4barsrest have posted the following Editorial on borrowed players for contests here Apart from the areas where bands can only use "registered" players most other contests have rules on borrowed players. I would suggest these rules have been brought about to accept the practicallity of most bands having: 1) shortage of players 2) illness 3) holidays and work commitments To establish a "no borrows" rule for these contest would in my opinion result in less bands entering and subsequently a demise of some contests. For the record at our last contest we borrowed 2 players for Butlins (1 due to illness and the 2nd due to an empty seat), last year we borrowed 2 players at an entertainment contest. Would we have not gone without the borrows? probably but if the rules allow it why not? What I do not consider is that it was in anyway cheating. The restrictions placed on transfers in respect of when you can return to your previous band and how many transfers you are allowed means that you realistic can only play to help another band on a "borrow" ticket.