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These rules are issued to all registered teams within the league. Please note that these rules will be used throughout the entire season, and will also apply where appropriate to all competitions.

It is the responsibility of the Captain to retain this booklet for reference, and ensure that all players are conversant with it.

This document is split into two sections - The Constitution; gives details of the way the league is managed by the committee. The General Rules; give details of rules that govern the running of the league.

New or amended rules from last season are highlighted in RED.

The Committee

Telephone 07766 516903

22 The Oval, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 7EL
Telephone 01235 818255 – 07977 078192

Telephone 07773 790266

Section 1 – The Constitution

1. The name of the league shall be the "The Abingdon & District Pool League" hereafter known as the League.
2. The League is formed for the purpose of promoting pool amongst all players in the Abingdon and District area. The League shall organise team, individual and pairs competitions to be run throughout the season.
3. That the League is limited to pubs/club that fall within a 6 mile radius of Abingdon Town Hall (this may be extended for surrounding villages)

3. The League shall select a management committee to undertake all League business.
4. The Committee shall consist of a Chairperson, Secretary, and Treasurer and up to five other members drawn from the affiliated teams.
5. The three main officers will be responsible for the finances of the League; all cheques must have two signatures in accordance with the bank mandate. The Treasurer will maintain adequate records of income and expenditure and at all times observe proper banking procedures. The accounting year shall end on the last day of the month immediately preceding that in which the AGM occurs.
6. The three main officers will hold office for two years. Other elected members of the Committee will hold office for one year. The retiring members will be eligible for re-election without nomination. The Committee will appoint any member of the incumbent committee to fill any vacancy that may occur. The Committee may also co-opt any person whose appointment would be beneficial to the Committee.
7. The Committee shall hold a meeting at intervals conducive to efficient management of League business. At all Committee meetings three members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum for the purpose of carrying on the business of the League.
8. At a Committee meeting all Committee members present shall be entitled to one vote. In the event of a tie the chairman shall have an additional deciding vote.
9. Any member of the committee may call a meeting after giving 24 hours notice and reasons for doing so to the rest of the Committee.
10. Subject to this constitution (as amended at any General Meeting), the Committee shall have full authority, to make any decision that, in their opinion, is deemed necessary or beneficial to the League members.
11. The League will endeavour to reimburse all reasonable expenses incurred by any member of the Committee while conducting business on behalf of the League, such expenses to be approved by the Committee.
12. The Secretary will be provided with a bursary of £150 per season towards the cost of running the league.

12. An Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held by the League following each season, at which the election of the Committee will be held, and at which any member can charge the committee to give full account of any action taken by the committee.
13. Any member wishing to add any item to the agenda, or make a nomination for the Committee, must notify the Secretary, in writing, at least seven days before the meeting. Committee must inform members of the time and venue of the AGM in good time.
14. An Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) may be requested by any six captains of the League on application to the Committee. Any letter of request for an EGM must contain six signatures of current captains of the league. Such meeting should take place under the same conditions as for an AGM in rule 12. An EGM shall take place if at any time the Committee feel it necessary, or if circumstances reduce the committee such that a quorum cannot be achieved.
15. The following people will be entitled to one vote each at a General Meeting:
a. All elected members of Committee present.
b. All team representatives present, affiliated for the summer and/or winter season in the twelve months previous to the Meeting.
In the event of a tie the Chairman shall have an additional casting vote.

16. Membership shall be open to all teams, clubs and public houses in the Abingdon & District area.
17. The Committee reserve the right to refuse membership to any team or individual if for any reason they consider that granting membership shall be detrimental to the league.
18. All teams shall pay fees as agreed at an AGM. Only fully paid up teams will be entitled to enter any competitions organised by the League.
19. All monies held by the League will, after deductions for legitimate expenses, be used for the benefit of all League members.
20. All competitions run under the auspices of the League will be played under European Blackball Association (EBA) Rules, as amended from time to time, and also under the League procedural rules. However the Committee shall have the right to alter any playing rule that they decide necessary. The Committee shall promulgate copies of all current relevant rules to member teams.

