The League's Special General Meeting held on 25th May 2017 agreed to introduce a system of individual handicaps as the basis for deciding the team handicaps for the Gunson Cup and Gunson Plate competitions.
A sub-group comprising Jim Booth, Mark Davies and Alan Nolan was asked to develop a suitable procedure.
The objectives of the development are
- to derive the team handicaps from the individual rankings of the players taking part
- to allow teams to field any eligible players and adjust the team handicap automatically
- to reflect improvements in the standard of players during the season
- to produce handicaps that are seen to be at least as fair and impartial as the previous system.
The sub-group has developed a system based on the following methods
- use the most recent tabletennis365 Ranking List at the time of the Draw
- use the tabletennis365 Handicap Calculator
- produce a list of all players with their individual handicaps
- inform all Club Secretaries, Team Captains, Committee Members and players of their handicaps
- use a revised score sheet to record the individual and team handicaps.
Completing the new Gunson Cup/Plate score sheet
- team captains should print a copy of the new score sheet for use during the match
- team captains should also have a copy of the Individual Handicaps for each team member playing
- record the names of all players, with their individual handicaps (IH), on the score sheet
- total the individual handicaps for the 4 members of each team
- as each person plays two opponents, the team handicap is twice that total
- calculate the "Net Handicap"
- complete the scores as usual and make the handicap adjustment to decide the winners
- NB The Sequence column now has less significance, but may still be useful for match reports - see rule 33 (d).
The Handicap sub-group would welcome feedback on the success or otherwise of the new system following each round of the competitions.
Note to team captains:
Please ensure that any members of your team who do not use email are made aware of the new handicap procedure.