The Leicester Lions were hoping to gain entry to the 2010 season. However, the track was not ready in time for them to compete. They therefore decided to return in 2011. With the stadium getting approval, the Lions were then confirmed as entrants for the 2011 season.
On 15 November 2011, Plymouth Devils boss Mike Bowden confirmed that the Devils hope to join the 2011 Premier League after spending 5 years in the National League. On 19 November, it was confirmed that the Stoke Potters were to withdraw from the 2011 Premier League season due to financial climate and making substantial losses over the last three season. However, it was confirmed that they would race in the 2011 National League. It was also decided at the Yearly AGM meeting that the Birmingham Brummies and the Ipswich Witches would exchange league memberships, meaning the Brummies would move up to the Elite League and the Witches would move down to the Premier League. On 27 November, the BSPA announced that the Coventry Bees and the Peterborough Panthers failed to declare their intention to race in the forthcoming Elite League season and are therefore seeking a league to compete in. Because of this, the Kings Lynn Stars elected to compete in the 2011 Elite League and therefore withdrew from the Premier League. Later that day, the Plymouth Devils announced that they were set to be accepted into the 2011 Premier League season
At the Annual AGM Meeting, it was decided that the Premier League would be expanded to 19 home and 19 away fixtures throughout the season. The 14 teams will initially race each other in Round 1 with a total of 26 meetings (13 home and 13 away). In Round 2 the league then split into two groups of seven teams, with everyone then racing each other in their group for a further 12 meetings (6 home and 6 away). The format and cut-off point for the split is made as each team reaches 10 home and 10 away matches. Group 1 will be teams placed 1st, 4th, 5th, 8th, 9th, 12th and 14th - Group 2 is 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th, 10th, 11th and 13th. Those additional 12 matches are then added onto the points gained from the 26 meetings in Round 1. The league table above at the end of the season will then show a total of 38 meetings (19 home and 19 away). The team that finishes top after these 38 meetings is declared Premier League Champions.
The Premier League KOC has been retained for the 2011 season. A new competition, the Premier Shield has been introduced for the 2011 season. It is understood that it will work along the same lines as the Elite Shield, and contested by the previous seasons league winners and KOC champions. The 2011 Premier Shield will be contested between the Edinburgh Monarchs and the Newcastle Diamonds.
The Premier Trophy and the Young Shield do not continue into the 2011 season. It has yet to be confirmed if anything will replace these competitions.
The Points Limit was once again set at 42.50 for the third year running. Rolling averages were introduced into the 2011 season in which the first set of averages will be taken at the end of April and will consider the averages from the end of the 2011 season. The first set of new averages was released on 1 May 2011.
The following issue is correct for the month of June 2011
|Berwick Bandits||Edinburgh Monarchs||Glasgow Tigers|
|Sebastian Alden||7.65*||Kevin Wolbert||7.95||Joe Screen (C)||9.20|
|Ludvig Lindgren||7.27*||Craig Cook||7.61||James Grieves||7.17|
|Josef Franc||7.16||Andrew Tully||7.32||Richard Sweetman||7.05|
