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Constitution and Rules V10.3

1. Name and Objects.
2. Membership of the League.
3. Constitution of the League and Divisions.
4. Registration of Players.
5. Management of the League.
6. League Finances.
7. Annual General Meeting.
8. Transfer of Players.
9. Discipline and Complaints.
10. General Match Regulations.
11. Competitions.
12. Trophies.

 

Competition Rules

1. League Championships General Rules
2. Individual Billiards Championship
3. Individual Snooker Championship
4. Snooker Pairs Championship
5. Snooker Team Handicap Regulations
6. Billiard Team Handicap Regulations
Amendments/Additions/END


1.0 Name and Objects.

The name of the Farnham and District Billiards and Snooker League (hereinafter called "The League").

1.1 The objective of the League shall be the promotion of the interests of the game of billiards and snooker by the organization of league and knockout competitions.

1.2 For the purposes of determining eligibility for membership, the Farnham District shall be defined as comprising the area within approximately 12 miles of Farnham town centre, at the discretion of the Management Committee.
 

2.0 Membership of League

2.1 Application for membership of the League and participation in the competitions shall be considered from any club in the Farnham District possessing the necessary facilities for match play, subject if required, to a satisfactory report by an inspection subcommittee appointed by the Management Committee.

2.2 Admission to membership shall be at the discretion of the Management Committee.

2.3 Clubs may enter more than 1 team in either the Billiards and/or the Snooker League.

2.4 A fee shall be payable to the League, in respect of each separate billiards and snooker team, the amount of such fee to be determined at the preceding AGM. This fee will include the team and seven players, to be paid no later than the date of the AGM. Entry forms accompanied with a cheque made out to FDBSL may be sent to the treasurer, prior to the AGM. Entries received later than the AGM may not be considered and the funds returned.
 

3.0 Constitution of League and Divisions

3.1 The constitution of the League and the various Divisions shall be determined by the Management Committee.

3.2 Promotion between the divisions shall be on the basis of the TOP Three teams being promoted, and the Bottom Three teams being relegated. (Note: The make up and number of the divisions will be determined by the management committee to form the best combination possible with the number of teams entered, this may result in MORE than three teams going up . Ref 3.1)

3.3 The winner and runner up of the division will be decided by the team that has the highest number of points in the division. The teams to be relegated will have the lowest number of points in the division. In the event that two or more teams have equal points the number of drawn and lost games will be taken into consideration, if winsdraws and lost points are equal, a play off match will take place.

3.4 Play off match rules. The two captains will arrange the match to be played at a neutral venue, within six weeks of the end of season, all players will be drawn for order of play, in the event of a 2-2 draw the last two players will respot the black ball and the match will be decided on the outcome.

3.5 At the discretion of the Management Committee, teams transferring from one club to another may remain in the same division. Any new teams elected to the League will commence in the lowest division. However at the discretion of the Management Committee, if a new team enters with 2 or more players who have previously played in a higher division, they can ask to be placed in a higher division.

3.6 No division in the Snooker League shall consist of more than fourteen teams; in the Billiards League up to sixteen teams, the number of divisions will be at the discretion of the Management Committee.
 

4 Registration of Players

4.1 Names of all players taking part in League and other competitions shall be registered with the Results Secretary on the WEBSITE: At the start of the season. The Captain of the team must register players to the team, at the start of the season, i.e. every player in the first match should be registered by that match, others can be added after. Registered players must be bona-fide members of the club for whom they are registered and be certified by the Club Secretary or other authorized official.

4.2 A player may register to play billiards for one club and snooker for another club in that League for which he is specifically registered. The appropriate fee must be paid by both clubs.

4.3 Subject to the provision of Rule 8.5 and 4.1, new players may be registered at any time during the season, such registration to be notified in writing to the Results Secretary, not less than seven days prior to their participation in any League competitions.

4.4 For playing an unregistered player, or player registered to the wrong team, the Management Committee may, at their discretion impose the following penalties.
      a) Forfeiture of any points won by that player, and the points awarded to the opposing side.
      b) Forfeiture of such additional points as the Management Committee may decide, subject to a maximum of four points and the points awarded to the opposing side.
 

5 Management of the League

5.1 The conduct of the League shall be the responsibility of a Management Committee, elected at the AGM, consisting of Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer (the Officers), together with up to seven other members.

5.2 The Management Committee shall meet as often as required during the year.

5.3 Four members having the power to vote shall constitute a quorum, providing that at least one of these shall be an officer.

5.4 In the event of a casual vacancy arising on the committee, the remaining members may coopt a replacement for the remainder of the season.

