Sussex County Indoor Bowls Association
Latest News from SCIBA
Click any advert to download an A4 .pdf copy
Hon. Secretary, Tony Phillips writes.....
10th September, 2014
The County Fours has been re-drawn following the discovery of entries properly submitted but MIA in your County Secretary's paperwork! Would Club Secretaries please ensure their Members revisit the website to confirm who their opponents are.
9th September, 2014....
Please take time to read the Sussex Police publication "Little Book of Big Scams" which is an informative take on all the new internet based and other scams being perpetrated on vulnerable people and some not so vulnerable people as well! It's a good read and might just be the difference between being scammed out of money etc. and not... I've pinned it down on the Home Page right hand column so please take advantage of it!
9th September, 2014.....
Message from Scott Edwards of the BDA reminding all clubs that there are still places on the Safeguarding course being run on the 19th September, 2014. Contact the BDA website for full details and Booking form. This is an opportunity for clubs to gain their certification towards Clubmark and ancillary criteria. Contact the website www.playbowls.org for more details.
9th September, 2014....
THE COUNTY FOURS COMPETITION IS SUSPENDED PENDING A RE-DRAW
Apologies for this but entries made in good faith prior to the original draw have been found and in the spirit of fairness it is only right that we have a re-draw to include the missing entrants. The re-draw will be concluded and published on this website before the start of the new season.
As you will recall we agreed to trial a fully digitised on line version of the SCIBA Yearbook commencing with the upcoming season. Myself and David Jackson our Webmaster, have been working together to achieve a seamless changeover but inevitably a lot is going to rely on our individual member's goodwill and each of them seeing this change as progressive and part of the modernisation of the SCIBA framework, as well as being a budget saving move beneficial to our long term survival.
An "on line" electronic FlipBook is under construction that will visually mimic the paper version of the yearbook that you remember but in the meantime David and I have been ensuring that content each of you require as a necessity is readily available on the existing webpages under previous column headings or alternatively new headings. Therefore, items such as Competition Draws, Fixture List, Annual Reports, County Meeting Dates, Affiliated Clubs, County League, Annual Patrons, County Rules & Regulations, Competition Rules and goodwill Messages from our incoming and outgoing Presidents are all accounted for and have been updated during the closed season. With very few exceptions all the input now on the website relates to those vital pieces of information and where there is a shortfall it will be rectified and confirmed by the start of the new season. Our ability to amend certain items is enhanced because such changes or corrections can now be achieved swiftly and with maximum circulation whereas before when we relied on a pre-printed publication that was just not the case.
Take a look at the new pages that have been added to the website and you'll notice that all the appropriate information is contained under that heading. Where additional notices are necessary there will be a clear link that can be clicked on to take you there. I think you will find the website much easier to navigate and more interesting and informative relevant to your needs. Printing the SCIBA Yearbook each year was a costly exercise. Despite several years back moving over to an internet printing company which saved us several thousands of pounds each print the cost has gradually been creeping up again. Even with internet printing the yearbook accounts for the thick end of £2000.00 per annum and it's your money raised through affiliation fees that is being spent.
With the gradual decline in member numbers it was also necessary to look at new ways of disseminating county information that were less expensive than conventional methods and "on line" was an obvious choice. We already own our own website and we have a huge capacity for information led content, particularly the targeted kind that bowls demands. Even among the more senior in our number a computer is owned and every Sussex indoor club has access to it's own computer and more often than not its' own website as well! If not a desktop or laptop computer the proliferation in smart phones and tablets has offered us further means of getting onto the world wide web!
The SCIBA Executive has additionally had to be mindful of future increases in affiliation fees and aware as they are of the spiralling cost of matches and club subscriptions, travelling, meals and equipment expenses they have had to consider new ways of mitigating those increases. We plan ahead as much as we can to keep costs to a minimum. We subsidise where we can do keep member match costs as low as possible. The money saved through moving away from a printed yearbook to an on line version will allow us to maintain affiliation fees at their current level for much longer than could be achieved otherwise and every affiliated member benefits from that change!
Various new ideas are being tested out on the website as I'm sure most of you will have noticed! Scrolling advertisements is one innovation we are attempting to bring to the site but as I expect you will see reading them has become an issue at the moment because they are quite small! We are trying out other things to ensure we can run advertising in the future thereby providing us with the means to raise income from those resources to defray the cost of maintaining the website and it's year on year hosting with a dedicated server.... once more drawing funding away from membership affiliation fees and minimising what we have to ask our members for in the way of financial support.
We respectfully ask for your tolerance and forebearance while we go through these changes. They will not be hiccup free I'm afraid but I do promise we will keep disruption to an absolute minimum and if you wish to discuss any problem you've encountered on the SCIBA website or you have an idea as to how we can improve it for the benefit of all of our members please don't hesitate to get in touch with me or for that matter with any County Officer on the Executive Committee. Meanwhile both myself and David Jackson thank you for your patience and look forward to ensuring that Sussex County Indoor BA has one of the best indoor bowls websites in the country!
PLEASE RE-CHECK YOUR DIARIES IF YOU TOOK THE DATES OF COUNTY MEETINGS DOWN BEFORE TODAY AS THERE WERE A COUPLE OF ERRORS THAT HAVE SINCE BEEN CORRECTED.
APOLOGIES FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE CAUSED.
25th August, 2014....
Competitions 2014/15 ..... entries are noticeably down on previous years and in an effort to promote more competitiveness the usual grouping (zoning) is being suspended for this season. It will mean a little more travelling for competitors and will dispense with them playing against the usual local opponents as is the norm!
In season 2015/16 the restriction of entries to club finalists is being lifted in the pairs and the triples championships and these will become open competitions alongside the fours and unbadged singles. For the time being the championship singles will be restricted to club finalists so as not to disturb the current National Champion of Champions event to which it leads.
It is hoped that in opening up the eligibility to these competitions it will attract significantly more interest from ALL club members and lift the currently flagging entry numbers.