After much internal debate, I have decided to make the following rule for playoff eligibility…
- One regular season game played in your last 3 regular season games scheduled (6-game regular season).
Simple. Real simple. This replaces the old rule of the “3 games out of 6 regular season games played”. The reason for going with the above is because trying to track 3 games played per player was too much of a burden on me and my staff. Then there is the oft-recurring issue of some regular player you had that’s been injured the whole season and finally shows up near the end of it, then I get the requisite begging and pleading to make him eligible. Well, if he doesn’t show up for just one game out of the last three, forget this season, okay? It’s just one season. One season does not outweigh the integrity of 8+ teams, or how many you have in your division. The good of the many outweighs the good of the one.
With the above, it is now imperative that our scorekeepers check ids before games starting this Sun 2/27, now that we are approaching or already past the last 3 games of the regular season.
Please provide such ids when you fill out your scoresheet. Simply drop them off at the scorers table and the scorekeeper will mark them off. Then return to the scorekeepers table at the end of the 1st quarter to retrieve your ids.
Btw, some of you (you know who you are and, guess what, I know who you are too) have still been using “impostors” during the first few games. This is where you know a teammate is not going to make it, so you ask someone else to fill in, then at the game you sign him up on the scoresheet as the guy who is absent. Well, I’m happy to say that such action was really not necessary. In fact, that person probably messed up game stats for the person he was posing as. And ironically it *could* mess up the new player’s eligibility for playoffs, depending on when you are doing this impostor thing. In any case, throughout most of the regular season we don’t really care who shows up for your games, so long as it’s not more than 3 who would normally play in a division higher. But now, for playoff eligibility purposes, we do care.
We also don’t think 1 game played in the final 3 regular season games is a huge obstacle for you. So if you can’t even get to that minimum, then I would suggest that you honor our rules and just leave your star player who has been injured this whole time (or whatever excuse) off the roster for this season and the playoffs. In other words, if you break the above easy-to-accomplish goal, you can be sure that the league office will bring the hammer down. We are not asking for much in this compliance, that is our take on this.