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Rules
Season 2011-2012
President:
Mr F. Wilson
Honorary life Vice Presidents:
Mr K Clarke, Mr S Bell, Mr J Bale, Mr N Sendall, Mr F Ellis
Chairman:
Mr D Gluckstein
Tel: 01603 406374, Mobile: 07825 706526
League Secretary:
Mr K Griffiths
28, Spinney Close, Thorpe, Norwich, NR7 0PN
Tel: 01603 300753, Mobile: 07787 550949 E-Mail: kgriff1962@ntlworld.com
Treasurer:
Mr P Everson
38, West Pottergate, Norwich, NR2 4BN
Tel: 01603 611625 E-mail:
Results Secretary:
Mr P Everson
38, West Pottergate, Norwich, NR2 4BN
Tel: 01603 611625
Tournament Secretary:
Mr J Brodie,
43, Godfrey Road, Spixworth, Norwich, NR10 3NJ
Tel: 01603 897008
Trophy Secretary:
Mr C Benton
WEB Page Administrator:
Mr D Gluckstein
E-Mail: dluckystone@aol.com
Tel: 01603 406374 Mobile: 07825 706527
Management Committee:
Mr R Levers, Mr F Wilson, Mr G Waterson, Mr A Jones, Mr J Greenway, Mr M Tuffield.
Contents
General League Rules
1 – 5
Billiards League Rules
5 – 6
Snooker League Rules
6 – 7
Individual Tournament Rules
7 – 8
Other Tournaments
8 – 14
Final League Tables & Tournaments 2010-2011
15 – 18
Notices & Dates
19
Open Snooker League Fixtures Div. One
20 – 21
Open Snooker League Fixtures Div. Two
22 – 23
Handicap Billiards League Fixtures
24 – 25
Handicap Snooker League Fixtures Div. One
26 – 27
Handicap Snooker League Fixtures Div. Two
28 – 29
The Miss Rule
29 - 30


NORWICH & DISTRICT
BILLIARDS & SNOOKER LEAGUE
General League Rules
1. The League shall be called the Norwich & District Billiards & Snooker League and its administrative area shall with limited exceptions, be within a 12 mile radius of Norwich. All matches shall be played under the rules of the World Snooker, Official Rules of the games of Snooker and English Billiards. For such of these rules as apply to Snooker, an amateur player shall be defined as any player ranked below 128 in the World Rankings.

2. The object of the League shall be to Promote and improve the standard of play in the games of Billiards and Snooker. The League shall be composed of Clubs approved by its Executive Officers. The Executive officers shall decide the manner the League shall run during the ensuing year. The fees to be paid by each team shall be decided at the Annual General Meeting.

3. The Management of the League shall be vested in its Executive Officers, viz. Chairman, League Secretary, Treasurer, Results Secretary, Tournament Secretary, Trophy Secretary, WEB page Administrator and a further seven additional Management Committee members to assist the Executive Officers, such Executive Officers shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting to carry out their duties as defined by the published Management Committee Roles & Responsibilities (available upon request). Business to be discussed by Management Committee at one of its regular meetings shall be submitted in writing or E-Mail to the League Secretary at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting, any business submitted with less than 72 hours’ notice may, at the discretion of the Committee be deferred to their next meeting.

4. All games to be played with 2.1/1.6 inch regulatory balls.

5. Entry fees for 2011/2012. An entry fee of £14 shall be paid for each Billiards team entry; £17 for each Open and Handicap Snooker team. All fees MUST be submitted with entries on the date agreed upon at the Annual General Meeting. No entries will be accepted after these dates.

6. Any team withdrawing from the League after the League programme has been drawn up will be fined a penalty of £20.00. In the event of a team withdrawing from the League before the completion of its fixtures, all points gained or lost, by that team shall be discounted.
Such penalty may be waived at the discretion of the Management Committee.

7. Any team having, in the opinion of the Management Committee, an excessive number of walkovers given against them may be fined a penalty of £20.00 and/or expelled from the League.

