Cannock Bowls League 2021

President Chairman Treasurer
Dave Williams
Graham Holyoak
Stuart Hickson
     
Secretary/Safeguarding Officer Safeguarding Officer Competitions
Helen Skidmore Julie Wigley Dave Christopher
helenpskidmore@btinternet.com juliewigley@yahoo.co.uk christopherd1@sky.com
Tel - 07864370477 Tel - 07969 407984 Tel - 07956 561990
     
 
 
Cannock League 2021 Season - Welcome back
A couple of minor changes to the guidelines for 2021 posted on 18th May so please re-check them in the Latest Information section below. 
Have a good season. 
Any questions/issues please e-mail Helen - helenpskidmore@btinternet.com.

Regards

The Committee

 

Thu Jul 29th 16 Matches

 

Important Dates:

 

Latest information:

Sat Jun 19th

Please see the following request from John Andrews

Referees Urgently Required Your County Needs You!

Attention all Staffordshire Crown Green BowlersStaffordshire is embarrassingly short of qualified referees, doubly so as Mark Bircumshaw, our Honorary Secretary, Treasurer, Registrar & Development Officer is also the Chief Executive Officer of the BCGBA.

I know that you are all fully conversant with the Laws of the Game and so becoming a qualified referee should not be difficult.

Qualification entails passing a two stage written examination, followed by a practical test after which, if successful, you will be able to officiate at County matches as an Assistant Referee (Measurer), initially at Junior matches and then Senior, Mens and Ladies.Thereafter, as you gain experience you will be able to attend county matches, Junior, Ladies and Mens, as a referee and, following various assessments move up to National and even International levels.

Please give this request some serious thought and, if interested, please contact me at the address shown here:

staffsrefsdel@gmail.com

If sufficient interest is shown it may be possible to invite David Williams, the British Crown Green Referees Society Secretary to host a seminar in the local area.I urge you to give this request serious consideration.

Many thanks,

John P. Andrews

Staffordshire County Delegate BCGRS

 

Sun May 30th

Captains

If you have any new players - you don't need to enter them as unlisted - you all still have the option to register them for your club.

Regards

H

 

Fri May 28th

Message for Division 4 teams

Lea Hall will normally only be able to put 8 players in and none of their team want to play twice.

So you will only need 8 games against them.

 

Tue May 25th

Updated Guidelines - updated 25th May

1. 2021 League starts – 27th May

2. League has been split into 5 divisions – 4 of 7 teams and 1 of 8, teams have been allocated simply by the final positions at the end of 2019, less those who are not playing this year, plus Hagley who have joined.

3. There will be no prizes awarded this season and there will be no promotion or relegation based on these results, the league start for 2022 will revert to the standings at the end on 2019.

4. A number of clubs have raised concerns about providing food. Not all clubs do this anyway now so please note the assumption is that there will be no food/refreshments this year (apart from drinks etc where there is a clubhouse). If your club plans to continue with food please add it into the Club information on the website (see point 5).

5. Please review your clubs Risk Assessment and put onto your Clubs contact details on website any information the away teams need to know before arriving.

6. Please review your clubs contact details on the website and update if required.

7. Please read the guidance from the BCGBA – however basic points that apply to the league:

a. Only 30 allowed around the green, social distancing is required

b. Club houses and facilities are permitted in accordance with government guidance. Social distancing rules and social gathering limits must be adhered to.

c. Car sharing is allowed

d. Track and trace still required

8. Matches are 10 a side, players can play twice.

a. We all know people’s concerns regarding this, this is a fun year – no prize monies or trophies – therefore we ask that no team abuses this and always play their best players twice – opposition to draw from the names of those players who want and are able to play twice.

b. Recording results – you will only be able to record one game a match for each player. This is the game that will count towards the averages. For an away game this must be the first game of the evening. For the second game record as an Unlisted player (putting the players full name).

9. Everything else remains unchanged.

Tue May 18th

1. 2021 League starts – 27th May

2. League has been split into 5 divisions – 4 of 7 teams and 1 of 8, teams have been allocated simply by the final positions at the end of 2019, less those who are not playing this year, plus Hagley who have joined.

