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BSL - Balti Snooker League

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BALTIC SNOOKER LEAGUE

OFFICIAL REGULATIONS AND TOURNAMENT FORMAT

Provisionally approved for usage in 2016

*rules subject to change until midseason

INTRODUCTION

        “BALTIC SNOOKER LEAGUE” (BSL) is an international effort by the Baltic States' national snooker organisations, in cooperation with neighbouring countries’ billiard organisations (namely, Sweden, Denmark, Belarus and the Russian Federation), to create a snooker league for aspiring amateur snooker players. Originally co-created by the head of the Lithuanian Billiard Federation's Head of Snooker Department (now President) Tomas Puodžiūnas and World Professional Billiards and WorldSnooker Association-approved Grade A Latvian snooker coach Sergej Sergejev, the Baltic Snooker League now consists predominantly of players from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Sweden, Denmark, Belarus and Russia, and is supervised by the BSL Managerial Board: league director Tomas Puodžiūnas (Lithuania), Sergej Sergejev (Latvia), Sergej Vasiljev (Belarus), Dmitriy Belevich (Sweden) and Anton Barmin (Russian Federation), in cooperation with the Snooker Department of Lithuanian Billiard Federation.

        “BALTIC SNOOKER LEAGUE” is comprised of a number of qualifying events and the Grand Final, the locations of which are interchangeable based on the host the previous year. The tournaments were originally held in two capitals of the Baltic States (Riga, Latvia and Vilnius, Lithuania). Traditionally, the Grand Final takes place in late Autumn, whereas the schedule of the qualifiers varies (originally, the events were held in late January/early February, mid-April, mid-May and late June).

TOUR STRUCTURE

“BALTIC SNOOKER LEAGUE 2016” encompasses six qualifying events to be held in different countries and the Grand Final:

  • Riga, Latvia (opening event and Grand Final)
  • Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Minsk, Belarus
  • St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • Copenhagen, Denmark

More information on the events and potential changes to the regulations can be found online, on the official Baltic Snooker League webpage: https://www.facebook.com/BalticSnookerLeague/

TOURNAMENT REGULATIONS

  1.  Tournament introduction

        BSL events consist of two stages – the group stage (also referred to as round-robin) and the playoffs – both played over a single weekend.  Depending on the number participants, a variable number of groups is created and the former are drawn into the groups, based on their achievements on the national circuit, the BSL rankings or at random. The group stages are played using the round-robin system, where all the players in any given group square off against each other in a single-frame match. Based on the scoreline, the top players then advance to the playoffs. The number of players advancing to the later stages is also dependent on the total number of participants.

  1.   Registration

        All willing amateur snooker players are eligible to participate in the events, unless ruled otherwise by the local governing snooker federations. Registration is done via e-mail, social networking (official website: https://www.facebook.com/BalticSnookerLeague), also by phone or contacting the local governing body of BSL. Players who wish to register for the event must do so no later than 8 pm the day before the tournament, unless indicated otherwise on the website by the local governing body. Entrance fees are collected on the day of the tournament and are paid in the specified currency,

        In case of emergency (inability to participate in the event after registering), the organisers must be notified in advance. The local governing body is held responsible for all local registrants to participate in the nominated event. Otherwise, actions may be taken and players may be subsequently penalized (view 3.1 for further reference).        

  1.   Tournament format

        The tournament consists of two stages – the preliminary group stage (also referred to as the round-robin) and the playoffs. Once the registration procedures are complete, the participants are evenly sorted into a number of groups, depending on the total number of players. There shall be an even number of groups regardless of the player count.

        The qualifying players for the playoffs are determined by facing each other in a single-frame encounter. Depending on the number of groups and players, a certain number of players (between 16 and 24) advance to the next stage.

        The playoffs, including the quarterfinals, the semifinals and the final, are run using the single elimination brackets. Players are sorted into them depending on their performance in the group stages. The post-group stages use 'best of three' to determine the winners. From the quarterfinals onwards, matches are all played using the 'best of five' system, including the final match to determine the victor, unless the tournament organisers decide to shorten the tournament.

        The official tournament bracket creation and management software is TournamentService.net.

  1. Tournament draw

        Unless otherwise specified, the tournament draw is handled by the TournamentService’s randomisation algorithms in order to guarantee the transparency for the players. The players are subsequently placed randomly into the corresponding positions within the bracket. The local governing body is encouraged to seed the top players and visitors from foreign countries to avoid stacking. Playoff draw is likewise handled automatically by the system, unless otherwise specified. Tournament draw, groups, brackets as well as other related stuff are published on the website on the day of the tournament.

  1. Group stages

        The participants are all drawn into groups of even numbers (may differ by a single participant, depending on the total). The game during the group stage is played using the “round-robin” system: every player in each group faces every other player in the group in a single-frame match. Match results, including points for, points against, as well as the victor, are then logged in the tournament brackets.

        The player who accrues the most victories (has the highest the win/loss ratio) becomes the winner of the group. In the event the number of points between two or more players is even, there are two possible cases: a) if the TournamentService bracket is used, players will be automatically sorted according to their efficiency in their group matches, taking into account all of their performances; b) if a different bracket is used, players are advised to be sorted using the following formula – matches won, points for/against ratio, winner of the match. In case the number is also even, the victor of their match against each other takes the higher position. If there is a case where three or more players accrue the same amount of points, the decision will then be made by the organisers to either replay the matches or decide the places based on other factors (maximum break, etc.).

