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Discussion: Rules for forfeiting seeding games

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July 8, 2023
Se11out
10 posts
Rules for forfeiting seeding games
What are the rules or penalties for forfeiting your seeding games in a qualifier?
July 8, 2023
HSquared
Men's 60
140 posts
See Rule... 15.5 TEAMS MUST PLAY SEEDING GAMES in the official rule book.
https://seniorsoftball.com/wc/wc2023/SSUSA-Rulebook-2023-Web.pdf (page 77)
July 8, 2023
DaveDowell
Men's 70
4247 posts
15.5 TEAMS MUST PLAY IN SEEDING GAMES
Teams must play in the round robin, or preliminary rounds, of the tournament to be eligible to play in the finals. At the discretion of the tournament director, teams not playing one or more round-robin, or seeding game, will be seeded last in the elimination bracket finals and will receive an automatic loss in that game, forcing them to the loser's bracket of the elimination rounds.
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There is a provision in the rule to allow for T.D. "discretion", and I'm guessing you didn't ask this question just out of a pure quest for knowledge on an obscure Senior Softball rule ... As a director, I almost always impose the "last seed" option, simply because playing one game less than the rest of the field is an indisputable advantage ... But I also look to the overall circumstances on imposing the fairly harsh force-down into the elimination bracket ...

As an example: If your team couldn't get there because of a wreck on the freeway and the road was closed, preventing you from getting there on time, I'm probably not likely to forfeit you out of round #1 ... But if you didn't show up on Friday because you just didn't want to, or because you didn't like who you were scheduled to play, and you didn't bother to extend the courtesy of letting the T.D. and/or your opponents know, then I would respectfully welcome you to the Elimination Bracket if/when you do show up ... It's not an automatic, so plead your case ahead of time with the T.D. if you find yourself in this situation ... Good luck ...

Aug. 23, 2023
JayPar
2 posts
Last year we had a Hurricane Gere in Florida that shut everything down on the day the Vegas world's began. We were all payed up. Qualified and just figured oh well looks like we won't be going this year. But enough guys wanted to try and go any means possible so we decided to drive 5 hrs to an open airport just to get to Vegas by Friday at 2am only to be met with being bumped into the loosers bracket and start at 8am the same day. There was no sympathy given for a team that had just gone through a devastating hurricane. What you did was let us pick up some guys from other Florida teams that weren't able to make it either. So that we had 10 to make a team..we didn't play well on Friday getting no sleep and by Saturday we were done..why weren't we given a pass or something after the hell we went through just to get there and compete..wasnt like we were saving our players and energy for the games that mattered..
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