For games at our regular venues (Premier Pitch @ Khalsa, Premier Pitch @ Turf City, Sports Planet and The Cage), if we are short of a player for any reason, we can often pick up an extra player if we ask around.
Each schedule thread contains a link to payment modes and how to check balances.
Dave H suggested I make the payment information (payment modes and how to check balances) more prominent in each schedule thread. For the games from 1 September 2011 onwards, I will move the links to the top of each schedule thread.
I have split the information on checking balances and the payment modes into two posts under the existing "Payment modes and current balances" thread on the "Payment Information" board. As the current balances post is first, I've renamed the thread "Current balances and payment modes".
From now on, I will be suggesting line ups 6 to 4 hours before the game. If before I do so, any regular who is familiar with all the players for that game can suggest line ups. Please do so on the message board, rather than as an SMS to me.
Started pouring again 5 minutes ago, but has already started to ease up.
Looks like it will stop by 9 pm.
Sports Planet inform me that the pitch has been in use since it started to rain, so hopefully, the earlier games will help clear much of the water.
After more than a year of this, I've become quite good at reading the weather, especially between 7 and 9 pm on weeknights.
On a separate note, the game is on unless I SMS those playing (or make other arrangements) to inform them that it is cancelled. I received several SMSes at various times between 7.30 and 8.45 pm asking if the game is on. If it threatens or starts to rain less than 3 hours before the game, there will also be updates posted on the schedule thread.
Addendum (14 Sep 2011, 7.51 am): It started storming some time after 1 am and continued until about 5 am, with lightning and thunder.
* If you put down the name of a player for a regular game who has not played with us before, you must vouch (on the message board, when putting his name down) that you have played in a game with him before, and that he meets our minimum standards. * If you cannot vouch for that, he must post a Self-Rater on the "New Player" sub-board. * If neither condition is met, he can only remain in reserve, and can only play if we have no other players available.
The above does not apply to mixed games, so introducing him to a mixed game might be a better way to bring in a new player, whose abilities you're not familiar with. The rule may also be relaxed for extra games.
For all players registering after today, I will not approve their registration unless I am satisfied they meet our minimum standards. After they play their first game, they will remain on Guest List A until their registration is approved.
I'm very reluctant to change any regular feature of our games between putting up the schedule thread and the game itself because:
* it means more work for me. * players who put their names down for a game on the premises set out in the schedule thread may be unhappy about changes without notice to suit some players or reserve players.
I would hope that everyone feels comfortable enough to post their proposals, suggestions, invitations and offers directly on the message board, rather than emailing or SMSing me. After all, what I usually do is just quote the e-mail or SMS on the message board.
All comments must be on the same schedule thread as the suggested line ups. I will ignore SMSes about line ups. However, if a player is for whatever reason unable to post on the message board and SMSes me instead, I will reproduce the SMS for him on the message board verbatim.
I would encourage players to avoid sliding tackles, especially from the back. I was a victim for a few sessions lately, though no major injuries substained.
However, this is futsal, not field soccer and even fustal tournaments rules prohibit sliding tackles.
Mark subsequently raised other breaches of the rules and principles with me via SMS.
I'm not at most games. I hope the regulars can help me out. If you come across breaches of the rules and principles, please remind the player concerned. If the player concerned disagrees that there has been a breach, we can discuss it on the message board.
If a particular player is independently identified by several players as breaching the rules, especially those relating to safe play, and does not stop even after several personal reminders, I will suspend or ban the player. For more serious breaches, there may be an immediate suspension.
As it is cumbersome to deal with playing rules, principles and the system in one thread, and there are other threads dealing more effectively with principles and the system, I have renamed the thread "Playing rules", and will move posts in the thread relating to principles and the system to more appropriate threads.
On the other hand, it is useful to have a single thread dealing with broader issues. While the "People & standards" thread deals with the broader aspects of players, a "Principles, system & playing rules" can cover the broader aspects of the system and our games, so I've renamed this thread accordingly.
Any player who intentionally commits a foul which risks causing injury to an opponent, or seeks to instigate another player to do will be suspended for one week. If there is a repetition by the same player, it will be a one month suspension.
For this, I need to be provided with the name of the player and what transpired, and the information confirmed by another independent player (preferably a regular).
For example, calling out to a team mate to trip or bring down an opponent is unacceptable.
Also, it has been raining the whole day today. Although it stopped by 9 pm, it was still raining past 8 pm. If it continues like this for the rest of the week, games at East Coast and Khalsa may be cancelled. At least at The Cage, the game can go on, as long as we have enough players.