2017-18 BTS Future of Pennant Survey Actions
25-Apr-18 The BTS Board has considered the results of the Future of Pennant Survey and has developed its position and action plan as follows:
· BTS will work with Bowls North and Bowls North West to introduce consistent Conditions of Play for all Divisions that lead to State Pennant Finals.
· The number of players per rink will remain as is and will not change to three rinks across the board.
· Saturday Premier and Divisions 1 and 2 will change back to 21 ends.
· Current restrictions on where Premier and Division 1 and 2 players can play will remain as is.
· Clubs will not be given dispensation to select players where Conditions of Play disallow such selections.
· Lower Divisions will remain as is and will not be split into regional area.
· Pennant will remain as a single pennant – there will not be two pennants per season – one before Christmas and one after Christmas
· Pennant Divisions will remain as is with ten teams per Division and not eight teams (except in the lowest Division).
· Women’s Pennant will remain as is - open gender will not be extended to Thursday Pennant
· Midweek Pennant will remain as is - open gender will not be extended to Wednesday Pennant
· Finals Series for each Pennant will continue as is.
· State Pennant Finals will continue as is.
· Midweek Pennant will remain “as is” with at least half of each team consisting of B Grade.
· Midweek Pennant will reduce to twelve players per team – played as four rinks of triples with at least six B Grade players in each team and a minimum of one B Grade player in each rink.
The agreed implementation plan is as follows:
· Work has already commenced on the implementation of consistent Statewide Conditions of Play. At the Bowls Tasmania Regional Consultative Committee meeting held on 26 March 2018 it was agreed to form a committee to investigate the introduction of a consistent set of State-wide Conditions of Play for pennant that leads to State Pennant Finals. Each region will have two representatives on the committee which will be chaired by Rob McGuire (non-voting). Bowls Tasmania tried to develop consistent Conditions of Play for all regions several years ago without success. It would seem that this current attempt can only work if there is a genuine desire from all regions to work towards a consistent set of Conditions of Play. That will mean compromise from regions at times and agreement that regions will abide with the majority view. In the recent BTS survey 89% of respondents agreed that there should be a consistent set of Conditions of Play for all divisions that lead to State Pennant Finals. Accordingly the BTS Board has agreed that it genuinely wants a consistent set of Conditions of Play and will abide with the majority view on all issues. The BTS Board further agreed that there are no Conditions of Play that are not negotiable as far as Statewide Conditions of Play are concerned.
· All remaining actions will be implemented for the 2018-19 season.
In addition to the above, it was agreed that Conditions of Play for 2018-19 would be changed for Midweek Pennant and Women’s Thursday Pennant to only allow one opposite gender player per rink in a sides lowest Division irrespective of what Division that is.