What to consider when proposing and accepting match dates

Remember when proposing dates and agreeing dates to think about some “what if’s” and could you mitigate against them?; 

  • What if the weather is bad, is there enough time after this date to rearrange and play the match before the last day of play? 
  • What if we need to go to sudden death (or playoff in the ladies round 1), will there be enough daylight to conclude the match on that day if we tee off at that time? 
  • What if some of my core team of 7 players cannot make the date, have I got a list of reserves or alternative players who meet the competition eligibility criteria, so I can still form a full team? Or am I going to have to concede a game in the match due to a shortage of team member(s)

The committee has no direct guidance on these matters but we expect team captains to take this as their responsibility, under rule 3, when arranging a match.