Start of 2021 season

This email was sent to all club reps after the AGM on 19 April

Hi to all 18 Club reps,
I am using the contact details provided on the HDTL league entry form. As the HDTL rep for your club it is your role to pass the below information on to your clubs' captains, players and committee. I do not have their details, and all HDTL emails are sent just to you, the Club rep.
The club rep and captains' phone numbers that you put on the HDTL entry form (or will do!) will go on the HDTL website. Email addresses do not, and are only used by the league for league correspondence.
You may receive lots of questions from members, as will I, but I only reply to the club rep, and all queries should come through you. Dealing with 18 clubs is easier than with 600 players.
At the AGM it was decided that:
  • The 2021 season will be a one-off, using the teams as entered. In 2022 we would hope to revert to the planned 2020 format.
  • There will be six divisions of 7 teams (see attached). So each club will have 12 fixtures.
  • Some clubs have pulled teams. Northallerton are not competing this year. Thirsk have added a team.
  • The season runs for 14 weeks from 17 May -31 August, and until 30 September is available for rearranged matches.
  • Ian Hargreaves will prepare the fixture list and it will be emailed to club reps when available. It will go on the website, and into League Planner.
  • Please make sure your courts are booked out for home night matches before the fixture list is available, and then revise when it is.
  • Clubs can serve post-match teas when government restrictions allow, but the visitors must be told, and confirm if they wish to stay.
  • Trophies will be awarded to Division winners.
  • There will be no HDTL tournament this year.
  • An end of season social evening may go ahead, hosted by Ripon, and clubs will be polled during the season.
Match Results will be entered by the home team, and the results card emailed to the new Results Secretary, Mike Triffitt. The email address for this, and the crib sheet for entering results into League Planner will be emailed to you once the fixture list is known.
This season will be different, but the HDTL committee hopes that everyone will enjoy competitive matches, whilst being kind, compassionate and considerate to their opposition. Captains should contact each other before a match, and highlight any issues. If your club is having problems, as the club rep please approach the HDTL Committee for guidance.
Let's get on court!
Carolyn Rothwell

On behalf of the HDTL committee




This email was sent to all 18 club reps 2 March 2021

Hi to all 18 HDTL Club reps, 

We hope you are all looking forward to being back on court from 29 March.  

The HDTL committee met on Wednesday 24 February to plan ahead for the 2021 season.  

Below is our proposal, which is subject to Government change at any time, as we know. The HDTL committee is here to facilitate, not dictate, so your comments and suggestions pre-agm are welcome.  

For this to work you will need to contact your players promptly, and liaise within your club. 


  1. The HDTL AGM will be on Monday 19 April 7pm, on Zoom, subject to a Club offering to arrange the Zoom meeting, as none of the Committee have the means. 
  2. The League will start on Monday 17 May, and the league structure will depend on how many teams are entered, and the structure (ie Divisions and teams in them will be agreed at the AGM).  
  3. All clubs must submit their teams and league entry form to the league secretary PRIOR to the AGM (by 18 April). A provisional division structure can then be presented at the AGM for your approval based on the 2020 division structure. 
  4. Some clubs have stated they will be entering a reduced number of teams in 2021. At the  AGM we can vote whether to make the 2021 league a Non Competitive one-off league with the full league commencing in 2022, or making 2021 a full competitive league with teams  not entering in 2021 being dropped, and they could only re-enter in 2022 in the lowest division. Trophies would still be awarded for either option.
  5. There is not much time between the AGM and the league start date so teams should book their courts for 14 weeks on the chosen home night from 17 May, and then change the booking once the fixture list is available 
  6. Changes to fixtures will be allowed between clubs, organised by the captains 
  7. Most of the league rules will apply where possible, but all need to be flexible. 
  8. The tournament will not be a fixed week as before, and maybe some events can be played in September 
  9. Your comments and suggestions welcomed.

Carolyn Rothwell, on behalf of the HDTL Committee

Published on Tuesday 2nd March 2021 by Carolyn

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