Several new, newer or less regular players, or players who aren't regular on Thursdays, so I will suggest line ups after 4 pm tomorrow. I've added a team captain poll. I've included everyone who has played at least 10 games in the current 6 month period or 25 games over the past 3 years, and have not opted out.
If one team is a player short due to uneven numbers, a late withdrawal or no show, a player arriving late, fatigue, injury, illness or a player leaving the game, we try to find a replacement at the venue itself. If a replacement cannot be found, we continue with one team a player short. The team with the extra player is restricted in its scoring to within an imaginary line running through the penalty spot for the opposing goal. The same if one team is short due to a player being late. If the team that is a player short is losing badly in the second half of the game, a player from the side with the extra player should switch to the team with a player short. The scoring restriction is also switched.
And under the "Guidelines On Team Selection, Organization & Game Play" thread:
Flexibility and accommodation extends to making changes during the game. If one team is dominating the game and take a big lead in the first half of the game which appears unassailable, or one team is a player short due to uneven numbers, a no show, a late withdrawal, an injury to a player, a player having to leave early, or a temperamental player walking out of the game, or a team is significantly weakened by an injured player who continues to play in a limited capacity, team selectors/captains need to consider what changes to line ups and formations are necessary to keep the game competitive. The onus is greater when the scoreline is or approaches one that is grossly one-sided, as defined in the Appendix below. Where the team taking a big lead is largely a group of friends who don't want to be separated, one other player from that team switching over so that the other team has two players extra remains an option, as discussed in the section above.
During a game, the two team selectors/captains also have the final say on the application of the Playing Rules & Principles. If the team selectors/captains cannot agree, the issue should be discussed on the report thread after the game, and may be followed up on the appropriate announcements and developments thread. Any residual dissatisfaction after the game can also be discussed on the report thread for the game.
The issue was recently discussed under the "GIFFA System & Playing Rules" thread, as follows:
On the WhatsApp group chat for the Saturday game, Desmond also suggested that we do away with the scoring restriction on the team with the extra player if one team is for whatever reason a player short. He suggested that the team a player short should just bear the consequences.
Our games are not like other competitive games where teams are put together independently, and then turn up to play. For our games, as players put their names down individually, selectors and the other players on the team have no choice over the pool of players. Nevertheless we have a system to try to get evenly-matched teams, and ensure the game is competitive.
If team selectors decide to do away with the scoring restrictions, they can do so. However, they should be willing to switch a player over if the team with the extra player start to run away with the game.
Feel free to add your views on the rules and guidelines. If it relates primarily to last night's game, you can do so below. If it relates primarily to the rules and guidelines generally, you can do so on the "GIFFA System & Playing rules" thread.