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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.

5th MayAre your teams to Withdraw from the League?

Prior to releasing any league placements for the 2020/21 season the committee could like clubs advise if they have recently decided to withdraw any teams. Recognising the strange times we are in, despite us now being outside the window in which clubs can usually do this no additional sanctions would be imposed if you advise the league secretary within the next two weeks.

To help in any considerations we can advise of a couple of 'known' things at this stage-
Due to withdrawals in the 2019/20 season, and a subsequent one since the season finished, the following teams will NOT be relegated despite finishing in a relegation position:

Wotton under Edge A
Bridgend A
Bristol University C
Bude
Whitchurch E
Hereford A
Westbury & UB C
In De Cymru 2 & 3 the number of remaining teams at the end of 2019/20 was 10. This means there will only be a De Cymru 1&2 next season. The committee is also considering a new club application from a team in West Wales. If accepted this would not change the fact there will still only be a DC2.

Prior to releasing any league placements for the 2020/21 season the committee could like clubs advise if they have recently decided to withdraw any teams. Recognising the strange times we are in, despite us now being outside the window in which clubs can usually do this no additional sanctions would be imposed if you advise the league secretary within the next two weeks.

To help in any considerations we can advise of a couple of 'known' things at this stage-
Due to withdrawals in the 2019/20 season, and a subsequent one since the season finished, the following teams will NOT be relegated despite finishing in a relegation position:

Wotton under Edge A
Bridgend A
Bristol University C
Bude
Whitchurch E
Hereford A
Westbury & UB C
In De Cymru 2 & 3 the number of remaining teams at the end of 2019/20 was 10. This means there will only be a De Cymru 1&2 next season. The committee is also considering a new club application from a team in West Wales. If accepted this would not change the fact there will still only be a DC2.

Prior to releasing any league placements for the 2020/21 season the committee could like clubs advise if they have recently decided to withdraw any teams. Recognising the strange times we are in, despite us now being outside the window in which clubs can usually do this no additional sanctions would be imposed if you advise the league secretary within the next two weeks.

To help in any considerations we can advise of a couple of 'known' things at this stage-
Due to withdrawals in the 2019/20 season, and a subsequent one since the season finished, the following teams will NOT be relegated despite finishing in a relegation position:

Wotton under Edge A
Bridgend A
Bristol University C
Bude
Whitchurch E
Hereford A
Westbury & UB C
In De Cymru 2 & 3 the number of remaining teams at the end of 2019/20 was 10. This means there will only be a De Cymru 1&2 next season. The committee is also considering a new club application from a team in West Wales. If accepted this would not change the fact there will still only be a DC2.

27th Apr2019/20 Season Final League tables

Final League tables after % percentage calculations have been made, due to the shortened season, available to view in the download section

Final League tables after % percentage calculations have been made, due to the shortened season, available to view in the download section

Final League tables after % percentage calculations have been made, due to the shortened season, available to view in the download section

3rd AprMessage from the Chairman

As you will all be aware, these are difficult times and all league hockey for the 2019-2020 season has now been brought to an end – no more matches will be played. Your committee has been considering various options as to how we wrap up the season and have decided upon the following course of action:

There are some outstanding issues involving the RSC and an outstanding appeal. These need to be addressed first and the league tables updated.

To calculate final League positions, we will use a percentage points basis. This is calculated on total points won (3 for a win, 1 for a draw), minus any points deducted for disciplinary offences, then divided by the total number of points available from the games played, multiplied by 100 to give the percentage. Should teams have the same percentage points goal difference will then be used. Using this basis takes into consideration that at the point we have closed the season not all teams have played the same amount of games and this method gives fairness to all teams and preserves the League integrity.

Having sorted out positions, we can look at promotion and relegation issues, but these cannot be finalised until England Hockey have decided how to close down the MHL. A decision is expected later this month.

Unsurprisingly, Area Meetings are postponed, possibly cancelled. I am proposing a “virtual” presentation night using our Twitter account – further details will follow in due course. In the meantime, please tell everyone to follow us on Twitter to receive updates.

The only major piece of business to be conducted at the Area Meetings is rule changes. The proposed rule changes have been sent to all club LLO'S.

The committee are looking at options for next season, as there are no guarantees that we will be able to start the season in September. Discussions are at a very early stage and no decisions have been reached so far. Updates, when available, will be issued on the website and our Twitter account.

All the very best wishes to you all

Terry Cook
Chairman
The Verde Recreo Hockey League
www.wswhl.co.uk
Sponsored by Verde Recreo

As you will all be aware, these are difficult times and all league hockey for the 2019-2020 season has now been brought to an end – no more matches will be played. Your committee has been considering various options as to how we wrap up the season and have decided upon the following course of action:

There are some outstanding issues involving the RSC and an outstanding appeal. These need to be addressed first and the league tables updated.

