DPA General Rules

Amended as at 11th January 2016

  1. The name of the Association shall be the “Darwen Pool Association”, hereafter known as the DPA.
  2. The DPA is formed for the purpose of promoting friendship and sportsmanship through pool amongst all players in the Darwen area. The DPA shall organise team, individual, doubles and tri-cast competitions.
  3. All competitions run under the auspices of the DPA will be played to EPA rules, as amended from time to time, and also under the DPA rules. However the Committee shall have the right to alter any playing rule they decide necessary. The Committee shall distribute copies off all current relevant rules to member teams.
  4. The Committee shall have the powers to apply and enforce the rules of the DPA, furthermore, The Committee shall have jurisdiction over matters affecting the DPA including any not provided for in the rules.

League Registration

  1. Membership shall be open to all clubs and public houses in the Darwen area.
  2. The Committee reserves the right to refuse the membership to any team or individual they consider that granting membership shall be detrimental to the DPA.
  3. All teams shall pay fees as agreed at an AGM. Only fully paid up teams will be entitled to enter any competitions organised by the DPA.
    1. All arrears owed to the DPA must be paid prior to membership is accepted.
  4. All monies held by the DPA will after deductions for legitimate expenses, be used for the benefit of all DPA members.
  5. In the event that a team withdraws from the DPA or becomes unable to fulfil the remainder of its fixtures, all record of that team will be expunged from all DPA competitions.
  6. Any team withdrawn or expelled from the league will forfeit the whole of any subscriptions paid for the current season, and any rights accorded to them as members of the DPA.


  1. ALL members shall endeavour at all times to abide by the rules of the DPA and the EPA .
  2. The Committee reserves the right to suspend, fine or expel any individual or team for breach of the rules or any other rule the Committee makes at any future time or for any act deemed to have brought the DPA into disrepute. Any member or team will be afforded every opportunity to defend themselves or explain themselves to the Committee.
  3. A player may register for as many teams as they like, but may only play for one – the first team they play for.
  4. Registered players only may play in any match. Where a pub or club have more than one team a player can play ONLY for the team he, or she, is registered with. Any team playing un-registered, and/or banned, players will FORFEIT THE MATCH not just the game concerned.
  5. Additional players can be registered at any time providing that they have not played for any other team. To register, the player’s name must be written on the back of the results card. He/She can play on the night, no fee payable.
  6. Players under 18 but over 14 years of age can register and play in the league subject to the venue Landlord’s approval. It is requirement that if you are intending under 18 year olds to attend a match, that you first gain permission from the venue’s management before attending, and that you abide by any reasonable restrictions placed by them.
  7. Should any team member be banned from a pub the Landlord of that pub has the right to enforce the ban. However, most will respond to a telephone call requesting the player be allowed to play his/her game even though they may not be served. Any further complaint may result in suspension for that player. In the event of two or more team members being banned by any Landlord the captains can agree to another venue, the choice of the home captain.
  8. To be eligible to play in any knockout competition played during the second half of a season a player must have played a minimum of four games prior to the match
  9. LICENSEES may register, free of charge, but can only play in that team for which they registered. Should Licensees move to other premises they can register at any time during a season for their new establishment.
  10. Player transfers, with the exception of the below, will not be allowed.
    1. Landlord transfers as above.
    2. Where a season operates longer than 16 weeks, any player who has played 75% of games for a team which has ceased to complete the first half of the season, will be allowed to transfer to a new team at the start of the second half but will not be allowed to play Knockout matches.

Venue Standards

  1. The minimum requirements for an acceptable venue are:
    1. The match table shall be levelled and have a surface of reasonable playing condition.
    2. The match table must be clearly marked and maintained in a clean and well-presented manner.
    3. The match balls must be in a clean and a reasonable condition.
  2. A copy of the DPA rules and an official set of World Rules shall be made available at all DPA matches by the home team. Failure to do so will be dealt with by the Committee.

