At the correct time (see When can I make a challenge?), choose the 'make a challenge' option from the ladder page (note this link is not displayed when you can not make a challenge).
Your team will then be queued to make a challenge (see How does the queue work?). If it is not currently your turn, the time of your challenge slot will be displayed. You must refresh/reload/F5/whatever the page at that time to make a challenge. When it is your turn, the teams you may challenge (see Which teams can I challenge?) are listed in the ladder and have a radio button next to them.
To challenge a team ...
Matches will only be recognised if played between 9am and 7pm. No games are to be played after 1pm on Wednesday or Saturday or at any time on Sunday. No games outside of term time.
Challenges must be made between 14:00 and 21:00 on a Sunday, for fixtures to be played between Tuesday and Saturday (inclusive) of the same week.
In addition, teams who didn't lose or forfeit their previous challenge will be permitted to make a challenge from 11:00 on a Sunday.
Teams that are in your ladder, do not already have a challenge are not too high in the ladder places ahead of you (see table below). We have also introduced the rule that you may only challenge teams above you.
|Your position in ladder||Number of places ahead that you can challenge|
|1 - 5||2|
|6 - 11||3|
|12 - 18||4|
|19 - 28||6|
If your team has been challenged the details of the game will be shown on the ladder page. Teams can only have one ladder game per week so if you have already been challenged you will not be able to make a challenge for that week.
If your team has been challenged the ladder page will give you the option to confirm whether you will be attending the challenge. It is common courtesy to let your opponents know whether you will be attending a game but as many teams have not bothered to do this in the past it is now a requirement that teams must confirm through the web site that they will be attending a challenge at least 12 hours before the game is due to take place. Teams that do not do this forfeit the game.
Even if your team cannot attend a challenge it is still expected that you indicate this on the web site so your opposition can cancel their pitch booking.
Any member of a team can confirm whether the team will be attending a challenge but please note this cannot be changed once it has been entered so you are advised to check with your team before entering this information. If you enter the incorrect option do NOT email the exec but contact your opposition directly.
We decided to write a queuing system because unlike with the notice board, the online challenge system would allow concurrent challenges to be made; in the time it takes from the ladder page loading to you clicking 'Proceed with challenge', a team may challenge you or the team you are challenging may make a challenge or be challenged themselves etc. In each of the aforementioned cases your proposed challenge would not be allowed.
The basic facts it will help you to know are
A number of reasons exist why you may not currently be eligible to challenge any team. Common reasons are
1this will only be in very rare circumstances where it is felt your conduct has a negative impact on the enjoyment of the game.
The reference time the system uses is displayed clearly on the homepage.
The rules are stipulated, ultimately, to increase the overall enjoyment of the game for all. Please do your best to keep to the rules wherever reasonably possible, but see the note below.
Competing captains may choose to play by a slightly different set of rules if they agree upon it before the game. If there is any argument about whose rules to play by, however, then these default rules must be used.