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23rd OctMatch Cards

The rules regarding the submission of matchcards remain extanct for the coming season, no formal amendments to the rule have been made. However in light of the current situation we find ourselves in and the need to remain conscious of social distancing etc if teams would feel more comfortable not completing a 'shared' matchcard then two partially completed cards will be accepted. I.e. one card with the home teams details and a separate card with the away team details.

To note, the match information at the top of both cards must match to be accepted. I.e. date of fixture, match number, score etc

The rules regarding the submission of matchcards remain extanct for the coming season, no formal amendments to the rule have been made. However in light of the current situation we find ourselves in and the need to remain conscious of social distancing etc if teams would feel more comfortable not completing a 'shared' matchcard then two partially completed cards will be accepted. I.e. one card with the home teams details and a separate card with the away team details.

To note, the match information at the top of both cards must match to be accepted. I.e. date of fixture, match number, score etc

The rules regarding the submission of matchcards remain extanct for the coming season, no formal amendments to the rule have been made. However in light of the current situation we find ourselves in and the need to remain conscious of social distancing etc if teams would feel more comfortable not completing a 'shared' matchcard then two partially completed cards will be accepted. I.e. one card with the home teams details and a separate card with the away team details.

To note, the match information at the top of both cards must match to be accepted. I.e. date of fixture, match number, score etc

22nd OctReminder Rule 7.3 (c)

If any of a club’s teams (including National League teams) is not involved in a scheduled match within a League
Week, the club shall select its League teams as if that team were playing. A notional match card for that team that
reflects the usual squad number must be sent to the appropriate area secretary no later than 48 hours prior to the next League game and the named players deemed ineligible to play in other scheduled matches within that League
Week. The only exception is when it is the lowest ranked team that is not playing.

If any of a club’s teams (including National League teams) is not involved in a scheduled match within a League
Week, the club shall select its League teams as if that team were playing. A notional match card for that team that
reflects the usual squad number must be sent to the appropriate area secretary no later than 48 hours prior to the next League game and the named players deemed ineligible to play in other scheduled matches within that League
Week. The only exception is when it is the lowest ranked team that is not playing.

If any of a club’s teams (including National League teams) is not involved in a scheduled match within a League
Week, the club shall select its League teams as if that team were playing. A notional match card for that team that
reflects the usual squad number must be sent to the appropriate area secretary no later than 48 hours prior to the next League game and the named players deemed ineligible to play in other scheduled matches within that League
Week. The only exception is when it is the lowest ranked team that is not playing.

14th OctSomerset Gryphons - Team Withdrawn from West Central 2

Somerset Gryphons 1st XI have withdrawn from West Central 2, all fixtures involving this team have been removed.

Somerset Gryphons 1st XI have withdrawn from West Central 2, all fixtures involving this team have been removed.

Somerset Gryphons 1st XI have withdrawn from West Central 2, all fixtures involving this team have been removed.

14th OctSuspended, Ghosting teams and their fixtures

All fixtures that are subject to local lockdown requirements and Ghosted teams will find those fixtures moved to a "default" date for the 30th May 2021 (approx 1 month after other scheduled League fixtures). This unusual move has taken place in order to maintain the status of those teams involved, so that the relevant divisions will continue to show those teams when viewing the League tables. The default date DOE'S NOT require clubs to make arrangements for those fixtures to be played, however once the season has been completed then the League committee shall determine the outcome of those outstanding matches included in the "default" date.

All fixtures that are subject to local lockdown requirements and Ghosted teams will find those fixtures moved to a "default" date for the 30th May 2021 (approx 1 month after other scheduled League fixtures). This unusual move has taken place in order to maintain the status of those teams involved, so that the relevant divisions will continue to show those teams when viewing the League tables. The default date DOE'S NOT require clubs to make arrangements for those fixtures to be played, however once the season has been completed then the League committee shall determine the outcome of those outstanding matches included in the "default" date.

All fixtures that are subject to local lockdown requirements and Ghosted teams will find those fixtures moved to a "default" date for the 30th May 2021 (approx 1 month after other scheduled League fixtures). This unusual move has taken place in order to maintain the status of those teams involved, so that the relevant divisions will continue to show those teams when viewing the League tables. The default date DOE'S NOT require clubs to make arrangements for those fixtures to be played, however once the season has been completed then the League committee shall determine the outcome of those outstanding matches included in the "default" date.

