Southport & District Badminton League

Southport Badminton

It is with great sadness that the League has been asked to inform members of the sad passing of Phyllis Wright. Phyllis played for Churchtown and St Cuthbert’s over many years. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time

Malcolm Banham
League Executive Chairman

To All Club Secretaries

Dear Secretary
2019/2020 season

Final League Tables
As everyone is aware the season was abruptly ended due to the Coronavirus Pandemic and the Officers took the decision that it was extremely unlikely that the season would be able to be re-started and concluded by completing all the outstanding fixtures.

Most teams within all divisions had almost completed all their fixtures with the majority, but not all, only having league week 18 to play.

The General Purposes (GP) Committee met this week to consider what would be the best method of determining a fair end position for each team in each Division.

The Committee agreed to use a method of adjusting season points totals using averages based on teams’ results thus far, translated into points, as though each team had played 18 matches (16 for Division 7). By applying this method would not require any assumptions/guesswork or even subjective opinions as to what results might occur in matches. This method also removed any need to refer to or consider any specific match(es) and its basis was on actual results of each team.

By employing this method enables an adjustment being made to teams’ existing points based on the following approach.

Establish an average of “events for (EF)” per match, for each team, by dividing the known EF by the number of matches played at the time the season was abruptly ended.

Whatever the average it is then translated into points i.e
Average of 4.50 and above    3 points awarded (Win)
Average of 4.00 to 4.49         2 points awarded (Winning Draw)
Average of 3.50 to 3.99         1 point awarded (Losing Draw)
Average less than 3.50           0 point awarded

Having established the points to be awarded (or none) as above then multiply these points by the number of matches not played by each team.

The results (see attached tables) then provide for an adjusted figure to be added (in Red) to the existing points shown for each team to provide final points total and league positions for each Division.

Shields and Watkinson Trophy Finals
With much uncertainty about when badminton may be able to resume it was decided that it would not be possible to play the above finals for the 2019/2020 season.

Because of the exceptional circumstances it was decided that for last season the  finalists in the three Shields and the Watkinson Trophy would be regarded as joint winners.

It is customary for players of the wining team in the Watkinson to receive medals from the League. With there being shared winners for 2019/2020 season the League has decided that both teams will receive medals.

Finally, since there are many questions for which there are no answers at present, together with continuing doubt about how and when badminton might resume, the GP Committee did not take any decisions concerning the 2020/2021 season. Obviously, I will keep you informed of any developments and when decisions have been taken regarding next season.

In the meantime, please keep safe.

Best regards
Malcolm Banham
League Chairman
21 May 2020

With the 2020/2021 season with us it is so pleasing to reflect that this badminton year ahead of us will be the 88th season since the Southport and District Badminton League was founded. That is some achievement and is a credit to all who are playing/ have played or contributed voluntarily to the sport. Not only does our League continue to flourish but has the largest number of players registered in any League in Lancashire. Long may this continue.

To all of you, whether players, club officials or supporters/spectators I welcome you to yet another season and hope you get continued enjoyment from the badminton played within our League.

I am delighted that the League’s sponsor, Master Lock and Safe, continues to provide invaluable support not only financially but through attendance at various finals, events during the season. As they embark on their 9th season of sponsorship, the contribution to the League by Martin and Di Taylor should not be underestimated.

Following discussion at the AGM in April, the view of members present at that meeting was that a hard copy of the League’s handbook should continue to be produced and provided to all members. To achieve cost neutrality of this publication, it is vital that the League attracts enough advertisers willing to advertise in the handbook. I would urge all of you to consider whether you, an individual or a business would be willing to purchase an advert. If you do, then please contact me for more information. My contact details are included in this handbook under the League Executive entry.

At the AGM it was also agreed that a Singles league should be introduced and, I am pleased to say that arrangements have been put in place for this to start this season. It is to be hoped that this venture will prove not only popular but enjoyable for those who wish to play singles competitively. Details relating to the Singles league will appear over the coming weeks on the League’s website.

Another new initiative which hopefully will be introduced and tried out this season, is the opportunity for those who are interested, to attend over a weekend, trials for the League’s town teams. This means that those who wish to be considered for a town team can do so by attending the event. Confirmation with details of time(s) and venue will be sent to all Clubs in due course if arrangements are able to be made for this season, as well as being advertised on the League’s website. There will be a nominal charge for those taking part in the trials.

As I have stated previously your League Executive always endeavours to do its best on behalf of you, the members. It is never averse to considering proposals that if adopted would enhance the League. If you feel you have such a realistic, practical idea then please let me know and it can be considered by the Executive. After all the League operates for the benefit of its members.

Finally, I wish all of you, whether as a player, official or spectator best wishes for the season. and hope you get maximum benefit and enjoyment from the sport.

Kind regards
Malcolm Banham (Chairman)

Welcome to the Southport & District Badminton League website. Here you can find out information about all the clubs that make up the League and all the latest news and information.

The League started in 1932 and is one of the biggest leagues in the country with over 65 teams participating across 7 divisions. Throughout the year, a variety of individual tournaments take place. These include open and handicapped events, making them accessible to all league players.

There are also team cup and shield competitions which are in a variety of formats and take place during each half of the season.

The League is made up of numerous clubs spanning from Crosby to Hesketh Bank. For more information about all of the clubs that make up the League and contact details, please see the ‘Clubs‘ section.

The League has a reputation as being one of the strongest in the region with internationals such as Joanne Wright, Sarah Sankey and Miles Johnson all having played in the League.

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