NOTICE : World Snooker Social Media Guidelines

Notice to all Registered League Members

Please see below Social Media Guidelines published recently by World Snooker on 28 February 2014.  The Committee request that all registered league players read these guidelines and adhere to them whilst posting either on the SWDSL facebook page/twitter account, or any general posting in relation to the activities of snooker league whilst using their own facebook/twitter accounts.

These guidelines are designed to provide helpful, practical advice on using social media effectively.
To set the parameters for these social media guidelines, we should keep in mind three things:

1. We live in a society that promotes free speech and freedom of expression; it is generally
expected that persons playing sport at a professional level should reflect the values of the
society it represents.

2. Anything that you post is public and visible so you must be responsible in what you post.

3. Social networking is monitored and you may fall foul of the Members Rules if you act outside
these guidelines.

Do’s Don’ts

DO…Show your personality.
Being yourself and letting your personality shine is
what your fans are looking for. Personality creates
stars in our sport. However, try to avoid any humour
that might be considered in bad taste.

England cricketer Dimitri Mascarenhas was
uncomplimentary about national team selector Geoff
Miller and was fined £1,000.

DON’T…Talk negatively about other competitors,
countries, organisations or brands.
Any gossip or slanderous comments can be easily
highlighted and taken the wrong way. Remember that
you are an ambassador for your sport. This is likely to
put you in breach of the Members Rules.

DO…Remember everyone can see you.
Before you write anything, remember that it’s public
and anyone can take your words and put them in a
newspaper, on a website or the TV. Media will be
monitoring social media and will use your words as
quotes. Pause and think carefully before you mention
anything about you or other sports persons.

Stephanie Rice (an Australian triple Olympic
swimming gold medallist) lost a lucrative sponsorship
deal after she posted an inappropriate comment on

Even suggestions of foul or abusive language by
replacing letters with symbols e.g. s@£t should be
avoided. Similarly, don’t get into disputes with your
audience – instead, show that you have listened and
be responsive in a positive manner.

The ECB suspended Azeem Rafiq, the captain of
England under-19 team, for his use of inappropriate
language on Twitter.

DO…Be responsible.
You are personally responsible for the content you
provide and how you behave online. Be careful and if
you’re in doubt, don’t post it.

DON’T…Assume anything you delete will
completely disappear
It’s almost impossible to completely remove
information on social networking sites even if you
“remove/delete” it from the original source. There is
no way of knowing where it may have been reposted.
So think before you post.

DO…Report anything that concerns you.
If you see any comments or photos that concern
you or you feel in the course of a conversation that
somebody may need help or be in danger, report it
to the relevant authority.

DON’T…Be provoked into responding.
There are accounts set up to provoke you into
controversial discussions or to respond to abuse.
These accounts are often anonymous or created
using false details and the only person who is
identifiable is you. If someone provokes you in this
manner, just ignore or block them

REMINDER : President’s Cup Tournament – Sunday 26 January 2014

The President’s Cup will be held on Sunday 26 January 2014 at Saffron Snooker Club.  Registration is from 10.30am with the draw taking place at 11.00am sharp.  The entry fee as previous seasons is £10 which includes your table light all day, and also includes a free entry into the Plate Tournament for the First Round losers.  All rounds of the main tournament are best of three frames, with the Plate being one frame throughout including the final.

The Prize Fund breakdown is as follows;

Winner £60, Runner Up £30, Losing Semi-Finalist’s £15, Plate Winner £20, Plate Runner Up £10, High Break £10.

The event is once again being kindly sponsored by Bullet Brickwork (UK ) Ltd.  Prize money and trophies are available and a raffle will also be held on the day.  If any members or clubs would like to donate a prize for the raffle then please feel free to bring along or hand to Peter Saville prior to the day, all will be very much appreciated.

Please text Adam Ingram on 07901-723360 prior to the day to reserve your place.

Our sponsor’s website can be found at  For further information on the services that can be provided by Bullet Brickwork (UK) Ltd, please contact Steve Bothwell on 07957-123411.


Saffron Walden Challenge Tournament – Sunday 23 February 2014

The 2014 Saffron Walden Challenge Snooker Tournament, once again kindly sponsored by Bushwood Accountants will take place at the Cambridge Snooker & Pool Centre, Coldhams Road, Cambridge, CB13EW, on Sunday 23 February 2014.  The Club will be open from 10.30am to enable a prompt start at 11.00am.

The leagues invited to attend are Cambridge, Braintree, Chelmsford, Milton Keynes, South Beds, South East Essex (Vic Harris) and defending champions Norwich. 

