Football Season Rules and Regulations

Grass Pitch Inspections

Pitch inspections will take place on Friday morning’s preceding a weekend game. Any midweek games will be subject to an inspection the morning of that game. Should any pitches be deemed unplayable, contact will be made via email to each team affected by no later than 12 noon on the day of inspection.

The referee may also declare a pitch unplayable.  There will be no charge in these circumstances.  The referee must report this decision to the caretaker and fill out necessary paperwork.

Block Bookings

The block booking of a pitch is for official games as per league fixtures and cup ties.  Block bookings are not accepted for training or for friendly matches.

Sharing of a Park

Where teams are sharing on a fortnightly basis, those teams MUST arrange their fixture list in conjunction with each other.  If not in possession of a fixture list the team you share with will not automatically be allocated the pitch if you cancel your booking, they will have to contact the booking office with their booking request.

Behaviour

No alcohol will be allowed in pavilions or changing rooms.  Any damage should be reported to the caretaker.  Football boots must be removed at the door and the washing of boots in the toilets is not allowed.  No smoking is allowed in the pavilion.  Any litter left by team supporters must be bagged and removed at end of game.

RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE CLEARANCE OF THE PITCH AND SURROUNDS AT THE END OF EACH GAME RESTS WITH THE HOME TEAM.

VENUES THAT ARE NOT CLEARED MAY AFFECT FUTURE BOOKINGS.

Under Section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, any person who throws down, drops or otherwise deposits in, into or from any place to which this section applies, and leaves, anything whatsoever in such circumstances as to cause, or contribute to, or tend to lead to, the defacement by litter of any place to which this section applies shall be guilty of an offence.

Offenders will receive a Fixed Penalty of £80.  Local Authority Officers and Police Officers will issue these penalties.  The maximum penalty on conviction is £2500.

Cancelled Games

All bookings, cancellations, change of times, change of venue etc. must be conveyed through the booking office. Any team who fail to appear and have not given 2 clear working days’ notice of cancellation to booking office (i.e for Saturday and Sunday block bookings, notice must be received by the booking office by Wednesday 1.00pm at the latest) will then be charged.  Disregarding this rule will result in no further bookings being taken.

Unofficial Playing

Any team found to be playing on parks without officially booking will have future bookings cancelled.

Application

Each age group must submit a single. One team - One Application

Holidays

Each team will be notified as soon as possible of the holiday arrangements for the season.

Grounds Maintenance

All grass parks close the last Sunday in May, no bookings will be taken after that date.

Premises

All Grass Pavilions must be vacated by 8.50pm on weekdays and by 5.00pm on Saturdays and Sundays. It is the responsibility of the home team as the letting agent that changing facilities and surrounding areas are left in the same condition as found in.  

Equipment

All football teams will be responsible for erecting and taking down their own nets.  Where portable goals are in use, football teams will be responsible for ensuring the equipment is correctly assembled.

Instructions will be given by Ground Maintenance staff prior to use of equipment.

Kick Offs

All teams must kick off no later than 2.00pm on Saturday and Sunday and 6.30pm on a weekday.

Length of Booking

Parks and changing rooms are booked for a maximum of period of 2.5 hours.

Changes in Booking

Any changes to the normal operation of the booking must be cleared by the Booking Office.

Outstanding Accounts

Any accounts outstanding for any West Dunbartonshire Leisure Trust Pitch will result in the cancellation of their teams block booking.

Opening of Pavilions

Caretakers will open pavilions 30 minutes before kick off time.

Payment of Booking

Park Bookings will be invoiced on a monthly basis; no cash will be taken at pavilions.  Please ensure bills are paid promptly to avoid losing park booking.  Please note Manager (PAYE) on booking form is who all invoices will be issued to unless stated otherwise.

Litter

To ensure match day litter is removed we will be introducing a penalty Yellow and Red Card system. Each time the team arranging the let do not leave the pitch in good order they will receive a yellow card. Any team which receives two yellow cards will be issued with a red card and will lose their booking for the following week. Any team which receives two red cards in one season will lose the remainder of their pitch bookings for the season