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The Eve of Season 2018 Newsletter
Season 2018 is fast approaching.
Not long to go before we all get back on the cricket pitch. The smell of freshly cut grass, the sight of ball hitting stump, and the noise of an Owzat appeal, will mean that we will instantly forget about the winter, and look forward to the summer game. Make the most of the next 20 weeks !!
Please ensure that the newsletter below is passed on to players, officials and captains within your club.
There are lots of changing for the new season ... so make sure you are fully prepared.
Further news will follow, in the countdown to Season 2018.
Brian Smith Chairman - Kent Regional Cricket League 07946 285672
Thanks to all those clubs who have recently paid their invoice for Season 2018 (League Subscriptions & Balls). There are still a few clubs to make payment. Please ensure that this is completed before Wednesday 18thApril 2018. A list of debtors was sent out at the beginning of the week.
Contact – Shaker Ahmed (Treasurer) / Brian Smith (Chairman)
After a lengthy discussion at KRCL Committee Meeting, it was agreed that we would no longer produce a Hard Copy of the KRCL Handbook. The main reasons for not producing such handbooks is the cost and of course the time involved in compiling such a book.
What will happen for Season 2018? All necessary documents will be circulated to the League Representatives of each club. It is their responsibility that this information is passed on to club officials, captains and players. Prior to the start of the season, we will once again distribute the Constitution of the League and the amended Playing Conditions for Season 2018. We will also distribute the updated version of the Clubs Contact Details.
Andy Pye is currently compiling this information. If you have failed to provide updated details for the new season or have a last-minute amendment, then please contact Andy Pye directly.
On a positive note, the cost saving of not producing a Handbook has meant we have been able to keep the price of a league ball to £10 this season.
Contact - Andy Pye (Handbook Editor)
Can I remind all clubs that they need to register all players for the KRCL. There is no need to re-register all existing players, however, please check your club databases and make sure that any new or returning members are registered.
If a player is registered or has an active profile with another club, then you need to add this player to your database on play-cricket and apply for registration. You will also need email confirmation from their former club, or ask that club to approve the player transfer on play cricket.
It is no longer possible for the league administrator to transfer existing profiles. Thus the responsibility is now with the club administrators.
Don’t leave it until the last minute …
Contact – Brian Smith (Chairman)
We are still looking at options for the end of the season Presentation evenings that are held at the end of September / beginning of October. The preferred dates at present for this year are Thursday 4th/Friday 5th October and Thursday 11th/Friday 12thOctober. Primarily, because the Chairman is away at the end of September! Sorry folks. As soon as we have sourced suitable venues – we will confirm the dates accordingly.
Whilst on this subject – are there any clubs who would like to host these evenings? If you have the facilities to host such an event, then please get in contact with me by the end of this month.
Traditionally we have held one event in the East and one in the West, but happy to look into other options for the new season.
Contact – Brian Smith (Chairman) / George Cocks (Presentation Evening Organiser)
BALL DISTRIBUTION EVENINGS
A final reminder that these are being held this week:
Wednesday 18thApril 2018 @ St Margaret’s Cricket Club
Thursday 19thApril 2018 @ Addington Cricket Club
Friday 20thApril 2018 @ Sidcup Cricket Club
Collection times for these evenings are 6pm to 8.30pm. We will not be held responsible for the balls of any clubs who fail to attend these evenings.
Please ensure that you attend the previously arranged venue. For ease of reference, I attach the master document as an aide memoire. If you have any concerns, then please contact me directly.
Contact – Brian Smith (Chairman)
To save us hunting you down during the summer months, please feel free to use the Ball Distribution Evenings as an opportunity to return any Divisional Cups or Shields that were presented to divisional winners and runners up at the end of last season.
This will desperately help us with future planning and, of course, ensure that trophies are not lost or damaged during the season.
Contact – Brian Smith (Chairman)
SEASON START DATES
I’ve been advised that summer is finally on its way. About bloody time!! The first games of season 2018 will take place on Saturday 28thApril 2018, with a full programme the following week on Saturday 5thMay 2018. Please ensure that your Club is ready for the new season.
Further updates and news will follow over the coming weeks. Watch this space …
CLUB COMMUNITY NETWORK
Please see the message below from John Swannick.
If you or your club are interested in joining the Club Community Network, then please get in touch with John Swannick directly.
Personally, I think this is a great opportunity to help support clubs in Kent, as we face difficult times ahead especially with declining player participation.
Chairman - Kent Regional Cricket League 07946 285672
Dear League Reps,
Having been involved in developing the national Cricket Club Development Network, I am now working with Kent Community Cricket to set up a Kent club peer-network called Club Community. As a KRCL club vice chairman, I think it offers a great platform for supporting those people involved in making Kent clubs work.
From my national Network experience, I am confident members of Club Community will benefit by sharing their experience, knowledge and information, and:
get reasonably quick answers to immediate questions on any aspect of running a club;
save time reinventing wheels or avoiding mistakes others have made;
identify new and better ways of doing things;
confront common problems and issues more effectively.
It is not about communication TO, but ongoing dialogue WITH, people who face the same or similar challenges.
Club Community is a virtual network.It is an open group that is publicly accessible online but where some content is restricted to members of the Community and, where relevant, sub-sets of the Community depending on their club role and related interests. The Kent Community team will also bring their skills and knowledge to Club Community as peers.
We are using an off-the-shelf platform called Team App which can be used as both online website and downloadable mobile App. The main features of the Community are:
News– Kent and national cricket issues, and local club happenings where relevant to other clubs;
Events– information on and invites to the latest Kent-wide activities as well as club-based events where appropriate;
Chat– bulletin boards for raising very practical issues, questions or sharing thoughts on cricket management issues. You can also communicate confidentially and securely direct with other members, where appropriate;
Discussions– topics identified as having wider common interest and relevance will be posted to encourage group discussion, sharing experience and potential solutions or signpostingsources of further information;
Document sharing– for sharing pdfs of helpful documents and briefings on key topics.
So, this is your invitation to become a member of Club Community. And to share with others in your club who have responsibilities for:
Once you are in the Community, I will be on the other side to help guide you through how it works and tosupportyour continuing engagement. But, the system isveryeasy to use and you shouldn't need much encouragement to getinvolved!
As in recent years, we need all clubs to complete their entry forClub Contact Details. It is imperative that all clubs complete this information so that we can circulate updated information to all clubs at the start of the season.
Please ensure that you follow the instructions as below and action accordingly.
Emails to be directed to Andy Pye directly.
Please don't respondto Gareth or myself.
Please send the amended versions of the 2017 details, already sent to you by email, to Andy Pye - Handbook Editor;