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What should happen with teas from next year?

Go back to normal teas
- 18 (38.3%)
Keep current bring your own food setup
- 22 (46.8%)
Dont care!
- 7 (14.9%)

Total Members Voted: 47

Voting closed: August 18, 2020, 07:46:59 AM

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Re: Teas after COVID-19
« Reply #30 on: August 04, 2020, 08:59:38 PM »

Putting food on post game for players families is something that Ive suggested to the club before but its never been taken up. Anything which ACTUALLY gets players families down will help player retention . If putting on loss leading decent grub or maybe a free wine does that then its a win long term

At least for my club, this has been our unwritten survival strategy: Keep families involved and retain club members. Every effort is made to keep mini-me's and spouses involved. My club organized a women's match for spouses who wanted to play cricket. One team created spots for women to play in.

It is an accepted reality that for us to maintain cricket club participation, we have to maintain opportunities for family engagement. 
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Re: Teas after COVID-19
« Reply #31 on: November 24, 2020, 03:11:45 PM »

Bringing this thread back because the Sussex Cricket League have just voted to do away with teas for next season.

Sussex Cricket League: Clubs allowed to stop providing tea at matches after vote - https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/55057080
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Re: Teas after COVID-19
« Reply #32 on: November 24, 2020, 04:41:17 PM »

As a Sussex league club we voted to back the suggestion to not offer teas for league games in 2021. We found the experience ok for the games we played in the summer  and previously the teas we found at away games were a real mixed bag. Most of our playing members favoured a reduction in match fee and to bring their own plus saves hassle of arranging.

We will offer teas for any Sunday and midweek (will any teams tour in 2021?) games
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Re: Teas after COVID-19
« Reply #33 on: November 24, 2020, 05:20:31 PM »

I expect other leagues will now follow Sussex, we have been headed towards shorter games in the last couple of years and so this is no real surprise. Have to say for the social part of the game which has been vanishing I will miss it, but if we are honest the social part of the game has been going down for a long time, we can look back at how it was and get all rose coloured glasses but that is not recreational cricket in 2020/21.

There has not been much mention I can see of costs on this thread and this may be worth thinking about. Very generally 100-250 annual Subs and 10 quid a game-it adds up during the season.
As an example we had people charging 75 quid for a tea, then other clubs started charging 85 as a limit and we still had to find 90 per game back in 2018 for someone to do our teas....it became something of a money spinner in the wrong type of way.
It's very hard to put money back into the club funds when 90 quid is out straight away, you are left with match fees-reduced for juniors and the unemployed.

For this reason I think no tea is the way forward despite missing it, all clubs need to make cricket affordable for the members..it's an expensive game anyway and taking out this cost may enable clubs to make cricket a bit more affordable going forward.

Less people are playing ameteur cricket, the average club does not have much money...will this change help retain players?

Let's hope that is the positive from this....
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Re: Teas after COVID-19
« Reply #34 on: November 24, 2020, 05:54:44 PM »

Proposal in our league is for top tier to continue with teas, everything below will have a shortened 20 min break between innings with no teas provided. Will go to a vote at the County AGM.

I bring my own anyway so not too bothered!
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Re: Teas after COVID-19
« Reply #35 on: November 24, 2020, 06:22:08 PM »

No reason that both teams can't socialise between innings while also bringing their own teas.
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Re: Teas after COVID-19
« Reply #36 on: November 24, 2020, 06:29:54 PM »

If that happens in my league that will be the final nail in the coffin for me. Maybe an old fart but its a big part of the game for me.
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Re: Teas after COVID-19
« Reply #37 on: November 24, 2020, 06:55:35 PM »

As a chairman who has also been a captain they have been a sizeable expense over a season that is just one more thing that has to be sorted in order to get a game on.  With club finances stretched and volunteers always in short supply, it is one less thing to worry about.  There are some very good teas about but most are very ordinary and I preferred turning up with my own food this year.

On a social side, I would personally prefer a quicker game with more time for drinks after the game than stopping for food between innings.
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Re: Teas after COVID-19
« Reply #38 on: November 24, 2020, 07:40:07 PM »

Personally found this really easy last year. I always bring a back up for tea anyway as I'm gluten free. The ladies who do the tea at home always had something for me but away matches were a gamble. I think most people didn't mind as they either pre prepared something or enjoyed nipping to McDonald's or Subway. In terms of organisation, as a former captain it will be much easier to organise a Saturday game. Maybe keep it for a couple of times a year and make it a special occasion with a local rival or your usual 'marquee' fixture. For the regular season why not bring your own, it's time the game modernises and although it might not seem it to most, this is a good step in the right direction. We'll done Sussex league!
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Re: Teas after COVID-19
« Reply #39 on: November 24, 2020, 08:33:09 PM »

Personally I could take it or leave it. I think there are definitely discussions being had in our league about it.

Last season I found it ok bringing my own sandwiches but an extra hassle sorting it out TBH. And whilst sorting lots of other stuff out, spending time with family etc... on Saturday morning, there were 2 games I completely forgot to take food!

I can see the benefits though I have been a captain and know the hassle it is etc... but I will be interested to see what clubs will do with match fees if there isn't a tea.
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Re: Teas after COVID-19
« Reply #40 on: November 24, 2020, 09:33:34 PM »

Good riddance, as cricket teas are a pain to organise and do properly. Never understood the fascination with a big spread half way through a sporting event, as full stomachs only encourage a CBA attitude on the field. Id rather bring my own food and the match fees go towards remunerating scorers and umpires. As its far more frustrating having to find players to fulfill these roles within a cricket match, than bringing your own packed lunch.
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Re: Teas after COVID-19
« Reply #41 on: November 24, 2020, 09:56:46 PM »

As a chairman who has also been a captain they have been a sizeable expense over a season that is just one more thing that has to be sorted in order to get a game on.  With club finances stretched and volunteers always in short supply, it is one less thing to worry about.  There are some very good teas about but most are very ordinary and I preferred turning up with my own food this year.

On a social side, I would personally prefer a quicker game with more time for drinks after the game than stopping for food between innings.

This. Absolutely this.

Any dinosaur threatening to quit playing cricket because old Sandra isnt going to make them a sandwich at half time, frankly wont be missed.
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Re: Teas after COVID-19
« Reply #42 on: November 24, 2020, 10:00:32 PM »

Good riddance, as cricket teas are a pain to organise and do properly. Never understood the fascination with a big spread half way through a sporting event, as full stomachs only encourage a CBA attitude on the field. Id rather bring my own food and the match fees go towards remunerating scorers and umpires. As its far more frustrating having to find players to fulfill these roles within a cricket match, than bringing your own packed lunch.

Or match fees actually fully cover pitch hire costs and subs can be used to improve the club's facilities, kit, coaching, etc.
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Re: Teas after COVID-19
« Reply #43 on: November 24, 2020, 10:01:26 PM »

This. Absolutely this.

Any dinosaur threatening to quit playing cricket because old Sandra isnt going to make them a sandwich at half time, frankly wont be missed.

Any player playing amateur cricket will be missed. The game is shrinking year on year
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Re: Teas after COVID-19
« Reply #44 on: November 24, 2020, 10:27:03 PM »

Yes we move on into 2021, things change and time waits for no man....

Time for a last 1994 moment I feel

The sandwiches from old Sandra have all gone, then the butchers best sausages come out in a bun with mustard and ketchup.

Just when you think it can't get any better out come the scones and jam.

First slip please skip!  :)

Ps I am(was) a serious cricketer.
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