21. All members shall endeavour at all times to abide by the rules of the League.
22. The Committee reserve the right to suspend, fine or expel any individual or team for breach of these rules or any other rule that the committee makes at any future time or for any act deemed to have brought the League into disrepute. Any member/team will be afforded every opportunity to defend/explain themselves to the Committee.
23. Any team expelled from the League will forfeit the whole of any subscriptions paid for the current year, and any rights accorded to them as members of the League.
24. All arrears owed to the league must be paid by the commencement of a season for the team to be eligible to play in that season.
25. Any member may request the committee to mediate in any dispute they may have with any other member/team within the League. Any decisions reached by the Committee will be final and binding on all parties.
26. Participants are expected to play their matches in a sporting manner. Players are reminded that when they play away from home they are to ensure that their conduct does not cause offence to their host.
27. In the event of a team having a genuine complaint against another team or player, the complaint must be sent to the league secretary, in writing, within 48 hours of the incident, accompanied by a £5 fee. If the complaint is upheld the fee will be returned to the plaintiff.

Section 2 - General Rules

1) Captains
a) Each team should elect a Captain to manage the business of the team.
b) The Captain is required to sign the result cards, thus giving declaration that the result be true and binding. If the Captain is not playing or present then a Vice Captain should be nominated for the duration of the match.
See ‘Referees and Playing disputes” for what to do should a dispute arise during a match.

c) The Captain is required to ensure that all players and referees are conversant with the rules of the league, and that the nominated referee does so in an impartial manner.

d) The telephone number of other Captains will be given to each Captain to allow for match rearrangement. Any changes to the Captain or their contact number must be passed on to the Secretary immediately.

e) After arriving for a match, the away team Captain should use the time allowed for a free practice game (7.30pm-7.45pm) to fill out the result card with their team order, and to ensure that his/her team is happy that the table is in a fit state for the match (see ‘3.1.c’).
The Captain has a number of additional responsibilities detailed on the following pages.

2) Start time, Lateness and Absence
a) Matches will take place weekly on SUNDAY evenings, as detailed in the fixture list distributed by the league secretary. Matches cannot be played beyond the date stipulated on the fixture list except in the following circumstances;

1. Where circumstances arise that are beyond a teams control i.e. Pub Refurbishment, Table damaged etc.
2. Where both teams agree to a definite date on which to play a rearranged match, provided that; (a) said date is no more than 7 days after the original date as stipulated on the fixture list, (b) both teams notify the league secretary of the postponement and the date on which the match is to be played. Failure to inform the secretary will result in the match being void.
3. Where a major Pool Tournament is taking place over a weekend i.e. County Finals, BAPTO, Champion of Champions, Golden Cue etc and a number of local players are attending, teams may apply for the 7 day period as per 2 above to be extended. Each case will be considered on its own merits. Matches must be played before the half way point if re-arranged in the first half of the season and played before the last week of league matches if re-arranged in the second half of the season

b) NO team is obliged to rearrange a match but should consider the request of their opponents as long as it doesn’t have a detrimental affect their own team. Furthermore, there will be occasions where a player from a team consisting of a basic 5 players, may be working later in the evening or will be late arriving following work. Current niceties (though NO obligation exists) permit said player(s) to play all his/her frames early prior to work or late upon their arrival from work i.e. out of the order on the Result Card.
Teams are warned not to abuse this and where reserves are present they are obliged to use them is such circumstances.
Teams may, by mutual consent rearrange a match to be played earlier than the date stipulated on the fixture list.
c) The official start time is 7.30pm. Teams must be ready to commence within 15 minutes of the start time otherwise the team at fault will forfeit the first frame; subsequent frames will be forfeit every 10 minutes

If for any reason the team/players are going to be late it is courtesy to notify
the opposing team. Late arrival may mean the forfeit of a practice frame and the opportunity to check that the table is in a fit state for the match.

d) Any team that fails to turn up will suffer a 10-0 defeat; all players in said team will suffer 3 losses in their individual statistics. The winning team will receive a 10-0 win; players will receive wins as per the completed Result Card

e) If a match fails to finish on time due to the pub closing, and the Landlord is not willing to let the match finish, then the Captain’s should arrange for the match to be completed on another date. If, however, one of the teams arrived late for the match (i.e. after 7.45pm), the incomplete game/games should be awarded to the team present on time. The secretary must be informed if this situation arises

