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Rules
NDBSL - Norwich & District Billiards and Snooker League
General Secretary – Simon Carpenter – 111 Theobald Road, Norwich, NR1 2NY
Telephone: 07399 420057 E-Mail: scarpenter147@gmail.com

GENERAL LEAGUE RULES
1. The League shall be called the NDBSL (Norwich & District Billiards & Snooker League) and its administrative area is Norwich and the immediate surrounding area. All matches shall be played under the rules of the World Snooker, Official Rules of the games of Snooker and English Billiards. For such of these rules as apply to Snooker, an amateur player shall be defined as any player ranked below 128 in the World Rankings.
2. The object of the League shall be to Promote and improve the standard of play in the games of Billiards and Snooker. The League shall be composed of Clubs approved by its Executive Officers. The Executive officers shall decide the manner the League shall run during the ensuing year. The fees to be paid by each team shall be decided at the Annual General Meeting.
3. The Management of the League shall be vested in its Executive Officers, viz. Chairman, General Secretary, Treasurer, Results Secretary, Tournament Secretary, Trophy Secretary, WEB page Administrator and a selected additional Management Committee along with a President will assist the Executive Officers. All of these shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting to carry out their duties as defined by the published Management Committee Roles & Responsibilities (available upon request). Business to be discussed by Management Committee at one of its regular meetings shall be submitted in writing or E-Mail to the League Secretary at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting, any business submitted with less than 72 hours’ notice may, at the discretion of the Committee be deferred to their next meeting.
4. All games to be played with 2.1/1.6 inch regulatory balls.
5. Entry fees for 2021/2022 are £20 for each Billiards team entry and £40 for each Open and Handicap Snooker team. All fees MUST be submitted with entries on the date agreed upon at the Annual General Meeting. No entries will be accepted after these dates.
6. Any team withdrawing from the League after the League programme has been drawn up will be fined a penalty of £20.00. In the event of a team withdrawing from the League before the completion of its fixtures, all points gained or lost, by that team shall be discounted.
7. Any team having, in the opinion of the Management Committee, an excessive number of walkovers given against them may be fined a penalty of £20.00 and/or expelled from the League.
8. Any team & its nominated captain fined under rules 6/7 shall not be eligible to further participate in the League until such fine has been paid.
9. Any club, team or individual disciplined or fined under these rules shall have a right of appeal to the leagues executive officers whom subject to the nature of the issue may refer it to an Annual or Special General Meeting of the League called in accordance with present rule 19.
10. All disputes shall be settled by the Leagues Executive Officers in accordance with the rules laid down in this, the leagues rules publication and where possible in accordance with the World Billiards and Snooker Association official rules. The Leagues Executive Officers decision shall be final.
11. All players must be registered to a with the League Secretary before being eligible to play. Each registration is normally accompanied by a registration fee, however this season we chose to accommodate this within the team registration fee. Players under the age of 18 as at January 1st of the current League season need not pay League or Tournament fees.
12. A player may be registered for only one Club in any one competition i.e. Billiards, Open Snooker or Handicap Snooker, but may register with one Club for Billiards and with one other Club for Snooker. It will also be permissible for a player to play in Open and Handicap Leagues, in both Billiards and Snooker. In the event of a player wishing to play for another Club during the season, his original registration must first be cancelled with the League Secretary. Failure to do this will render the transfer void. No transfer will be permitted after 30th November in each year, except by special sanction of the Leagues Executive Officers.
13. The Management Committee reserve the right to numerically adjust team composition of all League divisions dependent upon the number of team entries received, or when circumstances require.
14. All fixtures shall be made by the League Secretary prior to the beginning of each season, with all matches to be played on an evening appointed by each Club. Any team/player unable to meet an engagement shall give verbal notice to both the opponents’ team captain and Results or League Secretary by 12 noon on the match day. The re-arranged date should be confirmed and notified to the Results Secretary ASAP. Any match postponed during the first half of the season must be completed by January 1st, however should a match be called off during the last week of this first period it MUST be played within one week. All matches during the second half of the season MUST be played by the Friday of the final league playing week. Failure to complete any match within the specified times will result in the entire fixture being deemed a void.
15. In all Leagues the Home Club shall see that the result card is available before the match commences. (In Open Snooker the card should be completed in full, with all 3 players names). After the match, the home Club must ensure that the result card is completed as to details and sent to the Results Secretary within 36 hours after the match has taken place. If the cards are not received by the Results Secretary by Tuesday of the week following the match, the games and points involved may, at the discretion of the Leagues Executive Officers be awarded to the visiting team.
