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The fixture meeting will be on the Monday 11th of October 7.30 at Woodfield tennis club, Wolverhampton . WV4 4AF

The committee has decided to change the format of the league due to Covid-19. We felt that this season we needed to change some of the rules to make the matches more likely to be able to be played.

These changes are only temporary and will be reviewed next season.


This year there will be 2 level leagues  (6 teams in each ) and 1 mixed league of  7 teams.


Changes to format/ rules

-There will be no promotion or demotion.
-There will be no nominations of players needed for teams.
-Teams will be able to rearrange matches due to Covid if both teams are in agreement and the match secretary is made aware.
-Teams can register new players who can then play after 24 hours.
-Matches should be ideally finished by the end of April but if both teams in agreement rearrangements can continue throughout May.
-There will be a cash prize this year only if the league is fully finished. 
-Matches cannot start any earlier than 7.00pm 

2021 Season Update

The League will be running this year and clubs will be notified of the upcoming dates for a long forgot AGM that never happened due to Covid and also the fixtures meeting.

The first committee meeting will be held on the 14th September.

Restarting Badminton

Its looking like that badminton may be back this season. We are already in phase one and hopefully the roadmap will run successfully and we can all get back to playing badminton.

Step 2 will begin no earlier than 12 April and will allow indoor facilities to reopen including gyms, leisure centres and community centre for use individually or with household groups. Indoor sporting activities for children will be able to take place. Outdoor hospitality will also be able to reopen at this step.

Step 3 will start from 17 May at the earliest, at which point organised adult indoor group sports and exercise classes will be able to resume.

Step 4 will take place no earlier than 21 June and will remove all legal limits on social contact with events taking place at capacity restrictions above those in Step 3.

Currently, England is still in a national lockdown. The full guidance outlining what you can and can't do is available on the government's website.

Keep your fingers crossed and stay safe

2020-21 Season Abandoned

Hi All

It has sadly come to the point where it is no longer possible to complete any league badminton this season. Therefore the 2020-21 Season has been abandoned by the committee.

Hopefully the current situation will change and we will be able to resume playing again in tile to start the 2021 -22 Season.

There will be an AGM at some point in the future so keep your eyes open for the email.

Stay safe

Mark

Covid Update

The SSBL Committee wants to bring to your attention the latest guidance issued by Badminton England:

https://www.badmintonengland.co.uk/news/update-to-covid-restrictions-for-tier-2-badminton-players/

The latest guidance concerns players and clubs located in areas designated as Tier 2 (high) and Tier 3 (very high) and, it seems, that club play in those designated areas will not be possible.  There are areas of South Staffs that are currently designated as having a High level of COVID-19 incidents and it important that clubs and players in these areas read the guidance and accept the restrictions in place.

Hopefully, everything will get back to normal soon.

SSBL Commitee

News Update

Hi All

There is no real good news as once again indoor sport has been hit with a ban on more than six people playing at one time which throws competitive badminton out again.

There has been the odd club night played by some but the recent spike has again thrown another spanner in the works just when it looked like there may be a chance regular club nights.

All we can do is keep safe and see what happens.

SSBL News Update

Hi All

Due to the current Covid-19 situation and the many issues it presents to playing competitive and social club badminton the SSBL will be suspended until mid January when a review of the situation will be held and a decision on how the SSBL can progress will be taken.

hopefully over the next few months venues will start to open up.

Stay safe

National Overview from BE

The national picture is very varied – this means information can be patchy in some areas, but where we have a greater understanding of the local situation, we are able to use that to get more activity started: 

  • Freedom Leisure has opened some of its sites in Sussex, so we’ve been able to support coaches to get on court and begin working with young players again 
  • Many of our national operator partners are working with their local authorities to get their sports halls opened as soon as possible and will share confirmed dates with us once they are available 
  • Kent County Council has written to clubs using school sites to confirm there will be no hiring of school sports halls till January 2021. We are lobbying, with the support of partners such as Sport England, with the Department for Education to identify ways of opening school facilities for community use. 

Any information we have on facilities will be shared via our activity finder from the beginning of August.  

Keep safe

Mark

Badminton Update

Badminton England have negotiated changes to allow full court singles and doubles with a few restrictions which make interesting reading. Link to site https://www.badmintonengland.co.uk/return-to-play

Both singles play and doubles play can now take place in groups of people from different households, as long as you remain 2 metres apart as far as possible – meaning that four people from different households
can play doubles.


• You can play singles and doubles using all areas of the court, within the respective court markings – if social distancing between adjacent courts cannot be maintained, you should only use the singles court markings.


• Other than where players are from the same household or part of a support bubble, follow Government advice on staying alert and safe, and:
Playing badminton


• Stay at least two metres away from other players (including during play) as far as possible, when taking breaks and before and after play

• Do not make physical contact with other players (such as shaking hands or high fiving)


• Avoid chasing the shuttle down towards another court if other players are using it


• For doubles, consider agreeing in advance which player will take the shot if a shuttle travels to the centre of the court

Not ideal but at least we can play if somewhere is open.

Leisure centres are starting to open from this weekend. Schools may not be reviewing lettings until September at the earliest so until the situation is clearer all we can do is wait and hope for good news in the future.

Stay safe

Mark

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