Rules

The rules below are now the rules of the All England Bar Billiards Association and will be updated as appropriate

 

All England Bar Billiards Association Rules and Constitution.

Amended to include 2013 A.G.M. accepted proposals.

AIMS AND CONSTITUTION OF THE ALL ENGLAND BAR BILLIARDS ASSOCIATION.

  1. 1)  The Association shall be known as the All England Bar Billiards Association.
  2. 2)  The aims of the Association shall be to promote and encourage the playing of Bar Billiards throughout the United Kingdom and particularly by the Organisation of Inter County competition.
  3. 3)  Competitions will include a County Championship; a Ladies County Championship; an Individual Championship; a Ladies Individual Championship; a Pub Championship; an Over 50’s Championship; an Over 60’s championship and a Grand Prix.
  4. 4)  Membership of the Association will be open to any County Association. Acceptance of new members will be by a majority vote at the Annual General Meeting.
  5. 5)  An annual affiliation fee shall be paid to the Association by each County, the amount to be determined by the Annual General Meeting, which will also decide a date by which fees will be due. If fees are not paid by the agreed date then they will be doubled every two months for which they remain unpaid. Counties will not be permitted to enter the A.E.B.B.A. competitions unless affiliation fees have been paid.
  6. 6)  Membership of the Association may be revoked or suspended by a majority vote of the Annual General Meeting.
  7. 7)  The day to day administration of the Association will be vested in a committee consisting of a President, Chairman, Vice-chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and Assistant Secretary.
  8. 8)  The Chairman, Vice-chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and Assistant Secretary will be elected each year by the Annual General Meeting. Retiring Officers will be permitted to stand for re- election.
  9. 9)  The President, once elected, shall retain the position for life or until voluntary retirement.
  10. 10)  Honorary Life Vice-Presidents may be nominated and elected at the Annual General Meeting.
  11. 11)  TheSecretaryshallbepaidanhonorariumwhichwillbefixedeachyearattheAnnualGeneral Meeting.
  12. 12)  A quorum for Annual General Meetings shall be representation by at least 50% of the Affiliated Counties.
  13. 13)  All league associations (not counties) that have paid an affiliation fee to their County are entitled to have one vote each at the AGM and the nominated representative of each member league shall be identified to the Chairman. Only those present at the AGM may vote and no voting by proxy or by post shall be allowed. Counties themselves will have no voting rights, only their constituent leagues or associations. The Chairman will have a casting vote if required.
  14. 14)  Changes of the Association’s Rules may only be made by a majority decision of the Annual General Meeting. Proposals must be with the Secretary 21(twenty one) days before the AGM and distributed to the County Secretaries, so they can be sent to each league / association to be discussed upon.
  15. 15)  An extra-ordinary meeting must be called by the Secretary within thirty days of receipt of a written request from at least fifty percent of member counties.
  16. 16)  Member counties agree by their affiliation to abide by the Association’s Rules.
  17. 17)  The A.E.B.B.A. committee is empowered to act in the case of any contingency that may arise which is not provided for in these rules.
  18. 18)  Playing in the National Pairs (currently in Bournemouth) will be conditional upon residency at the hotel where the competition is being held, provided that rooms are available. Compulsory residency to commence from 2015.
  1. 19)  A.E.B.B.A. will appoint one or more ‘Independent Examiners’ (formerly AKA Auditors) each year, starting in 2013, to examine (audit) the accounts prior to the Annual General Meeting.
  2. 20)  A.E.B.B.A. recognises and welcomes, but does not administer, the four pin version of Bar Billiards. The rules and playing conditions for the Four Pin variant of Bar Billiards are those currently in force for the East Anglian Four Pin Open.
  3. 21)  A.E.B.B.A. recognises the current ranking structure, which will be administered by an appointed committee. The structure is as published in appendix (1).RULES GOVERNING INTER COUNTY TOURNAMENTS AND A.E.B.B.A. TEAM K.O. COMPETITIONS.
  1. 31)  Dates and venues will be determined by the A.E.B.B.A. Committee.
  2. 32)  An Overall Referee will be appointed for each event. In the event of any dispute, the referee’s decision will be final.
  3. 33)  The format for all Inter County Competitions will be determined by the A.E.B.B.A. Committee and may vary depending upon the number of participants.
  4. 34)  Only counties affiliated to the All England Association may enter A.E.B.B.A. competitions.
  5. 35)  In all A.E.B.B.A. Team Competitions all games will be break-apiece, the balls being respotted after the first player has completed their opening break.
  6. 36)  LadyplayerswillbepermittedtoplayinboththeCountyChampionshipandtheLadiesCounty Championship. Lady players will not be permitted to play in both the Individual Championship and the Ladies Individual Championship in the same year.
