Carmarthen County Bowling Association
Llanelli & District Bowling League
Proposals to commence playing bowls in the 2021 season
To All Club Secretaries
cc. League Management Committee; County Officers
It is of the utmost importance that preparations are made for the possible restart of bowling in 2021, taking into account possible restrictions that may be in force at the time. Therefore, it is necessary to formulate a number of scenarios, based upon the situations that we have encountered during 2020, as it is extremely unlikely that we would see anything totally different to those that have been witnessed to date.
Fixtures are not formulated overnight, therefore it is expected that any requested Open Dates are submitted in line with the current League Rules, i.e. By 1st December 2020
The Considered Scenarios are:
- No Government Restrictions: To commence the season in April 2021 on a basis of the 2020 fixtures however the move of Crusaders to Parc Howard will have some effect. Also, taking into account alterations made for requested Open Dates and the dates being changed to reflect the equivalent dates for 2021.
- Restrictions limiting groups to 30 outdoors or a 2 metre Social Distancing requirement, or both
Matches to be restricted to 3 (three) rinks of four players per side, with sufficient space between playing rinks to comply with Regulations. League points will be reduced to 12 per match.
- Local Lockdowns in Operation
The formulation of season long Temporary Leagues.
Reflecting the Local Lockdowns that were imposed during 2020, the probable Regional Leagues would be:
- Llanelli League
Brynhyfryd, Calsonic Wanderers, Crusaders, Dafen Welfare, Havelock Park, Llangennech & Bryn, Llanelli, Parc y Dre, Tumble, Ty’rfran
- Carmarthenshire League
Ammanford Park, Ammanford Town, Burry Port, Carmarthen, Cross Hands, Cwmaman, Kidwelly Town, Llandeilo, Tybie
- Swansea Area League
Blue Anchor, Gorseinon, Gowerton, Graig Merthyr, Loughor, New Lodge, Parc William, Pontarddulais
Such Leagues are dependent on what areas are included in each Local Lockdown.
If one or more Local Lockdowns are in place, contingencies may have to be in place to allow players, who, due to restrictions, cannot travel to their club, and, whilst being fully paid up members of their club, could opt to play for a club in their residential area but return to their own club at the end of any lockdown period.
A further issue relates to Tumble BC, who play on a green that would be in the Llanelli Lockdown area. This would have to be discussed at length with the club.
In a similar fashion to 2020, there might well be a need for entries to Individual Competitions to be made without knowing where we stand.
In the absence of a new Competition Secretary, I will issue entry forms in February 2021 with a closing date of 31st March.
Should we be able to proceed, in any form, then the draws can be made and published within days.
Please discuss the above with your Officers / Members and if any Club has a further suggestion on the way forward please send details to me as soon as possible.
In the meantime, make sure that Open Date requests are with me by 1st December 2020
Hon. League Secretary