THE Ayrshire Summer Scratch League will have a new format in the 2011 season.
Since being launched in 2003, the league has involved an all-in draw for qualifying sections, with the winners progressing to the latter stages of the competition.
While the format for playing individual matches will remain the same, the format of the event itself will alter considerably.
After seeking the views of competing clubs in early 2010, it has been agreed that the 2011 competition will be played in league divisions, with promotion and relegation between leagues.
The winning team in the league will be promoted to a higher division with the bottom team relegated.
It is hoped that the new look will promote keener competition with all matches being meaningful throughout the full programme.
It is envisaged that the initial championship will involve four leagues of five teams, with the lower two leagues possibly involving more or less teams depending on the number of entrants, although there will be the option of introducing a fifth league if there is sufficient interest.
For the 2011 competition, the teams entering the event will be placed in divisions using a formula based on performance and position over the last three years of the event.
This will be agreed by the AGA executive once all the entrants for 2011 are known.
The present summer scratch league trophy will be presented to the winner of Division One in 2011, with new trophies also being introduced for the winners of the other divisions.
Closing date for entries is January 31.