Our referees explained that a large number of players are looking to play 40s and 60s. At some events there were over 17 players wanting to do this. The consequence is that we are seeing more and more clashes, which in turn delays the later stages of the 40s / 60s events as we have to wait for players to complete a 60s match before we can progress the 40s, and vice versa. This in turn delays the start of the 50s or 70s.
Others players then become frustrated when they see empty tables, and their events delayed.
Whilst we totally appreciate that some of our 60s like to enter the 40s to maintain their TTE 40s ranking, we agreed that we would trial restricting people to consecutive age groups at two of our Masters events. The first trial will be at the Eastern Masters in November.
In summary, we are trialling this restriction for the greater good of most players – improving their experience. This means we can be confident that 3 events can run in parallel with no threat of a clash, and thus no delay. The alternative is frustration for those players competing in later events. Also, late (very late) finishes, which will impact on our ability to run events, eg players, officials, venues.
How will this work? This basically affects over 60s and above.
60s: Can enter 60s and 50s, or 40s and 50s
70s: Can enter 60s and 70s, 50s and 60s or 40s and 50s
75s: Can enter 70s and 75s, 60s and 70s, 50s and 60s, or 40s and 50s
80s: Can enter 75s and 80s, 70s and 75s, 60s and 70s, 50s and 60s or 40s and 50s.
We wish to trial this approach to assess whether it will make a difference to the Sunday schedule, and we ask for your co-operation and support for this trial.