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Harlow & District Premier Darts League
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Chairman: DAVE BAKER,  3 Sweyns, Harlow, Essex, CM17 9BL  -  Tel:  01279 420501

League / Results & Fixtures Secretary:  GRAHAM TANNER,  265 Halling Hill, Harlow, CM20 3JS  -  Tel: 07885 800741

Treasurer:  DICKY FOSTER,  6 Church Mead, Roydon, Essex  -  Tel: 07526 924535

 

RULES 2016-2017

1.     Teams must be represented at ALL meetings.  All members from previous season are entitled to attend, speak, make proposals and or amendments etc. at the Annual General Meeting. At no meeting, including the Annual General Meeting, are teams entitled to more than one vote per team on any issue. Existing member teams not represented at the Annual General Meeting may be excluded from the league for the ensuing season . Fines for teams not represented at meetings will be decided by the committee dependent on circumstances but covered by Rule 31.

2.     Committee members are entitled to vote on all matters at all meetings, having one vote per committee member.  The Chairman is only allowed to vote when a casting vote is required.  In the event of a committee member standing in for the Chairman in his absence, the individual concerned will only be allowed to vote as the Chairman.

3.     Teams from the previous seasons League represented at the Annual General Meeting will reform the League for the ensuing season.  Those members will then decide what number of teams will formulate the League for the ensuing season.  If any vacancies occur, new team membership applications will be considered strictly in the order in which they were received.  If there are any team vacancies after the Annual General Meeting the committee will be given licence to attempt to fill these vacancies.

 4.     New teams accepted into membership of the League at the Annual General Meeting can only vote on matters discussed, after they have been elected into the League.

5.     League entrance fee for teams is 60.00 but may be reviewed and amended at the Annual General Meeting.

6.     League matches shall consist of eight games, the winners of each game being awarded one point, a total of eight points being played for in each match.                                                                                    League match format is as follows and to be played in the following order:

THREES:          Two games with two teams of three players from each side play one game of 701 each.

FOURS:            Two games with two teams of four players from each side play one game of 801 each.

PAIRS:              Four games with four teams of two players from each side play best of three legs of 601 each.

7.     Minimum of FOUR players are required to play a match. Teams playing a match with four or five players will forfeit the one three, one four and two pairs. Teams playing a match with six or seven players will forfeit the second four and the last pair.  Points forfeited in these circumstances will be awarded to the opposing team.  In the event of both teams playing a match with six or seven players, forfeited points will be withdrawn altogether.  Players arriving before the draw for the fours or pairs are made, may be considered for selection in those games.  Individual players may not play more than once in any set of games, i.e. Triples, Fours or Pairs.

8.      League matches to start at 8.30pm.  Home team is responsible for open board being available before 8.00pm.

9.     Captains to write selected teams on board before each section of the match starts.  A card draw shall then be made to decide the playing order of the selected players/ teams on both sides.  This draw for playing order to be made by both Captains together.

10.  All League games will be straight start and finish on a double.  Bullseye shall count as double 25.  Away team throw first in first game (first triple), third game (first fours), fifth game (first pair) and seventh game (third pair).  Home team throw first in second game (second triple), fourth game (second four), sixth game (second pair) and eighth game (fourth pair).  When pairs are played, best of three legs, first throw in first leg is as previously stated, second leg, (and when third leg is necessary), first throw alternates. 

11.  All matches shall be played on first class match quality dartboards.  Both Captains to agree that board and oche are up to required standards before match commences.  The condition and availability of the venue and match quality board is the responsibility of the home team, not the management of the establishment where the match is being played.

12.  The throwers feet must be no closer than 7’ 9” from the front of the dartboard at floor level.  The centre of the bullseye must be 5’ 8” up from the floor.  Raised oches must always be used.

