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GIFFA System, Principles & Rules: 2 May 2010

The GIFFA System was summarized again last month.  The system was first summarized about a year ago (then in the name of “FIOFAFI“).

The core values or principles we play to were summarized even earlier, in March 2009.  Essentially, it is about participating and playing in the right spirit.

The rules we play to were also summarized about a year ago.  There have been some changes since then, and I said in January 2010 that I’d summarize the rules again.

I’ll summarize the system, principles and rules as comments below, so that they can all be found under one post.

I’ve also developed a standard template for each scheduling thread on the Schedule Board of the GIFFA Message Board.  The standard template will also be added as a comment below for ease of reference.

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  1. rajiv
    Sun 2 May 2010 at 1:21 pm

    THE GIFFA SYSTEM

    Schedule

    Each game is put up on the Schedule Board on the GIFFA Message Board about 6 days beforehand under a separate thread.

    If the game on a particular day of the week and/or time of day doesn’t fill up easily over two or more weeks, it may be scheduled fortnightly or given a few weeks break, or ceased.

    Players
    If you wish to play in a particular game, add your name to the thread for that game. You can post either as a registered member of the Message Board or as a guest. If you are new, either register as a member or e-mail your name and contact number/e-mail address to me at giffas@totalworlds.com.

    You can add names for others as well. However, if you add names for others, it is your responsibility to ensure they turn up and on time. A place is not considered as taken until it is filled without qualification by a named player.

    The standard of play is decent. If you’re not sure you meet the standard, contact me through the GIFFA message board.

    Numbers

    The number of players for a game depends on the venue:

    * 10 for a game at The Cage (5-a-side). However, we will go ahead even with 8 (4-a-side).
    * 14 to 16 for a game on the big pitch at the Premier Pitch (7 or 8-a-side). If we get 20 to 24, and the circumstances so allow, we can have a 4-team mini-tournament (with the big pitch divided into 2 small pitches). If we only have 10 to 12, we will go ahead with a game on a small pitch (5 or 6-a-side).
    * 10 for a small pitch at Sports Planet (5-a-side), 12 or 14 for the big pitch at Sports Planet (6 or 7-a-side).

    Once the places are filled, anyone else can only be in reserve. Reserves sometimes get to play due to withdrawals.

    Anyone who on several occasions and without good reason withdraws at a late stage, fails to turn up and play the full game, or is very late, may only be allowed to put their names down in reserve for a period of time.

    If places for a game are very slow to fill up, I may SMS those who haven’t played for a while or those who often play on that day but haven’t put their names down for any games that week. If places are still slow to fill up, the game may be cancelled.

    Line ups

    For each game, any regular can volunteer to divide the players into two teams.

    Any regular who is playing and puts names down for others should co-ordinate the game unless another regular volunteers to be coordinator. If more than one regular puts names down for others, any of them can co-ordinate. As coordinator, all you have to do is keep tabs of any withdrawals on the day of the game itself, and suggest line ups if no one else does.

    The line ups should be added to the thread for that game. Other players are free to comment or suggest changes, either on the message board itself, by SMSing the co-ordinator or at the venue itself, before the game starts.

    The colours for weeknight games at The Cage are black and white. The colours for weekend games at Turf City are red and white. All players are requested to bring both colours so that changes can be made to the line ups at the game itself.

    Punctuality

    Please be early for the game to warm up, settle the line ups and meet your team (some of whom you may not played with before).

    If you are playing for the first time, get to the correct venue early and ask for the pitch booked in the name of “Rajiv”.

    Payment

    The cost of the pitch is divided by the number of players:

    * $80 at the Cage divided by 8 or 10.
    * $160 for a big pitch at the Premier Pitch divided by 14 to 24.
    * $80 for a small pitch at the Premier Pitch divided by 10 to 12.
    * $85.60 for a small pitch at Sports Planet divided by 10.
    * $120 for the big pitch at Sports Planet divided by 12 to 14.

    Reports

    A report will be put up on the Reports Board of the GIFFA Message Board the day after the game. Any registered member can put up the report. The report comprises a poll for the player of the game. You have to be a registered member to vote in the poll. The poll is locked after 7 days.

    Anyone who played can add the result and any other comments about the game.

    Player tables and player of the month

    I maintain a participation table and a points table. Points are awarded for playing, votes in the player poll, adding comments about a game, and playing in the right spirit, for example, volunteering to swap sides when your team takes a big lead in the game. The tables are updated after the first week of every month, and cover the games over the preceding 6 months.

    The points are also used to determine the player of the preceding month.

    • rajiv
      Sat 8 May 2010 at 9:44 am

      I’ll also summarize the points system here:

      Points for participation/results:

      * 2 points for each player on the losing side or when no comment is added to the report.
      * 2.1 points each player for a draw, modified result or no/uncertain result. A modified result arises when for any reason, the result should not count, for example, line ups are inadvertently mixed up, a player is injured or one team is a player short.
      * 2.2 points for a win.

