I don't think I am the only one to have mentioned this previously, but surely by restructuring the season slightly and changing when it starts it would make a difference?
A big issue seems to be that although in theory the season starts well for everybody, it starts to tail off from mid June and getting any sort of consistency in squad numbers, players training or playing is a nightmare, which can lead to negativity in a team and does'nt keep enthusiasm at the levels required for all involved, so the start date IMO is very important!
As an example.............
Season starts 1st week September........
August - Pre-season
September - Season Start - Everybody agrees no issues in September and it coincides with the academic calendar, therefore registrations are straightforward.
October - Generally mild/fresh, no issues
November - Nights close in but in general of late, November seems to be a reasonable month weather wise, play first 2-3 weekends then use remainder as free weeks.
December - No fixtures - Free weeks, use to catch up if necessary over first to weekends then go into Christmas/Winter mini break
January - No games
February - Resume allocated fixtures
March - Currently when the season now starts, so no issues to continue with fixtures.
April - Continue playing, obvious bank holidays to contend with.
May - Continue playing, obvious bank holidays to contend with.
June - Use first 2-3 weekends to finish the season before summer break. (Holiday, Music festival, Stag do, BBQ, Wedding, Cricket/Golf/Fishing season is now in full swing)
July - Summer Break - (Holiday, Music festival, Stag do, BBQ, Wedding, Cricket/Golf/Fishing season is now in full swing)
And then back in to August where teams will start to get everybody in, play a few friendlies before we start again in September!!
Not vastly different, but likely to bring about some improvements IMHO
JUNE, JULY and the first 2 weeks in AUGUST really do not work due to a multitude of issues...........FACT!
Starting March for U16's & U18's does not work as their Academic calendar is coming to a close and they are ready for a break/holiday after exams or moving on to employment etc and as evidence suggests this is when we see the biggest drop off at these two age groups.............so start them in September in line with their school/academic year!!!
Edited by LordCharles, 26 June 2014 - 07:08 AM.