  7. 37)  Table time at County and Individual Group Play-offs and Finals will be a minimum 15 minutes and a maximum 20 minutes. If the table runs for less than 15 minutes the bar will be pulled again and play will continue until 15 minutes, at which point any balls going into holes will be retained as if the bar had dropped. If the bar has not dropped by 20 minutes any balls returning to the trap will be retained by the scorer as if the bar has dropped.
  8. 38)  Individual matches played over two games will be played consecutively on the same table. Rule 35) will not apply. Winner to be decided by highest aggregate score. The winner will be awarded two points for aggregate, none for the legs. In the event of a tie, highest leg score to win. If still tied one break of up to 5 minutes to decide, order of play to be reversed. Time to count from first ball struck to final ball struck within the five minutes, balls in motion at the end count.
  9. 39)  In Inter County Play-offs and Finals positions will be determined as follows.1. Highest number of points gained.
    2. When equal points – most matches won.
    3. When equal points, equal matches won – highest aggregate score.
  10. 40)  Inter County Open representative matches will be seven-a-side. Ladies will be 5 – a – side. Counties may enter ‘A’ and ‘B’ sides for both competitions and ‘C’ sides for the Ladies.
  11. 41)  In Team K.O. Competitions, the team drawn first will break first in the opening game, with breaks going alternatively in subsequent games. In the final game, if the match is all square, the Equal Time Rule, Rule 43), will apply.
  12. 42)  In Team K.O. Competitions, a draw will be made before the start of the match to determine the order of play and to determine the player numbers.
  13. 43)  Equal Time Rule: the table time should be established and agreed before the start of the final game. Should the first player consume in excess of half the agreed time with their opening break, the second player shall be permitted equal time for their opening break in the attempt to pass the first players opening break. Further coins should be inserted before the second player commences their break. Once extra coins have been inserted, the game will be over when:  a) The second player passes the first players opening score; b) The second player has consumed the agreed equal time; c) The second player breaks down on their opening break.
  1. 44)  Grand Prix points qualification will be as follows: Open – winner 15; runner-up 10; semi- finalists 6; quarter-finalists 3; last sixteen 1. Ladies – winner 8; runner-up 5; semi-finalists 3; quarter-finalists 1. Jersey – winner 20; runner-up 15; semi-finalists 10, quarter-finalists 6; last sixteen 3; last thirty-two 1. Ladies only events do not count towards open Grand Prix Standings.
  2. 45)  Grand Prix Finals Seeding Qualification – If players finish level on points deciding criteria will be:
    1. i)  Number of GP events a player has gained points in.
    2. ii)  Number of GP matches a player has won.
    3. iii)  Number of GP events a player has played in.
    4. iv)  If still level, positions to be drawn, unless this is for the last position in which case a play-off will be staged at the beginning of the tournament.
  3. 46)  Walkover in Team Events: Team to be awarded the average score of all of the other winners in that match.
  4. 47)  County Team qualification: A player may choose to play for any county in which he is registered, but he cannot play for more than one in any one season. This applies to A.E.B.B.A. Individuals, Open and Ladies County Championships, Alternate Rules, (not to the Pub Team Competition see rule 55)a). Season to start on September 1st.
  5. 48)  Players qualifying for the Grand Prix cannot play in this and either the over 50’s or over 60’s whilst they are held on the same day.
  6. 49)  Failure of ANY open to notify A.E.B.B.A. of the result within 21 days will result in that result not being included in the GP rankings. If this happens two years in succession that open will lose its GP status.
  7. 50)  Lady players will only qualify for the Grand Prix Finals if they gain points from a fully open competition.
  8. 51)  That A.E.B.B.A. sell sponsorship of tables to individuals at A.E.B.B.A. events.
  9. 52)  In A.E.B.B.A. age related competitions, the player has to be under that age on the day of the competition, e.g.: under 25’s, and that age or over on the day, e.g.: over 50’s & over 60’s.
  10. 53)  Grand Prix seeding: seeds to be shuffled up to fill vacant places and reserves inserted at the bottom.
  11. 54)  Jersey and Guernsey will be invited to provide entries to the All England Individuals, Ladies Individuals, Team Competitions and the County Championships as they are associate members.
    1. a)  Alternate (Triangle) Rules:
    2. b)  The break position for this variation is to play a ball from the centre of the ‘D’ to hit a triangle of six white balls.
    3. c)  The triangle of balls is to be placed on the centre line between the 100 hole and the 10 hole, lead ball nearest the 100 hole, with its centre 14 cm from the centre of the 100 hole.
    4. d)  Should insufficient balls be available to fill the triangle after the bar has dropped, the triangle will be built row by row from the front and right hand side.
    5. e)  All shots to be played ‘off-the-spot’ from the centre of the ‘D’.
    6. f)  The black skittle will only count as a white for this competition, except for the ‘last ball shot
    7. g) A.E.B.B.A. will only supply trophies to the winners, runners-up and highest break.

