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Offline Renegade

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A Change to the Leagues?
« on: June 02, 2017, 09:03:21 AM »
With Washington and now BBOB dropping out of the league system in the last season or so and several clubs who's first teams not planning to join the league system could the league competitions committees within the regions not come up with an alternative?

I know Yorkshire are having similar problems as well and my suggestion would be this;

For Durham and Northumberland (down to level 9) the leagues at 7 and 8 stay the same at 14 teams. Level 9 becomes a 10 team division providing 18 league games a season. Below that there are currently 2 informal leagues running which are regional, the Northumberland one (Aln, Blyth & Coquet) and the Tees Valley Social League.

Clubs outside the official league system who's 1st teams play can play off against each other the winner gets the opportunity to replace the bottom side in DN3, maybe also as a play off?

If they don't want to go up then the incumbent DN3 side remains there.

My thinking is simple, less rules, no player registration and in DN3 there would be less league games to try and get players to commit too so hopefully producing a more even standard of rugby.


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Re: A Change to the Leagues?
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2017, 03:56:30 PM »
Renegade.

Isn't there just West End in the Northumberland Blyth league and BBOB in the Tees Social league that meet your criteria? 

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Re: A Change to the Leagues?
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2017, 04:12:41 PM »
Newcastle Ravens and Border Park spring to mind and Washington may make another come back

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Re: A Change to the Leagues?
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2017, 06:07:09 PM »
My personal idea which could solve teams crying off is to ''pool'' the teams in the league into 4 pools and using the league fixture to determine the winners of them pools followed by a semi final at the higher placed side in the over all league with a final taking place at a neutral ground.

So it would be

4 pools of teams
top teams go into the semis
final follows.

More money over bars and creates a desire to fill out league fixtures.

Could even have shield and bowl competitions.

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Re: A Change to the Leagues?
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2017, 08:57:18 PM »
Michael. 

How will that work with 10 teams in the league and why will it stop teams crying off?

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Re: A Change to the Leagues?
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2017, 07:54:08 PM »
Why do teams cry off? Shortage of players?

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Re: A Change to the Leagues?
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2017, 09:39:44 AM »
Thats usually the most common reason.

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Re: A Change to the Leagues?
« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2017, 12:35:49 AM »
My personal idea which could solve teams crying off is to ''pool'' the teams in the league into 4 pools and using the league fixture to determine the winners of them pools followed by a semi final at the higher placed side in the over all league with a final taking place at a neutral ground.

So it would be

4 pools of teams
top teams go into the semis
final follows.


More money over bars and creates a desire to fill out league fixtures.

Could even have shield and bowl competitions.

That sounds just like the current Candy League set up, which is a good basis for teams that can't commit to fulfill fixtures every week. Those that can will top that league, while the others will at least get some games, instead of dropping off the radar completely.
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Re: A Change to the Leagues?
« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2017, 12:34:07 PM »
Sorry i thought they where 12 teams for some reason.

Maybe the highest relegated team drops out and we have 3 groups of 3 with the best runner up taking up a 4th spot in a semi final?

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Re: A Change to the Leagues?
« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2017, 08:55:11 PM »
Can clubs not pool together spare players to support social sides / struggling teams

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Re: A Change to the Leagues?
« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2017, 07:26:01 PM »
It would be nice but player registration puts the mockers on everything where league fixtures are concerned - even way down at Level 9 (D+N3).

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Re: A Change to the Leagues?
« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2017, 08:47:07 PM »
Ah yes registration. But would that stop a second teamer turning up for another second or third team that was struggling if say his side is without fixture?

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Re: A Change to the Leagues?
« Reply #12 on: June 10, 2017, 07:48:46 AM »
If he's registered for his club he can't regardless of whether he's a 2nd teamer or not.

I think as long as someone is not registered for a higher level team anyone should be able to play for any team at level 9.

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Re: A Change to the Leagues?
« Reply #13 on: June 10, 2017, 11:35:27 AM »
I agree with you. Can a motion be raised to enable that. Surely this can only be beneficial to keep the game going

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Re: A Change to the Leagues?
« Reply #14 on: June 10, 2017, 01:51:44 PM »
lf thats where the line is drawn l very much doubt the RFU will wnt to budge. Even if it is for the benefit of struggling level 9 teams.