When selecting a lineup prior to a game, team selectors are allowed to name "emergency" players, who can take the place of any player in the "lineup" if someone has to pull out due to illness or injury. An emergency player can replace a starting player at any moment right up to the start of a game. There are many reasons why a team might name an emergency:
- to give a player in the lineup right up until the game to recover from an injury/illness
- to recognise good performance and encourage a player trying to get into the team ie. they were very close to making the ‘'first/senior team''
- tactics-to keep the opposition lineup guessing who is actually playing on the day
If players are brought into the team from outside of the emergency list the teams are generally fined by the league/association. This is to keep the integrity of the game, supports media outlets, supporters and betting.
If the emergencies don’t end up playing they usually sit out the game or return to their reserve/minor league teams.
This article covers:
- Association admins configuring emergency players
- Team selectors selecting emergency players in lineups in the admin portal
- Coaches and team managers selecting emergency players in my teams
Viewing emergency players on public game centres
Viewing emergency players on electronic scoring
Configuring emergency players
As an association admin, to configure emergency players:
Select the Competition Management main menu item, and then the appropriate Competition, select a Grade, Settings, then the Game tab.
Underneath the coaches lineup limit is Emergency players, this toggle if enabled will allow teams to select a maximum number of emergency players as part of their lineup. Emergency players will count towards the maximum lineup limit if set. Emergencies will also be published on the public game centres depending on the grades publishing settings.
Assigning Emergency players on the admin portal
If emergency players are enabled, as a club admin (association admins can also enter emergencies) select the Game Day menu and find the relevant game via the date field then select the Details button.
From here, I can select my team using Select Team.
There is a new EMG column for line-ups and help text displaying the maximum number of emergency players that can be selected.
Once players are selected, emergency players can be selected. If a player position has been assigned to a player and then that player is made an emergency, the player position will be removed from this player. The player position will need to be reassigned to another player to ensure the player formation view is published.
Emergency players count towards the lineup limits. Selecting an emergency player will remove that player’s player points from the team cap if player points are enabled. Once lineup requirements have been met then the Next button becomes active and the lineup can be saved.
Emergency players can be viewed on the game details page and edited using the edit pencil icon for lineups.
Selecting player positions via my teams
Management access must be provided by your association or club admin in order to select lineups from My Teams. For more information on My Teams click here.
Log in to your Playhq account, then select My Account from the menu in the top right corner. Select the appropriate user and sport (if applicable). Then select the team, relevant game and Manage tab. Then click the ‘'Select Team'' button.
If player positions are enabled they can be assigned when entering players in the lineup.
If enforced the Next button will be inactive. Once all players have a position the Next button is active.
The player positions can be viewed and edited by using the lineup pencil.
Viewing player positions on game centres
The player positions are visible on the game details page and depending on the publishing setting and game status may be published on the public game centre.
Note: For AFL, both teams lineups must be entered and all 18 on field positions assigned in order to display player positions on the public game centre. For Hockey and Netball, positions will display whenever they are entered.
In this example, Footscray FC has entered player positions but Aspley hasn’t entered any players, therefore Footscrays players will display in a lineup view.
In the next example, Footscray has entered all players and all player positions but Aspley has only entered some player positions and players.
In the last example, both teams have entered full lineups with the 18 on field positions being allocated and therefore the lineups tab will display the full game formation view, complete with matchups for the game.
Viewing emergencies on public game centres
Emergency players are visible on the game details page on the admin portal and on my teams and depending on the publishing setting and game status will be published on the public game centre.
In this example, Footscray FC has entered player positions but the opposition hasn’t entered any players, therefore Footscrays players will display in a lineup view with Emergency players.
In the next example, both teams have entered all players and on-field player positions, interchange players and emergencies. As all eighteen on field positions have been assigned, the lineups view will change to a formation view with matchups for the game.
Emergency players on electronic scoring
When using electronic scoring, emergency players will be visible above the ‘'Out’' players.
If a player is moved out of the lineup, they will be moved to the out/roster section and then an emergency player can be added into the lineup by clicking the ''+’' symbol.
To complete the changes select the ‘'Done’' button. Note: If players are moved out of the lineup and they were assigned player positions, the new player's position will be blank on the public game centre and the formation view may change to the regular lineup view. This can be rectified by adding a player position to the added player via the admin portal or my teams if you have management access.