League Rules

LISKEARD & DISTRICT BILLIARDS & SNOOKER LEAGUES RULES 2018 - 2019

 

1. (a) Any club having at least one Full Sized Table and approved balls shall be eligible to apply for membership of the League at the A.G.M. provided all monies due to the League have been paid. Defaulting clubs face expulsion until payments have been made, particularly if there are other clubs applying for membership.

(b) The League will comprise a maximum 3 divisions. Any shortfall of teams will be in the lowest division.

(c) Any new team entering the League shall automatically start in the lowest division.

  1. The affiliation fee, as fixed at the A.G.M., is payable at the meeting.
  2. Control of the League is vested in the A.G.M. and that meeting alone has the power to alter or amend the rules of the League.
  3. All Clubs will be notified before the date of the A.G.M. Each club wishing to enter a team or teams must send at least one representative to the meeting but only one nominated member may vote with the name card provided. A club will be accepted if, before the meeting, the League Secretary is informed in writing and their request is accompanied by the appropriate affiliation fee(s), however their non-attendance at the AGM shall result in a fine of £15.00. Failure of the club to send a representative or to inform the League Secretary as detailed previously, will result in non-acceptance of that club’s entry(ies) for the coming season.
  4. Any club withdrawing after the A.G.M will be fined £30.00.
  5. Each club is expected to notify the Secretaries at the A.G.M. of the name of their Secretary/team captain(s) and appropriate telephone number(s).
  6. A League Committee shall be elected annually to meet each month to deal with all League matters and shall be responsible for all arrangements concerning Annual Competitions.
  7. Any dispute or protest arising over any match must be reported to the Secretary in writing within 3 days of the incident.
  8. In the event of rulings being required which are not covered in the rules, the committee’s decision shall be final.
  9. (a) Matches shall be played on Mondays (Billiards) and Wednesdays (Snooker) unless otherwise published and commence at 7.30pm.

(b) Teams will consist of 3 Billiards and 5 Snooker and all League Matches will be played on a Home and Away basis – a point being awarded for each game or frame won.

(c) Should a player fail to appear for a match the player’s club will be fined £5.00 by the Committee and the point awarded to the opposition. If the whole team does not appear, the club will be fined £25.00 and have points deducted and the match be replayed. In the event of a team being player(s) short and if any fictitious scores are entered both teams will be fined £25.00

(d) Any club consistently appearing for matches without all players will be considered for expulsion from the League.

11, A player becomes “registered” for a particular team on his first appearance in that season and by only a change of residence may that player represent another team that season.

12, (a) If a League match is postponed (except for a County match, bad weather, or an accident or at the discretion of the committee) , the team captain postponing the match must give their opponent at least 24 hours notice and mutually arrange a new date.

(b) All League fixtures must be completed on or before the date of the last league match on the fixture list. Any fixture played after that date will be excluded from the League tables and the offending team(s) fined £25.00.

 (b) The League Secretary must be notified of the postponement and rearranged date immediately by the team requesting the postponement.

13, Method of play – League Matches

(a) The team captains will be responsible for preparing match tables and completing draw with the first match to start at 7.30pm. The team Captains shall draw the names of the opposing players in each match and the order of play shall be decided by the home captain. He shall also appoint a Marker/Referee for each match and be responsible for ensuring the table and scoreboard are well illuminated. Any team reported to the Committee for persistently starting late will be fined £5.00 and deducted one league point.

(b) The home team will remain spot on the scoreboard in all Leagues and Cup matches (Except Billiards).

(c) If a player is unavailable after the draw has been made another player may be substituted provided the original player is not or has been in the club.

(d) The home team captain shall be responsible for posting the result card 1st Class Post to the League Secretary on the day following the match. Result cards not received by Friday (Billiards) or Saturday (Snooker) will render the team responsible for the non-arrival of the card liable to a fine of £5.00.

14, (a) At the end of the season, where League Tables are concerned, in the event of teams being on equal points, the team having the most match wins will be awarded the higher position.

(b) Should that also result in equality, a play off will decide with the winning team being awarded the higher position.