3) The Match
a) All team matches comprise of 15 singles in 3 sessions of 5 with a maximum of 15 players playing in any 1 match. A player may only play once per session

b) Match points will be awarded as follows: 1 point per frame win.

c) A “BLIND” draw is to be used to determine who plays who; the order of play should be written down separately by each Captain before the match, and then transferred onto the result card. In all cases players cannot be changed if they are subsequently unable to play unless the Captain of the opposing team is agreeable. The order of matches can also only be altered once the fixture has started if both Captains’ agree.

d) Each session should be filled in prior to the session commencing.

e) The first frame will commence by way of the "lag" as per the EBA playing rules; thereafter alternative breaks being used

f) Play must be continuous; any player not present when due to play will lose their frame

4) Player Eligibility Rules
a) Teams can play as many players as required throughout the season. However players will only be fully registered with a team once they have played in a match and appear on a result card

b) Any player-registered pre-season with a team may play for another team without transferring as long as they have not played for their original team.. The Committee reserves the right to refuse registration of players who sign on after the season has started if, in their view, it causes a serious imbalance to the Section their team is playing in.

c) Teams may register (not withstanding Rule 4.b above) players up to the half way point of the “League Season”. After which time the following clauses apply:

Teams may register and play anyone whose ability at a cue sport is below Men’s County ‘A’ Team standard.  The committee will have sole jurisdiction to decide if a player is, or is not of said standard regardless of whether they actually play County Pool or not  i.e. a snooker player who regularly knocks in breaks of 75+ would, in normal circumstances, be classed as a player of Men’s County ‘A’ Team standard

It will be the Team’s responsibility to reasonably ascertain whether or not a new player falls within the said standard and should contact the Secretary/Committee Member for guidance if doubt exists. Playing a regular guy sat at the bar just to make the numbers up would, in normal circumstances, not require clarification from the committee...

Teams may play as many Ladies & under 18’s (subject to League Rules) throughout the season

d) A Player cannot play for A & B teams of any pub/club without being transferred.

e) If a team plays an ineligible player, the frame(s) played by that player shall be awarded to the opposing team and the team will incur a 3 point penalty for each ineligible player played
f) Landlords may play home league matches for both the A & B teams, but once they have played an away match for either team they can only play in away matches for that team, once they have played for one team in the Team Knockout they are cup tied and can only play for that team in future rounds. Additionally, they can only play for one team per week of the season.
g) According to the Gaming Act, players under the age of 18 may only play on a pool table in a pub with the landlord’s express permission. Any captain who has players under the age of 18 is advised to check with the landlord before arriving at away venues.
h) Only 2 players aged under 18 may play for a team in an individual match
i) In order to play in the “Open Singles” players must have either (i) played in 6 matches prior to the opening Round(s) of the event or (ii) have a history of regularly playing in the league. (Dispensation will be given where BYES exist in any section). To enter the League Doubles, only one partner is requires to meet this criteria...

5) Transferring of Players
a) Should any player wish to transfer to another team during the season, he/she must make an application in writing to the Secretary. A fee of £3 (to be paid to the Treasurer in cash) will be levied for each transfer. The full reason for the request must be stated. The Committee will consider the application, and the player is not allowed to play for the team they wish to transfer to until approval from the Committee is given.

b) A player can only make one transfer per season A transferred player forfeits any wins for their old team for the purposes of the ‘most wins’ competition, but the team he/she has transferred from keeps the match points he/she has won.

c) A transferred player will be ‘cup-tied' and not permitted to play in any remaining Team Knockout or Plate matches for their new team.

6) Referees and Playing Disputes
a) The home team will provide the referee for every frame, so captains should ensure that their players are fully conversant with the rules.
b) In the event of a dispute the referee shall consult the playing rules before making a decision. If after consulting the rules a dispute still exists, both team captains shall consult privately and agree upon the correct action to be taken. If agreement still cannot be reached, they should attempt to contact the Secretary, or another committee member. They will make an interim decision on the course of action to be taken, which will be binding on both teams. Following a dispute resolved in this way, the committee will meet to ensure that the correct decision was made and to amend the decision if applicable. If a member of the committee cannot be contacted, the referee's original decision shall stand and the frame shall continue. The two team captains shall make a report in writing to the secretary. On receipt of such a report, the league committee shall meet and rule on the correct course of action.
c) Any disputes about individual frames are not in themselves reason enough for a match to be abandoned. Any team refusing to complete a match because of such dispute will forfeit any outstanding frames.

