In my last article, we touched a little bit on the ethics side of things for captains. In this article, and the next, I want to talk a little bit about the more administrative duties of a captain.
In Grifball, as well as many other games, a team captain is also the team secretary. It is the captain’s job to sign up the team and get all of the games scheduled. The first piece of advice I can give you is communication. Talk to your team and the team captains of others. A.G.L.A. and G.G.L. Grifball both have scheduled times and days to play. Make sure first off your team knows your division times. This should have been taken care of before and after you registered but a friendly reminder never hurts. I always try and send out a message over XBL the day before and the day of to my team that we have a game and the time we are playing at.
The next step is to make sure you talk with the other captains. Don’t wait until game night to try and hunt down another team’s captain. I can’t stress this enough, but when you get your season schedule the absolute first thing you should do is look up the other team captains and send out friend requests. Also make sure you have enough open slots on your own account to accommodate them as well. Secondly, check the other team rosters, see if you know any of them, and if possible talk to them as well. There have been plenty of times when I have not been able to get in contact with another captain, but by checking the roster I was able to contact his team and work things out. Unexpected things happen, but with good lines of communication, we can all get taken care of in the end.
So what do you do if you can’t get a game scheduled? First off, don’t panic. The scheduled days and times are really just a guideline for the most part. If you can’t play on your game night, but you can play the next, as long as it’s ok with the other team, then by all means go for it. It’s more important to get your games in and played, than it is to stick to the written schedule. That being said, try and at least play your games in the week they are scheduled. You don’t want to get stuck with half a seasons games to play in the makeup week. This brings us to the makeup week. At the end of the regular season there is one extra week. This is your last chance to get any games in you missed. During this week all bets are off and you will have until the end of the week to play your games. It is in your best interest to play all of your games, even if you have a losing season. My first season we almost made the playoffs, despite losing every game, only because we played every game, when three teams in our division where kicked out for cheating. Remember, taking a forfeit doesn’t help anybody.
If all else fails, and talking doesn’t work, send a message to your admin. Last season TheOneHawk and GreenTeamTex were the A.G.L.A. ammy admins and they did an awesome job with taking care of things. Assuming the A.G.L.A. is unchanged these two are your first stop. For the G.G.L., Kalbelgarion and Goosechecka are in charge of the league, and they are both incredibly helpful, and very quick to respond to questions. Also you could always hit up the Grifballhub.com forums, and any number of the admins, who are all really friendly, will usually get back to you right away.
Now for reporting games. So what do you do when you finally get that big W? The first big win for any team is always a cause to celebrate. Take a moment to bask in your glory and enjoy. You have lead your troops to victory. But what’s next? Well my friend you need to report that great victory. Here’s how: For the G.G.L. they’ve made it really simple, go here: Report Your Game. Now for any other special rules for the G.G.L., just go to the Rules page. You’re going to need to know some of the special rules about forfeits and extra players.
As for the A.G.L.A. , right now nobody knows. I could tell you all about reporting games and other rules, like no tea bagging, but since Reach has started we will just wait until things settle out and we’ll see if there is any changes or not.
One last thing before I forget, for all you new teams. You will lose games. I’m sorry but it will happen. BUT there is one thing you need to know. YOU WILL GET BETTER. Please, do not fall for the old trick of playing both your seasons games back to back against a veteran team. I have seen it happen way too many times. Don’t try and get ahead with your games. Go back, regroup, play some other teams and practice. Then come back on your next game night and I guarantee it will be a different experience.
This article was written by RallyFox and is the second article in this series. You can find the first article here.