Wet Weather - What to do12 April 2018
What to Do - Wet Weather
Wet weather occasionally forces training and games to be cancelled.
The SSFA clubs determine if games are played on weekends. The Council Wet Weather Line which advises if SSC grounds are closed during the week (Ph: 9710
0105) doesn’t apply on the weekends.
In the event of wet weather:
- Wait to be advised by your team manager
- Check www.gufc.com.au & GUFC Facebook Page for updates.
For early games, the decision may not come before you need to leave for the game. Unfortunately, this is unavoidable, due to the grounds not being inspected
Also note that just because some games are called off, others may go ahead eg Saturday games could be off, while Sunday games are on.
Total Washout Draw - Plan B
In the event that a significant number of fields are deemed unplayable on a given weekend Plan B will be implemented with the 'total wash out draw' in place. That is, the following games will be played at Kareela 2 and 3 at the times noted.
- The teams will be playing the round drawn for that weekend,
- At times as stated on the SSFA website,
- Location for Plan B will only be Kareela 2 and Kareela 3 in 2017
- Teams are asked to assist with set up and pack up if they are the first or last game
- Teams playing at Kareela will be expected to comply with the Criteria for Use of Kareela 2 or 3 including:
- Ground Control requirements for playing at a foreign field (SSFA Rule 30.D) do apply (which includes TWO GROUND CONTROLLERS PER TEAM)
- Teams playing at Kareela will be expected to comply with the Criteria. Note that SPECTATORS ARE NOT ALLOWED INSIDE THE FENCE
Wet Weather 'Plan B' Operation Overview
As Clubs are aware, the long established wet weather procedure followed by the SSFA is that if we cannot play all competition games on the fields available we abandon the day – known as a 'Total Washout'.
The two Kareela 'All Weather' fields provide an opportunity to play additional games when a Total Washout would have previously been declared. In 2016 the SSFA looked to extend this principle by also inviting Clubs to include their fields in the 'Plan B' scenario, however issues of damage to grounds, availability of volunteers and communications became evident.
For 2018, it is proposed that only the Kareela Synthetic fields will be used for Plan B with club turf fields being utilised on an exceptions basis only – rather than as a distinct possibility.
The seven team competitions are presently being considered for inclusion in a majority of Plan B draws in order to maximise their game time. All other competition divisions will be 'placed in a hat' and drawn at random to determine which age/ grade will be drawn to play at the Kareela Synthetic fields (one list for Saturday, one for Sunday). Once 'drawn from the hat' an age/ grade will no longer be eligible to be 'put back in the hat' for subsequent washed out rounds (except potentially the seven team competitions). Note that the Titans will not be drawn to participate in Plan B.
Clubs will be advised of the order that ages/ grades are drawn (refer attached spreadsheet).
As Round 18 is the first round to be 'abandoned', the ages/grades drawn will play Round 18 on the day that a 'total washout' is declared. No other age/ grade will play Round 18 (unless they are also/ subsequently 'drawn from the hat' and another round is a 'total washout'). However once we pass Round 9 the Saturday and Sunday publishing of Rounds each subsequent week will remain in synch (and therefore minimise confusion for future rounds). That is, the attached draw is only valid up to and including Round 9.
Match times will be published in advance to Clubs so that for example the 21Cs who were originally kicking off at 2:50PM somewhere else will know that they are now playing at 08:30AM etc.
COST and OBLIGATIONS
As these games will be 'all foreign games', the costs associated with use of Synthetic pitches will be shared by all Clubs involved (Council have advised that the charge rate to the SSFA is $55 per hour per field). Also it will be expected that Clubs participating in the first game of the day will setup the field, and last game of the day will pack up the field– with the goal posts NOT needing to be removed and packed away at the end of Saturday's play. All Clubs/ teams using the synthetic fields will be required to comply with the 'Criteria for Use' that is attached.
Should the above occur prior to the 4th round regrading, the Round 18 results will be ignored when comparing to higher/lower grades that may be considered for regrading.