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League Rules & Constitution 2019/20

Rule 1. TITLE
The League shall be called the Merthyr & District Snooker League.

Rule 2. AREA
The area of the League shall extend from Dowlais to Nelson and will include Dowlais. Penydarren, Cefn Coed, Gunos, Heolgerrig, Merthyr Pentrebach. Abercanaid, Troedyrhiw Methyr Vale, Treharris and  Nelson. Applications for membership outside this area must meet the approval of the League Management Committee.

Rule 3 ACCEPTING LEAGUE RULES
A club upon achieving membership shall accept all the League Rules.

Rule 4. LEAGUE COMMITTEE
The league committee will be formed by teams in the League. Each team will be allowed one representative with full voting powers.

Rule 5. LEAGUE OFFICIALS
The League shall appoint at its first meeting each of the following officials:
1. President                   4. Secretary                             7. 2 or 3 Committee Members
2.Chairman                    5.Treasurer
3.Vice Chairman          6.Fixture Secretary
The Above Officials will hold voting powers as long as a delegate from their respective team is absent. The chairman is the exception to this who will have a casting vote in the event of a tie.

Rule 6. LEAGUE FORMATION
a.Fixtures will be published by the fixture secretary before the commencement of a new season which will not allow dates to be altered. All fixture dates are set for the entire season.
b.If required all players will be handicapped individually by a handicap committee selected at the league's first meeting of the new season.

Rule 7. CONSTITUTION OF A TEAM.
Six players shall constitute a team. In the event of a game being played and one side only have four players then the match will stand with the defaulting team forfeiting two points.
In the event of a game starting and a team is less than four strong, then the League Management Committee has the power to order that the game be replayed, especially if the game involved has a bearing on the League Championship or relegation. Teams who play short will be fined 1.00p for each player not playing.

Rule 8. AWARDING OF POINTS.        Each match is awarded on frames won, One Point per frame will be awarded.

Rule 9. LEAGUE FEES
Team Registration consists of an entry fee of 24 per team which allows up to 12 players to be used in any 1 season. If a team uses more than 12 players then they will be required to pay 2 per player.

Rule 10 REGISTRATION OF PLAYERS
a. Each team must register ALL players at the registration date.  New player Entries cease on February 28th. that being the last month that any registration can be accepted by the secretary.  Players can only play for one club only. No club can play a new player without first obtaining permission from the League.  Teams may register up to two players outside the area as specified in Rule 2, and subject to the conditions laid down in the Rules.
b. All teams for the forthcoming relevant season must be registered at the previous A.G.M
c. Any new team(s) wishing to enter the league must be approved by the management committee. New team(s) will be placed in a division of the league at the management committee's discretion.

Rule 11.TRANSFERS.
A team member may transfer to another team on payment of a fee of 2.00p provided that no names have already been played by that player within the fixtures of the league for that season

Rule 12. HANDICAP COMMITTEE
If Required the Handicap Committee will consist of three delegates nominated at the first meeting of the new season.

Rule 13. DURATION OF GAMES
each frame shall be played until the black has been potted irrespective of the time taken unless a player concedes the game earlier. All matches must commence at 7.45pm unless a club has one table when a match must start at 7.15pm. Providing a player arrives before the last game is ready to start he shall be allowed to play.

Rule 14.  MATCH NIGHT & PROCEDURE
The Away Captain writes their team on the Match card initially then the Home Captain inserts their players alongside the away captains selection before commencement of the match.
The Home Captain then selects the order of play, in an order he decides.

Rule_15. FIXTURES / POSTPONED_MATCHES
All matches to be played on a Monday evening, or as set out to the FIXTURE DATES :-( Secretary must be informed prior to any postponement granted).
a.Postponed matches are restricted but if permission is obtained to postpone then these matches they must be played within 14 days of the original date.
b. Postponement can be by the discretion of the league Officials.
c.Should the reason for re-arranging a match be that a player or players are involved in other representative matches, the player or players will not be allowed to play in the rearranged match.
d.If for any reason the match is not played, the offending team will be fined not less than 5.00 and their opponents awarded 6 (Six) match points.
Further, should such a decision effect either promotion or relegation issues, the offending team will be banned from the League for not less than one season.

