After the discussion, a vote was taken with the majority in favour of keeping both division one and division two for the winter season, and the Chiswick DT’s/ Chiswick Club Society C newly formed team starting from division two, so to keep both divisions with 5 teams. There has been many seasons with 5 teams in a division which has not caused any issues. The current summer season or last winter season, for example.
Contrary to what most believe, the necessity to place a team from this summer seasons division one into division two is not because the Chiswick DT’s pulled out of the summer season, but because of the Chiswick Club Society C joining them. This has meant that division two has one team less competing for the winter season with now 4 teams.
With division one on a 6 team fixture matrix and division two now on a 4 team fixture matrix, and taking into account that Chiswick Memorial A/ Chiswick Memorial B, Hammersmith Club/West London Deaf, Sinners/Angels all play from the same venue/board, both divisions have to be on the same fixture matrix. It is impossible to avoid home fixture clashes with so many teams playing from the same venue/board unless both divisions are on the same matrix. Something important that most never think about and assume it all just happens by magic. Unfortunately, you cannot break the law of mathematics.
Therefore, the only choices available was to either relegate whoever finished second from bottom this summer season, or to place the newly formed Chiswick DT’s/ Chiswick Club Society C into division two. The committee regards it totally unfair and unjust to relegate the team that finished second from bottom this summer season when this was never ever stated before the season began and played for. This leaves one option available that was most logical and fair taking everything into consideration, with the Chiswick DT’s/ Chiswick Club Society C playing in division two especially as Chiswick Club Society C were already a division two team and had not won promotion. To reiterate, this decision was necessary to accommodate the fixtures and not because the Chiswick DT’s pulled out of the summer season. Had the Chiswick Club Society C not joined them, or a new team had joined the HDDA, then this issue would not have arisen.
For the record, this is not the first time this situation has happened with both divisions. It should be noted that in 2011, the HDDA faced the same problem. It was the Stewarts Arms ‘B’ team (known then as Kenilworth Castle) whom very graciously accepted a request to be relegated into division two, when they did not have to accept as they did not finish bottom, but agreed in the best interests of the HDDA and helping to solve the then fixtures issues.
The committee manages the rules that are made by the HDDA members and to ensure that there is fair play & consistency applied to every single team in the HDDA, regardless of anything else. Being a committee member is a very time consuming and often an unrewarding task which every committee member dedicates their own free personal time to, and do so for the love of the HDDA and the game of darts. The committee will get it wrong at times and are only human, but are big enough to correct wrong decisions if its in the best interests of the HDDA and its members.
The committee is never frightened or scared in making decisions, far from it. The committee has the right to decide how the league format is run and uses this right to make decisions that represent the interests of the majority of its members, making utmost sure that fairness is prevailed. This current committee is not a dictatorship that wants to use its power to enforce their own personal views, but a committee that wants and tries to encourage all members of the HDDA to be actively involved and be fully part with all decisions that affect our league. Only on the occasions when necessary will the committee step in and use its rights, and with only the best interests of the HDDA in mind. If this is deemed to be weak, then so be it.
The committee are fully aware of the furor that the decision made at the AGM has caused. And has taken the time since to observe & learn what the majority of its members feel and want for the format of the winter season. It is clear that this is to have one single league for the coming winter season. Therefore, the committee have taken the decision to overturn the resolution made at the AGM and this coming winter season will be one single league.
To ensure fairness for all teams competing in a one league, this will be a season played on a home & away basis for all teams. At the end of the winter season, the top 5 teams will form division one for the summer season, and the bottom 5 teams will form division two. Should a new team or two join the HDDA for the summer season, then it will be the top 6 teams that form division one for the summer season, with the bottom 4 teams joining the new team/s in division two.
The annual Divisional Singles competition will be held at the end of the winter season after all league matches have been completed. Players from the top 5 teams will be eligible for the 1st Division Singles competition, players from the bottom 5 teams will eligible for the 2nd Division Singles competition.
The winter season will start on November 12th and finishes on May 19th 2016. Fixtures for the winter season will be published in due course.
All teams need to bring their registration fees of £40 plus £10 for the Britannia Cup to the next committee meeting on 1st November starting at 12 noon, and inform the committee of any changes to their team. Teams also have the option of paying their fees at the coming Open Singles competition nights later this month.
The newly formed Chiswick DT’s/ Chiswick Club Society C need to register to the committee as a new team and submit the necessary forms in full. These can be found on the ‘PRINT tab on either Thursday Division main page.
The committee trusts that this now puts an end to this matter and all members will support and recognise the difficult decision made for the winter season, and to now focus on getting onto the oche playing darts.