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       Chester & District Bagatelle League Playing & Competition Rules 2022

1. The referee shall have full control of the game.

2. League Matches to start at 8.30pm. Any time allowed must be by agreement and consent of both teams on the night. If any team fails to fulfil this rule and is reported to the Secretary they will be fined or have points deducted, following consultation with the Committee and teams in question

3. Home team’s are to lead off in all League Matches.

4. The visiting team must be allowed free use of the table for a minimum of fifteen (15) minutes before the start of any League Match.

5. No practice sticks can be allowed to either side after the start of the game. The Referee only shall call the scores and place spot balls.

6. The baulk line must be in front of the leather baulk and be 18" long as defined by the two end and centre spots. A ball may be placed anywhere along the baulk line.

7. Discretion by the Referee should be given in deference to 'home custom' as to the placing of a ball in front of, or behind the baulk line.

8. Once a ball is struck from the area of the baulk line, it is in play.

9. A 'feathered' ball doing so may be played again at the (opposing) Referee's discretion or opposing Captain's discretion if the Referee is on the same side as the player.

10. All balls are in play until they jump off the table, or hit the wood above the cushion.

11. All balls crossing or touching the leather baulk are to be "off". Where the whole of the ball is behind the baulk line, it is "off".

12. Should the black ball jump off, touch, or go over the leather baulk area, or fall wholly behind the baulk line, the player forfeits the remaining balls, the score at that point to count.

13. The black ball must be struck before any other ball and shall remain the object ball until cupped.

14. Cue balls failing to hit the black are to be taken off.

15. After the black ball has been cupped, players must then using the cue ball to then directly strike a “Free Ball” (A ball that is still “Up” or “un-cupped”) before any further points can be scored.

16. A cue ball striking a “Dead Ball” (An already cupped scoring ball) before striking a “Free Ball” (A ball in play that is “Up”) shall be taken off.

17. When all balls on the table are cupped, a ball shall be spotted before play resumes.

18. If after 7 balls have been played and there are no “Free Balls” left in free play, as all of them are cupped, the remaining ball can be played to score, providing that it strikes a cushion before entering a cup.

19. Players must wait until all the balls are stationary before delivering another ball. A player shall forfeit the remaining balls left in that stick if this rule is disregarded. The score to that point is to count.

20. A ball other than the black being knocked out of a cup, remains where it stands, having been knocked out. If the black ball is knocked out of a cup it is to be replaced in that same cup.

21. Balls which have been played must not be touched. No balls can be “tried” by a player placing another ball over the table. Players "trying" a ball over the table shall be penalised by having that ball taken off. (NOTE: The definition of this rule is that a player can walk up the table with a ball in his hand, but that he shall not be penalised unless he attempts to put the ball over the table.)

22. Any ball falling into a cup before the next ball is played is to count. Any ball falling into a cup after a cue ball has been played is to be removed and put on the spot, and the played cue ball returned to the player to be play again.

23. If more than one ball is to be spotted, the first (or object ball) to be placed on the spot. If the spot is covered by either a previously spotted ball, or even a ball in play, this must be removed to allow the object ball to be placed on the spot. Any ball removed in such a manner to be placed on the table in the alternative positions. The second ball to be placed between the one and nine cups, the third ball to be placed between the nine and five cups.

24. Split balls are to count, to be decided by the Referee.

25. If a player lays down his cue without playing all his balls he shall be asked to carry on by the Referee. If he declines to do so, the remaining balls shall be forfeited for that stick, the score at that point to count. The player is responsible for playing all eight balls.

26. The Referee shall call the score before removing any balls from the cups.

27. All Matches must be registered on the official Score Sheets. Captains of teams must put down the names of all four players which they intend to play, both for the first and second half. Names cannot be altered on any Sheet without the agreement of the opposing Captain. (NOTE: The definition of this rule is that a Captain cannot leave a blank space on the Score Sheet and fill in a players name after the game has commenced, without obtaining the opposing Captain's permission, this applies to both halves.) All Score Sheets must be handed into the St Werburgh’s Club, Brook Street, Chester (For the Attention of the League Secretary) by the following Saturday after that game is played. (As per Rule 42)

28. A board shall be hung up in the room and the Scores from each player on the Score Sheet shall be registered immediately after a player has played in a Match.

29. League and Competition Score Sheets must be written in legible writing and they should be checked that they are by both Team Captains. All Score Sheets may be posted on Social media, but they MUST be legible.

30. In the case of drawn “Man to Man” Cup Matches, (Where a player knows who his opponent is) players that are not in attendance to play their Match for more than half an hour after the Matches were due to start, then these players will forfeit their game. Player playing in any preliminary knock out rounds of Cup Matches (Where the top four players go through) are expected to be in attendance by the time that they are due to play, if not, they will forfeit their game.

31. The winning team in League Matches shall receive 2 points for a home win, 3 points for an away win, and in the event of a draw, the home team will receive 1 point and the away team 2 points. (Note: Failure to send in score sheets affects the calculation of averages.)

