North Midlands have amended the regulations for the county cup competitions in an attempt to reduce the number of withdrawals and walkovers.
For the 2018/19 season, in line with RFU Cups regulations, any club not wishing to enter the North Midlands Cup ,Shield or Vase competition must inform the respective competition administrator prior to the draw which will be made at the North Midlands RFU AGM in June. Clubs who do so will be withdrawn without penalty
Any club entering into the Cup, Shield or Vase draw at the AGM must be willing to play on the Saturday prior to the season starting in September, which is usually a Bank Holiday weekend, if they are drawn in any of the preliminary rounds. They must also be willing to fully participate in the appropriate Plate competition if necessary
Any club who subsequently withdraws from any fixture in the competition – including the Plate – after the initial draw has been made at the North Midlands AGM shall not be eligible to enter any senior North Midlands competition in the following season