Matches shall be played as arranged in the Fixture Handbook, and commence at 7.30pm (7.00pm for billiards at one table venues). By agreement between the captains, snooker matches can start at 7.00pm at one table venues.
For a one table venue at least one player from each team should be present at the start time in addition to a referee. At a two table venue two players from each team should be there at 7.30pm.
If a player does not arrive within 10 minutes of a table being vacant to play a game, the game may be forfeited, at the discretion of the opposing team.
If one or more players fail to turn up to play, the point for the aggregate score is awarded to the opposing team irrespective of the results of other games. If a team has players missing, one or two players may play twice (the opposing team can decide who to play depending on availability). The aggregate point is still lost. If both teams are short of players, the aggregate point will not be awarded.
Matches may not be postponed except for bad weather. If a team is more than two players short, the match is cancelled and the opposing team takes all the points. In the case of postponement for bad weather the game must be played as soon as possible and by the end of the season at the latest.
The game of billiards shall be 150 up; the game of snooker shall be one frame.
One point shall be awarded for each game and one point for the higher aggregate score.
The home team captain shall be responsible for the pairing of players in all matches.
All players will play with individual handicaps printed in the current Fixture Handbook.
Captains should agree the handicaps of new players with the Handicaps Secretary. Unless otherwise agreed, new billiards players should play off +25 and new snooker players should play off +15.
All handicaps will be reviewed half-way through the fixture programme but changes will be kept to a minimum.
The home team shall provide the referee. In any case of dispute whilst the game is in progress, the referee is the final authority and is in sole charge of the game.
Clubs may enter more than one team, to be known as A, B, C etc.
The result of each match shall be sent to the Results Secretary immediately after a match has taken place. Each card should be signed by the captains of each team (or their deputies) checking to see that all the details have been filled in correctly. (New players marked ‘NP’.) Poorly completed cards may result in the deduction of one point.
If any match is interrupted through unavoidable circumstances, finished games shall stand and unfinished games shall be played by arrangement as soon as possible.
An objection to any game shall be reported to the Secretary in writing within SEVEN days of the game being played and shall be dealt with by the Committee. A fee of £5.00 shall accompany the objection, which will be returned if the objection is upheld by the Committee.
All games shall be played in accordance with the rules of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association.
If more than one team have the same number of league points at the end of the season, the winning team is decided by the number of games won. If they are still equal, there will be a play-off at a neutral venue.
Trophies are the property of the League and winners shall hold them for ONE season only.
If a club does not abide by any of the above rules the Committee will take appropriate action.
The decision of the Committee in all matters is final.