To calculate final League positions, we will use a percentage points basis. This is calculated on total points won (3 for a win, 1 for a draw), minus any points deducted for disciplinary offences, then divided by the total number of points available from the games played, multiplied by 100 to give the percentage. Should teams have the same percentage points goal difference will then be used. Using this basis takes into consideration that at the point we have closed the season not all teams have played the same amount of games and this method gives fairness to all teams and preserves the League integrity.

Having sorted out positions, we can look at promotion and relegation issues, but these cannot be finalised until England Hockey have decided how to close down the MHL. A decision is expected later this month.

Unsurprisingly, Area Meetings are postponed, possibly cancelled. I am proposing a “virtual” presentation night using our Twitter account – further details will follow in due course. In the meantime, please tell everyone to follow us on Twitter to receive updates.

The only major piece of business to be conducted at the Area Meetings is rule changes. The proposed rule changes have been sent to all club LLO'S.

The committee are looking at options for next season, as there are no guarantees that we will be able to start the season in September. Discussions are at a very early stage and no decisions have been reached so far. Updates, when available, will be issued on the website and our Twitter account.

All the very best wishes to you all

Terry Cook
Chairman
The Verde Recreo Hockey League
www.wswhl.co.uk
Sponsored by Verde Recreo

As you will all be aware, these are difficult times and all league hockey for the 2019-2020 season has now been brought to an end – no more matches will be played. Your committee has been considering various options as to how we wrap up the season and have decided upon the following course of action:

There are some outstanding issues involving the RSC and an outstanding appeal. These need to be addressed first and the league tables updated.

To calculate final League positions, we will use a percentage points basis. This is calculated on total points won (3 for a win, 1 for a draw), minus any points deducted for disciplinary offences, then divided by the total number of points available from the games played, multiplied by 100 to give the percentage. Should teams have the same percentage points goal difference will then be used. Using this basis takes into consideration that at the point we have closed the season not all teams have played the same amount of games and this method gives fairness to all teams and preserves the League integrity.

Having sorted out positions, we can look at promotion and relegation issues, but these cannot be finalised until England Hockey have decided how to close down the MHL. A decision is expected later this month.

Unsurprisingly, Area Meetings are postponed, possibly cancelled. I am proposing a “virtual” presentation night using our Twitter account – further details will follow in due course. In the meantime, please tell everyone to follow us on Twitter to receive updates.

The only major piece of business to be conducted at the Area Meetings is rule changes. The proposed rule changes have been sent to all club LLO'S.

The committee are looking at options for next season, as there are no guarantees that we will be able to start the season in September. Discussions are at a very early stage and no decisions have been reached so far. Updates, when available, will be issued on the website and our Twitter account.

All the very best wishes to you all

Terry Cook
Chairman
The Verde Recreo Hockey League
www.wswhl.co.uk
Sponsored by Verde Recreo

12th MarCovid-19 virus

Many clubs and players are understandably concerned about the Covid-19 virus.

The league is continually monitoring the situation and following guidance published by England Hockey, Hockey Wales, the Department of Health and the Welsh Assembly.

The advice across the board is that there is currently no cause to postpone community hockey. Should this situation change the league will advise clubs. Until such point the usual rules regarding the requirement to fulfill all games stand.

Jonathan Watts
League Secretary

Many clubs and players are understandably concerned about the Covid-19 virus.

The league is continually monitoring the situation and following guidance published by England Hockey, Hockey Wales, the Department of Health and the Welsh Assembly.

The advice across the board is that there is currently no cause to postpone community hockey. Should this situation change the league will advise clubs. Until such point the usual rules regarding the requirement to fulfill all games stand.

Jonathan Watts
League Secretary

Many clubs and players are understandably concerned about the Covid-19 virus.

The league is continually monitoring the situation and following guidance published by England Hockey, Hockey Wales, the Department of Health and the Welsh Assembly.

The advice across the board is that there is currently no cause to postpone community hockey. Should this situation change the league will advise clubs. Until such point the usual rules regarding the requirement to fulfill all games stand.

Jonathan Watts
League Secretary

21st JanEngland Hockey restructuring proposals

As you will all be aware, there is a proposal from England Hockey being circulated pertaining to the restructuring of both the Regions and the Leagues. This proposal will be voted on at the AGM in March and until the outcome is known, the League Committee are unable to make any comment on the proposals.

As you will all be aware, there is a proposal from England Hockey being circulated pertaining to the restructuring of both the Regions and the Leagues. This proposal will be voted on at the AGM in March and until the outcome is known, the League Committee are unable to make any comment on the proposals.

As you will all be aware, there is a proposal from England Hockey being circulated pertaining to the restructuring of both the Regions and the Leagues. This proposal will be voted on at the AGM in March and until the outcome is known, the League Committee are unable to make any comment on the proposals.