55) Pub/ClubTeamCompetitionRules:

  1. a)  A team may enter a guest player PROVIDED he only plays for the team he is guesting for (and plays regularly for that league if registered for more than one league). Players are not restricted to the one county rule, rule 47), in this competition, provided they fulfil the other criteria.
  2. b)  Players must be registered for the host venue and the same league at the start of the calendar year.
  3. c)  Teams from the same league within a host venue may amalgamate.
  4. d)  Registration forms must be supplied (normally by the County Secretary) to the A.E.B.B.A.  Secretary by the end of August of that year’s competition, to allow scrutineering. Failure to comply with this will result in automatic disqualification from the finals.
  5. e)  County champions will represent their counties at the Grand Finals.

56) PairsCompetitions,BreakOrder:

  1. a)  Open pairs Two Legs: Whoever follows the ‘Break’ Player CANNOT take the break in the next game.
  2. b)  Open Pairs Four Legs – The break order will be: (1)Game one: A B C D (2)Game two: D C B A (3)Game three:C D A B (4)Game four: B A D C
  3. c)  Mixed Pairs: Ladies MUST have FIRST BREAK in ALL LEGS. Men CANNOT follow the FIRST BREAK player.
  1. 57)  Where choice of first break is decided by the toss of a coin, the coin must be tossed in the air and either caught or allowed to fall to the floor.
  2. 58)  If two teams from the same county are in the same group of an inter-county final, they must play each other first to try to prevent any possible collusion later.
  3. 59)  If a player does not complete all their matches in a round robin group, all matches involving them (whether or not completed) shall be declared null and void.
  4. 60)  If a delay occurs during a game, the delay should be timed and that time added on when the bar drops by pulling the bar again. After the delay time, the balls will be removed from the trap as they return as if the bar has dropped.
  5. 61)  Start times of A.E.B.B.A. run Tournaments will be 11.30.

    PLAYING CONDITIONS.

  1. 71)  The playing area of the table shall not be less than 138.4 cm or more than 143.5 cm in length and not less than 78.7 cm in width, measuring from the inside edge of the cushions.
  2. 72)  The table shall be not less than 86.4 cm and not more than 92.7 cm in height from the floor to the top of the cushion.
  3. 73)  The table must be level and in good condition.
  4. 74)  There shall be one black and two white skittles of equal size and weight. To a height of at least 5.1 cm above its base each skittle should be cylindrical with a diameter between 1.5 cm and 1.8 cm. Skittles should be 11.4 cm tall +/- 0.6 cm. The black skittle shall be placed on a spot, the back edge of which will be 0.6 cm from the front edge of the 200 hole. The white skittles shall be placed on spots level with and 17.8 cm from the centre of the 100 hole.
  5. 75)  A “D” shall be firmly fixed to the table in the centre of the base of the playing area. This should be approximately 4 cm radius and the centre of the “D” shall be clearly marked with a spot, to be known as the break spot.
  6. 76)  Another spot shall be fixed in the centre of the table with its centre not less than 17.1cm and not more than 17.9 cm from the centre of the break spot on the “D”. This shall be known as the red spot.
  7. 77)  Baulk lines shall be clearly drawn on the table radiating from the centre of the base of the playing area to the side cushions so as to form an arc of not less than 150 degrees and not more than 160 degrees.
  8. 78)  The table shall be adequately illuminated.
  9. 79)  One red ball and seven white balls of equal size and weight shall be provided.

