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Revised guidance on heatwave matches

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The Huddersfield Veterans League has updated its guidance to clubs about arrangements for playing or not the fixtures scheduled for Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th. This is on the HDVBA Bowlsnet website and has been emailed to club reps at 8.52am this morning. The new guidance now says...

HEATWAVE UPDATE POSTED AT 2201 HRS SATURDAY 16TH JULY.

ANY CLUBS WHO ARE PLANNING TO SET UP AN ALTERNATE DATE PLEASE DONT FORGET TO INFORM ME,I WILL THEN UPDATE BOWLSNET ACCORDINGLY.ANY FIXTURES THAT HAVE NOT BEEN REARRANGED OR PLAYED BY WEDNESDAY 20TH JULY WILL BE MOVED TO TUESDAY 4TH OCTOBER.


This still means that clubs are left to make the decisions on whether to play their matches or not. There is no still guidance forthcoming on what the process is if the two teams cannot agree on whether a match should be postponed or not. There is still no mention of anything on the HVBA website.

OTHER LEAGUES THAT HAVE MONDAY & TUESDAY FIXTURES: *** Sowerby Bridge Veterans League have cancelled all matches scheduled for Tuesday and they have been added to the end of season programme. (Martin Holt)

*** Brighouse Veterans League have cancelled all Monday afternoon matches

*** Heavy Woollen League discussing postponement of all Monday matches but meanwhile many clubs have agreed with their opponents to postpone matches.


I draw your attention to this Comment added to this posting by Philip of Lindley.

For the first time ever a Red Weather Warning has been issued for Monday and Tuesday and the health service is bracing itself for significant health problems of not just old people but young people - some hospitals have postponed operations for Monday and Tuesday to create space for people suffering from the effects of unprecedented high temperatures. Meanwhile the Huddersfield Vets, unlike other local Leagues who have postponed all games, are leaving the decision to play to the teams.


So captains are ringing other captains, bowlers are ringing their captains and other bowlers. Some teams have cancelled and some have not and some are still thinking about it. Some bowlers will be reluctant to play but feel pressured to play and not let their team down by being able to raise a full team.


This is hardly satisfactory and I would request that the Leagues Management Committee reconsider their decision and postpone all games on Monday and Tuesday - it’s not too late.

I would hate to think that a bowler may suffer a serious health issue due to the M.C. not making the obvious decision.


Philip of Lindley


Feel free to add your own comments on any aspect of this topic by completing the Comments section at the foot of this posting. The Veterans League's previous statement issued at 10.15am on Saturday said .... Due to the extreme heat forecast for next monday 18th july,and tuesday 19th july, the M.C. have given the league secretary permission to to use discretion regarding rearranged fixtures. so any teams that are having concerns about bowling on these dates can set up an alternate date. the league secretary must be informed, alternate dates must be agreed by both teams within 7 days and played within 28 days in compliance with our rules. any problems contact the league secretary on 07780445336 or 01484 323338 or email sykesdavid257@gmail.com


The Met Office have issued a Red Warning of Extreme Heat for Monday and Tuesday. They have never issued a RED weather warning before - ever! The forecast for West Yorkshire is for temperatures of 36 C which is 97 F - that's very hot.


BOWLS ENGLAND EXTREME WEATHER GUIDANCE

13th July, 2022 by Rob Short

The Met Office has extended an Amber extreme heat warning as temperatures build later this week and into early next week for much of England. The Amber warning, which has been issued for Sunday (17 July) and Monday (18 July), highlights likely adverse health effects for the public – not just limited to those most vulnerable to extreme heat. Temperatures could be in excess of 35°C in the southeast, and more widely around 32°C within the warning area. With the outdoor bowls season in full swing, we wished to provide guidance for players and officials ahead of the weekend. Whilst common sense should apply, we have prepared the below to further assist: ALL BOWLS ACTIVITY • Keep hydrated (water) and avoid dehydrating alcoholic and caffeinated drinks. • Wherever possible, stay out of the sun. Try to avoid physical exertion at the hottest times of the day, and always remember to put on a hat and wear sunscreen. • Consider rescheduling the time of matches to avoid the middle of the day between 11am-3pm and/or reducing the number of ends played (subject to mutual agreement of both parties)



The latest warning from the Met Office


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paw4647
Jul 17, 2022

For the first time ever a Red Weather Warning has been issued for Monday and Tuesday and the health service is bracing itself for significant health problems of not just old people but young people - some hospitals have postponed operations for Monday and Tuesday to create space for people suffering from the effects of unprecedented high temperatures.

Meanwhile the Huddersfield Vets , unlike other local Leagues who have postponed all games, are leaving the decision to play to the teams.

So captains are ringing other captains, bowlers are ringing their captains and other bowlers. Some teams have cancelled and some have not and some are still thinking about it. Some bowlers will be reluctant to play but feel pressur…


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Dave Sykes
Dave Sykes
Jul 17, 2022
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hi philip,we had a meeting this lunchtime and all matches on 18th and 19th are postponed,so no one will be playing on those dates. bowlsnet has been updated with the new information,clubs can rearrange if both teams can agree on a date.otherwise all unplayed games will be moved to first week in october

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