General rules

1……………TEAMS AND MATCH FORMAT

A…..  All teams must provide a team captain who will be responsible for all matters  relating to his/her team.  He must be aware of the playing rules and be willing to accept the responsibility of ensuring that his team shows up for their scheduled matches.  He will be the contact for his team in all correspondence and notices, and must supply a phone number and email address that he or she can be contacted at.  Team  Captains have a great deal of leeway, and 2 team captains, by agreement in any given match, are allowed to vary the rules.

B…… There is a seasonal registration fee of 1,500 Baht per team (exception is 10-ball).  The fee is to cover all operational costs, must be paid before the start of the season, and is non-refundable. There is also an additional deposit of 1,000 Baht.  This deposit will be refunded in full at the end of the season(or carried over as the
deposit for the next season) to all teams that complete the season.  It is non-refundable if a team drops out mid-season or commits a serious infraction that results in league expulsion.

C…..  All teams are required to maintain an acceptable game venue with a 6, 7, 8,  or 9 foot indoor table (9 foot required for 10-ball).   The tables should be well maintained.  Torn or seriously damaged cloth, chipped balls, etc must be replaced.  All effort should be made to have all necessary equipment available for playing a pool match, such as pool cues, bridges, chalk, etc.  If a table has an idiosyncrasy that is known to the home team, such as a “dead” pocket or slight bias, it must be made known to the visiting team.

D…..  Match formats are noted on the fixtures or score sheets.

E…..  All teams must have a minimum of 4 players for each match.

F…..  If a team does not have a minimum of 4 players available for any given match,  that match will be forfeited unless an alternate playing date has been arranged by the respective team captains prior to the scheduled match.

G…..  There are no restrictions on who may be allowed to play on any given team, nor are there any limits on the number of players a team can play over the course of the season.  Once a player plays for any given team, however, he is not allowed to play for any other team in the league without the approval of the league.

H……  All matches will be played under the rules supplied by the league. These rules are based on the World Pool Association rules, but have been amended to allow for local conditions.  A copy of these rules is available on this website.

I…..Home Bar will buy a round of drinks for all players. It is recommended that a brief break be taken at a convenient half-way point for that purpose.  If the home bar is unable to do so, they need to inform the other team of that before the match starts. Most hosting venues also offer some sort of food to the visiting team, and it is certainly encouraged in the name of sportsmanship.

2……………MATCH ARRANGEMENTS 

A…..All matches will be scheduled on a home and away basis so each team will have an equal number of home and away matches over the course of a season.  All matches will take place weekly on Monday nights (8-Ball) and Wednesday nights (9-Ball and 10-ball) unless otherwise specified.  Full season schedules are available on this website.

B…..  The starting time for all matches will be 8:00 PM (10-ball may be started at 7:30 PM). Captains are welcome to arrange early starts if they believe it is necessary.  All matches should be ready to
start at or before that time.  We expect that at least one member of the visiting team be there and ready to play.   All team members need not be there for either the start  or end of a match.  If, for any reason, a team has a problem showing up on time, it is their responsibility to notify the opposing team captain beforehand.

C…..  In 8-Ball and 10-ball, each team will separately select their players for the first 4 games and then compare forms.  This will continue throughout the night.  In 9-ball, the home team will put up their first 4 games. As the night goes on, the team in the lead will post names first. If tied, posting first will alternate.

D…..  A match may be postponed to an alternate date and/or time if it is mutually agreed to by both team captains.  A postponement should be the exception, but is permitted.  Within reason, a team must accept a request for postponement if that request is done at least a day prior to play.  If it is less than a day, the acceptance of a postponement request is solely at the discretion of the opposing team captain.

E…..  All postponed matches must be made up within a reasonable period of time.  It will be the responsibility of the home team to notify Al, so that results can be documented.

F…..  If requested, it is the responsibility of the home team to offer the visiting team some free practice on the table before the start of play.

G…..  If, for any reason, a match cannot be completed within the scheduled session, it is the responsibility of the two team captains to arrange for the match to be completed, unless a winner has already been determined.

H…..  If any team fails to show up for any given match without prior notification to the opposing team, they will lose 500 Baht of their deposit.  That money will be spent at the opposing team as compensation, to buy a round of drinks at their next scheduled
match.  Two “No Shows” in any given season will result in league disqualification.

3……….OFFICIATING AND RULES ENFORCEMENT

A…..  A referee should be provided for each game from within the attending players or a mutually acceptable 3rd party.  This person should be familiar with the rules, but his primary purpose is to deal with any “judgment” calls that need to be made.

B…..  The home team must insure that a copy of the rules is available at all matches.  In the event of a dispute, the referee shall consult the playing rules before making any ruling.  If a dispute still exists after consulting the rules, the 2 team captains should consult to determine a fair and mutually acceptable resolution of the matter.
If this cannot be done, the referee’s original decision shall stand.  The game should  continue, and both teams should report the event to the league for review.

C…..  If a player disputes a “judgment” call by the referee(double hit, failure to hit a rail, etc.) there is no grounds for complaint.  The referee’s ruling shall stand.

D…..  A dispute in any individual game is not reason for the failure of a match to be completed.  A team refusing to complete a match because of a dispute will forfeit that match, and it will be treated as a “no show.”  Any game can be continued “under protest,” and the issue can be resolved later by the league.

E…..  We ask that any and all problems be brought to the attention of the league.  Our goal is to keep the league as free of confrontation as possible.  To do this properly, we need to know of any problems that may arise to avoid the problem repeating.  It is strongly encouraged that the 2 team captains make every attempt to resolve any issues that may come up in a sportsmanlike manner.

4……SCORE-SHEETS, SCORING, AND REPORTING RESULTS

A…..  Score-sheets are available on this website.

B…..  Scoring is noted on the score sheets.

C…..  Each team must fill out a score-sheet.  After a match is completed, please arrange to have the score-sheet forwarded to Al so that the results can be compiled and tabulated.  Please to this as quickly as possible so that the website can be updated in a timely manner.  They can be dropped off to a collection point, scanned and E-mailed in, faxed in, or even phoned in.  We hope to have an online system available for scoring shortly.

D…..  Please keep in mind when filling out the forms that the information will be recorded.  If a team has players with the same name, please distinguish between them.  An initial or nickname will suffice.  Print any unusual names legibly, and make sure that an individual player is always listed under the same name.

E…..  Results will be compiled on a weekly basis for both teams and individual players.  These will be furnished to www.bkkpool.com, where they can be viewed online by anyone interested in seeing them.

F…..  Team standings will be determined by points accrued by winning matches.
Individual rankings will be determined by points for wins and participation.

5……….SINGLES TOURNAMENT

A…..  A singles tournament will be held at the end of the season for all who have qualified by playing in the BANGKOK POOL LEAGUE.

B…..  All team and individual trophies won over the course of the season will be awarded at the singles tournament, as well as trophies for the winners of the singles tournament.

C…..  The tournament draw will be intended to include as many players as possible.
All who show up on time will have a place in the draw.

D…..  Player participation is free. Prizes and food will be provided for the event by the league, payable from available league funds.

E…..  The venue or venues for the singles tournament will be selected by a meeting of the league and venues who volunteer to host.

F…..  The singles tournament will signify the end of any given season.  While it is intended to be competitive tournament, it is also intended to be an end-of-the-season party for all league participants.  All remaining league revenue will be spent to make it
successful.