WESSEX POOL ASSOCIATION

Summer League Playing Rules 2015

Please Note: 
We publish a majority of the Leagues rules in the captains handbook or on this website.  However, if you cannot find a rule and therefore need a rule clarification then please ask the committee for guidance. 
 

 

Registration of Teams/Players

  1. Venues must be within the following boundaries to accept teams into the league: Bournemouth, Poole, Creekmoor, Corfe Mullen, Wimborne, Ferndown, Ringwood, Bransgore & Christchurch.  This is a local league so players must reside no more than 12 miles away from the above boundaries to be able to play for a team within the league. (The league will allow a maximum of 2 players per team from outside the boundaries subject to committee approval)

  2. Each team is to consist of at least 5 registered players (over 18) at the start of the season.  (2013 AGM)

  3. A team may have a maximum of 2 under 18’s (14-17 year old’s) in their side. These players must be registered on the back of the Players Registration Form. 

  4. A player may play for no other county other than Dorset, subject to Committee approval. If committee approval is given, players can still play in the league and enter the leagues competitions, but players will not be eligible to represent the league in any competitions the league may enter. (individual or team)

  5. Each team is to complete the Players Registration form and return it to the Group Rep by the date stated on the form.

  6. A player may only sign ONE Players Registration Form. Once a player has signed the PLAYERS REGISTRATION FORM they are deemed registered to that team. Any player found signing more than one Players Registration form may face expulsion from the league for 1 year. 

Signing on New Players

  1. Any additional players who have not signed the Players Registration form who are not playing for another WPA team may be signed on for free “On the Night” up to the last group match of the season.  The NEW PLAYERS REGISTRATION FORMS can be downloaded from the website.   The form must be received by the Group Rep, by 12 noon, the Saturday following the match otherwise the player(s) will be deemed unregistered. 

  2. If a player signs the Players Registration Form for a WPA team and then signs up for another WPA team using the NEW players Registration Form, that player will be deemed an unregistered player to the second team, See rule 6 under Registration of Team/players. 

  3. If a player has signed the players registration form for a team but has not played for them, the player can request his/her name to be removed from the players registration form by contacting the Group Rep/Committee member.  If the Group Rep/Committee member agrees the player can then be signed up using the New Players Registration form.

  4. THERE WILL BE STRICTLY NO TRANSFERS.

Code of Conduct

  1. Venues who enter a team in the Wessex Pool Association (WPA) and players who play for those teams agree to abide by the terms of the WPA Constitution and Rules also known as the "WPA Rules".

  2. The WPA Rules apply equally to the Committee, to players and to anyone who accompanies a player to any WPA organised events such as League Matches, Competitions, Meetings, Presentation Nights, Committee Meetings.

  3. Players will be held fully responsible for the behaviour of their guests at any WPA organised event and captains are held responsible for their teams conduct (see rule 1 under Captains Responsibility)

  4. All players are expected to treat other players with respect and not engage in any behaviour that would bring the WPA into disrepute. 

  5. All Players are asked to recognise that offensive behaviour on the internet is as equally serious as offensive behaviour at any WPA organised event.

  6. The Committee reserves the right to deal severely with anyone who breaks the WPA Rules in order to maintain the reputation of the WPA and preserve the safety and enjoyment of the WPA members.

  7. Any violence or intimidation carried out by any player(s) either physical or verbal during any WPA organised event, or towards a committee member in connection with the running of the WPA will result in the offending player(s) being asked to appear before the Committee.  The player(s) will be afforded the opportunity to answer the allegations made against them. In the event that the Committee finds that the player(s) breached the WPA Rules, the player(s) may be fined, suspended or expelled from the WPA.

  8. Where any violence or intimidation happens at any WPA organised event involving a team or venue, the committee has the power to withdraw all entitlements and exclude that team, its players and the venue from participating in the WPA.

Penalties for Misconduct during or in connection with WPA

  • Serious unsporting conduct which obstructs and disrupts, cheating.

