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AGM Notification

Ipswich and District Table Tennis League, Annual General Meeting - Wednesday 14th June 2017The next Annual General Meeting will take place at the Rosary Conservative Club, 172 Bramford Rd, Ipswich IP1 4AB commencing at 7.30pm. Please could you distribute this to your club players so that they have the opportunity to attend should they wish.As usual I would like to remind you that Article 6.d states that any proposed rule amendments must be received by the Secretary, in writing, at least 21 days prior to the meeting. The Committee is not proposing any changes this year, but in line with the above, any submissions must be received by the Secretary, preferably via email, by Wednesday 24th May 2016.Could I also ask that you contact me should you wish to nominate anybody for either the Doris Fox award (for services to the League), or the Jim Kenworthy Cup (for the most improved Junior).We will send out Club Team Entry Forms which are to be returned at the AGM, in due course.

Britannia Summer League. March 2017.

The IDTTL league will be finishing shortly for the summer break.
If any of you want to continue to play evenings why not join the Britannia Summer League. The entry form is here: Entry Form.
The teams do not have to be the same teams as you normally play for and if just 1 or 2 of your players wish to join we can usually fit them into a team. The normal complement is 6 teams in a Monday and 6 in a Tuesday Divisions with play off matches at the end to finalise a 1 to 12 positions.
I look forward to hearing from you all.
Cheers,Brian Blagden
Britannia Table Tennis Club Summer League Organiser

IDTTL U13 Championships. March 2017.

The IDTTL 2017 U13 Championships took place at Kesgrave Table Tennis Club on Friday 10th March. Fifteen players split across Britannia and Kesgrave clubs were placed in three groups of four and a group of three.
In Group A, Conner Holdcroft, Sam Ross and Samuel Pilbrough battled for qualification to the knock out stage, Conner and Sam both being successful. Group B saw Jimmy Holdcroft, Ethan Banna, Guy Attew and Joel George competing for their qualification positions, JimmyH doing so without dropping a game, closely followed by Ethan. Group C made up of Alfie Cohen, Louis Kidd, James Elias and Jason George matched the seedings with Alfie and LouisK winning through. Finally, Group D with Eddie Patterson, Matt Webber, Cameron Young and Louis Ross provided some very close games, Cameron topping the group followed by Eddie.
With two players from each group qualifying for the Quarter Finals, Conner beat LouisK in two straight, Ethan beat SamR also in two, Alfie lost to Cameron again in two and JimmyH beat Eddie in two. Keeping to the trend, the Semi Finals were also decided in two with Conner beating Ethan and JimmyH overcoming Cameron.
The Final saw brother against brother in what was a very entertaining match enjoyed by those watching. Two contrasting styles gave the match a certain amount of spice, direct attacking countered by a slightly unorthodox brick wall defence. Winning over five games JimmyH came back after being 1-2 down. Both players should be very proud of their display and a match to catch in the future.
All players were a credit to their clubs, showing a high level of play and keenness throughout. Thanks also go to all those who helped, including those volunteering to cover umpiring duties.

Sad News. March 2017.

Alan Pearce passed away on 28th February. He had suffered a stroke last June and after hospital was transferred to Barham Care Home.
Many in the Ipswich TT League will know Alan, who played for many years and also served on the Committee. Alan was the last surviving member of the PO Research 'G' / BT Gladiators team playing with Berni Studd and Bert Newman. Together, they played in the IDTTL having moved up from Dollis Hill in the early 70's.
The photo above shows Alan (far right) in 1987 after the Eastern Postal and Telecomms Region Recreation Association Table Tennis Championships played at St. Neots.
Alan's funeral is to take place on Thursday 30th March. Arrangements by Hunnaball of Ipswich, Norwich Road.
2pm Service at Old Cemetery Chapel, Ipswich (drive down Cemetery Lane off Colchester Road. Chapel is signposted).
Circa 2.45pm Millenium Cemetery, Tuddenham Road for burial service.
Please join the family afterwards at Kesgrave Community Centre, Twelve Acre Approach.
Family flowers only, but any donations made in Alan's memory will go to Friends of Barham Care Centre
Our thoughts are with Alan's family and friends at this time.

IDTTL 2017 Championships Report. March 2017.

The 2016/2017 IDTTL Championship report can be found here.

