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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2015 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seems to me that the easiest thing to do would be to abolish the current Super Series/World Tour ranking format altogether and adopt a new tournament rating system for each event on the Tour. That way the ITHF and countries could hold as many tournaments as they wish to allow on the Tour, but each event would be individually rated by the number of ranked players in attendance. It would take some work to create the new system but I think the results would be favorable to everyone. It worked very well in the early days of the USTHA and CTHA NA Ranking System.

Also, I feel that the results of the World Championships which are held every two years should not be used in a player’s world rankings calculation. Why? Because it is not an inclusive tournament. It only benefits those players that are chosen to be on their national team. I see where it can affect many players ranking spots in Europe along with giving a huge ranking advantage to those players from NA who attend over those players who can‘t afford to go.

This should be seriously considered and discussed by the ITHF Exec Committee if they are in fact concerned about an accurate ranking system.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2015 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, so the voting is done...here's how it played out...

1) Should there be a limit on the number of level-2 World Tour tournaments per country?

Yes 7
No 6

2) If there is a limit on the number of level-2 World Tour tournaments per country, what should that limit be?

1 had 8 votes
2 has 3 votes

3) If there is a limit on the number of level-2 World Tour tournaments per country, should the proposed "Extra" Super Series / Majors tournaments be allowed, with full World Tour points, but level-3 world ranking points?

Yes 5
No 8

4) Should the World Tour points system be changed to the proposed 200/180/160 system?

Yes 12
No 0

5) Should only one World Tour tournament in each country count towards a player's World Tour points total?

Yes 2
No 10

6) Should the host of the World Club Championships (which is to be held at most once every two years) always be allowed to host a Super Series tournament on the same weekend as the World Club Championships?

Yes 10
No 3


The ones that passed go into effect immediately. The bottom line is that Kursk, Russia will be allowed to be a Super Series tournament for this tour year (but next year, Russia will have to decide which two tournaments out of their 3-5 best ones get that designation, and one suspects they'll keep it in St. Petersburg and Moscow). And the new points value for the Tour Year Ranking (as opposed to the World Ranking) will go into effect. 200 for winner of a Super Series, 180 for a Major, 160 for a World Tour date (which is all of the ones in North America).

As for a major overhaul of the ranking system...they just made a bunch of changes and are waiting to see how it all works. Martin Arenlind, who is pretty smart about this stuff, is back on the executive committee.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2016 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, two new rounds of voting for the International Table Hockey Federation on some Stiga questions. Going to try to copy-and-paste the info below so that you might know of it, and provide feedback if you'd like.

The ITHF Executive Committee hereby announces a Delegates Conference, to be held next month.

The voting will take place in two rounds:

Round 1 from 8/3/2016 to 14/3/2016

Round 2 from 15/3/2016 to 21/3/2016

There will be 15 questions to answer, as described in the attached file.

The 13 countries that qualify to take part in this vote are as follows:
Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Norway, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the USA.

Proposals 14 and 15 involve changing the ITHF Constitution, so these require a two-thirds majority of those entitled to vote (i.e. 9 votes). All the other proposals require a simple majority of votes cast.


Agenda

March 2016 Delegate Conference

Round 1

8th - 14th of March 2016

Votes

1. Passing from defender to goalkeeper to defender

2. Timer malfunction

3. Parallel timer

4. Five-second rule

5. Faroe Islands

6. Kosovo

7. Dress code

Round 2

15th - 21st of March 2016

Votes

8. Substitutions during team competitions

9. Ending knock-out team matches as soon as winner is known

10. Allowing group matches in team competitions to end when the winner is known

11. Mandatory referees

12. Websites

13. One team per country in all categories at international championships

14. New way to gain active membership*

15. Extra votes for some countries*

* Proposals 14 and 15 involve changing the ITHF Constitution, so a two-thirds majority of

those entitled to vote is required. Other proposals require a simple majority of votes cast.

Round 1:

1

Vote

Passing from defender to goalkeeper to defender

Information

Some players have complained about the common situation when one defender feeds the

puck to the goalkeeper, who moves the puck along the goal-line to the other defender. The

complaint is that this enables a player to keep the puck for a very long time (e.g. 15 seconds)

without the opponent having any chance of getting the puck. As a solution, the following new

game rule has been suggested:

"If a player passes the puck from one of their defenders to their goalkeeper in a way that is

impossible for the opponent to intercept, the player is not allowed to then pass the puck from

their goalkeeper to their other defender in a way that the opponent cannot intercept. If a

player makes these two passes in succession, a face-off occurs, whereby the opponent can

drop the puck."

Question

Should this pass combination be banned by adding the proposed rule?

Options

YES

NO

2

Vote

Timer malfunction

Information

Game Rule 4.5 currently says:

"If the match has to be played from the start again (e.g. if the timer malfunctions), both

players keep all goals they scored during the interrupted match."

This can be interpreted to mean that an extra 5 minutes must be played whenever a timer

malfunctions. However, this conflicts with Game Rule 4.1, which says that matches last 5

minutes.