7) Reporting of Results
a) Both teams must contact the Secretary by text email or telephone and inform him of the result, within 24 hrs of the match being played (even if the matched is claimed).
b) The winning team is to ensure that the Result Card is completed correctly and is sent to the League Secretary; to arrive within 3 days of the date the match took place (even if the match is claimed).
c) Captains are responsible for making sure the result card is filled in correctly. If a card is incomplete, the score will be whatever is written on the card.
d) Ineligible names on Result Card will result in said player not being awarded individual frame in their win/loss stats.

8) Venues and Change of Venue
a) All teams must register their home venue with the league.
b) In the event of a team wishing to change its venue mid season, the secretary must be given 7 days notice, preferably in writing.
c) The minimum desirable requirement for an acceptable venue shall be:
 A standard six, seven or eight foot tables, a seven-foot table being the recommended size.
 The match table shall be level and have a surface of reasonable quality.
 The table shall be clearly marked and maintained in a clean and well presented manner.
 A rest and/or spider must be made available
 Every effort should be made to ensure adequate playing space is available around the table
 An area must be available adjacent to the table for viewing purposes.
The Committee may refuse to accept any team whose venue does not conform to this standard

9) Availability of League Rules
a) A copy of these league rules and current official playing rules shall be made available for all matches by the home team.
b) A copy of the official WPA Blackball Rules are available, upon request, from the League Secretary. Your pub/club table operator can also provide you with a copy
c) Captains should insure that all players and especially the referees are conversant with the playing rules

10) Determination of Championship, Promotion & Relegation
a) If two or more teams are tied by points in positions affecting the championship, promotion or relegation places the tie shall be broken as follows:The team having won the greater frame difference shall take precedence..The team having won the greater number of frames shall take precedence.

If there is still a tie, the teams involved shall play off under a format to be decided by the committee, at such time and venue as is decided by the committee.

Where possible, teams that finish in the top/bottom two places each year will be subject to promotion/relegation to the section above/below. This will depend on that team re-entering with a similar strength team, as well as other circumstances.

Final section placement will rest with the Committee, whose will try to ensure similar ability in each section.

Existing teams that wish to change their home venue in following seasons will only retain their divisional status if a minimum of 75% of regular players register for the new venue and continue to play regularly for that team.

Where a dispute arises over divisional status the committees will decide who retains the divisional status.

11) Trophies to be Awarded
a) Trophies will be awarded to all winning teams, runners up, and all knockout finalists; the trophies will be awarded on PRESENTATION NIGHT ONLY. League winners/runners up will only receive 7 trophies. (Extras can be ordered at additional cost)
b) The league will award team trophies to the winning and runner-up team in each division and to the winners of Knockout competitions, to be kept for one year only. These trophies will remain the property of The Abingdon & District Pool League at all times, and must be surrendered on request by the league.
c) The Landlord/Manager of the Pub/club, where a trophy is being held will be entirely responsible for its safe custody during the season, and as such are fully liable for any damage or loss incurred during the time in their care. All trophies must be returned in a polished condition, 4 weeks prior to the presentation night.
d) A ‘Most Wins’ trophy is awarded to the player topping the performance-ranking list, as produced by the Secretary for each division for that season.

