V.  Tournament Policies 


All GammonZone tournaments will adhere to the following policies:

 

1.  Types of Tournaments That We Offer

You can view detailed information about our tournaments here.

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2.  Our Official Tournament Schedule

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3.  Consistency

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4.  Favoritism

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5.  Deciding Things Randomly

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6.  If You Are Late For a Tournament

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7.  Kibitzing

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8.  Start the Game Already...

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9.  Making Your Moves

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10.  Slow Play

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11.  Host Authority

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12.  Entering Our Web-based Tournaments

You can view more detailed information about our tournaments here.

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13.  Scheduling In Our Web-based Tournaments

Many of 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.

Our policy is that all players are obligated to make a good-faith effort to communicate promptly and clearly by Email as to their availability.  We realize that sometimes players may not have compatible schedules due to time zones or lifestyles.

We do not have any fixed rules for handling situations where matches are not played.  However, the following guidelines will apply:

1) 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 scheduling obligations.

2) In considering good faith, promptness, clarity, and flexibility are all important.  The following are actions that will serve to best protect a player’s rights:

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 possible.

3) 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.

4) 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.

5) 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.

6) 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 effectively.

7) 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 circumstances.

8) 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.

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14.  Pairings In Our Tournaments

In our in-room tournaments, we pair players for each round as they become available.  We will usually do these in the order that players report wins, but we may not always do this.  The host may not see a posted win, or a player may request a break.  We will not intentionally try to assign or not assign any pair of players in any round.  It is not permissible to delay posting a win to influence the opponent you play, and the host may adjust your assignment if you take too long to post a win.

Sometimes we may assign a match in error.  This might happen for a wide variety of reasons.  If a match is started, or completed, that should not have been played, the result will be cancelled.  Even if the players meet later in the same tournament, and even if the fact that the match was assigned was our mistake, the original result will not count regardless of what that result was.  The same rule applies if players play a match that was not assigned.

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15.  Restricted Entries

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16.  Qualified Entries to Gammon Cup and ToC

You can view more detailed information about the Gammon Cup and our Tournament of Champions here.

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17.  A Couple of Things We Consider Unsportsmanlike

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18.  Ugh, I've Been Suspended From GammonZone...

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Page last updated: 07/15/13 18:28 -0700