6th OctGhosting teams -

Ghosting a team - the deadline for ghosting a team has been extended to the 17th Oct, for all clubs

Ghosting a team - the deadline for ghosting a team has been extended to the 17th Oct, for all clubs

Ghosting a team - the deadline for ghosting a team has been extended to the 17th Oct, for all clubs

2nd Oct20/21 Season Update - The consequences of Local Lockdown

On Monday 28th September Hockey Wales announced that no competitive hockey (other than elite hockey) is to take place in Wales. They confirmed that competitive hockey involving Welsh teams can however take place in England.
As of 1st October Welsh Government have placed all counties in South Wales (with the exception of Monmouthshire) into a local lockdown. This means no one can enter, or leave, these areas without good cause (which does not include playing non elite sport).
As a consequence of these positions of the NGB and national government the league committee met on the 30th September to determine the impact on the Verde Recreo HL 20/21 season. With full support of the south Wales representatives on the committee it has been determined that;
• De Cymru divisions 1 and 2 will be suspended until the 1st January 2021 with a revised league programme for these divisions developed in due course if/when competitive hockey is allowed in Wales.
• All fixtures involving Welsh teams that play in any other division are voided, initially, until the 01 January 2021.
• The VRHL will commence, as scheduled. Any games that had been scheduled between October 24 2020 – December 31 2020 between an English and Welsh club will be declared ‘null and void’.
• Should restrictions on Welsh clubs be lifted in January 2021 Welsh clubs will re-enter their respective divisions and play their remaining scheduled fixtures.
• In this scenario final divisional placings will be determined on a points per game (PPG) basis. PPG represents the number of points gained by teams in all League fixtures divided by the number of fixtures played. If teams are level on points Rule 2.3(b) applies.
• Should restrictions not have been lifted on Welsh clubs by the start of the reversed fixtures (06 February 2021) all remaining fixtures involving Welsh clubs will be declared ‘null and void’. In this circumstance all Welsh clubs will have their original 2020/21 tier placing protected.
• If Welsh clubs wish to ghost for the whole season they must make this decision by the midnight 17th October.
* If Hockey Wales and Welsh Government regulations allow competitive hockey to resume prior to the 6th February the expectation from the league committee is that this will happen and all outstanding fixtures are fulfilled (excluding those already null and void).

On Monday 28th September Hockey Wales announced that no competitive hockey (other than elite hockey) is to take place in Wales. They confirmed that competitive hockey involving Welsh teams can however take place in England.
As of 1st October Welsh Government have placed all counties in South Wales (with the exception of Monmouthshire) into a local lockdown. This means no one can enter, or leave, these areas without good cause (which does not include playing non elite sport).
As a consequence of these positions of the NGB and national government the league committee met on the 30th September to determine the impact on the Verde Recreo HL 20/21 season. With full support of the south Wales representatives on the committee it has been determined that;
• De Cymru divisions 1 and 2 will be suspended until the 1st January 2021 with a revised league programme for these divisions developed in due course if/when competitive hockey is allowed in Wales.
• All fixtures involving Welsh teams that play in any other division are voided, initially, until the 01 January 2021.
• The VRHL will commence, as scheduled. Any games that had been scheduled between October 24 2020 – December 31 2020 between an English and Welsh club will be declared ‘null and void’.
• Should restrictions on Welsh clubs be lifted in January 2021 Welsh clubs will re-enter their respective divisions and play their remaining scheduled fixtures.
• In this scenario final divisional placings will be determined on a points per game (PPG) basis. PPG represents the number of points gained by teams in all League fixtures divided by the number of fixtures played. If teams are level on points Rule 2.3(b) applies.
• Should restrictions not have been lifted on Welsh clubs by the start of the reversed fixtures (06 February 2021) all remaining fixtures involving Welsh clubs will be declared ‘null and void’. In this circumstance all Welsh clubs will have their original 2020/21 tier placing protected.
• If Welsh clubs wish to ghost for the whole season they must make this decision by the midnight 17th October.
* If Hockey Wales and Welsh Government regulations allow competitive hockey to resume prior to the 6th February the expectation from the league committee is that this will happen and all outstanding fixtures are fulfilled (excluding those already null and void).

