All the players down for today are reliable, so the risk of no show minimal, but we anyway don't have enough players for a mini-tournament, and the vote is 6-0 in favour of keeping it at 8-a-side. ....
* Mondays, 9 to 10 pm - The Cage * Tuesdays, 9 to 10 pm - Sports Planet * Wednesdays, 9 to 10 pm - Premier Pitch @ Khalsa * Thursdays, 9 to 10 pm - Premier Pitch @ Khalsa * Saturdays, 5 to 6 pm - Premier Pitch @ Turf City * Sundays, 5 to 6 pm - Premier Pitch @ Turf City
The Premier Pitch @ Khalsa (for 6 or 7-a-side) and The Cage (for 4 or 5-a-side) are the preferred venues for extra games, as they are more central than our other regular venues, Sports Planet or the Premier Pitch @ Turf City. Also, the Premier Pitch @ Turf City, although covered, is more expensive, and the game there is harder to manage with less than 14 players.
Extra games don't have a "track-record", so it takes more effort on my part to get enough players. 6 or 7-a-side at Khalsa is workable. Only a small proportion of our players are prepared to play at The Cage, and as the pitches are totally enclosed by walls/ceiling, it can be very stuffy during the day, and anytime before 8 pm.
I have only played at Turf City and am not familiar with the playing rules at the other venues. What are the rules for the other venues on playing to the lines or to the sides? Looks like the games at The Cage and Sports Planet play to the side but, from reading the postings, am not clear on Khalsa. Do the rules also change depending on the number of players (5 or 6-a-side versus 7-a-side)?
I for one prefer playing to the lines as it resembles the actual game so information on side vs line would be helpful.
Last Edit: May 26, 2011 15:28:05 GMT 8 by Foo Cheong
As players are reluctant to play in an extra game due to the lack of a "track record", in future, I may incentivise extra 7-a-side games at the Premier Pitch @ Khalsa by setting the price at $8 per player.
As I said before, I'm not looking to organize such games. Anyone who is interested, can use the "Other Games" board to organize such games. If I get involved, I tend to limit my role to booking the pitch and trying to get additional players if we are short of players. Exceptionally, I might get an opposing team to play against.
... for a scheduled game against another team, can we do it like last time - 4 to 5 pm, with team selection. 4 to 5 pm is not available the following week, but it is the week after (24 July). Let me know.
Trying to keep friends/relatives or players who are familiar with each other on the same team can distort the balance. Hopefully, as players get to know each other better, these factors will be less relevant.
I'll consider designating at least one Wednesday night game and one Thursday night game each month as a "Challenge Match".
I've got the 8 to 9 pm slot tomorrow at Khalsa, and it's a challenge between David T's team and Elvin's team.
I've renamed the "7-a-side Mini-League" board under the "Men's Game" category as "Challenge Matches" and moved the thread for the challenge match to that board.
I'll try to get a few more of these going. It's a bit of a half-way house between our regular games and a mini-league.
For challenge matches, I'll only deal with the two persons putting together the two teams. Other than that the player putting together the team must be a registered regular, no distinction will be made between registered players and guests. The team co-ordinators decide on their teams, and collect payment from them. I'll just collect payment for each team from the team co-ordinators.
Only put names down for the Khalsa game if you have a team of 7. Like the "Schedule" board, you have to be registered to post on the "Challenge Matches" board.
If there is only one team, there will be selection for the opposing team from the individuals available.
Individuals best put their names down for the Sports Planet game, but indicate whether you're available for the challenge match at Khalsa. Alternatively, you can send me a private message to let me know you're available for the challenge match. Best not to put individual names down on the chellenge match thread, as you may be "forced out" by a team of 7, or you may not be selected.
Selection criteria - better team players who have played regularly at Khalsa, or on Thursday nights, or for whom Khalsa is a significantly more convenient venue than Sports Planet, and who inform me early of their availability, and the fit with the rest of the team, bearing in mind the strength of the other team. In the longer term, I'll try to give everyone interested in a challenge match chances to play.
It slipped my mind that for this Thursday (8 Sep 2011), I only have the 10 to 11 pm slot. I'm only in reserve for the 9 to 10 pm slot. I don't know if I'll get it. I have 9 to 10 pm for all subsequent Thursdays.