      Bonus points
      * 1 point for each vote in the player poll under the reports.
      * 0.5 points for a significant sporting gesture, for example, switching from the winning side to the losing side during the game to make the sides more even.
      * 0.2 for each player in a game who adds comments to the report for the game.

      You will see that the bonus points, which promotes sportsmanship and greater participation, carry far more weight than winning or losing. It’s all for fun anyway.

      The details can be downloaded as a Calc document. Calc is used as all versions of Excel before Excel 2007 have a 256 column limit. Calc can be downloaded as part of OpenOffice 3.2.0 for free from here.

      The Calc document comprises of 6 sheets:

      * First sheet (Sheet 5) – Full listing by number of games played over the past 6 months.
      * Second sheet (Sheet 4) – Full listing by points over the past 6 months (up to 31 March 2010)
      * Third sheet (Sheet 6) – Full listing of those in the running for player of the month.
      * Fourth sheet (Sheet 1) – Details of games played over the past 6 months, computations for player of the month and total number of games played since 1 September 2008.
      * Fifth sheet (Sheet 3) – Alphabetical listing and computation of points.

      • rajiv
        Mon 7 June 2010 at 11:36 pm

        To further encourage player swaps during the game in order to make a one-sided game more even, and to encourage a losing team not to be discouraged and play the best they can to the end, there will be the following modification to the points:

        * If a team wins by more than 5 goals, it will get points for a modified result instead of a win (2.1 instead of 2.2).
        * If a team loses by less than 3 goals, it will get points for a modified result instead of a loss (2.1 instead of 2).

    • rajiv
      Sun 23 May 2010 at 4:06 pm

      As we now have the big pitch at Turf City on both Saturday afternoons (4 to 5 pm) and Sunday evenings (5 to 6 pm), there will be no more mini-tournaments the either day unless and until the other day has also filled up (that is, at least 16 players for both days).

      Today’s mini-tournament may be the last for a while. 🙂

      If you only want to play on one of the two days, put your name down early.

    • rajiv
      Thu 15 July 2010 at 2:21 pm

      Currently, it is first come, first in, even for reserves.

    • rajiv
      Wed 21 July 2010 at 11:41 pm

      To reiterate, while withdrawals on the day of the game should be avoided, if, having put your name down, you need some time to re-arrange your schedule, go ahead and do so, but don’t take too long over it. Also, when you put your name down, you should have a reasonable belief that you will be able to play. Don’t put your name down just to reserve a place even when you’re unsure you can play.

      In future, if anyone withdraws, and then put they name back in, they have to go to the end of the queue.

  2. rajiv
    Sun 2 May 2010 at 1:26 pm

    CORE VALUES

    The core values are:

    * Facilitating a work-life balance.
    * Maintaining health and fitness even as we get older through regular and sustainable participation in activity.
    * Voluntary participation with maturity and in good spirits.
    * Achieving a balanced and healthy perspective on sport and competition.
    * Developing friendships and finding enjoyment through participation.

  3. rajiv
    Sun 2 May 2010 at 1:40 pm

    RULES

    We play without a referee.

    The rules are geared towards keeping the game flowing while reducing the risk of injury and are intended to accommodate different styles of play.

    * We play for an hour flat out, without substitutes. The players in each team take turns in goal. It’s the only break you get! Unless a player volunteers to spend more time in goal, everyone should spend a similar amount of time in goal. If you haven’t played for a while, pace yourself, and spend more time in goal if necessary. It is disruptive to the game if you need to leave the pitch to rest.

    * We play to the goal lines, so if the ball crosses the goal line on either side of the goal, it’s either a goal kick or corner.

    * We play off the side walls/nets for 5-a-side games at The Cage and at Sports Planet. We play to the side lines at the Premier Pitch and for 4-a-side games at The Cage.

    * Where we play off the side walls/nets, the side wall/net cannot be used to shield the ball for any length of time. The ball should be brought away from the wall as soon as possible. However, touching the net/wall with one’s hands to maintain balance is okay.

    * We continue to play off the overhead netting.

    * We can score from anywhere on the pitch. However, if a ball goes in off the overhead netting, it is not a goal. If a goal is scored or disallowed, we re-start with a goal kick.

    * If one team is a player short due to a no show, late withdrawal, fatigue or injury, we try to find a replacement at the venue itself. If a replacement cannot be found, we continue with one team a player short. The team with the extra player is restricted in its scoring, either to within an imaginary one-third line from the opposing goal (at The Cage) or within the D around the opposing goal (at the Premier Pitch and Sports Planet).

    * The goalkeeper can come out of the D. Other players can enter the D.

    * No sliding tackles. Everyone, stay on your feet. The goalkeeper can dive to make a save, but hands/body first (at the goalkeeper’s own risk), not feet first.

    * No tackling with a raised foot. More generally, no reckless tackles, dangerous play or unsporting behaviour.