On Monday 28th September Hockey Wales announced that no competitive hockey (other than elite hockey) is to take place in Wales. They confirmed that competitive hockey involving Welsh teams can however take place in England.
As of 1st October Welsh Government have placed all counties in South Wales (with the exception of Monmouthshire) into a local lockdown. This means no one can enter, or leave, these areas without good cause (which does not include playing non elite sport).
As a consequence of these positions of the NGB and national government the league committee met on the 30th September to determine the impact on the Verde Recreo HL 20/21 season. With full support of the south Wales representatives on the committee it has been determined that;
• De Cymru divisions 1 and 2 will be suspended until the 1st January 2021 with a revised league programme for these divisions developed in due course if/when competitive hockey is allowed in Wales.
• All fixtures involving Welsh teams that play in any other division are voided, initially, until the 01 January 2021.
• The VRHL will commence, as scheduled. Any games that had been scheduled between October 24 2020 – December 31 2020 between an English and Welsh club will be declared ‘null and void’.
• Should restrictions on Welsh clubs be lifted in January 2021 Welsh clubs will re-enter their respective divisions and play their remaining scheduled fixtures.
• In this scenario final divisional placings will be determined on a points per game (PPG) basis. PPG represents the number of points gained by teams in all League fixtures divided by the number of fixtures played. If teams are level on points Rule 2.3(b) applies.
• Should restrictions not have been lifted on Welsh clubs by the start of the reversed fixtures (06 February 2021) all remaining fixtures involving Welsh clubs will be declared ‘null and void’. In this circumstance all Welsh clubs will have their original 2020/21 tier placing protected.
• If Welsh clubs wish to ghost for the whole season they must make this decision by the midnight 17th October.
* If Hockey Wales and Welsh Government regulations allow competitive hockey to resume prior to the 6th February the expectation from the league committee is that this will happen and all outstanding fixtures are fulfilled (excluding those already null and void).

5th SepVRHL rules addendum for 20/21 season

Over the course of the summer the league committee have been working hard to review its current rules and consider how they need to be clarified in order to facilitate the most seamless possible league season against the backdrop of the covid-19 pandemic which we are all currently dealing with.
The document available in the downloads section represents the leagues rule clarifications for 2020/21 only.
League rules can never legislate for everything which may happen, particularly at this uncertain time, but please rest assured that in addition to this addendum guidance from the league committee is also being issued to all Area Secretaries directing them to ensure both consistency amongst themselves but to also provide latitude to clubs when certain actions need to be taken. For example, but not limited to, the need to play games outside current ‘windows’- where reasonable covid related explanations are provided. A revised Penalties and Sanctions document will also be developed and placed on the league website to clearly show how Covid related postponements and games not able to be played (for direct covid related reasons) will be handled by the league.
Many clubs maybe aware of the publication of an England Hockey document which recommends a suite of consistent rules to regional leagues for 20/21. This document was only a recommendation to regional leagues. In developing our rule clarifications the league closely consulted the EH publication and tailored it to fit the unique geography and political situation of the VR league. Clubs should continue to only use the VRHL rules and this attached rules clarification document.
If at any point now or during the season clubs have any issues, concerns or require clarification the key message from the league is to contact your area secretary early!
Thank you to you all for your continued understanding at this uncertain time and behalf of the league committee we wish you all success and safety in the season ahead.

Over the course of the summer the league committee have been working hard to review its current rules and consider how they need to be clarified in order to facilitate the most seamless possible league season against the backdrop of the covid-19 pandemic which we are all currently dealing with.
The document available in the downloads section represents the leagues rule clarifications for 2020/21 only.
League rules can never legislate for everything which may happen, particularly at this uncertain time, but please rest assured that in addition to this addendum guidance from the league committee is also being issued to all Area Secretaries directing them to ensure both consistency amongst themselves but to also provide latitude to clubs when certain actions need to be taken. For example, but not limited to, the need to play games outside current ‘windows’- where reasonable covid related explanations are provided. A revised Penalties and Sanctions document will also be developed and placed on the league website to clearly show how Covid related postponements and games not able to be played (for direct covid related reasons) will be handled by the league.
Many clubs maybe aware of the publication of an England Hockey document which recommends a suite of consistent rules to regional leagues for 20/21. This document was only a recommendation to regional leagues. In developing our rule clarifications the league closely consulted the EH publication and tailored it to fit the unique geography and political situation of the VR league. Clubs should continue to only use the VRHL rules and this attached rules clarification document.
If at any point now or during the season clubs have any issues, concerns or require clarification the key message from the league is to contact your area secretary early!
Thank you to you all for your continued understanding at this uncertain time and behalf of the league committee we wish you all success and safety in the season ahead.

