This coming season 2019-20 Blackball rules have been introduced. 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 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.
Splitting the BDICPL league into 3 Divisions
At registration we lost 1 team but registered 3 new teams. The new teams were Pitpool Terriers B, Barnhall Jokers and Cue Artists. The total registered team is 42 teams. It was decided that instead of 4 divisions of 12 teams, which would have meant introducing 6 "bye" teams, that the league would split into 3 divisions of 14 teams. This would mean the number of league matches a season would increase to 26. After several calls to teams in order of merit asking who wanted to play Blackball, the final 2 places were filled by Qball Rangers and Lads Army.
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 Competition will be played, on one night only, down to the Final across all 10 x 8Ball tables at Qball.
Each one 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 10 x 8ball pool tables 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
Captain & Secretary Cup
Any teams who would like the BDICPL to try and arrange a friendly for them on Comp nights will need to contact the BDICPL via Whatssp of phone at least 7 days before.
Just text, stating name of your team and "please arrange friendly for us on (date)". We will try our best to arrange one for you.
Good luck everyone and remember to play in a sporting manner.
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.
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.
Change of Captain
Captains are reminded that if you change Captains during the season the new Captain must speak in person to the Secretary (Bill) to confirm the change of contact details.