Belper & District Skittles League

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Rules and Regulations

Section A – Acceptance of the Rules
A1 The acceptance of these rules is a condition of entry into the Belper & District Skittles League. Any infringement of the rules below may result in the offending team being removed from participation in the league

Section B – Alley & Playing Equipment
B1 Measured from the front pin to the front of the chock hole, the alley length must be 24 feet minimum, 27 feet maximum
B2 A whitewashed tinplate, minimum length 42 inches and maximum length 54 inches between 12 and 15 inches deep to be laid 3 feet 6 inches from the front pin
B3 The diamond to be 3 feet square and painted white
B4 Balls and pins to be made of wood and to be approved by the Committee and to be kept in good condition
B5 Match pins and balls to be made available for practice before matches
B6 All teams to provide a suitable scoreboard
B7 The alley must be floodlit (to cover dark evenings)

Section C – Players, Teams & Registration
C1 Registration of players is open until half of the league fixtures have been played. New players must be registered with the Fixtures Secretary 7 days prior to their first match
C2 Players may register for one team only
C3 Any player attempting to register for more than one team will be disqualified for one season. Players may transfer to another team provided they have not played a match for the original team
C4 The minimum age for players to be 14 years of age
C5 Any team playing an illegal player will result in that player’s score is deducted from the results sheet, each leg score being adjusted accordingly. A fine of £2 per illegal player will be levied
C6 A team shall consist of 10 players. The Captain of each team is responsible for having the names of the players on the Scoreboard before the game starts and for making sure that all players sign the match sheet before the start of play
C7 A minimum of 6 players per team is required before a game can start
C8 In the event of two or more teams ending the season on the same total match points and who are involved in winner/runner up or promotion/relegation situations the deciding factor will be the number of away legs won. If, after applying the away legs rule there is still a tie, the teams involved will play one match under normal league rules and conditions on a neutral alley selected by the executive committee. If this overall match is drawn, each player shall throw one ball in the order of the scoreboard
C9 In the event of a change in the licensee of a pub or club, which is a member of the league, the new licensee may register as a player after the official deadline. However they must be registered with the Fixtures Secretary 7 days prior to their first game

Section D – Playing Rules
D1 Matches will be played on Thursdays. Team sheets are to be registered by 8.30pm for 8.45pm start
D2 Matches can be played before the date of the fixture, provided the Chairman or Fixtures Secretary is notified and on agreement of the two captains. These matches must be played in the week prior to the fixture. This is not to be done more than three times in a season by any one team
D3 Home team are to provide stackers up
D4 Players named but failing to appear by the agreed start time are allowed no pins per leg
D5 Only one player per team may throw off their three legs, throwing at numbers 1, 5 and 11. Captains must be notified, abuses will be penalised
D6 Matches are to be played in the following format

Team A: Player 1 to Player 10 (1st leg)

Team B: Player 1 to Player 10 (1st leg)

Team B: Player 10 to Player 1 (2nd leg)

Team A: Player 10 to Player 1 (2nd leg)

Team A: Player 1 to Player 10 (3rd leg)

Team B: Player 1 to Player 10 (3rd leg)
D7 The two captains are in charge of the match and they will decide whether a pin is up or down. Captains to check leg scores. Scores cannot be altered once the captains have signed the results sheet
D8 Each player to be kept in check as he throws from the starting block
D9 Each player must have one foot in the starting block and the other behind the block. The ball must leave the hand on or before the first step forward from the starting block
D10 Each ball must be thrown clear over the whitewashed tin plate and the front pin to be knocked direct before any pins count
D11 A ball not delivered correctly from the starting block or not clearing the tin plate shall be declared a No Ball
D12 (a) All pins knocked down by a No Ball must be counted as dead and taken off. Except the front pin which must be re-set but does not count towards the score

(b) If all the remaining pins are knocked down by a second No Ball the remaining ball is forfeit

(c) If all remaining pins are knocked down by a second valid ball, the knocked down pins shall count and the same pins shall be re-set in the same positions except the front pin

(d) If the second ball is a No Ball and knocks down all the remaining pins (following a valid scoring first ball), no pins are re-set and the last ball is forfeit
D13 When a player has released the ball he/she must not run over the tin or this will be deemed a No Ball. Stackers must note that when the last ball is thrown they must walk around the tin
D14 Two points per leg are awarded to the winning team, one point for a drawn leg. A bonus point is awarded to the team with highest aggregate pin total in a league game. If there is a tie each player present shall throw one ball in the order of the scoreboard. If the throw off score is tied each player shall throw again until the point is won by one team
D15 In the event of a ‘ball a man’ situation, only the players present at the end of normal play may participate. No pins will be allowed for an absent player
D16 All balls to be thrown under-arm