The EC believes that Game Rule 4.1 must have priority whenever possible. Therefore, the

EC suggests removing the reference to timer malfunction from Game Rule 4.5 and adding

the following new Game Rule 10.5 instead:

"If the timer malfunctions, play must be suspended. It is then necessary to determine how

much time (if any) still has to be played, so the total match length is as close to 5 minutes as

possible, and to ensure that no goals scored after 5 minutes count. If this cannot be decided

via technical means, the organizer is responsible for implementing this rule during group

rounds; during play-offs, this is the referee's responsibility, but if there is no referee, the

players must agree on how best to implement this rule."

Game Rule 4.5 would then only say the following:

"When play resumes after an interruption, both players keep all goals they scored during the

interrupted match."

Question

Should these changes to the rules on timer malfunction be introduced?

Options

YES

NO

3

Vote

Parallel timer

Information

In order to minimise timer malfunction problems, it is suggested that organisers of ITHF

tournaments must operate a parallel timer as a back-up, in case the main timer malfunctions.

This could be in the form of a video camera, mobile phone etc.

Question

Should organisers have to operate a parallel timer?

Options

YES

NO

4

Vote

Five-second rule

Information

It has been said that the 5-second rule is too vague.

Currently, Game Rule 8.3 is as follows:

"If the puck is kept in possession by one figure without passing or shooting, a warning can be

given by the opponent after five (5) seconds has elapsed since the figure gained puck

control."

So the rule does not say what must happen after this warning.

The EC suggests changing Game Rule 8.3 to the following:

"If the puck is kept in possession by one figure without passing or shooting, a warning can be

given by the opponent after 5 seconds. Within 1 second after a valid "5 seconds" warning,

the puck must enter an area where it is possible for one of the opponent's playing figures to

touch the puck, otherwise the opponent can say "stop" and do a face-off. If a referee is

present, a possession timer can be used, which gives one signal at 5 seconds and another at

6 seconds: here, the referee (or second official) can reset the timer whenever the puck

moves from one figure's area to another and can allow the non-offending player a face-off if

the 6-second signal sounds."

An example of such a possession timer is available on the ITHF website (for use on Android

phones).

Question

Should the suggested change to the 5-second rule (Game Rule 8.3) be made?

Options

YES

NO

5

Vote

Faroe Islands

Information

The countries that players can represent at European Championships are listed in

Tournament Rule 2.5 iii. This list currently does not include the Faroe Islands.

Question

Should players be allowed to represent the Faroe Islands at European Championships?

Options

YES

NO

6

Vote

Kosovo

Information

The list in Tournament Rule 2.5 iii does not include Kosovo either.

Question

Should players be allowed to represent Kosovo at European Championships?

Options

YES

NO

7

Vote

Dress code

Information

In order to enhance the image of table hockey, it has been suggested that a dress code be

introduced for the highest-profile competitions: World Championships and European

Championships. The rule would be as follows:

"At World Championships and European Championships, it must be clear which nation a

player represents. All players shall play in their national team shirt. This could be a simple T-
shirt with a symbol, flag or colors representing the nation."

Question

Should the suggested dress code be introduced at World Championships and European

Championships?

Options

YES

NO

Round 2:

8

Vote

Substitutions during team competitions

Information

According to Tournament Rule 2.5 x, which applies to international championships:

"Substitution of players during team matches is forbidden."

However, it is now common for organisers to request an exception to this rule. Substitutions

have been allowed at international team competitions for quite some time. Therefore, the EC

suggests changing Tournament Rule 2.5 x to the following:

"Substitution of players during team matches is allowed between each 5-minute round. Once

a player has been substituted, that player cannot play again in that team match."

Question

Should this rule-change be made, so as to allow substitutions?

Options

YES

NO

9

Vote

Ending knock-out team matches as soon as winner is known

Information

In order to eliminate unnecessary matches during team competitions, thus making them

more interesting for spectators and reducing strain on the schedule, the EC suggests that all

knock-out matches (e.g. play-offs) in team competitions should end automatically as soon as

the winning team is known. The final score would remain as it is when play stops.

Question

Should knock-out matches in team competitions end automatically as soon as the winning

team is known?

Options

YES

NO

10

Vote

Allowing group matches in team competitions to end when the winner is known

Information

For the same reasons mentioned in the previous item, the EC also wants to enable group

matches to end as soon as the winner is known. However, sometimes "goal difference" is

important in group matches, so the EC suggests this should only be allowed if both teams

agree. The rule would then be as follows:

"Group matches in team competitions can be ended as soon as the winning team is known, if

both teams agree. In this case, the final score remains as it is when play stops."

Question

Should the suggested rule be introduced, so group matches in team competitions can end

when the winner is known, if both teams agree?

Options

YES

NO

11

Vote

Mandatory referees

Information

It has been suggested that referees should be mandatory at the most important matches in

the most important tournaments.

Question

Should referees be mandatory for semi-finals and finals at Majors, Super Series, world

championship and continental championship tournaments?

