Competition Rules

RULES GOVERNING ALL COMPETITIONS

1.   If an ineligible person plays in any Knockout competition, the match is automatically awarded to the Opponent(s). In a team League match, the points scored by the ineligible player will be awarded to the opponent. Should the same team field an ineligible person on a second occasion within the same season, the said team may be expelled from their League Division, with all previously played and future matches being claimed null and void.
 
2.   The use of mobile phones during matches is actively discouraged, as is any device that causes interference. Once a frame has commenced, this should be completed in full without any interruption. Smoking breaks between frames, if absolutely necessary, should be of no longer than three minutes duration. At all times, the rules of the clubs where matches are being held must be adhered to.
 
3.   The League fixtures and any subsequent play offs are the responsibility of the League Fixtures Secretary. Arrangements for all Knockout Competitions (i.e. dates, notifications, etc) are the responsibility of the Competition Secretary - both Secretaries being appointed at the A.G.M. Arrangements for the finals and venues will be the responsibility of the Competition Secretary.
 
4.   League trophies shall be competed for; the said trophies to be held for twelve months, members of winning teams who have played at least half of the League matches shall receive souvenirs if funds permit.
 
5.   Affiliated clubs shall nominate at the A.G.M. the number of teams they propose entering in the various divisions. The number of divisions and in which division teams will play will be decided at the first full meeting of the General Committee after the A.G.M. The composition of these teams will also need to be registered at the A.G.M. together with payment of affiliation and entry fees.
 
6.   All games shall be played under the rules of the World Professional Billiards & Snooker Association. Snooker and billiards balls of an approved composition shall be supplied by the affiliated club on whose table(s) the match is played. All GB&SA snooker matches must be played with the same tournament standard snooker balls, namely Aramith Tournament Champion Snooker Balls (2 1/16”, 142grams).
 
7.   Professional billiards and snooker players are ineligible to play in all competitions designed for amateur players, organised by the G.B. & S.A.
 
8.   Where teams / individuals are level on points in a Divisional League table, places will be arranged according to the following criteria:
 
Team Snooker Leagues
(a)        Highest frame difference, followed by
(b)        Highest number of match wins, followed by
(c)        Best head to head record
 
Individual Billiards Leagues
(a)        Highest points difference, followed by
(b)        Highest number of match wins, followed by
(c)        Best head to head record
 
In the event that a tie still exists to determine trophies, promotion or relegation places, for snooker a deciding match will be played under Knockout rules at a neutral venue selected by the League Fixtures Secretary. For billiards, a deciding match at a neutral venue will be played under usual league rules.
 
9.   The League aggregate award, previously awarded as a percentage, will now be decided solely on the highest number of frames won.
 
10.   All players of the competing clubs must be bona-fide members of the club concerned for at least one month previous to playing.
 
11.   Clubs entering a team(s) in any Division must register at least four players for Snooker and/or individual players for Billiards at or before the A.G.M.
 
(a)   Such registered player(s) shall be ineligible to play in any lower Divisions or teams in the same Division without the sanction of the General Committee.
 
(b)   A registered player can play for any team from the same Club in a higher Division once only. After his/her second appearance for a team, the player becomes registered to that team and becomes ineligible for all other teams.
 
(c)   After any unregistered player has made two appearances in a Division, he/she becomes ineligible for all teams in lower Divisions. After his/her third appearance, the player is registered to that team and rule 11(b) then applies.
 
12.   All matches shall commence at 7.15pm. In the event of a team not being represented within half-an-hour after the specified time, the maximum number of points will be awarded to the opposing team. Should any player not be present within 15 minutes of his/her turn to play, he/she shall forfeit one frame of Snooker or 50 points at Billiards. Should any player not be present within 30 minutes of his/her turn to play, he/she shall forfeit the match.
 
13.   In individual matches should any player not be present by the specified time they will be penalised one frame of snooker or 50 points at billiards for every 15 minutes they are late. Should any player not be present within 30 minutes of the specified time they will forfeit the match.
Note: There is no onus on any player to claim matches. Violation of the above rule will result in the disqualification of the offending player.
 
