Re: Players on roster - illegal players... How does your league handle this?
This is probably one of the 3 biggest issues any rink can face regarding gameplay.
I played in a tournament recently in a B division, where you could only roster 2 players from the A division. After one team's 3rd round-robin game (which had big playoff implications), the tournament director went out on the rink and informed the captain that even though they had won, they now lost by forfeit because they had 3 "A" players in that game, one of which was not on the roster. He caught the error by knowing the players...the opposing team, referees, and scorekeeper had no idea. Some of you may not think that was fair, but it's also not fair to break the clearly-posted rules. (I loved it since their forfeit put my team in the playoffs haha)
In the league I manage, we require sign-in sheets before every single game. The scorekeeper is required to check the names on the sheet vs. the names on the roster, and the # of guys on the sign-in sheet vs. the # of guys on the rink. Rosters are frozen after the 3rd game. These checks and balances eliminate 9 out of 10 problems.
So, what's the only issue here? Guys who actually go through the trouble of signing in under someone else's name (either the ringer who was never on the roster, or the guy who didn't play enough games to be eligible for playoffs). My thoughts on that? We'll do everything we can to catch you, and if the opposing captain challenges the roster at any time during the game, you lose. In certain instances I have caught the illegal roster after the game (believe it or not, I caught them by noting totally different handwriting on the sign-in sheet, and confirmed with the 'ghost player' that he was not there for that game) - and decided to suspend the captain in addition to the forfeit.
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