R P R A rules shall apply inclusive.

19 Grand Master Timer (R P R A 210/211) The club to use a grand master timer to control all races.

20 Clock Stations No clock station shall be permitted in any locality unless a member of the Committee of the NRCC, or such person appointed by the Committee, is willing to fulfil the duties of clock officer, (refer to Committee rules appertaining to clock regulations for clock stations.)

21 Hours of Darkness The hours of darkness shall be from 21.30hrs day of liberation, until 04.45hrs next day, for races taking place in May and July, 22.00hrs day of liberation, until 04.30hrs next day, for races taking place in June, and 20.00hrs day of liberation, until 06.15hrs next day, for races taking place in September. The hours of darkness will be modified should any member time in within 30 minutes of close of each day, each bird timed within the 30 minute period MUST be verified via the lib-line service and within 60 minutes of timing. Birds clocked after this time will be credited with a time from the opening of the race on the next day.

22 Finance All cheques, money and postal orders received by the Secretary shall be paid directly into the bank account. No cash shall be utilised for the purpose of the Club or otherwise unless it has first been paid into the bank account.

23 Racing all Races.

23.1 All members are eligible to compete in the races organised by the club.

23.2 All members are eligible to compete in the Open Result in accordance with Committee Rules and conditions.

23.3 All members are eligible to compete in the Section Result applicable to the section that the loft is allocated.

23.4.1 SECTION A includes all competitors whose lofts are situated South of a line 475 miles from Lerwick, North of Latitude 52° 40’ 00” N and West of Longitude 01° 00’ 00” W.

23.4.2 SECTION B includes all competitors whose lofts are situated South of a line 475 miles from Lerwick, North of Latitude 52° 40’ 00” N, West of Longitude 00° 05’ 00” W, and East of Longitude 01° 00’ 00” W.

23.4.3 SECTION C includes all competitors whose lofts are situated South of a line 475 miles from Lerwick, North of Latitude 52° 40’ 00” N, East of Longitude 00° 05’ 00” W, and West of Longitude 00° 40’ 00” E.

23.4.4 SECTION E includes all competitors whose lofts are situated South of Latitude 52° 40’ 00” N, North of Latitude 52° 07’ 00” N, and West of Longitude 0° (Greenwich Meridian).

23.4.5 SECTION F includes (i) all competitors whose lofts are situated South of Latitude 52° 40’ 00” N, North of Latitude 52° 07’ 00” N, and East of Longitude 0° (Greenwich Meridian), and (ii) all competitors whose lofts are situated North of Latitude 52° 40’ 00” N and East of Longitude 00° 40’ 00” E.

23.4.6 SECTION G includes all competitors whose lofts are situated South of Latitude 52° 07’ 00” N and West of Longitude 01° 45’ 00” W until it meets Latitude 51° 22’ 00” N and all lofts South of this line.

23.4.7 SECTION H includes all competitors whose lofts are situated South of Latitude 52° 07’ 00” N, North of Latitude 51° 22’ 00” N, West of Longitude 00° 10’ 00” E, and East of Longitude 01° 45’ 00” W.

23.4.8 SECTION I includes all competitors whose lofts are situated South of Latitude 52° 07’ 00” N, North of Latitude 51° 22’ 00” N, and East of Longitude 00° 10’ 00” E.”.

23.5 A diagrammatic map showing the extent of the various sections shall be included as an appendix to the rules of the NRCC.

24 Race Points and Dates

The committee shall determine the Race Points and Race Dates, Lerwick being one Race Point, as part of their management of the club. The committee will advise the members before the Annual General Meeting each year, of the Race Points and Dates for the ensuing year. Members may correspond with the committee on such matters but the committees’ decision will be final.

25 Pools Two series of pools for Section and Open Competition shall be organised by the Committee with entries at 50p, £1, £2, £3, £4, £5. All pools paid at 10 to 1.

26 Convoying The Club shall agree to convoy other organisations to all races.

26.1 Yearlings to be allowed from the Lerwick Race.

27 Young Bird Race All entries must bear a ring issued by the NRCC. Only Her Majesty The Queen may enter ER rings in this Race. Other rings may be entered at a cost of £1.00 extra per ring.

28 Claims The Secretary will deal with claims made in writing for positions, pools and prizes from published Race Results. Items that are unable to be resolved by the Secretary will be deemed a grievance or objection under rule 9.

29 The Committee can indicate on the Ballot paper a preference for any particular outcome of any of the proposals submitted by the general membership if the committee considers that a resolution would cause serious, adverse and fundamental problems of or would be favourable, advantageous and in the best interest of the club