EASB Referees Seminar : Sunday 4 October 2015

Apologies for the short notice but if anyone is interested in becoming a Class 3 EASB Referee, there is a course being held this coming Sunday, please see details below. If you are interested in attending, please let either Glen Sullivan-Bissett [gs-b@hotmail.co.uk][ or Dan Lewis [dmkl@hotmail.co.uk] know asap.

As you now know, there will be a referee’s seminar in Basildon at the Basildon Snooker Club on Sunday October 4th.
This is your opportunity to qualify as snooker referee (class 3) with the EASB.

Dependent on candidate numbers, we are unlikely to carry out all personal examinations on the day, but will certainly complete exams for those travelling the furthest and I will arrange any remaining exams within a quick time period following the day.

The venue is:
The Basildon Snooker Centre
High Pavement
Town Square
Essex SS14 1EA

The event is scheduled to begin at 11.00am prompt and will be facilitated by Dan Lewis and myself.

Please confirm by return your intention to attend so that I am clear on numbers

I wish you all success and enjoyment on your refereeing journey

Glen Sullivan-Bissett

Membership Renewal Reminder To All EASB Referees

Dear Referee,

Referees Membership for the season 2015/16 are now available. If you have already renewed thank you and please ignore this communication.

To renew your membership go to the below URL and select your renewal category. Payments are accepted by Paypal and all major debit/credit cards.


Subscriptions for this year are required by 31st October 2015. Failure to renew by this date will result in loss of certification.

Previous seasons arrears will be dealt with separately during the course of the season.

The fees required are as follows:-

·       Tutors & Examiners- £30

·       Class 1 – £27

·       Class 2 – £20

·       Class 3 – £15

·       Affiliate membership – Emeritus – £10

·       Junior Class 3 – £10

·       Billiards only referee – £10

Please select the category below that best suits your current status as a referee and if you wish to referee in International events (additional payment is required and will be added to your total payment). 

If you hold different Classes in Snooker and Billiards, please select the HIGHEST CLASS membership, ie if your Class 1 Snooker and Class 2 Billiards, please ensure you register for Class 1 renewal. The office will ensure that both grades are maintained.


Rob Spencer

EASB Director of Referees


Danielle Makes The Grade!

Congratulations to Sawton Jet’s Danielle Findlay who recently passed the EASB Grade 3 Referees Examination at the Referees Seminar held on 1 March 2015 at Widdington under the watchful eye of the EASB Director of Referees Dan Lewis.  Stewart Hart, Richard Sewell and Chris Belton also attended and brushed up on their refereeing skills.  Thanks to Dan for giving up his time to undertake.

Snooker Rules Refresher / Referees Seminar – Sunday 1 March 2015

rsz_1dan_lewisFor all those that wish to brush up on their refereeing skills or just have a better understanding of the basics, our League President/Chairman and EASB Director of Referees Mr Dan Lewis will be holding a ‘Snooker Rules Refresher / Referees Seminar’ at Widdington Village Hall on Sunday 1 March 2015 which will start at 11am sharp.

This seminar is free of charge to all league members and spaces are limited so if you are interested please contact us via email at swdsl@live.co.uk and we will book your place with Dan.

Widdington Village Hall can be found next door to The Fleur De Lys PH, Widdington, Essex. CB11 3SS.

EASB Grade 3 Referees Seminar

For all those SWDSL members that are either interested in applying for the EASB Grade 3 Refereeing Membership, or just keen to brush up on their refereeing skills, please be advised that our League President/Chairman and EASB Director of Referees, Mr Dan Lewis holds throughout the season regular ‘Referees Seminars’ at a variety of Snooker Clubs in our region.

If you are interested in attending one of these free seminars, then please let us know via email at swdsl@live.co.uk.  Once we have a list of enough members we will liaise with Dan with regards to organising a date/venue to suit the majority and will be in touch with you.

For more details of the EASB Referee Membership Scheme please click here.


Referees Seminar – Sunday 9 March 2014

rsz_1dan_lewisFor all those that wish to brush up on their refereeing skills or just have a better understanding of the basics, our League President/Chairman and EASB Director of Referees Mr Dan Lewis will be holding a ‘Referees Seminar’ at WT’s Snooker Club in Cambridge on Sunday 9 March 2014.

Spaces are limited so if you are interested please contact us via email at swdsl@live.co.uk and we will book your place with Dan.

The address of WT’s is 39b Burleigh Street, Cambridge CB1 1BG.

EASB Guide For Players Refereeing Local League Snooker Matches


Some tips for players refereeing in their local leagues

Author – Dan Lewis – EASB Director of Referees

Never call out the score when spotting a ball, until you have completed the task, as this is the signal for the striker to continue with his break/make the next shot.    Also, never call out the score when a ball is potted, until you are sure that no foul can result from any balls still in motion.

Never turn your back on the table (when the striker is about to make a shot) and always retain control of the cue-ball between frames and whilst it is in hand, until you are ready to continue.

