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CODE OF CONDUCT.
ALL LEAGUES.

1. Code of Conduct.

This Code of Conduct is a set of rules, which govern the expected behaviour of all players who have entered Dundee Snooker League. By agreeing to play in the league, you also agree to abide by the rules as set out in this Code of Conduct and agree to the disciplinary measures that go with it.

The League Organiser will update the website daily after 10.00pm. If you intend on having your result updated on the night of playing your fixture, it is advised to send in your result before this time.

2. Booking Matches.

In the Scratch League, all weekly matches have 7 days to be completed. If you know you cannot play your fixture within the allocated 7 days, you should postpone the fixture where you will be given 28 days to rearrange the fixture. This postponed fixture must be completed before the Play-By date expiry.

In the MNS League, all weekly matches play on a Monday. If you know you cannot play your fixture on that particular Monday, you should postpone the fixture before the 4.30pm deadline on match days. Should you postpone your fixture, you will be given 28 days to rearrange the fixture. This postponed fixture must be completed before the Play-By date expiry.

Any player having difficulty fulfilling their fixture before the Play-By date expiry must contact the League Organiser to discuss your problem which could avoid any penalty.

Players leaving their already postponed matches until nearer the end of the 28-day period and then being unable to play due to fixture congestion, is not considered a valid reason for not playing their fixture unless specific special circumstances arise. For example, being injured or suffering an illness.

It is recommended players book their matches as early as possible to avoid any fixture congestion.

After postponing a match, players must make every attempt to rearranged a fixture date at their earliest possible convenience.

3. Payment of Fees.

Players must pay their match fee before completing their fixture. Player match fees are examined every Sunday/Monday and players owing any amount after the 7 days has expired will have a -01 point league penalty deducted from their points total.

Players will still be charged their match fee for fixtures that have been "Void".

Players having short term difficulty in paying their league fees should contact the League Organiser to avoid any penalty. We will be sympathetic to players facing financial difficulty. Any such contact would remain strictly confidential.

Players are advised to pay fees in advance and the DSL Bank Details for transferring fees are available on request.

4. Playing Matches.

Players should arrive for their match in sufficient time and be ready to play by the time agreed by you and your opponent. If a player is running late, they must contact their opponent to inform them. If the player does not arrive at the agreed time, they will forfeit the 1st frame after 15 minutes and further frames after every 15 minutes until the time allowed for 3 frames expires.

Players must take care of the equipment provided by The Tivoli Snooker Club. Players must conduct themselves in a respectful and courteous manner at all times and be fair, considerate and honest with all dealings within Dundee Snooker League. Players will not use language that may be deemed as offensive, such as excessive swearing, racist, homophobic or personally directed comments. In short, if you have nothing nice to say, don't say it. Players should refrain from shouting during matches. Talking while a players is taking a shot is not acceptable.

This statement applies to our dedicated WhatsApp Forums. Players must conduct themselves in a respectful manner at all times with all other players as well as all dealings with Dundee Snooker League in these Forums. Players will not use language that may be deemed offensive, such as excessive swearing, racist, homophobic or personally directed comments. If you have a problem, contact the League Organiser direct through Private Messaging. Players will automatically be removed from the chat room if after a warning, they continue with their behaviour. No warning on your removal will be given to players that continue to bring DSL into disrepute.

When your opponent is at the table, you are the referee and your decision is final. This starts as soon as you have completed your visit to the table so you must call out and determine any touching ball or free ball scenarios which you have left. In order to avoid confusion and to assist with scoring, break progress must be called out clearly as the points are actually scored. The scoreboard should only be updated on completion of the break. It is the responsibility of both players to ensure the scoreboard is accurate. If a mistake is made in scoring it can only be rectified at the time of the mistake and before the next shot has taken place unless with the agreement of both players.

Once a frame is underway, the very best of order must be observed throughout. Opinions regarding handicaps, the run of play, shot selection or any other aspect of the frame must not be vocalized.

A player should not distract their opponent whilst they are playing or leave the table during play without permission or agreement from your opponent. No player should stand in the direct line of sight of the player taking their shot and must move on reasonable request from the player taking their shot. Equally, wherever possible, players should not stand directly behind players when they are in position to play their shot. Chalking your cue aggressively while your opponent is addressing the table should also be avoided. If your opponent is against you vaping, please refrain from doing so when your near the table or your opponent.

Players should not concede a frame unless snookers are required. Players should immediately vacate the table after a missed shot.

A 5-Minute break between frames is permitted.

Mobile Phones.

Mobile phones should be set to silent mode. Use of mobile phones during play is not acceptable. If your opponent complains, a limited amount of "Warnings" about Mobile phone use during play will be given to the guilty player. A -01 pt league penalty point would be given to players after 3 warnings with further penalties for every Warning thereafter.

Whilst there is no specific rules on the following, players are asked in good faith to play in a manner which is gentlemanly, in keeping with the spirit of the game and to refrain from:

1. Throwing Snooker Balls across the table, banging the cue on or off the table, slapping or thumping the table.

2. Behaving in an abusive, threatening or intimidating manner at any time but especially while the opposing player is at the table.

3. Vocalizing opinions at a level that is deemed excessive and the intention of putting the opposing player(s) off.

4. Making or sharing in comments about their opponent.

5. Refusal to shake hands with your opponent, either at the start or at the end of a match.

5. Leaving the League.

Players deciding to leave the league before the end of a season for any reason will not be entitled to a refund of any of their paid match fees. Any Match Fee Balance remaining would be refunded.

Players that have been asked by the League Organiser to leave the league for any reason will not be entitled to a refund of any of their paid match fees. Any Match Fee Balance remaining would be refunded.

The League Organiser may at his discretion, decide to return league fees to any player who is unable to finish a season due to circumstances out with their control. This will be looked at on a case by case basis.

Any player contemplating leaving the league before the end of a season due to a change in personal circumstances should contact the League Organiser to see if any flexibility can be given to allow them to complete the season.

6. Appealing Point Deductions.

Points will be deducted from players for:

1. Not playing matches on the specific Monday or within the specific 7-day period and failing to inform the League Organiser of any postponement.

2. Owing any match fee after the 7-day period for paying has expired.

3. Failing to Show for your arranged fixture time.

4. Any other disciplinary matter which may be deemed necessary.

These point deductions will be automatic and players will not always be notified upon deduction. Should any player have circumstances which caused them to be deducted points through no fault of their own, they should appeal the decision. Players can contact the League Organiser to discuss the matter and maybe have the deduction overturned. The League Organiser see's point deductions as a last resort and will look favourably on any appeals.

7. Making a Complaint.

Players that have a valid complaint about any aspect of their match, opponent or Dundee Snooker League should contact the League Organiser where a report on the matter will be filed.

MNS League Contact Details.

Jim Colligan (League Organiser) 07468 946737

Tony McAteer (Chairman) 07932 825171

Scratch League Contact Details.

Joe McGrath (League Rep) 07544 219811

Kris Inglis (League Rep) 07786 256507