Our league policy requires that all skaters attend 8 practices per month to be eligible to bout. Recently, the veterans on our league have been blowing off practice and still expect to skate in the bout this month. What should I tell them?
Ah. We run across this problem a lot, believe it or not. The answer depends a lot on your league and the people in it. What are your league's values and goals? What does your league think is important?
From a business standpoint, the answer is simple. Your policy says they have to pay to play, right? In this case "pay" means attend all the required practices. If your veterans don't make requirements, then they don't get to play. End of story. This can lead to a few different responses from your league mates:
Standing up for your league policy, and in turn, standing up for all the current and future league mates will be hard -- the first time. But remember, these policies were agreed upon by everyone in your league, either by explicit vote or by implicitly signing an agreement form when the joined the league (if one or both of these things is not happening within your league, you have larger problems). The veterans agreed to make practices and as long as the consequence for not doing so is clearly stated in your policy, they should know what will happen if they don't. End of story.
It's not personal. Of course you want your veterans to play.
It's business. They did not meet the requirements, so they are ineligible.
Maybe they can line coach or run the merch booth and make requirements next month?