5.5 Decisions of the Committee shall be by majority vote. All members of the Committee, with the exception of the Secretary, shall have the power to vote. In the event of a tie in any vote, the Chairman shall have a second and casting vote.

5.6 The Management Committee may nominate any one or more of their number to perform such specified duties or functions as they may determine from time to time, or set up a subCommittee to consider and report on specific questions.

5.7 The Management Committee shall be responsible for:
      1) Approval of the League fixtures.
      2) Consideration and settlement of any dispute in the interpretation of these rules, or of the games of billiards and snooker as laid down by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association.
      3) Consideration of any complaints submitted in accordance with section 9 of these rules, regarding the conduct of any club, team or registered player and the imposition of penalties as deemed appropriate. The Committee shall hear evidence from the parties involved, and any other competent witness in dealing with such complaints, and the Committee's decision shall be final.

5.8 World Wide Web: The management committee will appoint a manager to maintain a site and will approve payments for the registration and upkeep of the site. The site will provide information about the League. The fixtures, results and position of the teams will be updated during the season. All competitions will be run from the site.


6 League Finances

6.1 The Treasurer shall be responsible for the receipt and payment of all monies, subject to the approval of the Management Committee, the recording of same in books of account, and the preparation of the annual accounts.

6.2 Committees’ responsibility for the accounts
The League's by-laws requires the Committee to prepare financial statements for each financial year which give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the League and of the income and expenditure for the year. In preparing those financial statements, the Committee is required to:
-  select suitable accounting policies and apply them consistently;
-  make judgments and estimates that are reasonable and prudent;
-  prepare the financial statements on the going concern basis unless it is inappropriate to presume that the League will continue to operate.
The Committee is responsible for keeping proper books of account relating to the transactions, assets and liabilities of the League as are necessary in order to prepare accounts which show a true and fair view, explain its transactions, and have chosen to comply with the Co-operative and Community Benefits Societies Act 2014 rules relating to the accounts. They are also responsible for establishing and maintaining a satisfactory system of control, in order to safeguard the assets of the League.

6.3 The Committee may, if they think fit, raise monies by draws and raffles in order to supplement League Funds.

6.4 The Leagues bankers shall be the National Westminster Bank, The Borough. Of Farnham.

6.5 All cheques shall bear the signatures of two officers of the League, one of whom shall be the Treasurer.

6.6 The Committee shall be responsible for the placing of funds to the best advantage of the League.


7 Annual General Meeting

7.1 The Annual General Meeting shall be held on the second Monday of June subject to the discretion of the Chairman.

7.2 Each Club may appoint one delegate per registered team to represent them at the meeting, who will have the authority to express the views of their clubs and vote on any motion submitted in writing to the meeting.

7.3 Notice of the date and venue of the Meeting shall be circulated to member clubs not less than four weeks before the date. Clubs wishing to submit items or motions for inclusion in the Agenda must do so, in writing, not less than two weeks before the Meeting.

7.4 The Agenda for the AGM shall be circulated to member clubs not less than seven days before the Meeting.

7.5 Proposals to amend these rules must be made in accordance with Rule 7.3, and shall be included in the Agenda. Only in exceptional circumstances will proposals, not previously submitted, be accepted by the Chairman.


8 Transfer of Players

8.1 A player may be transferred to another team in a higher division for two weeks only within the same club. After two weeks, he will be deemed to be attached to the higher side; no player may move from a higher side to a lower division without a two match break.

8.2 A player may be transferred to another team in the same division from within the same club, but he may not return to the original without a two week break.

8.3 No player may transfer to another team within the last four weeks of the League season.

8.4 No player may play for more than one team within one week.

8.5 A player wishing to transfer from one club to another must be registered by his new club not less than fourteen days before it is intended to play him, during which time he may not play for either club.

8.6 At the discretion of the Management Committee, an entire team may transfer from one member club to another without loss of position.

8.7 No professional players are permitted to play league matches in the game for which they are a registered as a professional.

9 Discipline and Complaints

9.1 Complaints concerning the conduct of any club, team or registered player, or the failure to comply with any rules shall be made in writing, within seven days to the Secretary, who shall make arrangements for the complaint to be considered in accordance with Rule 5.7(3).

9.2 The Committee may, after consideration of any complaint, impose any one or more of the following penalties as they think appropriate.
      1) Forfeiture of points scored in a game or match;
      2) Fines;
      3) Suspension of players, teams or clubs for definite or indefinite periods;
      4) Expulsion from League of players, teams and clubs;

9.3 Any player, team or club shall have the right to appeal against any finding against them, or penalty imposed upon them.


