BYE LAW # 1
The name of the Gaelic Athletic Association, as it applies to Canada, is the Canadian County Board, Incorporated (CCB).
BYE LAW # 2
The Canadian County Board shall be elected annually at a Convention at which the following are entitled to attend and vote: The outgoing members of the Board, the Chairperson and one other representative from each club which competed in their most recent Divisional Championships, the Chairpersons of the Divisional Boards and the Chairperson of the Toronto Minor Board
BYE LAW # 3
The Convention shall elect the following Officers of the County Committee who shall hold office until the end of the following year’s Convention: Chairperson (elected for a three year term), Vice-chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, Development Officer (who shall be responsible for registration) and an Honorary President. With the exception of the Honorary President, all will have voting rights. The Honorary President will be the outgoing President. If there is no outgoing President then there shall be no Honorary President.
BYE LAW # 4
The County Committee shall consist of the officers elected at County Convention.
BYE LAW # 5
The County Committee shall appoint a Competitions Control Committee, consisting of five people, for each of the Divisional Boards under its jurisdiction. These C.C.C.’s shall be responsible for all arrangements for and control of any matters arising from games under their jurisdiction as determined by the County Committee, including disciplinary matters other than those functions reserved to the County Hearings Committee. They shall investigate and process matters relating to the Enforcement of Rules, including hearing Objections and Counter-Objections in their respective areas. The Divisional Competitions Control Committees shall have Plenary Powers.
BYE LAW # 6
The County Committee shall appoint a County Hearings Committee in accordance with Rule 3.22, T.O. 2009. It shall consist of 5 people and will serve as the Hearings Committee for all the Divisions under the jurisdiction of the Canadian County Committee. It will adjudicate on all Disciplinary matters where a Hearing is requested, relating to the Enforcement of Rules arising from matters under the jurisdiction of the County Committee. No member of a Divisional Board C.C.C. may be a member of the Co. Hearings Committee. Where a request for a Hearing is made, the Hearings Committee may conduct its proceedings in person or via video/telephone conferencing.
BYE LAW # 7
The County Committee shall act as the Appeals Committee consisting of three people, whose function will be to deal with any appeals arising from decisions of the Divisional CCC’s and the County Hearing’s Committee. There shall be no appeal against the decisions of the Appeal’s Committee. Where there is an Appeal, the Appeals’ Committee may conduct its proceedings in person or via video/telephone conferencing.
BYE LAW # 8 - BASIC AIM
The basic aim of the Canadian County Committee is to preserve and promote Gaelic Games and pastimes in Canada.
BYE LAW # 9 - UNITS
The Canadian County Committee is a democratic organization comprised of the following units: (a) Clubs, (b) Divisional Boards, (c) Toronto Minor Board and (d) County Committee.
BYE LAW # 10 - CONTROL
All Clubs, Divisional and Minor Boards are subject to the ultimate control of the Canadian County Committee.
BYE LAW # 11 - JURISDICTION
Subject to Bye Law 7 above the Canadian County Committee, as approved by Central Council and Congress, shall be the final authority on all matters within its jurisdiction.
BYE LAW # 12 - MEMBERSHIP
(a) Membership of the GAA shall be granted only by a Club.
(b) The rules regarding application for admission to membership and suspension or expulsion from club activities shall be as set out in the Current Official Guide.
BYE LAW # 13 - DIVISIONS
(a) The clubs of the Canadian County Committee shall be formed into Divisions, which shall be known as follows: Toronto Divisional Board: Comprising of clubs from Toronto, Brampton, Durham and Ottawa. Western Canada Divisional Board: Comprising of clubs from Vancouver, Calgary, Red Deer and Edmonton. Toronto Minor Board: Comprising of clubs from Brampton, Durham, Ottawa and Toronto.
(b) (i) In accordance with R. 3.21, T.O. 2009 the Co. Committee shall appoint each Divisional Committee which shall consist of a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, Registrar and a representative of each club that participates in an adult competition.
(ii) Each Divisional Committee shall have a Competitions Control Committee consisting of the
membership of the Divisional Committee. Requests for Hearing shall be heard by the Co. Hearings Committee
It shall be responsible for organising all games under the jurisdiction of its Divisional Board and dealing with all matters arising from such games other than those functions reserved to the Co.
Hearings Committee. It shall investigate and process matters relating to the Enforcement of Rules including hearing Objections and Counter-Objections.
