Dear Member Associations, players.
The FISTF Board of Directors has worked for the last few months to revise the official Handbook. The last official version is the one listed on the FISTF home page (https://fistf.com/docs/).
A draft version of the revised version was sent to all Member Associations and a range of responses were sent back.
After processing these responses, the Board of Directors has decided to go back to our Member Associations for confirmation or otherwise of sections of the Handbook.
One major change to the Handbook was the removal of all sections relating to the organisation of tournaments. These will now be included in a separate Tournament Organisation Handbook which will be released soon.
Many members offered good suggestions to improve language in the Handbook, make some things clearer, and better explain some sections. We agreed with these and will implement them in the Handbook.
However, it was agreed that where there was an objection to a section, either to the inclusion of the section, rewording, or removal, we would ask for a general vote by the Member Associations.
The sections to be decided by the Member Associations are:
Section 3.3.3: This relates to the provision of a Diploma stating that the Member Association is a member of FISTF.
Section 5.10.2 : Proposes a change to the number of foreign players a club may use in a team competition, from TWO to ONE if the player is listed within the top 200 of the FISTF World Ranking (Open). There is no restriction on the number of players outside the top 200 as at September 1 each year.
Section 5.11: Proposes a new category of transfer, a Loan Transfer.
Section 7: Membership fees and levies.
Section 7: It is proposed that the concept of the ‘Campaign’ be removed, where a Member Nation organizes a group of tournaments, with FISTF offering a discount on the total amount of tournament fees.
Section 7.7.2, It is proposed that if an invoice sent by FISTF to an event organise is paid within 14 days, a discount of 25% will be granted.
Section 9.1.1. The proposal is to change the wording of this section to read: Only for Europe, the third weekend every month (except for June, July and August) should be (rather than has to be) free of Major, Grand Prix and International Open tournaments.
Section 10.1.1 FISTF World Cup general rules – World Cup is now biennial (every two years)
Section 10.2.3 Selection of Players. At the 2017 Congress, it was agreed to remove the U12 category from the World Cup only. The U12 category can still be contested at all other FISTF events.
Section 2.1.1. The members of the Board of Directors and any committees may present a claim for payment of expenses.
Once these sections are defined, the final approved Handbook will be issued before the end of June.
Please note: For more information, we ask that you please liaise directly with your national association.
FISTF Board of Directors
(FISTF will update which associations have voted here)
AUSTRALIA Voted AUSTRIA BELGIUM Voted BRAZIL CANADA DENMARK ENGLAND FRANCE Voted GERMANY Voted GIBRALTAR Voted GREECE Voted HUNGARY Voted ITALY Voted JAPAN MALTA Voted NETHERLANDS NTHN IRELAND Voted PORTUGAL Voted SCOTLAND Voted SINGAPORE SPAIN Voted SWITZERLAND TUNISIA U.S.A. Voted WALES Voted