After consultation with the committee I am
setting out below my proposals as to how the Yorkshire League could
restart. If some form of Yorkshire League is to resume in October I
would need entries no later than JULY 31st.
IT WOULD BE HELPFUL IF ALL CLUBS COULD
RESPOND TO LET ME KNOW IF THEY WISH TO RE-ENTER IN OCTOBER AND, IF SO, HOW
MANY TEAMS. NIL RESPONSES WOULD ALSO BE HELPFUL.
Before we go
into the detailed proposals, a few caveats. The first is that it will
be impossible to find a proposal that satisfies everyone, and that the
2021-22 season is likely to be a transitional one. The second is that
this is the first part of the process and when I have a better idea of how
many teams wish to enter I can start setting out the structure in earnest.
Essentially I am proposing three
a) The "best case" scenario; that all
thirty current teams are ready to resume play and a full Yorkshire League
program begins in October as per normal. I personally think this is
unlikely - leaving aside the fact that some players may still be reluctant
to play, some clubs may not restart until the Autumn and will want a bit of
time to regroup.
Restart the Yorkshire League in January. In this case it would
be impossible to play a full eleven-round league so we would possibly need
to revert to four divisions (and retrieve the AG Sunderland Cup) - assuming
all thirty teams re-enter that would make the split 8 8 7 7. I would
stress that this is only planned as a temporary measure and that we would
be aiming to revert to a standard format in 2022.
A hybrid of the two. Some players will be eager to restart in
September and I see no reason why they shouldn't be able to do so.
Depending on the number of entries there are two possible options: