Recording of psyches and deviations
A few years ago our county started to keep a log of all psyches and other "deviant behaviour" that players requested the TD to record in county events. (Before then I imagine report-of-hand forms were just downloaded onto the TD's personal laptop and forgotten after a few weeks.) Last week a player wanted a psyche / deviation in a club game recorded. When I said it was up to the club committee (as the tournament organiser) to keep its records rather than the county organisation, he argued that the county should keep oversight of all psyches that occur in club games as well, otherwise players could get away with low-frequency psyching in different clubs around the county that adds up to higher-than-acceptable frequency overall. (If you take this argument further, to stop players psyching too frequently in clubs in different county organisations, the EBU or even the WBF would have to be informed of every hand report.)
Do other counties have policies to deal with this? What do you think they should do? Possibilities I can think of are:
- Leave it to the clubs and have nothing to do with it.
- Actively encourage all affiliated clubs to pass on reports to the county committee for recording centrally.
- Accept only reports that the club committees (rather than the players involved) think should be passed on.