Presentation night

The presentation night has been held at Heath Social club for quite a while now, I wasn’t there last year but told attendance was poor. So the committee have decided to mix things up and have changed the venue to improve attendance. It’s not all about trophies and medals….well it is but it’s also an opportunity to have a good night out with fellow players and celebrate the Cardiff league.

It was felt a central Cardiff location would be better for transport and you can make a night of it if you want. Personally I like Philharmonic, they have poles to dance on….

We have booked the upstairs function room and have our own bar and toilets. There is a outside decking area if it’s a nice evening. There will be no raffle and unfortunately no under 18’s are allowed, apologies.

Soda Bar, Mill Lane, Cardiff

Saturday 25th May 7-30-10.30pm

External view
Upstairs outside Decking Area
Dedicated Bar area
Shakey hand – soz

Great Cup Final

Excellent cup final at the USW Sports park in Treforest, really high level of play and well contested. Holmview A beat Heath A 5-4, went to the wire, lots of rubbers going to 3 games.

Heath C managed to beat Reardon Smith 6-3, again lots of rubbers going to 3 games, all very competitive. Well done all for an enjoyable day.

On a personal note, I hope you appreciate that handicapping is not an exact science, it’s a best guess based on the data at hand to make the match competitive and give everyone a chance. Ideally matches are won 5-4 and the rubbers go to 3 games. As a committee member I think the handicapping this year has been pretty good without any one sided matches.

For those who felt it was incorrect, thanks for your feedback, each club has a representative at the handicapping meetings, if you want to help and represent your club then happy days, come along.

Suggestions welcomed…

So we were looking to change the venue of the presentation evening in May to somewhere in Cardiff city, easier for travel purposes and those inclined can make a night of it, lots of options….

Any suggestions welcomed, we have approached O’neils and a few others that end of Cardiff….

Nottingham Challenge!

Dear Cardiff and District Badminton League,

I am writing to you as member of Boots Badminton club, which plays in the Nottingham Badminton league. 

We are planning a trip to Cardiff with approximately 10 members (3 ladies, 7 men) on the 8th/9th June.  We are hoping to arrange a friendly match with a local club on the Saturday afternoon before we go out in the evening to enjoy the City’s atmosphere. 

I am hoping you would be willing to forward this message to your club secretaries to find if another team would be willing to play us in a tournament style event: 2 mixed, ladies and 2 men’s (or any other format)

Kind regards

Virral

Boots Badminton Club, Nottingham

Volunteers Needed: 4 Nations Para-Badminton

Badminton Wales are in urgent need of volunteers for the 4 Nations Para-Badminton event at SWNC this Saturday 22nd September.  They are needed to assist players with scoring and which side to serve and receive serve from.  The event is scheduled to start at 9:30am and is due to finish at around 3pm.  If you can help or require further information, please email James at james.dowle@badminton.wales

Android/IOS Peg board

Cool peg board app for Android/IOS has been developed:

The choosing of ‘fair’ games based on arrival time, games played, levels / mixed balance (if you are a mixed club) with an auto pick feature ensures a court is never empty. The monitoring of electronic verses traditional pegboard has shown a 30%+ increase in court utilisation, which obviously means more games for your members,  App can also be put in Manual mode.

Administration is locked behind a password so that the committee can setup the session configuration.   Each time the App is opened a new session automatically starts with the set configuration.

Matches on a club night are no problem, just remove those courts to start with and then re-add them  once they become available.   You can do this dynamically, so if you ‘share’ a court between match and club night this can be accommodated.

The App contains a player database so when they arrive to play they can just pick themselves off the list.  New players can be added at any time during a session and they get automatically added to the database.

The App is available on both Android and iOS devices.  Its not very power hungry so an older tablet should still work.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.springcode.courtmanager

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/court-manager/id1340271798?ls=1&mt=8

A video preview of the App is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tUqvo6kQRQ&t=6s

There is a nominal cost for the App of £9.99 which will allow support into the future.