Important League Notice:

Please inform all of your players of the following:- “Over the past couple of years, there have been increased instances of a disregard for the starting time of league in accordance with the rules. As a result we have experienced increased complaints regarding the late start of league due to players arriving after 18h30. If you experience opposing players arriving late feel free to lodge a complaint with the office and we will assist in rectifying the situation. You are also encouraged to apply the rule should it be necessary. More importantly we suggest you to communicate with your players to arrive on time.

This is obviously in the interest of a enjoyable league season, where it becomes very frustrating as a player that arrives on time every week to continually have to wait for their opponents. This in turn will discourage their participation in league in the future and is to the detriment of the game as a whole. We trust we can count on your support.”

Here is the rule:
5. STARTING TIMES
5.1 The starting times for all league matches shall be the starting time of the club where the fixture is scheduled to take place provided that the opposing captains shall be free to agree a different starting time in which event the time so agreed upon shall be the starting time for that match. The “starting time” for any club shall be not earlier than 6.00pm and not later than 6.30pm.

5.2. If by 7.00pm it is not possible to commence the playing of the first tie and the team now has all 4 players present and ready to play the entire match may be claimed in accordance with rule 6.

5.3 Once the match has commenced ties should follow on without any delay. If a delay occurs the remainder of the match can be claimed in accordance with rule 6.3.

6. CLAIMING A MATCH
6.1 A team may claim a match at 7.00pm irrespective of the start time, provided that:-

6.1.1 It has all four players present and ready to play

6.1.2 It has not been possible to commence the match due to the opposition not being present and ready to play.

6.2 The team claiming the match shall submit a fully completed Result Sheet together with raising a protest explaining the reason for the 16/0 claim. The League Stewards will (subject to appeal) apply penalty points in accordance with rule 12 to the defaulting team.

6.3 If one or more ties have been completed then provided it is after 7.00pm, the one team has all it’s players present and a grace period of 15minutes has elapsed after the completion of the last tie, then if there is not another pairing present and ready to play the remaining ties may be claimed.
The result of any ties played would stand and the remaining ties may be claimed as 3/0. A protest must be raised at the same time on the website explaining this claim. The League Stewards will (subject to appeal) apply penalty points in accordance with rule 12 to the defaulting team.