13.  Cancellation of matches is not permitted.  In the event of a team being unable to field the minimum number of six players required to play a match, all points that should have been played for in that match will be awarded to the opposition.  In the event of teams not arriving at all, or without enough players to play the match, the opposition shall complete a results card and forward it to the League results secretary indicating on the card that the opposition had failed to field a team.  In the event of prevailing circumstances a match cannot be played through no fault of participating teams, the points due to be played for in that match will be shared by teams involved. In the event of any match not being completed through circumstances not covered by the previous wording, the committee will decide on the allocation of the points.

14.  TRANSFERS: Player having registered and played for a team can not normally cancel registration to sign for another team. Requests for transfers must be lodged with the committee through League Secretary. The committee will consider any such request on its individual merits with the main criteria being it should be to the benefit of the league and its members. Once approved any such transfer will require a fee of 5.00 to be paid.

15.  League committee will consist of a Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer

16.  The HOME team is responsible for ensuring match result card is available for completion at the match and the Results Secretary receives the completed card no later than the Wednesday following the date of the match.  The HOME team is responsible for telephoning or texting match result to Result Secretary on 078858 00741 before the end of the day following the match. Alternatively Secretary must have result card delivered to his address within the same period. Late telephoned results and delivery of result cards are subject to fines rule 30.

17.  Teams signing on players after the first match of the season and before the start of the second half of the season must pay 2.00 per player. Teams may sign on new players anytime before the start of the match by:

a)   Sending written details of new players to be with League Secretary before match starts.

b)   Give new players name, address and signature to any committee member who is present at the match.

c )  Telephoning or texting new players details to league secretary on 078858 00741 before the match starts.

Where option (b or c) is used, written details of new player must be sent with result card for the nights match.

18... To register a player after the second half of the season has started. Firstly a request to sign an additional player must be submitted to league secretary. Once approved players details must be lodged with league secretary before said individual plays any matches. Registration fee of 5.00 per player must be paid.

19.  The league committee have total control over discipline within the league.  The committee have the right to fine and/or cancel registration of any offenders and refuse them participation in any league run event.

20.  In the event of a team leaving the League before they have completed the first half of its seasons fixtures, all points played for involving that team will be deducted.  In the event of a team leaving the League during the second half of the season having fully completed first half of seasons matches, only points played for involving that team in the second half will be cancelled. Relevant points played for in the first half of that season will stand.

21.  The home team is responsible for supplying callers and chalkers.  The caller shall be the only person allowed to inform the thrower what has been scored or what is left.  This information shall only be given at the throwers request.  The away Captain has the right to request a change in caller or chalker, or both, providing he can give adequate reasons to the home Captain.

22.  Players must sign their own names on result cards..

23.  A minimum number of TEN players are required to sign for a team at the start of a season before the team registration form can be accepted.

24.  Any team holding trophies belonging to the League are responsible for their well being and upkeep.  Any loss, damage or replacement of League property shall be paid for in full (at prices prevailing at the time), by the team responsible.  No team or player shall be allowed to keep any League perpetual trophy permanently.

25.  The committee shall be allowed to override League rules where, through unforeseen circumstances, strict adhesion to the rules could be deemed detrimental to the League.

26.  Prizes given by the League will be trophies, giftware and or cash at the discretion of the committee. 

27.   League  Winners and Runners Up, Second Division Winners and Runners Up, Team Knockout Winners and Runners Up, Knockout Eights Winners and Runners Up will be awarded ten trophy/prizes per team.  Knockout Fours Winners and Runners Up will be awarded five trophy prizes per team.  Knockout Triples Winners and Runners Ups will be awarded four trophy/prizes per team.  The League will endeavour to obtain additional trophy/prizes for any team requiring them but relative costs will be borne by teams requiring them.

28.  The use of electronic scoreboards as the sole method of recording scores in any match connected with the League is strictly forbidden.

29.  Trophies will be given to the seasons highest finisher and the scorer of the most 180’s.  Only League matches will be considered for the aforementioned awards.  Players will only be considered for these awards if the relevant scores are recorded in the appropriate space provided on the match result card.

30.  Teams are responsible for the behaviour of their members and supporters.

31.  Fines for breach of League rules shall be a minimum of 2.00 and a maximum of 10.00.  The committee shall decide what amount fines shall be.  Perpetual offences from the same source will result in the offender/s expulsion from the League.

