Dear Indoor Members,
Firstly, let me take this opportunity to hope that you are all well and keeping safe in these difficult times. I know that – like myself – a select few of you are (or have been) following self-isolation lockdown measures, and so I hope that those of you to whom that applies you are coping with the change. As part of my role as Indoor League Secretary, I felt it my duty to communicate to you all the current position with regards to the 2020/21 Indoor League Season.
As many of you will be aware, I have been continuing to take Indoor League Team registrations throughout lockdown and am continuing to do so, and to date have managed to get a large proportion of those who entered a team into the respective leagues last year to do similar for this. To those of you who have registered, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to you for this. To those of you who are yet to send in your team registrations, I strongly encourage you to do so as we would normally. At present, I am asking that all team captains are to send in their team registrations for the coming season, with payment suspended and to be collected at a later date. The reason for this is to ensure that myself and the Fixture Book Secretary are able to plan appropriately for the season ahead.
As part of our preparation for the 2020/21 Indoor League season, I feel that to maintain the integrity of the indoor section, and most importantly protect the future of the club in general, it is vital to ensure we strive to fulfil the full compliment of indoor functions as we would do under normal circumstances, and continuing with our thriving league section is an integral part of this. Of course, with the circumstances at present, it is important that we introduce a return to indoor bowling in a safe fashion. Guidance from the EIBA states that “any return to playing will be subject to social-distancing and clubs must be confident that they can implement appropriate practices to ensure that they can comply and protect their staff, volunteers and members”. I can assure you all that the safety of our members is paramount in any selection that we make. Having reviewed the guidelines issued by the EIBA rigorously, I am confident that we will be able to implement an infrastructure that at no point comprises the safety of our members, while maintaining the competitive nature of the league format. I have reviewed the guidelines closely, and the club has already – and are continuing to - take the steps necessary to ensure that we are able to make a return to indoor bowling.
The current guidelines from EIBA are geared towards allowing a return to Indoor Bowling. At present, I am confident that all pairs and triples leagues are to continue, and that fours leagues are to be reviewed at a later date. Future guidance from the EIBA, such is the advancements that are being made in general with regards to the commencing of sport, is likely to lend itself to the full complement of league play – all disciplines – and I guarantee to make sure that any future decisions are implemented upon full review of any latest guidelines released. However, I feel that making a return to Indoor Bowling is a vital step for the club, and one which I encourage you all to embrace and take on board as myself and others on the committee continue to plan for the 2020/21 Indoor League Season. The Indoor Section is something that everyone at the club should be proud of, and is one of the many successes that we are able to recognise at the club. As such, it is important that we continue to prepare and plan for the 2020/21 Indoor League Season, and that participation in this is encouraged by all members.
So, to recap;
Please continue to send through team registrations for the 2020/21 Indoor League season. I will continue to process these, and plan accordingly for the respective leagues.
All team registration payments are suspended at present, and are to be collected upon commencing of the leagues.
All decisions will be made in line with EIBA guidance, and with the safety of all members central.
I would also like to draw notice to the change in the format of this year’s Ladies Triples League, with a change to eight teams – as oppose to last year’s six – with two sides having a bye each week. This will allow us to maintain full compliment of play with the one timeslot, and negate the need for a late session to be introduced. If any ladies would like to enter a team into the league, then I am looking for ONE MORE team, and do not hesitate to get in touch to me at my email email@example.com
Many thanks, and ensure you all keep safe and well. I look forward to seeing you all indoors.
J. S. Pope
YBC Indoor League Secretary
We will be running the following competitions starting in the week commencing 12th July:-
Open Handicap Singles
Open Drawn Pairs
If you are interested in playing in any of these competitions please e-mail, text or ring Barbara Colby on 07870 500034 or firstname.lastname@example.org and put an envelope in the post box with your details and £2 per competition. Closing date for entry is Friday 10th July.
We will continue to explore other ways of running competitions in August and let you know, and we look forward to meeting you at the Club soon,
Somerset Bowling Association are organising an Open Pairs Competition
(for SBA club members) in August.
Clearly, the final format will depend on numbers and the COVID guidelines in place at that time.
Rules for Roll Ups – Updated to commence Monday 8th June.
DO NOT COME TO THE CLUB WITH FLU LIKE SYMPTOMS, COUGH, COLDS & SNEEZES
1. Please wear gloves when entering the club and when not playing.
2. Maintain social distancing, at all times.
3. No shaking hands or close contact.
4. Maximum of 4 bowlers per rink – Markers are now allowed,
when playing singles.
5. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, rinks 1,3,5 only
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, rinks 2,4,6 only.
Unless advised otherwise.
6. No handling of anyone’s else’s bowls and equipment. The following items of equipment are not to be used Scoreboards, Bowls pushers, Ditch markers, 2m distance sticks & chalk
7. One Jack per Lead and position it with your foot.
8. Keep hands clean, use sanitiser before and after playing.
9. Please bring any drink that you require with you, all rubbish must be removed after your game.
10. Benches around the Green remain out of use.
11. Enter by the Green gate, be aware of others coming the other way.
12. Clubhouse will be closed, if for any reason it is unlocked please do not enter.
13. Mats & Jacks will be kept outside.
14. Before & after play please clean the mats and Jacks with the cleaning materials provided.
The Green will open at 12noon, please follow any marked walkways.