(c)  Promotion and Relegation between the Leagues shall normally be 2 up or down.

15, ANNUAL COMPETITIONS (BILLIARDS)

Team Knockout Cup and Couch Memorial Trophy

THE KNOCKOUT-CUP is

  • Open to all League teams and any team in the Snooker League wishing to enter on payment of the appropriate fee.
  • All matches to be played on the table of the first team out of the hat.
  • When there are only 4 teams left in the Knockout-Cup the remaining teams shall take part in another K.O Competition to be known as the Conroy Couch Memorial Trophy.
  • In all cup matches players must play as drawn, except by mutual consent. In the Semi-Finals and Finals, which will be played on neutral tables and supervised by either a member of the committee or someone appointed by them, the following rule will apply: If a player is not available within 10 minutes of being required to play, his opponent is entitled to claim the game.

 

16, ANNUAL COMPETITIONS (SNOOKER) – KNOCKOUT CUPS

Each team entered in the League will take part in a handicap Knockout Cup competition where each individual player will receive a handicap based on their team’s starting position in the coming season. This will be on the basis of 1st Premier Division 0 pts, 2nd  Premier +2 , 3rd  +4 and so on  +2 points  for each place down to final place in the lowest division. Teams entering the league for the first time, and teams re-entering from a higher division will have their handicaps fixed by the Committee.

Each division will have a knockout cup competition open to all teams in their respective divisions.

  • In all cup competitions the home team will be the first drawn out of the hat except the Finals which will be played on neutral tables and supervised by either a member of the Committee or someone appointed by them.
  • In all cup matches the players must play as drawn. If a player is not available within 10 minutes of the appointed time for their frame, his opponent is entitled to claim the frame.

In all semi-finals and finals of cup competitions teams may only select from players who have played at least five matches for that club in the previous three seasons.

  1. INDIVIDUAL BILLIARDS & SNOOKER, SNOOKER PAIRS, YOUTH AND OVER 60’S COMPETITIONS

(a) Entries to the above must be made on the official form provided to each club and submitted with the correct entry fee to the League Secretary by the appointed date. Late submission or non payment of entries will not be accepted.

(b) Only regular Club Members will be accepted.

(c) The home player(s) must play their matches at the club they entered from (or with the approval of his opponent if different) up to and including the semi-finals. Matches will be the best of three frames apart from the semi-final which will be five frames. The Final will be played on a neutral table and be the best of five frames, and a referee appointed by the Committee.

(d) Any communications between the Competition secretary and entrants will be by telephone, post or email as appropriate. The draw for all Knockout competitions will be published in The Cornish Times and on the League website and it will be each entrant’s responsibility to keep in contact with whichever competition they have entered.

(e) Contact will be made by the Home player (unless otherwise advised) within 10 days of the draw being published giving the choice of 3 dates to play the game. Failure to do so will result in the fixture being switched to the table of the Away player. The dates given must not all be on a Saturday or Sunday.

(f) The away player must notify the Competition Secretary that the home player has failed to contact him within the 10 days to arrange the fixture. Failure to do so could result in both players being eliminated.

(g) The winner will notify the Secretary of the result immediately the match has been played or at the latest by the closing date. Failure to do so could result in disqualification.

(h) Any dispute regarding matches not played by the date due will be decided by the Committee, having paid due regard to the circumstances as put forward by each player in the dispute, and taking into consideration county events and representative matches.

  1. When a neutral table is used for semi-finals and finals the league will contribute £5.00 to the club for the use of each table.
  2. (a) All trophy winners are expected to collect them at the Annual Dinner. Team trophies should be collected by all team members, but if only one can be in attendance this will be accepted. Teams who are winners or runners-up in any knock-out competition who fail to collect their trophies will be denied entry to that competition in the following season, unless there is a genuine reason submitted in writing for the Committee to consider.

(b) All perpetual trophy winners are asked to return these to the league secretary by 1st March each year suitably engraved. Failure to do so will result in a £10.00 fine.


A.G.M 2018