USE OF SUBSTITUTE PLAYERS
If a team cannot field enough players during a regular season encounter and they wish to use a substitute, they must bring a player up from a lower level team within the same division (Mixed / Women) in the ESL. Teams at the lowest level of the Mixed and Women divisions must find substitutes from other teams in the same level of their division. (See 4. for complete rules)
Substitutes must play at the bottom of the team order (i.e. position 4, or positions 3 and 4 if two substitutes) when they act as substitute players. Subs for teams at the lowest level of the Mixed and Women divisions are exempt from this rule. (See 6. for complete rules.)
A player can substitute at a higher level a maximum of 5 times. A player will receive 0 points and his or her opponent will receive 4 points for any matches that the player plays as a sub for a higher level team beyond the maximum allowed. If both players of a match are subs from a lower level and both have exceeded the maximum sub-ups then both players will receive 0 points.
Players may only substitute in the division (Mixed or Women) in which they are registered to play. Ladies players who play on both Mixed and Women teams may substitute in either division relative to her level of play in the division that she is subbing.
The number of times a player has subbed is counted separately between the Mixed and Women divisions. For example, a ladies player who plays on a Mixed team and a Women team can sub up 5 times in the Mixed division and 5 times in the Women division (10 times total).
Teams at the lowest level of the Mixed and Women divisions must find substitutes from other teams in the same level of their division. The sub must play in the appropriate position as determined by his/her ranking on his/her team relative to the ranking of the players on the team that he/she is subbing for. If the sub is ranked the same as a player on the team that he/she is subbing for then the sub must play one below the player of the same rank. Below are examples to clarify the rule:
A team fields their number 1, 3 and 4 players for a match and has the number 5 player of another team to be their sub. The sub must play position 4 that evening.
A team fields their number 1, 2 and 4 players for a match and has the number 1 player of another team to be their sub. The sub must play position 2 that evening.
A team fields their number 2, 3 and 5 players for a match and has the number 3 player of another team to be their sub. The sub must play position 3 that evening.
During the regular season, -2 points will be assessed to the defaulting team for each position that is defaulted while the opposing team receives 4 points. The defaulting team will also receive 0 (zero) points at all non-defaulted positions that are lower than the defaulted position. For example, if Team A defaulted at position 3 and won at positions 1, 2 and 4, then Team A will receive 6 points for the night: 8 points for positions 1 and 2, -2 points for position 3, and 0 points for position 4. Therefore, it is in the best interest of the team to make sure that defaults occur at the lowest positions.
If the opposing team defaults, DO NOT report default results as a 3-0 win; report the match as a default. By being sympathetic to the defaulting team and reporting a 3-0 win, you are unjustly punishing the other teams in your level.
For each position, the team is awarded one point for each game won and one point for winning the match at that position. For example, if a player from Team A beats the corresponding ranked player from Team B 3-1, then the Team A player scores 4 points and the Team B player scores 1 point. The maximum number of points a team can score in one night is 16 (winning all 4 matches). The lowest number is negative 8 (defaulting all 4 matches – see the DEFAULTS section)
CONFLICT RESOULTION AND SPECIAL REQUESTS
Any dispute regarding any league matches, late players, unsportsmanlike conduct and awarding of points must be submitted in written form to the league – such as an email to one of the league executives. The league executives will make every effort to resolve the dispute in a fair and equitable manner. The final ruling made by the league on any dispute is considered to be final and not subject to appeal.
Any special requests, including those that violate league rules, may be made to the executive committee in written form. The executives will discuss and vote on the request. The decision of the executives will be final and not subject to appeal.