  32.  All rules relating to league being of two divisions are only relevant in circumstances where league is made up of two  divisions.   In  the  event  the  league  being  only  one  division the relevant two division rules will be left in place and adopted should the league be split in two divisions.

   33.  When Applicable the winners of 1st and 2nd division shall receive prizes of equal value.  The runners up of 1st and 2nd division shall receive prizes of equal value.

34.  When applicable at the end of each season the bottom two teams in the First Division will be relegated to the Second Division.  The top two teams in the Second Division will be promoted to the First Division.  In the event of teams not rejoining the First Division, additional teams from the Second Division will be promoted in order of previous seasons League finish place.

35.  New teams joining the League take their place in the Second Division when two divisions are in operation.

36.  When applicable First & Second Divisions will play as one in knockouts.

    37.In the event of any League match being abandoned the points played for at the time will stand.  The committee will decide whether the remaining points will be played for or awarded and to whom.

38.  When applicable all teams must purchase a minimum of eight tickets for the Annual Presentation Dance.  These tickets must be paid for with Knockout entrance fees.  Knockout entrances will not be accepted until relevant money is paid.  Failure to purchase tickets precludes entrance to Knockouts.

39.  Any Player/Team owing money to the League (including fines) will be barred from participating in any League run event and not be allowed to rejoin the League until such time any money owed is paid.

  40.  If two teams finish with equal points at the end of league fixtures a count back system will used to determine league winners. The winners will be declared as the team that has recorded the most match wins in the season. In the event that teams are still equal at that point a play off match will be convened on a neutral board. This will be on a league match basis but to ensure a winner only three pairs will be played. The match winners being the first team to win four points.

41.  Callers and Chalkers of any game are not allowed to drink on the oche whilst a game is in progress

42.  The committee will be allowed to co-op individuals on to the committee whenever they consider the need arises.

43.  Venues of teams joining the league must allow players of all ages into their premises to participate in any league match or competition run by the league. Temporary exclusion to this rule is The White Admiral – Under 14’s are not allowed into this venue. Where teams have under 14’s in the squad – those teams have the right to change the venue having given the White Admiral a minimum of 14 days notice. Secretaries are to agree and arrange alternative venue.

44.  Any complaints from teams or members must be put in writing and submitted to the league secretary. Complaints will then be investigated by league committee and appropriate action will be taken.

45.  Apart from league entrance and pre-paid knock-out entrance fees, all additional monies collected (ie fines, additional signings and charity night comp entrance fees etc.) will be donated directly to the current seasons charity fund .

KNOCKOUT  RULES

Bull for First Throw:  In all knockouts players will throw for bullseye to establish who throws first . Once first throw is established, teams/players will take alternate turns for first throw in each leg from then onwards. Player/Team named first in draw will take first throw at bullseye. Second player may request first dart to be removed if in semi-centre or bullseye. In the event of drawn throw, players will take alternate turns at first throw until decided. All knock-out games are straight start and double finish.

Teams may not compete in any knockout with less than the required number of players for that particular event. 

If in the case of multi player knock-outs a teams is short of a player to make a team, league registered players from other teams may be invited to play as a guest subject to that person having qualified for entry to the knockouts by virtue of having played the requisite number of league matches for that season

Knock-Out Qualification: Players not having signed result cards for at least 40% of League matches will only be allowed to enter knockout competitions by permission of the committee.  Team Secretaries of players in this position must apply to League committee for this dispensation. Exact number of card signings will be announced during league season once total number of teams in the league is confirmed.

Entrants in all multi-person knockout events must be from the same team with the exception of the mixed pairs.  In the mixed pairs league registered players may partner a player who is registered with the League from another team or alternatively a player who is not registered with the league.

