YCA AGM and Yorkshire League Restart
Arrangements for the new playing season usually start for many of us with the YCA AGM and arrangements for the new season’s Yorkshire League. Many of us then have to wait a couple of months for the local league AGM and arrangements for the new season of the local league. Thus it is that YCA Competition’s Controller Andrew Zigmond feels the need to do something about the (OTB) Yorkshire League of 2021-22, so kicking off the process.
Clubs in the Yorkshire league have been contacted by the YCA Competitions Controller regarding the possible restart of the over-the-board Yorkshire league. The idea of any kind of YCA AGM has been put on hold for the moment by YCA President Jim Burnett, so some sort of YCA Executive meeting to discuss the subject was being considered.
At the present point in the development of attempts to ease Covid mitigation measures, and in view of the predictable developments in levels of infection and so on, this comes too early for many people.
It may be that chess at local-league level needs to fumble its way to “normality”, or the “new normality”, first, and that only then will it be feasible for the traditional Yorkshire league to follow. Perhaps some sort of transitional format of Yorkshire over-the-board league season is needed.
A few members of the Executive, in responding to the idea of a meeting, took the opportunity to express views on how the YCA might proceed, for which see lower down the page.
Meanwhile, it rather looked as though there was not much enthusiasm for a face-to-face Executive meeting, and some felt it would not help, so the idea was rapidly knocked on the head, and Competitions Controller, Andrew Zigmond, is now looking at sending out an e-mail, shortly, to attempt launching a “normal as possible” Yorkshire League 2021-22 which is perhaps nearest to option B below, though very much will be determined by what teams ultimately enter, and there is likely to be a significant element of decision-making on the hoof.
So, clubs’ Yorkshire league contacts will probably soon receive an e-mail to set the ball rolling, though one feels that organisationally the “ball” may be more like a cube with rounded corners.
Below are the ideas expressed in responses to the proposal of an Executive meeting, first from the webmaster (Steve Mann) and then from the first team captain (Peter Ackley). Whilst their circulation has now been superseded by the decision not to attempt to have a meeting, their content may be of interest.
Following on from that, Peter Ackley responded with his own views, which constitute a formulation along the lines of what was envisaged above as option C.
The trouble is, clubs will not definitely know to what extent they can participate in over-the-board chess until nearer the time. That would be as much a problem if we assumed the existing league format can broadly continue to be used, as it would if we guessed it cannot and so went for a more radical approach such as Peter’s ideas in part 1 (Building a New League). We may know what was best only after the event, with hindsight. Organisationally, sticking with what we have is by far the easiest, and so pragmatically may be best.