Ottawa Premier League (OPL) 2016 T-20 Tournament

Description of the Concept
OVCC will hold a T-20 knockout style double elimination fundraising tournament between 8 teams to be played over the September long weekend.   The tournament will be run separate from the regular league T-20 games.  The tournament’s main goal is to provide seed funding for an OVCC infrastructure fund that will be used to improve cricket in the City starting in 2017.
The OPL 2016 will NOT be played along club lines.  The tournament will be played by eight teams (called A-H) on the 4 main grounds at Rideau Hall and Lynda Lane.  Every team will get to play a minimum of two games before they are eliminated.  The final will take place between two teams on the third day of the weekend and will decide the OPL 2016 champion.

The teams will be “owned” by 8 individual “owners”.  These “owners” will be prominent business entities or individuals from within and outside the cricket community.  The 8 owners will meet in mid-August (when most of the league T-20 games have already been played) to pick their teams.  When they meet, the league T-20 stats should be available and every player’s stats would be made available so the owners will know who are the best / in form players.  Each owner would be randomly assigned a number between 1 and 8 and they would pick their teams in that order.  The following and the process will continue until all teams have 12 players.

Each team that enters the tournament will have to pay a nominal $ 500 registration fee.  This fee will be paid for by the team owner.  Since the players in the tournament are going to come from all the OVCC clubs and the infrastructure fund is going to benefit all the players, all clubs are encouraged to participate in additional fundraising.  Each team in the league will be given 500 OVCC 50-50 tickets that are to be sold at their games over the season.  The tickets will be sold for $ 2 each.  Each club will be responsible for selling their own tickets.  Half the money raised ($ 500) will go to the winner of the 50-50 draws with a draw to be done at each game.  The other half of the money will be shared by the club and OVCC equally.  OVCC share will go into the infrastructure fund that will be used in the 2017 season to improve cricket facilities in Ottawa.   Additional funds raised through the solicitation of private donations will also go straight into the infrastructure fund.  The breakdown of the tournament costs is provided below.

Infrastructure Fund
The infrastructure fund will collect money that will be used to improve the quality of cricket in the city.  The infrastructure fund will pay for items such as:
  • Pitch fixing, matting and turf replacement / repairs
  • Additional / lower grass cutting
  • Ball subsidy to each club so that we can use better quality balls
  • Provide funding to Juniors and City representatives to participate in provincial and national tournaments
  • Scholarships (cricket and academic) to members who are in need
  • Etc. 
The infrastructure fund will be administered by a board of at least 5 individuals (includes 2 OVCC Exec members) who will volunteer their time and service and will be appointed by the OVCC Council to serve maximum 2 year terms.  Members will be prominent, respected individuals from within and outside the cricket community.  The board will decide which projects should receive funding and will report to Council on a regular basis.  All applications must be approved by a majority of the infrastructure board members.  The infrastructure fund will be invested in an interest bearing investment.  Applications to the infrastructure fund will be permitted for the 2017 season.
Future Plans
The OPL 2016 is a “teaser” that will test the interest to create a semi-professional format for cricket in the City.  If it is a success, we will make OPL 2017 more interesting.  We will look for larger corporate sponsors and increase the amount of money for the winning teams and also the contribution to the infrastructure fund every year.

Next Steps
OVCC President will call an OPL 2016 meeting to discuss logistics, ticket distribution, potential sponsors etc.  Each club must nominate an “ambassador” who will represent their club and be responsible for ticket sales etc.