2021/22 COUNTY FINALS
(Southport Sept 7th to Sept 11th 2022 )
TEAM MANAGER GUIDELINES
Competing teams are only allowed to play players who have been given clearance to play following their participation in the 2021/22 regional season.
The following County dress code must be adhered to in ALL league and individual matches the top tables decision will be final in all cases
-Plain black tailored trousers for Men or trousers/ plain black skirt for Ladies (no leggings, jeans, jeggings, pinstripes, three quarter trousers or chinos)
-Plain black leather/faux shoes (no trainers, plimsolls, moccasins or canvas)
-Collared polo shirt (no sporting shirts) that may bear the county emblem/sponsors logo
-No hats or baseball caps
-No foul language or offensive remarks on any said shirt. Logos and nicknames likely to cause offense or swear words are not permitted
-Dispensation for medical reasons can be applied for, the dispensation must be approved in advance before the county finals with the Regional Director. County managers will be informed of dispensations once approved
Retrospective action will be taken if players do not adhere to the dress code. It's the players responsibility to adhere to the dress code when playing.
Teams are required to be in the arena 15 minutes before the session start time.
All matches are to be scored using the League-app-live app. Each teams passcode will be the same as for the 2021/22 regional season
Before the start of each session the allocated tables will be shown on the app. Teams will only be awarded the victory if they finish the match on the app.
Players and supporters are required to adhere to the spirit of the game including not calling out on a players shot, deliberately standing in a players line of sight and keep a suitable distance from the table.
All frames are to commence with a lag for break. Following the completion of a frame the next 2 players have 2 minutes to present themselves at the designated table ready to start their frame. If a player is not ready to play after 2 minutes their opponent will be awarded the frame. It is the captains responsibility to ensure the players are readily available.
The exception to the above rule is when a player is playing in another match. If this is the case their opponent must stand down and the next possible frame is played.
Official referees will be monitoring the progression of play, in keeping with standard Blackball rules, If you are unsure of a ruling, please stop the frame and request a referee to the table for a decision, also if players or teams are deemed to be taking excessive time to play shots or frames, a stop clock may be imposed on that match, not just the frame.
The top table reserves the right to move matches onto more tables to ensure the event runs to the time schedule. If extra tables have to be used the closest available tables to the match will be allocated.
All team matches are played to a result only. All adult team events will be played in two groups with the top 4 teams in each group progressing to the quarter-final round (A1vB4, A2vB3, A3vB2, A4vB1). A re-draw will take place for semi-finals round.
The youth team event will consist of a one group round robin with the top 4 teams progressing to the semi-final round (1v4, 2v3)
Frame difference will decide the final group standings should teams be equal on points. Should points and frame difference be equal after the group stage, the result in the group match(es) between the equal teams will decide the final ranking.
The organisers reserve the right to amend the programme to ensure the smooth running of the event.
The arena must be kept clear whilst matches are in progress, only the said players who are playing should be in the arena, referees will monitor and remove players/spectators to keep the playing arena clear, teams will lose frames if not adhering to the referees request.
Racial remarks, Foul and abusive/violent conduct will not be tolerated, it is up to the county manager to get this message across to their teams, sanctions will apply, if the EBPF experience such behaviour. It is down to the county manager and their captains to manages their players. Racial remarks, Foul and abusive/violent conduct will not be tolerated, it is up to the county manager to get this message across to their teams, sanctions will apply, if the EBPF experience such behaviour. It is down to the county manager and their captains to manages their players.
It is the responsibility of each team captain/manager to ensure that all players in their squad are aware of the above rules and abide by them..
Finally as with any competition their has to be rules and we all have to adhere to them, but we the EBPF want everyone who attends the National County Finals to have a cracking time and play the game in the right spirit, it is about enjoying yourself on the green baize and encouraging your fellow player, we all want to be winners, but know that is not always possible, do your best and you never know what that might bring..
NATIONAL COUNTY CHAMPIONS
It is the responsibility of each team captain/manager to ensure that all players in their squad are aware of the above rules and abide by them.