BDICPL Winter League 2021-2022

Current Notices

BDICPL Important Announcements


This new season 2022-2023 there will be once again 4 leagues again The Prem and 1st leagues will play Blackball rules and 2nd & 3rd will play Old EPA rules. More details will be avaialble at the AGM.

Covid 19 Issues
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Please remember under the current conditions Covid 19 restrictions have been lifted nationally but there maybe local club restrictions enforced which as a member of the BDICPL you are expected to follow.

With regard to the customary "shaking hands" before and after each game and match the BDICPL strongly suggests that players use either a "fist bump" or "thumbs up" as an alternative to actually touching another player.

BLACKBALL Rules
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This coming season 2021-22 Blackball rules will again be played in the Premier Division. All teams in the Premier Division will play Blackball in Premier Divisional league matches, Premier Divisional cup matches and the Premier Divisional singles competition only.

All other BDICPL competitions and Divisions 1 and 2 will continue to play Old EPA rules.
All Premier teams who wish to play in other BDICPL competitions will play Old EPA rules.

The 3 teams promoted to the Premier Division each year will switch to play Blackball rules and the 3 teams relegated from the Premier each year will switch to play Old EPA in the 1st Division.

Team Changes
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The Nighthawks are now playing out of Barstable Club,
Crooked Cons are playing out of Billericay Conservative Club.
The Outlaws and Artists are playing out of Qball.
The Patriots are now playing out of Bluehouse.
Club Bar FBS are now playing out of Fryerns Club.
Billericay Cons are now playing out of Wickford Railway Club.
The Wanderers and the Warriors are playing out of Woodlands Club.
The Pirates are now playing out of Woodlands Club.
The Bandits are now playing out of Fryerns Club.

Teams that folded were: Aviators Rebels Miss Cue Bluehouse Mavericks and Night Out.

Please remember to play all matches in a sporting manner. Good luck everyone.

BDICPL Committee

BDICPL 8Ball Clearance Rules

A recognised 8Ball in this league is to consecutively pot all selected object balls and the black legally and in one visit to the table.
A foul stroke grants an opponent an extra visit.

Old EPA - An 8Ball can only be claimed at break off or first visit of opponent if all 15 object balls are still all on the table. If you have 2 visits from a foul break or an "in-off" playing Old EPA, 1 visit must still remain after the black is potted in order to claim an 8ball clearance.

Blackball - An 8Ball can only be claimed on "break-off" (Dish) or first visit of opponent (Reverse Dish) only after a dry break, and only if ALL 15 object balls are still on the table and NO FOUL HAS BEEN AWARDED.

BDICPL Committee

Abusive Text or Email Messages

Anyone found guilty or any of the following will be severely reprimanded for bringing the game into disrepute and will be banned for life from the BDICPL.

1) Sending anonymous abusive text or email messages to the BDICPL
2) Posting abusive comments on social media that are indirectly or directly aimed at the BDICPL or its Committee.
3) A combination of, drug abuse, violent conduct, threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour towards other members, players or supporters.

BDICPL Committee

Score Cards & Updated Docs

DO NOT SEND THE RESULT CARD IN ANYMORE.
New system: Both captains please take a clear in focus photo of your completed and signed result card in portrait view on your smartphone.
Both captains send result cards in via Whatsap to BDICPL mobile. Winning captain must retain result card as evidence in the event of a dispute.
Please send result card by end of next day to keep website up to date.

Captain's are reminded that failure to send in a photo of a completed and signed result card could result in the loss of individual points.

All forms in the downloads section show the current version of form currently being used. Please check you are using the current version. If not download the new one.

BDICPL Committee.

New BDICPL Comps & Attendance Rules

BDICPL Officials who normally officiate at Qball are :

Bill Woolward (Secretary)
Mark Redgewell (Chairman)
Jim Atkinson (Web Admin)

We are going to continue with the new Tuesday format this season.

Each event will be played, on one Tuesday night only (except the doubles), down to the Final across all 9 x 8Ball tables at Qball.
Each event will all be played on 7 separate Tuesday nights during this coming season at Qball. (See fixtures for dates).