12) Teams Withdrawing or Failing to Fulfil Fixtures
a) Any team failing to turn up for a fixture, unless due to extenuating circumstances (not player shortages), will automatically lose 10-0 on the 1st & 2nd occasions and expelled from the league on the 3rd occasion. If expelled all results against them, including player performance will be expunged; unless during the second half of the season, whereby the results from the first half of the season will stand…
Teams/Players expelled under this rule may also be refused entry for the following season
b) Teams unable to fulfil a fixture due to exceptional circumstances (not player shortages) must give as much notice as possible to their opponents.. Additionally, the Secretary must be informed should this situation arise.
c) If exceptional circumstances arise i.e. pub refurbishment, whereby a team cannot fulfil a home fixture the committee may grant a ‘date extension’ for the affected match(s). If the fixture is a cup match, the team will be instructed to play the fixture away. The committee if granting a ‘date extension’ will inform any teams affected and advises of any appropriate action to be taken. Please note that each case will be decided on its own merit.
d) No team (s) should accept notice of a ‘date extension from anyone other than the League Secretary, who will inform all teams affected both verbally and in writing, if appropriate.
e) Should any team wish to withdraw from the league at any stage during the season, notice should be given to the secretary as the earliest opportunity so that other team can be notified.

13) Knock-Out Competitions
a) Once a player has played in the Team KO, event, they cannot play for any  other team in the relevant cup for that season; i.e. they are cup tied.
b) No player can represent one pub/club in the league and another pub/club in  the Team KO, event However players of the A & B teams etc of the same  pub/club may join together to play in the Doubles. Players can represent  any league pub/club in the Singles and Doubles competitions
c) Winners must telephone their result to the Secretary on 07977 078192 (if  unavailable, leave a message) within 24 hrs of the match, or lose their place  in the next round.
d) Teams that have not received the competition draws 10 days before the due  date should immediately contact the Secretary.
e) Singles & Doubles Competitions will be held at different venues or at one  single venue

Where a single venue is used, players will be given a fixed time at which to register, this will be circulated with the Draw

Where a different venues are used, players should be at their allotted venue by 7.30pm

Players must be ready to commence within 15 minutes of their allotted time otherwise they will forfeit the first frame; subsequent frames will be forfeit every 10 minutes

14) Summer League Rule Variations
The following rules are applicable to the SUMMER LEAGUE ONLY and will supersede any conflict with the General Rules listed in this handbook

a) Teams will be computer drawn into groups of up to 6 teams playing home & away against each team in their group. Groups in which a BYE exists will have averages counted towards their final league placing.

b) All group results will be collated in an “Overall League Table” which will determine placing for the Summer Cup, Summer Shield, Summer Plate or Summer Medal (Knockouts subject to entries)

c) The teams placed 1st to 8th will contest the Summer Cup, teams placed 9th to 16th will contest the Summer Shield, , teams placed 17th to 24th will contest the Summer Plate and teams placed 25th to 32nd will contest the Summer Medal. All competitions will be straight knock-out

d) Teams will be seeded during the knock-out stages, based on their finishing place in the “Overall League Table”

e) Teams that cannot be separated by the normal criteria for qualification shall nominate a player to play-off against players of tied teams. Captains will be informed by the Secretary if this situation arises and of the playoff criteria

f) All team matches comprise of 5 individual “best of 3 frames” matches, with the number of frames won counting towards the final match score. Players “lag” once per individual match

g) Match points will be awarded as follows: 3 points per match win, 1 point if match drawn

h) Any team failing to turn up for a fixture unless due to extenuating circumstances (not player shortages), will automatically lose 10-0 on the 1st occasions and expelled from the league on the 2nd occasion. If expelled all results against them will be expunged; unless during the second half of the season, whereby the results from the first half of the season will stand…
Teams/Players expelled under this rule may also be refused entry for the following season

i) In knock-out stages only; If the scores are level after the final match the 5th  players will play an extra “sudden death” frame

j) During the Knockout Stages, where both teams at a “one table” venue are seeded to play at home, priority (involving all teams affected) will be given to the team finishing higher in the Overall Table and fixtures may be reversed. In exceptional circumstances fixtures/seedings may be changed

15) Other General Rules
a) It is customary for the home team to provide food refreshments for the visiting team (optional for the Team Knockout & Summer League).

b) Disciplinary action will be taken against any team or player who repeatedly behaves in an unacceptable manner, the severest penalty which can be incurred is for a team or player to be banned from participating in the league.
d) Unsportsmanlike play will not be tolerated. Should a player blatantly attempt to distract their opponent (putting cue away during a frame as if all is lost for example), then the Referee should award the frame to their opponent.
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