New Racketlon Club Competition in 2011
We are launching a new racketlon club competition inspired by John Garland.
Several teams have already expressed an interest. We are anticipating divisions of approximately 4 teams (pooled by geography primarily and then standard as a secondary factor), which would engulf 6 fixtures a season (approximately one a month).
The format of the event will be 4 players (male and female players permitted). The match will involve 4 singles and 2 doubles, this includes 2 rounds and 2 matches per player. Round one is 1 v 1, 2 v 2 and 3 & 4 v 3 & 4. Round two is 1 & 2 v 1 & 2, 3 v 3 and 4 v 4. The format means each player plays a singles and each player also plays a doubles. The singles is against their opposing number.
Fixtures will be home and away. Clubs will be required to arrange fixtures between March and October at a suitable time when home venues are available. Matches will take place at weekends. Most sport centres will have non-busy periods where the matches should pinpoint. A minimum of 1 court is required for each sport. The total length of the match will be approximately 3 hours, although it is recommended to allow 4 hours. The traditional sport order of table tennis, badminton, squash and tennis can be juggled to accommodate court availability. With 3 courts of each sport, the matches can start parallel, although to save costs, 1 court could be rented for each sport with the 2nd and 3rd parallel match starting on badminton and squash (rather than table tennis).
Teams should work out the home venue costs at the start of the year and charge players the relevant rate for home and away games to cover home venue costs (split between total costs for the season, divided by number of matches and number of players).
Logically clubs like Letchworth and Redbridge will use their nominated club time for their matches. Letchworth are likely to hold matches on a Sunday lunchtime, whilst Redbridge are likely to hold matches on a Sunday evening.
Entry is free, although teams need to cover their own costs (venue hire and equipment). Results need to be sent to the English Racketlon Association of administration and to be published, details of which will be confirmed in due course.