International schools continue to be in vacation until September 2012, so those with children in international schools may be away in July or August 2012, but the numbers are smaller, and spread out over a longer period.
Sunday (19 August 2012) is Hari Raya Puasa, so Monday is a public holiday. People might be away for the long weekend, so I won't schedule two slots on Sunday, just the single slot from 5 to 6 pm on Sunday. Instead, I will schedule an extra game at Turf City from 5 to 6 pm on Monday.
The Monday night game at Kallang will be scheduled as usual.
A lot players away or have social obligations at this time of the year, with Christmas and the new year around the corner. It has been a bit of a struggle to fill games over the past few weeks, although no game has been cancelled (apart from the consolidation of the two Thursday games).
I've not sure whether to schedule games on Christmas and New Year's Eve and Day (24, 25 and 31 December 2012 and 1 January 2013). I'll take them one at a time. I won't schedule the regular Tuesday night games at Kallang for Christmas Day and New Year's Day themselves (25 December and 1 January), but I haven't decided on whether to try a 5 to 6 pm game at Turf City (that is, treating the public holiday in the same way as a Saturday/Sunday).
On the other hand, as both Mondays following last Christmas and New Year's Day, 26 December 2011 and 2 January 2012, were public holidays, we did have evening games at Turf City on those days. I might wait to see how the Sunday game on 30 December 2012 fills up before deciding whether to have an evening Turf City game on New Year's Day (Tuesday).
For weekends, it makes sense when the next day is a working day to have the game from 5 to 6 pm, as people are more likely to have family activity earlier in the day (Sundays). If the next day is an off day, it may make sense to bring the game forward to 4 to 5 pm as people may go out in the evenings (Saturdays).
Unfortunately, as stated in the preceding posts, the 4 to 5 pm slot has not been generally available on Saturdays.
The 5 to 6 pm game has been brought forward to 4 to 5 pm three times over the past year:
However, the game on Sunday, 30 December 2012, is proving slow to fill up. Perhaps a lot of players are not working on Monday (New Year's eve), so perhaps I should treat it as a long weekend and bring the game forward to 4 to 5 pm. I'll check availability of the slot, and with the player(s) down for the game (currently only Damian) later today.
As for 1 January 2013, I will leave the extra game at Turf City as 5 to 6 pm as the next day is a working day. And subject to availability, I'll bring the regular night game at Kallang forward to 8 to 9 pm.
More or less as expected. What was surprising was that there were no games on both Wednesdays, the working day after the public holiday. However, we had night games at Khalsa on both Thursdays, with no East Coast game at all in the week of Christmas.
Chinese New Year falls next Sunday and Monday (10 and 11 February 2013). Monday and Tuesday (11 and 12 February 2013) are public holidays. I will schedule the following games on a big covered pitch at The Grandstand (formerly Turf City) over the weekend:
* Saturday, 9 February 2013, 5 to 6 pm. 4 to 5 pm is not available. * Sunday, 10 February 2013, 4 to 5 pm. * Monday, 11 February 2013, 4 to 5 pm. * Tuesday, 12 February 2013, 5 to 6 pm.
The games on Sunday and Monday have been brought forward to 4 pm so that players can still attend evening functions. The game on Tuesday is left at 5 to 6 pm as the next day is a working day.
I won't schedule the regular night game on Monday, but I will for Tuesday (as Wednesday is a working day).
Three factors in why the Chinese New Year affects numbers, especially for the weekend games:
* Several people use the opportunity of 2 public holidays in the same week to go away for the whole week - just need to take 3 days leave, and you can go away for 9 days - Saturday to the following Sunday. * Visiting friends and relatives continues to the following weekend. * Chingay and Chap Goh Mei on the 15th day. * The very wet weather, with greater incidence of the flu.
Yesterday (Saturday, 16 Feb), with not even enough players for a game on a small pitch, the game was cancelled in the late morning, before a concerted effort brought numbers up to 14, enough for a 7-a-side.