Originally Posted by Wes Hansen
Will the seventh match point now always count? Or will teams still be able to shield themselves from losing the point by not playing the seventh point match? (i.e. one team still fields only 6 players against 8. Is the 7th point a forfeit for teams that don't field at least seven now that teams are even larger?)
My independent poll shows players that show like the idea of every match counting.
Mostly the rules will stay the same. The match points that you forfeit by not fielding players are the 4 singles and the 1 doubles match. I am hoping that with an 8 player roster that every team can field at least 5 players every week.
Then, if the teams both show up with 7 players, they can play each other for a bonus match point, but it will not be a forfeit if one side cannot field the 7th player. If both teams show up with 8 players the bonus singles match becomes a doubles match. If one team has 8 and the other team has 7 then the team with 8 can decide if they want to sit a player and play a bonus singles match or play dubs against the other team's cali player in a bonus dubs match.
Like last year, after all of the match points have been played for and a match winner has been decided, the 7 player bonus point is awarded to any team that played at least 7 players in a singles match.