IDTTL Championships 2017. Jan 2017

Please see entrants2017.pdf list to see if your entry has been registered.

Pickwicks New Home Venue. Jan 2017.

Pickwicks are having to play the remainder of the season at Ringshall Village Hall, see postcode is IP14 2JB.

Sad News. Nov 2016

I\'m sure that league members will be sad to hear that Paul Packwood passed away on 25th October, aged 91.

Season Dates after Christmas. Nov 2016.

Some teams might still be using fixture lists printed out from the website in September. This is fine for the first half of the season, but can we just remind everybody that the start date for the second half of the season has changed. The handbook is correct, and the website now matches.

Handbook amendments 2016/17

Please note that the email for Ken Rodwell - Hadleigh TTC Secretary has changed to

Sad News. Sept 2016.

We have received notification from Janet Faiers that her father, a former Suffolk Table Tennis player - Alan List - who for many years was very active in Bury St.Edmunds, Stowmarket and Ipswich local leagues has recently passed away. Alan\'s funeral will take place on Friday 30th September 2016 at St.Peter\'s church, Bury St.Edmunds at 2pm.

2016/17 IDTTL Season Result Cards. Sept 2016

Download and print Score Card

Player Required Div 3

Trimley B in Div 3 require a player for the forthcoming season. Home night is Thursday at the Trimley Sports and Social Club.Contact Chris Pulham 07508475645 if interested.

Handicap Cup 2016/17. Aug 2016.

The season will soon be starting next month and it is time for all your teams to enter the Handicap Cup. All teams stand a chance and to play against players who they normally don\'t come up against.Please ask your individual team secretaries to e-mail or telephone me to enter.
Brian Blagden tel: 01473 252623 e-mail:
Or you can enter all of your clubs teams by contacting me to let me know all teams in your club are entering.Let\'s try to make this a larger entry than last year.If the entry is larger than last year we may need an extra round for some teams.
Cheers, Brian Blagden, Handicap Cup Sec.

IDTTL Championships 2016/17. Aug 2016.

Advance notice of the 2016/17 Ipswich Championships. These will be held on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th February 2017. There is an one off entry fee of £5, payable on the day.

2016/17 FIXTURES

The 2016/17 season will start on Monday 19th September 2016. Handicap Cup week will be 21st November 2016.Fixtures have been uploaded to the website - please have a look and contact Andy Mann with any issues which can hopefully be resolved before the handbook goes to print.Have a great season!

IDTTL 2016 AGM. Aug 2016.

The Chairman welcomed all and announced that due to family commitments he was stepping down at the end of the AGM. He also announced the resignation of Michael Wright (MW) as Deputy Chairman but confirmed that MW is happy to help with the Championships in 2017. The Chairman reiterated that his role was not an onerous one and encouraged somebody come forward and take it on. He then thanked the committee for their hard work during the year. All Clubs were represented with the exception of Trimley St Martin.
Congratulations to all winners and commiserations to any teams relegated - special mention went to Otley Otters in Div 2 and Britannia Falcons for winning Premier. Acknowledgment of the work Jimmy Farrow (JF) and MW put in to the smooth running of the League and also the Championships.
Well done to Kingsfleet for winning the Handicap Cup and to Brian Blagden for his organization. More entries next year please!
Confirmation that the current Chairman and Officers of TTE were re-elected by a large majority. There have been some good developments since they took on the role.
The requirement to use Plastic Balls in IDTTL will remain in place.
TTE membership fees to rise, but Personal Accident Insurance will now be included alongside Public Liability Insurance. All League players must have an active TTE membership.
Apologies for handbook errors, team secretaries urged to use the website which will be the most up-to-date list and take account of team withdrawals.
Reported that the number of matches being played with only two players on a team reduced by 20% this year.
JF's Championships Report included:
Entries down, around 90 players took part this year. Particularly low entry in Div 3 Singles, but good participation in Junior events.
New finals night format thought to be a success, and enabled us to finish earlier. No feedback received from those present when asked.
Three year deal with Corn Exchange until 2018 at which point costs will be looked at.
Thanks to Andy Mann (AM), MW, John Leith and Richard Goodhand for their support. Thanks also to the main sponsors Chips Away, JM Finn and Sampson Blinds.
Treasurer's Report: Ran through the notes to the accounts, Lower income from Kesgrave, as well as the purchase of new nets, Steve Branton added that the club now has to pay for equipment storage and this has reduced the amount that can be given back to the league. Van hire was extra this year, having been undercharged previously. Request for any support in providing a van. Please ensure Trophies come back to IDTTL for engraving. Highlighted the possible shortfall in income, this year there was a deficit of around £1,000, leaving a bank deposit of only £573.05. We have received sponsorship from Coes for £100 but the league needs to look at costs overall.
Proposed Rule Changes and Vote Amendment to Rule 6a - CarriedAmendment to Rule 11g - Not carried
JF thanked those leaving the committee including Ken Rodwell who was stepping down as Div 2/3 Secretary, Steve Branton for his work over the years as Handbook Secretary/Photographer/Kesgrave TTC organiser and Child Protection Officer, Mike Wright for all of his work at the Championships over the years and sage council on the committee, and finally John Leith for his years of service as Chairman and fundraiser.
Presentations were made to the following:-
The Jim Kenworthy Award : Lawrence Arscott, Kingsfleet
The Doris Fox Award : John Leith

