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Every year we deal with the issue of league and shorter days. When we start league in March it begins at 5:15 and then moves back as the days get longer. In mid summer we run things at 5:45. But now as the days gradually get shorter we have to cut back our start times. Right now we start at 5:30 and after next week we will start at 5:15. Mid September we go to 5:00 and our last week of league is the first week of October and we start at 4:45. Inevitably this means that we will lose some players. But that is the nature of the beast.
Tonight we had six people show up and we had already flipped when two more people showed up. Sometimes we might just tell them to pair up and then go on. So I asked everyone else what to do and they said to "just play". I believe that is the right thing to do because everyone else was on time and we had already chosen our partners. It is unfair to make everyone re-flip and choose new partners. And so they started calling me names and such. And then after we had already played two holes three more people showed up. One knew he was going to be late but didn't have my number to call me and let me know. The two others probably should have known better because we have been playing at 5:30 for the past ten days. And there was more yelling. In the end we just went on our way and played.
This kind of thing happens every year at this time. I am curious how many other places are even playing league at this time of year. A good rule of thumb is to start the league at two hours before the sunset time. We are a bit ahead of that right now but soon we will be exactly at that time. Next week we will be starting almost exactly two hours ahead of the sunset time. So I think that we are on a decent schedule which allows us to play until the first week of October. When I am running things there will be no playing in the dark and the subsequent losing of discs.
The two hour rule works well and you can easily get sunset times for your location from sites like timeanddate.com. I always try to get the word out early about the starting time changes but it always seems that there are those who don't pay attention. It was supposed to be posted on the front page of the club's website but the guy who runs the site is also a very busy computer guy. So I called him last night and he reassured me that he would post that info.
We sometimes will let stragglers in but after a while it doesn't make sense to do so, especially since our current starting time has been in place for the last ten days. If anyone isn't sure about the starting time they can just ask. That of course means that last night people were just coming up with excuses.
The crazy thing is that last night we had a group of six and play was quite slow and we ended up letting others play through. It took us almost two hours for the round. If we had actually let the two late comers pair up and play we could have had two foursomes and I am certain that we would have ended sooner. But by the time they showed up we had already flipped and chosen partners and when I asked if we should let them in I got "Let's just go". In the end if you want to play this time of year you should be on time. I got called a few names but it is nothing I haven't heard before. Oh the trials and tribulations of running league. Next year I think that I will just sit on the sideline and let someone else handle things.
Columbia, SC has leagues 3 nights a week. The times don't change; they start at 6 pm and run until they can't anymore, then close for the winter.
Long ago a firm line was drawn on latecomers, especially for doubles league. Generally speaking, if you're not there by the time the drawing begins, you're not playing. This was the aftereffect of some people who were chronically late and everyone else losing patience with re-draws and delays.
Just thought that I would post an update here. On Monday I thought that nobody would show up as our Monday league has been somewhat sparse. To my surprise we had nine people and everyone showed up on time. The starting times until the end of the year are now posted on the club's website as well as on a sign at the course. So I wouldn't expect anybody to claim that they didn't know the start time but you never know. Next week we scale back to a 5:15 starting time which puts us right into the two hour allowance for a round and possible playoff. September 19 we go to 5:00. The last day of summer league is October 6. That week in October we will start at 4:45. If you want to know sunset times here is a good site...
As you can see I am using that two hour rule to generate starting times. And I am just happy that here in Colorado we can play league for seven months out of the year.