League and Match Format

  1. Each clubs or public house may field a maximum of two teams per pool table.
  2. All teams must play their home games from their registered venue. Where a venue has multiple tables, then the registered table should be used unless agreed by both captains. Snooker tables should only be used as a last resort.
  3. If a team’s home venue ceases to trade, for whatever reason, during the course of a season that team will be allowed to complete the season from other licensed premises acceptable to, and agreed by, the committee. The League Secretary must be informed of such closures A.S.A.P.
  4. The preset fixtures, match dates and venue locations will be supplied by the DPA League Secretary, with all matches commencing at 8-OOpm prompt.
    1. If less than two players are in attendance at 8-15pm the first game can be claimed, and again on every 15minutes until 9-3Opm. If no games have been played by 9-3Opm then the match can be claimed irrespective of shift workers.
    2. Shift workers must be at the venue by 1O-3Opm, non shift workers by 9-3Opm. Two shift workers per team will be permitted, but SIX games must have been played before any waiting period for shift workers can be claimed. Opposition captain MUST be informed by 9pm of any shift workers.
  5. The opposition captain and the League Secretary must be informed verbally by the Monday prior to cancellation of a match, the reason for cancellation and the re-arranged date which must be within one calendar month. Failure to notify the League Secretary will result in a £10-00 fine for the offending team.
    1. All re-arranged fixtures must be played by 7 days prior to the last scheduled league game. Failure to do so will result being voided with no pints being awarded.
  6. Matches will consist of SIX singles and THREE doubles. A player may only play in ONE singles and ONE doubles game. It is important to keep play moving in order to finish the match before closing time.
  7. All games must be paid for by the home team. The home team captain nominates his player to sign the card for the first game, then the away team’s player signs first for the second game and names continue alternately. Players, please PRINT names clearly. If a name is unreadable then the players statistics will not be included in any individual statistics.
  8. Where a team does not attend for a match, the opposition will be awarded the win and the relevant number of points. The offending team will be fined £10-00, of which £5-00 goes to the venue’s Landlord to offset the cost of refreshments, and will not receive any points for that game.
    1. If a team fails to attend a fixture and defaults to an opposing team twice consecutively or any 3 times in one DPA season, such team shall be deemed as having withdrawn from the Interleague. All record of that team will be expunged from the Interleague score table.
  9. A team turning up with less than 4 players will forfeit the match and be fined. If a team does not have enough players they must write “NO PLAYER” in the appropriate space on the result card.
  10. To qualify for for any English Pool Association/Lancashire County Association organised events, a player must play 50% of their teams league matches.
    1. Any player in attendance on a match night, but not selected to play for the team, must place and sign their name on the reverse of the result card under the a section named “Non Playing Reserves”. Players who have ONLY been marked as reserves will still be eligible to play for another team under rule 13.

Referee’s, Timekeepers and Match Discipline

  1. Where the World Rules timing is being used, the home team should provide the timekeeper along with a suitable stopwatch, and the away team shall provide the referee for all games.
    1. The timekeeper has equal rights to call a foul, only if the referee fails to spot a foul. The referee and timekeeper can not overrule each other – if a foul has been called it is deemed valid.
    2. If agreed prior to the match by both captains that timings will not be used then the away team will provide the first referee and referees will then alternate for subsequent games.
  2. The referee and timekeeper should be fully conversant with the rules. If in doubt the referee may first consult with the the timekeeper and the playing rules. If there is still doubt then consultation with both team captains at the same time AND NO ONE ELSE. A referee’s decision is final and binding. Either the game continues, or if a player refuses to continue, then the player forfeits the frame. After which the game shall continue. A written report will be required to be sent by BOTH captains to the League Secretary within 3 days of the match.
  3. There must be no breach of gamesmanship or coaching during a game. The committee will deal with offenders warned about their behaviour.
  4. Any game disrupted for more than 5 minutes due to outside interference will result in the loss of that game.
  5. The committee will provide referees when and where appropriate.
  6. If the DPA Committee that the rules have deliberately not been applied to correctly or that a frivolous objection was made, the Committee may deal with those concerned at their discretion.
  7. Disputes should, if at all possible, be resolved on the night of the match. If not the dispute must be put in writing, with a £5-0O dispute fee, and submitted to the League secretary within 3 days of the match being played. The committee will review the dispute, at the next scheduled meeting, and their decision will be final. If the grievance is proved to be genuine the £5-00 fee will be refunded. If a dispute cannot be resolved on the night contact a committee member as detailed on the fixtures sheet.

