Rule No. 1) The Judges
The winner of the Fair play competition the former year has the obligations to be judges.
B) How many
For each game within a discipline there must be two (2) judges.
Rule No.2) What disciplines
It has to be decided beforehand by the host-country and the judge-country which disciplines will be included in the competition. As must disciplines as possible should be included.
Rule No. 3) What to evaluate
Four different categories will be evaluated :
- The atmosphere on the field
- The atmosphere among the audience
- The number of red cards(offerings off) or similar punishments- depending of the game
- The number of yellow cards (warnings) or similar punishments- depending of the game
Rule No. 4) How to judge one game
Concerning 3a) and 3b) both judges can give between one (1) and (6) points for behaviour (6pints are excellent-1 point is very bad). Note it should be clear that noise as such is not disqualifying- it is how the noise appear. Also threatening behaviour will influence negatively the points given.
Concerning 3c) and 3d) it is not always possible to evaluate this (e.g dart, table tennis and pentanque). Also it can be hard for the fair play-judges exactly to calculate the number of different punishments during a match. Therefore we suggest the referee to give a short resume of the game, including the number of different punishments.
Based on the judgement of all four categories there will be found a fair plays winner for that game or the results of fair play competition will be announced even.
The points given after a game is either 2 points for a winning team or 0 points for the loosing team, if a fair play winner is found Or 1 point for both teams if no fair play winner is found.
Rule No. 5) How to evaluate a game
In each discipline the mean number of points (the mean score) for each county will be calculated (No. Of points divided by No. Of games played).
The countries are ranked based on their score. The highest mean score will be the fair- play winner of the particular disciplines, the lowest score will be the losers (remember only to announce the first 3).
For each discipline there will be a ranking based on the score. The country ranked first will get 1 point, the country with the second highest score will get 2 points and so on. In case of two countries having the same rank the countries will split the points between themselves.
For each disciplines, the participating country will get a rank and a score. The fair play winner will be the country with the lowest score in total.
Rule No. 6) who to be announced
The first 3- and only those three- countries will be announced, because no one is interested in who is last and second last.
Rule No.7) The Price
The winner- country must bring home the fair play cup and bring it back for the next festival. Before the next Festival the winner-country must have ensured engraving of their country name and year.
The reason for introducing the fair play competition is that we (the Danish delegation) at the festivals have experienced more examples of unpleasant (and unacceptable) behavior both among players and among the audience, for example deliberately trying to hurt the goalkeeper or throwing a bottle on the field.
This should be avoided. After all the festival should be fun. Therefore we suggest the fair play competition to be held under the motto: “It’s fun to run the Festival”.
We have discussed how to make the rules for a fair play competition. Below please find our suggestions.
As the suggesting country of fair-play competition, Denmark offer to be the judges of the fair play competition this first year. Furthermore Denmark will buy and bring the Fair play cup.
Som I ser har jeg lavet et slogan, hvorunder fair play konkurrencen afvikles: “Det” sjovt at deltage i EuropaFestival, som jeg frit har oversat til: “It’s fun to run the festival”.
In regards to the minutes of the 27th of July 2012, the Danish delegations has the following ideas to things that could be done/changed in order to make the festival more interesting and attractive and in that way make sure that the festival will survive in the future:
- Bring new ideas and people: First of all we think that all the delegations should consider whether they are good enough to bring new people into the inner circle of delegation and to listen to new ideas. Secondly, we think it would be a good idea, if some of the new participants gave their input to what should be changed at the festival. A way to do that would be arrange a meeting during the festival week, where two persons from each delegation who has not been at the festival week too many times participating and those persons might be able to come up with some new and innovative ideas that could make the festival even better.
- Focus n team sport disciplines: We think that the festival should make sure that the majority of sport disciplines during the festival are team sport disciplines like football, basketball, volleyball, petanque.
- Team sport disciplines is more attractive to watch for the spectators, since the level between the teams are not as wide as it is in the individual sports disciplines like tennis, table tennis ect. With team sports disciplines it is also possible for each delegation to involve more of their participants and in that way make the participants feel like they are a real active part of the festival. Doing sports in the national colours, also gives the participants some spirit amongst individual delegation.
- Have B-finals in the sports disciplines; we think it would be great if there were B- finals in all the sport disciplines every year. The B-finals make it possible for all the delegations to play more than just two or three group matches, and be done with those before lunch break. We think the participants like to compete against each other and therefore a lot of teams would be disappointed if they only were to play 2 or 3 matches and their “sport” part of the festival was over. With B-finals it also gives the teams a bigger chance to compete against teams at the same levels
- Schedule the competitions separate from each other: we think it would be a good idea, if as many as the activities/competitions during is scheduled separate from each other, so they do not overlap each other in that way you can make sure that as many as possible of the precipitants has the chance of watching and cheering at the competition, that creates a wonderful atmosphere and insure a team spirit amongst the delegations
- Keep the culture shows as part of the overall competition: we think it is very positive, that the culture shows for the first time in 2012 was a part of the overall competition. We think it should continue like that in the years to come, since it brings more focus on the culture shown and probably also encourage the delegations to perform ever better culture show for every year to come. And it is not to forget that the culture shows are the most important thing for the festival, as this is really something that catches the interest of the local people.
- Make Euro Village attractive for the local community: we think it is vital part of the festival to involve the local community. One of the ways to do that, is to make the euro village and the area where the culture shows is preformed attractive for the local community as well for the festivals participants. To make sure that people want to hang around in Euro Village it will be a good idea that there are benches, table and chairs available for the spectators all around the Euro Village as people will stay longer if there is space to sit.
- Focus on varied and exciting food: we think that it is important that there are served varied and tasty food at breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the festival. The question is if that is possible with the current payment of €40 per participant or if the payment increased a bit?
- Help each other with raising funds for the festival: in order to make sure, that it is economically possible for all delegations to participate in the festival and not least arrange a festival, wr think the delegations should be better at share with which funds they have been able to raise... have they applies the European Union, have they applied local or international companies. By sharing the success each delegation has had before, we might make it possible for all delegations to arrange future festivals. Perhaps the EPF organization would also be able to apply for the European Union for Funds.
- Evaluate the different festivals: we think that the head organization must be better to evaluate the different festivals. All festivals have some good and bad things, and at least lots of things that the coming festivals committees can use. An idea could be to set up and evening meeting at Friday at the pre meeting for evaluation
- Age related events: one of the big strengths for our festival is that we have people in all age groups. But this can also be a big test. In Denmark we had a big success with different events at the night time, but as a host it could be a great idea to think in different concept/events for interaction between the different delegations compared to age levels/