League Rules

 

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Section 1: League Management

1.1. The name of the League shall be: "THE RADSTOCK AND DISTRICT BILLIARD AND SNOOKER LEAGUE"

1.2. Committee

1.2.1. The League shall be managed by a committee consisting of a Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, Competition Secretary, Treasurer & Match Secretary. Not more than two representatives from each club. Only one vote from each registered club at meetings is permitted. All votes shall be cast in person (proxy votes shall not be allowed).

1.2.2. The League management Committee shall meet on the Third Wednesday of each month except June and July. Any club not represented shall incur a fine in accordance with Rule 6.2.4. A quorum consists of five, excluding the Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer. In the event of a tie, the Chairman shall have two votes one being a casting vote.

1.3. The Annual general Meeting shall be held not later than the end of June and shall be convened by the League Secretary sending notices to each club stating time and place at least twenty-eight days before the date of the Meeting. The Officers of the League will be elected at the Annual General Meeting, and shall hold office until the following Annual General Meeting when they will be eligible for re-election.

1.4. Officers

1.4.1. Officers to be elected shall be proposed and seconded in writing. Proposals to be sent to the League Secretary not later than fourteen days before the date of the Annual General Meeting. In the event that more than one person is standing for the same office, votes shall be cast by a Ballot Paper. Two scrutineers shall be appointed as counters with a third person appointed to act as adjudicator.

1.4.2. The Committee shall have power to fill any vacancy that may occur between the Annual Meetings.

1.5. The management of League matters which are extraneous to normal league activities shall be undertaken by a Committee all duly elected at the Annual General Meeting.

1.6. The League Secretary, Treasurer, Competition Secretary and Match Secretary shall receive Honorarium as agreed at the Annual General Meeting. In addition, all elected officers shall be entitled to claim any reasonable expense incurred in the performance of their duties.

1.7. All expenses of the League shall be defrayed out of its funds.

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Section 2: League Registration

2.1. Club and institutes

2.1.1. Clubs or Institutes wishing to enter teams in the League shall make application to the League Secretary, the same to be brought before the Management Committee who shall determine thereon.

.2. Team registration

2.2.1. Each Billiard team shall consist of a minimum of four registered players and each Snooker team shall consist of a minimum of five registered players. All team registrations must be submitted to the League Secretary not later than the end of May prior to the next season

2.3. Individual registration

2.3.1. Individuals wishing to participate in any League or Competition  must be an accepted member of a League registered club and League Registered Team. It is the Team Captains responsibility to ensure players are registered in accordance with the League Rules.

2.3.2. A registered individual must be signed as a Billiard player to compete at Billiards and as a Snooker player to compete at Snooker.

2.3.3. Provided he/she is an accepted member of a League registered club, an individual can be registered as a League member at any time subject to the League Secretary being informed, and, in the case of Billiards, he is assessed for handicap (see Rule 3.3.8), before he plays.

2.3.4. Clubs will pay a fee (see Rule 6.1.1.1) to register an individual with the League. The registration fee entitles each individual to:

2.3.4.a. A fixture list and Rules card, which shall be evidence of registration and may, if desired be produced for inspection by any league member.

2.3.4.b. Social membership of Haydon Village Trust as defined by the Club Rules. Social members shall on casual visits to the club, produce their league fixture card as proof of membership.

2.3.4.c. Any individual not registered in accordance with the forgoing will be deemed ineligible and will attract penalties as defined in Rule 3.1.5.

2.3.5. Subject to the provision of Rule 2.3.1, any player may apply for a transfer. Transfer forms may be obtained from Club Secretaries and when completed be forwarded to the League Secretary for approval. If the League Secretary is unable to approve the transfer the matter will be referred to the Management Committee. No transfer will be allowed after 31st December in any Season.


Section 3: Match Play

3.1. General

3.1.1. All League fixtures to be arranged by the Match Secretary before the commencement of the season.

3.1.2. All matches shall be played under the latest Authorised Rules of the National governing body. All players to be purely amateur.

3.1.3. The HOME team shall nominate their team before the commencement of the match. The nomination need not be listed in order of play. VISITING teams shall have the choice of matching players. The HOME team shall be responsible for the efficient refereeing and marking of each game. In all instances the referee’s decision shall be final.