16. All trophies shall be the property of the League. They shall be competed for annually and presented to the winners at the conclusion of each season at the Annual Presentation. From this season no perpetual trophies will be allowed to be taken away by the winners, they will remain within the premises of Spireites and under the supervision of Ray Levers.
17. The club or players holding trophies shall be responsible for their safe custody and shall return them in good condition at the request of the Trophy Secretary.
18. Any alterations or additions to these rules shall be at the discretion of the Leagues Executive Officers or at the Annual General or Special General Meeting. Notice of any proposed alterations or additions must be in the hands of the League Secretary in writing 14 days prior to these meetings.
19. A Special General Meeting may be called by the Management Committee at the request of not less than four Clubs.
20. Billiards League games should be arranged to commence not later than 7.15pm and at 8.45pm and a period of 15 minutes after the time stated shall be allowed to each player, otherwise the game shall be forfeited.
21. Open League Snooker games to commerce at 7pm for the first game, 8pm for the second game and 9pm for the third game. A period of 15 minutes is allowed after each time stated before the three frames are forfeited.
22. Handicap League Snooker games to be arranged to commence not later than 7.15pm for the first game, one frame shall be forfeited if not present by 7.30pm. The other two frames may be played if present by 7.45pm otherwise they too shall be forfeited. The second game should be arranged to commence not later than 8.45pm. One frame shall be forfeited if not present by 9.00pm. The other two frames may be played if present by 9.15pm otherwise they too shall be forfeited.
23. The Annual General Meeting shall be held not later than the last week in July when reports will be received, audited accounts for the preceding year adopted and any other business transacted of which 14 days prior notice shall have been given to the League Secretary. Twenty eight days’ notice of such meeting shall be given. Secretaries of all clubs or captains of all teams or their representatives must attend the AGM, in default a fine of £10.00 shall be imposed, to be paid before the club is allowed to play the ensuing Season. Two delegates from each Club shall be allowed to vote at this meeting. All the Finances of the League shall be paid into one common fund through the Treasurer. All accounts as far as possible shall be paid by the Treasurer with cheques signed by the Chairman of the Management Committee, League Secretary or the Treasurer. The Leagues Executive Officers shall ensure that the accounts of the League are audited at the end of each financial year, which shall be June 30th.
24. Clubs must ensure that tables, equipment and general conditions shall be of a satisfactory standard as approved by the Leagues Executive Officers.
BILLIARDS LEAGUE RULES
Trophy for annual competition is the Pinebanks Trophy, donated by Norwich Union
1. Each club secretary or captain shall be responsible for their own team, a maximum of 6 players can be registered for any team. Each match shall consist of four players, who shall play in two sections, two at home and two away. It is permissible for any players to play any number of matches at home or away.
2. The Championship of the League shall be decided by the team obtaining the highest number of points during the season. The method of awarding points shall be one point for each winning player. Teams will be penalised one point from their points total for each walk-over awarded against them.
3. In the event of two or more sides involved in either promotion or relegation having equal points at the end of the season, the team with the most wins shall be the winner. If still equal a deciding match shall be played at a venue to be decided by the Leagues Executive Officers. If this match should result in each team winning an equal number of games Captains shall select one player each to play a deciding game.
4. At the end of the playing season if there is more than one division a two up and two down system of promotion and relegation will generally apply. The Management Committee shall have the power to make such arrangements as are necessary to comply with General Rule 13 or to cater for teams withdrawing from the league.
5. All games shall be 250 up, which shall include the handicaps.
6. A player after having completed three games will be considered a player for that team, and will be allowed to assist with other teams on two occasions only within his Club. Any team will be allowed only one guest player per match.
7. Handicapping of players will be made by the Leagues Executive Officers and entered on the player’s registration card. This handicap will be adjusted after each League Match in accordance with the following formula and the revised handicap entered by the player on the registration card. The winning player will deduct 5 and the losing player will add 5 to their respective handicaps. The maximum receive handicap will be 125. Handicaps are NOT to be adjusted after Tournament Matches or for walkover of forfeited games in League matches.
SNOOKER LEAGUE RULES
Trophies for Annual Competition are the Ames Cup Donated by C.Zelley, the Open Snooker Div. II Donated by S.Bell, the J.Olivier Memorial Cup Donated by S.Bell, the Boundary Park Cup, the Burwatt Shield and the Div. II Shield Donated by A.Rogers
1. In the Handicap League each club secretary or captain shall be responsible for their own team, a maximum of 8 players can be registered for any team. Each match shall consist of four players, who shall play in two sections, two at home and two away. It is permissible for any players to play any number of matches at home or away.
