Dear club representative,
Following a meeting of the Liverpool and District Tennis Group committee I am writing to inform you that the decision was taken to cancel the fixtures for the 2020 season, this was not a decision we took lightly but in view of recent guidance we felt there was no real alternative.
The decision was based on:
The LTA cancelling all competitive tennis until at least July 26th.
People are still concerned and are shielding so travelling to away matches for vulnerable people and juniors would be difficult as well as clubhouses possibly not being open at venues
Contact tracing will be starting to quarantine people for 14 days if they have come into contact with someone who tests positive, so the less people you meet the less chance that you will have to self isolate.
We will await further guidance from the LTA but are hopeful of proceeding with the Autumn/Winter league and possibly a version of the Parks tournament, maybe just singles.
Any subs paid by BACS to the league will be reimbursed by cheque which you will receive in due course, if you paid by cheque it will be destroyed and not cashed.
In the meantime we encourage all members to support their club at this time and look forward to resuming competitive tennis in the 2021 season,
On behalf of LDTG
Mersey Bowmen Tennis Club are fundraising for a capital project with tennis charity Bright Ideas for Tennis. Our members are taking part in a 24 hour tennis marathon on 22nd Feb and a skydive on Friday 13th March 😱!
Why? We want to grow tennis to meaningfully help tackle mental and physical health in Liverpool. We want continue to deliver our Tennis for Free scheme and Liverpool Parks Tournament to our wider community. We have several other initiatives delivered by expert coaches and volunteers and new offers in the pipeline.
To donate use the link below:
Where: Blundellsands Tennis Club
Please make sure your club is represented!
Please read the proposed scoring system post before you read this!
We have asked for alternative scoring systems details of an alternative proposal can be found below.
I ask that you read these posts and send in any comments that would help the discussion. A decision whether to change or stick with what we have got will be made at the EGM prior to the fixtures meeting on 5th March at Blundellsands, you will receive notification of this shortly.
On behalf of the HEAD Liverpool and District Tennis League
ADDITIONAL PROPOSAL FOR SCORING SYSTEM IN SUMMER LEAGUES
The proposal is:
The advantages can be seen as:
1. Every set counts. Teams losing on a match tiebreak would still score 1 point
2. This will heighten the player experience on match nights
3. The league tables will have more interesting permutations as results accumulate.
4. This system is compatible with the LTA League software to allow for online results submission.
Is there a drawback?
The only drawback might be that if 6 rubbers aren’t completed due to light or rain the full quota of points cannot be obtained. However this can be seen as minimal as virtually all matches were completed in recent seasons due to the old best of three full sets being changed.
HEAD Liverpool and District Tennis Group
Proposed new scoring system for 2020 season
The League Committee are committed to moving away from the outdated scorecard system of sending results in by post to an online system for collation of results and creating the league tables. We want to use the LTA League Planner (LTALP) system which was successfully used in the 2019 Autumn League.
The drawback for the LTALP system is that it does not allow for our current scoring system when matches finish 3-2 or 3-1 where 2 points are awarded to the winning team and either 1 or 0 are awarded to the losing team.
With this in mind, last season we trialled a new match format where each pair played each other for a long set to 8. This format had the advantage of allowing a scoring system of 2 points for a win and 1 for a draw and removed the argument that pairs where not always played in strict order of strength as they all played each other. This system however was not universally liked by all as quite often the 3rd round of events became dead rubbers if the score was 6-0, 5-1 or even 4-2. It was also felt that if you lost 5-4 you still got nothing, one suggestion was to score a point for each set won.
The committee have therefore decided not to continue with this system this season but would like to introduce a scoring system whereby you get 2 points for a win and 1 point for a draw. This will enable us to use LTALP this season.
If we can introduce this there are some consequences –
Prior to the fixtures meeting on 5th March we plan to hold an EGM to discuss these matters and any others regarding the scoring system, with the hope that the changes are approved.
The league has been setup on LTALP, without a scoring system in place at the moment, so if we do decide to go down that route everything will be in place for the start of the season.
If you are unsure how to input results onto LTALP or wish to share with your members how to enter results please click on this link -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JJ-BGIkj0A
We believe that this will be a big step forward for the league and welcome as much feedback and suggestions from you prior to the EGM. If I receive other ideas I will circulate them to all clubs as quickly as possible prior to the EGM,
TO: All Club Secretaries, Committee Members & Coaches
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE LIVERPOOL & DISTRICT TENNIS GROUP
TO BE HELD ON 31ST OCTOBER 2019 AT BLUNDELLSANDS LTC,
COMMENCING AT 7.30 P.M.
This letter serves as notice of the forthcoming AGM.
Please ensure that your club is represented by a person who is NOT a member of the Group's Committee and that this person is empowered to speak and vote on your club's behalf. Your representative will also be responsible for relaying to your club members any decisions made, and any topics discussed along with information that may be of importance to your members.
Fines will be imposed for non-representation of your club. (£15, increasing to £25 if not paid within 21 days of the date of the meeting).
At the time of writing this letter, all committee members are willing to be re-elected but nominations from the clubs are acceptable up to the start of the AGM, in writing to the Group Secretary.
Please bring the attached agenda with you on the night as there may be matters under "Any Other Business" that are of interest to your club. If you have any matters under this heading that you wish to put forward for discussion, please write to Jamie Semple (or email) - before 25th October.
1) Apologies for absence:
2) Minutes of 2018 AGM
3) Matters Arising from 2018 minutes:
4) Chairman's Remarks:
5) Election of Officers & Committee: All current officers and committee are willing to stand for another year. Any new nominations would be welcome and must be received prior to the commencement of the AGM
6) Officers' Reports:
· Secretary/Social Secretary
· Match Results Secretary
· Tournament Secretary
7) Proposed Rule Change(s):
a) A proposal has been received to Match Regulations rule 5(a) suggesting that we add that the pre match knock up should cease at 6.40 and the match commence.
b) A proposal has been received to Match Regulations rule 5(h) that if floodlights are available then they should be used if required. This would remove the need for an agreement between the captains to use them. Suggest they are switched on no later than 30 minutes after sunset.
c) A proposal has been received that the Home team moves courts after the first round of events and the Away team stays on the same court. This is to nullify the advantage of home teams playing matches on different surfaces.
8) Any Other Business:
· Match teas:
Ruskin defeated Liverpool Cricket Club to win the Eric Worthington Plate. Thanks to everyone who took part.
Palmerston clinched the Brockbank trophy with a dramatic 3-2 win over Campion. The match was locked at 2-2 with the mens singles still ongoing. This was also locked at 1 set all so a match tie break was required. Jay Hemmings held his nerve for the hosts to clinch the match and win the trophy for Palmerston.
It has been suggested that we introduce some new awards to recognise the achievements of players and volunteers during our league season and that they are presented at the annual presentation evening.
These will be in addition to the annual Harry Davies Sportsmanship Award and Harold Glover Services to tennis award which are more of a lifetime award, nominations for these awards should be sent in within the next couple of weeks.
The following new awards have been proposed -
Please send all nominations to myself (use the form below) by Tuesday 10th September. Winners would be expected to attend the annual presentation evening but this is not compulsory,
Thanks in anticipation,
(Chair Liverpool and District tennis league)