8. Any team & its nominated captain fined under rules 6/7 shall not be eligible to further participate in the League until such fine has been paid.

9. Any club, team or individual disciplined or fined under these rules shall have a right of appeal to the leagues executive officers whom subject to the nature of the issue may refer it to an Annual or Special General Meeting of the League called in accordance with present rule 19.

10. All disputes shall be settled by the Leagues Executive Officers in accordance with the rules laid down in this, the leagues rules publication and where possible in accordance with the World Billiards and Snooker Association official rules. The Leagues Executive Officers decision shall be final.

11. All players must be registered with the League Secretary before being eligible to play. Each registration to be accompanied by a registration fee of £10.00 for one League (Billiards, Open or Handicap Snooker), £12.00 for two or more Leagues. Players under the age of 18 as at January 1st of the current League season need not pay League or Tournament fees.

12. A player may be registered for only one Club in any one competition i.e. Billiards, Open Snooker or Handicap Snooker, but may register with one Club for Billiards and with one other Club for Snooker. It will also be permissible for a player to play in Open and Handicap Leagues, in both Billiards and Snooker. In the event of a player wishing to play for another Club during the season, his original registration must first be cancelled with the League Secretary. Failure to do this will render the transfer void. No transfer will be permitted after 30th November in each year, except by special sanction of the Leagues Executive Officers.

13. The Management Committee reserve the right to numerically adjust team composition of all League divisions dependent upon the number of team entries received, or when circumstances require.

14. All fixtures shall be made by the League Secretary prior to the beginning of each season, with all matches to be played on an evening appointed by each Club. Any team/player unable to meet an engagement shall give verbal notice to both the opponents’ team captain and Results or League Secretary by 12 noon on the match day. The re-arranged date should be confirmed and notified to the Results Secretary ASAP. Any match postponed during the first half of the season must be completed by January 1st, however should a match be called off during the last week of this first period it MUST be played within one week. All matches during the second half of the season MUST be played by the Friday of the final league playing week. Failure to complete any match within the specified times will result in the entire fixture being deemed a void.

15. In all Leagues the Home Club shall see that the result card is available before the match commences. (In Open Snooker the card should be completed in full, with all 3 players names). After the match, the home Club must ensure that the result card is completed as to details and sent to the Results Secretary within 36 hours after the match has taken place. If the cards are not received by the Results Secretary by Tuesday of the week following the match, the games and points involved may, at the discretion of the Leagues Executive Officers be awarded to the visiting team.

16. All trophies shall be the property of the League. They shall be competed for annually and presented to the winners at the conclusion of each season at the Annual Dinner and Prize Presentation.

17. The club or players holding trophies shall be responsible for their safe custody and shall return them in good condition at the request of the Trophy Secretary.

18. Any alterations or additions to these rules shall be at the discretion of the Leagues Executive Officers or at the Annual General or Special General Meeting. Notice of any proposed alterations or additions must be in the hands of the League Secretary in writing 14 days prior to these meetings.

19. A Special General Meeting may be called by the Management Committee at the request of not less than four Clubs.

20. Billiards League games should be arranged to commence not later than 7.15pm and at 8.45pm and a period of 15 minutes after the time stated shall be allowed to each player, otherwise the game shall be forfeited.
Open League Snooker games to commerce at 7pm for the first game, 8pm for the second game and 9pm for the third game. A period of 15 minutes is allowed after each time stated before the three frames are forfeited.

Handicap League Snooker games to be arranged to commence not later than 7.15pm for the first game, one frame shall be forfeited if not present by 7.30pm. The other two frames may be played if present by 7.45pm otherwise they too shall be forfeited. The second game should be arranged to commence not later than 8.45pm. One frame shall be forfeited if not present by 9.00pm. The other two frames may be played if present by 9.15pm otherwise they too shall be forfeited.

