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  • 2021/10/27
    The Individual KO's entries close at the end of the week, so if you still want to enter, you had better hurry up.
    Currently we have :-
    7 for the Open: B. Graff, M. Johnson, J. Madden, T. Darling, D. Gardiner, G. Christie and S. Rumsby
    6 for the Open Rapid: B. Graff, M. Johnson, J. Madden, T. Darling, M. Zawadzski and D. Gardiner
    6 for the U1825: J. Madden, M. Zawadzski, A. Johnson, M. Johnson, G. Christie and S. Rumsby
    7 for the U1640: M. Johnson, J. Madden, P. Stiff, A. Grimes, A. Johnson, F. Dickson and S. Rumsby
    and 2 for the U1450: B. Visgandis and A. Grimes.

    If I have missed anyone, let me know.

  • 2021/10/11
    There has been a muted response to the Individual KO's.
    Currently we have 6 entries for the Open: B. Graff, M. Johnson, J. Madden, T Darling, D Gardiner, and S Rumsby
    5 for the Open Rapid: B. Graff, M. Johson, J. Madden, T. Darling, and D Gardiner
    2 for the U1825: J. Madden and S. Rumsby
    4 for the U1640: M. Johnson, J. Madden, P. Stiff and S. Rumsby
    and 1 for the U1450: B. Visgandis.

    If I have missed you off, let me know.
    We could do with some more entries, so please send your request in.
    Entry is free, and you can enter as many tournaments as you like.
    The rating limit is based on your September rating
    Entries close on 31st October

  • 2021/09/04
    The club page has been updated with captains and the club's Covid Restrictions.
    Any corrections let me know.

    Also note Leamington have moved to a new venue :-
    Leamington Tennis & Squash Club
    Guys Cliffe Avenue,
    Leamington Spa,
    Warwickshire, CV32 6LZ

  • 2021/09/01

    LDCL Covid Protocols 21/22

    Determining and Publishing Covid Protocols
    o All clubs and venues can determine their own covid playing protocols for the 21/22 season. We recognise that different clubs have different circumstances
       hence there will not be a "one size fits all," LDCL protocol.
      While it is better for clubs to undertake their own risk assessments, as a minimum local protocols must be consistent with the prevailing national rules.
    o Clubs covid protocols must be shared with the LDCL and all will be published on the LDCL website.
    o Proper notice must be given for any changes to club covid protocols and all updates will also be published.

    Acceptable scope of Covid Protocols
    o It is acceptable for club covid protocols to set out a policy on mask/ visor wearing, temperature checks and other relevant social distancing provisions.
    o If temperature checks are being used by a venue and a player fails that check who has travelled to the venue with one or more of his/ her team mates, the match will need to be cancelled and rearranged.
    o It is not acceptable for players to be barred from competing on account of their vaccination status (e.g. juniors who have not had an opportunity to be vaccinated.)
    o The protocols of the home club/ venue determine the base rules for the evening. However, should the home club not be asking for masks (for example)
      there is nothing to prevent the visitors from choosing to wear one.

    Variations to the LDCL Rules for 21/22

    o The ten-day notice period to rearrange matches will be suspended in any circumstances where a rearrangement is needed due to covid.
      However, where a postponement is needed at shorter notice (or might be needed) we fully expect the relevant captain to keep his or her opposite number properly informed of the situation
      and to make every effort to give as much notice as possible. In our view proper communication might mean shorter notice of a postponement,
      but other than in the most exceptional circumstances
       (e.g. players becoming ill or being pinged on the day of the match) on the day postponements should be very much the exception rather than the norm.
    o Equally, clubs can agree to play one board short if covid has made it impossible to raise a full team, provided this has been agreed between the clubs in advance.
       In such circumstances, the unplayed board will be scored 0.5-0.5 and must be the lowest board.
    o If anyone is excluded from a venue on the night having failed a temperature check, their game will be void and scored 0.5 - 0.5.
      If this impacts more than one game, the match will be cancelled and will need to be rearranged.
    o The LDCL Committee will review and rule on any other issues that arise as a result of covid during the coming season.
       However, it is our expectation that common courtesy and mutual respect between our members should result in the majority of issues being resolved amicably and sensibly
      without the need for Committee involvement.

    See the Club page for the Covid policy for a particular club.

  • 2021/08/22
    There have been some corrections/amendments to the fixtures - see fixture page, plus Shirley have entered a team in Division 2.
    Also I mistakenly entered Solihull in the Team U1600 KO - now deleted.
    As usual if there any errors let me know.

  • 2021/08/22
    Entries for the Individual KO's are open.
    There are 5 competitions :-
    Open Rapid
    U1825 (Old U150)
    U1640 (Old U125)
    and U1450 (Old U100)
    Entry is free, and you can enter as many as you want.
    Email me with your details - name, club, telephone number and which competitions you wish to enter.
    Closing date is end of September.

  • 2021/08/19
    I have updated the fixture list page and the league formation page.
    Please check and let me know of any errors.
    If there are clashes with fixtures in other leagues, can you try to rearrange them yourselves before asking me.
    Then let me know.

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