What to do about remaining fixtures?
England Hockey’s advice currently is that all hockey should be suspended to at least 30thJune (EH, dated 30th March 2020). The Chief Medical Advisor to the Governments advice is that current restrictions will probably be in situ for a few months rather than weeks.
South League have opted to scrap the remaining matches and play-offs, ensuring just one team from each division is promoted. Men's 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, 6s and 7s are in this league.
South Clubs’ Women’s League have decided that relegations and promotions will be based on teams final positions as at the end of the matches that took place on 14/15 March 2020. Ladies' 2s are in this league
England Hockey have announced how their leagues will be decided.
The committee of Wessex Supervets Fixtures Alliance has decided to postpone the remaining fixtures until the new season. (They can do this as they only have one division in their league.) This affects our Falcons team.
The committee of the Trysports League has agreed that remaining matches for the 2019-20 season will not be played; it is not possible to suspend the League indefinitely and any delays to the conclusion of this season would have a serious impact on organising the League for the 2020-21 season.
To calculate the promotions and relegations, they will use the following calculation similar to other leagues; (points gained minus penalties)/number of games played = average points per game. Should teams have the same average we will apply an average goal difference calculation. As not all teams have played the same amount of games to date, it was felt that this method gives fairness to all teams. Clubs will be notified of promotions and relegations in due course as we have a couple of investigations to conclude. However, as per previous recent seasons, theycan confirm that to maximise the movement within the league we will promote two teams from each division, with the exception of Premier Division 1.
Ladies' 3s, 4s, 5s, 6s & 7s are in the Trysports League.
They realise that this decision will not please some, however, they are in an unprecedented time. Even the most ardent objector will realise the situation we are in is a first in the history of the Trysports league. To simply leave the season open until we can play again is just not practical.