10 General Match Regulations

10.1 Matches will be a maximum of four frames. Play should commence as near possible 7.45 pm. but no later than 8.15 pm. At the conclusion of each, the next pair must be available to play. If no player from one team has arrived by 8.15 pm. that team shall forfeit the first game, and thereafter, one subsequent game until such time as a player or players do arrive. If no players from one team have arrived by 9.00 pm., all four points shall be awarded to the opposing team. Each player may only play one frame per match.

10.2 Order of play shall be at the discretion of the visiting team, and must be written down before the home team is drawn by the visiting team captain.

10.3 Members of the home team shall act as referees. The visiting team must check the scores are marked correctly.

10.4 All games shall be played in accordance with the rules as laid down, and amended from time to time, by the World Professional Billiards & Snooker Association.

10.5 Scoring in League Matches shall be on the basis of one point for each winner.

10.6 In the Billiards League, the team will consist of three players with the winner of each game being the first player to reach or pass 150 points, one point awarded for each 25 points scored. In the Snooker League, each pair shall play one frame. All matches must be played to the finish.

10.7 Results: The result of each match played must be submitted to the Results Secretary by EMAIL. The captain of the visiting team, AND, the captain of the home team, are responsible for ensuring that the result is submitted by
TEXT - EMAIL or WEBSITE BY SUNDAY 9pm. The Committee may impose penalties on teams persistently failing to
observe this rule.
If no result is submitted in this time, the result shall be entered as a 2 - 2 draw in the Snooker League and 0 - 0 
7 - 7 in the Billiards League and this result shall stand, unless evidence of extenuating circumstances giving rise to the failure is
produced to the satisfaction of the Management Committee.

10.8 Postponed Matches. Any team unable to fulfil a League fixture must give 24 hours notice of postponement to the nominated delegate or correspondent of the opposing club of the scheduled date, (no later than 8pm. on the evening prior to the scheduled date) Failure to give the required notice will result in forfeiture of maximum points to the opposing team. Matches postponed must be played within four weeks of their original fixture date; matches NOT played within four weeks of their fixture date shall be entered at the end of the season as 0-0 draws. The Management Committee, at their discretion, may extend the time limit for the rearrangement of such matches.

10.9 Notification of postponement of a fixture must be submitted in writing/email to the Results Secretary by both teams concerned, within the timescale laid down in Rule 10.7, failing which, action as specified in that rule will be instituted. Dates of rearranged matches must be notified in writing/email to the Results Secretary not less than 48 hours before they are due to be played, and the result reported as rule 10.8. No matches may be postponed in the last four weeks of the fixture list.

10.10 Where a team includes players who may be prohibited from playing in an opposing club, by virtue of provisions in that club's rules (e.g. female or junior players), mutual agreement must be reached between the two teams concerned for the fulfilment of any fixture where such rules may adversely affect a visiting team. Such agreement must be reached not less than seven days before the date of the fixture, and the match must be played by no later than seven days after that date. Details of any change to the date and/or venue must be notified in writing to the Results Secretary at least three days before the due date. It will be the responsibility of teams who may be affected by such local rules to identify, in advance, those clubs where problems may arise. Provided that the provisions of this rule are complied with, no home team may claim advantage by virtue of inhouse rules.

10.11 Refreshments will be provided by the home team.

10.12 The home team will not practice after 7.30 pm and will prepare the table for match play at 7.45 pm. The visiting team will not use the match table, or any other table for practice, prior to the match, and will observe the home team's club rules on use of tables.


11 Competitions

11.1 The Management Committee shall set up a Competitions subCommittee to organize and run the annual Billiards and Snooker Championships and when possible the Presidents Trophy, the Youth Tournament and such other events as they may decide from time to time.

11.2 The basis on which such competitions are run shall be determined by the Management Committee.


12 Trophies

12.1 Trophies shall be awarded as determined from time to time by the Management Committee.

12.2 Team trophies and the individual challenge cups shall remain the property of the league and may not be won outright.

12.3 It shall be the responsibility of clubs or individuals holding trophies belonging to the League to return them to a member of the committee Not less than eight weeks before the annual presentation night.

12.4 Trophies awarded will be presented to the individuals at the presentation night. Any individual not able to attend must contact the Management Committee, to make other arrangements for collection.


LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS
GENERAL RULES 

1.0 The draw for each round of all championship competitions shall be made and issued by the Competitions subCommittee, and a completion date shall be specified for each round.