Calling & Chalking:  Where practical in multi-teams/ player Knockouts, chalkers for first games of night will be nominated from last teams/players drawn out.  After first games, losers will chalk following games.  Teams/Players not fulfilling their calling/chalking obligations will be fined 5.00 per player for each offence and barred from playing that event in the next season they play in the League. Players/Teams owing fines or money to the league are exempt from all league run events until outstanding debts are paid in full.

Committee Discretion:  The committee has the discretion to vary and or amend the format of any knockout to suit the situation on the night. This may relate to the time available and/or the venue being used. Should this be necessary all possible care will be taken to avoid there being any disadvantage to any team or players involved.

Knock-out Entrances:  All entrants into Knock-out competitions with the exception of mixed pairs must be from the teams they are registered within the league. If on the night of multi-team knockouts a team is short of the number of players to play in a competition, surplus team members may be recruited as a guest player to make up the team number. Any such guest player must be a registered member of a team in the league and have attended the requisite number of league matches to qualify to play in Knockouts..

Team Knockout:  A minimum number of eight players are required to play the Team Knockout.  The match will be the best of 3 legs x 1001 played by teams of Four players from each side. Captains will write eight players up on the board. The first four from each side will play each other followed by the second four from each side playing each other. If a team wins both the first two legs the match will be over as a 2-0 win to the victors. If after the second leg the score is 1-1 a third leg of 1001 will be played. Each team may select a maximum of two players from their first four and two players from their second four, or alternatively bring in as many other team members as they wish. No more than two players from each of the first two legs may play in the third leg.  A team may make multiple entries in Team Knockout. Playing teams will supply one official each, caller and chalker.  League trophies and individual trophy/prizes will be awarded to winners and runners up. There will be one draw over the whole league. Entrance Fee will be 4.00 per  team.

League Match Format Knockout:  Match format will be: 2 x 1 leg games x 701 with teams of 3 players from each side. 2 x 1 leg games x 801 with teams of 4 players each from each side. 4 x best of 3 leg games of two players from each side x 501.  1 leg of 1 game x 1001 of eight players from each side. Match will be deemed to be over when a team obtains five points. Names of players for each of the games in the match will be written on paper and placed on team board. Card draw will then be made for order of play. Card draw is not necessary for the eights leg. Match officials (Caller + Chalker) will be made up of one member of each of playing teams. It is the responsibility of the Home team to provide a result card and ensure it is sent to the Results secretary. There will be NO entrance fee for this competition. To accommodate possible extra legs Team knockout matches must start no later than 8.30pm with open board being available no later than 8.00pm. All teams are automatically entered in to this competition, unless they specifically request to be excluded. There is no entrance fee for this competition.

Fours:  Best of three legs x 801 straight start and double finish.  Teams may make as many entries in the fours as they wish, and may register up to a maximum of six players from which four may be selected to play any three leg match.  Players may not be changed between legs of any match.  Losing team are responsible for chalking the following match. League trophies and individual trophy/prizes will be awarded to winners and runners-up. Entrance Fee 4.00 per  team.

Threes:  Each match will be the best of three legs x 701. Teams may make as many entries in the threes as they wish, and may register up to a maximum of four players  per team from which three may be selected to play any three leg match.  Players may not be changed between legs of any one match.  Losing team’s are responsible for chalking the following match.  League trophies and individual trophy/prizes will be awarded to winners and runners up. Entrance Fee will be 3.00 per three.

Pairs:  Best of three legs x 601 straight start and double finish in all rounds up to and including the quarter final (last eight).  The semi final and the final will be best of five legs.  Teams may enter as many pairs as they wish.  Only two players may be registered for any one pair, reserves are not permitted.  Losing pair are responsible for chalking the

following match. League trophies and individual trophy prizes will be awarded to winners and runners up.

Entrance Fee will be 2.00 per pair.

Random Pairs:  (Optional competition to be played at discretion of committee where availability of time and venue allows)  Best of three legs x 501 straight start and double finish in all rounds up to and including the quarter final (last eight).  The semi final and the final will be best of five legs.  There  will  be  no provision  for  this competition on the knockout entrance form. Players may enter by registering and paying entrance fee on the night of play. All entrant’s names will be placed in a draw without team affiliation. Partners will be drawn totally randomly and may be from any team in the league. Entrance Fee will be 2.00 per player to go to current season’s charity.

