Our Rules

SLEAFORD POOL LEAGUE

GENERAL RULES

  1. This league will be known as the Sleaford Pool League. Teams from outside of the Sleaford District (i.e. greater than 10 miles from Sleaford town centre) will only be accepted into the league by a vote at an AGM or EGM.
  2. The affairs of the league shall be conducted by a democratically elected committee. Committee members must be elected at either an AGM or EGM. All decisions made by the committee are final. Any person or persons who refuse to accept a committee decision will be immediately excluded from the league. There is no appeal against a committee decision.
  3. Current committee members (as voted on and agreed at the last AGM), are :-

Paul Whitaker, Chairman and League Secretary,   

Dave Woods, Committee Member

Nick Burley, Committee Member.

Ian Little, Committee Member

Kev Kopp, Committee Member

  1. Voting at an EGM or AGM is based on one vote per team representative.
  2. All teams must send a representative to an AGM. Failure to do so will result in a 5 point league point deduction for the relevant season. The representative must be eligible to play for that team.
  3. Any fine imposed by the committee must be paid in full within 5 days of being imposed, failure to do so will result in expulsion from the league.
  4. Each team must pay the agreed entry fee to be accepted into the league.
  5. Each team can register up to 12 players per season. Any extra players will cost £5 to register. Players must be a minimum of 14 years old to play in the league, or to enter any knock out competitions. Players can be signed on at any point during the season.
  6. All players must be registered on the result sheet and be eligible to play that night (remember, you can sign on a new player on the night). Playing a player who is registered with another team or a player under a false name, or playing a player that is currently under a league ban, will result in forfeit of the match (forfeit of a match, for whatever reason, will result in the opposition team being awarded all ten points, plus any bonus points due). Full names are required on the results sheets. Failure to use a full name (so that the player can be properly identified) on the result sheet will result in that player losing any games they have won.
  7. The pool rules are attached on a separate sheet. Please note, any player or  team captain, or referee, can request that the 1 minute rule is applied at any time before or during a match. The 1 minute starts when all the balls come to rest.
  8. Players do not need to ask the referee if they wish to pick the white ball up after a foul.
  9. Break off rule (amendment) :-  If a player pots 1 colour off the break they may nominate the other colour to play. They must play a legal shot (i.e. hit the nominated colour ball first) and pot that colour for them to stay on that colour. If they do not pot the colour, or play a legal shot, it reverts to an open table as per current rules. Players do not need to nominate if they are staying on the colour that was potted from the break. From the break, 4 coloured balls must hit a cushion, or a ball potted for it to be a legal break. If the player breaks and pots the white, then the other player takes control of the table, but only starts with 1 shot, again, a separate sheet explains this in more detail.
  10. Touching ball :- When the white ball is touching a coloured ball the player must play away from that coloured ball. If the coloured ball moves it will be called as a push shot.
  11. Deliberate foul :- If a player clearly fails to make an attempt to play a ball from the colour they are on, or plays a shot that, in the referees opinion, was obviously going to lead to a foul, then the frame is immediately awarded to the other player. The referee’s decision on this is final.
  12. Any game that is played and the outcome is in doubt, due to either incorrect rules being applied, or the rules not being interpreted correctly, will be deemed void and replayed. Any objections by any team captain, must be lodged to a committee member (verbally or in writing) within 48 hours of completion of a match. Do not sign the sheet if you are unhappy with the outcome.
  13. From the Summer 2015 season, it has been agreed to apply the EPA rule on when a shot is played the white ball must contact an “on” ball and then either an “on” ball must be potted or any ball hit a cushion – see separate sheet for full details.
  14. A player can only register for one team in a season, except in exceptional circumstances, and this has to be agreed by the committee. Any player found to have played for more than 1 team in a season, without the agreement of the committee, will be suspended from the league for that season.
  15. The owner/landlord/landlady of a venue may play for any team registered as playing from that venue. This person must be identified on the league registration form and relatives etc cannot take their place. They can only play for 1 team on any night and only 1 team per division and only 1 team in any cup competition, per season. Change of venue (i.e. any team wishing to permanently alter their home venue) can only be agreed by the committee.
  16. All matches are to commence at 8.30pm on a Tuesday night as far as possible. If the match does not start until after 8.45pm, the team responsible for the delay will forfeit a frame for every 5 minute delay until the deadline of  9pm. A minimum of 4 members of each team must be present at the start of the match. Failure to turn up with the minimum number of players will result in forfeit of the match. Failure to give 24 hours notice of cancellation of a match will result in forfeit of the match, except in exceptional circumstances, which must be agreed by the committee. Failure to start the match by 9pm at the latest, will result in forfeit of the match by the team responsible for the delay. Any team that forfeits the match, for any reason,  will be liable to pay a £15 fine, which must be paid within 5 days, i.e. see rule 3. The second time a team forfeits a league match, in a season, will result in a second fine and exclusion from the league. The fine also now applies to Team, Plate and Divisional Knock out matches.