1.1 The player or pair drawn at home shall be responsible for contacting the away player(s) to arrange the date and time for the match to be played. Should the home player(s) have made no attempt to arrange the match by a date two weeks before the closing date of the round, home advantage will than pass to the away player(s). Any difficulty in contacting opponents must be reported to the Competitions Secretary before the closing date of the round.

1.2 Matches must be played by the specified closing date, and the result Email/card received by the Competitions Secretary within 48 hours of that date, failing which both players and pairs may be eliminated from the competition. Players will referee each other or appoint a referee acceptable to both players.

1.3 It shall be the responsibility of the winner of each match to notify the Competitions Secretary of the result by Email/card.

1.4 Semifinal and final matches will be played on neutral tables on dates to be determined by the Competitions subCommittee. For semifinal and final matches, referees will be appointed by the Competitions subCommittee. In the event of any dispute arising, the facts shall be considered by the Competitions subCommittee, and their decision shall be final. Any queries must be directed to the Competitions Secretary.


Individua
l Billiards Championship
 

2.0 All matches up to an including the quarter finals shall be of 200 up. The semifinal shall be of 250 up and the final 300 up.


Individual Snooker Championships

3.0 All matches shall be the best of 3 up to quarterfinal, best of 5 in quarterfinal and semifinal, and then best of 7 in the final.


Snooker Pairs Championships

4.0 All matches shall be the best of 3 frames, up to the final which shall be best of 5 frames


Snooker Team Handicap Knockout

5.0 All teams playing in the Billiards and Snooker Leagues shall be entered automatically in the appropriate competition.

5.1 Team handicaps and the draw for each round shall be determined by the Competitions subCommittee.

5.2 Matches must be played by the stated date each week, No postponements are allowed, any team unable to play on the fixture date will be eliminated from the knock out.

5.3 Matches shall be refereed and marked on the same basis as for league matches, Order of play shall be at the discretion of the visiting team, and must be written down before the home team is drawn by the visiting team captain (rule 10)

5.4 The semi Final and Final will have a referee appointed and will be played at a neutral venue decided by the Competitions secretary. Order of play will be decided by a draw for all players. No teams will practice on the match tables or any other tables, prior to the match. Refreshments will be provided by the management committee.

5.5 Team handicaps shall be marked on the score board at the start of each frame.

5.6 Each frame must be played until the black ball is potted; in the event of a tie in any frame, the black shall be respotted in accordance with rule 4(ac) of section 3 of the Rules of Snooker.

5.7 Each match shall be decided on the number of frames won, but, in the event of a 2-2 draw, the winners shall be the team scoring the higher aggregate of points, including handicaps. Should a match end in a 2-2 draw and a tie on aggregate points, the last pair to play shall replay the black ball, which shall be respotted in accordance with rule 4(ac) of section 3 of the Rules of Snooker.

5.8 The result must be reported the following evening by 1700 hrs. Visit the web site; www.fdbsl.co.uk/Online Result Forms/ Snooker Handicap Team Knockout.

5.9 (10.11) Refreshments will be provided by the home team. (10.12) the home team will not practice after 7.30 pm and will prepare the table for match play at 7.45 pm. The visiting team will not use the match table, or any other table for practice.


Billiards Team Handicap Knockout

6.0 "Receive" handicaps shall be marked on the scoreboard at the start of each game. "Owe" handicaps must be played off first; the scoreboard returned to zero before the player starts to the score the 150 points.

6.1 Points shall be awarded in accordance with Rule 10.6 10.7. In the event of a tie on such points awarded, the aggregate final scores of the three games shall decide the winners. In the event of a tie on points awarded and also on aggregate scores, the team winning two games shall be the winners.

 

END


Amendments/Additions


. AGM: 6th June 2010. All amendments incorporated in rules 2010 V10

. AGM: 6th June 2011 At the AGM a vote for the adoption of rules 2010 V10 was proposed and voted on and passed unanimously.
      2.1 A proposal to change Rule 4.1 was passed.
      2.2 A proposal to change Rule 4.4 was passed.

. AGM: 11th June 2012
      3.1 A proposal to change rule 3.2 was passed
Promotion between the divisions shall be on the basis of the TOP Three teams being promoted, and the Bottom Three teams being relegated
      3.2 A proposal to change rule 10.7 was passed
Results: The result of each match played must be submitted to the Results Secretary
by EMAIL. The captain of the visiting team , AND, the captain of the home team, are
responsible for ensuring that the result is submitted by TEXT - EMAIL or WEBSITE
BY SUNDAY 9pm.

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