Section E – Competitions
E1 Teams entering the knockout five a side competition may register up to 7 players. Any 5 of which are eligible to play in any round. The players should be named on the competition entry sheet
E2 In cup-ties, if the overall match is drawn, each player shall throw one ball in the order of the scoreboard
E3 All cup, five-a-side, singles and pairs matches to be played on Sundays with a roll call at 12.30pm. Anyone not present at the end of the roll call will not be eligible to participate
E4 All semi-finals and finals in knockout competitions will be played on neutral alleys using home balls and pins
E5 There will be trophies awarded for the highest three ball and nine ball scores. In the event of these scores being accrued against a team subsequently resigning from the league, the individuals score will stand
E6 All competition semi-finals and finals to be played over five legs
E7 Any team which does not enter any of the singles, pairs and five-a-side competitions will not be considered as a venue for any round of the aforementioned competitions
E8 In all competitions the submission of the results sheet will be the responsibility of the winning team, pair or individual

Section F – Meetings
F1 All league meetings to be held on Mondays, starting 7.30pm prompt
F2 All clubs must send a representative to meetings. Failure to do so will incur a £5.00 fine. The club will also forfeit its right as a venue for the next round of competitions and will be noted as if drawn out as a venue. Failure to attend a second meeting will incur a fine of £10.00 with further infringements incurring fines at an increasing scale of £5.00. None payment of fines can lead to expulsion from the league
F3 The Annual General Meeting starts at 7.30pm prompt. Any team late for roll call cannot be guaranteed selection for the following season
F4 One vote per club is permitted at the Annual General Meeting

Section G – General Rules
G1 The home team secretary or deputy to send a completed result sheet to the Fixtures Secretary within four days of the match being played. Failure to do so will incur a £5.00 fine. In addition results can now be texted or e-mailed to the fixtures secretary within 72 hours, if this does not happen normal late fines will apply. Match sheets should be handed in at the next league meeting
G2 If teams cannot fulfil a fixture due to extenuating circumstances the fixtures secretary or chairman must be informed. The game must be replayed within 2 weeks of the original date and no games should be played after the last game of the season. Any disputes will be settled by the Executive Committee
G3 Any team who cannot fulfil a fixture will forfeit the points and must let the opposing team have 24 hours notice or £15.00 will be charged for food provided and £5 fine will be charged
G4 If a team withdraws from the league having completed more than half their fixtures a fine of £40.00 will be levied and the results to halfway will stand. Any fixtures completed after halfway will be annulled. In the event of a club withdrawing before halfway a fine of £25 will be incurred and all results will be annulled
G5 All protests must be made in writing to the secretary within 14 days of the notification of a committee decision, accompanied by a £3.00 deposit which will be refunded if the protest is successful
G6 If any protests are submitted to the committee a representative from each club concerned will be invited to attend the meeting
G7 The committee has the power to deal with any matter not covered by these rules and conditions and in all cases the executive committee’s decision is final
G8 All suggested amendments to the rules are to be sent to the League secretary in writing one month prior to the AGM. The League Secretary is to distribute a copy of the proposals and amendments to each club two weeks prior to the AGM
G9 No more than three people from any one pub/club to be on the executive committee
G10 Clubs are responsible for the behaviour of their players, members and supporters at all games and at the presentation evening. Failure to comply will lead to action being taken by the executive committee against the clubs involved. Action could be in the form of team fines, individual fines, bans or suspensions from the league
G11 Any team playing in the league the previous season and through no fault of their own has had to move pub or club will be allowed to play in the division appropriate to the old team. Provided no representative is present at the AGM from the previous pub or club

Section H – Disbandment of the league
H1 If at any time a minimum of two committee members believe that it is not possible for the league to continue to operate due to lack of finance or insufficient participants then they can submit a request in writing to the Chairman for an Extraordinary General Meeting to be called
H2 The Chairman must arrange for an EGM to take place within four weeks of the date of the request. All teams who, at that date of the EGM are participants in the activities of the league may appoint one representative to attend the EGM, where the matter will be debated. All members of the committee must be present
H3 After suitable debate a vote will be taken on whether the league should be disbanded. All the attendees (except the Chairman) will have one vote. A simple majority will be required and in the event of a tie the Chairman will have the casting vote
H4 If the league is disbanded the Treasurer shall be responsible for the payment of any outstanding invoices received from the league’s creditors
H5 In the event of any funds remaining in the league’s account(s) after such payments have been made these will be donated to a registered UK charity or equally split between a number of registered UK charities
H6 The committee at the time of disbandment shall be responsible for deciding to which charity or charities the residual funds are donated.

Under these circumstances the Treasurer shall be responsible for

(a) Ensuring that these donations are made within four weeks of the date of the EGM at which the decision is made to disband the league


(b) Ensuring that all funds are cleared from the league’s account(s) and such account(s) are closed within six weeks of the date of the EGM at which the decision was made to disband the league
H7 In the event of insufficient funds being available in the league’s account(s) to pay all creditors then sufficient funds to cover the shortfall must be raised by means decided by the committee at the time of disbandment