21. The Annual General Meeting shall be held not later than the last week in July when reports will be received, audited accounts for the preceding year adopted and any other business transacted of which 14 days prior notice shall have been given to the League Secretary.
Twenty eight days’ notice of such meeting shall be given. Secretaries of all clubs or captains of all teams or their representatives must attend the AGM, in default a fine of £10.00 shall be imposed, to be paid before the club is allowed to play the ensuing Season.
Two delegates from each Club shall be allowed to vote at this meeting. All the Finances of the League shall be paid into one common fund through the Treasurer. All accounts as far as possible shall be paid by the Treasurer with cheques signed by the Chairman of the Management Committee, League Secretary or the Treasurer. The Leagues Executive Officers shall ensure that the accounts of the League are audited at the end of each financial year, which shall be June 30th.

22. Clubs must ensure that tables, equipment and general conditions shall be of a satisfactory standard as approved by the Leagues Executive Officers.

HANDICAP BILLIARDS LEAGUE RULES

Trophies for Annual Competition are:-
Pinebanks Trophy Donated by Norwich Union

1. Each Club Secretary or Captain shall be responsible for their own team, which shall consist of four players, who shall play in two sections, two at home and two away. It is permissible for any players to play any number of matches at home or away.

2. The Championship of the League shall be decided by the team obtaining the highest number of points during the season. The method of awarding points shall be one point for each winning player. Teams will be penalised one point from their points total for each walk-over awarded against them.

3. In the event of two or more sides involved in either promotion or relegation having equal points at the end of the season, the team with the most wins shall be the winner. If still equal a deciding match shall be played at a venue to be decided by the Leagues Executive Officers. If this match should result in each team winning an equal number of games Captains shall select one player each to play a deciding game.

4. At the end of the playing season if there is more than one division a two up and two down system of promotion and relegation will generally apply. The Management Committee shall have the power to make such arrangements as are necessary to comply with General Rule 13 or to cater for teams withdrawing from the league.

5. All games shall be 250 up, which shall include the handicaps.

6. A player after having completed three games will be considered a player for that team, and will be allowed to assist with other teams on two occasions only within his Club. Any team will be allowed only one guest player per match.

7. Handicapping of players will be made by the Leagues Executive Officers and entered on the player’s registration card. This handicap will be adjusted after each League Match in accordance with the following formula and the revised handicap entered by the player on the registration card. The winning player will deduct 5 and the losing player will add 5 to their respective handicaps. The maximum receive handicap will be 125. Handicaps are NOT to be adjusted after Tournament Matches or for walkover of forfeited games in League matches.

SNOOKER LEAGUE RULES

Trophies for Annual Competition are:-
Ames Cup Donated by C.Zelley
Open Snooker Div. II Donated by S.Bell
J.Olivier Memorial Cup Donated by S.Bell
Boundary Park Cup
Burwatt Shield
Div. II Shield Donated by A.Rogers

1. a) Handicap Snooker – as Billiards League Rule 1.
b) A maximum of eight players may be used for any one team.
c) The Open Snooker League Teams shall consist of three players with a maximum of 6 players per team, who shall play at the same Club as per the fixtures.

2. The Championship of the League shall be decided by the team obtaining the highest number of points during the season. The method of awarding points being:- One point for each frame won. Teams will be penalised two points from their points total for each walk-over awarded against them.

3. This rule will be as Billiards League Rule 3.

4. This rule will be as Billiards League Rule 4.

5. a) All games in Open Snooker League shall consist of three frames per player.
b) All games in the Handicap Snooker League shall consist of three frames per player.

6. a) This rule will be as Billiards League Rule 6.
b) In Open Snooker League players registered in Division One are not permitted to guest for teams in lower divisions.

7. Handicapping of players will be made by the Leagues Executive Officers and entered on the player’s registration card. This handicap will be adjusted after each League Match in accordance with the following formula and the revised handicap entered by the player on the
registration card.
After a Win deduct 2 After a Defeat add 2
Handicaps are NOT to be adjusted after Tournament Matches or for walk-overs of forfeited games in League Matches.

