Dear Member Clubs,
Sorry but this is going to be a bit of a long Update and can I please ask that you pass this on and that everyone is encouraged to read all the contents.
As you will all appreciate the Committee have been kept very busy in recent weeks with postponements and moving matches and possibly have yet another busy weekend ahead of them.
Please, please carry out your pitch inspections as early as possible and if your pitch is not playable contact your opposition by TELEPHONE to see if you can reverse the fixture. As stated at the last League meeting, DO NOT USE EMAIL it cannot be relied upon that Managers or Referees receive emails, pick up the phone.
Last weekend, yet again, we had a couple of teams that had set off for their fixtures because an email had been sent. I am sure if it were you that travelled to find out it was cancelled you would not be happy! Also if the phone had been used some teams could have switched fixtures.
Do not advise your team that the match is off until you have checked that the opposition do not have a pitch! I f teams do not reverse fixtures when there is the facility, please bear in mind when you are playing mid-week or a double header that it could have been avoided if you had switched when asked.
As you are all aware if a Cup is not played it is moved on to the next week. We have League Cup/Shield and Divisional Cup matches all running into each other which is a logistical nightmare for the Committee. From now on League Cup/Shield will take priority over Divisional Cups. Please therefore check on a Sunday evening as to whether your fixture has changed.
As usual the League are getting a lot of grief over not having a referee.
Cup games do take priority over League games. This week we have experienced teams complaining that they do not have a Referee on their Cup game but league games are covered. There is a simple answer to this, we do not have enough Referees in certain areas to cover certain age groups.
Please remember to add your Kick Off times and stagger them if you have more than one team at home, as this will assist greatly in maximising Referee coverage.
Our Rules are quite clear on referee allocations. Please familiarise yourself with Rule 13.
We would inform you that the window closes at midnight on the 28th of February for any new registrations or transfers for this Season.
We would inform you that there will be no fixtures on Easter Saturday or Easter Sunday the 4th and 5th of April 2015.
If you are behind and want to play on either of these dates over Easter, please find a team to play and let your Fixture Secretary know and we will also do our best to find you a referee.
Mini-Soccer and 9v9 Fixtures
The last weekend for mini-soccer and 9v9 fixtures will be the weekend of the 25th and 26th of April.
Next League Meeting
The next League Meeting is scheduled for the 31st of March 2015 at 8.00 pm at The Shamrock Club in Welwyn Garden City.
Teams that have trophies which were won at the League Cup and League Shield Finals last season, can they please ensure that they have them engraved and return them to the Committee at this meeting.
Teams that were awarded shields at the League’s Presentation last year also need to return these to the Committee at this meeting.
All final days are now on Mitoo so please ensure you check the dates. We will get kick off times up as soon as practically possible but I am sure you will realise that a lot of work goes into the planning especially for the Divisional Cup Finals at The Hive.
If you win your semi-final please be proactive and arrange for a team photograph to be taken, as you will be asked nearer the time for a team picture and write-up for the programmes.
We would remind you that the Presentation Day is Sunday the 7th of June 2015 at Broxbourne Civic Hall where all winners and runners up for the U13 upwards are expected to attend. If you do not attend, the League will NOT be providing trophies. This is a very special occasion for the League and a special day for those that have won or come runners up.
There will also be Sportsmanship Awards from U9 upwards that will be awarded based on the marks that other Clubs and Referees have given during the season.
I hope I have not bored too many of you but it is really important that everyone works together at this time.
Mid Herts Rural Minors League