ABC CHANGES FOR 2016/2017
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL PLAYERS
At the EABA committee meeting held on the 5 January 2016 a package of measures aimed at promoting the prospects of grass roots players was discussed and approved. These measures will take effect for the 2016/17 season.
A. The Jock McGregor handicap will carry ranking points in line with all ABC’s and the short format matchplay.
B. Points for plate matches will be enhanced.
C. In the early rounds players will be allocated refereeing duties as part of the draw.
A. In theory a handicap event gives all players an equal chance. The committee feels that one such event out of seven is acceptable especially as a player’s worst result can still be shed. The E.A. and the matchplay will remain compulsory points for the main rankings and the G.M. and the matchplay for the senior rankings.
Due to the enhanced importance of the Jock McGregor an objective handicapping system needs to be employed. This will be done by calculating a benchmark based on the average score from all hourly games played on the ABC circuit from the previous season. Likewise an individual player’s average will be calculated and then compared with the benchmark. Obviously new players or those with a limited results sample will have to be assessed more subjectively.
THE JOCK McGREGOR HANDICAP ON MAY 15 (the day after the AGM) WILL BE THE FIRST RANKING EVENT OF THE 2016/2017 SEASON.
B. Currently in the plate events points are awarded only for winner, runner-up and semi-finalists.
The committee have decided to award points for wins as in the main competition.
Current system Main: winner 30, r/u 25, s/f’s 20, Q/F’s 15, last 16/32 (ie. 1 win) 10,
Plate: winner 15, r/u 13, s/f’s 10
All the above include 5 points for entering which all players receive.
New system Main: remains the same
Plate: winner 15, r/u 13 s/f’s 11, q/f’s 9, 1 win 7
A low entry or some opting out of the plate could mean the 7pts. category unused.
C. Number of referees is decreasing and number of players willing to lend a hand varies. Referees at ABC’s understandably tend to select ‘attractive games’ hence a significant number of entrants often get no help whatsoever. The EABA believes all members are equals and deserve equal consideration hence the allocation of referees for the earlier rounds; initially prelims. and first round. This has been tried before with some success. It has to be the earlier rounds because on elimination a player may decide to go home. Obviously because the draw is random the allocation of referees is also random so the workload should eventually even out. Hopefully it might also lead to a greater awareness of players to help each other. The system will be monitored for a season and then re-evaluated.
During the last season too many errors occurred due to incorrect completion of the scorecards and the knock-on effect means that rankings could also also be wrong. Can all players please ensure that the details presented to Clive are accurate.2016 English Amateur Final – Hall Hits Hat Trick