Rule 16. TEAMS FAILING TO TURN UP
In the event of a team failing to turn up without giving 48 hrs notice:
a. They must ensure that the League Secretary and Their opponents are made fully aware of the situation.
b. They will be fined not less than 5.00p and 1.00 for each player together with any justifiable expenses claimed by their opponents.

Rule 17. RESULTS CARDS
Results Cards will be issued by the the fixture secretary at the beginning of the season. It is the responsibility of the home captain to ensure the results sheet is properly filled in on the night of the match and signed by both captains.
NOTE: The results sheet must be Sent electronically via Picture Message/ Email/ file upload from web site not later than 24 hours after the match has taken place. The Hard Copy of the result sheet should then be handed in at the next Meeting. The home club secretary is responsible for this, and failure to comply with this time limit will incur a fine of 2.
If one or more frames are not played, no score should be entered other than one point per frame unplayed, against the opposing team.

Rule 18. LEAGUE MEETINGS
League meetings shall be held on the first Tuesday of each month unless the committee decide that, because of month ending, it should be held earlier. Should it be deemed necessary to call a meeting at any time, it is the secretaries responsibility to inform all clubs of the meeting date.

Rule_19. MEETING_ATTENDANCE
Each team must elect its own representative and if this person is unable to attend, another person should be nominated as a replacement. Should a team fail to send a delegate for two successive meetings, 1 point will be deducted from the team's division total. In addition, the first meeting missed will impose a 5 fine and 10 thereafter.

Rule 20. PROTESTS
All protests must be made in writing and lodged with the secretary not later than 72 hours after the incident has taken place. A copy of the protest must be sent to the club being protested against by the secretary of the team making the protest. A fee of 2 must accompany the protest or it will be considered void. In the event of the protest being upheld the fee will be returned, however, should the protest be rejected the fee will be forfeited into the league funds. In the discussion of a protest the committee member concerned must leave the room

Rule 21. TROPHIES AND MEDALS
Each year the league will provide (funds permitting) medals or plaques to the league champions, and suitable presentations to all the winners of league organised competitions. The league will also (funds permitting) provide suitable runner up awards for all its competitions. All trophies being of equal value.

Rule 22.PRESENTATION OF TROPHIES
Presentation night will take place annually if elected to do so at the AGM. A venue will be sort and date allocated for the event. All Delegates will be issued with posters to advertise the event. Any player absent on the presentation night, without a valid excuse will not receive their award.


Rule 23. UNREGISTERED PLAYERS
In the event of a team being proved to have played an ineligible player in a league match, that club will be fined not less than 5 and the point lost to the opposing team.

Rule 24. REFEREES.
In all league matches other than those directly arranged by the league management, both home and away teams shall provide referees. At matches directly arranged by the league management committee neutral referees shall be appointed. 10 expenses to be given to these referees.

Rule 25. CLUBS_RESIGNING_OR  EXPELLED
In the event of a club either resigning or being expelled from the league, all players affected, if they wish, can sign for another club for a fee of 1 per player before the closing date of 31st of September. The said clubs record shall be deleted from the competition unless, in the opinion of the league management committee, the deletion of the clubs record towards the end of the season will tend to give an advantage or upset the clear and just claims of the champions and runners-up of that league. The settlement of the league table shall be left in the hands of the league management committee.

Rule 26. SPECIAL MEETINGS
The Secretary shall call a special meeting at any time upon receiving a requisition signed by representatives from one half of the teams in the league- signed by at least three quarters of their players and stating the business for which the meeting is required. At all other meetings nine delegates shall form a quorum

Rule  27. LEAGUE FUNDS
The funds of the league shall be lodged in a bank approved by the league management committee. All cheques are to be signed by the treasurer and a person, or persons, designated by the league.
It is the duty of the league management committee to ensure that the funds of the league are at all times solvent, and if possible, maintained at a level not less than 500. Some surplus funds are to be placed in a high interest account.

Rule 28. HIGHEST BREAKS
Each Season the league will award a suitable trophy & cash award to the players, top break from each division. who makes the highest break in any league event.

Rule 29. AMENDMENT TO RULES
No Amendment may be made to any league rules except by the decision arrived at in the AGM meeting or for rule 26.

