As next Friday (11 September 2015) is a public holiday for the general elections, I doubt we'll get enough for a game on the Thursday night. Numbers are usually down for a game on the eve of a public holiday in any event. Instead, I will schedule a game on Friday afternoon/evening at the Grandstand. As the 5 to 6 pm slot (the timing for our regular weekend games) is not available, I have taken the 4 to 5 pm slot.
The coming Wednesday is the eve of a public holiday (Hari Raya Haji). Wilson asked if it is possible to get a 2 hour slot elsewhere. I doubt 2 hours on a big pitch is available anywhere between 7 and 11 pm, and anyway, I'm reluctant to re-locate a game as some players may not want to move the game. I can consider an hour elsewhere for a second game, but even a one hour slot at Sports Planet @ East Coast is not available before 11 pm. 2 hours on a small pitch may be available, but I doubt many would want to switch to a small pitch.
There are also 6 players on waitlist for the game tomorrow (Monday) at Macpherson, and 3 players on waitlist for the game on Tuesday (22 September 2015) at the Grandstand.
The best I can do is schedule an extra game, either on Tuesday on a small pitch at East Coast, or on Thursday, on a big pitch either at Khalsa or East Coast. As many of those who play on Monday and Wednesday do not like playing on a small pitch, I will schedule the extra game on Thursday. As the Khalsa game as been struggling for a while, and we haven't had a game at East Coast for a long time (since August 2014), I will schedule the extra game at East Coast.
The next two Thursdays are Christmas eve and New Year's eve, so I won't do a Thursday night at Khalsa.
However, as the Sunday evening game at Grandstand has been struggling, and I don't expect it to get better until the new year, I may switch the Sunday game to Sunday night at Khalsa on 27 December 2015 and 3 January 2016.
With many Grandstand regulars informing me that they are away until the new year, for the next two weekends, I will consolidate the weekend Grandstand game on Saturday, and switch the Thursday Khalsa game to Sunday.
No votes in the poll as to preferred timing for the Sunday night Khalsa game, so I will stick to the usual night-time slot of 9 to 10 pm. Also, as players may, at this time of the year, have other activities planned during the day on Sundays, the later time slot may work better.
Also, in recent weeks, there have frequently been short, heavy downpours between 4 and 8 pm. Fortunately, the only occasion it continued to rain beyond 8.30 pm was on Tuesday, 8 December 2015, when we were in any event playing on a covered pitch at The Grandstand. Even then, the it stopped raining by about 8.45 pm. Last night (Monday), there was a short downpour between 8.15 and 8.30 pm, but the game at Macpherson at 9 pm was not affected.
As the Khalsa pitch is uncovered, it makes sense at this time of the year to have the game at 9 pm.
From the schedule thread for the game yesterday (Sunday):
As the Saturday game finally filled up, there are at least 2 players keen to play 5 to 6 pm tomorrow at The Grandstand, and no names down so far for the 9 to 10 pm game at Khalsa, I'll switch the game back to the usual slot.
This weekend is the New Year's Day weekend. I assume a lot of players who have been away will be back by then. The more important question is how many of them will want to squeeze in a game over the weekend. I'll schedule the following games and see which ones garner sufficient interest.
Friday, 1 January 2016 (New Year's Day), 5 to 6 pm, The Grandstand (big pitch).
Saturday, 2 January 2016, 5 to 6 pm, The Grandstand (big pitch), as usual.
Sunday, 3 January 2016, 5 to 6 pm, The Grandstand (big pitch), reinstating the usual Sunday game.
Big field Rajiv? 11 or 12 a side to accommodate all players?
Subject to availability of an 11-a-side pitch, I will only consider switching to an 11-a-side game if at least 22 of those down for the game are in favour of doing so. No point my going to all that trouble if at the end, we don't have enough players for an 11-a-side game. I've added a poll. The poll will close at noon on Friday.
Players should bear in mind that 11-a-side pitches are not covered. Switching to 3 teams over two hours might be more viable, but in recent years, players have generally been opposed to such a switch. Anyway, I've included that as an option in the poll.
