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Dundee Scratch League
Rules 2024/25.

Section 1: General Rules.

Entry Fee is £20.00 payable by 29th July 2024 which is non-refundable.
Players are also required to have a minimum of £20.00 in their Match Fee Balance before 05th August 2024.

Players are required to pay a £4.00 match fee for every League fixture (played or unplayed) and share the table hire cost with their opponent. The Tivoli Snooker Club will discount 25% off your final table hire (Only for DSL fixtures). This discount does NOT apply to practice frames.

All match fee payments should be made before playing your fixture.
Payments can be made by Bank Transfer.
Account Details On Request.

Players should keep themselves aware of their "Match Fee Balance" before playing their next fixture.

A "ZERO" tolerance is in place for the "Owing" of match fee's. A -01 point league penalty will be given to players who owe "ANY" amount of match fee. Players will have until Midnight on the following Monday (or 7 days after whatever day the match was played) to clear their balance before the penalty kicks in. This would continue into the following week incurring extra penalty's until fee's have been cleared.

All League Fixtures will have 7 Days To Complete. Cup Fixtures will have a strict Play-By Date.

Any Unplayed/Unpostponed fixtures will be "Void" at midnight each Sunday. A 3-0 loss would be entered for "Both" players with match fee's applying.

Any played fixture result NOT sent into the League Organiser by Midnight on the Sunday, will be viewed as an Unplayed/Unpostponed fixture and dealt with accordingly.

"Both" players are responsible for their fixture and making sure it is on for that week. "Both" players should find out in advance if their fixture can be played and if not, "Both" are responsible for the "Postponing" of the fixture within the stated 7 day fixture period. If you have a problem contacting your opponent, let your League Rep's know. If your opponent cannot be contacted by your League Rep's within the allocated 7 day period, a 3-0 win would be awarded. "Both" players match fee would still apply.

If you know that you cannot complete your fixture during that particular fixture period and you postpone your fixture, please remember to inform your opponent of the postponement.

By Postponing your fixture, you will be given 28 days to arrange an alternative fixture date. "Both" players should make an effort to get this back-game played. If the "Play-By" date expires, the match would be "Void" with a 3-0 loss for "Both" players. "Both" player's match fee would still apply. If both players are not at fault for this fixture being made "Void", then players should retain proof of attempted fixture arrangements. This can be a screenshot off of our WhatsApp Forum.

When the play-by date arrives, players cannot simply elect their opponent to "take the points". This match would be "Void". Players conceding their fixture before the play-by date arrives will receive a -01 pt. league penalty.

The one-week extension to Play-By dates will only be considered for "Valid" reasons. Not having enough time to complete the fixture is NOT a Valid reason. The reason for the extension will be considered on a case by case basis by your League Rep's. The one-week extension to Cup Fixtures will only be considered for illness or injury and must be played 7 days before the “next round” fixture date arrives. Your opponent would receive a “Bye” otherwise.

If Both players "fail" to complete their match once it has been started (unless an emergency has been called) due to any disagreement or any other issue, a 3-0 Result will be entered for "Both" players and the match "Void". Both players will also incur a -01 point league penalty. League Fee's Would Still Apply.

Players who "fail" to complete all 3 frames in a match due to any disagreement or any other issue will incur a -01 point league penalty for "EACH" frame thrown. Frames "MUST" be played out until their completion or unless snookers are required.

Other instances where a player "fails" to complete their match once it has been started by walking or storming off will be sent to your League Rep's to be judged on the individual incident. This may not be both players at fault.

Players must play their fixture for the current week before proceeding to play any back-games. Players who leave their opponent waiting for the current week by playing a back-game will incur a -01 point league penalty. It's not gentlemanly conduct to leave your opponent waiting. This also applies to players continuing to practice while their opponent is waiting. If a time has been arranged to play your fixture, make sure you stick to this arrangement.

Once a Match (League or Cup) has finished and the result sent in, this fixture is complete and can't be replayed for any reason.

Matches will consist of 3-frames. 1-point per frame won. Players should toss a coin for Match Table choice.

Players Tied.

Players who find themselves tied on Points will find their final position firstly decided on Most Wins, Frame Difference and then finally "head to head". If this does not split players, the best of 3 frames will need played to decide final positions.

During match play, you are the referee. You should call out the break as it occurs, replacing colours as they are potted and when the break has completed, update the scoreboard. The scoreboard should be checked by each player after the latest score has been added to both players agreement. The ref’s decision is final.

Players who leave the league before it's completion will have their previous played fixtures marked as "Void". Points will be removed from players who have already played these fixtures with match fee's being refunded to the players affected. Future fixtures will be marked "Free Week" with no points available. Any "High Breaks" made by the player leaving the league during these previous played fixtures will be "Void". Any Future Cup fixtures would also be "Void".

There is no miss rule in this league.

Section 2: Player Penalties.

Players are advised to arrive at the club 15 minutes before an arranged fixture time. If you arrive before your opponent, you should advise your opponent of your arrival at the club and that you’re ready for the said fixture. Players that may be running late should inform their opponent of this and give a specific time of arrival. A maximum 15 minute delay would be added to the original fixture time agreed. Any player failing to attend their match by the time arranged by "Both" players will after 15 minutes forfeit the 1st frame and then every 15 minutes up to the maximum 3 frames. Waiting players must remain in the club until the maximum 3 frames time has lapsed to receive the league points. A Player "No-Show" will also incur a -01 point league penalty. A "No-Show" meaning that no attempt has been made by the opponent to appear at the club.

Players that have already arranged a fixture time with their opponent and need to cancel this fixture time must give their opponent a minimum of 60 minutes’ notice. Failure to do so may result in the fixture going ahead at the original arranged time and may result in a “No Show” result being recorded.

Players sending in a result that they both know they did not actually play will have a -04 point penalty deducted from their League Points. If this result relates to a Cup Fixture, it would be Void and both players would be removed from any other DSL Cup fixture that they may still be active in. There is no room for “Cheating” in the DSL.

The maximum amount of Postponed Matches any player can be responsible for at any one time is limited to 3 Matches. This is for League matches only. Players going over this will give their opponent from their 1st Postponed match a 3-0 win. Match Fee would still apply.

Any query regarding points scored during a frame or points added to the wrong score will be a void frame unless players can come to an agreement on how to continue on with the frame. Otherwise, this frame should be re-racked.

Having your own “private” set of snooker balls does not entitle you to compete in DSL competitions with them. You should get the approval of your opponent.

During your match, please respect the other players playing their matches around you by keeping the noise level down to a minimum. The League Organiser will turn the table light off on players who are making the excessive noise and they will have to play their fixture when all other fixtures have been completed.

Snooker can be a very frustrating game as we all know but shouting out aloud is not acceptable. When you have completed your fixture, leave the snooker room quietly.

If you have holidays planned for this season, please let us know in advance the dates. Please remember that the 28 day play-by rule would be activated on games cancelled during holiday dates.

Dress Code:

Players are advised that dress code (no jeans, trainers) are to be enforced for "Cup Final" fixtures.

Final Note:

If you are not playing a match then you should not be in the snooker room. Please don't disturb players while the match is in progress. If asked to leave the snooker room by any player, please do so quietly. If you have permission to watch a match in progress, do not disturb the players.

Players who have completed their fixture and are standing at the bar area should also keep the noise level down to a minimum. This noise carries down to the snooker room causing annoyance to players currently playing their fixture.