Come out to Flannery's for the NYDL Captains meeting. Any player may attend the meeting. Meeting at 730pm at Flannery's Bar.
Captain’s Meeting Agenda
1. Changes to rules regarding full-match forfeits (team forfeits) in A division.
Currently the rule applying to full-match forfeits in A division is rule E(6)d.
[d) If an A division team forfeits one match, it will be forfeited out and removed from play immediately. It will not be eligible for the subdivision awards or the playoffs.
History: This rule was voted in by an NYDO captains meeting in the late 00s. The rationale was to prevent a lower ranked team in the standings from potentially playing “spoiler” by manipulating the standings by strategically forfeiting a match to deny a superior team more points. Up to that point, full-match forfeits in A division were very rare.
Proposal: That this paragraph be eliminated and the rules on full-match forfeits as currently applied to B and C divisions be made universal and apply to A division as well. If adopted, rule E(6) a-d would be replaced by the following:
a) If a team forfeits one full match during weeks 1 through 10, it can continue the season. It will be eligible for the subdivision team awards, but will not be eligible for the playoffs.
b) If a team forfeits one full match during weeks 11, 12, 13, or 14, it will be forfeited out and removed from play immediately. It will not be eligible for the subdivision awards or the playoffs.
c) If a team forfeits two full matches in the season, it will be forfeited out and removed from play immediately. It will not be eligible for the subdivision awards or the playoffs.
2. Changes to rule G(5)c regarding home or away starts in playoff matches.
Proposal: That in divisions consisting of a single sub-division, the option to switch regular order of play such that the home team starts singles 501, cricket, and doubles 501 be eliminated.
Currently this rule reads:
c) If a division has only one subdivision, the second place team will also be a home team - provided this does not interfere with 1st place team’s home field advantage. In this case the playoffs will be seeded. The semifinal match will be the first place team vs. the fourth place team and the second place team vs. the third place team. Both semi-finals and finals will be home-and-home matches, with each team having the opportunity to play at home, with the semi-final and final round being won by the first team to score 1 more than the total available single-match points (i.e., first to 25 in A, first to 19 in B, and first to 17 in C). Even though the subdivision champion is usually the home team, the champion and the runner up (who may not be the home team) will have the option to "start" the match (meaning the Home and Away indicators on the score sheet would be reversed if the 1st or 2nd place team is the home team) or follow the standard order on the score sheet (Away team starts). If the home team chooses to start the match, the captain must change the indicators on the score sheet for all games.
Discussion: This rule is rather convoluted and difficult to follow. Each playoff season the league answers more questions about this rule than any other. In practice, about half of the teams affected actually use the rule, which is why it was made optional rather than mandatory. Since playoff matches in these divisions are home-and-home anyway, each team gets the chance to start a match. The sub-division champions and runners-up already have the option of choosing where to start the match (home or away) and this additional rule provides no real advantage while sowing confusion.
3. Other Items