3.1.4. The Home Team/Player must play their home fixtures at their registered club venue. Under exceptional circumstances, the Match/Competition secretary may permit a different home venue to be used. Prior approval from the above must be sought before playing any home fixture at an alternative venue. Failure to comply with this rule will result in the match being forfeited.  see also 6.2.6

3.1.5. Any team playing an ineligible player (as defined under 2.3.2 will forfeit his game. In the case of Snooker the opposing team will win the frame 147-0. In the case of Billiards the opposing team will win the frame 100-0. The Match Secretary will also deduct 2 points from the offending team score in the league table.

3.1.6. All matches must be played on or before the last League game in the fixture book, for the relevant division, unplayed matches will be forfeited and no points will be awarded. Committee discretion will be used in the event of a dispute. Any team requesting a postponement, other than the last match, must be made through the Match Secretary, and must make every effort to give opponents 48 hours notice of postponement. Should the postponement be agreed the re-arranged match must be played within 14 days of the scheduled date as long as this does not exceed the date of the last game of the season for the relevant division. Any team can postpone a maximum of 2 League matches during a particular season – any further cancellation will be subject to a 2 point deduction from the current League Table – this will be the case for each additional cancelled game. Should this rule not be adhered to the Match Secretary will decide on any further action. This rule applies to both Snooker and Billiards.

3.2. Snooker

3.2.1. All teams must comprise 5 players. A team fielding less than 4 players shall forfeit the match. All points shall be awarded to the opponents and the Match Secretary will also deduct 2 points from the offending teams score in the League table. Refer to Section 6 in respect of fines for absentees.

3.2.2. Each player shall play one frame and a team shall score one point for each frame won.

3.2.3. The top 2 teams in each division will be promoted and the bottom 2 teams relegated unless the numbers of the new league formation require otherwise. All members of promoted or relegated teams will be considered members of their new division for the following season with particular reference to qualification for individual competitions. Should two or more teams finish level on points which affects promotion, relegation or the top position in Division 1, then the number of games won should decide the outcome. Should this be equal a play-off on a neutral table will be necessary and will consist of a Match of 5 frames, consisting of 5 individual team members per team (one team member per frame). Captains to draw lots to decide player v player. The league to provide a referee.

3.2.4. Snooker Leagues Div. 1 & 2 will play on Mondays, Div. 3 on Tuesdays. Clubs who require to play on any other night shall only do so by consent of the League Management Committee. The match shall start not later than 7 p.m. Players should be in attendance to ensure the uninterrupted playing of the match. Should a player not be present within a 10 minute period following completion of the previous game, the non-offending team shall have the right to claim the game and points i.e. 1 point and a score of 147 in matches where aggregate scores are involved. The team will also incur a fine for each absentee as stated in Rule 6.2.2.

3.2.5. No, Club or Institute entering teams in more than one division may play Lower Division players as reserves in the Higher division teams

3.2.5.1. No player from a Higher Division can play as a reserve for a Lower Division Team.

3.2.5.2. No player can play for more than one team in any of the League Competitions.

3.2.5.3. No player from a Higher Division can transfer to a Lower Division during the course of that season. A Higher Division player can only play for a Lower Division Team if their Higher Division Team is disbanded / removed from the League during the current season, and only if relevant fines and re-registration fees (See Section 6) for the Lower Division Team are paid. A handicap in accordance with Rule 4.2.2 will apply for all League and Team Competitions for a minimum of 2 Seasons (handicap dependant on the Division the Lower Division Team is in for a particular season).

3.2.5.4. If a player self relegates to a lower Division before the start of the coming season, a penalty as 3.2.5.3 will apply.

3.2.6. Concession

3.2.6.1. A player may only concede when he is the striker. The opponent has the right to accept or refuse the concession, which becomes null and void if the opponent chooses to play on.

3.2.6.2. A player shall not concede a frame in any match unless Penalty Points are required. Any breach of this rule shall be regarded as ungentlemanly conduct or misconduct by the player concerned. In this instance the frame will be awarded to the non-offending player and 2 points will be deducted from the offending teams League Table position.

