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Organisation of League Matches


There are a number of matches recently that have finished much later than 10.30pm. This is the time we have agreed with the Parish Council, our landlords, that we would finish and vacate the premises in order not to annoy our neighbours. In addition:

  • We have many juniors playing and they should be finished as early as possible as the following day is a school day and they need their sleep.
  • Someone has to lock up and they do not appreciate having to hang around whilst teams finish their matches late.
Whilst matches can be delayed by lots of 5-setters, there are things that can be done to speed things up. Therefore, please would captains ensure the following:
  • All players should be present by 7.15pm, if at all possible, and captains should be present by 7pm to help set up.
  • Prematch knock-ups should be limited. Umpires should be in place asap so that knock-ups between games can be kept to one minute.
  • Matches should start as soon as possible after 7.15pm as soon as one member of the opposition is present.
  • Finally, if an adjacent match has ended but yours is delayed you should play on two tables in order to finish in good time.


All captains of Three-A-Side teams have a set of club keys so that he/she can open and close, if their team is last to finish playing. Captains not playing on a home night should ensure that another team member has the keys and knows how to open and close.

Please help in setting up your playing space; table, net, scoring table, chairs and dividers. There are match nets in the box marked as such in the store. These are new and are specifically for use in matches so please replace them in that box after matches. They should not be used for open sessions or coaching.

Don't forget to put all this equipment away at the end of the match, as quietly as you to not disturb unfinished matches.

There is a broom in the Club's store which you can use to keep the floor around the table clear of debris. Please replace it in the store after use.


Refreshments should always be offered, and should not delay play.

If you want to brew up for the players in your match, there are facilities in the Kitchen. The Club has equipment in the first cupboard on the right. There is a fridge as well. However, you need to bring your own tea, coffee, milk, sugar and biscuits.

Please note that there is a no-alcohol policy for all matches at the Pavilion.

Please remember that there are other teams playing so keep inter-game chat to reasonable noise levels.

Spare Tables

Teams playing on Mon/Wed match nights can knock-up and play matches on a spare table, if there is one, especially if it helps the matches end in good time.

However, players not involved in the matches should not practise on spare tables. (This practice was reviewed, and the committee thought that the practicing had been disruptive for the matches.)


To obtain a substitute player, captains should consult the contact information sent by the Club Secretary, and contact any member of a team in the division below that they play in and ask them to play. If they agree, let the Club Secretary know. Two-A-Side teams can choose subs from the same division. Don't ask any player to sub for you more than twice in a season.

Don't forget that you are allowed only one sub per match.


To postpone a match captains should contact the captain of the team they are due to play to ask for a postponement. Be sure to give a good reason for the request. If they agree then inform the club secretary and the League match secretary. The captain should then liaise with the club secretary asap to offer at least two new dates to play the fixture with the other team captain. Captains should then let the club secretary and League match secretary know of the rearranged date. No team is allowed to postpone more than two matches in a season without the League's consent. Consult the club secretary if you need to do that.

If the captain is asked by the captain of another team to postpone a match, be aware of the League rule that states THERE IS NO OBLIGATION ON ANY TEAM CAPTAIN TO ACCEPT A REQUEST FOR A POSTPONEMENT OR REARRANGEMENT. However, be sympathetic to any request where a good reason is given.