Dominion Member Sports Championships are open to members as defined in the General By-Laws of The Royal Canadian Legion.
To be eligible, members must be in good standing and should have their membership card for the year in which the championship is being held in their possession at the site of the championship.
New members (defined as Ordinary, Associate and Affiliate) in good standing are eligible to participate at all levels of competition immediately.
Reinstated members are able to participate in Legion Member Sports immediately, provided they are members in good standing.
To be eligible to participate in a Dominion Seniors Sports Championship, the member must be 50 years of age prior to 1 January of the year in which the championship is being held.
COMPOSITE BRANCH TEAMS
The members of a team shall belong to the same branch within their parent command. An exception to this criteria is as follows:
any branch with less than 100 members in any one zone, or district where no zone exists, may join with another branch within the same zone, or district where no zone exists.
Members who have transferred, to be eligible, must have been members of their new branch as of January 31st of the year preceding the year of the championship. In other words, in order for the member to participate at a Dominion Championship to be held April 2003, he must have been a member of his branch as of 31 January 2002.
It has been recognized that a rigid application of the above criteria can be unfair. Exceptions have been authorized to permit members in the following circumstances to participate:
an eligible member, in good standing, who is a member of a branch that was required to surrender its Charter to Dominion Command and the member has transferred to another branch, shall enjoy the same rights and privileges he would have enjoyed had the Charter not been surrendered and the branch dissolved;
a member who retires or who has been transferred by his employer, or whose personal circumstances dictate a change of employment or permanent residence is eligible to participate at Dominion Member Sport Championships. The member must provide, on demand, proof that the transfer was initiated by the employer and that he was a member of a branch at his former place of residence on or before January 31st of the year preceding the year in which the competition is to take place. The member must also confirm that he is changing his permanent place of residence; and
further to 8 (b) above, the member has one year of grace, from the effective date of retirement, change of employment and/or permanent residence, to transfer his membership to his new branch and be eligible to play immediately.
Each command is invited to send one team to a Dominion Championship. If desired, the doubles and singles players at the Cribbage and Darts Championships may be drawn from the team.
Commands that do not enter competitors into a specific member sport competition on the Dominion Command Registration Form (i.e. singles, doubles, team events) will not be permitted, upon arrival at the host site, to enter any competitor(s) into that specific event.
SPARES / SUBSTITUTES
With the exception of Dominion Curling (see Chapter 4, Rink Composition), spares are not authorized to participate in Dominion Member Sports Championships. If one of the team members is not capable of playing, a substitute is to be obtained as follows:
if the Provincial Command Sports Representative is in attendance and is capable of participating in the sport, he will be permitted to play as a substitute; or
if a Provincial Command Sports Representative is not present or not capable of participating, the host will provide the substitute as provided for in the Regulations and Technical Rules of each sport.
Competitors are not required to pay an entry fee at a Dominion Member Sports Championship.