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Regular Session Or Project FAFI?

Posted by rajiv on 13 May 2009

I envisage that in relation to playing football or futsal, FIOFAFI covers three broad areas:

  1. Individuals looking for a game.
  2. A regular game that is short of players looking for extra players.
  3. The occasional one-off game.

The regular weekly schedule caters primarily for 1.  The system as described under the “Regular Sessions” page is intended to manage the needs of a larger number of participants conveniently.  It covers the following:

  • Venues & Scheduling
  • Confirmations, Withdrawals & Cancellations
  • Numbers & Priority
  • Line Ups
  • Payment

Although session summaries and reports are not currently covered under the “Regular Sessions” page, they’re actually part of the system now, because the results and votes feed back into the rankings and seedings, on which the line ups are based.

For 3, we’ve had the following:

  • Several 11-a-side games on Saturday or Sunday afternoon/evening against various opponents.
  • A couple of 7-a-side games on Saturday afternoon (against Dennis W’s team).
  • A few games for Franco’s colleagues on Sunday evening.

Since 1 February 2009, these have been organized under “Other Activities” (now re-named “OPSAGE”).

Monday nights in the Bukit Timah area fall more under 2 than 1.

There is a core group that will only play Monday nights in Bukit Timah, and several others who, apart from any other day at any other venue, must have Monday nights at Bukit Timah.

The above is not a problem, but it may not be suitable for the “Regular Sessions” page, with a system that includes the following features:

  • Flexibility of days and venues.
  • Early cancellations if there are insufficient numbers.

Anyway, the use of the “Regular Sessions” page to update the confirmations for the regular sessions only started on 8 December 2008.  Before that, it was done on the Schedule post itself.

Monday nights in the Bukit Timah area has always been different, even when we used to play at Bukit Timah campus.  Several of the regulars would like to have more say over line ups and colours.   Perhaps those who play Monday nights at Bukit Timah enjoy it more because it is different.

In any event, all the bookings for Monday night at Turf City up to the end of June 2009 have been transferred to Tom.

To move this along, I suggest that any Bukit Timah regular who is an author (Tom, Shankar, Raj/Santi, Rajseran or Damian), and keen to get the following Monday’s game going, put up a post on Wednesday inviting players for the game at Turf City the following Monday night.  Mark L, isn’t it time you were added as an author? 🙂

If no one else does it, but I know that there is a booking available, I’ll do it.

I won’t schedule any other session for Monday night for now.

Whether there are sufficient players for the game to go on, who gets to play and line ups will be left to the Bukit Timah/Turf City regulars.  The participant who has the bookings in his name will probably have the final say.  Up to the end of June 2009, that will be Tom.

The above details can be added as comments to the Wednesday post, or put up in a fresh post over the weekend or on Monday by any of the authors.

I will continue to update the link on the OPSAGE page to the latest details for the Monday night game at Turf City.

Apart from scheduling for Monday nights, especially at Turf City, being a bit of a headache, keeping the Monday night Turf City game under “Regular Sessions” is likely to result in more frequent cancellations of the game, as we often don’t have at least 7 confirmed by Saturday night.

Those who are keen to keep Monday nights at Turf City going should get more involved.  We can call it Project FAFI (in honour of Tom, who continues to call the Monday night game “FAFI”).   You shouldn’t just leave it to Tom (or me).

At the very least, if numbers look short over the weekend, and you’re keen for the game to go on, you could always try to get more players by asking your friends, or SMSing other participants who you know can play Monday nights at Turf City.  The telephone list was circulated on 4 May 2009, and updates will be circulated at the start of each month.

If there are enough players for the game to go on, but no one can figure out how to divide the players into two teams, just do what we used to do – everyone turn up in whatever colour you happen to have, and divide the players according to the colours they’re wearing.  If numbers are not even or colours are not uniform, just make the necessary adjustments, with the use of bibs.  I believe Tom still has the red bibs he bought last year, and I think The Premier Pitch also provide bibs.

12 Responses to “Regular Session Or Project FAFI?”

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  3. rajiv said

    I’m trying to figure out what to call the page whereby I schedule week night sessions (and now weekend sessions as well), based on availability of pitches and participation trends, and which unfold each week in a routine manner. Convenience is an important factor here.

    Other games etc falling under OPSAGE may or may not be regular, but they’re not necessarily routine.

    The former used to be called “Current Schedule”, and is now called “Regular Sessions”, but it doesn’t seem to capture the routine nature of the scheduling and sessions.

    “Routine Schedule” I suppose.

  4. […] by rajiv on Sat 23 May 2009 I thought I’d summarize the entire routine session system in one post.   The routine session system comprises […]

  5. rajiv said

    The scheduling post each week for the following Monday’s FAFI game will continue to be put up on Wednesday or Thursday, after the schedule for the weekend sessions but before the schedule for the mid-week sessions.

  6. […] City, but can’t make either Saturday or Sunday.  In time, some of them may also play the FAFI game on Monday nights at Turf City, so increasing the pool of players available for the FAFI […]

  7. […] by rajiv on Thu 4 June 2009 Monday nights at Turf City are referred to as “Project FAFI” because it is more of a collective […]

  8. […] by rajiv on Thu 11 June 2009 Monday nights at Turf City are referred to as “Project FAFI” because it is more of a collective […]

  9. […] by rajiv on Thu 18 June 2009 Monday nights at Turf City are referred to as “Project FAFI” because it is more of a collective […]

  10. […] ups between themselves.  Rajseran has taken on the responsibility for determining line ups for the FAFI game on Monday […]

  11. […] night at Turf City is FAFI – a group of regular participants who run the game themselves.   The reference to […]

  12. […] Project FAFI showed that any regular participant could organize regular games, with Tom and Rajseran organizing the Monday night games at Turf City, and the bookings in Tom’s name. […]

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