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Covid Related Rules

Restrictions while the Covid Pandemic continues, as agreed at the
Extraordinary General Meeting on Tuesday 17th August 2021.
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The SCCA Committee have decided that while the pandemic remains, the League should follow government guidelines regarding enclosed spaces. Therefore all matches should be played with face coverings. However, if both/all teams at a venue agree to play without face coverings, they will be permitted to. If any team(s) does not agree, the default position is that face coverings must be
worn.

Fixtures for the ’21-’22 season will be front-loaded, with several weeks at the end of the season explicitly left blank to present as many clear opportunities as possible for rescheduling postponed matches. At the discretion of the SCCA committee, the season may be extended until the end of May to also facilitate the completion of postponed matches.

Teams will be permitted to postpone any fixture if:

  • their playing venue is closed due to a COVID outbreak
  • one or more of the nominated team members are self-isolating or have tested positive for COVID

Teams not meeting either of these criteria will be expected to fulfil their scheduled fixtures. Teams will not be required to provide proof that the criteria have been met, and will be trusted not to abuse this allowance.

Where fixtures are postponed, the Competition Secretary will reschedule the fixture into one of the blank weeks at the end of the season. Where a fixture is for any reason not played before the end of the season, the result will be scored as a 1-1 tie. This applies only to fixtures postponed due to COVID, fixtures postponed for any other reason are subject to League Rule 3.2 as usual.
These restrictions apply only to the coming season, 2021-2022.

Finally, there are a number of League Rules that are affected by the ECF move from Grades to Ratings that have not yet been addressed by the Committee. Therefore, until these Rules can be formally changed at next year’s AGM, the following should be observed;

  • References to “10 grading points” in Rules 2.2 and A3.5 should be taken as 80 rating points.
  • Reference to “grade, grades, grading,
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