    RULES OF PLAY

  1. 91)  All shots must be played with the base of the cue ball within the area of the “D”.
  2. 92)  The red ball shall be placed by the hand on the red spot and a white ball placed on the break spot, also by hand. The white ball is then played with a cue onto the red ball with the object of potting one or both balls. This is known as playing from the break position.
  3. 93)  If,fromthebreakposition,bothballsarepottedintoanyholes,threetimesconsecutively,the player on their next shot shall be barred from potting more than one ball, in accordance with rule 116)e).
  4. 94)  If no balls remain on the table at any time during the course of the game, with the exception of the last ball shot, play will be continued from the break position.
  5. 95)  From the break position the red ball must always be used on the red spot, unless the bar has dropped and the red is no longer available. At any other time use of the red ball as the cue ball is optional.
  6. 96)  Other than from the break position and the last ball shot (see rule 108) the cue ball may be placed anywhere on the “D”.
  7. 97)  A white ball potted into a hole shall score the value of that hole. The red ball when potted will score double the value of that hole, provided no penalty has been incurred in either case.
  8. 98)  A break will continue until such time as the player fails to pot a ball or plays a foul shot in accordance with rules 110) and 111).
  9. 99)  At the end of a break the score should be recorded progressively on the scoreboard.

100)If during a break a ball on the lip of a hole falls in without being struck by another, the ball shall count as if potted and the score will count. A break will be deemed to have started when the first shot is played and ended when the scorer calls end of break.

  1. 101)  If a player plays at a ball on the lip of a hole and the ball falls before the cue ball reaches it, no penalty will be incurred and the player will continue with his break, except for any penalty incurred before the cue ball reaches the position previously occupied by the object ball.
  2. 102)  If a ball on the lip of a hole falls in after the scorer has called end of break, in conjunction with rule 116)f), this ball shall not count.
  3. 103)  Should a ball knock a skittle off its spot but the skittle does not fall over, the score shall count and the skittle should be replaced in its correct position before the next shot is played, unless prevented by a ball encroaching on the skittle’s correct position, in which case it should be replaced as soon as the spot is clear, see rule 114.
  4. 104)  Should any ball be touching a skittle causing it to lean, or preventing it from being respotted, this ball should be returned to the rack AT THE END OF THE BREAK.
  5. 105)When no balls are left in the rack, play continues by taking the ball furthest from the top (back) cushion. If two balls are equidistant from the top cushion the ball nearest the Centre line of the table should be taken.
  6. 106)  After the Bar has dropped, play should continue until all balls in the rack had been used.
  7. 107)  If two balls are “bridged” over a hole and one must be returned to the player, the scorer must hold the balls, “tilt” the back ball onto the table at its nearest point, and bring the other ball back to the player.
  8. 108)  If only one ball remains, either in the rack or on the table, the break score should be recorded before the last shot is played. The last ball must then be played from the centre of the “D” into either the 100 or the 200 hole OFF ONE SIDE CUSHION. This is known as the ‘Last ball shot’. Before playing the last ball shot the white skittles should be placed in the 50 holes and the top holes guarded. If the ball strikes a skittle in the 50 hole, and falls into the 100 or 200 hole, the score will not count. Both players should continue to play the last ball shot alternately until the ball is potted or the black peg is knocked down.
  9. 109)  No one is to touch any ball whilst it is in motion (e.g.: falling down hole), except to prevent the ball from going down the top holes in rule 108).
  10. 110)  Foul shots incurring loss of break score penalty:
    1. a)  Potting both balls from break position four consecutive times. (Except as in rule 116)e).
    2. b)  Failing to hit another ball with the cue ball. (Except as in rule 101) and rule 108)).
    3. c)  Any ball returning over or obstructing the baulk line. A ball shall be deemed to be obstructing the baulk line if, when viewed from directly above, it obscures any part of the line. The ball should be returned to the rack.
    4. d)  Any ball obstructing or hitting the “D”. A ball shall be deemed to be obstructing the “D” if, when viewed from directly above, it obscures any part of the “D”. The ball should be returned to the rack.
    5. e)  Any ball mounting the cushion or leaving the table, even if it falls back on the playing surface. The ball should be returned to the rack. It is not a foul shot if a ball bounces upwards and returns to playing surface without touching anything apart from another ball.
    6. f)  Knocking down a white skittle with a ball.
    7. g)  Deliberately touching or knocking down a white skittle with cue or hand while the balls are in motion or before a ball has fallen completely down a hole. (Reason – prematurely to avoid penalty, could just pick up the peg and put it back).
    8. h)  Playing a shot while balls are still in motion or before a ball has fallen completely down a hole.
    9. i)  The player interfering with the movement of any struck ball before it has completely fallen down a hole.
    10. j)  Accidentally knocking the cue ball off the “D” with the cue. The cue ball will not be considered to be in play until it is completely clear of the “D” and the baulk line as in b) above and d) above.
    11. k)  Hitting the cue ball after it has left the “D” (double hitting / push shot).
    12. l)  Not using the red ball, when available, at the red ball spot, at the break shot.
    13. m)  Causing a ball resting on the lip of a hole to drop by deliberately disturbing the table.
    14. n)  Playing the break shot with either ball not on its spot. It is not a foul under this rule if the ball falls off the spot as the player is in the act of striking. Any other penalty incurred will count.
    15. o)  If the cue ball fails to reach an imaginary line through the black peg and parallel with the top cushion and does not strike another ball, it will be returned to the tray and the player loses his break. (This does not apply to the last ball of the game).

