- Jun 25, 2004
That's the simple solution. And I hope they decide to start the next Bogie's Senior event on Thursday evening. I took off 3 day's work thinking they would be starting on Thursday after the draw. Most of the Seniors are retired, so time is not a premier consideration. Everyone was there (except for Steve), and could have played a match or 2 on Thursday.This for our annual members tournament that starts on Friday. The Seniors starts on Thursday and should start Thursday early afternoon as it's on 8 tables.
For other events, as a solution for ultra long play, the TD ought to be permitted to shorten either the race or the ball count. As an example, if a match is tied 1-1 after two hours, then the TD could have their race shortened to 2. Another example would be to shorten their ball counts to 5 or 6 rather than to 8. Some variation of this suggestion could be tailored to any given ultra slow situation.
At one of my 1P tournaments we had a match between two ladies that was painfully slow. After their 1-1 tie, I told them they would play only one more game for the tie breaker, and they would race to 5 balls. They finished in a timely manner.
Shortening the races or ball counts would not affect the integrity of the game, and could be a good solution for an occasional super slow situation in tournament play. Obviously the potential use of this fix ought to be announced at the players' meeting.