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Vote for even / odd age groups

Dear Colleagues, We are now ready to vote for the second part of the Shires League structure. There are two options odd or even; whether we begin the season with an even age group or start the season with an odd age group. Option 1 – Even Players represent their county in the league from 01/09/21 at an even age group (eg U12, U14, U16, U18, U20) up to 31/12/21 and complete the season (from 01/01/22 to 30/06/22) at the next odd age group up (eg U12 to U13, U14 to U15, U16 to U17, U18 to U19 and U20 to U21 Name of leagueBirth yearSL U12>132010 or laterSL U14>152008 or laterSL U16>172006 or laterSL U18>192004 or laterSL U20>212002 or later Up to 31/12/21, all even age players will continue playing at the top of their age group in the Shires League whilst the odd age group players will play at the top of their age group in most gold, silver and bronze events. On 01/01/22 everyone will move up an age group. And from 01/01/22, all odd age group players will be at the top of their age group for both SL and BE events, while even age players will be younger section for both SL and BE events. Subject to sufficient league entries, SL finals will be held in April/May 2022 for the following groups: SL U12>13 SL U14>15 SL U16>17 SL U18>19 Consideration for the SL U20>21 final will be taken later. For subsequent seasons, the league name will remain identical and the birth year will move up one year (eg. SL U12>13 birth year would...

Result of the alignment vote

Dear Colleagues, Many thanks for your votes. Almost all counties have voted but regrettably it has been a very close call, so quite a number of counties will no doubt be disappointed. Nevertheless, we shall all have to work together to make it a success. Option 2 has the majority with a 18-16 result, which means that the season will start in September and run as it has for the past 20 years. I shall be in touch again shortly with the second part of the vote to decide whether we start the season with an odd or even age group. The final voting is shown the table below  Option 1Option 2Avon YBerkshireY BuckinghamshireY Cambridgeshire YChannel...

Shires League Update 17/04/21

Dear Colleagues, May I begin this email by thanking so many people for their kind and generous words of gratitude and best health wishes that were sent to me as a consequence of problems with my Trigeminal Neuralgia condition and subsequent decision to step down as secretary of the Shires League. Ironically and fortuitous, the prompting of me writing to you all, brought back a couple of emails, one from a GP who is a SL member. The advice offered was acted up and during the last month I have been almost pain free, with little or no side effects from the drugs. Currently, there is no cure for Trigeminal Neuralgia , however it can return quite randomly but if the drugs can control it then life can almost return to normal for the time being. Three people have stepped forward in taking over the role of running of the Shires League. We can now suggest our proposal for the future of the Shires League in this letter. You may already be aware that Graham Hall, sorted the counties for the 2019-2020 league back in June 2019. I can confirm that Graham has offered to continue with this role. With a lack of data, it will be even more difficult to rank counties for the league, but Graham will do the best he can before he proceeds to arrange 6 fixtures for each county partaking in the SL, based on the information you have given Graham about the counties that are geographically nearest to your county. I have suggested that my role be further divided up to the running...

Future of Shires League Badminton – letter to members 02/03/21

Many apologies for not being in touch sooner. I hope you are all keeping well at these most difficult of times and trying to remain optimistically positive for the future, in every aspect of your life including badminton. Regretfully, my own health has taken a sudden nose-dive just before Christmas and the prognosis for the future does not look too appealing. I have waited until now before contacting you, so I could be more certain of my course of action. I have developed the condition, “Trigeminal Neuralgia”, which affects the right hand side of my face. When I have a flair-up, the pain is awful. I have found it difficult at times to eat, shave, smile, yawn, blow my nose, sneeze, move and even touch my face. During such episodes, it is very difficult to concentrate properly. There is some medication I can try; I’ve avoided this so far due to the severe side effects. There are treatments which can alleviate the problem, but at present the condition is not curable and although it is not life threatening, it is most definitely life changing. Consequently, and with great regret, I feel it is only right to ask you all to accept my resignation from the role of Shires League Secretary. Hopefully, by letting you know now, I am hoping that a new candidate for the role can be found in time before the Shires League can start up again following the pandemic and the lockdowns. The new candidate will have my full support. Subject to my condition, I will give as much help and advice as is needed to...