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Rules
CONSTITUTION AND RULES

TITLE
The League shall be called the PLYMOUTH BILLIARDS LEAGUE (which may include the title of a sponsor agreed by the League).

ADMINISTRATION
The League shall be governed by a Committee comprising of: Chairman, Vice – Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer.

All offices shall be available for election each year at the Annual General Meeting.

GENERAL MEETINGS
There will be one general meeting each year at which each TEAM is to be represented:
The meeting shall be called THE ANNUAL GENERAL & REGISTRATION MEETING. This meeting shall be held after the completion of the playing season.

The business of the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will be as follows:
To accept the minutes of the last ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING.
To accept reports from the Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer.
To elect Officers and Committee as required.
To discuss the format for the following season.
To accept the registrations of teams wishing to enter the League for the following season.

Entry to the League shall be open to any club where Billiards is played within Plymouth and adjacent areas.

COMMITTEE
The Committee will be responsible to the League members for the efficient management of the business of the League. They are empowered to make such decisions as are required to fulfil those responsibilities and all such decisions shall be final and binding.

At any meetings the Chairman shall be allowed a vote on all motions proposed. Should any such motion result in a tied vote, the Chairman will also be allowed a casting vote.

Life Members attending meetings are eligible to vote on any matter discussed at that meeting.

The General Secretary may call a meeting of the Committee at any time to discuss any urgent matter pertaining to League business. He should endeavour to give at latest 48 hours’ notice of any such meeting.

Any member of the Committee who is made aware of any matter pertaining to the orderly conduct of the League should bring it to the attention of the General Secretary as soon as possible.

The Committee will be the sole arbiter in any dispute between any League members or any matter arising with the League's business howsoever it may arise.

COMPOSITION OF LEAGUE
The League shall consist of those teams which register at the Annual General & Registration Meeting each year.
Trophies will be presented to the Champions and Runners-up.

TROPHIES
Perpetual trophies, as presented to the successful clubs and individuals, will be retained by that club or individual until the date for return as directed by the League Committee. They are to be cleaned and returned to the General Secretary by the due date.
Perpetual trophies held by clubs are the responsibility of that club. The trophy is to be insured against all risks for the replacement value as provided by the Treasurer.
Perpetual trophies held by individuals are also to be insured against all risks, as above.

FINANCE
The elected Treasurer shall have control over all financial matters and will keep the Committee informed as to the financial standing of the League at each meeting.

The Treasurer shall present a reconciled balance sheet as and when required by the Committee of the League.

The Treasurer shall give guidance and make recommendations to the Committee on all aspects of income and expenditure.

REGISTRATION FEES
Registration fees will be decided annually by the Committee and presented to the Annual General Meeting as a recommendation for acceptance by League members.

PLAYING CONDITIONS AND FIXTURES
Fixtures will be played on Mondays.

Alteration of fixtures are to be allowed under the following:
The team requesting the alteration must give as much notice as possible to the opposing team and League Secretary.
The fixture must be played as soon as possible - within 4 weeks of the original date or by the end of the season whichever is soonest.
The Secretary is to be informed of the re-arranged date.
Where a match is cancelled for any reason BOTH CAPTAINS within 7 DAYS of the original match date must communicate and agree a date on which the match can be played within the 4 week period. Failure to comply with the above can result in points being deducted from both teams.
Matches to be started at 1900 hours unless by prior agreement. A game may be claimed at 1915 hours for non-appearance and thereafter at 15 minute intervals or 15 minutes after the completion of the last game played.
Where a team claims a match for any reason, the claim will be investigated by the Committee.
Team Captains may be asked to attend a Committee Meeting to present their reasons to enable a fair decision to be reached.
In clubs where the table lights are controlled by meters, the HOME side are to ensure uninterrupted light is available.
All games to be played under the control of a referee, their decision is final. Refereeing duties to be shared between the four players on the night.
The League Committee will be responsible for the provision of referees for the finals of all tournaments.
All games are to be played according to the WPBSA Rules of English Billiards currently in general use.
The League rules are also to be strictly adhered to.
DISPUTE RULE: Any disputes must be notified to the opposing Captain and to the Secretary.

PENALTIES
Penalties may be imposed as follows:-
Failure to return a Result Card or send full results to the Secretary by the Saturday following the match, the offending team may be deducted points.
Deliberate misrepresentation of a player. The team concerned to forfeit all points gained in the match.
Deliberate falsification of a Result Card. BOTH sides may forfeit all points gained in the match.
Any team fielding a player who has not been registered shall lose the points scored by that player.

CLUB AND PLAYER REGISTRATIONS
Any club may register more than one team in the League. Each team must have a pool of players registered separately.
All registration fees must be paid within 14 days of the commencement of the season. Further player registrations must be notified to the Secretary and a handicap allocated before the player plays in any competition.

SEE FIXTURES SHEETS FOR PLAYING RULES OF ROGER AYERS AND TREVOR DAVIES COMPETITIONS

INDIVIDUAL HANDICAP COMPETITION
Will be held at the discretion of the Committee and will be as follows:
Each round up to the final of this competition shall consist of one game up to 375 points. The final to be played up to 500 points. Handicaps for each round will be issued by the Committee and these are to be put on the scoreboard at the beginning of the game.

Within FOUR DAYS of the draw being received, the home player must contact his opponent and give THREE DATES on which the match may be played. Sundays are accepted only by mutual consent. Failure to comply may result in elimination.
It is the responsibility of the WINNER to notify the Secretary of the result. Failure to do so by the closing date of the round may result in both players being eliminated.
Players who for any reason have not played their scheduled match in a round should put forward a valid reason by the closing date or they will be eliminated from the competition.

SPORTING TROPHIES
A Sporting Trophy will be awarded to the TEAM that earns the most sporting points as voted on the Sporting Section on the Result Card.
A Sporting Trophy will be awarded to the PLAYER that earns the most sporting points as voted on the Sporting Section on the Result Card.
The award of sporting points is to be mutually agreed by all members of the home team.

CODE OF CONDUCT
Players/League members are expected to act with respect/decorum and dignity at all times while engaged in or as a spectator at competitive matches organised, involving or sponsored by the League. Excessive chatter, noise, swearing, movement whilst any player is at the table is not acceptable. Players are not expected to concede a game without good reason.
Any incidents reported to the League may lead to deduction of points or exclusion from the League.
Players attending representative matches are asked to observe a dress code of ‘Smart Casual’.

DISCIPLINARY ACTION
Where a player, team, or club have infringed the rules of the League in such a manner that the Committee may require an explanation, the Committee may request the player, team or Captain or any combination of these three to attend a Committee Meeting to explain the infringement. The Committee Meeting to take place before any potential disciplinary action is taken.

ANY MATTERS NOT COVERED BY THESE RULES ARE TO BE DECIDED BY THE COMMITTEE