Over the course of the summer the league committee have been working hard to review its current rules and consider how they need to be clarified in order to facilitate the most seamless possible league season against the backdrop of the covid-19 pandemic which we are all currently dealing with.
The document available in the downloads section represents the leagues rule clarifications for 2020/21 only.
League rules can never legislate for everything which may happen, particularly at this uncertain time, but please rest assured that in addition to this addendum guidance from the league committee is also being issued to all Area Secretaries directing them to ensure both consistency amongst themselves but to also provide latitude to clubs when certain actions need to be taken. For example, but not limited to, the need to play games outside current ‘windows’- where reasonable covid related explanations are provided. A revised Penalties and Sanctions document will also be developed and placed on the league website to clearly show how Covid related postponements and games not able to be played (for direct covid related reasons) will be handled by the league.
Many clubs maybe aware of the publication of an England Hockey document which recommends a suite of consistent rules to regional leagues for 20/21. This document was only a recommendation to regional leagues. In developing our rule clarifications the league closely consulted the EH publication and tailored it to fit the unique geography and political situation of the VR league. Clubs should continue to only use the VRHL rules and this attached rules clarification document.
If at any point now or during the season clubs have any issues, concerns or require clarification the key message from the league is to contact your area secretary early!
Thank you to you all for your continued understanding at this uncertain time and behalf of the league committee we wish you all success and safety in the season ahead.

2nd Aug2020/21 Season Fixture

Fixtures for the 2020/21 season are now available to view......click on above "Fixtures"

Fixtures for the 2020/21 season are now available to view......click on above "Fixtures"

Fixtures for the 2020/21 season are now available to view......click on above "Fixtures"

2nd Jul2020/21 Season update....."Ghosting teams"

The league committee has been continuing to make preparations for the 20/21 VR Hockey league season. Most recently consideration was given to how the league can support clubs who feel they need to withdraw a team(s) due to the covid-19 pandemic whilst maintaining a competitive competition (both now and in future years) for teams who remain and/or look to re-enter in future years.

It has been agreed that clubs may apply for a team(s) to be "ghosted" for the 2020-21 season only. These teams shall then face no penalty and may re-integrate into the tier from which they withdrew for the 21-22 season. Other teams from other clubs shall not be affected, and any overload of teams in tiers for the 21-22 season will be accommodated.

In order to take advantage of this scheme a number of conditions need to be met and full details can be found on the ghosting application form which can be download from the download section of the league website.
Clubs need to make their request to the league secretary by no later than 11:59pm on Monday 5th October 2020. Teams who choose to withdraw after this deadline shall not be classified as ghosted, and the league rules as published on the league website regarding the withdrawal of teams will apply. Applications will be considered as and when they are received to support clubs in their planning and the league will endeavour to keep a published list on its website of all those teams who have ghosted.
This approach means that those teams who choose to ghost will remain in their respective division and will still receive allocated fixtures. However it remains optional on behalf of both teams if the fixture is played (and if it is played the result does not count to the league standings). This means that should clubs eventually have more availability than they first thought they have access to a number of friendly games.
In addition it has been agreed that for 2020/21 only that where divisions see teams choosing to ghost those who remain in that division will receive a discount on their league subscriptions of 10% for every team which withdraws.

For example-
1 team ghosts – remaining teams in the division receive 10% discount
2 teams ghost - remaining teams in the division receive 20% discount
3 teams ghost - remaining teams in the division receive 30% discount…..etc.
Fixtures for a full 20/21 season will be published w/c 03 August 2020 (ghosting applications do not affect the production of the fixtures) and at this time the league also hopes to publish a full list of league rules which will be ‘relaxed’ for the 2020/21 season only.

