League Rules

Rules for the Women's league competition:  
  1. The first named team (on the left hand side of the table) is responsible for organising each match (i.e. both its venue and date). This should be done by e-mail. Email addresses for team captains are on the league fixtures pages. The home team must offer two (or more if they like) reasonable times (i.e. not weekday mornings or afternoons) for the match to be played. Please give ample notice so as to avoid claims/counter claims. The away team should reply as soon as possible with the date they prefer from the ones given. If the away team is unable to make either of the times suggested, the home team should offer 1 more possible date. If the away team has been offered 3 dates and is unable to make any of them, the home team may either claim the match or offer additional dates if they wish. The home team is under no obligation to offer more than 3 dates. Any disputes will be settled by the OUWPC committee. The home team should pay for all frames including a warm-up for the visitors.

  2. Matches should be played by the Saturday of the week in which the match is scheduled. The results of all matches and any claims (with reason) must reach by this Saturday.

  3. Each team shall be made up of three players who should each play two frames of singles in accordance with Blackball Rules. A lag is performed before the first frame then the break alternates from then on. A referee should be appointed by the home team for each frame. This should be one of the players from the home team. This referee may change from frame to frame. If there is a dispute with the quality of the referee (e.g. inadequate knowledge of the rules), then the away team may also appoint one of their players to act as a referee for all frames. Any disputes should only be resolved by the the referee(s), current players (of that specific frame) and team captains. Any external interference may be deemed as coaching and loss of frame. Any unresolved disputes should be passed on to the OUWPC committee by the phone numbers given in the initial league email.
  4. The order in which frames are played should be agreed by both captains. If the 2 captains cannot agree on the order of the frames, the home captain may choose. If the match results in a 3-3 draw, there will be a 'sudden death' singles frame played by one player nominated from each team (this player should have played at least one frame in the match already). The winner of this frame claims the two points available for the win, but the frame does not count towards the total points won, nor the player's individual statistics.

  5. No player may play for more than one team in any one week. If a college has two teams, then players can swap between teams, provided they keep to this rule, e.g. if a player has played for their first team in a 3rd week match, they may not also play for their second team in their 3rd week match. This is primarily so that players can be dropped or promoted to obtain your strongest first team (division 1 is of a higher standard than division 2), and complete changes of team should not occur.

  6. One point will be awarded for each frame won and another two to the match winners (e.g. a 4-2 result will give 6 points to the winning team and 2 points to the losing team. A 3-3 draw results in 5 points to the winners of the sudden death frame and 3 points for the losers). A claimed match is treated as a 4-0 victory (i.e. 6 points to nil). In the individual statistics, 2 points will be awarded for a win in a singles frame, and 1 point for a win in a doubles frame. The percentage of wins will be calculated as the percentage of points obtained of the total number of points available, e.g. if a player wins their singles frame but loses their doubles, they will be on 2 points and 67% (previously this would have been 50%).

  7. Promotion and Relegation - the number of teams being promoted or relegated will only be known once the entries for next year's league have been collected. This is because, unlike the main college leagues where the number of teams in all the divisions except the bottom ones remains fixed from year to year, the women's league tends to vary quite a lot in terms of the number of colleges entering, how many teams each college enters and which colleges enter. This year we have both new teams and teams from last year who have dropped out. So there is everything to play for! The better you do, the higher your chance of promotion to the first division or, conversely, relegation to the second.

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