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Wells & District Darts League - Rules (Winter Season 2019/20)

 

  1. The League shall be known as “Wells & District Darts League”, open to licensed premises within a ten mile radius of Wells.

 

  1. Tuesday night will be the night of play, unless otherwise stated on the fixture list.

 

  1. League matches shall consist of 5 singles and 2 doubles.  A player may only play in 1 singles and 1 doubles games in the same match.  Teams must have a minimum of 4 players to start a match.

 

A - If there aren’t enough players to make a full team on one side, the draw is to take place as normal, the captains each put 5 names down and then the players drawn against the player not there get an automatic win (3-0 in division one, 2-0 in division two and three).

 

B - If both teams only have 4 then the blind draw is to take place as normal with only 4 players for each. And then only if the score is tied at the end of the pairs, the captains will put all 4 names back down and do a blind draw to select 1 name to play a final singles game. As there must be a result on the night, there aren’t any draws in the summer league.

 

 

  1. League games shall be best 3 out of 5 legs in the singles, and best 2 out of 3 legs in the pairs for Division One and best 2 out of 3 legs for Division Two, 501 up, flying start, finish on a double.  ‘Bust’ rule shall apply, i.e. if a player scores more than the number required then that score shall not count and the players score will revert back to the score the player required prior to the opponents last throw.  Home player to start first leg, away player to start second leg, up for bull to start third leg. Each leg won is worth 1 point to the winning team (i.e. it is no longer 1 point per game, if the score is 2-0, 0-2, 2-1, 1-2, the score will be 5-5).  An additional 2 legs will be given for a win and 1 leg for a draw – these will be added by the Secretary..

 

  1. Each captain is to nominate five individual players at the start of each match, a blind draw will then take place to determine who will play against whom.  This process is to be repeated in the pairs.  Matches should be played in the order drawn, but if a team has a player arriving late, or who needs to leave early, the sequence of games can be altered to accommodate this.

 

  1. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE HOME CAPTAIN TO INFORM THE SECRETARY OF THE RESULT (07907 449959) THE SAME NIGHT, IF FOR ANY REASON THIS IS NOT POSSIBLE, RESULTS WILL BE ACCEPTED UPTO 6PM THE FOLLOWING DAY.   FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THIS RULE WILL RESULT IN THE MATCH BEING FORFEITED 21-0 FOR DIVISION ONE, AND 14-0 FOR DIVISION TWO (legs).  THIS RULE WILL BE RIGIDLY ENFORCED.  PLEASE NOTE NEW NUMBER –  CALLS SHOULD NOT BE MADE TO THE PREVIOUS NUMBER.

 

  1. RESULT CARDS:  these should reach the Secretary within 7 days.  If postmark proves late or card does not arrive, this will result in 4 legs being deducted each time this is not adhered to.  THIS RULE WILL BE RIGIDLY ENFORCED.

 

  1. 180’s, highest checkouts and legs of 15 darts or less will count, however, they will only be valid if telephoned through with the result and written and signed for on the result card.

 

  1. Height of the board to be 5’8” to the centre of the board.  The throw to be 7’9¼, CLEARLY marked on the floor, a chalk line will not suffice, the oche should be raised and fixed to the floor.

 

  1. All matches should start by 8.30pm.

 

  1. Anyone is permitted to take part in the league, however all players must be 16 years of age or older

 

  1. A dart will be considered thrown once it leaves the players hand, whether it is in the board or otherwise.

 

  1. Dartboards are to be fixed to, and not hung from the wall or partition as the case maybe, lighting to be 100 watts minimum.

 

  1. Scorers are to be provided by the home team, checkers by the away team.  Scoreboards are to be hung in a place clearly visible to the player on the oche.  Electronic scoreboards may be used, but the away team must have the option of using a handwritten scoreboard.  However, if the away team insists on this method they MUST assist in the marking of games.  When using electronic scoreboards the home captain must ensure the marker is capable of using it properly.  If a mistake is made which cannot be rectified in less than 30 seconds, the leg (not the game) will be awarded to the away team, irrespective of how it affects the match position.

 

  1. New players can only be registered up until the turnaround point of each season.  Prior to this time players should be registered up to 24 hours before a match, however, the secretary must be informed before they take part in any match.

 

  1. Entrance fees will be set at and are payable at the annual general meeting.

 

  1. Postponements / cancellations will not be permitted (with the exception of bad weather – winter) except due to exceptional circumstances with the express approval of the committee.

 

A - At least 24 hours notice must be given or a £5 fine will be incurred and food will have to be paid for (except in extreme circumstances).  Should it be agreed that a game be postponed / cancelled the committee will give both teams a date that the game will be played by/on. Failure to complete this game will result in both teams being fined £20. And then the game will be forfeit by the team who originally cancelled the game. (including points and legs).

 

B – If no notice is given and you just don’t turn up, you will automatically forfeit the game and will be deducted 2 points from the table.

 

  1. All complaints must be submitted to the Secretary in writing within 7 days with a £3.00 fee which will be refunded if the complaint is upheld.  Disputes will be settled by the committee.  Any dispute which cannot be settled by the committee will be settled by the executive of president, chairman and secretary.  THEIR DECISION WILL BE FINAL.

 

 

Cup Matches

 

  1. The League Knockout will consist of 1 x 1001 – best 2 out of 3 legs, all 4 players playing on a rotational basis, followed by 2 doubles matches, 501 up, best 2 out of 3 legs, followed by 4 singles matches, 501 up, best 2 out of 3 legs.  Teams are entitled to play as many players as they wish.  When the final result is a draw (legs), each Captain should nominate a player to play a best of three legs ‘shootout’ to decide the winner (normal singles games rules apply).

 

  1. Following the first round of the League Knockout, there will be a First Round Losers Knockout Competition (this will be known at the Pete Bridge Cup), this should be played as outlined in Rule 19.  All teams knocked out in the first round will automatically be entered into this competition.

 

  1. All registered players may enter the individual knockout, upon payment of the appropriate fee.  Ladies may also enter the individual knockout upon payment of the entry fee.  Any player who enters the individual knockouts and subsequently fails to turn up will be fined £3, and all that players team will be suspended from that tournament until the fine is paid.  Any individual who enters the individual knockout MUST have played a minimum of 3 league games prior to the individual knockout details being circulated.

 

  1. All registered players may enter the pairs knockout tournament, upon payment of the entry fee.  Pairs players must play for the same team, substitutes are not allowed in the pairs knockout under any circumstances.

 

  1. Entry to the mixed pairs is open to everyone, on condition that one partner is a registered league player.

 

  1. All individual and pairs knockouts will be, where possible, be played at neutral venues.  A roll call will be made at 8pm.  Players not present will be disqualified.

 

  1. All knockouts will now be run on a knockout basis and not each round being redrawn.

 

  1. 26.          Trophies

 

  1. 27.          All winning teams are required to sign for any trophy they win and are therefore confirming that they will be responsible for that trophy and that it will be returned in the same condition as it is taken.  If there is any need for the League to either replace or repair / clean the trophy, the team will be responsible for any costs incurred.  Failure to pay these costs will result in the Darts Team being prohibited from entering any future Wells & District Darts League until such costs have been paid.

 

Finally, would players remember it is only a game and should be played as such.