Failure to follow the rules will see you excluded from the Green.
To book in advance please ring Jenny between 10am – 6pm or on the day between 9am & 10am on 01935 422103.
Please state when booking if you wish to roll-up on your own, or happy to join in with someone else to play Pairs.
Stay safe, enjoy the Green and your bowls.
Outdoor Club Chairman
Talented artist and Club member, Brian Collins, is keeping busy and has painted this view of Yeovil Bowls Club from his garden. Click to enlarge.
Ladies Triples Players/Teams wanted for 2020/2021 Indoor League
Matches will be played on a Wednesday evening from 6.30 to 8.30 pm.
There will be 8 teams in the League, so two teams will have a bye each week.
If you are interested and wish to join a team or have a team who would like to enter please
contact Joe Pope on 07842 489843 or email him on email@example.com for details.
I’m sure we’re all looking forward to getting back to bowling
and meeting friends again very soon.
06/04/20 Message from Mr R Dyer, Chairman YBSC.
Please see below message from Bowls England, and please note that YBSC is following Government guidelines and will continue to do so until those instructions change. You will be informed immediately when the Club is open for use.
Subject: Rollups etc
For your information. Being circulated to all Clubs.
I have had several questions regarding ‘rollups’ being part of one’s daily exercise.
I have spoken to Bowls England who advise that the Govt Guidelines state:
Playgrounds, sports courts and pitches, and outdoor gyms or similar. These businesses and venues must close.
So, in Bowls England’s view:
There are no exceptions to ‘outdoor recreation’ listed therefore our understanding is that no bowls club should be open for any form of play until the Government advises otherwise.
I trust that clarifies the position.
05/04/20 To all Outdoor Bowls Members of YBSC
Outdoor Bowls Membership 2020
I write on behalf of Yeovil Bowls and Squash Club to advise the following:
Yeovil Bowls & Squash Club is closed until further notice under Government restrictions during the Coronavirus outbreak. Under normal circumstances Outdoor Bowls Renewal Subscriptions are due in April, and the Board have agreed that Members are not expected to pay for renewal when they cannot play or use Club facilities, so no Renewal Subscriptions are being sought at this time.
The volunteer team are maintaining the Green during closure – our thanks to them.
When bowling can resume, Outdoor Membership Renewal Subscriptions will be discussed again depending on the circumstances.
On behalf of the Board, I hope this meets with your approval. We hope you all remain safe and well during the closure period, and look forward to meeting again soon to enjoy our bowls and in friendship as soon as the restrictions are lifted.
CLUB CLOSURE DURING CORONAVIRUS CRISIS
I write on behalf of the Board of Management of Yeovil Bowls and Squash Club. As we can only contact Members for whom we have an email address, it would be helpful if you can pass this information on to any Member who does not use email.
First, we hope that you are all staying safe and well in these difficult times.
Positive news – we offered the Club premises to Yeovil District Hospital for the duration of the Club closure. They were very pleased to accept and will be using the free parking for YDH staff, and their IT Dept is looking into whether our systems can support admin staff who will work from the building. If that happens hospital security staff will secure the building each day so we will benefit from having some protection during the closure.
The outdoor greens are being maintained by the volunteer team – our thanks to them – so we can look forward to games when the lockdown ends.
Usual Committee Meetings are not taking place and the A.G.M. has been postponed, and we are closely following Government support available during and following the shutdown.
If you are intend to submit a team for the Indoor Bowls League next winter please contact Joe Pope.
We will try to keep members informed as events unfold. Until then, stay safe.
YBSC CLUB CLOSURE
Following the latest Government announcement today, Monday 16th March, the YBSC Board of Directors have taken the very difficult decision to close the club from 10.00pm tonight, Monday 16th March, for the remainder of the indoor season.
This includes all roll ups, league matches, competitions, Short Mat and Squash.
The Coffee Morning, Work Day, V.I. Charity Marathon, the Finals Day and the Summer Tour are cancelled and the Bar is closed for any social functions.
The AGM due to be held on 13th May is cancelled until further notice.
This is a complete closure.
We will assess the Summer season and update members ASAP.
This decision has not been taken lightly, but it has been decided that it is in the best interests of our members, and we also feel this follows a number of other clubs.
If any members wish to collect personal belongings please notify a Board Member who will arrange access to the Club for you.
We apologise for any inconvenience that this causes but feel, in these exceptional circumstances, that our priority is the welfare of our members many of whom are in the high risk category.
All remaining league games will be declared draws with 1 point being awarded to each team. This will then produce final league tables for the season. We appreciate that this brings an unsatisfactory end to the season but feel member welfare must be paramount in this situation. Final league tables are on the indoor bowls page.
Club competitions are to be frozen at their current state and we aim to complete them early in the new season, including the remaining finals to be played. The current competition position is on indoor bowls page.
We understand that there will be questions which we will try to deal with in a timely manner. Please ensure that all questions are submitted through the website www.ybsc.info or contact a Board Member who will try and help.
We would be grateful if you could pass this message on to any other members that you know who are not on email or facebook or have access to the website.
Thank you in advance for your support at this difficult time.
YBSC Board of Directors