2. In the Open Snooker League each club secretary or captain shall be responsible for their own team, a maximum of 6 players can be registered for any team. Each match shall consist of three players, who shall play at the same club as per the fixtures.
3. The Championship of the League shall be decided by the team obtaining the highest number of points during the season. The method of awarding points being:- One point for each frame won. Teams will be penalised two points from their points total for each walk-over awarded against them.
4. In the event of two or more sides involved in either promotion or relegation having equal points at the end of the season, the team with the most wins shall be the winner. If still equal a deciding match shall be played at a venue to be decided by the Leagues Executive Officers. If this match should result in each team winning an equal number of games Captains shall select one player each to play a deciding game.
5. At the end of the playing season if there is more than one division a two up and two down system of promotion and relegation will generally apply. The Management Committee shall have the power to make such arrangements as are necessary to comply with General Rule 13 or to cater for teams withdrawing from the league.
6. All games in Open Snooker League shall consist of three frames per player.
7. All games in the Handicap Snooker League shall consist of three frames per player.
8. A player after having completed three games will be considered a player for that team, and will be allowed to assist with other teams on two occasions only within his Club. Any team will be allowed only one guest player per match.
9. In Open Snooker League players registered in Division One are not permitted to guest for teams in lower divisions.
10. Handicapping of players will be made by the Leagues Executive Officers and entered on the player’s registration card. This handicap will be adjusted after each League Match in accordance with the following formula and the revised handicap entered by the player on the registration card. After a Win deduct 2 After a Defeat add 2. Handicaps are NOT to be adjusted after Tournament Matches or for walk-overs of forfeited games in League Matches.
NDBSL TOURNAMENT / COMPETITION RULES
In all competitions except for the Hethersett Cup, only players registered with the NDBSL are eligible for its Tournaments.
All perpetual trophies are the property of the NDBSL, no trophy shall be won outright, and all shall be competed for on an annual basis.
The dates, venues and general conditions to be decided by the Leagues Executive Officers. The Leagues Executive Officers shall have the power to refuse entry without giving a reason. An amateur shall be understood to be defined by the Ruling Body. (see General rule 1).
The player/pair/team, drawn first to have the choice of table/venue. It is the responsibility of BOTH players/pairs/teams to arrange a mutually convenient date for each match. Failure to complete any match within the stated time periods will result in BOTH players/pairs/teams being eliminated from competitions (including plate rounds). Any problems arranging matches must be reported to the Tournament Secretary without delay.
OPEN BILLIARDS SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP
The Colin Extall Championship for Burroughs & Watts Shield
1. Each game shall be 250 up- level start, and the player drawn first to have the choice of table and make arrangements for the tie.
2. The Semi-final and Final rounds of the competition to be played on three pre-arranged dates to be set by the Tournament Secretary. Semi-finals to be 350 up, and the Final to be 500 up. Entrance fee of £5.00 per player, each fee to be submitted with entry.
3. The rounds set out in rule 2 to be played at venues with facilities to play all the matches in each round on the same evening and to be agreed by the Tournament Secretary.
4. All players not gaining entry to the second round of the competition will automatically be included into the draw for the first round of the subsidiary competition with the exception of players removed for non-completion of matches.
HANDICAP BILLIARDS SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP - Donated by Mr W Ribbons
1. The handicaps of players entering the competition will be arranged by the Leagues Executive Officers annually. (See also Billiards League Rule 7 which also applies).
2. Each game shall be 250 up, on a handicap basis. The Semi-finals and Final to be played on tables to be arranged by the Tournament Secretary. Semi-finals 350 up, and Final 350 up, handicaps to be proportionate. Entrance fee of £5.00 per player, to be submitted with entry.
5. Except as provided above, the rules and conditions applicable to the Norwich Individual Billiards Shield Competition will apply.
OPEN SNOOKER SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP Donated by Mr Poverud & the OPEN SUBSIDIARY CUP Donated by Mr Carl Moore
1. All matches up to and including Quarter-finals to be of five frames, Semi-finals to be of seven frames and Final to be of nine frames. Entrance fee of £5.00 per player submitted with entry.
2. The Quarter-final, Semi-final and Final rounds of the competition to be played on three pre-arranged dates to be set by the Tournament Secretary.
3. The rounds set out in rule 2 to be played at venues with facilities to play all the matches in each round on the same evening and to be agreed by the Tournament Secretary.
4. All players not gaining entry to the second round of the competition will automatically be included into the draw for the first round of the subsidiary competition with the exception of players removed for non-completion of matches.
HANDICAP SNOOKER SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP - Donated by Mr M Hart & SUBSIDIARY CUP Donated by Mr M Turner
1. The handicaps of players entering the competition will be arranged by the Leagues Executive Officers annually. (See also Billiards League Rule 7 which also applies).