The league committee has been continuing to make preparations for the 20/21 VR Hockey league season. Most recently consideration was given to how the league can support clubs who feel they need to withdraw a team(s) due to the covid-19 pandemic whilst maintaining a competitive competition (both now and in future years) for teams who remain and/or look to re-enter in future years.

It has been agreed that clubs may apply for a team(s) to be "ghosted" for the 2020-21 season only. These teams shall then face no penalty and may re-integrate into the tier from which they withdrew for the 21-22 season. Other teams from other clubs shall not be affected, and any overload of teams in tiers for the 21-22 season will be accommodated.

In order to take advantage of this scheme a number of conditions need to be met and full details can be found on the ghosting application form which can be download from the download section of the league website.
Clubs need to make their request to the league secretary by no later than 11:59pm on Monday 5th October 2020. Teams who choose to withdraw after this deadline shall not be classified as ghosted, and the league rules as published on the league website regarding the withdrawal of teams will apply. Applications will be considered as and when they are received to support clubs in their planning and the league will endeavour to keep a published list on its website of all those teams who have ghosted.
This approach means that those teams who choose to ghost will remain in their respective division and will still receive allocated fixtures. However it remains optional on behalf of both teams if the fixture is played (and if it is played the result does not count to the league standings). This means that should clubs eventually have more availability than they first thought they have access to a number of friendly games.
In addition it has been agreed that for 2020/21 only that where divisions see teams choosing to ghost those who remain in that division will receive a discount on their league subscriptions of 10% for every team which withdraws.

For example-
1 team ghosts – remaining teams in the division receive 10% discount
2 teams ghost - remaining teams in the division receive 20% discount
3 teams ghost - remaining teams in the division receive 30% discount…..etc.
Fixtures for a full 20/21 season will be published w/c 03 August 2020 (ghosting applications do not affect the production of the fixtures) and at this time the league also hopes to publish a full list of league rules which will be ‘relaxed’ for the 2020/21 season only.

The league committee has been continuing to make preparations for the 20/21 VR Hockey league season. Most recently consideration was given to how the league can support clubs who feel they need to withdraw a team(s) due to the covid-19 pandemic whilst maintaining a competitive competition (both now and in future years) for teams who remain and/or look to re-enter in future years.

It has been agreed that clubs may apply for a team(s) to be "ghosted" for the 2020-21 season only. These teams shall then face no penalty and may re-integrate into the tier from which they withdrew for the 21-22 season. Other teams from other clubs shall not be affected, and any overload of teams in tiers for the 21-22 season will be accommodated.

In order to take advantage of this scheme a number of conditions need to be met and full details can be found on the ghosting application form which can be download from the download section of the league website.
Clubs need to make their request to the league secretary by no later than 11:59pm on Monday 5th October 2020. Teams who choose to withdraw after this deadline shall not be classified as ghosted, and the league rules as published on the league website regarding the withdrawal of teams will apply. Applications will be considered as and when they are received to support clubs in their planning and the league will endeavour to keep a published list on its website of all those teams who have ghosted.
This approach means that those teams who choose to ghost will remain in their respective division and will still receive allocated fixtures. However it remains optional on behalf of both teams if the fixture is played (and if it is played the result does not count to the league standings). This means that should clubs eventually have more availability than they first thought they have access to a number of friendly games.
In addition it has been agreed that for 2020/21 only that where divisions see teams choosing to ghost those who remain in that division will receive a discount on their league subscriptions of 10% for every team which withdraws.

For example-
1 team ghosts – remaining teams in the division receive 10% discount
2 teams ghost - remaining teams in the division receive 20% discount
3 teams ghost - remaining teams in the division receive 30% discount…..etc.
Fixtures for a full 20/21 season will be published w/c 03 August 2020 (ghosting applications do not affect the production of the fixtures) and at this time the league also hopes to publish a full list of league rules which will be ‘relaxed’ for the 2020/21 season only.