111) Foul shots incurring loss of entire score penalty:   a) Knocking down the black skittle with a ball.   b) Deliberately touching the black skittle with a cue or hand while balls are in motion or before a ball has completely fallen down a hole.

  1. 112)  Should both a white and a black skittle be knocked down, if the white skittle falls first, the penalty will be loss of break, unless the white was knocked down deliberately by hand or cue. Should the black skittle fall first, the penalty will be loss of entire score.
  2. 113)  If a player is nudged or jolted while in the act of playing a shot, causing them to play a foul shot, no penalty will be incurred. The scorer should replace the balls in what they consider to be their original positions and the player should then replay their shot.
  3. 114)  If the balls are disturbed in any way other than in the normal course of play, then the scorer should replace the balls in what he/she considers to be their original positions and play should continue. If, in the opinion of the scorer, a ball on the edge of the hole falls due to any accidental or deliberate table movement by the player, that the ball be replaced and will not count and the break will end.
  4. 115)  Deliberately foul shot: If, after the bar has dropped, a player – in the opinion of the scorer – deliberately plays a ball directly into a hole without touching another ball, then the ball should be retrieved and the other player allowed to play it. Any additional coins required to do so should be provided by the player deemed to have played the foul.
  5. 116)  Scorer and marker:
    1. a)  A competent scorer should be appointed. In intercounties team matches this will be from the team with first break, the other team may supply a marker if they wish.
    2. b)  The scorer will act as referee and will be the sole arbiter on matters of facts and interpretation of the rules during the course of the game, unless a tournament referee is present as in rule 32).
    3. c)  The scorer will call out, progressively, the score after each shot.
    4. d)  Progressive thousands must be recorded either by placing, in clear view, coins or other suitable markers, or alternatively by recording them on the scoreboard.
    5. e)  After a player has potted both balls three times consecutively from the break position, the scorer must clearly warn the player to leave one ball up. Should the scorer fail to do so, the player will not be penalised under rule 110)a).
    6. f)  If, during the course of play, a ball remains on the lip of a hole, the scorer shall decide when to call end of break in accordance with rule 102). (Player walking away from table does not determine end of break)
    7. g)  The scorer shall be responsible for ensuring that the scores recorded on the scoreboard are correct.
    8. h)  A marker may be appointed to record the progressive scores on the scoreboard at the end of each break.
    9. i)  The marker, if appointed, should check the score as it is called out by the scorer and should draw his attention to any discrepancy at the earliest convenient time.
    10. j)  No person, other than the scorer or marker, should touch the scoreboard during the course of the game.

117) If a ball obstructs the placing of a ball anywhere in the “D”, but no foul shot has been played, it will remain there, but will be removed to the trap at the end of the current break (similar to the leaning peg/obstructed spot situation).

118) No coaching of players should take place whilst the player is at the table.

APPENDIX

NATIONAL OPEN RANKING RULES

1) Opens – Players get points for reaching the last 32 in the following order –

Winner 15; Runner Up 11; Semi Final 8; Quarter Final 5; Last 16 3; Last 32 1.

In addition a win bonus of 0.5 points will be given for any match won where ranking points ARE NOT at stake (that is to say any round before the last 64). This ensures all players that have won a match will receive some points. In the event of a walkover, no match bonus will be awarded, in the event of a walkover in a later round where ranking points are at stake a player will receive his/her full allotment of points, but will only receive half points if they have not won a match in a previous round.

