Player interference during judge call - "Just trying to help!"

Discussion in 'Judges' Chambers' started by gamersgambitct, May 7, 2017.

  1. gamersgambitct

    gamersgambitct New Member

    Rules Gurus:

    I have a tricky situation in my local Pokémon tournament (Tier 1). Player A (junior) and Player B (senior) are paired and playing in Round 1 of the event. They discover that Player A has illegal cards for the format in the deck and call a judge. As the judges are consulting about how to rectify the situation, Player C (master) gets up from his match and starts looking through Player A's deck and pulling out cards and setting them aside. Some of the cards are illegal in the format, and some are legal, but Player C is under the impression they are all illegal cards.

    When the judge directs Player C to continue playing his own match and to stop interfering, Player C says they were "just trying to help" but does comply.

    What is the appropriate infraction and penalty for Player C. Should the judge deviate from policy and assign a lower infraction because there was no malicious intent from Player C?


    - Steve
  2. PokePop

    PokePop Administrator

    Yeah, this is definitely a "judge call".
    For a first occurrence at a local tournament I'd probably go light with a Caution or a Warning.
    but repeated offenses would garner increasing penalties.
  3. ShadowCard

    ShadowCard Active Member

    Is Player C somehow related or friends with Player A?

    I would thank Player C for trying to help but remind him that his match is still in progress and subject to pace-of-play rules. Any questions and concerns that Player C has can be communicated through a judge either between rounds or after any rulings/fixes/penalties are given but not at the expense of Player C's opponent who may be waiting to make a play or at least deserves the respect of attention to their game.

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