Originally Posted by DanD
We didn't like the 5th singles match because its too random. A team could have all 7 players show all season and never get to play a 5th singles simply because the teams they played couldn't match that particular week. Thats unfair since tie breakers come down to points and that team would be wrongly penalized when they actually had all 7 show.
Teams already try to field seven players for the bonus point. This has been true for many years. We are just trying to give the seventh player for each round (who would normally sit out) the option of a meaningful match. These extra points will help decide the match outcome and possibly be a tie-breaker at the end of the year if two teams finish with identical records.
If a team doesn't like the extra singles match then don't play it. If you only have six players for a match you won't forfeit any points and you won't get the 7-player bonus, just like it's been.
To my mind this new rule has hardly any downside and makes the matches a lot more fun, especially when traveling far away from town. It always bothered me that two of my players drove all the way to Sorosis/Adair/Trojan and only got to play one match. This isn't a big change and I definitely think we should try it this year.