It will be to a proper 11-a-side pitch, subject to availability. Anyway, I need 22 players in favour by noon tomorrow before I even look into it any further. Out of the 24 players down for Saturday, currently, 5 are in favour while 3 are against.
I am open to playing with 3 teams over 2 hours, but last time I put up a poll on that for the Monday night game, it was 6-2 against, so I won't bother this time.
Having up to 38 players on waitlist does not take into account other players who might have wanted to play but are don't put their names down as there are already so many on waitlist! The remaining recourse to create more places for those keen to play is to schedule an extra game, this week, on Sunday, from 8 to 9 pm, at Khalsa, so I will do that.
Chen Hong just messaged me to ask if there is a game tomorrow (Good Friday) from 5 to 6 pm at The Grandstand. I didn't even think about it. Generally, for some time now, long weekends have not been good for extra games.
The next two public holidays fall at the weekend, Labour Day (1 May 2016) on a Sunday, and Vesak Day (21 May 2016) on a Saturday. Monday 2 May 2016 is also a public holiday as Labour Day falls on a Sunday, so I might switch the Monday game to The Grandstand at 5 to 6 pm, as was the case for the second day of the Chinese New Year.
We needed 2 new players to fill the Wednesday game at Khalsa on 8 June 2016.
The Sunday game at the Grandstand on 12 June 2016 struggled to get to 12, and with players not keen on switching to a small pitch or an outdoor pitch, the game was cancelled.
The Monday game at Macpherson last night (13 June 2016) was cancelled with only 7 names down.
Further, HYFA @ Macpherson and the new manager at the Premier Pitch @ Grandstand have been sticky with late cancellations, saying I would have to pay for cancelling less than 48 hours before the game. I will need to review the GIFFA system to deal with this.
I am away from tomorrow until next Tuesday, so I can't manage games that are struggling to fill up while I am away. Therefore, I will not be scheduling games for Sunday, 19 June 2016, and Monday, 20 June 2016.
The less popular games (Tuesday night at Grandstand (small pitch) and Thursday night at Khalsa) have been filling up better.
The new manager at the Premier Pitch @ Grandstand has also asked me to consider switching the Sunday game to either 4 to 5 pm or 6 to 7 pm to leave a 2 hour block of 4 to 6 pm or 5 to 7 pm. I will discuss this further when I get back.
I'm away again in the week of National Day (9 August 2016). There will be no game on National Day itself (Tuesday), and the eve of National Day (Monday, 8 August 2016). I can't risk having a lot of withdrawals on those days, which I won't be able to deal with while away.
Instead, I will have an extra game at Macpherson on Sunday night, before I leave on Monday.
The extra game at Macpherson on Sunday, 7 August 2016, was cancelled with no names down. Monday, 12 September 2016 is a public holiday, Hari Raya Haji. Due to the high rate of withdrawals and the problems that cause to me as discussed above, I will not have games at Macpherson on public holidays or the eve of public holidays.
Instead, for Monday, 12 September 2016, the game will be at Khalsa from 6 to 7 pm.
The next two Saturdays are Christmas eve and New Year's eve. We haven't had a game on Christmas eve or New Year's eve for several years now, not in 2015, 2014, 2103 or 2012. I won't schedule games for the next two Saturdays.
I currently do not have bookings for Sunday. From the "Alternatives for a regular Sunday evening game" thread on the "Stand-Alone Polls" board:
When I called the Premier Pitch @ Grandstand on Friday evening (2 Dec 2016) to cancel at least 48 hours before as required by the current management, the manager, Zul, said that since I had only used one Sunday slot on the big pitch since 2 October 2016, he would cancel all my Sunday bookings on the big pitch, so that other customers had an opportunity to book a 2-hour slot between 4 and 7 pm. If we get enough players, I can check to see if any one-hour slot on the big pitch is still available between 4 and 7 pm. I can't really argue with that.
I'll do the same for the next two Sundays - Christmas Day and New Year's Day - to see if there is enough interest. As the next two Mondays are also public holidays, I will schedule games on a big covered pitch at The Grandstand for those days as well. Only 6 to 7 pm is available for 26 December 2016, but 5 to 6 pm is available for 2 January 2017. I will not schedule games at Macpherson on those days.
