§Each match consists of seven
games - four singles games, two doubles games, and one team game for four
§Each game is worth ONE point
to the winners – i.e. four points are available for the singles, two for the
doubles, and one for the team game.
games are best of three legs. The Home team
would always name their player(s) first. There would then be a toss of a coin
(or similar fair method), the winner to decide in which leg to go first.
Players go first in alternate legs. The third leg need not be played if it is
2-0. If it is 1-1, another toss will be made for the final leg.
§In Cup matches,
there will an initial toss of the coin before the Singles matches to decide who
will name their player first, with subsequent games alternating, and again
before the Doubles and Team, if required.
§The rules of each leg are –
four toads, 31 down, first player throws two toads, second three, then 4 each.
Once score required is less than four, one toad is played per point needed, and
an exact number is required to finish. (Four toads in the hole does NOT
automatically win the leg.) Any player may choose not to throw all of their
toads in any turn.
§Any toad which hits the back
board or falls to the floor cannot be a scoring toad under any circumstances.
However, such a “dead” toad CAN influence the play of another valid toad – e.g.
by knocking it into the hole to increase its score, or, indeed, by knocking it
into the back or off the table to invalidate its score.
§If at the start of a game a
player inadvertently throws more toads than permitted, the first toads thrown
shall count (as if the extra toad(s) had not been thrown).
§If a player busts
but still has a spare toad, s/he can throw the last toad to LOWER their score.
The Committee has evolved
over the years, and now consists of the 5 officials, (Chairman, Treasurer,
Fixtures Sec, Competitions Sec and Webmaster). They have been empowered by the
members at the AGM to take any appropriate actions for the benefit of the
League. Extra members will be co-opted onto the Committee in situations where a
wider representation would be desirable. The Committee will contact teams until
they felt they had sufficient numbers and teams would try to send a
representative if asked.
Also, the Committee are
empowered to deal with repeated (or extreme) rude, abusive or violent behaviour
by either teams or individuals in an appropriate manner, up to and including
points deductions, relegation and suspension/expulsion from the League. All
such players/teams have a right of appeal to an expanded Committee.
Reporting of results
The results of each match must be sent to the fixtures
organiser by BOTH captains, who should also retain a written copy of the scores
in case of query. The result must be received by the end of the Wednesday
following the match. All results should either be texted to 07961645959, or
emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
If this does not happen, points will be deducted for repeat offenders.
Postponements and re-arranged matches
If any team is unable to play
a match on the original date for any reason, the captain of that team must
contact the other team giving at least 48 hours’ notice. The match must then be
re-arranged to be played as soon as possible. Details of any matches which are
being re-arranged as above must be sent to the fixtures organiser by the end of
the Wednesday following the original scheduled date. All re-arrangements, but
not necessarily the matches, must be made within 4 weeks.
Failure to give notice
If a team fails to give the
required notice of a requested postponement or fails to arrive for a match, they will be warned and lose 5 points for repeat occurrences.
match is still expected to be played at a future date, but if no convenient
date can be found, (and all discussion concerning this should be copied to the
Fixtures Sec), then the result will be decided by the Committee, considering
efforts made by both teams, their current form, etc
If a team turns up without a minimum of 4 players, for whatever reason,
they should play all matches, as if the missing person(s) was scoring 0! So,
with 3 turning up, 3 singles matches would be played, the 4th one
conceded (although it could be played as a friendly for the 4th
player, who would chose his/her opponent but no 8s would count for the
substitute person). After the first doubles, the second doubles would be 2
against 1, with the 1 only getting 1 throw in a round, (eg a3, b3, a4, -, a3,
b3, a4, -, etc, ie 2 throws against 1). Similarly in the team game, with 4
against 3, throw a1, b1, a2, b2, a3, b3, a4, a1, etc.
All incomplete matches should
be reported to the Committee for them to award the points appropriately. It is
wrong for teams involved, if it proved impossible to finish the match, to
decide the outcome, as this might distort the final League positions.
League positions, promotion and relegation
The league positions will be
determined as follows:
of GAMES won. Where this is equal between two or more teams, then
of MATCHES won. If there is still a tie, then (at the end of the season) -
record between the two teams – i.e. the total number of games won adding
together the home and away results.
is still a tie there will be a play-off to determine the league position if
crucial for championship, promotion, or relegation.
Participation in the league
implies acceptance of promotion and relegation between the divisions.
No registration of players is
required, but no player should play for more than one team in the league
competition during a single season.
However, as a part of opening
up the cup competitions to non-league teams, we are allowing league players to
play for a different team in the cup/plate competition structure. As with the league competition – players may
only play for a single team within the cup competition structure during a
single season. (ie a league player from
team A could play for team B in the cup, but could not return to play for A if
B were eliminated)