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Dumfries Singles Snooker League Rules

Section 1: General Rules.

Entry Fee is to be charged at £20 for the season.

Players are required to pay a £3.00 match fee for every league fixture and share the table hire cost with their opponent. Table fees to be charged at half price for league and Cup fixtures (This will not apply on Friday’s and Saturday’s).

All match fee payments should be made before playing your fixture (where possible).
Payments can be made by Bank Transfer. Account Details On Request. This match fee goes towards end of season prize money for leagues and cups (not including Scratch Trophy as this will be by entry fee). This will also be used to pay for trophies and other expenses along with sponsorship monies (Records of accounts can be shared upon request and will be published at close of season).

There will be no match fee for the Scratch Trophy or Memorial Cup matches.

Players who play a third match without clearing outstanding match fee balance will be deducted 1pt per week until cleared. (First point will be deducted 7 days after 3rd unpaid match has been played)

It is advised that players keep match fee balance topped up, this can be topped up anytime.

A box will be left in the Sands Snooker Club if players wish to top up balance by cash (box will only be emptied on Sunday evenings).

Players have 7 days to play each weekly fixture.

All weekly matches will have until Midnight on Sundays to complete the fixture.

The onus is on both players to arrange a suitable date/time to play fixture. If a day cannot be agreed either player can postpone the fixture, giving an additional 21 days to arrange a suitable date/time from the end of that match week.

Future league matches can be played early if agreement reached between both players concerned. The league organiser must be informed of any matches being played early.

The Home player is responsible for sending in the result and breaks over 40

Players will play a home and away fixture. Players with the home fixture have the choice of table and can opt to play with their own set of balls should they have one. This is non-negotiable.

League Matches will consist of 4-frames. With 1pt scored per frame won.

Century Break Prize will be £20 per 100+ break made.

Maximum Break Prize will be £50 and a medal.

During match play, you are the referee. You should call out the break as it occurs, replacing colours as they are potted. The scoreboard should be checked by each player after the latest score has been added to both players agreement before the next shot is played (once the next shot has been played scores cannot be altered). The ref’s decision is final.

Players who leave the league before its completion will have their previous played fixtures marked as "Void". Points will be removed from players for these fixtures. Future fixtures will be marked "Free Week" with no points available.

There is no miss rule in this league. The only exemption to this will be where a qualified referee is officiating a match, then he/she will use the miss rule to his/her discretion. (This will most likely only be during cup finals)

If players finish the season level on points positions will then be decided on the following count back criteria :

1) Matches won
2) Best of 3 Play-off (this will only be for 1st and 2nd places; all other tied placings will split prize money equally)

Section 2: Player Penalties.

If neither player postpones a match before midnight Sunday of that match week, both players will forfeit the match scoring 0pts

The player found responsible for a postponed match being unsuccessfully played within the additional 21-day period will lose the fixture 4-0, if unable to determine which player is at fault, the match will be void and both players receive 0pts, match fees still apply in either outcome.

Any player failing to attend their match by the time arranged by both players will forfeit the first frame after 30 minutes then subsequent frames every 10mins thereafter. Waiting players must remain in the club until the maximum 4 frames time has lapsed to receive the full match points. (1HR)

Players failing to play their fixture by giving the match / frame or frames away to their opponent will receive a -1pt penalty. This also includes No Shows.

Cancellations of matches can be done no later than 2 hours prior to the agreed match time. (Extreme circumstances will be considered) Failing to do so will result in losing the fixture 4-0.

Players can only cancel a match once, when rearranging make sure it is a time you can definitely make. (Extreme circumstances will be considered) Exceeding this will result in losing the match 4-0.

New player’s handicaps will be adjusted accordingly within the first 6 league matches in cases where the handicap is deemed incorrect (during these 6 games players are required to take note of final frame scores after the last ball was potted/ the frame conceded). No change can be made to handicaps after 6 league games have passed other than the normal handicap changes made by the automated system.

Section 3: Handicaps.

Players are responsible for knowing and playing off their correct handicap. Playing off an incorrect handicap will "void" the match and it will need to be replayed.

Handicaps will be adjusted after every 2 games, increasing +5pts for 2 losses in a row and decreasing -5pts for 2 wins in a row. (6 possible outcomes being (WW, WD, WL, DD, DL, LL)

Handicaps will have no limit, maximum start any player may receive is set at 60pts.

Handicaps are given to players in good faith and in the spirit that they will be used by a player to mark improvements in their own game and allow them to compete on an equal basis with better competitors – not to gain an unfair advantage.

Final Note

This is a gentleman’s sport, please be respectful of your opponent and always conduct yourself in an orderly manner.