29th May2020/21 Season Update

It is the league committees preference that we attempt to run a ‘normal’ season in 2020/21. Clearly though we have to be guided by government and governing body advice in doing so. After careful consideration we are proposing a later start and later finish to the 20/21 season (dates below). This is in order to allow as many restrictions as possible which are currently in place to be lifted

In making this decision it is important that clubs note the following caveats –

- A firm decision as to whether we proceed with this preferred option or default to a ‘plan B’ will be taken on the 18 July.
- Consequently no fixtures will be published until early August.
- Clubs should note that these provisional dates mean playing after Easter and that provision has also been made for potentially playing (with the area secretaries prior approval) into May if necessary in order to maximise the chances of completing a full season.
- Should the league receive team withdrawals between now and the 18 July it may be necessary to review league placements.

24.10.20 - 12.12.20
Christmas Break
16.01.21 – 27.03.21
Easter Break
10.4.21 – 24.4.21

All clubs, but particularly University sides and clubs with strong links to universities are asked to urgently and proactively consider whether they feel they are going to be able to enter their full complement of teams this season given the likelihood of distance learning for many undergraduates. Any club which withdraws a side(s) (starting with the lowest ranked team) can be assured they will receive no sanction for doing so and would be eligible to re-enter the side(s) ahead of the 21/22 season. The earlier you can advise of withdrawals though the more you will help everyone else plan- other clubs, players, umpires, the league committee.

All University clubs and clubs formally affiliated with a University are asked to provide a specific contact whom the league can liaise with over the summer months as plans continue to be developed. Please provide this contact to - wswhl.leaguesec@gmail.com by the 10th June

All clubs are also urged to start thinking about their own back-up plans for where games could be played. Whilst many restrictions on society may well be lifted by October many landlords may still choose to apply their own restrictions on use of their facilities to outside partners.

Finally, the further contingency plans being developed by the committee could well involve fixtures being formally scheduled into May 2021. Clubs, via their LLO, are asked for their views on this possibility and to provide it to the league secretary by the 21 June 2020 by contacting - wswhl.leaguesec@gmail.com

It is the league committees preference that we attempt to run a ‘normal’ season in 2020/21. Clearly though we have to be guided by government and governing body advice in doing so. After careful consideration we are proposing a later start and later finish to the 20/21 season (dates below). This is in order to allow as many restrictions as possible which are currently in place to be lifted

In making this decision it is important that clubs note the following caveats –

- A firm decision as to whether we proceed with this preferred option or default to a ‘plan B’ will be taken on the 18 July.
- Consequently no fixtures will be published until early August.
- Clubs should note that these provisional dates mean playing after Easter and that provision has also been made for potentially playing (with the area secretaries prior approval) into May if necessary in order to maximise the chances of completing a full season.
- Should the league receive team withdrawals between now and the 18 July it may be necessary to review league placements.

24.10.20 - 12.12.20
Christmas Break
16.01.21 – 27.03.21
Easter Break
10.4.21 – 24.4.21

All clubs, but particularly University sides and clubs with strong links to universities are asked to urgently and proactively consider whether they feel they are going to be able to enter their full complement of teams this season given the likelihood of distance learning for many undergraduates. Any club which withdraws a side(s) (starting with the lowest ranked team) can be assured they will receive no sanction for doing so and would be eligible to re-enter the side(s) ahead of the 21/22 season. The earlier you can advise of withdrawals though the more you will help everyone else plan- other clubs, players, umpires, the league committee.

All University clubs and clubs formally affiliated with a University are asked to provide a specific contact whom the league can liaise with over the summer months as plans continue to be developed. Please provide this contact to - wswhl.leaguesec@gmail.com by the 10th June

All clubs are also urged to start thinking about their own back-up plans for where games could be played. Whilst many restrictions on society may well be lifted by October many landlords may still choose to apply their own restrictions on use of their facilities to outside partners.

