GammonZone’s tournaments require players to schedule a
mutually- agreeable time to play.
Some, like the league, take place over a period of many
weeks, while others may have a play window of only a few days.
policy is that all players are obligated to make a good-faith
effort to communicate promptly and clearly by Email as to their
realize that sometimes players may not have compatible schedules
due to time zones or lifestyles.
do not have any fixed rules for handling situations where
matches are not played. However,
the following guidelines will apply:
Our preference is that all matches be played.
If one player makes a good-faith effort to schedule and
the other does not, the one who attempts to schedule will be
awarded a win by forfeit. If
neither attempts to schedule, the match will be declared a “no
result” and neither player will advance.
If both players have attempted to schedule but one has
made more of an effort than the other, we will advance the
player who made the greater effort.
We recognize that this may sometimes mean removing a
player from a tournament even though they have met their minimum
In considering good faith, promptness, clarity, and flexibility
are all important. The
following are actions that will serve to best protect a
Contacting an opponent as soon as a match is posted. It is permissible to contact opponents before the match is
posted (for example, if you have reached the 4th
round of a tournament and your opponent for the 4th
round is not yet determined, you may contact both contenders).
b) Being clear and proposing specific times to play.
c) Being flexible, offering as wide a variety of times as
Where a scheduling form is provided, the only form of
communication we will recognize is correspondence via the
scheduling form. Players may communicate in other ways, but doing so will not
protect their rights.
Players who do not attempt to schedule until well after hearing
from their opponent may be expected to play at their
opponent’s convenience. Those
who ignore an opponent’s email for an unreasonably long period
of time may forfeit the right to play at all.
The time frames will be considered in the context of the
event and the time window to play. If a match has a 5-day window, we would expect players to
have exchanged proposed times to play by no later than 2 days
prior to the deadline.
It is players’ responsibility to send scheduling proposals, to
check their email frequently, and to ensure that they are
receiving their Email. If
we have functionality problems with the scheduling form we will
notify players, but players are cautioned that some Email
“junk mail” filters may block scheduling email. It is the player’s responsibility to ensure that their junk
mail filters are set so that they can receive scheduling email.
GammonZone does not provide technical support for email.
We will make a greater attempt to avoid forfeits and “no
results” in late rounds of tournaments than we do in earlier
rounds. This does not lessen players’ responsibilities to schedule
Players who unreasonably delay scheduling, or do not appear for
a confirmed time to play, may be penalized.
Penalties will take the form of points forfeited at the
beginning of a match (or a full match or more in the case of
best-of series). We
will consider the totality of the circumstances including the
player’s past behavior in scheduling, amount and type of
notice given, and attempts to schedule the current match.
We will not give any consideration to the cause of a
delay or no-show, as we have no way to verify individual
Sometimes, players may enter a tournament when they know their
availability to play may be limited. If a player reaches a
point in the tournament when they do not have enough flexibility
to schedule a mutually-agreeable time, we may have to remove
them from the tournament out of fairness to their
opponent. We run many tournaments, and there is always
another opportunity to play in the near future.