14.   In the event of a player or snooker team not being fully represented at any match, the player or snooker team will be fined £10.00 for each player short, to be paid by the captain. Where a player or players fail to turn up for an individual or pairs knockout match without notifying the Competition Secretary in advance, the player(s) may be banned from all of the following season’s individual and pairs knockout matches.
 
15.   In the event of a player or snooker team wishing to lodge a protest, the following procedure will apply:
 
(a)   The protest must be raised within 7 days of the event occurring, by submitting the full details in writing together with a £5 deposit to the Honorary Secretary.
 
(b)   The Honorary Secretary will convene a meeting of the General Committee to hear the protest at the earliest possible date, but not later than 14 days after receiving the written protest.
 
(c)   The decision of the General Committee will be communicated in writing to the person who lodged the protest within 7 days of the meeting.
 
16.   In the event of a player or snooker team objecting to a decision of the General Committee, and lodging an appeal, the following procedure will apply:
 
(a)   The appeal must be raised within 14 days of the date of the decision, by submitting the full grounds of appeal in writing together with a £5 deposit to the Honorary Secretary.
 
(b)   The Honorary Secretary will convene a meeting of the Executive Committee to hear the appeal at the earliest possible date, but not later than 14 days after receiving the written appeal. The Executive Committee may request the attendance of the player lodging the appeal, or a representative of the team. They may also request the attendance of any other person involved in the disputed event.
 
(c)   The decision of the Executive Committee will be final. The decision will be communicated in writing to the person who lodged the appeal within 7 days of the meeting.
 
(d)   If the appeal is upheld, the £5 deposit will be refunded.
 
17.   No player may represent more than one club in any one season, except with the sanction of the General Committee. They are, however, allowed to play Billiards for one club and Snooker for another if they so wish. A player who represents one club in League competitions may, if so inclined, play for a different club in Knockout competitions. In team Knockout competitions, any player, whether registered or unregistered, may represent one team only. In the case of individual competitions, a player will be deemed to be playing from his/her home League club, unless written notification to the contrary is sent to the Competition Secretary.
 
18.   The Home League team, Knockout team or individual shall be responsible for forwarding the result card of all matches to the relevant Secretary, within 48 hours. Failing which that League team will be liable to a total loss of points scored or the home Knockout team or individual liable to disqualification. The result card should be signed by the captains involved or by the referee responsible for the individual match concerned, entering any break or important note of achievement during such games.
 
19.   All team league matches must be played on the published date. Captains may submit a request to the League Fixtures Secretary for a team league match to be played before the published date, which will be subject to the opposing captain’s agreement and venue availability. Postponement of matches may only be initiated by the League Fixtures Secretary to accommodate special circumstances (e.g. club AGM’s). Postponement of team and individual knockout matches will not be allowed without the permission of the Competition Secretary. If this rule is violated, teams or individuals will be liable to disqualification.
 
20.   G.B. & S.A. Knockout draws will be made at a meeting between the League Fixtures and Competition Secretaries. All clubs will be issued with a copy of the master draw sheet for each competition, before these competitions commence.
 
21.   The Competition Secretary will send notification of knockout matches to the players concerned by email, using the address supplied on the entry form. Should a player have no access to email, a mobile number should be given to allow text or verbal notification. Knockout fixtures will be available on the web site and will also be sent to Club Reps for placement on Club notice boards.
 
22.   If a player is scheduled to play either a league or knockout match at a club which he / she is banned from entering, it is at the sole discretion of the club whether to allow the player in to play their match. In the event of this happening for an individual knockout match, the banned player will be withdrawn from the competition if the club will not allow entry. In the event of this happening in a pairs knockout match, the banned player may be replaced by a reserve as per rule 6 of the Spillane Trophy.
 
 
SPECIFIC RULES OF THE SNOOKER PREMIER DIVISION
1.   The Premier Division will consist of no more than six teams playing each other up to four times. Each team will have their players ranked 1, 2, 3 and 4. A team may have reserves who will be ranked 5, 6, etc.
 
