CLUBS – Overview

MEMBERSHIP –  Any Short Mat club located within or close to the boundaries of the county of North Yorkshire can join the NYSMBA. Each pays £10pa plus £6.00pa for each of their members. This includes affiliation fees to both the National Association (ESMBA) and the Northern England Association (NESMBA).

DEMOGRAPHIC – In 2019/20 we had 39 clubs registering a total of 819 players of which 18 belonged to 2 clubs.
60% were Male and 40% Female. 76% were aged 65+ and only 7% under 55.

In 2020/21 due to the severe playing restrictions imposed on clubs by the government and ESMBA due to the Covid-19 pandemic membership was greatly reduced. Although the majority of our clubs achieved their “Safe Bowls” license, most of the others chose to register only the minimum number of players. The total membership was thus initially reduced to 420. Two of our member clubs also decided not to renew their club membership leaving us with just 37. In November, it was agreed to allow the Cumbrian club of Irthing Valley to join increasing membership to 38 clubs.   

HISTORY – Starting with just 6 clubs and 161 members in 1991 membership steadily grew over the next 15 years to peak at 48 clubs with over 1000 members in 2006. Since then, in common with most other counties, membership has contracted as can be seen from the table below which shows the progression of membership since our foundation.

CLUBS JOINING SEASON
TOTAL CLUBS TOTAL MEMBERS CLUBS LEAVING
Slingsby  Ampleforth (St. Cuthberts)  Easingwold  Helmsley
Thornton Le Dale  Welburn
1991/92 6 161
Kirbymisperton  Kirkbymoorside  Scarborough 1992/93 9 270
Coxwold  Flixton  Gristhorpe  Stillington  Great Ouseburn  Tollerton
Thornton Le Clay
1993/94 16 371
Hambleton 1994/95 16 376 Slingsby
Bilsdale   Darley & District  Knareborough   Marton   Raskelf
Selby & District
1995/96 22 526
BSA   Yoredale 1996/97 24 607
Bubwith   Carlton   Darley  Boroughbridge    East Cottingwith  Eggborough   Escrick   Melbourne
North Duffield
Riccall   Sutton on Derwent
Tate & Lyle (SWMC)
1997/98 34 794  Darley & District
Selby & District
Barn   Dacre & Hartwith 1998/99 36 821
Cyphers   Pateley Bridge   Sawley  Strensall 1999/00 40 912
Bolton Abbey 2000/01 40 910 Dacre & Hartwith
Cayton 2001/02 40 969 Thornton Le Clay
Burton Leonard   Wilberfoss 2002/03 42 955
2003/04 42 967
Guisborough   Crossgates  Yedingham 2004/05 44 984 Cyphers
Branton   Campsall   Kirklevington 2005/06 47 1025
Snaith 2006/07 48 1013
Seaton Ross 2007/08 47 969 Bolton Abbey  Guisborough
2008/09 45 914 Pateley Bridge    Strensall
Strensall (re-joined) 2009/10 46 908
Church Fenton 2010/11 45 899 Burton Leonard   Campsall
Stewart 2011/12 45 928 Gristhorpe
2012/13 43 907 Coxwold  Sawley 
2013/14 42 896 Darley
Husthwaite    Bempton 2014/15 44 888
Selby IBC 2015/16 43 867 Barn  Flixton
2016/17 43 834
2017/18 42 817 Bubwith
North Bay    Witherslack    Wolds
2018/19 41 823 Branton    Carlton
Strensall    Husthwaite
2019/20 39 819 Eggborough
East Cottingwith
Irthing Valley 2020/21
38 420 North Bay   Tollerton