A player is unable to play in the third round of the club’s triples championship because of work commitments. A substitute is found. During the game the player arrives because work has finished early. As the team is well in the lead the player decides to retire to the bar and to allow the substitute to finish the game. Is this permissible?
No. The player is now available and must take his/her position in the team at the start of the next end of play if physically able to play. DR 2.3.3
In the first round of a competition team A has a bye. After play has commenced Team X which is one player short asks a player from team A to act as a substitute. May any member of this team act as a substitute in that competition’s first round?
No. As Team A is an intended team with a bye in the first round they will be constituted as soon as their opponents in the next round become constituted, and a constituted member of a team cannot act as a substitute in another team in that competition. DR 2.2.4 & DR 2.2.9