2.   The top four ranked players will only ever play each of an opposing team’s top four ranked player once in the league. The players will be ranked within each team according to their aggregate frames won in the previous season. The home captain will decide the playing order within each match. The opponents for each player will be played in the following order:
 
 
Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4
1v: 3, 4, 2, 3, 4 1v: 2, 3, 4, 2, 3 1v: 4, 2, 3, 4, 2 1v: 1, 1, 1, 1, 1
2v: 4, 3, 1, 4, 3 2v: 1, 4, 3, 1, 4 2v: 3, 1, 4, 3, 1 2v: 2, 2, 2, 2, 2
3v: 1, 2, 4, 1, 2 3v: 4, 1, 2, 4, 1 3v: 2, 4, 1, 2, 4 3v: 3, 3, 3, 3, 3
4v: 2, 1, 3, 2, 1 4v: 3, 2, 1, 3, 2 4v: 1, 3, 2, 1, 3 4v: 4, 4, 4, 4, 4
 

If a top four ranked player is not present, a reserve will simply take his place. It is possible for a reserve to play the same opponent more than once.

 
3.   Each player will play three frames, being awarded one point for each frame won. In addition, two bonus points will be awarded to the team obtaining the higher amount of frames, with one bonus point awarded to each team in drawn matches.
 
4.   The control of the games will be shared between both teams, with the home team refereeing eight frames.
 
5.   The miss rule as stated in the handbook should be applied in full in all matches. The referee’s decision on all points regarding the facts of the game shall be final.
 
6.   Promotion / relegation. The top team from the First Division will automatically be promoted in place of the bottom Premier team.
 
SPECIFIC RULES OF OTHER SNOOKER DIVISIONS
1.   The number of divisions and in which division teams will play will be decided at the first full meeting of the General Committee after the A.G.M.
 
2.   At the commencement of all League matches, by 7:15 both captains shall place the names of their players on the scorecard as follows:
 
(a)   In the First and Second Division where it consists of six teams, the top four ranked players will only ever play each of an opposing team’s top four ranked player once in the league. The players will be ranked within each team according to their aggregate frames won in the previous season. The home captain will decide the playing order within each match. The opponents for each player will be played in the following order:
 
Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4
1v: 3, 4, 2, 3, 4 1v: 2, 3, 4, 2, 3 1v: 4, 2, 3, 4, 2 1v: 1, 1, 1, 1, 1
2v: 4, 3, 1, 4, 3 2v: 1, 4, 3, 1, 4 2v: 3, 1, 4, 3, 1 2v: 2, 2, 2, 2, 2
3v: 1, 2, 4, 1, 2 3v: 4, 1, 2, 4, 1 3v: 2, 4, 1, 2, 4 3v: 3, 3, 3, 3, 3
4v: 2, 1, 3, 2, 1 4v: 3, 2, 1, 3, 2 4v: 1, 3, 2, 1, 3 4v: 4, 4, 4, 4, 4
 

If a top four ranked player is not present, a reserve will simply take his place. It is possible for a reserve to play the same opponent more than once.

 
(b)   In all other lower divisions or where the First Division does not consist of six teams, in the order they wish them to play in a blind draw. This order shall not be changed without the mutual agreement of both captains.
 
3.    Each player will play two frames, one point for each frame won plus two bonus points awarded to the team obtaining the higher amount of frames. One bonus point to each team in drawn matches.
 
4.   The control of the games will be shared between both teams, each team to referee an equal number of frames.
 
5.   Only point 1 of the miss rule stated in the handbook should be applied in the First Division, namely should a player fail to hit an unobstructed ‘ball on’, this is automatically called as a ‘foul and a miss’.
The miss rule is not applied below the First Division.
The referee’s decision on all points regarding the facts of the game shall be final.
 
6.   Promotion and relegation shall consist of two up and two down between Divisions (except to the Premier – see Premier Division Rule 6).
 
SPECIFIC RULES OF THE SNOOKER INDIVIDUAL LEAGUE
1.   The top eight players by aggregate of the previous season’s Premier Division to be invited to play in an individual league, except where the previous season’s individual league winner qualifies automatically. In such a case, the leading seven aggregates excluding the defending champion will be invited. In the event that two or more players are tied for qualifying positions, Premier Division results between the players involved will be used to decide who is invited. If still tied, qualification will be decided on count back.
 
2.   If a player declines the invitation, his place will be offered to the next ranked player in the aggregates, and so on until eight players are established.
 