End of Chester & District Bagatelle League Playing & Competition Rules 2022 by Shaun Murphy.

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      Chester & District Bagatelle League Constitution Rules 2022

32. The League shall be called the Chester & District Bagatelle League.

33. Entrance fee for the League, Cups, Singles, Doubles and 5-A-Side Competitions to be reviewed yearly at the Annual General Meeting (AGM).

34. No player shall play for more than one team in any Cup Competition.

35. The management of the League shall be vested in a Committee comprising of: -
A Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer and Committee Members, who shall be elected at the AGM. The Committee have the power to add to their number if the need arises, subject to confirmation at the AGM. From 2021 we have appointed an unelected Lifetime President: - John Pritchard.

36. A League Match is Eight (8) “two Sticks” per man, per team (32 Sticks in total per Match).

37. From 2021 Teams must have at least 5 Players home and away, and that up to 3 players can replay to make the 8 games up, re-playing players being chosen by random lot or random number generator. All available players will play their 1st Sticks first and if there is a need for some players to re play, then they will re-play their 2nd sticks in the order that they have come out from having being chosen by random lot or random number generator. The random lot must be done after the 1st sticks have been played and witnessed by both Captains. (Note: - This rule amendment applied to all League, Northgate Cup and West Cheshire Shield Matches. For 5-a-side games, if a team only has 4 players, then a 5th player can be chosen by random lot or random number generator to play again.)

38. League Matches are to start at 8.30pm. Any time allowed will be by agreement and consent of both teams on the night. If any team fails to fulfil this rule then they should be reported to the League Secretary.

39. If a team wishes to postpone a Match then the request must be made to the Opposing Team and the League Secretary at least 24 hours before the game. The Opposing Team and then the League Secretary must agree to this request.

40. All postponed League games that have been agreed, must be played before the last game of the season.

41. League Competition Score Sheets must be written in legible writing and they should be checked that they are legible by BOTH Team Captains. All score sheets may be posted on Social media.

42. (As per Rule 27 & 31) All Score Sheets must be handed into St Werburgh’s Club, Brook Street, Chester by the following Saturday after that game is played. The winning team in League Matches shall receive 2 points for a home win, 3 points for an away win, and in the event of a draw, the home team will receive 1 point and the away team 2 points. (Note: Failure to send in score sheets affects the calculation of averages.)

43. No complaint, protest or enquiries of any sort will be entertained after 7 days.

44. No player to be transferred except through the Committee and the transfer must be registered 3 days before the player is eligible to play for his new team. No transfer is allowed after 31st December in each season. The Committee reserves to itself, the right to suspend any team or player.

45. A player who plays for more than one team in one season without being transferred is liable to suspension and the team for whom he wrongly played shall forfeit the points gained by that player, such points to be awarded to the other team. In the event of an away team forfeiting points under this rule the away side shall forfeit 3 points but the home side shall only be awarded 2 points. In the event of a player taking part in a Cup Competition without being properly transferred, or if he is found to have played for another team in the same competition they shall forfeit the match to their opponents.

46. Players under the age of 18 shall only play at the discretion of the home Landlord or Steward.

47. In the event of a team dropping out of the League, all points and scores already accrued shall be deducted.

48. Should the numbers of teams in the League allow, the Committee is empowered to decide on the number of Divisions in the League and the number of teams in each Division. Relegation and promotion shall be two up and two down if there is more than one Division in the League.

49) The League Championship shall be decided on points. In the event of a tie, a play-off will be arranged on a neutral table.

50) Where a venue, club, or pub, has both an "A" and "B" teams in the same League, then their League Fixtures shall be the first two matches of the season.

51) Any team wishing to call an Extra-Ordinary General Meeting must get a quorum of 30% and inform the Committee who will arrange this within 14 days.

52) Matters arising which are not covered by these rules will be decided by the Committee. The League Secretary shall notify all teams during the ensuing week of any amendment or addition to the rules. Any team objecting to such amendments or addition shall call for an Extra-Ordinary General Meeting described elsewhere in these rules.

53. Entry to Cup Competitions is on a voluntary basis (by application form) with an agreed fee to be decided annually by the Committee. From 2021-22 on (Until further notice) the entry fees are:- £6.00 per team for all Cup Competitions and in the case of the Singes and Double Competitions, the entry fee will be £2.00 per person entered into each Competition.

54. Practice on a Finals Night is now allowed, but all practice must end 15 minutes before the Final starts or is due to start.

55) Any team which is in arrears to the League, or any team which in the opinion of the Committee have not fulfilled their obligations according to the rules may be excluded from the League at the Committee's discretion.

56) The Secretary shall notify all teams six weeks before the Annual General Meeting of the date, time and place at which such a meeting will be held. All teams or members wishing alterations or additions to the rules and regulations must give notice of the proposed alterations or additions IN WRITING to the Secretary of the League at least 21 days previous to the holding of the AGM. The Secretary must then notify each team of such proposed alterations or additions at least 7 days before the AGM.

End of Chester & District Bagatelle League Constitution Rules 2022 by Shaun Murphy.

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