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Martock Pool League Specific Rules
Updated as of 2022 - 2023 Season

NUMBER OF PLAYERS
1. Minimum of 4 players required per team and a maximum of 4 frames per player per match.

FROM MAY 1st -> END OF SEASON
You may play with 3 players on only 2 occasions per season to cover for players being on holidays etc.
If one team has 3 players then, players may play up to 5 frames per match. No player may play the same player twice in the same match
  a) If a team has played 2 matches with 3 players then they will have to forfiet the last 3 frames of the match
b) If a team plays a game with 3 players (as per Rule 1) and the other team has 4 players, the team with 3 will still need to forfeit 3 frames
c) If a team plays a game with 3 players (as per Rule 1) and the other team has 5 players, but choses not to use the 5th player in an attempt to force the forfeit of the 3 frames, those frames will be given to the team with 3 players
d) If both teams have 3 players then you play 9 frames and both teams concede 3 frames each

SCOTCH PAIRS AND 3 MAN COMPETITIONS
Teams may swap ONE player in the Scotch Pair and / or 3 Man Comp teams to help cover for holidays / availability etc.
This change can be permanent or temp.
You may not changed both players in the Scotch Pairs (i.e make a new team by swapping players in / out)
If you switch a player in / out for your 3 man team you can use any combination of the 4 players to continue the competition.
If a "4th" player is used for the 3 Man team then you cannot use anyone else as a sub (i.e the 4 players are fixed).

WINTER LEAGUE ONLY - NOT IN USE AT THE MOMENT
2. Minimum of 4 players required per team and a maximum of 4 frames per player per match. No player may play the same player twice in the same match
  a) If a team has 3 players then they will have to forfiet the last 3 games of the match


FEES
3. All league fees are payable by the start of the current season

SCORE CARD
4. When filling in the score cards please remember
  a) For all League Games the BOTH teams must put the players for the last 5 frames down in one go. They may not put them down one at a time
b) When filling in the score card please use the players first Initial and Surname on at least the first instance of them being on the card for each game. I use the first initial and surname for the website and having a list of just first names makes it hard for me to ensure each player gets the correct frames associated.
c) Nicknames. Please can we stop using Nicknames on the score cards as this makes it more difficult for me when doing the results
d) Mark all 8 Balls with a TICK in the right hand end column - See Section 8 for the definition of an 8 Ball in the MSC League. Any other mark in this field will be ignored and the 8 Ball will not be registered.

POSTPONEMENT OF GAMES
5. At least 24 hours notice needs to be given to postpone a match, failure to do so will mean you forfeit the match
  a) If you forfeit a match the your opponent recieves 8 point plus the 3 point win bonus (11 points in total) and your team will lose 7 points
b) It is the responsibility of the team that postpones a match to rearrange said match
c) The team who postpones the match must supply 3 dates for the game to be played on at the time of postponement.
The 3 supplied dates must be within 30 days of the original fixture Failure to supply these dates will be classed as a forfeit and points will be given as per Rule 5a
d) If both teams can not agree a date they must contact the league organiser(s) BEFORE the 30 day deadline. Failure to do so will result in the score being classed as a forfeit and points will be given as per Rule 5a
e) If a fixture is postponed in the first half of the season, the option to use the return game as a "double" result is an option. This would mean that the result would be used for both games
f) Any team deemed by the organiser to be tactically postponing games or purposefully failing to agree a rearranged date will be liable to a points reduction
g) All postponed games must be played prior to the last league game of the current season
h) Any team not attending matches and not giving 24 hours prior notice may be fined by the league (subject to consultation with league organiser) to the sum of £10.00 per match missed

SIGNING PLAYERS ON
6 A player is deemed to be "Signed On" once they have played their 1st frame in a League Game (not Cup, Singles Knock Out etc)
  a) No new players will be eligible to play after the half way point of the season. For clarity the LAST game of the first half of the season is the final game to sign a player on
b) Any player "Signed On" after the half way point, will forfeit their frames played in any game they are not eligible for
c) Only players that are classed as "Signed On" (as per 6) are eligible to play in the Semi-Final and Final Rounds of the Team Knockout Cup games

MATCH START TIME
7. Matches start at 20:00
  a) Failure to attend on time will result in an automatic loss of the first frame
b) Following an automatic loss of the first frame, the second frame must start at 20:15
c) Following the second automatic loss of frame the third frame must start at 20:30
d) Following the third automatic loss of frame should the team fail to attend by 20:45 then all frames will be automatically claimed
e) If a game has started on time and not all players are available for the start of the game, what happens if all possible frames are played and another player is due at a later time (e.g 9:30)
  For every 15 minutes that a frame is unable to be played (due to a missing player) that frame will be conceded by the team with the missing player

Example

Team 1 has 4 players at 8pm
Team 2 has 2 players at 8pm and 2 due at 9:30pm

8 frames are played by 9:00pm
Assuming the next frame begins BEFORE 9:45, 2 frames will be given to Team 1 as conceded frames
IF the frame starts after 9:45 but before 10:00 then 3 frames will be given
This matches the same format as Section 7 of the MSC Rules

Any disputes can be raised as per Section 8 of the MSC Rules if required.

DISPUTES
8. Any disputes will be settled by the league organiser and or his/her deputies
  a) All disputes must be in written format to league organiser(s) and must been put forward within 3 days of the disputed match

CAPTAINS MEETING
9. A captains meeting will be held before the start of each season to discuss any league rules

AVERAGES
The aim of the following rules is to attempt to reduce the chance of someone playing either 1 frame a match and winning the averages or, as has been possible in previous seasons, playing lots of frames in the first half of the season and finishing high in the averages without attending a game in the second half of the season

10. Players must have an Attendance Percentage of 50% or more for their average to be counted. If the Average is shown in Grey on the website it is outside this Attendance Percentage
  a) When the season is half way through averages will be sorted based on a min number of frames and at least 50% Attendance
This will be an average of 65% of total frames available to them based on a player playing 3 frames a game
e.g. 7 Games = 21 Frames. 65% = 14 frames (rounded up) players must have played at least this number of frames
If the Average is shown in Grey on the website it is outside these criteria
b) Averages will be ordered by:
Average (Desc)
Frames Played (Desc)
Frames Won (Des)

This is assuming they meet the criteria for Point 10.

8 BALL DEFINITION

11. How to claim an 8 Ball
  DEFINITION: 1st visit = The first time the player approaches the table in the frame

A player will be able to claim an "8 Ball" when the player clears 8 balls (could be more but not less) during their 1st visit.
If a player approaches the table and has 2 visits (due to a foul) the "8 Ball" can be achieved by potting 8 balls (or more) WITHOUT using their 2nd visit. If the 2nd visit is used then the "8 Ball" is no longer available.
A player does not need to break claim the "8 Ball".
On the score card TICK should be added into the 8 Ball column (right hand end column) next to the frame identify the "8 Ball" being achieved.
Any other mark in this field will be ignored and the 8 Ball will not be registered.