3.   The eight players will be split into two groups of four, which will be determined by seeding of Group A: 1, 4, 5, 8; Group B: 2, 3, 6, 7. Each player will play one match of five frames against all other players in the group.
 
4.   One point will be awarded for each frame won, plus one bonus point for winning the match.
 
5.   The miss rule as stated in the handbook should be applied in full in all matches. The referee’s decision on all points regarding the facts of the game shall be final.
 
6.   The home player will be responsible for providing a referee. Matches may be played without a referee provided the away player has given his / her consent prior to the match.
 
7.   The top two players in each group will progress to the semi final of 1st in Group A v 2nd in Group B and 1st in Group B v 2nd In Group A. The semi finals will be played over seven frames at the home table of the two group winners. In the event that two or more players are tied for a position, results between the players involved will be used to decide the winner. If still tied, placings will be decided on count back.
 
8.   The winners of the semi finals will progress to the final to be played over nine frames at a neutral venue.
 
9.   The winner will gain automatic qualification to the next season’s league, so long as he / she plays in the team snooker league.
 
10.   All players must fulfil all of their fixtures. If a player postpones a match, he / she must arrange a new date in agreement with the opponent and the League Fixtures Secretary for no later than two weeks after the original date (or no later than a week before the published date of the first semi final). Failure to do so will lead to maximum points being awarded to the opponent, and may result in suspension from team league matches and future Individual Leagues.
 
SPECIFIC RULES OF BILLIARDS INDIVIDUAL LEAGUES
1.   The individual Billiards League(s) to operate as a straight and handicap competition simultaneously as follows:
 
(a)   At the start of the match, both players will start with no score and play the Straight competition to 200 up.
 
(b)   On completion of the Straight match, both players will add their handicap to their scores to determine the Handicap result.
 
2.   Two points to be awarded to the winner of each game, one point for each player in the event of a tie in the Handicap League.
 
3.   All players must fulfil all of their fixtures. If a player postpones a match, he / she must arrange a new date in agreement with the opponent and the League Fixtures Secretary for no later than two weeks after the original date (or no later than the last day of the published league fixtures). Failure to do so will lead to maximum points being awarded to the opponent, and may result in suspension from team league matches and future Individual Leagues.
 
INDIVIDUAL ISLAND BILLIARDS CHAMPIONSHIP
1.   The trophy is presented with the idea of fostering the game of Billiards in the Island and is open for competition to all bona-fide amateur native cueists.
 
2.   The term “native” shall be held to include all persons who have been in permanent residence in the Island or whose legal domicile shall have been in the Island for a period of not less than six months immediately preceding the closing date for entries.
 
3.   All matches to be 1 frame 300 up, except semi-finals which shall be 1 frame 400 up and final which shall be 1 frame 500 up.
 
4.   All matches before the final to be played on the table of the first player in each pairing shown in the master draw sheet. The final to be played at a venue and table selected at the start of the season by the GB&SA Executive Committee.
 
5.   With the exception of the final, refereeing may be performed by the players in each match if the home player is unable to provide a referee. The home player should make every effort to supply a referee in the interest of both players.
 
6.   Closing date for entries will be the date of the A.G.M.
 
7.   Any other points not included in the above shall be interpreted by the Executive Committee.
 
INDIVIDUAL BILLIARDS HANDICAP
1.   The competition will be open to all bona-fide members of affiliated clubs who are also members of the G.B. & S.A.
 
2.   All matches to be 1 frame 200 up, with both players putting their handicap on the scoreboard at the start of the match.
 
3.   All matches before the final to be played on the table of the first player in each pairing shown in the master draw sheet. The final to be played at a venue and table selected at the start of the season by the GB&SA Executive Committee.
 
4.   With the exception of the final, refereeing may be performed by the players in each match if the home player is unable to provide a referee. The home player should make every effort to supply a referee in the interest of both players.
 
5.   Closing date for entries will be the date of the A.G.M.
 
6.   Any other points not included in the above shall be interpreted by the Executive Committee.
 
SNOOKER INDIVIDUAL ISLAND CHAMPIONSHIP
1.   The trophy is presented with the idea of fostering the game of snooker in the Island and is open for competition to all bona-fide native cueists.
 