And from the "Weekly schedule & number of games" thread:
Even though the Sunday game at Khalsa has not taken off, I'll continue to schedule it as an extra game until the end of the year. However, to make it more akin to a weekend game, I will schedule it from 9 to 10 pm, and see if that works better.
I will skip Khalsa the next two Sundays, and resume on 8 January 2017.
I'll continue to schedule both a Sunday evening game at the Grandstand and a Sunday night game at Khalsa until the end of the month. The Sunday evening game will continue to be "flexi-time" until it becomes regular enough for me to make the bookings in advance.
This weekend (28 and 29 Jan 2017) are the two days of the Chinese New Year. Monday (30 Jan 2017) is a public holiday in lieu of the second day which falls on Sunday.
I have scheduled the Saturday evening game at the Grandstand as usual for 28 Jan 2017. I won't schedule the Sunday evening game at the Grandstand on 30 Jan 2017. I will just schedule the Khalsa night game. For Monday (30 Jan 2017), being a public holiday, I won't schedule the night game at Macpherson. Instead, I will schedule an evening game at The Grandstand. The big pitch is available from 4 to 5 pm.
Being the first day of the Chinese New Year, the Saturday game is slow in filling up. If the Saturday game doesn't fill up, I'll try switching it Sunday evening at the Grandstand.
Next Wednesday is National Day. No small pitch is available at The Grandstand on the eve (8 August 2017) for the usual Tuesday game, so no game is scheduled for that night. Instead of the Tuesday night game, I will schedule an additional game from 4 to 5 pm at The Grandstand, on National Day (9 August 2017). The Wednesday night game at Khalsa will be schedule as usual.
Based on current availability, I will schedule the following additional games in November 2017:
8 to 9 pm on a big pitch at Macpherson on Fridays. If that is too early, the alternative for Friday nights is 9 to 10 pm at Khalsa.
10 to 11 pm on a big pitch at Macpherson on Tuesday. Currently, there is no alternative.
On a separate note, the current management at Premier Pitch @ Grandstand are more interested in cultivating new customers than keeping existing customers happy. They have twice in recent months made our regular Tuesday night slot on the covered pitch available to other customers, forcing us onto the uncovered pitch - on 12 September 2017 and again on 10 October 2017. I am now informed that the same applies to two further dates in November and December 2017 - 14 November 2017 and 12 December 2017. Again, we are forced onto the uncovered pitch. It looks like some other customer wants the covered pitch once a month on a Tuesday night (including 9 to 10 pm), so we have to make do with the uncovered pitch.
Numbers have dropped off over the last couple of weeks, with even Sunday, Monday (after several withdrawals) and Tuesday games a struggle to fill. As numbers may not pick up until after Chinese New Year. I may not schedule the extra games until then.
Regular games that are too slow to fill up will also be cancelled.
There will be no regular game on Christmas Day (25 Dec 2017) and New Year's Day (1 Jan 2018). Both are days are Monday, so no night game at Macpherson on those days.
In the above circumstances, I will not schedule a Monday night game at Macpherson until March 2018, after Chap Go Mei which is on 2 March 2018. Until then, the alternative games are:
Friday nights at Macpherson (9 to 10 pm).
Sunday nights at Khalsa (6 to 7 pm).
Tuesday nights at Khalsa (10 to 11 pm).
As Chinese New Year falls on 16 and 17 February 2018 (Friday and Saturday), I will have the Macpherson game on Monday night (12 Feb 2018) instead of on Friday. As such, I won't schedule the additional Tuesday night game at Khalsa, or the regular night game at Khalsa on Thursday (eve of Chinese New Year).
For Friday, the first day of the Chinese New Year, I have a 4 to 5 pm slot on the big pitch at The Grandstand.
I won't do the extra Sunday game at Khalsa on 18 February 2018 (third day of the Chinese New Year).
Tuesday, 1 May 2018 is Labour Day, so I won't schedule a night game at McPherson the night before (Monday, 30 April 2018) or a night game on a small pitch at Grandstand on the public holiday itself. Instead, I will schedule an evening game (5 to 6 pm) on a big pitch at Grandstand on Labour Day (Tuesday).