This email was sent to club reps 1 February 2021
Hi to all HDTL club contacts,
And a Happy New Year, although it hasn’t really been much fun has it?
The HDTL Committee met on 26 January to discuss the league and to plan ahead. Our last email dated 9 November 2020 said we’d try for team sheets by the end of February, and an and AGM early March, but whilst we are still in lockdown, with no release date, that doesn’t seem feasible.
The Committee proposes that we still look to have an AGM in March (as per our constitution) and the Committee will meet each month to review the situation.
Meanwhile, we would like you as Club reps to start planning how you would complete your League Entry Form, as you did for the 2020 season. Make sure you are willing to continue as Club rep, or find a replacement. Discuss with captains, your committee and players about which teams you’d like to enter, and who will be captain, and what home night each team would like. Here is the link to the 2019 results so you can see who played in the HDTL at your club in 2019. (Click on your club, and then scroll across and click on players)
Then, when we all feel we can start the league, the Committee will send you the form and ask you to submit it with short notice; we will have the AGM, and some sort of league will be sorted. It may not be the same as before for this year, it all depends on timings. Whilst we would all like to pick up from 2019, and have the league as before, we may not be able to for 2021. Please do not underestimate the amount of admin time it will take for the HDTL to get the completed forms from 18 Clubs, decide on a format, set up the fixtures, and put it all into League Planner.
For any league to go ahead, we need to know:
The home match night for each team
A club rep who provides the above information, and circulates fixtures to the players/captains
In addition, in May this year the LTA is launching the ITF World Tennis Number, to replace the old rankings and ratings, and every player will have their own ITF WTN for singles and doubles. To have an ITF WTN each player must belong to the LTA Advantage scheme (which is free and replaces the BTM). There is plenty of information about the ITF WTN on the LTA Website, and there are webinars you can attend for more information, which are slick and well run. Whilst many club doubles players may not be interested, they need an ITF WTN so that others who do care, and want their ITF WTN to be meaningful will have their scores in HDTL Doubles matches counted.
Please help us to help you, by letting us know anything you would like the HDTL to consider, and by making contact with your players before we start to plan the HDTL for 2021.
HDTL Secretary on behalf of the HDTL Committee
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 "