Devon Merit Tables - Regulations And Structure

  1. The competition shall be known as the Devon Merit Tables with the relevant level attached to each table and shall be subject to the direction and control of the Devon Rugby Football Union Ltd acting through the table administrators and Devon R.F.U. Competitions sub-committee. Failure to comply with the regulations will lead to the application of penalties, including the deduction of merit table points.

  2. The Devon R.F.U. Competitions sub-committee, including at least three members from participating Clubs, shall meet as required to review the regulations and structure and allocate teams to tables as deemed appropriate.

  3. Any dispute shall be referred within seven days of a scheduled match to the table administrator who will be responsible for a decision on the matter. Should the dispute involve the table administrator’s Club, the matter will immediately be passed to another administrator who has no such connection. Any appeal against such decision must be lodged within seven days of notification together with an administrative fee of £30 (payable to Devon RFU Ltd.) with the Devon R.F.U. Competitions sub-committee whose decision shall be final.

  4. Participation in the Devon Merit Tables shall be open to the second or lower teams of any Devon Club which plays in the English Clubs Championship at level 4 and below. Teams from the same Club may not compete in the same merit table. The home team should arrange the appointment of a referee by its usual Referees Society. Application to leave or join the Devon Merit Tables must be received by May 31st. prior to the season in question.

  5. For this season at least Devon Merit Table Three will be replaced by a Participation Merit Table for clubs that a) failed to meet the minimum requirements in terms of games played in the Merit Tables during 2014-15 and b) who have applied to join the Merit Table structure. The Participation Merit Table is designed to allow clubs to prove that they can sustain a 2nd or 3rd XV and providing they meet the required minimum standard of playing 75% of their fixtures, they may apply to join the Devon Merit Tables proper. In the Participation Merit Table, there are no points awarded for the result of games. However, in order that accurate records may be maintained, Clubs must still notify the administrator of their results. Clubs in the Participation MT are not restricted to playing each other, matches can be arranged with teams in any of the Merit Tables and all games will count towards qualification for entry to the Merit Tables the following season.

  6. Fixtures must be arranged on a home and away basis with all other teams participating in the relevant merit table and on specified league Saturdays in the R.F.U. structured season. Fixture lists highlighting the Devon Merit Table games must be sent to the table administrator and Devon RFU handbook editor by June 30th. each year together with the name and contact details of the Club’s merit table official.

  7. Both teams must report the result of all scheduled matches, by phone, text or e-mail, to reach the table administrator by the Monday following the match. Failure to do so will result in the loss of one competition point. Three points will be awarded for a win, two points for a draw and one point for a loss in all completed qualifying matches. Positions in the merit table shall be established onapoints system

  8. The top team in table 2 shall be promoted to table 1 with the bottom team in table 1 being relegated to table 2. Where the promotion of a team would contravene regulation 4 above, the next team in the final table shall be promoted instead. Where the relegation of a team would contravene regulation 4 above, the relegation shall take place and the relevant Club’s lower team shall be moved to another table at a lower or equal level

  9. If a scheduled match is not played for a reason deemed unjustified by the table administrator (e.g. inability to raise a side), the offending side shall be deducted three points whilst the non-offending side will be awardedthree points If a scheduled match is postponed or abandoned for reasons of safety