Competitions: Cancellation and refund policy announced

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Paul Stimpson

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Table Tennis England has announced a framework for confirming national events and leagues, plus a refund policy, as we continue to plan for the 2020/21 season.

From August to December 2020, national competitions will be confirmed or cancelled either six or eight weeks before their scheduled dates, depending on the competition, and refunds will be applied as per the policy outlined below.

The policy covers British League, County Championships, National Junior League, National Cadet League and Grand Prix events.

Organisers of locally-held sanctioned competitions, such as 1* and 2* events, are responsible for any similar policies, but Table Tennis England is happy to offer advice and support to Tournament Organisers.

Neil Rogers, Head of Competitions and Events at Table Tennis England, said: “Whilst planning for a full 2020/21 season, we recognise that the situation is constantly evolving and it is likely we will need to adapt our plans.

“We trust that outlining these policies at this stage will be helpful and give members or clubs the confidence to make arrangements.

“We will continue to communicate with clubs, leagues and individual members as the current restrictions are eased and a way forward for the sport becomes clearer.”

You can see the detailed Table Tennis England return to play information here

Refund Policy

A date will be established and published for each competition, which will represent a ‘stop/go’ decision on whether the tournament, or league round, will take place.

Tournaments: if a national tournament is cancelled, refunds for entry fees will be offered in full

Leagues: if a particular round, or several rounds, are unable to take place as scheduled/ intended, then the respective league committee will consider how best to deliver league activity, and whether any change to format is required. It is anticipated that activity will be restricted to the remaining published league dates only. A proportional refund of entry fees and player registration costs will be offered, relative to the proportion of activity able to take place (eg number of games).

As an illustration: if 60% of fixtures are able take place, then clubs will be offered a refund of 40% of entry fees and player registration costs; if 1 weekend event of 2 is able to place, then clubs will be offered a refund of 50% of entry fees and player registration costs.

Please note that, due to the ongoing uncertainty, British League will be seeking only 50% entry up-front, with any balance (re)calculated and payable once the season has more clarity.

Confirmation/cancellation dates

The following tables show national event dates and associated confirmation or cancellation dates, for events scheduled August to December 2020.

Decisions on whether or not to proceed with events will be made firstly on the basis of Government advice and secondly on the basis of necessary confidence in essential practical requirements such as venue availability, staff, officials, volunteers and key suppliers.

An eight-week notice period will be used for tournaments (ie 4 weeks prior to entry deadlines).

An eight-week notice period will also be used for JBL/VBL/WBL weekend events. If required, these events can be cancelled and the season could be run successfully over the remaining weekend events in the spring.

A six-week notice period for each round of other Leagues reflects the format, and additionally that these events do not typically require commercial venues, commercial equipment suppliers or large numbers of officials.

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