|Kozza Smith||6.79||Kalle Katajisto||6.98||Michal Rajkowski||5.36|
|3.88||Kyle Howarth||5.28||Theo Pijper||5.10|
|Mitchell Davey||3.00||3.00*||Nick Morris||5.02|
|Ipswich Witches||Leicester Lions||Newcastle Diamonds|
|Kevin Doolan (C)||8.02||Kauko Nieminen (C)||8.87||Mark Lemon||9.18|
|7.54||Magnus Karlsson||7.81||Stuart Robson||8.85|
|Lasse Bjerre||6.82||Henning Bager||7.63*||6.26|
|6.42||Jan Graversen||4.64||Derek Sneddon (C)||5.47|
|Morten Risager||6.29||Ilya Bondarenko||4.53||Jason King||5.09|
|5.16||Charles Wright||3.94||Kyle Newman||4.02|
|4.10||John Oliver||3.77||Richie Worrall||3.22|
|Newport Wasps||Plymouth Devils||Redcar Bears|
|Jason Doyle||7.92||Ben Barker||10.40||Jason Lyons||8.37|
|Leigh Lanham (C)||7.60||Jesper Kristiansen||6.32||Matej Kus||7.60|
|Charlie Gjedde||7.38||(C)||5.70||Aaron Summers||7.16|
|6.19||Ricky Wells||5.51||Gary Havelock||7.12|
|4.38||Kyle Hughes||4.18||Lubos Tomicek||4.44|
|Rye House Rockets||Scunthorpe Scorpions||Sheffield Tigers|
|Jordan Frampton||7.91||David Howe (C)||7.87||Josh Auty||8.20|
|Chris Neath (C)||7.86||Richard Hall||7.23||Shane Parker (C)||8.19|
|Steve Boxall||6.59||7.00*||Ricky Ashworth||8.14|
|James Brundle||5.14||Tero Aarnio||6.31||Emiliano Sanchez||6.06|
|Ritchie Hawkins||5.01||Ben Wilson||5.78||Hugh Skidmore||5.81|
|Luke Bowen||4.79||5.26||Simon Lambert||4.98|
|4.65||Steve Worrall||3.26||Ashley Birks||3.59|
|Somerset Rebels||Workington Comets|
|Travis McGowan||8.11||James Wright||8.06|
|Cory Gathercole||7.60||Tomas Topinka||7.40|
|Sam Masters||7.28||Rusty Harrison||7.33|
|Christian Hefenbrock||6.50||Peter Kildemand||7.11|
|James Holder (C)||4.35||5.27|
Last updated: August 1, 2011
Fixtures & Results
Phase 1 of the 2011 Premier League consists of each team racing each other, both at their home track and the oppositions away track. This would consist of 26 meetings for each team.
|Rye House Rockets||54-39||48-42||45-34||54-39||43-44||41-49||54-41||46-44||54-39||51-41|
Last updated: August 2, 2011. Source: BSPA
Colours: Green = home win; Red = away win; White = draw
Home team listed in the left-hand column
Final League table (including Phase Two)
|8||Rye House Rockets||38||10||6||0||3||2||0||1||6||10||1687||1750||58|
Home: 3W = Home win by 7 points or more; 2W = Home win by between 1 and 6 points
Away: 4W = Away win by 7 points or more; 3W = Away win by between 1 and 6 points; 1L = Away loss by 6 points or less
M = Meetings; D = Draws; L = Losses; F = Race points for; A = Race points against; +/- = Race points difference; Pts = Total Points
Last updated: June 22, 2011
Premier League KOC
|Edinburgh Monarchs||44 - 46||Newcastle Diamonds|
|11||report||Stuart Robson 13|
|1||Kevin Wolbert||0, 1', 0, 0||1+1|
|2||(c)||1, 2, 3, 3, 2||11|
|3||Andrew Tully||F, 0, 1, 3||4|
|4||Craig Cook||3, 2, 3, 2, F||10|
|5||Kalle Katajisto||3, 2, 3, 2||10|
|6||Ashley Morris||2', 0, 0, 1'||3+2|
|7||3, 1, 0, 1||5|
|Manager: John Campbell|
|1||Rene Bach||2', 3, 1', 1||7+2|
|2||Derek Sneddon (c)||3, 1, 2, 2||8|
|3||Lubos Tomicek||1', 1, 1', 2||5+2|
|4||Stuart Robson||2, 3, 2, 3, 3||13|
|5||Mark Lemon||2, 3, 2, 3, 1||11|
|6||Kyle Newman||1, 0, 1', F||2+1|
|7||Richie Worrall||0, 0, 0, F||0|
|Manager: George English|
|Newcastle Diamonds||48 (94) - 45 (89)||Edinburgh Monarchs|
|Stuart Robson 14||report||Andrew Tully 10+2|
Final Leading averages
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- "Plymouth Make Premier Move". BSPA. 2010-11-29. Retrieved 2010-11-29.
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