        The tournament brackets and draw are subject to change at the discretion of the local governing body (ie.: decision to utilise tournamentservice.net).

  1. Playoffs

        The playoffs, including the quarterfinals, the semifinals and the final, are run using single elimination brackets. Players are sorted into them depending on their performance in the group stages. The post-group stages use 'best of three' to determine the winners. From the quarterfinals onwards, matches are all played using the 'best of five' system, unless otherwise specified by the tournament organisers.

        All the matches up to the quarterfinals must be wrapped up on the first day of the event, even if it means staying late into the night. This is in accordance with the rules of the local federations. In case the matches do not conclude until 2 AM, the subsequent matches shall be postponed till the second day of the event.

  1. „Miss“ rule

        The amount of times a 'miss' rule can be called and the ball replaced depends on the number of frames played during the round. This rule does not govern the Grand Final of the league: there won’t be any restrictions during the Grand Final.

  1.   Entrance fee

        Participation in the event costs 30 Euros, 20 Euros for juniors under 16 years of age and elderly people over 60 years of age.

  1.   Funds and prizes

        Half of the collected fees go to the prize fund of the Grand Final. The other half goes to the organising federations and clubs that host the event. The top players in the qualifying stages receive trophies and, depending on the number of participants, monetary rewards, unless otherwise stated by the local governing body.

  1.   Ranking points

        Participants receive ranking points for taking part in the event, depending on their achievements throughout. Ranking points acquired during the qualifying events are used to determine a participant's eligibility to participate in the Grand Final, as well as subsequent placement into groups.

        Ranking points are subject to a modifier depending on the distance travelled to the tournament destination. The table below exemplifies the ranking point modifiers.

Lithuania

Latvia

Belarus

Russia

Sweden

Denmark

Lithuania

1

1.2

1.5

1.5

1.5

1.5

Latvia

1.2

1

1.5

1.5

1.5

1.5

Belarus

1.5

1.5

1

1.2

1.5

1.5

Russia

1.5

1.5

1.2

1

1.5

1.5

Sweden

1.5

1.5

1.5

1.5

1

1.2

Denmark

1.5

1.5

1.5

1.5

1.2

1

  1.   The Grand Final

        The Grand Final is held once the qualifying stages are concluded. The date of the event is published on either federation's website. Monetary prizes are awarded to players who place inside the last sixteen during the event. The tournament is otherwise no different in terms of its procedures apart from the tournament draw and eligible participants.

  1. Qualification

        The top 32 players who have participated in AT LEAST two events qualify for the event.

  1. Tournament draw

Conversely to the qualifying stages, the players are seeded into groups based on the rankings, with no supplementary draw taking place.

  1. Prizes

Prizes are awarded to players who reach the playoff stages.

GENERAL RULES

  1.   Dress code

        The highest standards of dress code must be upheld in BSL events:

  • mono-coloured long-sleeved shirt;
  • dark trousers (jeans, velvet, leather and leisure trousers not allowed);
  • dark leather shoes;
  • waistcoat;
  • bowtie (unless officially proven by the player to have adverse medical conditions).

        Participants who do not conform to the dress code standards will be penalized (view 3.5 for possible penalties).

  1.   Time planning

        On the day of the event, entrance fees must be paid no later than ten minutes before the start of the opening ceremony. Participants who fail to meet the timeframe will be penalized, lest they inform the organisers in advance.        

        Participants must be ready to start playing their matches no later than ten minutes after the opening of the event. In case the tournament is held in different clubs, an additional twenty minute interval is added. Matches in the group stage are sorted into sessions – every player must be at the given location at given time at the given table. Sessions serve only as an indicator, thus in case the games proceed faster, players may continue on with subsequent matches, but they are not forced to. Participants who do not conform to the scheduling standards will be penalized.

  1.   Opening ceremony

        Participants must take part in the opening ceremony and be on time, unless allowed differently by the organisers. Participants must conform to the highest standards of dress code during the ceremony: coats, raincoats, jackets must be displaced; photos will be taken.

  1.   Refereeing

        Participants must be ready to referee a match, unless allowed differently by the organisers. During the round-robin stages and early playoffs, the players themselves will referee during their own matches. However, they have the right to ask any player to referee their match. From semifinals onwards, there has to be a referee at either table. This ruling may be overruled during the opening ceremony.

  1.   Penalties

        In case participants fail to adhere to the regulations, the following penalties may be enforced:

  • for being late to arrive at the event during the registration period or at the opening ceremony – participants may be prohibited from taking part in the competition or be forced to pay double the entry fee;
  • for failure to adhere to the dress code standards – participants may be prohibited from taking part in the competition, may be docked a frame or a match;
  • for being late to their game  – participants may be docked a frame or a match;
  • for disrespect to other players, referees or organisers  –  participants may be docked a frame or a match; (ie.: refusal to shake the hand, destruction of the club's property, swearing at the table etc.);  in case there are subsequent infractions – participants will be disqualified.