When compiling the HDWSBBL rulebook, one ruling came up for discussion but we omitted it because we did not think it would ever happen. However talk and whispers have forced our hand on this one.
With immediate effect, the following rule is in effect:
If any coach refuses to play another and deliberately forfeits the game (by refusing to turn up or play) to avoid any encounter, then the coach in question will be expelled from any further competitions in the present season as punishment in addition to the normal penalties for forfeit.
Â Note that there is a clear distinction between not being able to play a game and deliberately avoiding it. When necessary, the league commissioners will make the decision as to if a game is being avoided with intention.
Sorry about doing this. I know we all get attached to our teams and want to win a cup but at the end of the day we are here to have fun. If you donâ€™t like something about the way your opponent plays then please talk to them beforehand or talk to one of us.
The rule book will be officially updated during its next review period.
Andy and Alex