  17. A cancelled match must be played within 14 days of when the match should have been played. It is the responsibility of the team captain who cancelled the match to inform the committee of the cancellation. The other team must then give 2 dates within the following 14 days when they can play the match. If the team that originally cancelled cannot play on either of these two dates, they forfeit the match. Teams can only rearrange 2 league games per season.
  18.  On the match night, it shall be the responsibility of the home team captain to list home players first and then hand the sheet to the away captain to fill in afterwards. Home team should provide a suitable referee for each game.
  19. Players can ask the referee to clarify any rules at any point during the game, or to remind them how many shots left, or what colour they are on.
  20. Order of play is decided by the toss of a coin with the referee asking the away player for their choice. The person winning the toss can decide to break or allow his/her opponent to break. If a re-rack situation arises, the same player breaks off again.
  21. One point is awarded for each game that is won. The winning team is the team with the most points at the end of a match. Bonus points will be awarded for winning a league match or for an away draw. If the winning team is the home team they receive an extra two points, if they are the away team they receive three extra points. The team that draws an away match will be awarded 1 extra point.
  22. After each match, the winning captain must ensure the result sheet is signed by both captains and that the result arrives at the White Horse by 1pm on the Friday following the match. If the result sheet cannot be delivered by this time, it is acceptable for the result to be telephoned through (by 1pm on the Friday following the match), so long as the result sheet is delivered to the White Horse by 1pm of the Sunday following the relevant match. Failure to do so will result in any bonus points won, plus 2 points being forfeited. In the event of a draw, it is the responsibility of the away captain to ensure the result is handed in. Failure to do so will result in the forfeit of 3 points.
  23. Any person displaying abusive, threatening or aggressive behaviour towards any other player (including their own team or players) will be expelled from the league.
  24. Any behaviour by a team or individual that is deemed to bring the Sleaford Pool League into disrepute, shall be reported to the committee and suitable penalties will be imposed, which could include expulsion from the league.
  25. Any team that forfeits 2 league matches in a season will be expelled from the league. All results from a team expelled in a season will be deleted from the league tables.
  26. Any team expelled from the league will be deemed as relegated at the end of the season (i.e. only 1 other team from that league will be relegated at the end of the season).
  27. Any team or player that has been expelled from the league will only be readmitted to the league after the pool league committee has met and agreed to the suspension being lifted and all fines being paid.
  28. Promotion and relegation will be based on a two up and two down system for each league, except the bottom division where relegation is not enforced. Exceptional circumstances may apply where this may not always be possible (i.e. teams reforming or new teams entering the league, or the league format changing).
  29. If the league table, at the end of a season, shows a tie for a promotion or a relegation place then the following rule shall apply :- most wins count first, then which team took most points from each other (in the tied positions) and finally, a play off if these rules fail to separate them.
  30. Players can not play in a semi final or final for a team until they have played a minimum of 4 league games for the same team in that season.
  31. If a team pulls out of the league during a season, each player will be fined £10. This fine will be applied fairly depending upon the circumstances. Those players cannot play for another team until the fine is paid.
  32. On match nights, if a disputed decision cannot be amicably resolved by both team captains, then try and contact a committee member for a ruling. If no one can be contacted, stop the match, inform a committee member, as soon as possible, who will then resolve the dispute and arrange for the match to be resumed/ replayed.
  33. As per EPA rules, if a player “breaks” their cue and either puts it away or back in the case, this will be deemed as unsporting behaviour and will result in the forfeit of the game. The referees decision on this is final.
  34. It is the responsibility of the home team captain to ensure the room, table and lighting are of an acceptable quality for a match to be played on. Failure to ensure adequate facilities (including the availability of a rest and spider) may result in forfeit of the match and/or that venue being expelled from the league. If the away team wish to lodge a complaint against playing conditions then refer to rule 25.
  35. Format of league matches is ten singles games with a point awarded for each game won. The first 5 games must be played by individual players and the last 5 games can be played by either different players or any of the first 5, with no player playing more than 2 games in a match.