2. All matches up to and including Final to be of five frames. Semi-finals and Final to be played on tables arranged by the Tournament Secretary. Entrance fee of £5.00 to be submitted with entry.
5. Except as provided above, the rules and conditions applicable to the Norwich Individual Snooker Competition will apply.
6. All players not gaining entry to the second round of the Individual Snooker Handicap Competition will automatically be included into the draw for the first round of the Subsidiary Cup Competition with the exception of players removed for non-completion of matches.
OPEN SNOOKER PAIRS CHAMPIONSHIP - Donated by Mr D Tunmore
1. There will be no handicaps in this competition, pairs shall remain unchanged throughout the competition except by special permission of the Leagues Executive Officers.
2. An entrance fee of £5.00 per player, to be submitted with entry.
3. All matches up to and including Semi-finals to be of five frames. Final to be of seven frames. The Semi-finals and Final to be played on tables arranged by the Tournament Secretary.
4. It is not in order for a player to assist his partner by advising him on his stroke, or tactics, whilst his partner is AT the table.
5. Pairs should commence each frame alternatively, but in the first frame it should be decided by coin toss. The pair may either break or instruct their opponents to do so.
6. The order of play may be changed if desired, but not while any frame is in progress. When a frame ends in a tie, the pair who plays the first stroke have the choice as to which players play that stroke, the order of play must be maintained as in the frame.

HANDICAP SNOOKER PAIRS CHAMPIONSHIP - Donated by Mr K Crane
1. Each pair to play off the average of their two handicaps, pairs shall remain unchanged throughout the competition except by special permission of the Leagues Executive Officers.
2. An entrance fee of £5.00 per player, to be submitted with entry.
3. All matches up to and including Semi-finals to be of five frames. Final to be of seven frames. The Semi-finals and Final to be played on tables arranged by the Tournament Secretary.
4. It is not in order for a player to assist his partner by advising him on his stroke, or tactics, whilst his partner is AT the table.
5. Pairs should commence each frame alternatively, but in the first frame it should be decided by coin toss. The pair may either break or instruct their opponents to do so.
6. The order of play may be changed if desired, but not while any frame is in progress. When a frame ends in a tie, the pair who plays the first stroke have the choice as to which players play that stroke, the order of play must be maintained as in the frame.
HETHERSETT CUP U23 OPEN SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIP - Donated by Mr L Burgess
1. This competition shall be open to all players who are under the age of 23 years as at 1st October of that current League year.
2. This competition will be a one day event, and will be played on a date & at a venue to be confirmed by the Executive Committee.
3. Entrance fee £3.00 per player to be submitted with entry.
SNOOKER TEAM K/O SHIELDS - Open donated by Mr J Cadge, Handicap donated by Mr N Sendall
1. Teams will consist of four players, three players playing two frames on an aggregate basis. Each frame shall be played out, i.e. the first score of forfeit on the black shall end each frame, except in the final frame, if the total aggregate scores are level, the black shall be spotted and cue ball played from hand, the first score or forfeit on the black shall decide the match. In the Handicap Tournament each player will play with their League handicap.
2. All registered players of the League will be able to play for their Club, but will only be allowed for one team, and on that team being defeated they will not be a allowed to play for any other team.
3. The team Captain to arrange matches by mutual agreement with their opponents, and by the dates given for each round.
4. All three players of each side must be present by the agreed starting time and a draw will take place to determine opponents and order of play (i.e. No 1 of Team A plays No 1 of Team B, game 1; No 2 of Team A plays No 2 of Team B, game 2; No 3 of Team A plays No 3 of Team B, game 3). Any player not present within 15 minutes of the starting time for the match will be penalised two frames of 147 points. (In rounds up to the Final this rule may be amended by prior agreement of both Captains but will be strictly enforced for the Final when the draw will be made by an appointed referee).
5. The Final will be played on a table to be decided by the Tournament Secretary.
6. The entrance fee is included in the team registration.
OVER 40'S (SENIOR) OPEN SNOOKER SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP - donated by Mr Fos Wilson
Open to all players who are aged 40 or over on the 1st October of that current League year.
1. All matches up to and including final to be of five frames, Entry fee of £5.00 per player to be submitted with entry.
2. The Semi-final and Final rounds of the competition to be played on pre-arranged dates to be set by the Tournament Secretary.
3. The rounds set out in rule 2 to be played at venues with facilities to play all the matches in each round on the same evening and to be agreed by the Tournament Secretary.
OVER 60`S (SUPER SENIOR) OPEN SNOOKER SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP
Open to all players who are aged 60 or over on the 1st October of that current League year.
