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Planning for the Shires League 2019-20 needs to start now

So your county is ready for your requirements next season, I should be very grateful if you would discuss at your meetings which age groups you would like to enter into the Shires League 2019-20 out of U12, U14, U16, U18 and U20 and whether you may enter 2nd teams also. You need to make your choice by 21/05/19. This may mean bringing forward events used to assess the breadth and depth of ability at the age groups and ascertain whether it is feasible to run a team (or teams) at each of the age groups. As indicated at the SL AGM In 2018, I have enlisted the help of Graham Hall who will be seeding the counties, collating the travelling preferences and creating the fixture grids for the Shires League 2019-20. A timetable of actions is listed below. We must keep to this schedule to ensure that we are ready for the fixtures meeting at AGM on 06/07/19. Date letter sent out Closing date for information Information required 20/04/19-01/05/19 Send out application form for counties to enter SL 2019-20 15/05/19 21/05/19 Complete the application form stating the age groups you intend to enter during 2019-20 22/05/19 28/05/19 Ranking 8 counties of least travelling distance to you. You must complete one list for each age group you enter. 29/05/19 20/06/19 SL officials will sort out who plays who at each age group. They will also make suggestions for One-Day-Fixtures. 21/06/19 30/06/19 You may make “One-Day-Event” fixtures only 01/07/19   Or at AGM on 06/07/19 30/09/19 Arrange fixtures, venues and start times, sending the League Secretary a copy of any...

Shires League AGM 2019

I can now confirm that the date of this year Shires League AGM will be held on Saturday, 06/07/19 from 11am to 1pm at the National Badminton Centre, Bradwell Road, Loughton Lodge, Milton Keynes, MK8. It is hoped that every county can send at least one representative to the meeting. The first hour will be used for discussion and the second hour to plan fixtures. An agenda will be sent out nearer the time of the...

Proposals for SL finals in 2020 – now confirmed

Age Group U12 U14 U16 U18 Date of Final Sunday, 05/04/20 Sunday, 19/04/20 Saturday, 30/05/20 Sunday, 31/05/20 Finding suitable dates and venues has proved quite difficult. These dates are now agreed with Badminton England. The U14 final is clashes with U18 ICT on the Sunday – not ideal obviously, but in a survey conducted to all members on 21/02/19 there were only two responses and the concerns were...

Last dates to enter results on BE website

U12 matches played on the weekend of 30/31 March 2019 must have the result entered on the BE website by 01/04/19, otherwise the result will not count towards qualification for the U12 SL Final. All other U12 matches results must be entered on the BE website by 26/03/19.   U14 matches played on the weekend of 13/14 April 2019 must have the result entered on the BE website by 15/04/19, otherwise the result will not count towards qualification for the U14 Play-Offs or U14 SL Final. All other U14 matches results must be entered on the BE website by 09/04/19. The result of U14 Play-Off matches must be entered on the BE website by 20/05/19.   U16 matches played on the weekend of 30/31 March 2019 must have the result entered on the BE website by 01/04/19, otherwise the result will not count towards qualification for the Play-Offs or Finals. All other U16 matches results must be entered on the BE website by 26/03/19. The result of U16 Play-Off matches must be entered on the BE website by 29/04/19.   U18 matches played on the weekend of 13/14 April 2019 must have the result entered on the BE website by 15/04/19, otherwise the result will not count towards qualification for the U18 Play-Offs or U18 SL Final. All other U18 matches results must be entered on the BE website by 09/04/19. The result of U18 Play-Off matches must be entered on the BE website by 13/05/19.   I have not heard of confirmation of an U20 SL Final at present, although I am aware that representatives from Sussex are...

Confirmation of matches

In preparation for the Play-Offs and Finals, matches will be locked within one week of the fixture with effect 25/02/19.   Where names are missing, because membership has lapsed, the rubber result has been awarded to the opposition. There have been a number of changes of this nature made over the past few weeks.   If you wish to amend the fixture please ensure the player(s) are current paid up members of BE, then send by email the following requesting the confirmation is revoked so the result can be edited. Age group Name of both counties involved in match Date of match Copy of the score sheet   I will then let you know if a payment is necessary to make the amendment. I may allow 24 hours for you to do the amendment yourself.   There is a better chance of allowing changes now. As we approach the cut-off date for Play-offs and finals, I am less likely to allow changes to be made.   The date of a Play-Off can be mutually agreed between the two counties involved in the match. Do not organise any Play-Off until you have official confirmation from me who you are playing against. At the same time, I will give you a framework of dates that the match can be played and the date it MUST be played if you can’t come to a mutual agreement....