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T27-28 STEERING COMMITTEE AGENDA
Steering Committee members: Permanent Members: chesskix, DaveTheRook (chair), rgadoury, SandiaCaveMan, SeniorCitizen. General Members: bmw2002, Bosqueverde, Gomer, grabapawn, Kingofknights, twinders.
Standing Subcommittee (Rules): bmw2002, bosqueverde, chesskix, rgadoury (chair), twinders
Item 1.a. ICC Tournament T28
Item 1.b. FICS Tournament T28
Item 2. The Agreed Game Time and 30-minute grace period. (These statutes proposals and introductory text have been reviewed and approved by the Rules Subcommittee.)
Explanation: The Agreed Game Time and 30-minute grace period have been misunderstood. These additions to the statutes clarify the players' responsibilities and expectations, and adequately answer four principle questions or disputes. (1) Can the start of a game be delayed unilaterally when both players are present?--No. (2) Are the penalties for not showing up at all and leaving before the end of the grace period the same?--No. (3) Can negotiations to reschedule begin after the end of the grace period?--No. (4) Can the game be started once the grace period ends?--Yes. With mutual agreement, if both players are present at the same time before the end of the grace period.
Section 10.F. (New) The Agreed Game Time and the 30-minute Grace Period.
Section 15.A.i.a. (Revised) The offending player was not present to play during the 30-minute grace period following the Agreed Game Time..).>¶ SC 27-28 (Full blame)
Section 15.A.ii.d. (New) The offending player logs off before the end of the Grace Period..). ¶ SC 27-28 (Partial blame)
Item 3. Team Roster Changes-Board Assignments. (This statute proposal and Explanation have been reviewed and approved by the Rules Subcommittee.)
Section 8. A. Team captains will now post their board assignments directly to the teamchess.org/Captains page no later than 22:00 ICC (19:00 FICS) server time. ¶ SC 26-27
(Addition) "If a team roster is changed after posting board assignments, it is the captain's responsibility to resubmit revised board assignments before the pairing posting deadline. Any player in a lineup who is no longer on the roster will either play the game (if eligible) or have their game ruled a set game loss. "¶ SC 27-28
Situation: A team captain changed his roster before the pairing posting deadline but failed to change the intended board assignments. As a consequence one player, who had been removed from the roster, appeared in the pairings. (Changing rosters does not automatically change board assignments). The captain assumed that new default board assignments would automatically be generated. His assumption was judged incorrect. On appeal, the OC ruled (1) that it was the captain's responsibility to change the assignments, not the programming or other league officials, (2) did not allow a late substitution, and (3) ruled set game against the absent player. The OC also wrote an interim rule, which we propose adopting into the statutes
Newly written programming now makes the captain’s responsibility very clear.
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The last sentence of the proposed statute actually allows that player to play the game, even if not on the roster, if eligible. In Section 16 it states that a player does not have to be removed from the roster unless there would be more than six players or the team average would exceed the limit. Under those conditions the player could actually be allowed to play the game.
Item 4. Tabled awaiting a Progress Report.
Item 5. Revise the method of determining Minimum Ratings, and make Fixed Ratings the same as the old Minimum Rating. (This statute proposal and Explanation have been reviewed and approved by the Rules Subcommittee. The programming is already in place, ready to go)
Section. 4.E.ii (Revised) Effective with the beginning of play in T28, the current ratings for all present and former league members will be collected daily from the Round 1 Pairing Posting Deadline through Playoff Round 1 Pairing Posting Deadline (50 days). The computed average-daily-rating shall be the player’s Fixed Rating for the next tournament. Fixed ratings for new players will be determined by the Entry Clerk, utilizing data collected once they complete a profile. ¶ SC 27-28
Explanation. The currently used Minimum Rating and Fixed Rating are based on two snapshots in time. Both the Minimum Rating, collected at one point in time, and the “current” rating at time of team entry are subject to the abuse of “rating management.” The snapshot system discourages many players from playing rated games during the time period between the establishment of their Minimum Rating and Team Entry because of their fear of increasing their ratings too much, and tempts some to unfairly lower their ratings in that intervening period.
We are proposing that everyone’s current rating be collected daily for a period of 50 days, and use the calculated average for that period as the Fixed Rating, effectively doing away with both the Minimum Rating and the Fixed Rating at Team Entry concepts. We feel the playing field will be leveled for everyone. People would not have to worry about any single game; if they play more than one game in a day, with wins and losses, only the rating at the time of ratings collection would be incorporated into the average. Since the fixed rating for the next tournament will be established at the end of the previous tournament, captains will be able to put teams together much earlier, and players will be able to continue to play rated games, with assurance that minor changes in ratings won’t make their planned team ineligible for the planned section.
Approved 10-0, 1 abstain.
Item 6. Remove unnecessary text from Section 15.A, the Forfeit or Set Game section. (This statute proposal and Explanation have been reviewed and approved by the Rules Subcommittee.)
Explanation: There is a lot of extraneous text in Section 15.A. involving instructions for notifying the captain and TD if the provision of some Statute is violated. These texts are holdovers from the email days, and have nothing to do with identifying the blame. Section 15 is essentially a scorecard, not an instruction manual. Section 15.A.ii.c in particular contains language that conflicts with other statutes. We suggest removing the red bracketed material.
Section 15 - Forfeits and "set game"
Item 7. New Reliability Rating application Tabled
Item 8. Revise Section 3.A.v. Team captains and assistant captains are subject to the same limitations on team participation as other members, and have no additional requirements to hold those positions (except for probationary periods as specified in 3.A.vi). It is recommended that individuals participate as a player for one tournament before they become Team Captain. SC 27-28 Approved 10-0 1 abstain
Item 9. Revise Section 3.A.vi (limitations)
Approved 8-1 2 abstain
Item 10.Revise Section 17.D. to read: If a player receives a second Red Card within one year of the issuance of the first Red Card, that player is suspended from league play for one year (4 complete tourneys) following the issuance of the second card. A player who receives a third Red Card is banned forever. A player who receives a Double Red Card for cheating or gross misbehaviour is immediately banned forever. SC 27-28
Approved 10-0 1 abstain
Item 11. Captain yellow cards. Section 17.A.v. (new)
Reason: The most common “captain errors” are scheduling a player who is not available or incorrectly assigning boards (posting 4 boards when only three or fewer players are available) to avoid putting lower rated players on higher boards. Invariably the TDs accept the player’s excuse and change the forfeit to a set game. But the captain avoids any consequences.
Approved 9-0, 1 abstain, 1 absent
Item 12. Third Yellow Card. Add to Section 17.B. Should a third yellow card
be earned before returning to play after a Red Card suspension (17.C), the
third card is not "forgiven" until the returning player completes the next
tourney without incident.
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