Welcome to the 2014-15 season which we hope you will all enjoy.
This season we have increased our number of teams to 22. In the 3 Player League we have 8 teams in Division 1 and 9 in Division 2. These teams will again play each other 3 times on the normal league basis.
We have 5 teams in the 2 Player Division. We will again operate a normal league for the first part of the season and a handicap league for the second. Teams will play each other three times in the first part and twice in the second.
It is important that matches should be played as scheduled. If a postponement does become essential please try to fix a re-arranged date (which can be before the original match date) as soon as possible.
This will be the third season of our website being hosted by the Table Tennis England supported tabletennis365 domain which enables us to integrate with the Table Tennis England membership management database. We hope to expand this site but would be grateful for an offer of help from a keen and computer-literate volunteer. We will continue to publish fixtures, results, individual averages and league tables. The ability to print a team’s fixtures for the entire season is particularly useful.
Please also note that:-
a) The new plastic balls will not be used in our league this season. Celluloid balls must be used as previously. We will use plastic balls from our 2015-6 season onwards.
b) Away teams can request that matches are played using an orange ball where this aids vision. Please ensure that team captains have a stock of both white and orange balls.
c) Players are requested to wear dark coloured clothing when playing all matches.
d) All table tennis rubbers used in League play must appear on the ITTF approved list (see www.ittf.com or the link from the Table Tennis England website).
e) All League players now need to be individually registered with Table Tennis England before they play any matches and should do this via the Membership section of the Table Tennis England website. Clubs should also ensure that all playing members have a current Table Tennis England registration.
f) We were delighted that the entry for our 2013 individual Championships enabled us to run the Ladies Doubles event. Hopefully we will see a repeat this season.
g) We have a confirmed booking of 22 March 2015 for this season’s tournament at the Dome at King Edward V1 High School, Bury St Edmunds. Please make every effort to support this event. The entry form is included in the middle of this handbook. The entry fees are unchanged and the maximum cost of £8 for the day provides very good value.
h) Our Bury Free Press and Saffrons Shield Team Handicap competitions will again also be played at King Edward V1 High School on the Tuesdays of the weeks specified in the handbook. Both events will be on a 2 player per team basis. We will contact team secretaries in early 2015 to see if they wish to be included in the draw.
i) We require four further League Committee members to achieve a full complement. If you are able to help please contact me or any other member of the committee (see overleaf).
j) We will continue to submit reports to the Bury Free Press editorial team to improve local press coverage and to attempt to attract others to take up table tennis. We have again selected one featured match per division each week which is denoted by an “R” on the fixture list and ask the home captain to provide a report to David Unwin by e-mail.