Other Disciplinary Matters

  1. Any member may request the Committee to mediate in any dispute they may have with any other member/team within the DPA. Any decisions reached by the Committee will be final and binding on all parties.
  2. EXPULSION. If a team is banned from a league at any stage of the season, All record of that team will be expunged from the Interleague score table. All players from such teams will be banned for ONE season. They can be re-instated by the payment of a £3-0O amnesty fee.
  3. VIOLENCE. Any player causing physical harm to another player, or committee member, will be banned for a period decided on by the committee.
  4. FINES Once a team has been notified by letter, of a fine then that fine MUST be paid by the date stated on that letter before the team plays their next fixture. Failure to pay the fine will result in expulsion from the league.
  5. Team captains are responsible for maintaining discipline and sportsmanship, failure to do so will be dealt by the Committee.

Results and League Points

  1. On the completion of the match
    1. Both captains are required to sign the card to say that they accept the result as shown.
      1. If there is a dispute , do not sign the card.
      2. Follow the procedure for disputes as detailed in rule 39.
    2. BOTH captains are obliged to text the score to the League Secretary on a mobile number provided at the start of the season.
    3. It is also the responsibility of the winning captain to ensure the card is put into the results box (at a venue provided at the start of the season) before last orders on the Thursday following the fixture. Failure to do so will mean loss of 1 penalty point. Repeat offences will be dealt with by the committee.
  2. Points are awarded:-
    1. a winning team playing at home is awarded ONE point.
    2. A winning team playing away is awarded TWO points.
  3. It is a requirement that all 9 games are completed for a league match to be complete. If both teams complete all games, then both teams will receive an ADDITIONAL point.
    1. If “NO PLAYER” has been entered by either team, 9 games will not have been played, and the offending team will not receive the additional point. Provided the opposite team has fully completed their names then that team will still receive their additional point.
  4. Falsifying result cards, i.e. putting a players name on the card as though he/she had played that game when in reality they were NOT present when it was played or falsely adjusting the result to gain advantage. This offence will require the offending team’s captain to appear before the committee at the next monthly meeting to explain their actions. If the case is proved the committee will decide on what action will be taken.

Determination of the Championship

  1. The Championship will be awarded to the team who at the end of the season has recorded the greatest number of points.
  2. Where two teams are on equal points then the teams will be placed in order of precedence as follows:
    1. Greatest number of matches won
    2. Greatest number of away matches won
    3. Aggregated scores between the teams during the current season.
  3. If it is still impossible to separate two or more teams then they shall be deemed to be equally placed.
    1. If these teams are tied at the end of the season and in a Championship or runners-up position, then a play-off or play-off knockout competition will take place at a venue and date as directed by the Committee. In all other circumstances, the teams equally placed shall be listed as joint placed.

Knockout Competitions

  1. The draw will take place at a Committee meeting, in the month prior to the date of the competition. Match dates and venue locations will be supplied by the DPA League Secretary.
  2. The Committee will supply referees for Semi-finals and the final. The venues for these matches will also be decided by the Committee.

Trophy Allocation

  1. Player trophies will be awarded to 10 members of the DPA champions and runners-up of the league. These trophies can be kept.
  2. The DPA will award team trophies for the League Champions to be kept for one year only. These trophies will remain the property of the DPA at all times.
  3. Any team in possession of a DPA trophy will look after it and will bear the cost of replacing or repairing it should it be lost or damaged.
  4. Additional individual trophies may be ordered through the Association upon full payment in advance.