Billiards

3.3.0. The league will supply a new set of Billiard balls to all clubs to be used in all League and Competition matches/games. no other balls will be acceptable.

3.3.1. All teams must comprise 4 players. A team fielding less than 3 players shall forfeit the match. 5 points shall be awarded to the non-offending team and the match Secretary shall deduct 2 points from the offending teams score in the League table. Refer to Section 6 in respect of fines for absentees.

3.3.2. Each game shall be 100 points up, 1 point for each game. A further point will also be awarded to the team with the highest aggregate. In the case of a tie, half a point will be given to each team.

3.3.3. The match shall start not later than 6.30 p.m. unless an alternative time be arranged by mutual consent of opposing teams. Players must be in attendance to ensure the uninterrupted playing of the match. Should a player not be present within a 10 minute period following completion of the previous game, the non-offending team shall have the right to claim the game and points i.e. 1 point and a score of 100. The offending team will also incur a fine for each absentee as stated in Rule 6.2.2.

3.3.4. Billiards handicaps must be adjusted by each player and certified by his opponent after each game played. A winning players handicap shall be increased by 5 points and a losing player decreased by 5 points. The first game a player wins from a scratch position will have his handicap increased by 5 (five) points regardless of the number of consecutive games lost previously. Each adjustment shall be permanently recorded on a handicap card which shall be an integral part of the fixture card and shall include provision for a players commencing and current handicap, name, signature of opponent, result of game and revised handicap. Any player failing to keep his handicap record up to date shall forfeit all games won since his last adjustment and shall have his handicap increased by 10 points in addition to his revised handicap.

3.3.5. If a player plays off the wrong handicap in a Billiards match the game will be forfeited and the non-offending team awarded the Game, 1 point with a score of 100 points to nil .

3.3.5.1. The total aggregate points for each team will be recalculated to determine which team is awarded the additional 1 point for the highest aggregate score.

3.3.5.2. There will be no further deductions from the offending teams score in the League Table.

3.3.5.3. When a game is forfeited due to a player playing off the wrong handicap, the non-offending players handicap will not change. The offending players handicap will be increased by 10 points in accordance with rule 3.3.4.

3.3.5.4. A players handicap shall not be increased or decreased in the absence of an opponent.

3.3.6. Any newly registered billiards player shall be referred to the handicap Committee for an assessment and starting handicap. This handicap will be reviewed after 3 League games

3.3.7. Billiards matches will consist of a 4 man team, using the “net handicap differential”. E.g. Player A has a handicap of 120 and Player B has a handicap of 60. The net differential = 60. As a result, Player A starts the match with a 60 handicap and Player B starts from scratch.


Section 4: Competition Rules

4.1 General

4.1.1. These rules are to be observed by all League members for all competition matches. The Competition Secretary shall have power to enforce any competition rule without reference to the League Management Committee.

4.1.2. All competition results (Team and Individual) are to be reported in accordance with Section 5.

4.1.3. All players listed on the Registration Forms at the beginning of any season can play in all of the Cup Competitions without restriction. Any player registered after the season begins will be ineligible to enter any of the Individual or Pairs competitions for that season, but may play in Team Competitions provided they have played a minimum of 2 League matches for their respective team prior to the Competition Match. This rule will apply to any round of all Team Competitions for both Snooker & Billiards after the August meeting.

4.2. Team K.O. Competitions

4.2.1. All rounds of the Snooker K.O., Snooker Plate and Billiards K.O. to be played on home and away basis. Total aggregate to count. The Competition Secretary shall pre-arrange dates for the Finals of all Team Competitions. All teams to be entered into the Team KO Preliminary Round. In the case of an odd number, the current holders will be given a bye into the next round of the KO cup. Losing teams will be automatically entered into the Plate Competition.

4.2.2. Snooker K.O. Cup and K.O. Plate Competition (handicaps will also apply to snooker players who have transferred to a Lower Division in accordance with Rule 3.2.5.3, any team fielding a player who fails to declare his/her handicap as defined shall forfeit his game 147:0 (Snooker), and a deduction of 2 points from the match score for the offending team will be applied). The following handicaps will apply:

4.2.2.1. 1st Division Player 21 points

4.2.2.2. 2nd Division Player 7 points.