INDIVIDUAL TOURNAMENT RULES

In all competitions
With the exception of the Hethersett Cup, only players registered with the NDBSL are eligible for its Tournaments.
The player/pair/team, drawn first to have the choice of table/venue. It is the responsibility of BOTH players/pairs/teams to arrange a mutually convenient date for each match. Failure to complete any match within the stated time periods will result in BOTH players/pairs/teams being eliminated from competitions (including plate rounds). Any problems arranging matches must be reported to the Tournament Secretary without delay.

Individual Billiards
The Colin Extall Championship for Burroughs & Watts Shield

1. The shield shall be known as the individual Billiards Championship Shield, to the perpetual property of the Norwich & District Billiards & Snooker League, and not to be won outright.

2. The shield shall be competed for annually by amateurs.
The date, venue and general conditions to be decided by the Leagues Executive Officers. The Leagues Executive Officers shall have the power to refuse entry without giving a reason. An amateur shall be understood to be defined by the Ruling Body. (see General rule 1).

3. The President and the Leagues Executive Officers to be the legal owners of The Shield, in trust to the League.

4. Each game shall be 250 up- level start, and the player drawn first to have the choice of table and make arrangements for the tie. The Semi-finals and Final to be played on a table as arranged by the Tournament Secretary. Semi-finals to be 350 up, and the Final to be 500 up. Entrance fee of £3.00 per player, each fee to be submitted with entry.

INDIVIDUAL SNOOKER CUP Donated by Mr. Poverud
OPEN SUBSIDIARY CUP Donated by Mr. C. Moore

1. This rule will be as individual Billiards Shield.

2. This rule will be as individual Billiards Shield.

3. This rule will be as individual Billiards Shield.

4. All matches up to and including Quarter-finals to be of five frames, Semi-finals to be of seven frames and Final to be of nine frames. Entrance fee of £3.00 per player submitted with entry.

5. a) The Quarter-final, Semi-final and Final rounds of the competition to be played on three pre-arranged dates to be set by the Tournament Secretary. Such dates to be set before the date agreed for receipt of entries and preferably to be included in the hand book issued to Club Secretaries before commencement of the playing season.
b) The rounds set out in rule 5a) to be played at venues with facilities to play all the matches in each round on the same evening and to be agreed by the Tournament Secretary.

6. All players not gaining entry to the second round of the individual OPEN SNOOKER Competition will automatically be included into the draw for the first round of the Open Subsidiary Cup Competition with the exception of players removed for non-completion of matches.


SNOOKER PAIRS CUP Donated by D.Tunmore, Esq.

1. These cups shall be the property of the Norwich & District Billiards Snooker League and not won outright.

2. They are to be regarded as trophies for the competition known as the Norwich Snooker Pairs Competition, and will be held by the winners for one year.

3. There will be no handicaps in this competition.

4. This competition will be open annually to amateurs who shall play in pairs. Pairs shall remain unchanged throughout the competition except by special permission of the Leagues Executive Officers.

5. An entrance fee of £3.00 per player, to be submitted with entry.

6. All matches up to and including Semi-finals to be of five frames. Final to be of seven frames. The Semi-finals and Final to be played on tables arranged by the Tournament Secretary.

7. It is not in order for a player to assist his partner by advising him on his stroke, or tactics, whilst his partner is AT the table.

8. Pairs should commence each frame alternatively, but in the first and odd frames it should be decided by lot. The pair may either break or instruct their opponents to do so.

9. The order of play may be changed if desired, but not
while any frame is in progress. When a frame ends in a tie, the pair who plays the first stroke have the choice as to which players play that stroke, the order of play must be maintained as in the frame.

HANDICAP PAIRS COMPETITION Donated by K.Crane

Each pair to play off the average of their two handicaps rules 1,2,4,5,6,7,8,9 as senior pairs. Final best of 5.