The Chairman sought the views of the floor on the possible removal of Trophies for Winners/Runners-up to save costs.
Election of Officers:
All standing again other than:-
John Leith stepping down as ChairmanMichael Wright stepping down as Vice-Chairman
Steve Branton stepping down as Handbook Secretary and Child Protection Officer
Elliot Branton stepping down as Deputy Child Protection Officer
Ken Rodwell stepping down as Div 2/3 Secretary
Rosemary Curtis to be elected as Child Protection Officer
Andy Mann to be elected as Handbook Secretary
No opposition to this from the floor, and nobody forthcoming to fill vacant positions.
AM made a plea for new committee members, noting that if a further one or two officers were to resign the task of running the league would be almost impossible.
The Chairman spoke at length about the requirement for Sponsors and asked the floor to pass the request on to other players.
AM asked the floor about entry fees for the championships. This was widely supported as a way to increase revenue, noting that the Championships costs around £3,500 to host and we no longer have a main sponsor.
Norman Atkins spoke about the need to do whatever it takes to keep the event at the Corn Exchange rather than look for cheaper venues and this was widely supported.
Moving onto the league deficit, it was suggested the committee look at increasing player fees next year. It was also suggested that the committee look at ceasing the production of the Handbook as the majority now view it online, and that end-of-season memento trophies were no longer produced. All will be considered.
Meeting closed at 8:41pm.

IDTTL Rules Changes Explanations. June 2016.

It has been suggested that some explanation of the rule changes, and the committee's views would be useful to put things into context.
The amendment to the AGM date is, we hope, self-explanatory - it seems unnecessary to restrict ourselves in terms of date when we are largely influenced by the availability of committee members and venue.
With regards to the rule change to establish final league positions, the committee feels that on the whole the current rules which take into account matches won and lost before moving to a play-off are sufficient. Not only could a change to the system mean a re-writing of the software used to establish ongoing league positions, we are uncertain how a situation where 3 or 4 teams finish on the same number of points, and are tied in their head-to-head scores could then be entered into a play-off.
Whilst current rules could lead us to the same situation, we do not see the change as an improvement to the current position.
St Margaret's Manor Club have not provided a detailed explanation as to why this change would be an improvement but we will offer them the opportunity to do so at the AGM before the vote should they wish.

IDTTL AGM Rules Proposals. June 2016.

Rule Changes Proposed

11 g - proposal from St Margaret's Manor Club
Current Rule:
League positions shall be decided by the number of sets won or, in the case of a tie, the number of matches won, then by number of matches lost. If a tie still remains a play-off match will be arranged, if required, if promotion or relegation are involved.
Proposed rule:
League positions shall be decided by the number of games won, or in the case of a tie, the head to head results of the teams affected (home and away). If a tie still remains a play-off match will be arranged if promotion or relegation is involved.

6 a - proposal from IDTTL Committee
Current Rule:
The League shall hold an Annual General Meeting each year not later than 31st May and may be attended by all members and a representative of any club intending to seek affiliation. Any person may speak but only persons holding a Ballot Card may make proposals relating to rule changes, or vote.
Proposed rule:
The League shall hold an Annual General Meeting each year before the start of each new season and may be attended by all members and a representative of any club intending to seek affiliation. Any person may speak but only persons holding a Ballot Card may make proposals relating to rule changes, or vote.

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