New format: You turn up between 7:15pm and 7:45pm to register in the appropriate comp on the allocated day.
You don't turn up - you don't waste anyone's time. Bring your ID card or photo of it.
(Please do not all turn up at 7:40pm or you won't be registered in time).

Book slammed shut at 7:45pm (you cant get parked at 7:40 - turn up earlier! everybody else does) and the draw will be done at 7:50pm sharp.

Play starts straight after the draw. We then play preliminaries first if necessary, then we play all the Comp using all 9 x 8ball pool tables up to the Final.

All the money competitions this year are still 1st prize of £100 to all the winners and £50 to the runner up.

Money competitions are:
Prem 1st & 2nd Div Singles
Doubles Cup
Captain & Secretary Cup
Veterans Cup

Any teams who would like the BDICPL to try and help arrange a friendly for them on Comp nights will need to contact the BDICPL via Whatssp of phone League Secretary at least 7 days before.
Just add the BDICPL mobile number to WhatsApp and text, stating name of your team and "please arrange friendly for us on (date)". We will try our best to help arrange one for you.

Good luck everyone and remember to play in a sporting manner.

BDICPL Committee.

Expected Etiquette of BDICPL players

BDICPL notice about Table 9 and 5 at Qball on match nights.

So a reminder to EVERY player, if a player is addressing the pool table and you are approaching the table from either end,
the etiquette is to stop and patiently wait until they have finished their shot then quickly proceed before the next shot is addressed.
Do NOTwalk through the players eye line when they are taking a shot or stand at the end of table 5 chatting to your mates sitting at the table in the viewing area !!

Captains please remind ALL your players, even the SENIORS, this etiquette applies to everyone !!

BDICPL Committee

BDICPL Combination Cup

The new Combination Cup competition has replaced the Three's Competition. It includes all the losing teams that were eliminated from the Charity Cup in the first two rounds.
After the byes it will be a straight knockout played on Charity Cup night.

The format is a 6 person team who play the best of 9 frames in total. The match comprises of: 6 x one frame singles matches and 3 x one frame scotch doubles matches. There are NO substitutions.

Captains will draw the first 6 singles alternately as usual, then all ID cards will be turned over and used again to draw the pairings for the doubles. Break will be decided by flipping a coin for break and losing team refs. Break and ref's are then alternated.

Divisional handicaps will apply as usual to decide any frame starts.
Team handicaps - Prem: 0, Div1: +1, Div2: +2, Div3: +3

Please remember to play all matches in a sporting manner.
Good luck everyone.

BDICPL Committee

Team name and venue changes

The Nighthawks are now playing out of Barstable Club,
Crooked Cons are playing out of Billericay Conservative Club.
The Outlaws and Artists are playing out of Qball.
The Patriots are now playing out of Bluehouse.
Club Bar FBS are now playing out of Fryerns Club.
Billericay Cons are now playing out of Wickford Railway Club.
The Wanderers and the Warriors are playing out of Woodlands Club.
The Bandits are now playing out of Woodlands Club.

Teams that folded were: Aviators Rebels Miss Cue Bluehouse Mavericks and Night Out.
BDICPL Committee

Suggestions and Ideas for the next AGM

If you have a constructive suggestion, put it in writing, in the form of a question or two that can be discussed and then maybe put to the vote at the next AGM. (Max 2 points per person)

Please do not just send a two page general rant letter into the committee about why everything in the league should be changed.

Making strong/abusive comments on social media really doesn't solve anything.

BDICPL Committee

Referees Beware Of Push Shot

A push shot is when:

1) a shot in which the cue, the cue ball and the object ball are ALL momentarily in contact.

2) a shot in which the cue remains in contact with the cue ball UNTIL the cue ball has touched the object ball

3) one in which the cue strikes the cue ball twice

Recently seen more and more in matches......

When trying to pot an object ball in a pocket several feet away, when the cue ball and object ball are lined up and very close together,
just lifting the cue end so the cue is close to 90 degrees and thumping down hard on the cue ball, is still going to be a foul!

A push shot is a foul and will be called if seen by the referee.

BDICPL Committee

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