INDIVIDUAL BILLIARDS HANDICAP CUP Donated by the late W.H Ribbons

1. This cup shall be the property of the Norwich & District Billiards & Snooker League, and shall be competed for annually by registered players in the Handicap Billiards League and not won outright.

2. It is to be regarded as a trophy for the competition known as the Individual Billiards Handicap and will be held by the winner for one year.

3. The handicaps of players entering the competition will be arranged by the Leagues Executive Officers annually. (See also Billiards League Rule 7 which also applies).

4. Each game shall be 250 up, on a handicap basis. The Semi-finals and Final to be played on tables to be arranged by the Tournament Secretary. Semi-finals 350 up, and Final 350 up, handicaps to be proportionate. Entrance fee of £3.00 per player, to be submitted with entry.

5. Except as provided above, the rules and conditions applicable to the Norwich Individual Billiards Shield Competition will apply.


INDIVIDUAL SNOOKER HANDICAP CUP Donated by M.Hart, Esq .

SUBSIDIARY CUP COMPETITION Donated by the late M.B Turner


1. These cups shall be the property of the Norwich & District Billiards & Snooker League, and shall be competed for annually by players who are registered to play handicap league snooker and who hold a current registration card with a bona fide handicap.

2. They are to be regarded as trophies for competition known as the Norwich Individual Snooker Handicap and Subsidiary Cup, and will be held by the winners for one year and not won outright.

3. This rule will be as individual Billiards Handicap Rule 3.

4. All matches up to and including Final to be of five frames. Semi-finals and Final to be played on tables arranged by the Tournament Secretary. Entrance fee of £3.00 to be submitted with entry.

5. Except as provided above, the rules and conditions applicable to the Norwich Individual Snooker Competition will apply.

6. All players not gaining entry to the second round of the Individual Snooker Handicap Competition will automatically be included into the draw for the first round of the Subsidiary Cup Competition with the exception of players removed for non-completion of matches.

HETHERSETT CUP Donated by L.R Burgess, Esq

1. This competition shall be open to all players who are under the age of 23 years as at 1st October of that current League year.

2. This competition will be a one day event, played on a Sunday. Venue: Woodside Snooker Club.

3. Entrance fee £3.00 per player to be submitted with entry.

OPEN SNOOKER FRAMES CUP
Division One Donated by
Division Two Donated by Canary Cue Club on behalf of the late G. Martin

To be awarded to the player gaining the most number of frames during the season for one team, in each division of the Open Snooker League.

SNOOKER TEAM K/O SHIELDS
Open Donated by the late J. Cadge
Handicap Donated by N. Sendall

1. Teams will consist of four players, three players playing two frames on an aggregate basis. Each frame shall be played out, i.e. the first score of forfeit on the black shall end each frame, except in the final frame, if the total aggregate scores are level, the black shall be spotted and cue ball played from hand, the first score or forfeit on the black shall decide the match. In the Handicap Tournament each player will play with their League handicap.

2. All registered players of the League will be able to play for their Club, but will only be allowed for one team, and on that team being defeated they will not be a allowed to play for any other team.

3. The team Captain to arrange matches by mutual agreement with their opponents, and by the dates given for each round.

4. All three players of each side must be present by the agreed starting time and a draw will take place to determine opponents and order of play (i.e. No 1 of Team A plays No 1 of Team B, game 1; No 2 of Team A plays No 2 of Team B, game 2; No 3 of Team A plays No 3 of Team B, game 3). Any player not present within 15 minutes of the starting time for the match will be penalised two frames of 147 points. (In rounds up to the Final this rule may be amended by prior agreement of both Captains but will be strictly enforced for the Final when the draw will be made by an appointed referee).

5. The Final will be played on a table to be decided by the Tournament Secretary.

6. The entrance fee is included in the team registration.

SENIOR SINGLES SNOOKER CUP Donated by F. Wilson

Open to all players who are aged 40 or over on the 1st October of that current League year.

