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FOREVERSPADES LEAGUE
Standard Rules for All Tournaments
(These rules are in addition to the rules of the specific game being played)
(The League Rules below will override any and all rules listed on the tournament page if there is a conflict between them)
Updated June 1, 2018


GAME

NO LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH SHALL BE USED FOR CHAT ON ANY
TOURNAMENT OR LEAGUE GAME TABLE.
ONE WARNING:          SECOND OCCURRENCE YOU MAY BE DISQUALIFIED
IF LANGUAGE IS FOUND TO BE CUSSING OR ABUSIVE BOX TIME MAY BE GIVEN

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PLAY

STEADY PLAY IS REQUIRED
DO THE BEST YOU CAN
STEADY PLAY IS DETERMINED BY THE TD BY CHECKING PINGS
AND WATCHING REGULAR PLAY OF EACH MEMBER. A MEMBER MAY
PLAY ALITTLE SLOW 'AND' PING WILL BE HIGHER THIS IS STILL STEADY PLAY
AS LONG AS EVERY HAND HAS SAME REQUIREMENTS.
IF PLAY IS NOT STEADY TD WILL ASK FOR STEADY PLAY

THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN STEADY PLAY AND SLOW PLAY

SLOW PLAY WILL NOT BE TOLERATED:
PING WILL BE GOOD BUT PLAY WILL BE FAST THEN SLOW EACH HAND AND
PING WILL CHANGE PER FAST THEN SLOW PLAY
1st--WARNING BY THE TD
2nd--WARNING BY THE TD, THE PLAYER WILL BE DISQUALIFIED

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CALLING A GAME ON TIME

GAMES ARE CALLED AFTER 30 MINUTES OF PLAY EXCEPT UNDER THE
FOLLOWING CONDITIONS:

ALL FOREVERSPADES TOURNEY GAMES ARE PLAYED TO THE SPECIFIED LENGTH OF
HANDS/TIME/POINTS. IF ONE TEAM IS CAUSING DELAYS THAT WOULD CHANGE
OUTCOME OF GAME ADDITIONAL 2 HANDS WILL BE GIVEN OR FINISH THE NUMBER
 OF HANDS IN ENTIRETY OF GAME IF LESS THAN 2 HANDS REMAINING

IF THE TEAM CAUSING THE DELAY IS LOSING, THE GAME WILL BE CALLED AT END
OF HAND AT END OF 15 OR 30 MINUTES DEPENDING ON TIME FOR SPECIFIC TOURNEY
(This is so that no team who is playing at a steady pace is penalized for the slow play of the other team)

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RESIGNING A GAME

A MEMBER MAY RESIGN THEIR GAME
HOWEVER, THE PARTNER MUST CLICK EITHER "YES" OR "NO"
IF THEY CLICK YES TO AGREE, THE GAME IS OVER
IF THEY CLICK NO TO CONTINUE PLAY, A SUB MAY BE ASKED TO FINISH THE GAME
LET TD KNOW YOU WISH TO HAVE A SUB PRIOR TO LEAVING BY STATING ON TABLE
THAT YOU NEED A SUB

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TABLE TALK

ABSOLUTELY NO TABLE TALK IS ALLOWED
ANY TALK REGARDING THE CURRENT HAND MAY BE CONSIDERED TABLE TALK
1st--YOU ARE WARNED
2nd--THE OFFENDING PLAYER WILL BE DQ'd AND MAY BE BOXED

THE REMAINING PLAYER MAY GET A SUB TO COMPLETE THE TOURNEY
IF BOTH PLAYERS ARE GUILTY OF TABLE TALK, THE TEAM WILL BE DQ'd

IF YOU FEEL THERE IS TABLE TALK, YOU MUST STOP PLAY IMMEDIATELY
AND CALL THE TD WHO WILL REVIEW THE TALK AND MAKE A DECISION

IF THE HAND HAS BEEN COMPLETED, TD WILL ASK THAT TABLE TALK NOT HAPPEN AGAIN
TABLE TALK CAN BE A FORM OF CHEATING

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MIA's

TD WILL PUT TIMER ON TABLE THAT PLAYER IS MIA
TD WILL ASK IN LOBBY FOR SPECIFIC PLAYER TO GO TO SPECIFIC TABLE
TD MAY PM MIA PLAYER WHAT TABLE BUT IS NOT REQUIRED TO

