Constitution Draft Is A Disappointment
By Orin Davidson
The more things change they remain the same” is an expression
each member of the United States of America Cricket Association (USACA)
constitution committee should know very well.
Whether they believe in its meaning is another matter.
The odds are they do not because if one takes a good look at their
draft for USACA’s new constitution, those members failed to
act on the most important change one expected in the new document.
It appears those members see nothing wrong with having a single person
administer the affairs of an entire Region which amounts to eight
in the country.
In their minds, one director is good enough to handle everything from
generating funds to organizing competitions to procuring facilities
to upholding discipline among other responsibilities in an area as
huge as New York.
Of the many changes proposed in the document, the new requirement
of having a body of officials run the affairs of Regions expected
by the level-headed followers of the sport, is glaringly absent in
the proposed document.
Development of any sports organization does not start at the top,
it is always from the bottom the seeds of growth are planted and as
a result this committee made a big lapse in not addressing this abnormality.
The arrangement of a single director for the Regions has been in place
from time immemorial, and it explains to a great extent why the sport
has remained backward even in these largely enlightened times here
For national teams to be formed they need players from the various
Regions and for those players to worth their salt as national representatives
they have to be exposed to a number of influences including coaching,
facilities, quality competition and the knowledge they have a ruling
body to account to.
In the present constitution draft, the director will have to become
Superman to ensure that quality facilities are had, proper coaches
teach the players and valuable competition is had to hone their skills.
And of course finding the money to do all this is also his responsibility.
Some directors in the past have resorted to creating committees to
meet those requirements, but from evidence that arrangement never
achieved any success.
The lucky ones managed to procure help from friends and acquaintances
but very few persons would give 100 percent without knowing they are
fully endorsed by the national ruling body and that their work is
fully recorded in the media as a direct link of USACA. Moreso when
those officials are elected by the Leagues that comprise the clubs
who are the sport’s core, the chances are greater of having
capable officials making decisions for the Regions.
Also the burning issue of excess leagues in some Regions like New
York was not addressed. It means that the constitution committee is
satisfied that cases of seven leagues is good for the creation of
strong competition and unearthing of talent as is evident in New York.
laudable change proposed is the abolition of the Presidency in place
of a Chief Executive Officer who would be selected by the Board of
But that apart, the constitution draft has left much to desire.
Hopefully the powers that be, do not enact it without doing the right
thing where the Directors are concerned.
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