Newsletter August 2015

Table Tennis Newsletter August 2016

To Club Organisers

Handbook, Match Card Collection, Signing on of players to teams & the cup draw: The handbooks should be available for collection from the Hilton Centre week ending 2nd September or pick them up on your first visit. I will email you when they are there.

Club organisers will need to assign players names to teams on or before that date. Please declare any player who is seeking to play in a lower division than last year and is not a member of a relegated team as the Committee have to approve it, if they have not already done so. You can email me your list at roy.caswell1@ntlworld.com Or you can produce a piece of paper with the names on and to which teams they are assigned. Bring to the Hilton Centre on:

Friday 2nd September 7.30 - 8.30pm

to collect your handbooks as we to do the cup draws. So if you have a paper list and player fees to go to Table Tennis England then this will be your last opportunity to have their membership assigned. The important thing is that we have them correctly assigned to teams on the TT365 site so that we can see who is entitled to play. If you have already emailed me your players then I may do it from that. Otherwise you may get an email asking for confirmation. Much of this has been done from last year's averages. See Players to Teams. Tell me the changes.

To Team Secretaries

Cup Opt Outs:

The ones I am aware of can be accessed from TT 365 site or here. You can make life easier for yourself and/or your team by opting out and giving yourself free weeks, particularly if you know a player or players are likely to be away at the half term holidays. The cup competitions are drawn on the same night as handbook collection. If you would rather not be in a cup competition then let me know. Tel 845642; 07985 311863; roy.caswell1@ntlworld.com

We have a new Match Secretary:

At the earliest opportunity, please recycle all existing Match Cards. Do not use them.

To all players

Individual Table Tennis England Membership (formally ETTA membership): You should by now have taken steps to renew your membership, using or quoting your Membership number. DO NOT JOIN AGAIN! Chaos ensues and your games will not count as you won't show up as a player. Don't leave it too late. Many of you are already showing up as paid. See the Membership list.

Players who play in more than one league: SHOULD RENEW PERSONALLY WITH TABLETENNISENGLAND (ETTA) AND NOT THROUGH ANY ONE LEAGUE OR YOU MAY BE SHOWN AS INELIGIBLE TO PLAY or YOU MUST BE CERTAIN THAT THE LEAGUE SECRETARY WILL SWITCH YOU ON AT TABLETENNIS365 BEFORE THE END OF AUGUST. Everyone's membership expires at the end of July.

New people during the season can join Table Tennis England at any time, but games won't count until this is done. Existing and new players as a last resort can be registered through us on cup draw night, Friday 4th September and you make your cheque payable to Bolton Table Tennis League in this case. New players will need to provide us with full contact details, Membership Number, nationality and DOB. If desperate you can pay the league through me. Same details needed.
To renew on line or by phone click on this link

League Set Up: At the August Committee meeting it was the worst situation I have ever come across in my time in this post, with 9 teams dropping out and 2 in. 52 teams is a bad number. We hope we have chosen the option of least disruption for the majority although we know it won't please everyone. To understand the rational behind it you will have to read the minutes.

I suggest teams in Divisions 2, 3 and 4 who will be starting two weeks later book their traditional Bolton September Holidays without having to worry about table tennis. Other alternatives are practice nights if your venue is free, friendly matches or bring a match forward you know you have problems with if the opposition agree.

Players looking for teams: If I have missed you out, email me and I will add you.

All Div. 2 averages
Kirit Chauhan 46.30 %; John Hilton 35.71 %; Faizan Bhura 28.21 %; John Scowcroft sorted.

New Rules Passed at the AGM: These are underlined in the handbook. The most radical are the way points are counted based on the number of ends won. So, not only do you have to win your games, you have to stop your opponents winning any too.

The Warburton Cup will now be played in two halves for the first three rounds. Top teams play against each other and bottom teams do so just for the first three rounds.

How do you finance your teams?

The way you finance you teams has nothing to do with me. Yet I am often getting comments that there are sometimes difficulties when it comes to paying for things. So I will tell you how I do my teams. I know this works, but you please yourself. Every player pays £2 every time they play, home or away. This means that those who play regularly pay the most and occasional reserves pay much less. This finances the cost of the team in the league, match balls and any other overheads and expenses. A small account is produced once a year so people can see what the money was spent on and what's left. In our case it goes to the winter electricity. However, you may have enough ready to pay your team fee the year after. Depending on your venue, the amount can be adjusted.

Roy Caswell, General Secretary of the Bolton & District Table Tennis League

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