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Mid-Shropshire Questionnaire

posted 23 May 2020, 04:17 by John Palmer
Hi All,
The Mid-Shropshire League are trying to plan for the lockdown being lifted which would enable some sort of competitive bowling to take place before the end of the season. This is what they've asked:
Last week’s easing of C-19 lockdown restrictions, allowing bowling clubs to re-open their greens – if they can or they want to – has clearly put the emphasis on the League’s clubs to ensure their members stay safe, should they want to play on a re-opened green.

Competitive league bowling remains a distant and possibly diminishing prospect, certainly not possible before club buildings are allowed to re-open in early July – if all goes according to the Government’s plan.

But the League’s officers are anxious to get some sort of idea from clubs about how many bowlers they think might actually want to play some sort of league bowls – be it with reduced numbers, on a home and away basis or even in localised mini-league groups – should the sport be given the green light to return to some sort of normal in July.

So it would help to fine tune their contingency planning if ALL clubs - no matter how many teams they have or what divisions they play in - could answer the following question and get them back to the general secretary by Sunday 7th June please:

Question 1 – If competitive league bowling is allowed later this year, how many of your club’s bowlers do you think would want to play in fixtures?

Question 2 – Would that number be higher if the usual league fixture structure was changed to:
(a) reduced numbers in matches (eg 8 instead of 12 or 10-a-side)
(b) matches played on a home and away basis on one night, as in the team knockouts (eg 4 at home-4 away if an 8-a-side fixture)
(c) matches in more localised mini league groups to reduce travelling?

Question 3 – If there is insufficient demand for league fixtures, or too late in the summer to start them, how many of your club’s bowlers would you estimate would want to bowl in League competitions?

FYI, the cut-off for the start of any Friday division fixtures needs to be July 10. . .

In order to respond, I need some feedback from you, the bowlers...
For question 1: whether you would want to play in the Mid-Shropshire league this year or not. If yes:
For question 2: whether you would prefer option a, b or c.
For question 3: whether or not you would be interested.
Please email your information (and any other thoughts) to: and I'll respond to the league as appropriate.
Many thanks,
John Palmer (Secretary).