  • insolent or intimidating behaviour during a wessex event towards a committee member or fellow member(s) of the association.

  • Derogatory remarks towards/about  a committee member or fellow member(s) whether verbally or in writing including on a social networking site.

  • Abusive, bullying, aggressive, threatening behaviour or language  towards a committee member or fellow member(s) of the association whether verbally or in writing including on a social networking site.

Punishment: 

If Member(s) found guilty the following punishments will apply:

1st Offence - 3 month ban

2nd Offence - 2 year ban (Winter and Summer)

Please note: If an individual is found to still be participating in WPA events after receiving a ban, the committee has the power to withdraw all entitlements and exclude that team, its players and the venue from participating in the WPA.

Penalties for Gross Misconduct during or in connection with WPA

  • Fighting and Assault

  • Use of illegal substances

  • serious sexual, racial, gender, disability harassment.

  • An act that is likely to be detrimental to the Association's relationship with sponsors and venues.

Punishment: 

If Member(s) found guilty the following punishments will apply:      LIFETIME BAN

Please note: If an individual is found to still be participating in WPA events after receiving a ban, the committee has the power to withdraw all entitlements and exclude that team, its players and the venue from participating in the WPA.

FOR GROSS MISCONDUCT THE COMMITTEE RESERVES THE RIGHT OF APPEAL  

 

Captain's Responsibility

  1. The CAPTAIN entering his/her name on the PLAYERS REGISTRATION FORM will be responsible for his/her teams and supporters conduct and behaviour during the season and will be responsible for any under 18 player in the side as well.
  2. Captains are responsible for ensuring that all players are REGISTERED before they play. Captains are required to fill in the TEAM RECORD SHEET which can be downloaded from the website to keep a track of their players and the amount of games they have played for the team.
  3. Should your team qualify for the final stages of the summer league a player must have played 50% of league matches to be eligible to play. It is the Captains Responsibility to ensure the players in their team are eligible. (See qualifying for the finals for more information)
  4. Captains are required to familiarise themselves with all the rules. They are also responsible for ensuring their players understand the rules as well and are responsible for informing their players of the dates and start times of matches.

Format for Group Games

  1. The Summer League season will be May to August.  Teams are expected to fulfil all their fixtures for the season.

  2. There will be strictly no cancellation or re-arranging of matches, unless due to exceptional circumstances and previously agreed by the Group Rep. 

  3. The match shall consist of 10 Singles, 2 sets of 5 frames. 

  4. Teams must have a minimum of 4 players to play a match, otherwise they will be classed as "Failing to Turn Up".  Captains, if you have an under 18 in your side (subject to Committee Approval), please make sure that you confirm with the venue first that they are allowed in the premises and can play. 

  5. If a team turns up thinking they will have enough players to play the match, the match can start, however if the 4th player does not turn up by the time the 3rd frame has been played then the team will be classed as “Failing to turn up” and the match will be forfeit.  The result sheet must still be completed in full and signed by the players of the innocent team and returned to the Group Rep to receive any points.

  6. Once a team turns up to play a match, teams are expected to play the whole match and all frames are to be played in a Sportsmanlike manner (see code of conduct).  Captains are to try and settle any disputes on the night - See DISPUTES/COMPLAINTS procedure.  If a team concedes frames by walking out without finishing the match that team will be dealt with by the committee.  

  7. Matches will start at 8pm prompt.  It is advised that players are at the venue by 7.55pm ready to start the match.  Lateness Rule:  If by 8.05pm a player is not present then the "opposition" will be awarded the first frame.  If a player is not present by 8.10pm then the "opposition" will be awarded the second frame.  If by 8.15pm a player is not present then the "opposition" will be awarded the third frame.  If a player is not present by 8.20pm then the match will be forfeit. The result sheet must still be completed in full and signed by the players of the innocent team and returned to the Group Rep to receive any points.     Captains are advised to phone the venue if the team is going to be late.  This time penalty is optional to Captains.  Instead of claiming frames, Captains can still play the frames even though the team has turned up late!  In exceptional circumstances, the Group Rep/Committee can overrule a captain on the time penalty rule.