1. All matches up to and including final to be of five frames, Entry fee of £5.00 per player to be submitted with entry.
2. The Semi-final and Final rounds of the competition to be played on pre-arranged dates to be set by the Tournament Secretary.
3. The rounds set out in rule 2 to be played at venues with facilities to play all the matches in each round on the same evening and to be agreed by the Tournament Secretary.
SENIOR PAIRS SNOOKER CUP - donated by Mr P Rivett
1. There will be no handicaps in this competition, pairs shall remain unchanged throughout the competition except by special permission of the Leagues Executive Officers.
2. An entrance fee of £5.00 per player, to be submitted with entry.
3. All matches up to and including the final to be of five frames. The semi finals and final to be played on tables arranged by the Tournament Secretary.
4. It is not in order for a player to assist his partner by advising him on his stroke, or tactics, whilst his partner is AT the table.
5. Pairs should commence each frame alternatively, but in the first frame it should be decided by coin toss. The pair may either break or instruct their opponents to do so.
6. The order of play may be changed if desired, but not while any frame is in progress. When a frame ends in a tie, the pair who plays the first stroke have the choice as to which players play that stroke, the order of play must be maintained as in the frame.
OPEN SNOOKER LEAGUE - FRAMES CUPS - Division 1 donated by & Division 2 donated by Canary Cue Club on behalf of Mr G. Martin
To be awarded to the player gaining the most number of frames during the season for one team, in each division of the Open Snooker League.
HIGHEST BILLIARDS BREAK (MINUS HANDICAP) B.H. CLARKE CHALLENGE CUP - donated by Mr B Clarke
To be awarded to the player making the highest break in normal Billiards League play during the season. All breaks must be certified at the time by the opponent and marker.
HIGHEST BILLIARDS BREAK (PLUS HANDICAP) THE JIM ACHESON CHALLENGE TROPHY - donated by Mrs Acheson
This Cup is a perpetual trophy and not won outright and to be awarded to the player having a plus handicap, making the highest break in normal Handicap Billiard play during the season. All breaks must be certified at the time by the opponents and marker.
HIGHEST BREAK (OPEN SNOOKER LEAGUE) JACK POINTER CHALLENGE CUP - donated by Mr Jack Pointer
To be awarded to the player making the highest break in normal Snooker League play during the season. All breaks must be certified at the time by the opponent and marker.


HIGHEST BREAK (MINUS HANDICAP) KEN WARREN CHALLENGE TROPHY
To be awarded to the player having a receive handicap, making the highest break in normal Handicap Snooker League play during the season. All breaks must be certified at the time by the opponent and marker.
HIGHEST BREAK (PLUS HANDICAP) TROPHY
This Cup is a perpetual trophy and not won outright and to be awarded to the player having a scratch or owe handicap, making the highest break in normal Handicap Snooker League play during the season. All breaks must be certified at the time by the opponent and marker.
PLAYER UNDER 21 TROPHY - donated by Mr J.J Sandys-Winsch
Awarded to the most promising or most improved player under the age of 21 in either Billiards or Snooker. Nominations from Club Secretaries or team Captains. Final selection being made by the Leagues Executive Officers.
THE MISS RULE
MISS RULE - LEAGUE MATCHES
All players should be aware that the MISS RULE is part of the general rules of snooker in the amateur game. However, in the interest of fair play and in the absence of independent referees at league matches the Leagues Executive Officers has decided that this rule should not apply.
MISS RULE – TOURNAMENT MATCHES
In the final stages only of Tournaments, i.e. Semi-finals and Finals, where referees have been appointed to officiate, the miss rule shall be applied.
It shall remain the individual players responsibility to understand the miss rule.
A simplified explanation of the Miss rule has been included for your guidance. (SEE BELOW)
MISS RULE EXPLAINED
1. If the striker has a clear shot in a straight line at any ball on or part ball on and fails to make contact with the first impact of the cue-ball with any ball on, a MISS shall be called. (Unless either player required snookers before or as a result of this stroke.
2. If the striker can see and hit any ball on FULL BALL in a straight line and plays a MISS on three successive occasions from the same position of the cue ball, the frame shall be awarded to his opponent. When considering such a step the referee must advise the striker after TWO MISSES of the consequences.
3. All other MISSES to be called at the discretion of the referee and the referees decision shall be final.
4. After a MISS only the cue ball shall be replaced unless the referee considers the offending player has gained an advantage.
5. After a MISS when the referee is replacing the cue-ball both players will be consulted as to its position, at this point the Referees decision will be final. Under no circumstances whatsoever must either player touch a ball.