2.   The term “native” shall be held to include all persons who have been in permanent residence in the Island or whose legal domicile shall have been in the Island for a period of not less than six months immediately preceding the closing date for entries.
 
3.   All matches shall be best of 5 frames, except the semi-finals which shall be best of 7 frames and the final which shall be the best of 9 frames.
 
4.   All matches before the final to be played on the table of the first player in each pairing shown in the master draw sheet. The final to be played at a venue and table selected at the start of the season by the GB&SA Executive Committee.
 
5.   With the exception of the semi-finals and the final, the first player of each pairing shown on the master draw sheet shall be responsible for supplying the referee. In all matches between Premier players, the miss rule as stated in the handbook should be applied in full in all matches. The referee must be fully conversant with the Miss Rule and should be either:
 
(a)        A past or present Premier registered player; or
(b)        A qualified referee; or
(c)        A recognised GB&SA official.
 
Failure to produce an appropriate referee will lead to the home player forfeiting the match.
In all matches where a First Division player is playing, only point 1 of the miss rule stated in the handbook should be applied, namely should a player fail to hit an unobstructed ‘ball on’, this is automatically called as a ‘foul and a miss’.
 
The miss rule is not applied in matches where a player plays below the First Division.
 
The referee’s decision on all points regarding the facts of the game shall be final.
 
6.   The top eight players by aggregate of the previous season’s Premier Division will be seeded into the last 32, using the following criteria: 1 v 8; 4 v 5; 3 v 6; 2 v 7.
 
7.   Closing date for entries will be the date of the A.G.M.
 
8.   Any other points not included in the above shall be interpreted by the Executive Committee.
 
LADIES SNOOKER INDIVIDUAL ISLAND CHAMPIONSHIP
1.   The trophy is presented with the idea of fostering the game of ladies snooker in the Island and is open to all bona-fide native female cueists.
 
2.   The term ‘native’ shall be held to include all persons who have been in permanent residence on the Island or whose legal domicile shall have been in the Island for a period of not less than six months immediately preceding the closing date for entries.
 
3.   All matches shall be best of 3 frames, except the final, which shall be best of 5 frames. In the event of not attracting many entries, the General Committee may deem that a round robin tournament be played, following which the top two players shall contest the final.
 
4.   All matches before the final to be played on the table of the first player in each pairing shown in the master draw sheet. The final to be played at a venue and table selected at the start of the season by the GB&SA Executive Committee.
 
5.   With the exception of the final, refereeing may be performed by the players in each match if the home player is unable to provide a referee. The home player should make every effort to supply a referee in the interest of both players.
 
6.   Closing date for entries will be the date of the AGM.
 
7.   Any other points not included in the above shall be interpreted by the Executive Committee.
 
NORMAN WALE INDIVIDUAL SNOOKER HANDICAP COMPETITION
1.   The competition will be open to all bona-fide members of the affiliated clubs who are also members of the G.B. & S.A.
 
2.   All matches shall be best of 3 frames, except the semi-finals and the final, which shall be best of 5 frames.
 
3.   All matches before the final to be played on the table of the first player in each pairing shown in the master draw sheet. The final to be played at a venue and table selected at the start of the season by the GB&SA Executive Committee.
 
4.   With the exception of the final, refereeing may be performed by the players in each match if the home player is unable to provide a referee. The home player should make every effort to supply a referee in the interest of both players.
 
In all matches between Premier players, the miss rule as stated in the handbook should be applied in full in all matches.
 
In all matches where a First Division player is playing, only point 1 of the miss rule stated in the handbook should be applied, namely should a player fail to hit an unobstructed ‘ball on’, this is automatically called as a ‘foul and a miss’.
 
The miss rule is not applied in matches where a player plays below the First Division.
 
The referee’s decision on all points regarding the facts of the game shall be final.
 
5.   Closing date for entries will be the date of the A.G.M.
 
6.   Any other points not included in the above shall be interpreted by the Executive Committee.
 
SPILLANE TROPHY (Snooker Pairs Handicap)
1.   The competition will be open to all bona-fide members of the affiliated clubs who are also members of the G.B. & S.A.
 