4.2.3. In any one season no player can play for more than one team in any of the League competitions, even if transferred during the season. Any team fielding an ineligible player in a K.O. match shall incur penalties as defined in Rule 3.1.5.

4.2.4. In both Billiards and Snooker team matches over two legs, the aggregate score will only be used once to decide the result of the match in the event of a draw in games after both legs have been played. Should the result be a tied match i.e. games and aggregate scores are equal, team captains are to nominate a player from their teams to play a deciding game.

4.2.5. Any team fielding an ineligible player (as defined under Rule 2.3.4.3 and 4.1.3) will forfeit his/her game. In the case of Snooker the opposing team will receive 147-0 and in Billiards 100-0. In addition the Competition Secretary will deduct 2 points from the match score.

4.3. Individual & Pairs Competitions

4.3.1. Entry into divisional individual competitions shall be restricted to players within the division subject to the following:

4.3.1.1. When a player voluntarily relegates himself to play a lower division he will not be eligible to enter the individual competition for that division for a period of 2 years. He will however be eligible to enter the Individual Competition for the division from which he relegated himself for this 2 year period.

4.3.1.2. If a lower division player is transferred voluntarily or under provision of Rule 3.2.5, to a higher division, he/she will forfeit the divisional competition they have entered.

4.3.1.3. All registered players are eligible to enter open individual competitions subject to the provisions of Rule 2.3.2.

4.4. Competition frames

4.4.1. Open and 1st Division Snooker Individual Competitions: Finals - best of 7 frames. Semi-Finals - best of 5 frames. Other rounds - best of 3 frames.

4.4.2. Pairs Final & Semi-Finals - best of 5 frames. Other rounds - best of 3 frames.

4.4.3. 2nd & 3rd Division Individual Competition - Final to be best of 5 frames, Semi-Final and other rounds to be best of 3 frames.

4.4.4. Open Pairs - Final & Semi-Final to be best of 5 frames and other rounds best of 3 frames.

4.4.5. 2nd & 3rd Division Pairs - Final to be best of frames, Semi-Final and other rounds to be best of 3 frames.

4.4.6. All other Snooker Individuals - Final best of 5 frames. Semi-Finals and other rounds best of 3 frames.

4.5. Senior Billiard Individual; Final to be played 350 points up, Semi-Final 300 points up. Other rounds 250 points up.

4.6. Billiard Handicap Individual: All rounds 100 points up. The Individuals current handicap shall apply to all such matches and shall not alter as a result of the competition match.

4.7. The HOME player is responsible for arranging the fixture and must offer the opponent/s two dates within 14 days of the draw (avoiding weekends when necessary) on different days in separate weeks. If either of the dates offered are not accepted by the opponent/s, the home player/s has a right to claim the match, or to offer further dates at his discretion. The opponent/s (away players) shall have the right to claim the game in the event of dates not being offered in accordance with the foregoing. In such instances they shall be responsible for notifying the Competition Secretary on the appropriate score card prior to the closing day of the competition round. If no contact is made by the HOME player, the opponents (away players) must make every effort to contact the HOME player to arrange the fixture. Should this prove unsuccessful, in the first instance the opponents (all players involved) must inform the Competition Secretary prior to the closing date of the competition round. Competition Secretary to arrange a date if necessary in these circumstances.

4.8. Referees and markers shall be provided by the League for all Individual & pairs Semi Finals and Finals.

4.8 i. Dress Code for Semi-Finals and Finals (in all competitions) will be collared shirt / polo-shirt, trousers and shoes.  No jeans, tee-shirts, shorts or trainers will be accepted.  If this is not adhered to, the offending player(s) will be eliminated from the tournament and the game forfeited.

4.9. If in any League competition the number of entrants is below Four the Competition Secretary has the authority to organise an alternative form of competition. Any decision concerning competitions made by Competition Secretary shall be final.

4.10. Competition dates in the fixture book can only be changed with the Committee approval. Any re-arranged matches/dates will not be subject to further change, unless both parties can agree a date prior to the one re-arranged. Failure to comply will result in one or both parties being eliminated from the Competition at the Committee's discretion.