  8. ALL players must be REGISTERED before playing.  Captains are required to fill in the TEAM RECORD SHEET  to keep a track of their players and the amount of games they have played for the team. 

  9. Players must PRINT and sign their name PROPERLY before playing their frame. Home team names on the Sheet first.  The Group Rep reserves the right not to award frames/points for DEFACED or INCOMPLETED Result Sheets!

  10. Players will toss a coin at the start of the frame to determine who will break.

  11. Play must be CONTINUOUS.  Once a frame has been finished, the balls must be racked up immediately ready for the oncoming player to start the next frame.

  12. A player can, if selected, play in 2 games of singles, ONCE in each half so a team can consist of between 5 and 10 players.   It is the responsibility of both captains to ensure that players do not play twice in the same half.  If this does occur, then the Guilty team will forfeit a frame whether it has been won or not.   As a player could end up playing two frames, this means a player could end up playing the same player twice.

  13. COACHING is NOT ALLOWED.  Only one warning will be given by the referee to the offending player/team.  Two shots will then be awarded to the innocent player if the COACHING continues.

  14. The time limit of one minute per shot is optional and can only be implemented at the START of a frame. If the Time Limit is implemented, the Referee MUST monitor the time limit and warn/make it clear to the player when 30 seconds are left.  If the time limit is broken, the Referee will award two shots to the innocent player.

  15. Matches should finish by 11pm, if frames are dragging on and the match does not look like it is going to be finished by 11pm, then the 1 Minute Rule above must be implemented.  If the match does not get completed because the venue closes, the match will be abandoned and the committee will make a decision on the result of the match.

  16. The HOME team is to provide Refreshments and pay for the games. Venues may charge for food. (2013 AGM)

  17. Refereeing is the responsibility of the home team. Games are to be played in a sportsmanlike manner - if there is any unsporting behaviour the innocent player/team captain can ask the Referee to enforce the following rules - rule 6 in serious fouls and rule 6 & 7 in Loss of frame fouls. (see Refereeing Guidelines)

  18. WORLD RULES will apply (copy of rules on website)

  19. The Pool Table MUST be 7 X 4 in size, with blue or green cloth.  

  20. The balls must be reds and yellows with a black 8-ball.   Pro Cup balls are allowed to be used in the league providing both team captains agree to use them. Home team captain to contact away team captain. (2013 AGM)

  21. Pool Tables are expected to be level and of a reasonable standard to play the match. 

  22. Teams from the same venue WILL NOT play each other in the last group match of the season!

Result Sheets

  1. The match sheet is the responsibility of the WINNING team. In the event of a draw, the HOME team will be responsible for the match sheet.   This must be received by the Group Rep by 12 noon, the Saturday following the match. You can phone the result through to the Group Rep, however, the result will not count unless the result sheet is received on time. If the Group Rep has the facility you can scan the result sheet and e-mail it to your Group Rep and providing it can be read properly it will be accepted instead of posting!!   

  2. If the Result Sheet is late the result will count, however the guilty team will be deducted 2 points.  If the Result sheet is received with a 1st Class stamp after Saturday but the postmark says posted Friday, then the 2 points will not be deducted.

  3. If the Result Sheet is not received then no frames or points will be awarded to either side until the result has been verified.  The guilty team will be deducted 2 points.

Teams failing to Turn Up

  1. Teams failing to turn up to their match will receive No points. The innocent team will be awarded a 9-0 frame score win and they will receive 2 points. The Group Rep will then decide whether or not the Guilty team receives a YELLOW CARD.  This will depend on the reason why they have failed to turn up.

  2. If the team failed to turn up without notifying the Group Rep or the Innocent Team Captain, they will automatically receive a YELLOW CARD and have 2 points deducted.