3. There will be no prizes awarded this season and there will be no promotion or relegation based on these results, the league start for 2022 will revert to the standings at the end on 2019.

4. A number of clubs have raised concerns about providing food. Not all clubs do this anyway now so please note the assumption is that there will be no food/refreshments this year (apart from drinks etc where there is a clubhouse). If your club plans to continue with food please add it into the Club information on the website (see point 5).

5. Please review your clubs Risk Assessment and put onto your Clubs contact details on website any information the away teams need to know before arriving.

6. Please review your clubs contact details on the website and update if required.

7. BCGBA guidance is below – please read – however basic points that apply to the league:

a. Only 30 allowed around the green, social distancing is required

b. Club houses and facilities are permitted in accordance with government guidance. Social distancing rules and social gathering limits must be adhered to.

c. Car sharing is allowed

d. Track and trace still required

8. Matches are 10 a side, players can play twice.

a. We all know people’s concerns regarding this, this is a fun year – no prize monies or trophies – therefore we ask that no team abuses this and always play their best players twice – share the games around.

b. Recording results – you will only be able to record one game a match for each player. This is the game that will count towards the averages. For an away game this must be the first game of the evening. For the second game record as an Unlisted player (putting the players full name).

9. Everything else remains unchanged.

 

 

Wed May 12th

Hi

Just an update, the plan is still for the league to start on 27th May.  I'm just waiting for confirmation from BCGBA regarding any changes for next week onwards before I do the fixtures and issue out guidance for the first games.  Please bear with me, I aim to have everything on the website by middle of next week.

Regards

H

Tue Apr 13th
The following e-mail has gone out to the contacts we have for all clubs - responses by end of April to helenpskidmore@btinternet.com
 
Hi

This is being sent to every club using either captain and/or secretary contact details.

Hope you are all keeping well. Please read to the bottom as there are a couple of actions for the individual teams.

Thanks to everyone who responded to the questions, we have pulled together your responses and looked at the BCGBA guidelines and have come up with the following plan for the Cannock League 2021.

Firstly we are conscious that although the guidance allows for league bowling to resume now some clubs won't be able to open toilets for a while, we aren't allowed spectators yet and we are all still supposed to stay local and in the Cannock League we do travel quite a distance.

In regards to teams

We have one new team request - Hagley

We have lost one team - which is doubtful it will rejoin next year - Lichfield Crown Green

We have six teams not playing in 2021 - who hope to play again next year - Bloxwich, Hatherton, Lichfield BC (A&B), Whittington (C&D)

We have one team who as yet haven't made a decision as to whether they are playing - Willenhall Trinity, though Lichfield BC may be able to change their minds.

Last year we should have had 43 teams - across 4 divisions

So this year we should have 37 possibly plus between 1 and 3.

The following are the plans for this year (2021) only - obviously if BCGBA guidelines change then this will be reviewed:

We are proposing a shorter 'fun' season.

A fun season means that we won't charge subs (those who paid last year will have subs carried forward to 2022), but we won't pay out prizes and there will be no promotion/relegation.

2022 will start basically as 2020 would have done.

If we do end up in another lockdown or tighter restrictions which mean we can't play then we can just 'not worry' about trying to catch up on missed games to get the league finished.

We plan to split the league into 5 divisions, of 7 or 8 teams. This will require 14 weeks so means that we can plan to start on 27th May and finish on 26th August. If required this could slip a couple of weeks but we didn't want to plan to go too far into September due to the number of clubs which don't have lights. The 27th May puts us past the provisional date for Step 3 so allows some indoor access for clubs etc.

The majority of teams are hopeful of having a full squad though some can't and a few are concerned regarding numbers therefore we are, again for this year only, allowing teams to play players twice. We understand the concerns of those who are against this but what we didn't want was for the teams with full squads to loose players because people weren't getting enough games. This year is just to let everyone play.

At this point we do not plan to hold any competitions this year.

