Counties and leagues had three options or a combination thereof
(a) withdraw wholly or partly from national grading
(b) find a way to charge Â£ 2 per game per non member
(c) exclude wholly or partly non members from competitions
Given the BCF/ECF have been running a "compulsory grading scheme" for nearly sixty years, most elected for some combination of (b) and (c).
Outside of Yorkshire, there's another example of an option (a) county, namely Cumbria.
Their website sayshttp://www.cumbriachess.org.uk/page/2/
Following the ECF Membership implementation and the agreed proposals at the Cumbria AGM, please note the changes from last season (Cumbria Chess Membership Form Below):
Â· Players have an option to be Cumbria members only or join Cumbria and the ECF
Â· There is no requirement to be an ECF member to play in the Cumbria league and cup or internal club matches
Â· There is still a requirement to be an ECF member to play in NCCU County and NCCU Club matches
Â· All games will be graded and players who join Cumbria only will get a Cumbria grade
Â· Games played by ECF members will also be submitted to the ECF for grading
It's not stated what happens in the event of a Cumbria game between an ECF member and a non-member as to whether or not it would be submitted to the ECF.
Presumably they aren't signing a Framework agreement.
(edit) Actually I think they are, because they are collecting money at a County level from individuals. Quite how that squares with "best efforts" or whatever the phrase is, if they run their local events on an optional basis isn't clear. (/edit)