Midlands Mens League update

Posted by Nirmal Singh on 1 April 2020

Dear All,
As you aware from the statement of 17th March 2020 published on the MRHA Men’s League website, hockey activities in relation to the MRHA Men’s League have ceased.
After further consideration of the various options, the MRHA Men’s League Committee has decided to declare the MRHA Men’s League 2019-20 season CLOSED. This means that there will be no further attempts to play either planned or outstanding fixtures from the MRHA Men’s League 2019-20
Going forward there arise two linked questions:
1. How to finalise the tables for each of the divisions; and
2. Determine promotion and relegation.
1. Finalising the tables for the divisions.
After considerable discussion of the various options, it is evident that the issue across nearly half of our divisions of some teams having played more games than other teams is one that could mitigate against a straight ‘freezing’ of the positions as they are today.
The League Committee considered this issue, reviewed a number of methodologies and selected the following method to determine the final positions in the 2019-20 season for each division:
 Points won (3 for a win, 1 for a draw), minus any points deducted for disciplinary offences, (total on the website) divided by the total number of points available from the games played, expressed as a percentage.
For those divisions where all teams have played the same number of matches, then the positions clearly did not alter. For those divisions where this was not the case, positions still did not change from those currently shown on the MRHA Men’s League website. It should be borne in mind that in the normal course of any season, those teams at the top of the table will be more successful than those lower down. This methodology recognised both the fact of un-played matches and potential outcomes of these on an equitable basis, without the League Committee being required to determine specific results. We have also reviewed what other Leagues are doing and the methodology is comparable.
With this in mind it was identified that no changes were needed to current positions, but we have added the averages as described above. The website status and values as up to 30th March 2020 will be used for the next stage.
2. Determining promotion and relegation
This will clearly follow step 1. The specific details of this process are dependent on a number of other factors (e.g. the final decision of England Hockey in respect of promotion/relegation from the National League, blanks in various division etc.). This process itself is, however, no different to that for previous seasons and will follow Rule 4.
The usual timeframe for this is at the next League Committee meeting which is due to be held in early April (although clearly this is unlikely to be a face-to-face one). We would hope to deal with the matter in that sort of timetable, and possibly even sooner.
If you can be patient, that would be most appreciated.
We believe that this makes matters clear.
  Nick Haynes - Honorary Secretary MRHA Men's League

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