The ‘open’ tournaments in 2013 that qualified for ranking points under the above system were the Oxon Open, Guernsey Open, Surrey Open, Off the Spot Open, Sussex Open, Kent Classic, Bucks Open and Berks Open. Any new competition will be discussed by the committee to decide whether it will be eligible for ranking points.

2) World Champs – Due to the prestigious nature of this tournament extra ranking points are on offer. Players get points for reaching the last 64 in the following order

Winner 25; Runner Up 20; Semi Final 15; Quarter Final 10; Last 16 6; Last 32 3; Last 64 1.

With the current group format in place before the last 64 round, players receive 0.5 points for any win in the group stages.

3) County Champs – in Division 1 players will receive 1 point for a leg won with break, and 1.2 points for legs won against break. These points are converted into the equivalent of 5 matches to keep the points awarded consistent in different years. A 1 point bonus will be awarded for winning all legs (or 5 out of 6 legs if that many games played)

In Division 2 players will receive 0.5 points for a leg won with break, and 0.6 points for legs won against break. As above these points are converted into the equivalent of 5 matches. A 1 point bonus will be awarded for winning all legs (or 5 out of 6 legs if that many games played)

4) All England Singles – Qualified players will receive 1 point for each leg won and 1 point for each match won (including final). Points earned in group games will be converted to an equivalent of 4 matches played. The All England Ladies will also now contribute (as they generally cannot qualify for the All England Singles) and will be awarded 2 points for the winner and 1 point for the runner up.

5) Minor Opens – open tournaments that are considered a ‘minor’ open by the rankings committee will attract ranking points under their own system decided by the committee. These tournaments are generally considered ‘minor’ as they are played under different rules to the normal 3 pin game. In 2013 there were two such tournaments that were considered ’minor’ and they attract points under the following rules.

a) Alternative (Triangle) Rules – Players get points for reaching the quarter finals in the following order

Winner 7; Runner Up 5 points; Semi Final 3; Quarter Final 1;
Win bonus to apply but reduced to 0.25 points per win will be given for any match won where

ranking points ARE NOT at stake (that is to say any round before the last 16).
b) Norfolk/Suffolk 4 pin open – Players get points for reaching the quarter finals in the following order

Winner 7; Runner Up 5; Semi Final 3; Quarter Final 1;
Win bonus to apply but reduced to 0.25 points per win will be given for any match won where ranking points ARE NOT at stake (that is to say any round before the last 16). AEBBA Rules, Page 8 of 10

6) Pairs (both Bournemouth and World Champs) points given to quarter finals in the following order

Winner 7; Runner Up 5; Semi Final 3; Quarter Final 1.
Win bonus to apply but reduced to 0.25 per win will be given for any match won where ranking

points ARE NOT at stake (that is to say any round before the last 16).
The Guernsey Pairs will also attract ranking points, but because of the lower prestige and smaller entry it will only attract half the ranking points set out above.

7) Plates – ranking points will be awarded for plate competitions that are played in opens, world champs, minor opens and pairs competitions in the following way.

Opens – 2 points for winner and 1 point for runner up in opens. A 0.1 point win bonus will be awarded for any match won in the plate, before the semi final.

World Champs – 4 points for winner, 2 points for runner up and 0.7 points for the 2 losing semi finalists and 0.1 point win bonus for each match won before the quarter finals.

Minor Opens – 0.7 points for winner and 0.35 points for runner up in minor opens. A 0.05 point win bonus will be awarded for any match won in the plate, before the semi final.

Pairs – 0.7 points for winner and 0.35 points for runner up in pairs comps. A 0.05 point win bonus will be awarded for any match won in the plate, before the semi final. For Guernsey pairs these points are halved as for the main competition.

In some cases a player may earn both points in the main and plate competition for their progress in each tournament. If this happens the player will only be credited with the higher of the two points awarded (for example a player may have had a bye into the last 32 and go on to win the plate, in this case the player will receive the 2 points for winning the plate and not receive the 0.5 points for reaching the last 32).

8) Score bonuses – a score bonus of 0.1 points will be awarded for leg scores over a set amount in national tournaments and will increase in by 0.1 as the score increase by equal increments. For all tournaments above a score bonus of 0.1 points will be awarded for any leg score over 5,000 points. This will increase by 0.1 points as this score increases by 3,000 increments (so 5,000+ scores get 0.1 point, 8,000 (0.2 points), 11,000 (0.3 points) etc.

