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San Diego Slow Play Penalties

The following blurb was published every day in the San Diego Fall NABC Bulletin:

Slow play, especially habitual slow play, is a violation of law and subject to penalty. When a pair has fallen behind, it is incumbent on them to make up thetime lost as quickly as possible whether at fault or not.All players are expected to make a concerted effort to catch up when they have fallen behind, regardless ofthe reason for their lateness.In the absence of compelling evidence to the contrary, the director should presume that a pair finishing a round late by more than two or threeminutes on more than one occasion during a sessionis responsible for the lateness. There is a strongexpectation that the director will penalize such apair. The size of a penalty will tend to increase forsubsequent instances of slow play and for chronic oregregious slow play.While warnings typically will be given before apenalty is assessed, failure to do so in no way limits thedirector’s authority to issue a penalty.Players are expected to be aware, in a generalsense, of time used and remaining in a segment inwhich they are playing regardless of whether a clockis in use or a time announcement has been made.An excuse of “no announcement” or “no clockimmediately visible” will not be considered persuasive.In consultation with the DIC of the tournament,the TD may require that a particular pair not play in aspecified segment, not play against a specified pair ornot play together as a pair. The foregoing is expectedto be applied only due to egregious circumstances or tounduly repetitious offenders.An appeal of an action taken by a TD with regardto time may be taken to the Director in Charge of thetournament, and no further. For NABC+ KO events,the TD is charged with the responsibility to ensure thateach KO match segment finishes within the allottedtime. While a time monitor may be employed, the lackof a monitor in no way limits the TD’s authority toapply one or more of the remedies listed below.The TD may choose to ignore an occasional minorlate finish. The TD may remove one or more boardsfrom a segment. The TD may award no score (whenneither team is more at fault), an assigned score (whena result already exists at one table which the TD wishesto preserve) or an artificial score in IMPs. Every effortshould be made to remove boards before they can beplayed at either table, but not having done so does notpreclude removing one or more later.


My personal experience was that even repeatedly waiting to as late as 7 minutes on the clock (out of 15) following three very slow pairs in three different nationally rated pair games resulted in nothing other than a director hovering over the offenders, admonishing them to catch up, with no penalties being issued.

Other than the obvious why write this if it doesn't mean anything, it struck me that the directors were instructed not to hand out slow play penalties.  

So here's a poll. just for those that attended this particular national. 

I personally received, or was at the or in the vicinity of a table, when a slow play penalty was given to a player.
I did not see any slow play penalties, but I know or talked to a player that got one.
I heard about a slow play penalty being given to a player, but did not talk to them about it.
I heard a rumor that a player received a slow play penalty.
I am not aware of any slow play penalties being handed out

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