BYE LAW # 14 - DIVISIONAL BOARD FAILURE
When a Divisional Board or Toronto Minor Board fails to function, the Canadian County Committee through its Chair and Secretary shall assume full control of that Division or Minor Board.
BYE LAW # 15 - AFFILIATION AND REGISTRATIONS
(a) Each club shall register with the County Committee Development Officer, through the Divisional Board Registrar, its players, officials and colors, no later than April 30th.
(b) The affiliation fee for all clubs shall be $100 per team.
(c) All affiliations shall have reached the Registrar’s address no later than April 30th.
(d) All player registrations shall have reached the Registrar accompanied by a fee of $5 per player by July 1. No registrations shall be accepted unless accompanied by the fee.
(e) €2 per member shall be forwarded to Central Council to complete the Registration of each member.
BYE LAW # 16 - TRANSFERS
Under Rule 6.13 TO 2010, the only players entitled to get Inter-County transfers to a club/s in Canada are those players who have played for their first season there as Sanctioned players and have remained in Canada permanently. Any such player needs an Inter-County transfer to be eligible to play for a club under the jurisdiction of the Canadian County Committee in his second and subsequent years.
Divisional Committees shall consider requests for transfers between clubs within the Division and make recommendations to the Co. Committee whose decision shall be final.
Requests for Inter-Divisional transfers shall be considered by the Co. Hearings Committee who shall make recommendations to the Co. Committee whose decision shall be final.
BYE LAW # 17 - SANCTIONS
The maximum number of Sanctioned players allowed to register/play with any club in the area under the jurisdiction of the Canadian County Committee is seven. A club fielding a second team or junior team would be allowed to register 3 additional sanctioned players.
BYE LAW # 18 – HURLING AND FOOTBALL CLUBS
A player from an exclusively hurling club who wishes to play football with another club, or vice versa, may do so only with the prior permission of the County Committee.
BYE LAW # 19 –INTER-COUNTY COMPETITIONS
Any club wishing to participate in tournament play outside the jurisdiction of the County Board must seek permission, in writing, of the County Board at least twelve weeks before said competitions. All other challenge games, at least four weeks, before the date of competition.
BYE LAW # 20 – ANNUAL CONVENTION
(a) A delegate to the County Convention must be a member of the club he/she represents, and must be duly authorized in writing to represent that club at convention.
(b) No motion relative to the Canadian County Committee shall be accepted from the floor of the Annual Convention unless pre-submitted in writing to the County Secretary.
BYE LAW # 21 – CONGRESS
The representatives of Canada at Congress shall comprise of the:
*Chair of the Canadian Board and one other County Committee member
*Chair of the Toronto Board or alternate from the Divisional Board
*Chair of the Western Board or Chair of the Canada Minor Board (these Chairs will alternate).
*If one of the Chair’s is unable to travel, the County Committee may select a replacement delegate.
* The Canadian County Committee will have final approval of the delegation.
BYE LAW #21 – EFFECTIVE DATE
THESE BYE-LAWS SHALL COME INTO FORCE WHEN APPROVED BY CENTRAL COUNCIL.
Brian Farmer John O’Flynn
CANADIAN COUNTY CONVENTION REGULATIONS & STANDING ORDERS
(a) CLUB VOTE: Each affiliated club shall be entitled to one vote at the County Convention. Each club shall, at least seven days prior to the convention name their delegate. If no notification to the County Committee Secretary is forthcoming, then the chair of that Club shall be deemed the only person from that club entitled to vote.
(b)Subject to R. 3.11 (b), T.O. 2009 any member in good standing is entitled to run for office on the County Committee.
(c) If there is a tie for a position on the County Committee the Chairman for the Election of Officers shall cast the deciding ballot. A tied vote involving an out-going member of the County Committee shall result in victory for the out-going member of the Committee.
(d) REVIEW OF BYE LAWS: The County By-Laws shall be reviewed every three years. The County Committee shall appoint a committee of three, which shall include a County Committee officer, for the purpose of reviewing the Bye-Laws. The Bye-Laws sub-committee’s proposals shall be circulated to the clubs, and the Bye-Laws committee report shall be voted on at Convention.
(e) CONVENTION DATE: The County Convention shall normally be held no later than the 31st of December.
(f) Deviation was granted in 2010 to allow the Chairperson of the Toronto Minor Board and the Chairperson of the Divisional Boards to attend and vote at County Convention until the end of 2011. Each Board shall, at least seven days prior to the convention name their delegate. If no notification to the County Committee Secretary is forthcoming, then the chair of that Board shall be deemed the only person entitled to vote.