    * As we play without a referee, if a player involved in a passage of play calls a foul, play it back to one of the goalkeepers until it is agreed that is is a foul. If it is disputed, the game continues from the goalkeeper who has possession of the ball. If necessary, the dispute can be resolved later on the blog. Don’t just leave the ball for the opposing side and stop playing. Sometimes, they will continue and score.

    * The same applies to corners. If it is disputed that it is a corner, then it is a goal kick.

    * The final word is left to the players involved in the passage of play. Other players not involved in the passage of play can express an opinion, but don’t press it.

    * When time is called, the game comes to an end when the ball goes dead. We do not play to “last goal”.

    * The players at a game can adapt the rules as they think fit.

    • rajiv
      Thu 20 May 2010 at 8:55 am

      ….

      * No tackling with a raised foot. More generally, no reckless tackles, dangerous play or unsporting behaviour.

      ….

      Even more generally, play with reasonable care for your own well-being and the well-being of your team mates and opponents.

    • rajiv
      Tue 6 July 2010 at 11:49 am

      A reminder that the Rules and Principles serve a purpose.

  4. rajiv
    Sun 2 May 2010 at 2:11 pm

    SCHEDULING THREAD TEMPLATES

    The scheduling threads are now introduced as follows:

    Weeknight games at The Cage

    Add your name below if you want to and are able to play.

    Please read the GIFFA System, Principles and Rules.

    When there are 10 players confirmed, anyone else can only be in reserve. The game will go ahead if there are at least 8 confirmed.

    If you are keen to play, but take up is slow and there is a risk that the game may be cancelled, feel free to invite friends and acquaintances, or to SMS other players on the Participant List who have previously played at The Cage on weeknights.

    If you put down the name for another, please ensure the player has confirmed to you that he is able to play.

    Line ups will usually be put up by the day of the game. Any regular can suggest the line ups.

    Bring both a black top and a white top to the game to allow for changes to be made to the line ups at the game itself.

    If having put your name down, you subsequently cannot make it, please withdraw your name below. If you do not have access to the message board, or you have to withdraw after the line ups have been put up, SMS the coordinator or the person doing the line ups.

    If you played last night, don’t forget to vote for your player of the game.

    Weekend games at Turf City

    Add your name below if you want to and are able to play.

    Please read the GIFFA System, Principles and Rules.

    When there are 16 players confirmed, anyone else can only be in reserve. If there are only 10 to 12 confirmed, the game will go ahead on the small pitch.

    If you are keen to play, but take up is slow and there is a risk that the game may be cancelled or there may only be enough to play on the small pitch, feel free to invite friends and acquaintances, or to SMS other players on the participant list who have previously played at Turf City at the weekend.

    If you put down the name for another, please ensure the player has confirmed to you that he is able to play.

    Line ups will usually be put up by the day of the game. Any regular can suggest the line ups.

    Bring both a red top and a white top to the game to allow for changes to be made to the line ups at the game itself.

    If having put your name down, you subsequently cannot make it, please withdraw your name below. If you do not have access to the message board, or you have to withdraw after the line ups have been put up, SMS the coordinator or the person doing the line ups.

    If you played last night, don’t forget to vote for your player of the game.

    As the Saturday afternoon game at Turf City is still relatively new, it is currently scheduled on the small pitch. If we get to 14 players, I’ll check if the big pitch is available.

    • rajiv
      Mon 19 July 2010 at 1:05 pm

      Dhiraj suggested the discussion about line-ups be highlighted. I have added a link in the regular schedule thread to the relevant post. I have also changed the wording of the linked sentence to read “Any regular can suggest the line ups or propose changes to the suggested line ups.”

    • rajiv
      Sun 1 August 2010 at 2:53 pm

      I now have the above information set out more generally on a sticky post under the Schedule board.

      From now on, I will just add a link from each schedule thread for each game to this sticky post. The schedule thread for each game will therefore be very brief.

  5. rajiv
    Sun 2 May 2010 at 2:31 pm

    The summary of the Schedule Board on the GIFFA Message Board now reads:

    Forthcoming games are listed on this Board.

    Our games are currently played at either The Cage (Kallang) or The Premier Pitch at Turf City (Bukit Timah). Click on the links for location maps.

    New players, please either register or e-mail your mobile number to me at [address].

    If you are playing for the first time, go to the correct venue early and ask for the pitch booked in the name of “Rajiv”.

    • rajiv
      Sun 1 August 2010 at 3:00 pm

      This has now been simplified to read “Our regular games over the next 7 days are listed here”. The above information can be found in the sticky post under the Schedule board or the links from there.

  6. rajiv
    Fri 9 July 2010 at 1:52 pm

    As we have resumed games at Sports Planet, I have amended the above to include references to Sports Planet.

    References to references to “Turf City” have been changed to “the Premier Pitch” to be consistent.

    I have made some minor changes to the wording of the introduction for each thread in the Schedule.

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