The exception to the above is for minor opens where the rules played lower the scoring average per player so the score bonus is adjusted as follows – Alternative Rules will change to 0.1 points awarded from 2,000 at 500 increments, Norfolk/Suffolk 4 pin open will change to 0.1 points awarded from 1,500 at 500 increments.

All matches played will attract score bonuses, including main and plate competitions.

9) Competition Entry Numbers – it was decided there should be a reduction in points awarded if the entry numbers are significantly lower than average. For opens and the world champs 75% ranking points will be awarded if entry drops below 50 players, 50% ranking points will be awarded if entry drops below 40 players. For pairs tournaments 75% ranking points will be awarded if entry drops below 45 pairs, 50% ranking points will be awarded if entry drops below 35 pairs. For minor open tournaments 75% ranking points will be awarded if entry drops below 25 players, 50% ranking points will be awarded if entry drops below 20 players.

10) Ranking will be updated on a tournament by tournament basis rather than dropping a whole years points at the end of each year. So for example the 2014 Oxford Open points will replace the 2011 Oxford Open points. This is to ensure there are always 3 years results in the system at all times.

And not forgetting the Ladies, who will have their own separate system to take into account performances in ladies only events, but do of course appear on the national list subject to the rules above

1) Ladies in the past have been awarded all the points they gain in all open tournaments under the rules. above

2) British Ladies Open – ladies get points for reaching the last 16 in the following order – Winner 18; Runner Up 14; Semi Final 10; Quarter Final 6; Last 16 2.

In addition a win bonus of 0.5 points will be given for any match won where ranking points ARE NOT at stake (that is to say any round before the last 32).

In the event of a walkover, no match bonus will be awarded, in the event of a walkover in a later round where ranking points are at stake a player will receive her full allotment of points, but will only receive half points if they have not won a match in a previous round.

For the plate – 2 points for winner and 1 point for runner up. A 0.1 point win bonus will be awarded for any match won in the plate, before the semi final.

3) Special Ladies Open – ladies get points for reaching the last 16 in the following order – Winner 15; Runner Up 10; Semi Final 6; Quarter Final 3; Last 16 1.

In addition a win bonus of 0.5 points will be given for any match won where ranking points ARE NOT at stake (that is to say any round before the last 32). Special

For the plate – 2 points for winner and 1 point for runner up. A 0.1 point win bonus will be awarded for any match won in the plate, before the semi final.

4) Ladies County Champs – in Division 1 players will receive 1 point for a leg won with break, and 1.2 points for legs won against break. These points are converted into the equivalent of 5 matches to keep the points awarded consistent in different year. A 1 point bonus will be awarded for winning all legs (or 5 out of 6 legs if that many games played)

In Division 2 players will receive 0.5 points for a leg won with break, and 0.6 points for legs won against break. As above these points are converted into the equivalent of 5 matches. A 1 point bonus will be awarded for winning all legs (or 5 out of 6 legs if that many games played)

If the divisions are merged so every team plays each regardless of division then the division 2 players will receive ranking points subject to the same rules as the division 1 players

5) All England Ladies Singles – Qualified players will receive 1 point for each leg won and 1 point for each match won (including final). Points earned in group games will be converted to an equivalent of 3 matches played. If there is no final (because there have not been enough players to make two groups) the winner receives 2 extra points and the runner up 1 point.

6) Competition Entry Numbers – it was decided there should be a reduction in points awarded if the entry numbers are significantly lower than average. For both the British Ladies and Special Ladies opens 75% ranking points will be awarded if entry drops below 8 players.

7) Ranking will be updated on a tournament by tournament basis rather than dropping a whole years points at the end of each year. So for example the 2014 Oxford Open points will replace the 2011 Oxford Open points. This is to ensure there are always 3 years results in the system at all times.

Changelog:

19/12/2012 Rule 56) (was 29) added to Tournament rules (Pairs breaks). 21/12/2013 Document reformatted and renumbered.

Rule 17) added to cover unforeseen happenings.
Rule 18) National Pairs hotel residency added.
Rule 19) accounts examining added.
Rule 7) amended to remove one vote per county.
Rule 20) recognition of the 4 pin variant added.
Rule 21) Ranking recognition moved from playing rules. Appendix) Full ranking rules explanation added.