Season Start Postponed
On behalf of Men’s, Ladies, Over 60s Associations and Manx Youth Games.
We have taken the difficult decision to postpone all IOMCCGBA leagues and competitions until at least the end of April.
We will review at that point and update players/clubs, taking into consideration Government guidelines and other helpful information at that time. This is certainly not a decision we expected to find ourselves making and certainly not one we want to make lightly.
We have an obligation to look after our members and postponing the season and reviewing on a month by month basis is by far the best way forward. This is a pragmatic approach and gives us the best opportunity to review and hopefully, at some point in the future, get bowls back on.
Under the bye-laws, all opens must be held with the consent of the IOMCCGBA. At this time the association cannot consent to any club open competitions. This will continue to be reviewed. Should any club run a competition of their own this would not be affiliated or covered by IOMBCCGBA and any liability would be firmly in the hands of the clubs.
Special Note from the Over 60’s Committee
The decision of the Over 60’s Committee is to ‘follow the lead of the IOMCCGBA’ and delay the League until the end of April and then review on a monthly basis. The ultimate decision however as to whether or not the Over 60’s League will play will be based on the Government guidelines for the Over 70’s as a large percentage of its players are 70 and over. The Over 60’s Committee would like to encourage their players to think of the Clubs in these difficult times and still consider paying their Club Subscriptions.
We hope players and clubs understand our decision. I would like to thank people from all of the associations/committees for their prompt response which has enabled us to form this communication for a consistent message across Crown Green Bowls on the Island.
We all hope to see you very soon – keep safe!