Mid Lancs League formation 2017-18

Message From Paul Eastham:

Hi all,

The fixtures committee met tonight to form our league next season with some pretty tough decisions to make, as the whole of Springfields club and Flight withdrew at the end of the season leaving just 41 teams.
A number of options were discussed including
(a) reducing the divisions down to 4 (which we never see a division come back)
(b) increasing back to 7 divisions were there would be 6 teams in a division and each team would play another team 4 times in a season (20 games in the season)
(c) keeping 5 divisions and playing 1 and 1/2 times of a season. This would mean all the divisions of 8 teams would play a team 3 times, totalling 21 games in a season.

The committee, including myself keep hearing that everyone wants to play more badminton and have less breaks in between the weeks, so we have chosen option (c) to give everyone more matches.
Whilst this is new and never been done before, we thought it was a compromise for keeping 5 divisions and not reducing the numbers in a division to play each team 4 times as in option (b) and thought this was the best option going forward.
This chosen option also had some consequences on promotion and relegation issues which the committee had to face in balancing the divisions out and also the season will extend until the end of April.
Whist we all found this tough, we do believe we have found the right balance in giving everyone more badminton whilst protecting (for now) our 5 current divisions.

Paul.

League Formation 2017 – 2018
Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4 Division 5
Carlton A Crusaders B Carlton B Crusaders D Brindle
Clitheroe A Evergreens A Crusaders C Garstang B Crusaders E
Crusaders A Hawks B Clitheroe B Mythop Evergreens C
Cross Feathers Hawks C Evergreens B Penwortham A Penwortham B
David Lloyd MGS C Garstang A Project 12 Preston College A
Hawks A MGS D Hawks D St. Andrews C Preston College B
MGS A MGS E Hawks E Whittle A St. Andrews D
MGS B St. Andrews B MGS F Whittle B Whittle C
St. Andrews A