David is completely correct. One of my consistent and oft-returned to themes on this board is the lack of organisers at every level of the game. I have seen countless clubs simply disappear and University teams are more susceptible to this than most.David Sedgwick wrote:In this context, the turnover rate is a bad thing in my opinion.Alex Holowczak wrote:The turnover rate of students can often be a good thing or a bad thing.
The good thing is that arguments/disputes don't linger for 50 years. It also means there's a bit of variety, whereas local league chess can become a bit stale after a few years with no real change in faces, the University Championships have different teams periodically.
The bad thing is that it often leads to a lack of continuity, and students are - with a few exceptions - terrible at organisation. I know of one University that nearly didn't enter BUCA last year because they didn't apply for funding from the Union in time. Given the tournament was played in West Bromwich, and the university in question is Birmingham, and the entry fee was £20...
I don't accept that students are any more terrible at organisation than the rest of the populace. However, most clubs find some good people who serve for say eighteen years. They then struggle for a couple of years until they find their next good people. So on the whole things are okay 90% of the time.
University clubs only get one or two years out of their good people, interspersed with the two years in which they struggle, or even collapse completely. So things are okay 50% of the time at best.
As for arguments not festering for 50 years, don't be so sure. Alumni still remember them. Are you unaware that my periodic moaning about the scheduling of the Counties Championships National Stages has its roots in the notorious 1973 dispute?
I was at a Polytechnic (now a University) which had no chess team, so in my second year another player and myself organised a club, obtained money from the Students Union for equipment and we were soon running successful teams in both the local and the County league. I think that the club lasted two years after I left before it became moribund. A check on the current ECF Grading database shows that a club has existed since but has 35 ungraded players with no graded players.