A few thoughts:Mike Truran wrote:Let me make it easy for you:
1. Junior players are rarely to be found playing in local league chess.
2. Junior players are often to be found playing in weekend congresses, the 4NCL, the LCC etc.
3. Why is that?
4. Can anything be done about it?
1. I think the proportion of juniors in the local league is higher in Surrey, but mainly in the top division. That is, in Surrey it is mainly strong juniors who play in local league chess. (Most of them also play secondary school chess.)
2. There are also lots of Juniors (around 50, aged 6 to 18) of all abilities at CCF Coulsdon on Monday evening. So juniors will play chess on a midweek evening, despite any homework or exam concerns.
3. Perhaps juniors don't play local league chess because they don't enjoy it. Less able juniors may prefer 2 rapidplay games to one long play game. Also in some cases the surroundings and company are not enjoyable.
4. Make it more enjoyable! Many clubs are less 'chess clubs, where players meet every week, than match playing organisations where players only turn up when they are playing in an inter- club match. BY its very nature you talk less with fellow club members when playing against another club. Actually, I think making chess clubs more enjoyable for juniors (and new adult members) has been discussed here before.