Random Threes: (Optional competition to be played at discretion of committee where availability of time and venue allows)  Best of three legs x 601 straight start and double finish in all rounds up to and including the quarter final (last eight).  The semi final and the final will be best of five legs.  There  will  be  no provision  for  this competition on the knockout entrance form. Players may enter by registering and paying entrance fee on the night of play. All entrant’s names will be placed in a draw without team affiliation. Partners will be drawn totally randomly and may be from any team in the league. Entrance Fee will be 2.00 per player to go to current season’s charity.

Mixed Pairs:  Best of three legs x 501 straight start and double finish.  Mixed pairs may be formulated with both players being members of the League or one League member and one guest.  Teams may enter as many mixed pairs as they wish.  Only two players may be registered to play in any one mixed pair, reserves are not allowed. Losing pair are responsible for chalking following match.  There are no League trophies for this competition.  Individual trophy/prizes will be awarded to winners and runners up. Entrance Fee will be 2.00 per pair.

Singles:  Best of five legs x 501 straight start and double finish in all rounds up to Semi Final and Final which will be best of seven legs. Teams may enter as many singles as they wish. Losing player is responsible for chalking the following match.  League trophies and individual trophy prizes will be awarded to the winner and runner up. Entrance Fee will be 2.00 per  player. This entrance fee will include entrance into the singles plate competition.

Singles Plate: Entrance will be optional to all players who have lost their first game in the singles knockout. Entrance fee for plate competition has been paid by virtue of fees paid to enter Singles knockout. Players must register their request to be included in plate competition if they lose in their first game of singles competition. The Plate competition will begin as soon as is reasonably possible. This may mean starting on the second week of the competition. This decision will be made on the night by the committee and will depend on number of entrants in main singles event and state of progress.  Plate competition will be best of 3 legs x 501 up to the semi-final and the final which will be best of 5 legs.

Licensees and Officials: Team Secretaries, Captains, Vice-Captains, League Committee and one Landlord/Landlady /Licensee/ Steward from each of the venues used by registered teams qualify for entrance in this competition. No substitutes are allowed.  Team Secretaries, Captains and Vice Captains must be as listed on League registration forms.  Playing format for this competition will be decided on the night of competition.  Losing player is responsible for chalking the following match. There will be No entrance fee for this competition.

Under 19’s Competition will be open to all league registered members under the age of 19 years on the date of the first league match of the season. Best of three legs x 501 straight start and double finish in all rounds up to and including the quarter final (last eight).  The semi final and the final will be best of five legs.  Teams may enter as many players as they wish. Losing player is responsible for chalking the following match. Individual trophy prizes will be awarded to winners and runners up. Entrance Fee 2.00 per player

 Ladies:  This will be a singles K.O open to all registered Female members of the league. Matches will be best of three legs x 501 straight start and double finish. They committee will consider increasing Semi-final and Final matches to best of five legs, dependent on time available on the nigh. Losing player is responsible for chalking the following match.  League trophies and individual trophies will be awarded to the winner and runner up. Entrance Fee 2.00 per player.

Over 60’s:  This competition will be open to all registered league members who are 60 years old or over on the night the competition is played. The format for this competition will be decided by the committee on the night of the competition dependent on the number of entrants.

High Flyers Knockout: This competition will be open to all players who have scored a 180 or recorded a 100 or 100+ outshot during the season’s league and knock-out matches that have been played up to the date the competition is played. These scores must be recorded on result cards in the spaces provided to be eligible or recorded to the control table on the night of multi team knockouts. Match format will be decided on the night dependent on number of entries. Entrance fee will be 2.00 per player which will go to current season’s nominated charity


Christmas Charity Night: When possible the league will run a charity competition on the closest possible Friday night before the Christmas break. The competition format will be decide on the night. All entrance monies will be paid on the night and go straight to the current season’s charity fun