2.   All matches shall be best of 3 frames, except the semi-finals and the final, which shall be best of 5 frames.
 
3.   All matches before the final to be played on the table of the first player in each pairing shown in the master draw sheet. The final to be played at a venue and table selected at the start of the season by the GB&SA Executive Committee.
 
4.    Should a pairing be made up of players from two different clubs, they will be required to play all home matches from one club only. They will have to notify the Competition Secretary of the club of their choice.
 
5.   In this competition the players will receive half of their Norman Wale combined handicap; if this totals up to a half point it will be raised to the next complete point. Players will pick their own partners and the option to break will be gained by the toss of a coin, after which each side opens alternate frames. Players may change the order of play at the beginning of each frame.
 
6.   In the event of a reserve standing in for a player he will use his Norman Wale handicap. If he has no handicap he will play off scratch.
 
7.   Closing date for entries will be the date of the A.G.M.
 
8.   Any other points not included in the above shall be interpreted by the Executive Committee.
 
9.  Refereeing will be performed by the players in each match.
 
In all matches between Premier players, the miss rule as stated in the handbook should be applied in full in all matches.
 
In all matches where a First Division player is playing, only point 1 of the miss rule stated in the handbook should be applied, namely should a player fail to hit an unobstructed ‘ball on’, this is automatically called as a ‘foul and a miss’.
 
The miss rule is not applied in matches where a player plays below the First Division.
 
The referee’s decision on all points regarding the facts of the game shall be final.
 
IMPORTANT
All individual and pairs Finals will commence at 7.30pm. Any player not presenting himself at the time specified may be disqualified at the discretion of the Executive Committee.
 
“R.P. COLLIVET” CUP (Snooker Straight Knockout)
1.   A Snooker team competition on the Knockout principle and open to any number of teams from each of the affiliated clubs.
 
2.   The first team of each pairing shown on the master draw sheet shall play at home up to the final. The final to be played at a venue and table selected at the start of the season by the GB&SA Executive Committee.
 
3.   Each team will consist of four players, each to play two frames. Match to be decided on number of games won.
 
4.   In Knockout matches both captains will list his players in the order in which he wishes them to play, and place it on the table.
 
5.   The refereeing to be shared equally between both teams.
 
In all matches between Premier teams, the miss rule as stated in the handbook should be applied in full in all matches.
 
In all matches where a First Division team is playing, only point 1 of the miss rule stated in the handbook should be applied, namely should a player fail to hit an unobstructed ‘ball on’, this is automatically called as a ‘foul and a miss’.
 
The miss rule is not applied in matches where a team plays below the First Division.
 
The referee’s decision on all points regarding the facts of the game shall be final.
 
6.   In the event of a tie each Captain will nominate his/her selected player to play a deciding frame by writing the name of the selected player on a piece of paper and placing it on the table.
 
7.   Closing date for entries will be the date of the A.G.M.
 
8.   Any other points not included in the above shall be interpreted by the Executive Committee.
 
SNOOKER TEAM K.O. HANDICAP
1.   A Snooker team competition on the Knockout principle and open to any number of teams from each affiliated club.
 
2.   The first team of each pairing shown on the master draw sheet shall play at home up to the final. The final to be played at a venue and table selected at the start of the season by the GB&SA Executive Committee.
 
3.   Each team will consist of four players, each to play two frames. Match to be decided on number of games won.
 
4.   In knockout matches both captains will list his players in the order in which he wishes them to play, and place it on the table.
 
5.   The refereeing to be shared equally between both teams.
 
In all matches between Premier teams, the miss rule as stated in the handbook should be applied in full in all matches.
 
In all matches where a First Divisionteam is playing, only point 1 of the miss rule stated in the handbook should be applied, namely should a player fail to hit an unobstructed ‘ball on’, this is automatically called as a ‘foul and a miss’.
 
The miss rule is not applied in matches where a team plays below the First Division.
 
The referee’s decision on all points regarding the facts of the game shall be final.
 
6.  In the event of a tie each Captain will nominate his/her selected player to play a deciding frame by writing the name of the selected player on a piece of paper and placing it on the table.
 
7.  All players participating in this competition to be handicapped per frame. In the event of a reserve standing in for a player, he would use his Norman Wale handicap. If he has no handicap he will play off scratch.
 
