SWDSL 2016 AGM – Changes To League Rules

At the AGM in July 2016, the following Resolutions were voted upon and agreed by those league members who attended the meeting.  The League Rules document will be updated on the website to reflect these changes.  Please can all Captains make their players aware of these changes so there are no issues during the forthcoming league season, thanks.

1. Amendment to Rule 2 – Proposed by the Treasurer
OMIT ‘All fees due to the League must be paid by 31st December at the latest. Failure to do so will result in a £10 fine.
ADD ‘All league, tournament, sponsorship and any other fees payable to the League shall be due for payment no later than 30 days from the invoice date. At the discretion of the Treasurer, overdue invoices shall be subject to the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998, with interest being added at the Bank of England Base Rate + 8%.’ RESOLUTION CARRIED

2. Amendment to Rule 27 – Proposed by the Committee
ADD ‘Scratch Singles’ to the existing rule – ‘In order for a player to be eligible to enter and play in the Scratch Plus Singles or President’s Cup Tournament’s, they must have played in a minimum of either 3 league or cup matches in the first half of the season.’
RESOLUTION CARRIED

3. Amendment to Rule 27 – Proposed by the Committee
OMIT ‘When assessing the handicap of a pair of players their combined handicaps are divided by two and rounded up to the nearest whole number.’
ADD ‘When assessing the handicap of a pair of players their combined handicaps are divided by two and rounded towards zero.’
RESOLUTION CARRIED

4. Amendment to Rule 28 – Proposed by the Committee
ADD ‘which shouldn’t be the same day of the week and only one date should be a weekend’ to the existing rule – ‘It is the responsibility of the home player to advise the away player of three dates when the home table is available to play the match…..’
RESOLUTION CARRIED [Post Meeting Note at the EGM dated 26.07.16, Rule 28 Amendment was withdrawn]

5. Add New Rule 11A – Proposed by the Committee ADD ‘As a minimum for all league matches and tournaments, all Clubs should provide a snooker table that has been brushed and ideally ironed, together with a set of clean Aramith snooker balls’. RESOLUTION CARRIED

6. Add New Handicaps Rule 6 – Proposed by the Committee ADD ‘Any player not deemed by the Handicaps Committee to be on the correct handicap for their current ability may be subject to an exceptional manual handicap review at any point during the season. Such ad-hoc adjustments are to be agreed by the Committee’. RESOLUTION CARRIED

7. Add New Handicaps Rule 7 – Proposed by the Committee ADD ‘any player conceding a frame with sufficient points available shall not have that frame count towards their handicap (or that of their opponent), and one point will be deducted from their team’s accrued total to date’. RESOLUTION CARRIED

NOTICE : Extraordinary General Meeting – Tuesday 26 July 2016 [Vote online here if you cannot attend]

The Committee of the DMC Leisure Saffron Walden & District Snooker League hereby give notice that an Extraordinary General Meeting will be held at the Bishop’s Stortford Royal British Legion on Tuesday 26 July 2016 at 7.45pm.  All registered league members are invited to attend, however as the matter to be discussed concerns the Three Player Division, only those players registered to play in the Three Player Division shall be entitled to vote on the proposals below.

Prior to the date of the AGM, the Committee had received 15 team entries for the Three Player Division.  Post AGM, we received a late entry from a team that hadn’t been able to confirm their entry in time.  This raises several matters to be discussed at the EGM and to be voted upon as detailed below;

  1.  Do the league members wish to accept the late team entry into the Three Player Division for the 2016/17 League Season?                                                                                                                   
    Note:  Team entries were requested to be submitted by the date of the AGM.                   
    Accepting this team entry means that 16 teams will be registered in total.                                       
    If 16 teams are then registered for the Three Player Division, do the league members wish to have;
  2. 1 division of 16 teams which will result in a longer league season?
    or
  3. 2 divisions of 8 teams, with promotion and relegation between the divisions?                         
    Teams will play each other twice home and twice away like the Four Player Division.

Given the importance of the above for the Three Player Division, we hope that as many registered players (or at least a representative from every team) will make the effort to come along to this EGM so that a full and constructive discussion can take place, and a democratic vote on the future structure of the Three Player Division be taken.

If you are not able to attend but still wish to vote on the above, please click here to vote online.

Separate to the above, the Committee would like to withdraw a rule proposal put forward and agreed at the AGM;
Amendment to Rule 28 – Proposed by the Committee ADD ‘which shouldn’t be the same day of the week and only one date should be a weekend’ to the existing rule – ‘It is the responsibility of the home player to advise the away player of three dates when the home table is available to play the match…..’

Should you have any queries on the above prior to the EGM then please do not hesitate to contact the League Secretary.