I thought it was now appropriate to give all league members a further update on the plans for the DMC Leisure Saffron Walden & District Snooker League going forward. This is still fluid and very much a moving target but some outline principles have been discussed and agreed between the team Captains and the Committee which are worth sharing.
During the past 5 months since our suspension in March 2020, the Committee have been closely monitoring the return professional sports, including the World Snooker Tour and I’m sure you all recently enjoyed watching the World Snooker Championship.
In June 2020, the Committee undertook a consultation with all team captains in both disciplines to gauge teams thoughts in relation to the options available as and when we are in a position to safely recommence.
In summary, generally due to the fact that both Divisions were in the final stages of the 2019/20 league season when the suspension came into being, it was felt appropriate that as and when we can safely recommence to complete these together that we should, together with all tournaments prior to starting a new league season. To help with this in case some teams struggle for players post COVID, I propose to relax the minimum number of players that are required to participate in league matches in both divisions. To be confirmed by the Committee, this is likely to be a minimum of 2 players for either division without penalty.
It is currently increasingly likely that the 2020/21 league season won’t be held as timescales will not sufficiently allow following the completion of the 2019-20 league season. As you aware, our league season usually commences in the first week of September and completes by the end of May the following year.
As at the date of this post [31 August 2020], it is pleasing to see that the majority of league venues have reopened their bar facilities to their members. Understandably though at this time, only a handful are allowing use of their snooker facilities and if they are have stringent COVID-safe procedures in place. Not all venues are currently allowing visitors to use their facilities. It would be preferable for the 2019/20 league and tournaments to be completed as and when such restrictions have been substantially relaxed or removed entirely. The timescale for this is still unknown but it may be towards the end of 2020 or early 2021, watch this space!
Following the completion of the 2019/20 league season, the Tournament Sub-Committee will gauge interest and look at the logistics of running either some or all of the tournaments during the usual 2020/21 season time period if these can be scheduled in so the season isn’t entirely lost. Also following completion of the current season, the Committee will request Team & Player Registrations for the 2021/22 league season and the AGM will be held. The 2021/22 league season will then commence from September 2021 and run through to May 2022.
Please bear with us during these difficult times. We would welcome any members feedback, comments or thoughts on the above, so please do not hesitate to contact either myself directly or the League Secretary Simon Chapman via the SWDSL email address.
For and on behalf of the SWDSL Committee