8.  Closing date for entries will be the date of the A.G.M.
 
9.   Any other points not included in the above shall be interpreted by the Executive Committee.
 
QUICKFIRE SNOOKER COMPETITION
This is a fun game and everyone must enter it in the spirit it is intended. A trophy is donated for the outright winner and also one for the player with the highest score during the whole competition.
 
The following rules will be strictly adhered to during the competition.
 
1.   Each frame has a time limit of 15 minutes.
2.   The first player must split the pack.
3.   No safety play will be accepted; only when there is a touching ball and no attacking stroke can be played will this be allowed.
4.   Any other deliberate safety play will be penalised as a foul stroke.
5.   Deliberate time wasting will be penalised as a foul stroke.
6.   No snookering will be allowed except when one player cannot win with the maximum points on the table.
7.   Persistent disregard of these rules will lead to disqualification.
8.   Referees to be appointed by the G.B. & S.A. and their decisions will be final.
9.   When the time bell sounds the game finishes, but if a player has struck the white ball before the bell sounds anything he scores counts.
10.   In the case of a tie the black will be re-spotted, the players will toss for the break, and there will be no time limit.
 
SNOOKER SHOOTOUT COMPETITION
The full and official World Snooker Shootout rules:
 
1.   Each match lasts a maximum of 10 minutes from the opening break-off.
2.   Players 'lag' to decide who breaks off. This involves both players simultaneously striking a cue ball from the baulk line to hit the black end cushion and rebound back down the table. The player whose ball finishes nearest to the baulk cushion wins the lag and decides who breaks.
3.   There is a shot clock of 15 seconds throughout the duration of the frame. If the cue ball is not struck within this time period, there is a five point penalty and the incoming player receives the cue ball from the referee and plays from 'in hand'.
4.   The shot clock is started as soon as the balls come to rest or after a ball 'off the table' has been correctly re-spotted. When the balls have come to rest is the decision of the referee.
5.   Following all fouls, the cue ball is played from 'in hand', meaning the cue ball can be placed and subsequently played from anywhere on the table. The player does not have the option of asking his opponent to 'play again'. The shot clock starts when the incoming player receives the cue-ball from the referee.
6.   At least one ball must strike a cushion or enter a pocket in every stroke. Failure to do so will result in a foul with a five point penalty awarded and the incoming player will receive the cue ball from the referee and play from 'in hand'.  
7.   There is no foul and miss rule.
8.   If a player asks the referee to clean a ball, the shot clock will not be stopped and ball cleaning will take place during the player's shot time. However the referee can always call 'time out' if, for instance, the referee decides that multiple balls need cleaning.
9.   Should the scores be tied at the end of the 10 minute frame, a sudden death blue ball shoot out will commence. The blue ball will be placed on its spot and the cue-ball must be struck from on or within the confines of the D. The player who won the lag in the frame will have the choice of who plays first in an equal number of alternate attempts. The first player to make an unequalled pot will win the frame.
10.   In the case of a 'stalemate' the players are responsible for resolving the situation within the allocated timescale. There are no re-racks.
11.   Provided a stroke commences within the allotted 'stroke' and 'frame' time the completed stroke will be permitted to stand along with any score or penalty points resulting from it.
 
MERIT TROPHY
1.   This Trophy will be awarded annually together with a miniature to the player or players who, in the opinion of the Award Committee, has given the most outstanding performance or performances in any competition organised under the auspices of the Guernsey Billiards and Snooker Association.
 
2.   The Award Committee to consist of the President, any two members of the Executive and one representative from each of the Billiards and Snooker Selection Committees, such representatives to be nominated by the respective Selection Committees.
 
3.   The Award Committee may, at its discretion, decide that the Trophy shall not be awarded in any year and are empowered to withhold from presentation.
 
BACHMANN TROPHY
This trophy will be awarded to the member who receives the most points achieved by playing in the Individual Snooker, the Individual Billiards, the Individual Billiards Handicap, the Norman Wale Snooker Handicap and the Snooker Handicap Pairs.
 
Points will be awarded as follows:
 
            For reaching the quarter-finals            One Point
            For reaching the semi-finals                Two Points
            For being the runner-up                        Three Points
            For being the winner                              Four Points
            In the event of ties, trophy will be shared.