A SUB WILL BE GOTTEN FOR MIA PLAYER WITHIN 3 MINUTES SO GAMES CAN
START TO BE FAIR TO ALL PLAYERS WITH GAME TIME/HANDS/SCORE

IF BOTH PLAYERS OF SAME TEAM IS MIA, THERE IS A 3 MINUTE TIMER PLACED ON
TABLE AND TEAM DQ IF NEITHER PLAYER HAS CAME TO TABLE. TD WILL ASK IN
LOBBY FOR SPECIFIC PLAYERS TO TABLE AND PM BOTH MIA PLAYERS IF ONLINE
IN ATTEMPT THAT TEAM IS NOT DQ BUT PLAYERS NEED TO WATCH FOR PAIRINGS
AND BE READY TO PLAY TOURNEYS THEY HAVE JOINED.

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BRB's

THERE IS NO BRBs DURING A NIL ON TABLE
IF YOU NEED A BRB, PLEASE TRY TO DO SO BETWEEN HANDS ONLY
ANNOUNCE BRB BEFORE ANY BIDS OR PRIOR TO END OF HAND THAT YOU NEED
SUB AT END OF HAND

ANNOUNCE ALL "BRB's" AT THE TABLE FIRST
2 MINUTE TIMER WILL BE PLACED ON ALL BRB's AFTER WHICH YOU WILL BE SOFT-BOOTED
AND REPLACED WITH A SUB

TEAM DQ IF PLAY IS NOT RESUMED IN 3 MINUTES (including the 2 minute brb time) PROVIDING
THERE IS AN AVAILABLE SUB. TD  WILL ASK IN LOBBY AND ON SHG MESSENGER TO FIND A
SUB  OR TD CAN SUB IS ABLE TO. IF NO SUB AVAILABLE TEAM WILL NOT DQ FOR NO SUBS
AVAILABLE BUT CAN'T REFUSE AN AVAILABLE SUBOR WILL BE DQ WHEN TIME UP.

EACH PLAYER MAY TAKE ONE BRB DURING GAME
IF YOU NEED ADDITIONAL BRBs PLEASE ASK FOR A SUB AND STAND. IF YOU FORGET TO
STAND YOU WILL BE SOFTBOOTED SO SUB CAN SIT AND MAY RETURN TO PLAY WHEN BACK.

BRBs TIMERS ARE INCLUDED IN GAME PLAY TIME SO PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL WE ALL
WANT GAMES TO BE FAIR AND TO FINISH ON TIME AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.

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BOOTED FROM TABLES

ANY TEAM MEMBER WHO IS BOOTED FROM A GAME TABLE WILL BE ALLOWED
TO RETURN TWO (2) TIMES

TIMER WILL BE PLACED ON THE BOOTED PLAYER AND THIRD BOOT WILL RESULT IN HAVING TO
WAIT UNTIL NEXT ROUND TO PLAY
AND THE REMAINING TEAM PLAYER MUST GET A SUB FOR THE REMAINDER OF THAT GAME

THE PLAYER MAY CONTINUE IN THE TOUR FOR THE NEXT ROUND GAME WITH THE
ABOVE BEING EFFECTIVE FOR EACH GAME


SUB CREDIT

IF A SUB PLAYS THE ENTIRE GAME AND WINS THEY WILL GET SUB CREDIT AND WIN
CREDIT AND RATING POINTS
IF A SUB PLAYS THE ENTIRE GAME AND LOSES THEY WILL GET SUB CREDIT OF
5 RATING POINTS

TD WILL SEND IN SUB CREDIT FORM FOR EACH SUB PER GAME PER TOURNEY
 

SUBS--2 VS 2

2 MINUTE PLAYER REPLACEMENT TIME IS ALLOWED AND WILL BE INCLUDED
IN THE GAME TIME LIMIT

TIMER WILL START WHEN THE BOOTED PLAYER LEAVES THE TABLE
(CALL TD TO START TIMER)

GAME MUST RESUME PLAY WITHIN THAT 2 MINUTES
(ie: you have 2 minutes to request a sub and either you or td to get a sub and game resumed)

DQ OF THE TEAM WILL RESULT IF PLAY HAS NOT RESUMED OR REMAINING PLAYER
REFUSE AVAILABLE SUB. LET TD KNOW YOU WISH TO HAVE A SUB OR YOU MAY GET
YOUR OWN SUB ALSO

