West Kent Sunday Football League
TUNBRIDGE WELLS COUNCIL PITCHES - CANCELLATION PROCEDURE - current as of 30th October 2017
In future there will be a message on the Pitch Line (01892 534472)
at 5pm on Saturday, which will give one of three messages.
1. Games are OFF - 2. Games are ON
or 3. Because of uncertain weather conditions, the games may be ON or
OFF but an update will be posted at 9am on Sunday.
This may, on occasion, leave it uncertain until the Sunday but will,
most weeks, give a certain decision on the Saturday, which is much
preferable to the previous way, which has left the decision until Sunday
If they say
a particular pitch is not to be played on then it is not to be
The only deviation from that would be if they pass a pitch fit for
play but, on inspecting the ground before kick off, a referee decides
that the pitch is not now fit. Then the referee's decision is final.
Just to be clear on this - if TWBC call a pitch off our referees do
not have jurisdiction to reverse this decision.
Any clubs playing on TWBC pitches that have been declared unfit for
play face expulsion from the TWBC facilities leaving them having to
find their own ground.
So ring the number at the times listed above and act accordingly.
OTHER COUNCILS ETC
Other district, town and parish councils will have their own
arrangements. Ensure that you are familiar with them. Check on Saturday
evening if possible to assess the chances of a game being called off if
it hasn't been already, especially if your opponents are travelling a
long distance. You can then alert them to the possibility.
CLUB SECRETARIES - WHAT TO DO IF YOUR PITCH IS DECLARED UNFIT
On the subject of procedure when ANY game is called off, the home club has the following
- Ring your opponents AND referee asap to stop them
travelling. Wait as long as possible for an answer. If you
end up leaving a voicemail or text message, ask them to reply as an
acknowledgement. Keeps you covered! If the referee travels to the ground
find no-one there, he/she will be entitled to their fee and
expenses which the home club will have to pay. Likewise there
will be fines and expenses to pay if your
opponents have a wasted trip that you could have prevented.
- Contact Andrew Newman (Referee Sec), Ian Scott (Fixture Sec) and
Angela Barham (General Secretary) - you can do this by email or text message but do so without delay
- Contact your own players
- Go back to bed
- Later on, text or email the result reporting service just to
confirm your game was off.
Also, be aware
that County Cup matches are normally automatically rescheduled for the following
Sunday with a consequent adjustment to WKSFL fixtures. WKSFL matches are
re-arranged by the Fixtures Secretary. WKSFL Cup matches may not necessarily be re-arranged for the following week.
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