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 every week.

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 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 responsibilities -

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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