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T32-33 STEERING COMMITTEE AGENDA
Steering Committee members:
Standing Subcommittee (Rules):
Standing Subcommittee (Technology):
The role and purpose of the Steering Committee is to manage the affairs of the league, to set its direction and expansion, see to its advertisement and management, writing the Constitution, Statutes and Handbooks, and reviewing the rulings of the previous Oversight Committee. This is the ultimate governing body of Team 45 45 League with all rights and responsibilities. (Article III of the League Constitution)
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Item 1. Addition to Statute to clarify when restrictions on team
Section 16.D. (New) The restrictions on player movement and roster changes given in this statute do not become effective until the Pairing Posting Deadline (PPD) of round 1 of the tournament being conducted. Prior to the PPD, teams may make as many changes to their rosters as they wish, so long as they continue to meet the Section and player eligibility requirements.
Explanation by the Entry Clerk, as presented to the Rules Subcommittee:
For several years, at least since T13 when I became entry clerk, I have taken the thus far unchallenged position that the rules of Section 16 are to be applied once the Pairing Posting Deadline (PPD) of round 1 begins, such as 22:00 Jan. 16 for T32.
Prior to the PPD I have allowed all changes to a team roster to be made without any consideration of Section 16, except that an entered team has to limit changes to those that keep its eligibility to the section they entered, and the limits on player eligibility by his or her RR.
This is not uniformly known, and occasionally captains have misunderstood what they can and cannot do prior to the PPD.
Approved 10 - 0; 29 January, 2007
Item 2. Editorial revision of Section 3.A. vi (and new vii.)
It is the unanimous opinion of Rules that Section 3.A.vi should be editorially revised to show the effect of Reliability Ratings on members’ team eligibility. No new statute is being proposed. Thus, unless a SC member wishes further debate, this change will be incorporated into the Statutes in seven (7) days from date of posting to the agenda.
Under our editorial revision policy, unless a SC member wishes to bring it up for further debate, this change will be incorporated into the Statutes in one week.
Effective as of 7 February, 2007.
Item 3. Multiple disconnects. Revision of 11.E. iii.
Problem: Player, and officials, confusion about what to do about multiple disconnections.
The Rules committee has reviewed the matter of disconnections during games and come to the conclusion, as a matter fairness to the “offended” player in a disconnection, to distinguish between single and multiple disconnections given in Section 11.E.iii. We submit the following rule change to the SC for approval and application in T33 and beyond.
The recommended change, which quickly became known as the “15/30” rule, changes the second sentence from “However, should a player disconnect for more than 30 minutes, …” to a more convenient and fair “one disconnection of 15 minutes or longer, or multiple (obviously two or more) totaling at least 30 minutes. The offended player still has the right to sit there and wait, or can invoke the rights of the statute.
Solution: Put separate times on the single versus multiple disconnections.
Final Version, specifies three options of the offended:
Approved 9 yes, 1 abstention; 12 February, 2007
Item 3.b A separate motion to consider the time specifications of Item 3:
Option A was Approved 7 - 3; 15 February, 2007
The Chief TD has requested that the SC take up changes to the takeback and moretime rules and the penalties.
Section 11. B. i reads: Optional rules of the ICS are to be used as follows:
Change to read: “Takebacks” and “Moretime” shall never be requested, offered, or accepted by any player.
Statute 11.B.i "Takebacks" and "Moretime" shall not be offered or accepted.
Approved 10 - 0; 19 February, 2007
Item 5. Entry Clerk powers regarding fixed ratings.
A recent decision of the Oversight Committee found a need for more detailed specifications for the Entry Clerk. “They (the OC) suggest that the Steering Committee give immediate attention to the introduction of a proper specification for the Entry Clerk and also to amend the Statutes to enable the Conference Director to be able to take action throughout any competition where sandbagging is proved.”
The principle function of the Entry Clerk (EC) is to assure that all Fixed Ratings are fair ratings. The current statute (4.E.ii) says how and what rating data to use to calculate Fixed Ratings, but does not cover exceptions. There is no specific authority for overriding the initial calculations. Neither is there a specific authority for the EC to bar a player from joining, or removing the player, if his or her rating is judged to be grossly inaccurate.
The Fixed Rating plays such an important role in team formation, team average limits, and even board order, that there should be a means of overriding or revising the initial calculated or estimated ratings. The specifications for Entry Clerk should provide for those exceptions.
Solution: 4.E.i and ii need some minor editorial changes. iii and iv are new.
4.E. The players' ratings shall be fixed by the Tournament Director
prior to or at the time of each player’s entry into the tournament.
Approved 10 - 0; 21 February, 2007
Item 6, Changing Forfeit to Set Game for Captain Error
During discussion of another matter, Rules realized that a player’s forfeit remained on his record when there was a RR deduction assigned to the captain for Captain Error, as defined in Section 17.A.i.d. Several members of Rules thought that when the change was made to the forfeit rules, and the captain error statute written, that the player’s record should be changed to show a set game, thereby removing the stigma of a forfeit from his record.
Rules therefore makes the recommendation that there be an addition to the statute to justify changing the posted outcome whenever the captain receives the point deduction for a forfeited game.
Approved 10 - 0; 26 February, 2007
Item 7. T33 tournament parameters
Time Control: 45 45
Team entries accepted: March 27th, 2007 - April 10th, 2007.
Round 1 Posted: 22:00 April 17th, 2007.
Tiebreak rules start with board 1 this tournament.
Approved 10 yes, 0 no; 14 March, 2007
Item 8. Should Yellow Cards Impact Team Eligibility, regardless of RR?
When Item 2 was presented on the agenda it was billed as an “editorial change” not requiring full SC debate unless there was an objection. It became effective Feb. 7 under the one-week rule.
Subsequently, and as the result of a question about yellow cards, it was realized that the new section 3.A.vii.a subparagraph actually includes a new rule, and thus should have full SC debate before being approved.
Section 3.A.vii.a now reads, as “approved” in Item 2:
It is proposed that 3.A.vii.a. be revised to read (striking the reference to yellow cards):
The critical change here is the removal of the reference to yellow cards putting a player at 0 RR and limited to one team.
There are some who feel the yellow card is so important that it should carry the additional penalty of an automatic RR reduction to ‘0’, and by inference, for two tourneys (yellow card is forgiven in six months, which is two tourneys in length).
There are others who feel the “warning” and “matter closed” references in 17.B are severe enough penalty for the first yellow card offense.
Approval of the proposed change would remove yellow cards from the RR equation and free the player to continue to participate on as many teams as his RR dictates.
Should Yellow Cards Impact Team Eligibility, regardless of RR?
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