Gateway Explanations

We have set up this gateway to handle all applications for membership and other membership matters.
The details requested in the opening form are the minimum set of data that we need to guide the process.
The date of birth data determines what happens next. Use this list of typical queswtions and explanation from here, or from the frequent green buttons you will encounter in the forms (the explanations will be in a new window or tab)

Click for the appropriate comment

If you are seeking second-claim membership
If you are considering transfer to RHAC from another club
If you are a senior applicant (ie over 17)
If you are applying or registering for a young person (under 17)
What happens next and when should I pay?
How can I get family membership?
What is the EA Licence?
What we do with Medical Information
Summary of RHAC Club Policies for Members

How the Interest/Application Process works

This is a new, developing, program which aims to improve membership interest registration and membership application.
The screen you have started on asks you to provide the most basic details about you/the person concerned
We aim in general to acknowledge what you tell us by email return, so the email field is most important

The exact sequence of events then will depend on the age of the person concerned.
The first thing to clarify is that we cannot accept persons under 8 years old as club members. This is not our choice, but a consequnce of UK Athletics rules with regard, amongst other things, to liability insurance


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If you are seeking second-claim membership



Application Process

Advise the secretary of your circumstances, and fill in the application form specifying 'S' in the 'Type of Membereship' field and pay the fee at the advertised rate.



General Remarks if in doubt about First-claim Registration

Most athletics clubs like Rotherham HAC are affiliated to UK Athletics
We pay an affiliation fee for separate disciplines: track and field; road running; cross-country; and trail running
An athlete can be a member of any number of clubs, but the general rule is that whatever club he/she first joined (and stayed joined with) is their first-claim club for disciplines that club was affiliated for.

It is possible to have’ dual first-claim’ registration
eg If a member of “Newtown RR” joined us, and Newtown RR affiliated for road and trail only, that person could run road and trail for Newtown as first claim, and cross-country and track & field for RHAC as first claim. This will not be common.

It’s difficult to be sure, as circumstances may well be different in separate cases.
The commonest scenario is that a number of general running clubs do not affiliate for track and field, allowing their members to represent another club first-claim in that discipline.

There is a possibility that Fell-running Clubs, and Triathlon Clubs do not affiliate for, say, cross-country or another- though most will affiliate. It is worth checking out an individual case.

However, Rotherham HAC has no affiliation for fell-running or triathlon, so it is quite possible that a runner could transfer membership to RHAC and still compete as a first-claim fellrunner or triathlete elsewhere

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If you are considering transfer to RHAC from another club


I general we accept membership applications from athletes who are members or ex-members of another club

You should go ahead to make a normal application but enter your ex- or current club in the ‘Current Club’ section of the application form.

Much of the process (which you must initiate online) is automatic these days, but you should tell our secretary whether you have resigned from the former club, and whether your resignation has been acknowledged.

You should do this in the ‘Current Club’ field or by separate email to the secretary.

Notes
You should not delay your actions if you are intending to compete for RHAC in club teams or competition as there will be a date from which you are eligible to do so.

If you intend to remain a member of another club, see ‘Second Claim Membership’ above



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If you are a senior applicant (ie over 17)



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What happens next and when should I pay?



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How can I get family membership?


For two or more family members joining the club, there are ‘Family Memberships’ available which permit a relatively minor reduction in fees for the second, third etc, member.

There is no automatic adjustment, each application is treated individually by the secretary (contact details on main ‘Membership’ page of the website)

You should pay the normal fee for the frist joining member (unless already a member) and discuss the second etc

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What is the EA Licence?

This is sometimes referred to as EAN or URN or 'Competition Licence'. It is the unique number you get when you are individually affiliated to England Athletics.

You may already have am EA Licence (such as in the picture). It costs currently (2/17) £14 per annum.
RHAC pays the annual fee on your behalf as part of your membership fee (on joining or renewal), so inform the secretary if you have one already

The main features of being registered are that:
•you get into races without the £2 surcharge
•.....race entry used to refer to 'unattached runners' - ie not club members, but now it should be 'unlicenced runners'
•you can be entered in club teams (without it you can't)

•you can run in the South Yorkshire Road League (without it you can't)
•same for cross-country, track and field
•there are some incidental advantages such as merchandising

There is a wealth of information at www.englandathletics.org



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What we do with Medical Information

Medical Emergencies are few and far between, but they can, and do occur.
Relatively common ones like asthma or diabetes may well be under control but even so the more demanding environment of running or training can be a serious challenge.

We therefore need you to inform us of any known problems.
For better providing information to our coaches etc we require this data field to be completely empty unless there is some real medical information (ie we do not want such as 'not applicable' etc). This is explained below

Any and all medical or disability information supplied is confidential and will be seen only by the following people:
•the club secretary (ie chief executive)
•the club membership secretary
•the club Information Technology manager
•the club Child Protection Officers by request
•the lead coach of the training group the individual is in (if that applies)

It is our practice to allow access to data such as names, contact details, and age groups of club members to a number of coaches and team managers; in those cases it may be indicated that there exists medical information supplied, but not the detail

The auto buttons on this input field are to ensure that nothing is stored unless real information

None of the details held in our data tables are available to general club members or to members of the public.
If we receive an external request for a member's contact details, we do not comply (though we may inform the actual member that someone else has asked about them)



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Summary of RHAC Club Policies for Members



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