To: GSYSL Club Presidents
From: Byron Phinney - League Chair
Re: Game re-schedule requests
Last year I sent out a letter asking for clubs to please cut down on the number of requests for changes to the league schedule. The number of requests for this spring season has not gone down but up, so far we have received over one hundred requests to change the schedule.
Each season we ask both the clubs and individual coach’s to submit dates that they will not be able to play games on. We have honored every request that we have received to try and make the schedule work. It just seems that there are coach’s that will not take the time to question their player & parents regarding when players will not be available to play, then once the season starts they suddenly find dates that they cannot play.
The league has always said that we understand there are extenuating circumstances that will arise and a game will have to be rescheduled, and we have always approved the change. I have also approved most of the other requests, but that is going to change. At last night’s GSYSL board meeting this issue was discussed and we have adopted a new policy going forward. The board has decided that since every time we have to change a game there is a cost involved to the league this cost will now be passed along to the club requesting the game change. The amount that the club will be billed is $75, we will note on the bill the team that requested the change. If the request is found to be an extenuating circumstance there will be no charge. We will not be charging for weather related game changes or events that are beyond the control of the club. This policy does not apply to U10 6v6 or EDP Games.
It is with great reluctance to implemant this policy. It is our sincere hope that this will cut down on the number of requests and allow for less disruption during the season.
Please make sure all of your coaches are aware of this policy so there are no surprises.
This policy will be in effect as of Monday May 14, 2012
The league is seeing an increase of teams not willing to show for games especially at younger ages when they are short of players. Our question as a league is this:
- If you have made a commitment to the players, as a club, team and coach, should you not be asking the players to make the same commitment?
- If you as a club and coach have made a commitment to the league , players and parents, should you not make every effort to meet your commitments and play the game, even if it means you forfeit the outcome but give the players the opportunity to play?
- Is it better to play "a game" or "no game". If you are short players go to the game share players and play. This is what the game is really about... you all know the saying the game is the teacher!
- Please take into consideration the "good of the game" in these circumstances. Keep in mind the players want to play ... wining or losing while important isn't everything. It's about the game!
For the good of the game,