Section 5: Recording/Reporting Results

5.1. League Matches. Team captains shall be responsible for ensuring that match results are correctly recorded on score cards which shall be provided by the League. The HOME Team Captain shall ensure that the completed score card is received by the  Match Secretary as stated inside the front cover of the fixture book within 7 days of the match. Teams failing to comply with this rule shall have 2 points deducted from their League score by the Match Secretary.

5.2. Team Competition Matches. Team Captains shall be responsible for ensuring that results are correctly recorded on the appropriate score cards. The WINNING Team Captain shall ensure the completed score card for Both Legs is sent to the Competition Secretary and both cards must be received by the specified closing date of each round. Teams failing to comply with this rule will be eliminated from the competition.

5.3. Individual and Pairs Competitions. All games must be played and the result reported to the Competition Secretary on the appropriate score card as stated inside the front cover of the fixture card by the specified closing date of each round. The WINNING PLAYER/S shall be responsible for reporting the result of the match. In the event of the result not having been reported by the closing date, both the winner and the loser shall be eliminated from the competition.

Section 6: Fees & Fines

6.1. Fees

6.1.1. The following fees are payable by all clubs to the league treasurer:

6.1.1.1. Individual Registration - £3.00 per individual

6.1.1.2. Match Fee - £1.00 per player per match (for League and Team KO Comps.)

6.1.1.3. Individual Competition Entry Fee - £1.00 per individual for each competition entered

6.1.1.4. Pairs Competition Entry Fee - £1.00 per individual

6.1.2. Accounts for all fees will normally be payable to the League Treasurer at the half-way point and end of season. Clubs must honour such accounts within one month of their receipt. Failure to do so shall incur a fine as stated in Rule 6.2.3.

6.1.3. Any team resigning or dismissed from the League will incur a fine as defined in Rule 6.2.1. Each member of the team will be liable for an equal share of this fine. In addition their team accounts will become immediately due and any perpetual trophies must be returned immediately.

6.2. Fines
6.2.1. Dismissal or resignation from the League £25.00/team

6.2.2. Failing to field a team of less than normal compliment ( Sec 3 rules 2 & 3 ) £3.00 per absentee

6.2.3. Failure to honour League accounts within one month of receipt (Rule 6.1.2) £10.00

6.2.4. Any club not represented at League Management Committee Meetings (Rule 1.2.2) £2.00 per meeting

6.2.5. Failure to return trophies/cups to Competition Secretary by set date (Rule 7.6.4) £5.00.

6.2.6. Any player/team arranging and playing a match that contravenes League Rules to be fined £10 (Ten Pounds). Plus match to be declared void and replayed.

Section 7: General

7.1. These rules shall not be repealed, altered nor any addition made thereto unless notice of such intention be sent to the League Secretary in writing, stating the exact terms thereof, at least 30 days before the Annual General Meeting, The Secretary shall refer all proposed amendments to the Rules, to the Committee for scrutiny prior to discussion at the A.G.M. Nominations for officers of the League must also be sent to the League Secretary at least 30 days before the A.G.M.

7.2. The League Secretary shall inform the Management Committee of any breach of these rules. The Management Committee will deal with the infringement as necessary.

7.3. Any dispute or appeal that arises must be made in writing to the League Secretary. The League Secretary will ensure that any parties concerned are advised. In the event that no reply is received in writing within fourteen days by the League Secretary, the original appeal/dispute will be read at the next Management Meeting. Any decision reached will be advised to the party/parties concerned and will be final and not subject to appeal.

7.4. In the event of any matters arising which the foregoing rules do not cover, such matters shall be dealt with by the Committee.

7.5. No games to be played at League H.Q. that clash with Management meetings.

7.6. Trophies

7.6.1. Perpetual Trophies will not be handed out other than at the Presentation Evening. 

7.6.2. Perpetual Trophies not collected at the Presentation Evening will be retained by the League

7.6.3. All Perpetual Trophies will be signed for on receipt.

7.6.4. All Perpetual Trophies to be returned by the 3rd Wednesday in April of the following season. A fine of £5 plus any costs incurred in the collection and/or repair of the trophy will be payable if not returned on time or if returned damaged.

7.6.5. The recipient will be wholly responsible for the Perpetual Trophy whilst in their possession, and for the safe return of the Trophy as stated in 7.6.4 above.