Rules 1, 2 and 3 as individual Snooker Cup.

4. All matches up to and including Final to be of five frames (level start). Semi-Final and Final to be played on tables arranged by the Tournament Secretary. Entrance fee of £3.00 to be submitted with entry.
OVER 60`S SINGLES SNOOKER CUP ----------------------------------------
Open to all players who are aged 60 or over on the 1st October of that current League year.

Rules 1, 2 and 3 as individual Snooker Cup.

4. All matches up to and including Final to be of five frames (level start). Semi-Final and Final to be played on tables arranged by the Tournament Secretary. Entrance fee of £3.00 to be submitted with entry.

SENIOR PAIRS SNOOKER CUP Donated by the late P.Rivett

Rules 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 as Snooker Pairs Cup.

6. All matches up to and including Final to be of five frames. Semi-finals and Final to be played on tables arranged by the Tournament Secretary.

B.H. CLARKE CHALLENGE CUP Donated by the late B.H Clarke

This Cup is a perpetual trophy and not won outright and to be awarded to the player making the highest break in normal Billiards League play during the season. All breaks must be certified at the time by the opponent and marker.

JACK POINTER CHALLENGE CUP Donated by Jack Pointer, Esq

This Cup is a perpetual trophy and not won outright and to be awarded to the player making the highest break in normal Snooker League play during the season. All breaks must be certified at the time by the opponent and marker.

KEN WARREN CHALLENGE TROPHY

This Cup is a perpetual trophy and not won outright and to be awarded to the player having a receive handicap, making the highest break in normal Handicap Snooker League play during the season. All breaks must be certified at the time by the opponent and marker.

HIGH BREAK TROPHY

This Cup is a perpetual trophy and not won outright and to be awarded to the player having a scratch or owe handicap, making the highest break in normal Handicap Snooker League play during the season. All breaks must be certified at the time by the opponent and marker.


PLAYER UNDER 21 TROPHY Donated by J.J Sandys-Winsch, Esq

Awarded to the most promising or most improved player under the age of 21 in either Billiards or Snooker. Nominations from Club Secretaries or team Captains. Final selection being made by the Leagues Executive Officers.

JIM ACHESON CHALLENGE TROPHY Donated by Mrs Acheson

This Cup is a perpetual trophy and not won outright and to be awarded to the player having a plus handicap, making the highest break in normal Handicap Billiard play during the season. All breaks must be certified at the time by the opponents and marker.

THE MISS RULE
MISS RULE - LEAGUE MATCHES
All players should be aware that the MISS RULE is part of the general rules of snooker in the amateur game.
However, in the interest of fair play and in the absence of independent referees at league matches the Leagues Executive Officers has decided that this rule should not apply.
MISS RULE – TOURNAMENT MATCHES
In the final stages only of Tournaments, i.e. Semi-finals and Finals, where referees have been appointed to officiate, the miss rule shall be applied.
It shall remain the individual players responsibility to understand the miss rule.
A simplified explanation of the Miss rule has been included in this handbook for your guidance. (SEE BELOW)
MISS RULE EXPLAINED
1. If the striker has a clear shot in a straight line at any ball on or part ball on and fails to make contact with the first impact of the cue-ball with any ball on, a MISS shall be called. (Unless either player required snookers before or as a result of this stroke.
2. If the striker can see and hit any ball on FULL BALL in a straight line and plays a MISS on three successive occasions from the same position of the cue ball, the frame shall be awarded to his opponent. When considering such a step the referee must advise the striker after TWO MISSES of the consequences.
3. All other MISSES to be called at the discretion of the referee and the referees decision shall be final.
4. After a MISS only the cue ball shall be replaced unless the referee considers the offending player has gained an advantage.
NOTE: After a MISS when the referee is replacing the cue-ball both players will be consulted as to its position, at this point the Referees decision will be final. Under no circumstances whatsoever must either player touch a ball.