You should always try to take up a position out of the line of sight of the striker & remain still whilst he/she is down on the shot. We consider the striker to be standing @ 6 o’clock, the referee should stand between 4 o’clock & 8 o’clock, whichever side affords the best view of any likely infringement of the rules. i.e. any object balls that could be fouled by the strikers person or attire, or by the path of the cue-ball.

Whenever there is a possibility of a “Miss” occurring, the Referee should ask the player to allow him/her to view the exact line of the shot & to take a mental image of the cue-ball and object balls positions. This is especially important where only a thin shot is available or the player is playing a thin contact (across a ball) or in any occurrence where the Cue Ball is Snookered.

All attempts to escape from a “Snooker”, must be played with sufficient strength to reach the ball on, either directly or indirectly, failure to strike the Cue Ball with sufficient strength to reach the/a ball on will always result in a “Miss”. The “Miss” rule and how to apply it within your league(s) is attached separately – this has been applied successfully in the SWDSL for 20 years!

In an Impossible to escape snooker situation, the only criteria is that the player strikes the cue ball with sufficient strength (in a direct or indirect line), so as to reach / contact the/a ball on – in which case no Miss will be called – regardless of the difference in scores.

A player can ‘nominate’ his intended ball by his stance, but should this not be immediately obvious then the referee should ask the player to “Declare” which ball he is playing (state clearly – Please Declare). It is a foul if the player plays without first replying to this request. The striker does not have to declare/nominate, unless specifically requested to do so by the referee.

When balls are almost touching, the striker is allowed to declare that ball but he must make only the thinnest possible contact when so doing. You only state “Touching Ball” if that ball is a “ball on” (which should be followed immediately by “Please Declare”), and any movement of that ball is a foul unless it moves because of the vagaries of the table; i.e. moves forward into the space vacated by the cue-ball or settles onto an uneven spot.

N.B.     When there is no Referee (such as in a social or local competition), the opposing player will be regarded as such for the purposes of these rules.   Remember that we play for fun as well as to win, so all decisions should be made within the spirit of the rules.

Revised August 2014 – version 4.

EASB Guide To The Miss Rule For Local League Application


THE MISS RULE  –  A SUMMARY for Local League Application

Author – Dan Lewis – EASB Director of Referees

A         A Miss shall be called, if, in the opinion of the ‘Referee’, the Striker has not made a genuine attempt to hit the ball on (or any ball that could be on). To judge this, use the criteria of whether you, as a player of similar ability, could (would expect to) do better. Hitting the intervening ball by playing a swerve shot should always result in a Miss being called, missing after playing a swerve shot is a judgement call.

B          If the Striker can see any part of any ball on (in a straight line), and fails to make first contact with a ball on, a Miss shall be called.

N.B.    For either A or B above, a Miss shall not be called if the difference in scores is equal to the value of the balls available or penalty points are required (by either player)- either before or as a result of the offending shot.

C         Should the Striker be able to see any Ball on “full ball” (not both edges but centre to centre contact) and fails to make first contact with a Ball on, a Miss shall be called (unless on the first occasion the above note applies).

If a Miss is called and accepted, the balls are replaced and the Striker plays again. If the foul shot is repeated, again a Miss shall be called (this time regardless of the difference in scores, as a count has already commenced).

Should the non-Striker request that the shot be replayed after the 2nd foul, the Referee shall warn the Striker that a third consecutive offence will result in the Frame being awarded to his opponent. Where points are recorded as part of the match, etc., the total number of points available at this time shall be added to the non-offenders score and the offenders score shall be reduced to zero.

1          The Miss rule is a rule of Snooker and must be adhered to at all times but should be played with common sense and due consideration for the striker’s ability.

2          In the best traditions of Snooker, a player should call a Foul on himself for any accidental touching of a ball or similar offence.

3          The Referee should consult both players about the replacing of balls after a Miss has been called, after which the Referees decision will be final – if either player touches a ball during this process, that player will be penalised 7 points but the order of play is not changed (the striker remains the striker).

4          Players refereeing matches should be vigilant at all times and should first ascertain whether a ball can be seen, prior to the next shot, where a possible rule infringement may result from that shot.

Revised August 2014 – version 4


Juniors Snooker Open Day At Saffron Snooker Club – Sunday 12 January 2014

To encourage the next generation of snooker players, Saffron Snooker Club will be holding a free Open Day for Junior Snooker this Sunday 12 January 2014 between 11am and 5pm for all budding young snooker players to come along a try the sport for the first time in a friendly and family orientated environment.  An EASB qualified snooker coach (Russell Huxter) and two current world snooker professionals (Allan Taylor and Martin O’Donnell) will be on hand to help give guidance with basic technique and explain the rules.  All equipment is provided by the club, you only need to bring yourself!

Please see poster below for further details which appeared in this week’s Walden Local newspaper, or alternatively you can contact Mark Cooper on 01799-513094 or via email saffronsnookerclub@btconnect.com.

The club has an excellent bar area where parents can sit and relax and enjoy either a beer, glass of wine or a selection of soft or hot drinks whilst the juniors are on the green baize.  Food is also available.  The address for Saffron Snooker Club is 2 Shire Hill, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 3AQ.  We hope to see you on Sunday!

SWSC-Juniors Open Day