  3. Teams receiving 2 yellow cards during the Summer league season will be removed from the league with no right of appeal with the players of that team automatically receiving a 1 YEAR BAN from the League.  (Innocent Players who have turned up on a regular basis will not face a one-year ban!) 

  4. In the event of a team dropping out or a team being removed from the Summer League, this fixture becomes a bye and all points frames are reversed as if the team did not exist.

  5. If a teams drops out during the last 2 matches of the season then the committee will decide on whether rule 4 above applies or an average win is awarded to the remaining teams

Points Awarded
  1. For Reaching 6 frames or more - 2 points are awarded, For Reaching 5 frames - 1 point is awarded.
    If both teams are short of players, the frames are reduced accordingly to award the points. 

Qualifying for the Finals

  1. The Top 4 teams in each Group will go forward to the final stages to make up the Last 16.  In the event of a tie on points, the Winner will be determined by (1) Number of Frames For (2) Result between the Teams (3) Committee Decision.

  2. Once the competition reaches the last 16 stage players must have played in, or must have been a signed reserve in a minimum of 50% of their teams fixtures to qualify to play in the final stages.  It is the Captains Responsibility to ensure the players in their team are eligible.  In this instance there are 10 teams per group and 9 fixtures, therefore a team player must have participated as a player or reserve in 4 or more fixtures.  Dispensation may be given by the committee on request.  Captains must notify their Group Rep or The Summer League organiser before the start of the final stages. Each case will be dealt with on its merits.  Any team found playing an illegal player will automatically be disqualified from the competition with no right of appeal. 

  3. There will be neutral venues from the Last 8 with the venues being picked by the Summer League Organiser.  Teams/Captains may not DICTATE what venues they would like to play at, the Organisers decision is FINAL.

  4. Trophies will be awarded for the Winners and Runners Up and 2 semi-finalists (As per 2012 AGM) - see TROPHIES

  5. There will be a play off between the losing semi-finalists for 3rd/4th place (As per 2012 AGM)  

  6. Teams are expected to turn up and participate in the final stages of the competition.  Any team failing to turn up without a valid reason, the players of that team will automatically receive a one year ban from playing in the WPA.

Format for Final Stages 

  1. The draw will be done by the committee. The Group Winners will be seeded into the draw in positions 1, 7, 9 & 15, with the remaining teams being drawn “Out of the Hat”. 

  2. The format will be Best of 11 Frames – First team to Reach 6 frames is the winner.  Result Sheet in handbook.

  3. There will be two sets of 5 frames, a player can, if selected, play twice, once in each half and can play the deciding frame if selected – playing the wrong format will mean disqualification.

  4. Players must PRINT and sign their name PROPERLY before playing their frame. Alternative Names on the Sheet. 

  5. Players will toss a coin before the start of the frame to determine who will break.

  6. Refereeing is alternate between the two teams.

  7. The Summer League Organiser will notify team captains by text or telephone where they will be playing and their opponents.  

Trophies

  1. All perpetual trophies won must be exhibited on the premises for which the team winning the trophy played for.  Winners of said trophies are responsible for their loss or damage.

  2. Trophies must be claimed at Finals Night.  Any team/individual failing to accept them on this night will automatically forfeit them. (Unless previously agreed by the Committee)

Disputes/Complaints Procedure

  1. The two Captains must try and settle any dispute/complaint/refereeing decision "On the Night". If captains are having difficulties in resolving the dispute/complaint/refereeing decision they can try and contact their Group Rep or a Committee Member "On the Night" in order to resolve the matter. If the Group Rep or a Committee Member cannot be contacted and a captain wishes to take the matter further then the Group Rep must be notified of the dispute/complaint by 12 noon the Saturday following the match. The Dispute/complaint can be discussed with your Group Rep, who may ask you to put the Dispute/complaint in writing.
  2. The Group Rep will try and resolve the Dispute/Complaint and make a decision regarding the Dispute/Complaint. The Group Rep may decide to discuss the Dispute/Complaint with the Committee first before making a decision. The Captains/Player(s) involved in the Dispute/Complaint may be asked to attend the Committee meeting to help the Committee make a decision. The Captain/Player(s) will then be notified of the decision made by the Committee.
  3. If the Dispute/Complaint involves your Group Rep then please contact either the Chairman or Secretary. 

