West Kent Sunday Football League
TUNBRIDGE WELLS COUNCIL PITCHES - CANCELLATION PROCEDURE -
current as of 2nd December 2021
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.
If they say a particular pitch is not to be played on then it is not
to be played on.
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
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
responsibilities. If you are away, please ensure that whoever is
responsible in your absence knows exactly what to do and whom to
call. We suggest this order of priority.
1. Call the Opponents - it gives them time to contact
their players. If your game is called off or is in doubt any time
after, say, Saturday afternoon, we ask you to TELEPHONE your
opponents rather than rely on email or text message. If your
opponents travel unnecessarily they may be able to claim expenses
against your club.
2. Call the Referee - it gives them time to move to
another game. Contact your the 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 only to find no-one there, he/she will be entitled to their
fee and expenses which the home club will have to pay.
3. Call or Text the League's Referee's Secretary to
confirm the postponement
4. Call or Text the League's Fixtures Secretary to
confirm the postponement. For a County Cup game, please also follow
the procedure set out by your County FA.
5. Call or Text your own players - to save them
6. Later in the day, call or text the result reporting service
just to confirm your game was off.
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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