The players representing the DMC Leisure Saffron Walden & District Snooker League are Adam Ingram (Captain), Russell Huxter and Darren Edmonston.

For any queries concerning this tournament, please contact the Tournament Secretary, Mr Adam Ingram on 07901-723360.

The rules of the tournament are below;


1. The tournament shall consist of eight teams playing on a ‘Round Robin’ basis throughout the day. Each team shall consist of three players, with each playing two frames against the same ranked player of each of the opposing teams. No reserve players allowed.

2. The winner will be decided on the total number of frames won, with each frame being worth one point. In the event of a two-way tie, the winner will be decided on count back between the teams concerned from the round robin stage. If the teams drew in that stage a single (sudden death) frame will be played, and the captains will decide the player to represent their league. In the event of more than two teams in the tie, the same process will take place.

3. The Saffron Walden Challenge Cup will be played for annually at a venue selected by the Committee of the SWDSL. Any proposals for rule changes will be considered by the Saffron Walden and District League Committee following the tournament and will be incorporated where deemed appropriate.

4. An entry fee of £45.00 per team will go towards trophies for the winners and runners-up, and is payable on acceptance of the invitation. There will also be prize money available. It will be appreciated if teams can also supply a referee to assist with the running of the tournament.

5 Teams should register half an hour before the tournament is scheduled to commence, i.e. by 10.30am.

6 Standard rules of dress will apply; (no collarless shirts, jeans, trainers, track suits or t-shirts). The dress code will be strictly enforced, and any player wearing such items will not be allowed to participate. This may result in your league only having two players on the day, a dress code inspection will take place before the first matches of the day by the Tournament Director, after complaints in previous tournaments.

7 Players must be registered for the league that they represent and have played in at least one league or tournament match during the season, this may include internal competitions for that league. Professional players will not be allowed to participate in the tournament, a professional is someone on the World Snooker Main Tour.

8 Captains shall write down the order of play for their teams on registration on the day and hand them to the Tournament Director who will enter them on the match sheet. Once established, the order of play shall remain the same for each round. Players should be ranked by the order of their ability, i.e. strongest player at number 1.

2013-14 League Season – High Break Leaderboard [5 January 2014]

All recorded breaks over 25 in Three Player/Four Player league matches, League Cup, Handicap Singles, Handicap Doubles, Scratch Plus Singles, Scratch Singles, President’s Cup, Saffron Walden Challenge and Bishop’s Stortford Challenge tournaments.

To have your break added to this list, please visit the league website, click the ‘Submit Results’ link and submit the form.

A Ingram 86, 76, 72, 62, 54, 52, 47, 41
J Jones 51, 41, 32
S Hewitt 46, 34, 28
A Green 46
R Leavers 45, 37
R Selby 38, 28
C Houston 34
A Gibson 33
M Patmore 42, 38, 32
L Hooker 30
S Duce 30
P Saville 27
D Wood 25

An Interview With…..Jonathan Wells

As a new feature to run throughout this and future league seasons, the Committee will be selecting a cross section of league players each month and asking for their answers to various questions that have been put together.  We hope that you will enjoy reading the answers to the questions posed!  If you would like to volunteer to participate, please email us at and we will add you to our interview list.  Many thanks!

The first league player in the hot seat is Jonathan Wells of Sawbridgeworth USC Bandits.

> 1- how many years have you been in the league?  25/26 yrs 

> 2-how many clubs/teams have you played for?  4 that i can remember

> 3-do you have a snooker nickname,& if so what is it?  The ‘Outlaw’

> 4-what is your favorite current league venue?  Sawbridgeworth

> 5-what is your favourite venue no longer in the league?  Stansted Airport

> 6-what do you think was/is the leagues best era, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s or 2000 onwards?  80’s

> 7-what is your greatest league achievement?  Winning league high break 8 times during 90s

> 8-who is your favourite professional player?  Stephen player ever to pick up cue

> 9-who do you think is the greatest player in league history?  Dave Duce

> 10-who has been your toughest opponent over the years?  Adam Ingram

> 11-what is your highest practise break?  138

> 12-what is your highest competitive break?  121

> 13-if you could win a trophy this season which would it be & why?  Scratch Singles…to many poor defeats over the years

> 14-if you could take a part of another league players game what would it be and from whom?  Thinking back to an ex player..Stuart Walkers long game/potting was excellent, i could do with that now!!

> 15-have you played against a professional and if so who? And how did you get on?  Peter Ebdon, Joe Perry, Stuart Bingham, Mike Hallet…  Have had a victory over joe and Stuart, albeit with a 21 start!!  Lost to others!!