SW League Entries Now Closed

Thank you to everyone who has expressed an interest in entering the SW League for next season (2020/21) and answered the questionnaire. We had 25 responses giving us a possibility of 14 ladies teams and 11 men’s teams next season.

Here is a summary of the responses to the key questions:

  1. When do you feel you are most likely to be ready to start matches? Both ladies and men had a significant majority wanting a November start (86% ladies, 82% men)
  2. What type of matches would you prefer to play? This was also dominated by teams wanting to play normal 5 set league matches (100% ladies, 91% men)
  3. How many match dates can you play assuming a January start? This was much more evenly split with a small majority voting for more matches (57% ladies, 55% men)
  4. How far are you willing to travel for a single header? This had a very wide range of responses from 25 to 150 miles with some teams having no limit.
  5. Are you dependent on VE decisions before committing to SW league? This appears to only affect a small number of teams (29% ladies, 9% men)
  6. Can you offer a two court venue? Only 4 out of the 17 clubs have access to a two court venue.

Given the fantastic response in terms of the potential number of teams and the dominant wish to play normal five set matches, this gives a very real likelihood of having two divisions in both ladies and men, with 5 to 7 teams per division.

We are looking at various possibilities and therefore these may not be traditional ranked divisions. We will be looking for a format which ensures that all match dates and venues will be known at the start of the season.


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