2021/22 League Season – Fixtures & First Half Player Handicaps

The 2021/22 League Fixtures for both the Three Player Division and Four Player Division have now been finalised and uploaded to the website.  The Player Handicaps for the first half of the season have also been uploaded.

The Three Player Division commences Monday 11 October 2021.

The Four Player Division commences Wednesday 6 October 2021.

Should you have any queries with either the fixtures or handicaps then please contact the Fixtures/Results Secretary Aaron Gibson in the first instance via email swdsl@live.co.uk.

2021/22 League Season – Tournament Entry Form

Captains – Entries are now open for all tournaments for the new season, the Tournament Entry Form can be found below.  Please submit one form per league team.

Tournament Entry Fees – Handicap Singles / Handicap Doubles / Scratch Singles / Scratch Plus Singles : free for the 2021/22 League Season.

Please include a contact number for all players being entered and also ensure that your players have read and understand the Tournament Rules.

The dates for the semi-finals and finals will be confirmed prior to the first round of matches being played.  Please withdraw from the tournament prior to playing your first round if you are not available for these dates.

Deadline for receipt of entries is Sunday 10 October 2021 and the draws will take place during the following week.

Tournament Rules – Click Here To View 

Tournament Entry Form – Click Here To Enter Your Players!

UPDATE: SWDSL Restart Plan

All,

As we continue to see good progress with the COVID vaccination programme and the Government’s roadmap to ease restrictions, a Committee Meeting over Zoom was held earlier this month to discuss where the league may be as soon as social contact restrictions are completely lifted which is currently on track for being no earlier than 21 June 2021.

Following discussions, it was unanimously agreed to not restart the 2019/20 league season due to the fact that play was suspended in March 2020 some 13 months ago, not all league venues will be operational in June/July to enable snooker to be played if there was an appetite by league players to do so, and arranging/playing snooker in the summer months can be difficult with holidays etc. It was therefore concluded that it was in the best interests of the league for a line to be drawn under the suspended season and to plan for a new season to start in September 2021.

It was also proposed by the Treasurer (Peter Saville) that although the Committee had fulfilled the majority of their duties for the 2019/20 season, that it would not be appropriate for the League Officers to be offered an honorarium this season. This was unanimously agreed.

The Treasurer also proposed that given the fact that for the 2019/20 league season no trophies had been purchased (the single largest expenditure each season), no honorariums are being offered and the league had not incurred the cost of the Finals / Trophy Presentation Evening, that no league or tournament fees* should be charged for the new 2021/22 season. This was unanimously agreed. *An entry fee will be charged for specific tournaments where there is a cash prize fund, i.e. President’s Cup etc. It is hoped that this decision will encourage as many league players as possible to register for the new league season and start playing again.

In order to continue to move the league forward, the Committee will meet as and when is necessary and an AGM is provisionally to be held on Tuesday 6 July 2021, further details to be confirmed. Prior to the AGM, the Committee will send out Team & Player Registration Forms as is usual towards the end of May.

We trust that the league members will fully support the decisions made by the Committee and we look forward to starting the new season in September with as many of you as possible.

Many thanks,
Peter Saville
Chairman
For and on behalf of the SWDSL Committee

UPDATE: SWDSL 2019/20 League Season

All,
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.

Many thanks,
Peter Saville
Chairman
For and on behalf of the SWDSL Committee

Temporary Suspension of SWDSL Activities

All,
The Committee of the SWDSL have given the matter due consideration and decided that it is in the best interests of all members to suspend all league/tournament activities with immediate effect with the current COVID-19 situation starting to affect our day-to-day lives.

We appreciate that over the next few weeks and months some league members and their families may have to self-isolate and playing snooker will not be high on their list of priorities.

We will give at least 7 days notice for the restart and the fixtures and tournament dates will be updated.  If you have already arranged to play in a tournament quarter final and wish to continue with your match then that will be your choice/risk to do so.

This has not been an easy decision for us to take and appreciate that not all of you will be in agreement with this decision but the well-being of our members must come first and the disruption to the league fixtures/tournaments will be dealt with down the line as and when the whole picture becomes clearer to us all.

More updates to follow as and when appropriate.

Many thanks,
Peter Saville
Chairman
For and on behalf of the SWDSL Committee