I’m looking for advice and feedback on how to handle a particular situation that I have witnessed 4 times by the same person. 3 of those times I was the TD, the other time I was playing in a tournament that I was not the TD. No actions were taken by any TD’s during these 4 times.
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The issue: Said player makes it to the finals, which is PAPA style, 3 game format. After 2 games said player is either mathematically eliminated from advancing out of his group or the player is guaranteed last place overall. In three of the incidents, the player was not going to advance to the next round and simply plunged all 3 balls. In the fourth incident, the player was in the final group and was guaranteed last (4th place overall) and plunged all 3 balls. Said player gets extremely upset with oneself when they lose, thus refuses to play.
Now, I know the IFPA has a section in the rules titles Interference, Collusion, & Cheating that states something along the lines of “or to otherwise refrain from making the best possible competitive effort on each and every game played, will be looked upon very poorly and may result in disciplinary action.”
I do know that the most recent incident with said player allowed player B to advance by default. Meaning had this specific player played, and tried their best, they could have knocked out Player B and allowed player C to advance. I will also point out that this person has no ties to anyone at the tournament and could care less who wins or loses, they simply plunge because they are upset with their own play.
So, how should I handle this moving forward? Do nothing? Or take action? Said person will be playing in 2-3 more events that I run this year and it’s definitely possible this situation arises again, whether it be with this player or another player.