Very few questions were raised in regard to the league - one which was was the suggestion that the league moves from 2 points for a match win to 1 point per game. This is a discussion that the league has every now and then, but as we can't hold a physical AGM at the moment we don't think that it is a suitable year to discuss such a significant proposal . Therefore we will move this forward for review at next year's AGM providing that is held as a physical meeting.

As the league will not be holding a formal AGM this year, accounts will be produced in 2022 to cover the two year period. Last year we received income but minimal expenditure went out - County Fees, Insurance and we will pay the Honorariums due to the amount of work that was required even though the league did not run. The league has enough savings to cover these costs again for 2021 in the proposed format and to maintain us going forward without any significant income in 2022.

We do need you to vote for the committee posts, the current committee are all happy to stay for the coming year:

Chairman - Graham Holyoak

Treasurer - Stuart Hickson

Competitions - Dave Christopher

Secretary - Helen Skidmore

So what do you need to do:

We will assume that all those teams who have already said yes to playing will do so, you need to let the league secretary know by end of April if your decision has changed and if you were one of the teams who weren't sure whether or not you will be playing.

Your individual club must have produced a Risk Assessment, which will be reviewed as we move through the steps, you need to familiarise yourself with this when it is available for Step 3 and let the league and other teams know if there are any restrictions that impact visiting teams.

Please reply to indicate whether or not your club is happy for the current committee to stay in post for 2021.

As always if you have any questions please let me know.

Regards

H

Thu Mar 4th

The following e-mail has gone out to all club contacts this morning, just in case we haven't got the correct contact for your club posting it here as well.

We have asked for responses to helenpskidmore@btinternet.com by Monday 8th March.

 

Dear All

I hope that you are keeping well, you are being sent this as the 2020 contact for your club's Cannock Bowls League team(s).  If this is no longer you then please pass the information to the new contact.  If your club/green puts in two teams please make sure that the other captain has the information - up to you as a club whether you want to reply once or twice I don't mind which but please make it clear which.

If anyone knows who has taken over at Lea Hall can you let me know.

Given the circumstances it won't be possible to hold a physical AGM meeting this year, as such we will do a written statement and option to vote for the committee members to tide us over until next year, when hopefully we will be able to meet again on mass.

At this point it looks hopeful that some sort of league bowling will be possible this summer as such we would like each club to provide us with the responses to the following questions, by Monday 8th March so that we can look into what options we have.

Any plans that we make will adhere to BCGBA guidelines.

1. Please provide the name of your club, and the venue being used this year.
2. Please provide contact details for the club secretary and the team captain(s).
3. Is your club/green opening for league games?
4a. Will your club be able to open the toilet facilities?  What part of the release from lockdown plan will opening these be reliant on?
5. Does your club still want to submit a team/teams for the 2021 season?
6. If the answer to 5 is No, is this just a withdrawal for this year, or do you wish to withdraw completely?
7. Will your team be able to provide a full team of 10 players each week?
8.  If the answer to 7 is No, how many do you believe that you will have?
9.  If a number of club's can't put in a full team which of the following options would you prefer (this would be a change for 2021 only)?
9a. To reduce the number of games played in the evening.
9b. To allow players to play more than once - to allow for the players in the teams that can put a full team in all to get a game.
9c. A mixture of 9a and 9b.
10. The committee has already be advised of a new team wishing to join the league, do you wish to submit another team this year?
11. If bowling is allowed but for a limited season would you be happy with a restructuring of the league to reduce the number of teams in each division to reduce the number of weeks needed (again this would only be for 2021)?

Please let me know if you have any points that you want added to the AGM statement.  The current committee members are all prepared to stand for another year, but if you know of anyone who would like to be put forward for one of the roles or to join the committee then please send their details to me by the Monday 8th March.

Best wishes to everyone
Helen, on behalf of the Committee

Sat Dec 5th 2020

I have been asked to pass on the news that Ron Neville of Hazelwood and Chase Terrace BC passed away last Monday.

On behalf of the committee and the league I would like to pass on our sympathy to his family and friends.

 

Sat Nov 16th 2019