SUBS ARE ALLOWED AS LONG AS THEY ARE A LEAGUE MEMBER AND ARE NOT
PLAYING IN ANOTHER GAME OR TOURNAMENT OR PLAY WINNERS OF GAME
NEEDING SUB

IF NO OTHER SUBS ARE AVAILABLE, AND AS A LAST RESORT, A PLAYER ON A BYE MAY
SUB BUT ONLY IF THEY ARE NOT WAITING TO PLAY THE WINNERS OF THE TABLE NEEDING A
SUB OR TD MAY SUB IF NOT PLAYING IN TOURNEY

REFUSING AN AVAILABLE SUB IS A DQ AFTER THE 2 MINUTES HAS EXPIRED, HOWEVER
IF NO SUBS ARE AVAILABLE THE GAME WILL BE PUT 'ON HOLD' UNTIL A SUB BECOMES AVAILABLE

TDS WILL SUB ONLY AS AN EXTREME LAST RESORT AND MAY SUB ON ONE TABLE AT A TIME

SUBS SHOULD FINISH THE HAND THEY ARE PLAYING WHEN THE ORIGINAL MEMBER RETURNS
however, the sub must stand if either team member requests their seat back regardless if in the middle of the hand or not.

THE ORIGINAL PLAYER MUST PLAY AT LEAST PART OF THEIR FIRST GAME OF THE TOURNEY OR
THEY MAY BE REPLACED FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE TOURNAMENT
(This choice will be the remaining original player)

ONE ORIGINAL MEMBER MUST BE PLAYING AT ALL TIMES
DQ OF THE TEAM WILL RESULT WHEN NEITHER MEMBER IS PRESENT TO PLAY
THIS INCLUDES FINALS

IF BOTH ORIGINAL TEAM MEMBERS ARE MISSING THE TEAM WILL BE GIVEN
3 MINUTES FOR ONE OR THE OTHER TO RETURN
(Only one sub is allowed to be playing per team)

IF YOU WISH TO LEAVE THE TOURNEY FOR ANY REASON OTHER THAN AN
EMERGENCY OR INTERNET ISSUES YOU MUST LET THE TD KNOW YOU
NEED A SUB BY SAYING 'NEED SUB' AT TABLE

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SUBS--1 VS 1 (with bots)

NO SUBS ARE ALLOWED IN ANY 1 VS 1 TOURNAMENTS WITH BOTS

FOR MIA OR NO SHOW PLAYERS A 2 MINUTE TIMER IS PLACED
AFTER WHICH THEY ARE DQ'd FROM THE TOURNAMENT

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SUBS--1 VS 1 (with humans)

IN ADDITION TO THE ABOVE

1 VS 1 WITH HUMANS ALLOWS FOR "PLAYER HELPERS"

PLAYER HELPERS ARE USED TO COMPLETE A MATCH IN ROUND ONE IF NECESSARY
TO KEEP THE "HUMAN" CONCEPT OF THE TOURNEY

PLAYER HELPERS ARE ALWAYS REQUIRED IN THE FINALS
ONE HELPER FOR EACH OF THE TWO PLAYERS MAKING IT TO THE FINALS

FIRST PLAYER WILL CHOOSE EITHER TABLE OR SUB CHOICE
OPPONENT PLAYER WILL CHOOSE THE REMAINING OPTION

GAME CREDIT WILL BE GIVEN TO ALL  SUB HELPERS PER SUB CREDIT RULES

ANY LEAGUE MEMBER MAY BE A SUB HELPER
INCLUDING THOSE IN THE TOURNEY
(NOTE: This is different than 2 vs 2 tourneys where subs are required)


PM's & MESSENGER

ABSOLUTELY NO PRIVATE MESSAGES TO YOUR PARTNER IS ALLOWED
WHILE AT ANY LEAGUE TABLE IMMEDIATE DQ AND BOX TIME WILL BE
GIVEN WITH POSSIBLE BANNING FROM THE LEAGUE DEPENDING ON THE
CONTENTS OF THE PM        (Screen Shots required)


OTHER GAMES

TO BE FAIR TO ALL PLAYERS, YOU MAY NOT BE IN ANOTHER GAME OR TOURNAMENT
IF CAUGHT DOING SO YOU WILL BE IMMEDIATELY DQ'd FROM THE TOURNEY
YOUR PARTNER MAY GET A SUB FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE TOURNAMENT

