Ground Standards Opinion Survey Outcome

History

Following the formation of the Southern League (SL) in 1969, a general inquiry in 1970 initiated by Noel Fisher showed a widespread interest among clubs tired of the surfeit of draws in ‘friendly’ cricket and looking for a competitive edge with rewards, in the form of promotion, for success.

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At the 2016 AGM it was decided to consider the Grounds and Facilities Standards used within the League and consult with other interested parties.
The League subsequently undertook a survey of all member clubs asking the following questions:-

QUESTION 1 DOES YOUR CLUB SUPPORT THE CONCEPT OF SETTING GROUND AND FACILITIES STANDARDS
QUESTION 2 DOES YOUR CLUB SUPPORT GRADUATED RISING STANDARDS AS LEAGUE STATUS RISES
QUESTION 3 DOES YOUR CLUB SUPPORT THE INCREMENTAL CATEGORIES AS IS THE CURRENT CASE (Gold, Silver, Bronze)

The League Management Committee and the Grounds Committee are very grateful to member clubs for their excellent response to the Survey with a near 100% response. The survey results were:-

QUESTION 1: YES 158. NO 7. IN FAVOUR 95.75%
QUESTION 2: YES 154. NO 4. IN FAVOUR 97.47%
QUESTION 3: YES 141. NO 13. IN FAVOUR 91.56%

Given the overwhelming support for the principle of standards, the Grounds Committee has drafted revised standards to take into account comments from member clubs.
The new Standards proposed have now been considered by the League Management Committee for adoption for the 2017 season.

Martin Livermore
Secretary HCL Ground Committee