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Planning for next season

Dear Colleagues, Many thanks for returning your votes for proposals A and B. A. Complete the 2019-2020 season (giving no-blame cancellations where desired,) including the finals in the best form possible. B. Start the 2020-2021 season as soon as practical using even age groups, on the understanding that a new vote for the Age Group will take place in April 2021 The results are shown in the table below.  Proposal AProposal BAvonYYBerkshireYYBuckinghamshireNYCambridgeshire  CheshireYYCornwallNYCumbriaYYDerbyshireYYDorsetNYDevonYYEssexYYGloucestershireYYGwent  HampshireYYHerefordshire  HertfordshireYYKentYYLancashireYNLeicestershireYYLincolnshireNYMiddlesexYYNorthumberland YNorfolkYYNottinghamshireYYNorthantsNYOxfordshireYYShropshireYYSuffolkYYStaffordshireYYSussexNYSurreyYYWiltshireYYWarwickshireYYWorcestershireNYYorkshireYYIn favour2431Against71 There is a clear majority in favour of both proposals A and B. It is highly likely that a conclusion of last season will be taking place simultaneously with the commencement of the new season, including Play-Offs and Finals. Action regarding proposal A – completion of last season As soon as I believe the time is right and when there is clear evidence that competition badminton will resume, I shall make the necessary contacts to sort out dates for the finals and check on availability of halls and cancellation charges. At this time I shall advise whether remaining matches from last season might be played. There will certainly be the option of applying a “no-blame-cancellation” to any remaining matches (or even conceding them), although if time permits I hope that at least some of the outstanding matches will be played. It may be necessary to only invite the top 8 teams from the league to each final, in which case the Play-Off matches will be deemed void. If 12 court venues are not available to hold the final on the dates needed, then other options will be considered. If any of the matches take place in...

Zoom meeting minutes from 16/05/20

Zoom Meeting: Saturday, 16/05/20 from 7:15pm until 8:45pm Click HERE to see latest voting Dear Colleagues, We had a very successful Zoom meeting yesterday and hope that our AGM meeting for this season can be conducted in the same way. It will cut down on travelling time, costs and more-over ensure that most counties can easily attend the meeting so that decisions are more collective. I endeavour to summarise the findings of the meeting below:- Overview On 01/05/20, Ian sent out a SL newsletter outlining a plan for re-introduction of SL badminton. Although some aspects were discussed with Mark Downie, the majority of the document was created unilaterally. Since it was written, the situation has changed somewhat. The purpose of this meeting was to seek other points of view, which will be taken into account and may be used as a starting point for a proposal for the development of the SL.The UK government document published on 11/05/20 was of little help in moving forward with SL badminton; the League Secretary has read all 60 pages. It certainly was not as comprehensive as the Irish government document. However, it has become clear that August date finals are out of the question. It is however, still feasible, though quite unlikely, that some badminton may resume in September or October. It was felt to be more likely to be November or December. The general consensus of the meeting at this moment in time is that by January 2021, we can plan with a much greater degree of success. Completion of Shires League 2019-2020 Most counties but not all, agreed that this...