Bournemouth 2020 - competition format. Jan 25, 2020 11:13:33 GMT
Post by Deleted on Jan 25, 2020 11:13:33 GMT
I'm aware that there has been some 'rumblings' in the wider Bar Billiards community that there may be changes to the competition format for the upcoming Bournemouth event. I'd like to clarify what has been discussed, why and invite you to offer your opinions so that everybody who wants their view to be heard can have it.
Yes - it is true that we have been considering a change of event format.
Over the last two years, a number of people have mentioned to me that our flagship competition does not offer players as many opportunities to play as they’d like. In many cases players can play on the Saturday morning, again in the second round or plate on the Saturday afternoon, and then have no further participation in the event. This is part of the reason why so many leave immediately after breakfast on the Sunday morning and that the grand final is typically played in front of fewer than 10 people (4 of those are packing tables away!). It was suggested that creating more opportunities to play and giving more people the chance to play on the Sunday would help people feel that they are actively engaged in the event and may help to safeguard it into the future. It is possible that people prefer to go into town etc. because they are not engaged or participating in the event. If true, we are obliged to do something about that.
As an association we have sought to be prepared to change this event by considering all of the implications on people’s time, investing in two further tables to ensure that a new format could be created without extending the playing time significantly.
Of course, with any suggested change, it creates an unhappy environment for some who like things as they are. I recognise that all too clearly. Of the many accusations that have come my way in the last two years or so, many of them are as a result of seeking to make changes.
I have therefore asked Nigel to cease planning the event format for the time being so that I can invite the views of those who use the Proboards forum. I will also post something for those who prefer to engage using alternate channels.
Once you have expressed your view, I will ask Dave & Nigel to consider this before publishing the final format and conducting the draw. It is intended that the draw be completed at the upcoming Oxford Open, so please ensure - if you want to have your say - that you do so long before then.
Let me restate - the reason for considering any change was prompted by requests from players, the reason for not making any changes will also be determined by players if that is the case.