The figures cover both 15 & 25 mm singles competitions. They don’t include 24 player registrations for the newly released FOG Renaissance rules. The figures for Roll Call are mainly based on registrations; all the others are based on actual games played.
If you read an earlier version of this post you’ll notice that the table above now has 8 DBM registrations in 2010 rather than none. It turns out that Roll Call included a small DBM competition this year. It was omitted because nothing was listed along with the registration information for all the other competitions.
Once I’d been made aware I managed to find the DBM results, and therefore the number of players, via the South West DBM Doubles League pages. It doesn’t change things much.
In 2009 I wrote that:
- Competition registrations were down 3.4% in 2009 vs. 2008.
- FOG continues to grow whilst DBMM registrations were static.
- DBM’s decline is nearly complete; the 8 players were all at Britcon.
- FOG has reached a dominant position.
- DBMM has retained its niche position.
- Competition registrations were down 5.5% in 2010 vs. 2009.
- FOG Ancient & Medieval registrations fell for the first time.
- DBM’s continues its slow, lingering decline.
- FOG has improved its dominant position (up 2% to 77%).
- DBMM is both stable and static despite the absence of DBM.
- The absence of a viable DBM national competition scene; not all former DBM players will have switched to DBMM or FOG.
- The introduction of FOGR to the competition scene enticing some FOG players to switch periods.
Finally, it is worthwhile comparing the national picture with that for the Northern League I published last year:
- The overall pool of League players has remained steady since 2008.
- FOG had 79% of the 2010 player registrations, up from 54% in 2009.
- DBMM 2010 player numbers declined but then 2009 looks exceptional.
- There’s no longer any demand for DBM in the north of England.