Due to the probability of another major winter snow storm this weekend, the MVDO has made the decision to move the MVDO Open back two weeks to Feb. 2. While the weather is obviously unpredictable it was felt the best option was to move the tournament in case we do indeed get the bad weather predicted. See you all on Feb. 2. Thank you.
If you are missing a plaque or mug from a past season please contact league secretary Sean Rahmberg - phone (314-962-7866) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). He has the following plaques/mugs that have never been picked up:
The following rule and by-law changes will be voted on Feb. 2 at the general election during the MVDO Open:
#1 - Current Rule 10 i: To be eligible for divisional or city playoffs, a player must have competed in at least 25% of the combined available doubles and singles matches as shown in the standings. 4-person team game participation cannot be used in computing a players eligibility - doubles and singles matches only.
Proposed change (for team divisions, team game will count toward eligibility): To be eligible for divisional or city playoffs, a player must have competed in at least 25% of the all available matches as shown in the standings, including 4-person team games in team divisions.
#2 - Current By-Law 5.c (what to be changed is highlighted in bold): No officer of the MVDO shall receive payment or remuneration for their services (except for approved expenses that shall be reimbursed to them at the direction of the Board). The Board may, at its discretion, appoint individuals to perform the duties of record-keeping and standings generation. These positions demand more time than a volunteer worker would reasonably be expected to give. No current Board member may hold any of these paid positions.
Proposed amendment to By-Law 5.c (changes in bold): No officer of the MVDO shall receive payment or remuneration for their services (except for approved expenses that shall be reimbursed to them at the direction of the Board). The Board may, at its discretion, appoint individuals to perform the duties of record-keeping and standings generation. These positions demand more time than a volunteer worker would reasonably be expected to give. These paid position(s) may be held by a current Board member with these existing conditions. If a Board member is currently holding a paid position or is intending to apply for a paid position, that Board member may not be involved in the deliberations on whether to hire him or her, nor vote on any decision on whom to hire. They also may not be involved in board discussions and vote on compensation aspects of the paid position. Any other conflicted board members such as spouse, other family members or business partners should also be excluded from paid employee hiring and compensation discussions and votes. Ideally, at least 4 non-conflicted, independent board members should be available to determine whom to hire and their compensation.
#3 - Format change - In A/B Doubles and all Cricket doubles, the last game of doubles Minnesota (or doubles Spanish in C Division) is worth two points. The proposed change is to make this game worth only 1 point like all other games. If this passed, then a league match could potentially end in a 4-4 tie. This is acceptable for a league match. But for a playoff match where there must be a winner there would then need to be a game added to determine the playoff winner - example another Minnesota game, another doubles game, another singles game. So if you vote to change this to a 1 point game you will be asked to vote on a proposed tiebreaker game for playoffs.
We are taking nominations for the 2019 MVDO Executive Board. If you would like to run for a board position or nominate someone for a board position please contact a current board member (contact info Executive Board page) or send an email to Dave Madison. If you have ideas on how to improve the MVDO or things you wish to change now is your chance to get involved.
* - Dave Madison is running for President but can only accept the position, if elected, if the ammendment to by-law 5.c is passed.
Elections will be held Feb. 2 at Hotshots-Fenton during the MVDO Open.
The MVDO has new fax and recorder phone numbers. The fax number is 314-329-4394. The voice/recorder number is 314-723-6390.
The MVDO is changing the Tuesday and Thursday doubles playoffs. We will now follow the same format as Monday and Wednesday. In the first week of the playoffs the first place team will host the furth place team at their bar. The second place team will host the third place team at their bar. In week two the highest seeded team that won in week one will host the other winner in week two of the playoffs. The Tuesday Open Doubles Championship will be held on the Friday night of Championship week. Thursday Mixed and Cricket Championships will be held on the Sunday after 4-person B/C City Championship Saturday. This change will be implemented this season.
The MVDO is also changing the classification of a 'C' player. Any player rated 120 and below will be considered a 'C' player. We have done this at the MVDO Open for a number of years and will now implement it in league play. What this means is any division that ends up as a 120 or below rated division will be playing the 'C' format and will be eligible for the 'C' City Championship. This will also mean an adjustment to MVP qualification, any 'B' player that is within 20 points of a 'C' division rating will be eligible to win the divisions MVP.
Both these changes will be added/adjusted in the league rules.
If in the course of league play you encounter a situation or issue that requires assistance, here is a simple guide to follow:
Rules/Regulations issue - First, check the MVDO rules on the MVDO website - League Rules. If it is not in the league rules go to the ADO Tournament Rules on the ADO website - ADO website. If you still can't find it, ask your division rep first, reps are listed on the MVDO website - Executive Board. If you can't get your division rep, then try another Board member. If you have a complaint about a rule or regulation, it should be brought up at the preseason captains meeting and if a change is necessary, a vote of the membership will be held at the yearly election/MVDO Open in January.
Conduct/Discipline issue - First, contact your division rep, reps are listed on the MVDO website - Executive Board. If you can't get your division rep, then try another Board member.
Protests - Protests must be filed in writing to an MVDO Board member (an email will suffice). Preferably the league Vice President as they are in charge of protests. Email addresses found here - Executive Board. A $10 fee must be sent in with a protest. It will be refunded if protest is uphelp. The protest process is defined in the league rules - League Rules.