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Email to Team Captains

This is the text of a message sent to all Team Captains and their Contacts, where appropriate. It is also relevant to all League members.

If team captains have not received this message, could they please check in their Junk/Spam folders. Commodore Club and Halton Social Club could not be sent the message as the League do not hold current email addresses.

Hello

We hope that you are safe and well.

Since it became necessary to end the 2019-20 season, the Committee have been considering the effect that the current crisis is going have on the future of the League. This has been very difficult as there are so many unknowns. For example, when will the lock-down end, will the elderly and those with underlying health conditions still have to self isolate, how many teams will we have and when (and if) will our venues become available.

During lock-down a lot of people of all ages, in order to keep in touch with their families and friends, have overcome their reluctance to use technology and have been trying their hand at video conferencing.

We are seeking the views of you and your team members as to how you would feel if video conferencing was used by the League as a stop gap until such time that normality returns. On Wednesday last, 9 members of the Committee took part in a quiz based on the League's regular format using Zoom (a video conferencing app). There were a couple of hiccups but generally it worked well, so we now know that we can use it for some form of quizzing be it in a team or individual setting.

To assist you in your deliberations the requirements would be as follows:-

If we are to proceed on the basis of the usual team format (but not necessarily 4 players per team) then:

• A free Zoom account would have to be created for each team, which could be set up by the League.
• QMs, and preferably other team members, would have to learn how to set up & run a Zoom meeting on the team account. This forms the basis of the virtual venue.
• All players and QMs need a device (PC, iPad, Tablet or Mobile Phone - Android or iPhone) with video/audio facilities and an internet connection.
• The Zoom Client for Meetings app would have to be installed on these devices. The League will provide advice on how the app can be accessed for download. Importantly, it is not necessary for players to have their own individual Zoom accounts as they will be joining meetings (quizzes) as guests.

If we are to proceed on a general quiz basis, where there is one QM reading a quiz to interested individual members then:

• The QMs would have to learn how to set up & run a Zoom meeting, having initially created a free Zoom account. This forms the basis of the virtual venue.
• All players and QMs need a device (PC, iPad, Tablet or Mobile Phone - Android or iPhone) with video/audio facilities and an internet connection.
• The Zoom Client for Meetings app would have to be installed on these devices. The League will provide advice on how the app can be accessed for download. Importantly, it is not necessary for players to have their own individual Zoom accounts as they will be joining meetings (quizzes) as guests.

For teams/members who have not used this technology before, the League would be willing to set up Zoom meetings to allow you to participate and get a feel for it.

To be clear, the Committee are not advocating that this replace the League Season proper. However, if we could get sufficient members to express an interest in using this technology, then the League could organise friendly quizzes until such time as we can get things up and running normally.

Therefore, we need to know numbers for us to organise - so we need you to let us know if you are interested!!! If you are not interested, then it is equally as important that you reply to that effect. We do appreciate that this will not be everyone's cup of tea.

Please let us know if you are interested (or not) within the next 2 weeks.

The Committee
Lancaster City Quiz League


Winners and Runners-up 2019-20 Season

It was the Committee's decision, in view of the cancellation of the season due to the Coronavirus crisis, that the League tables after the Week 17 results would determine the Divisional winners and runners-up: -

Division 1
Winners - Boot & Shoe B
Runner-up - Gregson A

Division 2
Winners - Three Mariners B
Runner-up - Golden Lion B

Division 3
Winners - Boot & Shoe A
Runners-up - Wagon & Horses and Dog & Partridge

We felt it unfair to differentiate between the two runners-up in Division 3 given the unusual circumstances in which the season was ended. Although Wagon & Horses were in 2nd place, the Dog & Partridge were only 1pt behind with a game in hand and a higher total points scored. So both teams will be awarded prizes.

Trophies and Prizes will be presented as soon as we are in a position to arrange an awards evening.