THE DQ'd PLAYER WILL HAVE STATS ADJUSTED--ANY WINS WILL BE REMOVED
ANY LOSES WILL REMAIN
DQ'd PLAYER MAY ALSO BE BOXED PER BOXING GUIDELINES DEPENDING ON THE CIRCUMSTANCES


TABLES

CARDS ARE TO REMAIN CLOSED AT ALL TIMES (unless otherwise stated)

DO NOT CREATE TABLES UNTIL THE TD ANNOUNCES PAIRINGS IN THE LOBBY
FIRST NAMED TEAM WILL MAKE THE TABLE AND THE SECOND NAMED TEAM WILL JOIN
(Either team member may make the table)

NEW TABLES MUST BE MADE FOR EACH GAME UNLESS GAME SPECIFIES DIFFERENTLY
(You cannot stay at a table for your next round game)
HOWEVER, YOU MAY USE THE SAME TABLE IF IT IS AVAILABLE
FOR THE NEXT ROUND

PLAYERS CAN ONLY BE AT ONE TABLE WHILE PLAYING
WITH THE EXCEPTION OF TD's WHO MAY BE HELPING THE TOUR TD


NEXT TOURNAMENT

PLAYERS MAY REGISTER IN THE NEXT TOUR ONCE THEY ARE ELIMINATED FROM
THEIR CURRENT TOUR OR WHEN FINALS PAIRING IS ANNOUNCED IN THE LOBBY
THE PREVIOUS TOUR MUST BE IN THE FINALS ROUND

THIS APPLIES TO THE TD OF THE PREVIOUS TOUR AS WELL AS THE MEMBERS

IF ON THE NEXT TOURNEY THEIR GAME IS CALLED, THEY HAVE A CHOICE OF
GETTING A SUB FOR EITHER GAME.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES CAN A PLAYER PLAY BOTH GAMES AT THE SAME TIME


BEHAVIOR

NO RUDENESS OR ABUSIVE LANGUAGE TO THE TD OR OTHER MEMBERS WILL BE TOLERATED
1st--WARNING
2nd--DQ'd AND POSSIBLE BOX TIME

TO RESPECT THE RIGHTS OF ALL PLAYERS,
ALL ISSUES/PROBLEMS ARE BEST SOLVED IN PRIVATE TABLE OR MESSENGER
PLEASE DO NOT TAKE IT TO THE LOBBY

OUTBURSTS IN THE LOBBY ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE
AND ARE AN ACT OF POOR SPORTSMANSHIP

IF THERE IS A PROBLEM PLEASE FEEL FREE TO PRIVATE MESSAGE THE TD
AND, IF POSSIBLE, INCLUDE ANOTHER TD OR ADMIN IN THE
PRIVATE CONVERSATION TO HELP
RESOLVE ANY ISSUES THAT MIGHT ARISE

NO TABLE SOUNDS ARE TO BE USED AT TABLES
 EMOTICONS SHOULD NOT BE USED IN A
NEGATIVE WAY TOWARD PARTNER OR OPPONENTS OR USED AS TABLE TALK.
THESE WAS ADDED TO TABLES AND LOBBY TO BE FRIENDLY AND FUN. ANY
NEGATIVE USE WILL RESULT IN A WARNING OR POSSIBLE BOX TIME IF CONTINUES
AFTER WARNING.


THE GALLERY AND WATCHERS

VISITORS TO GAME TABLES MAY WATCH BUT MUST REMAIN QUIET
IF REQUESTED BY THE PLAYERS OR TD

IF A VISITOR ON A GAME TABLE IS CREATING A PROBLEM OR OTHERWISE INTERFERING
WITH THE CONCENTRATION OF ANY PLAYER, THE VISITOR MUST LEAVE
IF ASKED TO DO SO BY THE TD OR PLAYERS

NO PLAYER MAY BOOT ANOTHER LEAGUE MEMBER FROM A TABLE WITHOUT THE
TD DIRECTING THEM TO DO SO.....BOX TIME MAY BE GIVEN
TD WILL BOOT IF NEEDED OR ASK ALL PLAYERS HELP IN BOOTING SPECIFIC
MEMBER IF NEEDED.


 

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