Options

YES

NO

12

Vote

Websites

Information

In order to show that international tournaments are indeed international and not just regional,

the following rule has been suggested for tournament websites:

"Organisers of all tournaments on the World Tour, the World Club Championships, the World

Championships and the European Championships must provide a website with all

information in English. Other languages are also allowed, but English must be the primary

language."

Question

Should the proposed rule for tournament websites be introduced?

Options

YES

NO

13

Vote

One team per country in all categories at international championships

Information

Currently, the first sentence of Tournament Rule 2.5 vii says that, at international

championships: "Only one national team can represent each country in the team competition

and in the women's team competition."

However, other categories (e.g. juniors and veterans) are not mentioned, so the EC suggests

changing the first sentence of Tournament Rule 2.5 vii to:

"Only one national team can represent each country in each team competition."

Question

Should only one national team be allowed to represent each country in each team

competition at international championships?

Options

YES

NO

14

Vote

New way to gain active membership

Information

Article 6.2.1.1 of the ITHF Constitution says active members must "be officially registered by

the national authorities as an organization connected with table hockey".

However, in some countries, this is expensive, so this rule prevents some countries from

gaining active membership, even though they are active members of the table hockey

community.

The EC proposes that countries should be able to bypass this requirement if they show the

EC that they have a democratic organisation. All the other admission requirements in article 6

of the Constitution would still apply.

Article 6.2.1.1 would then read as follows:

"To either be officially registered by the national authorities as an organization connected with

table hockey, or else have a clearly defined system for democratic decision-making and/or

periodic democratic elections of a decision-maker"

Question

Should the proposed new way of gaining active membership be adopted?

Options

YES

NO

Note: This proposal would involve changing the ITHF Constitution, so a two-thirds majority of

those entitled to vote is required.

15

Vote

Extra votes for some countries

Information

It has been suggested that larger table hockey countries should have a greater say than

smaller table hockey countries at Delegates' Conferences. The EC has suggested allowing

an extra vote for countries with 20 or more players in the top 1000 of the world ranking list.

Each vote cast by these countries would count as 2 votes, while each vote cast by other

countries would count as 1 vote.

Question

Should active member countries with 20+ players in the top 1000 be allowed an extra vote?

Options

YES

NO

Note: This proposal would involve changing the ITHF Constitution, so a two-thirds majority of

those entitled to vote is required.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2017 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From Simon Thomas, ITHF president (I am not running again for NA spot...I think Kevin or Sal might run for the board, so NA would continue to have representation.)


Dear national representatives,

The election of the next ITHF Executive Committee (EC) and Legal Committee (LC) will be held in the first week of May this year.

Please make sure that the table hockey community in your country is aware of this, so that anyone wishing to stand for election can present themselves as a candidate.

Candidacies can be announced to the EC via email (executive.committee@ithf.info).

If you require any further details, please contact the EC.

Best regards,

Simon Thomas

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General information about the EC and LC:

The EC is a group of 5 people elected for 2 years, who discuss and vote on a wide variety of issues affecting table hockey worldwide (e.g. promoting table hockey, improving how the game is organised, solving problems faced by organisers and players, and preventing/resolving disputes). These discussions happen via email and continue all throughout the year. For anyone wanting to directly influence the future of table hockey or to actively help the ITHF, joining the EC is the most effective option.

The following EC posts are to be filled:

President
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Continental Manager for North America
Member
Member

If no CFO is elected, the posts will be as follows:

President
Continental Manager for North America
Member
Member
Member

The LC is a group of 3 people elected for 2 years (2 substitutes are also to be elected) who can be called on to resolve certain types of dispute, e.g. between a member country and the EC, or if someone believes that the EC has broken a rule. In the history of the ITHF, the LC has only rarely been called on. It is necessary though according to the ITHF Constitution, so anyone who doesn't have much time, but wants to help the ITHF can do so by filling one of the LC posts.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Swedish Masters news:

Yanis Galuzo (RUS) defeated Edgars Caics (LAT) 4:2 in the finals of the 2017 Swedish Masters in Malmo. Kevin Eriksson (FIN) and Alexey Titov (RUS) shared bronze. The long-running tournament drew 100 players.

Results are here. http://tablehockey.me/eng/tournament/id/1817
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pretty good news from ITHF President Simon Thomas today:

I'm delighted to announce that Sweden, in cooperation with STIGA itself, has officially applied to host the 2018 European Championships at the brand-new STIGA Sports Arena in Eskilstuna, Sweden.

Eskilstuna is easily reachable, e.g. from Stockholm, and the organisers have assured us there will be plenty of affordable accommodation.

The ITHF Executive Committee sees this unprecedented move from STIGA as a great opportunity to improve cooperation with the maker of our game and therefore wants to approve this bid ASAP. If no other bid to host the 2018 European Championships is received by the end of this month, Sweden (and STIGA) will be approved as hosts.

If we do receive another bid before the end of the month, the host will be selected by the Delegates Conference in May.

However, due to the special nature of this bid, we strongly urge rival bidders to instead bid to host the 2019 World Championships. Bids to host that event can now be submitted any time before the vote in May.
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