  36. If a team only has 4 players to play a match, then the fifth and tenth games are forfeited.
  37. The “golden cue” award will be awarded to the player(s) from each division who have won the most of their first games in league matches in a season, based on a 1 point per win system. There will also be a “Silver Cue” award for the runner up in each division.
  38. Team knockout matches are played in the same format as league games, i.e. 10 singles frames with the first team to win 6 winning the match. In the event of a tie a final deciding game will be played with team captains nominating any player from their team to play the last game (in this instance a player can play more than 2 games in the match).
  39. Teams that lose in the preliminary or first round of the team knock out competition are automatically entered in to the plate knock out competition (unless they have forfeited, in which case they are excluded from the plate KO as well).
  40. Players can only be entered in the individual knockout competitions with payment of the appropriate entry fee. Full names required to enter. Any player can be replaced in a knock out team (i.e. doubles or 3 hand), until they have played. For a doubles match, both players have to be present (i.e. a doubles match cannot be played by a single player).
  41. Format of knockouts is best of 9 frames for 3-hand. Best of 5 frames for ladies, doubles and mixed doubles matches. The men’s singles are best of 5, with the final being best of 7 frames.
  42. In the three hand competition, the home team must list their players in sequential order (i.e. player 1, 2, 3 – repeated three times) and the away team then matches their players up in any order they wish, but they must ensure no two players play each other more than once during the match.
  43. Home draw for knock out competitions shall be decided by drawing the names out randomly.
  44. If a venue only has 1 table then only one team may be drawn at home in a team knockout competition, for any night. This will be the first team drawn out, but team knockout will be drawn before plate knockout.
  45. The home drawn team or player in the league or knockout competitions may alter the venue to play the match, as long as they give their opponents 24 hours notice.
  46. The league rules for forfeiting matches apply in all knock out competitions (i.e. cancelling at short notice etc). All matches need at least 24 hours notice to either alter or cancel a match!!
  47. Knock out matches can only be played after the date they should be played by if both players agree and the relevant committee member is informed. Please remember, dates listed on knock out sheets are the last date matches should be played, not the date they have to be played, so if you anticipate problems, then arrange the matches earlier rather than encounter problems later. No extension beyond the Friday that the results were due in will be allowed.
  48. Ignorance of the rules cannot be used as an excuse for breaking rules. All rules will be applied fairly and consistently by the committee.
  49. Abusive, aggressive, or threatening behaviour towards any committee member at any time will result in the expulsion from the league of the person(s) concerned. It is no use berating committee members for trying to ensure the rules you voted for are applied properly.
  50. Any player or team not returning a knock-out result sheet by the stated time (as per league results!) will be eliminated from the relevant knock-out competition.
  51. Any player not turning up to play a knock out competition, and not informing their opponent in advance will be eliminated from the competition for that season and also suspended from that competition for the following season.
  52. Trophies awarded at the end of each season are the property of Sleaford Pool League. Team trophies are the responsibility of the venue and team that they are presented to, whereas individual trophies are the responsibility of the persons being presented with them. Failure to return the trophies when requested will result in the responsible venue/team/individual being excluded from the pool league until either the return of the trophy, or the payment of monies to replace the trophy.
  53. Coaching is cheating! Coaching is defined as any non-playing person attempting to influence the choice of shot player is about to make. The referee should give one warning to stop any coaching they suspect is occurring, but the frame will be awarded to the other player on the second time! If the away team suspect coaching is occurring they must ask the referee to stop it. If they do not get it stopped then stop the match and inform a committee member. 
  54. Any player not turning up to play a knock out competition, and not informing their opponent in advance will be eliminated from the competition for that season and also suspended from that competition for the following season.
  55. Trophies awarded at the end of each season are the property of Sleaford Pool League. Team trophies are the responsibility of the venue and team that they are presented to, whereas individual trophies are the responsibility of the persons being presented with them. Failure to return the trophies when requested will result in the responsible venue/team/individual being excluded from the pool league until either the return of the trophy, or the payment of monies to replace the trophy.
  56. Coaching is cheating! Coaching is defined as any non-playing person attempting to influence the choice of shot player is about to make. The referee should give one warning to stop any coaching they suspect is occurring, but the frame will be awarded to the other player on the second time! If the away team suspect coaching is occurring they must ask the referee to stop it. If they do not get it stopped then stop the match and inform a committee member.