The important thing to remember about this rule is that it keeps teams going, in the past three years it has helped Alfold SC, The Three Compasses and Stout HouseA.
Last season it helped Southwater SC, The Three Compasses and Springbok Club
In other words without this rule teams may have dropped out, and the BHBBL would have had only ten teams and not twelve teams last season
BHBBL PLAYER SHORT RULE
To give a fifth player a chance to arrive the first four games are to be played normally. If after the first four games have been played and a team is still a player short, the opposing captain draws one of the four players to play a second time. The result of this game ill count for the team result, the fifth player’s individual record, but not the player’s individual record that is playing for the second time
This rule can only be used a maximum of six times a season, and once a player has played the extra game, he cannot be drawn as the extra player until the other players have taken their turn
If it is a league match, and it is the away player that is a player short, that player does not have the break, giving it to the home player. After the opening break the rest of the game is played normally. If it is the home team that is a player short, the game is played normally
If it is a Team Cup match, the opposing player has the opening break, but there is no even break
If both teams are a “Player Short” then that game is declared a draw
Although there are problems with this rule, I do not think that any team is mis-using it intentionally
The first problem with this rule is that sometimes a player takes his turn, when he has already done so in a previous match. These are honest mistakes, usually by teams that have to use this rule infrequently. I send them an E-Mail saying who has already taken their turn, and who should take their turn on future occasions
The second problem is that this rule can only be used six times during a season.
If a team uses a rule six times, I E-Mail them telling them that it is OK for them to use the rule again, provided that they have the agreement of the opposing captain.
Last season Springbok Club used the rule six times, whilst Southwater Sc and the Compasses both used the rule an extra time
Maybe this rule should be amended, either to increase the number of times used, or to add the proviso of getting the opposing Captain’s permission for the extra times
What this rule cannot take into account, is the ability of the player playing for the second time, a good player should win whether he has the break or not. Personally I believe that there should also be a penalty for a home player, maybe he should win by a higher margin, say 25%. If the away player scores 1,000, the home Player Short player has to score 1,250, 2,000 has to score 2,500, 3,000 has to score 3,750 etc etc
These two points will be discussed at the BHBBL AGM in July