HDTL2021Published on Sunday 29th November 2020
This email was sent to all the HDTL Club reps in November 2020. It outlines the plans for the league in 2021. If you have any comments or ideas, please contact your club's rep.
"To all 18 HDTL Club Reps,
Many thanks to you all for sending your views on ‘HDTL and beyond’. The HDTL committee read them all and we had a Zoom meeting on 3/11/2020 to plan the next steps, which are outlined below. Please let us know your thoughts before the Committee meets again, or we can assume you agree. It is our objective to offer some form of league tennis in 2021 but this will depend on the situation by the time of the AGM.
Overwhelmingly the replies said that you wished to carry on with the HDTL in its current form, when allowed and feasible. There were some suggestions for rules changes and new match formats, but with all the uncertainty around us the Committee felt it would be best not to make any changes for 2021.
The plan is to hold an AGM mid March 2021, probably by Zoom, but who knows. By 28/2/2021 we would need you to tell us how many teams you are planning to submit to the league, and the team’s home night, as done previously at AGMs.
A fixture list would then be compiled for 2021 using the divisional format as agreed at the 2020 AGM. Any teams that dropped out would be replaced by the highest placed team below them from the 2019 final league positions. (This information is available on the HDTL website, under the 2020 Results tab. You can click on overview and see previous year’s results.)
It was suggested that we just reuse the 2020 fixture list, move every fixture forward a day and call it 2021, but the presence of a team, and their home night would have to remain the same, and some clubs indicated this would not be the case.
You may feel that as a club you could not give the league the team and home night information by end February 2021, and that’s fine. But without it a divisional format cannot be agreed at the AGM and a fixture list cannot be generated.
If as a club you choose to opt out for 2021, current HDTL rules would say that when you wish to return it would be with one team in the lowest Division.
The Annual tournament will not go ahead in its previous format, but some clubs did offer to organise a specific event eg. Mens Singles, on a specific weekend. Details would be sent to you, the HDTL Club Rep, to circulate to your players as the league does not have any player contact information.
The HDTL committee will meet again in mid January 2021 and assess the ‘Tennis Under Covid-19’ situation. We may have to revise the 28/2/21 entry date and mid March AGM.
New members are always welcome to join the committee.
Hopefully we can all be back on court soon.
On behalf of the HDTL Committee "
HDTL 2020 DatesPublished on Tuesday 15th October 2019
In line with government and LTA advice the HDTL is postponed until further notice. All on the committee wish you and your families good health and hopefully we can start playing again when conditions allow.
The HDTL AGM was held on Monday 3 February 2020 at 7pm at Harrogate Racquets Club.
The HDTL season starts Sunday 26 April, and ends 31 August. Fixtures lists have been emailed to Club reps and are on the website under Information, Fixtures. Results can be found under the Results tab.
The annual tournament will run from 13-20 June 2020 at Harrogate Racquets Club.
The annual Trophy presentation and Dinner will be held on Friday 25 September at The Angel, Topcliffe, and is being organised by Ripon Tennis Club.
There O50s league will continue in 2020.