There’s a lot of talk about the dissatisfaction with the current timeout rules spread among many threads. But Frank has said they’re open to changing the rules if a better solution presents itself. So let’s do it. Let’s build better timeout rules. Not just saying what we dislike about the current rules, but what we want to see. Some key takeaways from the current discussions.
- The punishment doesn’t fit the crime:
Blocking teams out entirely for being late to a match is a disproportionate punishment
Some proposed solutions:
Making being late escalating fouls, removing game pieces from that alliance or adding some sort of increasing challenge
- The experience needs to be more team centric:
Remembering that these are high school students, who are paying a lot of money to be here and have worked very very hard to get to where they are, and that their experience should come above all else
Increased training for Key Volunteers to ensure their rulings are more team centric, some sort of players counsel to ensure participants have a bigger say in this issue and other issues like it.
- Time out rules are confusing and arbitrary:
The time out rules and the time limits involved are confusing and arbitrary, causing headaches and crushed students
Allow timeouts to stack, letting timeouts be called at any time before the start of the match, getting rid of the physical paper component
I’m sure I’ve missed a lot of the nuisances of the discussions and have not highlighted every possible solution, but I think it is important to not just say why the current rules are wrong, but what we want the new rules to be. If we are able to get a general consensus on some proposals, I’d be happy to draft a letter to HQ. But before we get to that stage, I think it’s really important to have solutions not just grievances, and really think long and hard about how the timeout rules can better fit our program ideals, and why at present they don’t.
I would appreciate this thread be more constructive rule changes than general complaints about the timeout rules. This Thread exists to complain about timeout rules, and believe me, I’m sure there’s plenty more people can add to that thread. But anyway we can make timeout rules better and ensure there is NEVER another 0v3 match, or even a 2v3 match for that matter would put a smile on my face.