 Appeals Procedure

  1. If the Captain/Player(s) are not happy with the decision made by the Group Rep/Committee, they may appeal against the decision made. To appeal, the Captain/Player(s) must contact a Committee Member within 1 week of the decision being made by the Group Rep/Committee. Only 1 appeal per Dispute/Complaint is allowed.
  2. FOR GROSS-MISCONDUCT THEIR IS NO RIGHT OF APPEAL. 

Discipline and Points Deduction

No

Reason

Punishment

1

Players Registration Form sent in late to Group Rep.

The whole team will be classed as Unregistered

2 League Points will be Deducted.

2

Playing an Unregistered Player.

The result of the match will be altered so for every frame the unregistered player played, the frame will be awarded to the innocent team.  2 League Points Deducted.

2nd Offence will result in removal from the League. 

3

Falsifying the Result Sheet. 

2 League Points Deducted.

4

Failing to turn Up without Notification.

1st Offence 2 League Points Deducted and Yellow Card

2nd Offence will result in removal from the League

5

Late Received Result Sheets for Matches.

Result awarded however 2 League Points Deducted.

6

 

Not Received Result Sheets for Matches.

No frames or points will be awarded to either side until the result has been verified. 

7

Failing to finish the match before the venue closes.

Match voided – no frames/points awarded to either side.

9

Fighting/ Abusive Behaviour whether by and Individual or the whole Team. 

Threatening/Abusive behaviour towards a committee member or damage towards a committee members property.

Individual/Whole Team to be dealt with by the Committee. Possible Instant Removal from League with Committee Decision on Length of Suspension for Future Seasons.  

SEE CODE OF CONDUCT

10

Playing an illegal player who has not played 50% or been a signed reserve in 50% of  their teams fixtures to qualify to play in final stages.

Team is Disqualified from the Competition with No Right of Appeal.

 Group Reps

  1. The league table will be produced and uploaded onto the website after each match has been played and you will be notified as soon as possible if you have reached the final stages.  Results and tables are updated as quickly as possible on the wessexpool.org website.

Pool Table Standard

  1. Adequate lighting is expected above the Pool Table, preferably a Pool Table Shade.

  2.  There should be adequate space to cue and move around the table.  No walls or posts should obstruct the table.

  3. Teams are expected to ask their venues to keep the pool table to a reasonable standard for pool matches, which includes making sure the table is level.

  4. If a team feels a pool table is not up to standard they must contact their Group Rep or a Committee Member.

Refereeing Guidelines

  1. If the player who breaks, pots a colour or both colours from the break, the referee MUST call “ball potted” or “balls potted.  No foul can be given if the Referee fails to inform the player they have potted balls and the player then fails to nominate.

  2. Following a foul being committed, the referee must call “FOUL 2 VISITS” and must clearly inform the player that they have 2 visits. The Referee must also call “SECOND VISIT” when the player starts their second visit.

  3. The PLAYER must call “TOTAL SNOOKER” or “FOUL SNOOKER”, not the Referee.

  4. When the cue ball is in hand, IT IS NOT A FOUL if the player places the cue ball anywhere behind the baulk line and then moves the cue ball with the cue.

  5. If a player hits their colour and their opponents colour/8-ball at the same time (50/50), this is a legal shot. (no foul)

  6. A player may ask the REFEREE for clarification if they are unsure about a rule.

  7. GAMES ARE TO BE PLAYED IN A SPORTSMANLIKE MANNER - the innocent player/team captain can ask the Referee to enforce the following rules - rule 6 in serious fouls and rule 6 & 7 in Loss of frame fouls.