Finally, the further contingency plans being developed by the committee could well involve fixtures being formally scheduled into May 2021. Clubs, via their LLO, are asked for their views on this possibility and to provide it to the league secretary by the 21 June 2020 by contacting - wswhl.leaguesec@gmail.com

It is the league committees preference that we attempt to run a ‘normal’ season in 2020/21. Clearly though we have to be guided by government and governing body advice in doing so. After careful consideration we are proposing a later start and later finish to the 20/21 season (dates below). This is in order to allow as many restrictions as possible which are currently in place to be lifted

In making this decision it is important that clubs note the following caveats –

- A firm decision as to whether we proceed with this preferred option or default to a ‘plan B’ will be taken on the 18 July.
- Consequently no fixtures will be published until early August.
- Clubs should note that these provisional dates mean playing after Easter and that provision has also been made for potentially playing (with the area secretaries prior approval) into May if necessary in order to maximise the chances of completing a full season.
- Should the league receive team withdrawals between now and the 18 July it may be necessary to review league placements.

24.10.20 - 12.12.20
Christmas Break
16.01.21 – 27.03.21
Easter Break
10.4.21 – 24.4.21

All clubs, but particularly University sides and clubs with strong links to universities are asked to urgently and proactively consider whether they feel they are going to be able to enter their full complement of teams this season given the likelihood of distance learning for many undergraduates. Any club which withdraws a side(s) (starting with the lowest ranked team) can be assured they will receive no sanction for doing so and would be eligible to re-enter the side(s) ahead of the 21/22 season. The earlier you can advise of withdrawals though the more you will help everyone else plan- other clubs, players, umpires, the league committee.

All University clubs and clubs formally affiliated with a University are asked to provide a specific contact whom the league can liaise with over the summer months as plans continue to be developed. Please provide this contact to - wswhl.leaguesec@gmail.com by the 10th June

All clubs are also urged to start thinking about their own back-up plans for where games could be played. Whilst many restrictions on society may well be lifted by October many landlords may still choose to apply their own restrictions on use of their facilities to outside partners.

Finally, the further contingency plans being developed by the committee could well involve fixtures being formally scheduled into May 2021. Clubs, via their LLO, are asked for their views on this possibility and to provide it to the league secretary by the 21 June 2020 by contacting - wswhl.leaguesec@gmail.com

17th MayTeam placements 2020/21 Season/Update

We are in uncertain times at the moment for sport and society in general. As a league committee we have been keen to play our part in offering light at the end of the tunnel and are thus now pleased to publish the league placements for VR hockey League 2020/21 season. Now available to view in the downloads section.

All placements are decided based on the Team Placement Guidance that can be found on the League website and we would stress that we are no longer able to take any further representations from clubs regarding 'moving' divisions.

It is the committee's intention that we run a full league season however clearly we have to be guided by government and governing body advise. It is for this reason we are delaying annoucing season dates until most likely late June. At this point we will also publish a series of back up plans and dates upon which these plans will be invoked. Such options are intended to describe a way in which we hopefully can to conduct a 'condensed' season, if for example, hockey is unable to begin until after Christmas.

Thank you all for your understanding.

We are in uncertain times at the moment for sport and society in general. As a league committee we have been keen to play our part in offering light at the end of the tunnel and are thus now pleased to publish the league placements for VR hockey League 2020/21 season. Now available to view in the downloads section.

All placements are decided based on the Team Placement Guidance that can be found on the League website and we would stress that we are no longer able to take any further representations from clubs regarding 'moving' divisions.

It is the committee's intention that we run a full league season however clearly we have to be guided by government and governing body advise. It is for this reason we are delaying annoucing season dates until most likely late June. At this point we will also publish a series of back up plans and dates upon which these plans will be invoked. Such options are intended to describe a way in which we hopefully can to conduct a 'condensed' season, if for example, hockey is unable to begin until after Christmas.

Thank you all for your understanding.

We are in uncertain times at the moment for sport and society in general. As a league committee we have been keen to play our part in offering light at the end of the tunnel and are thus now pleased to publish the league placements for VR hockey League 2020/21 season. Now available to view in the downloads section.

All placements are decided based on the Team Placement Guidance that can be found on the League website and we would stress that we are no longer able to take any further representations from clubs regarding 'moving' divisions.

It is the committee's intention that we run a full league season however clearly we have to be guided by government and governing body advise. It is for this reason we are delaying annoucing season dates until most likely late June. At this point we will also publish a series of back up plans and dates upon which these plans will be invoked. Such options are intended to describe a way in which we hopefully can to conduct a 'condensed' season, if for example, hockey is unable to begin until after Christmas.

Thank you all for your understanding.