Rule 30. USE OF CLUBS
All clubs may have restrictions in place; it is the responsibility of the Captain that they are aware of ANY RESTICTION THAT CAUSE THEM NOT TO BE ABLE TO PLAY IN ANY VENUE.
In the case of matches having to be arranged by the league on neutral tables, clubs are requested to co-operate by placing their facilities at the disposal of the league. Permission to sell raffle tickets etc. must be obtained from the relevant club committee before any tickets are sold.

Rule 31. RULES OF SNOOKER
All Games will be played in accordance with the rules laid down by the governing body, namely The Welsh Billiards and Snooker Association.
The League operates the Full (Foul & Miss Rule) The League operates a variation for the Lower divisions. The Miss Rule for lower divisions will be, The Foul and Miss can ONLY be called, if the ball on is not achieved legally, 3 TIMES. The  replacement of the balls can, at the players request, be replaced to this limit.

Rule 32. Welsh Control Council
A delegate will be nominated each year to represent the Merthyr and District Snooker League at all Welsh Council Meetings.

Rule 33.League Composition
This will be decided at the A.G.M. for the relevant season. The composition of each division will be decided on a promotion and relegation system whereby two teams will be promoted and two teams relegated each season.

Rule 34.MATTERS NOT COVERED
Any matters arising, which are not covered by the rules, will be dealt with by the league management committee.

Rule 35. SINGLES & DOUBLES TOURNAMENTS
All Home drawn players in the singles and doubles must offer within seven days, three dates to their opponent(s). Should problems arise in arranging a match, the fixture secretary must be informed immediately. Where players fail to observe this rule, both sides will automatically be scratched from the competition and prevented from entering the following year.

Rule 36. AGM
All Teams must attend the annual AGM, A delegate can be appointed to attend.
a.Non attendance of AGM by any delegate will impose 20 fine
Any Delegates/Teams that do not attend have 7 Days to inform the secretary that they wish to register for the forthcoming season. If this procedure is followed then relegation will not apply.

CUP COMPETITIONS

Rule CC1   HANDICAPPING
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Designed towards the Supplementary Cup) If a team is drawn against a higher Division team then a Handicap comes into place. The Lower division Team will receive 15 points per player as part of the Handicap System. These points are added at commencement of each frame.

Rule CC2   DRAW AND VENUE
The draw will be made at a full meeting, if possible - of the   League   Management Committee. Cup rounds other than the Final and Semi-Final will be played on a home and away basis. The first team drawn out will be the home team for the first leg and the away team for the second leg. Final and Semi-Final matches will be played on the tables of neutral clubs on a basis of one frame per player. The first and second legs will be played on the dates of which will be set on the Fixture Sheet.

Rule CC3. METHOD OF SCORING
The aggregate of the frames played in the two legs will determine the winner. In the event of a draw, the names of the six players from both teams in the second leg will be placed in a
receptacle and a player from each team will be drawn to contest a play-off to determine the wining team.

Rule CC4. REGISTRATION OF PLAYERS
Only players registered in the League are eligible to play in the competition.

Rule CC5 INELIGIBLE PLAYERS
Any club who is reported by the Fixture Secretary as having played an ineligible player is liable to a fine of 10.00 or be struck out of the competition, or both.

Rule CC6 REFEREES
In the rounds prior to the Final and Semi- Finals, referees will be provided by the competing clubs. For the Final and Semi Finals, the League Management Committee will provide neutral referees. Whenever possible, these will be selected from clubs providing the neutral match venues.

Rule CC7 FEES
The entrance fee to the cup competition will be decided annually by the League Management Committee.

Rule CC8_PROCEDURE_OF_PLAY
The procedure of play for all rounds except the Final and Semi-Finals will be 1 Home & 1 Away matches. In the Final and Semi-Finals, the League Officials will organize the matches.
Both captains will give the referee a list containing the names of their respective team players. Slips of paper placed
in suitable containers will be used to draw the name of opposing players.  
The tables will be numbered " 1 and "2", the first pair drawn out playing on table "1" the second playing on table "2" and so on until all six pairs have been drawn. Each pair of frames
must start together.

Rule CC9 OTHER RULES
All rules other than those already declared above are as stated in the Rules and Constitution of the Merthyr & District Snooker League.