Well, I did say 'slowly'!Sean Hewitt wrote:That's also a slightly negative gloss!Ian Kingston wrote:County chess is slowly fading away in these parts.
It is true that counties struggle with the higher teams but the same is not true at other levels (U120, U140 and to a lesser extent U160). This is not a surprise because each of these bandings (100-119 ; 120-139 ; 140-159) contains more players than the higher bands (160-179 and 180+) do. Only populous counties such as Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Yorks, Lancs and the Southern Counties can hope to field full teams in the higher grading bands.
I think there are players who want to play, but relatively few people who are willing to go through the tedious and painful process of assembling a team, organising transport and finding a venue. And as the pool of players dwindles, the number of potential captains falls at the same time as the difficulty of finding players rises. I wouldn't be surprised to see the MCCU U160 follow the U180 into near extinction over the next decade. I hope I'm wrong.
I think that's a large part of it - see above, which I wrote before I saw your reply. Some people are organisers by temperament; some do it because no one else will, but would rather not; and most (probably the majority) are either unwilling or incapable. The middle category is the one to target: if you make it easier for them, the chances of more people coming forward are increased. Quite how to do that I don't know.Adam Raoof wrote:Is the problem with the lack of available volunteers to take on the organisational jobs such as Captain? Or, dare I suggest it, is it something that the ECF can do something about?!
If it is, I'm really open to suggestions.