Rules regulations and general Information



At the EABA committee meeting held on the 5 January 2016 a package of measures aimed at promoting the prospects of grass roots players was discussed and approved. These measures will take effect for the 2016/17 season.

A. The Jock McGregor handicap will carry ranking points in line with all ABC’s and the short format matchplay.
B. Points for plate matches will be enhanced.
C. In the early rounds players will be allocated refereeing duties as part of the draw.

A.   In theory a handicap event gives all players an equal chance. The committee feels that one such event out of seven is acceptable especially as a player’s worst result can still be shed. The E.A. and the matchplay will remain compulsory points for the main rankings and the G.M. and the matchplay for the senior rankings.

Due to the enhanced importance of the Jock McGregor an objective handicapping system needs to be employed. This will be done by calculating a benchmark based on the average score from all hourly games played on the ABC circuit from the previous season. Likewise an individual player’s average will be calculated and then compared with the benchmark. Obviously new players or those with a limited results sample will have to be assessed more subjectively.


B. Currently in the plate events points are awarded only for winner, runner-up and semi-finalists.
The committee have decided to award points for wins as in the main competition.

Current system    Main:  winner 30,  r/u  25,  s/f’s 20, Q/F’s 15, last 16/32 (ie. 1 win) 10,

Plate:  winner 15,  r/u  13,  s/f’s 10

All the above include 5 points for entering which all players receive.

New system         Main:  remains the same

Plate:  winner 15,  r/u  13  s/f’s 11, q/f’s 9, 1 win 7

A low entry or some opting out of the plate could mean the 7pts. category unused.

C. Number of referees is decreasing and  number of players willing to lend a hand varies. Referees at ABC’s understandably tend to select ‘attractive games’ hence a significant number of entrants often get no help whatsoever. The EABA believes all members are equals and deserve equal consideration hence the allocation of referees for the earlier rounds; initially prelims. and first round. This has been tried before with some success. It has to be the earlier rounds because on elimination a player may decide to go home. Obviously because the draw is random the allocation of referees is also random so the workload should eventually even out. Hopefully it might also lead to a greater awareness of players to help each other. The system will be monitored for a season and then re-evaluated.

During the last season too many errors occurred due to incorrect completion of the scorecards and the knock-on effect means that  rankings could also also be wrong. Can all players please ensure that the details presented to Clive are accurate.2016 English Amateur Final – Hall Hits Hat Trick


1.1       The Management Committee shall delegate its functions, powers or duties in relation to the discipline of Members in accordance with Rule 4.1 and Rule 13.2 to a Disciplinary Committee comprised of three persons appointed by the Management Committee from time to time, which persons shall not be members of the Management Committee.

1.2       If any matter to be determined by the Disciplinary Committee under Disciplinary Rules gives rise to a conflict of interest on the part of any Member of the Disciplinary Committee, the Management Committee shall appoint another independent person in his or her stead for the determination of that matter only.

1.3       If any matter to be determined by the Management Committee under Discipline Rules 1.10 to  1.12 gives rise to a conflict of interest on the part of any Member of the Committee, that Member of the Committee shall not be involved with the hearing of such appeal in any way.

1.4       Breach of Discipline by Member


A Member shall not:


(a)        Breach, fail, refuse or neglect to comply with any provision of this Constitution, or any Rules, Regulations, By Laws, or Policies of the Association;

(b)        Act in a manner unbecoming of a Member or prejudicial to the objects and interests of the Association; or

(c)        Bring the Association into disrepute

1.5.      Report of Disciplinary Matter

(a)        A Member, or any other person (in this Rule, “complainant”) may give written notice of   a complaint relating to the conduct or otherwise of a Member to the Chairman, or if the complaint relates to the conduct of the Chairman, to the Secretary.

(b)        The Chairman or Secretary shall as soon as practicable, but within 7 days, forward       written details of the complaint to at least one member of the Disciplinary Committee.

1.6.      Consideration of Matter

(a)        The Disciplinary Committee shall, as soon as practicable after receiving a notice under Disciplinary Rule 1.5, consider the matter, and shall within 14 days of receiving such notice, determine whether

(i)         The matter should be dismissed, because there has been no relevant breach of discipline in accordance with Disciplinary Rule 1.4; or

(ii)        There are reasonable grounds to believe there may have been a breach of Disciplinary Rule 1.4 and accordingly the matter warrants review and determination in accordance with the principles of natural justice.

(b)        If the Disciplinary Committee determines the complaint should be dismissed under Disciplinary Rule 1.6 (a) (i), it shall, as soon as practicable, give written notice of such dismissal to the complainant.


(c)     If the Disciplinary Committee determines the mater warrants further review under Disciplinary Rule 1.6 (a) (ii) it shall, as practicable serve a written notice in writing on the member.

(i)         Setting out the grounds on which there may have been a breach of Disciplinary Rule 16.4

(ii)        Stating that the Member (personally, by its delegate, or by its adult representative) may address the Disciplinary Committee at a hearing to be held not earlier than 21 and not later than 35 days after service of the notice.

(iii)        Stating the date, place and time of that hearing (which hearing may be held by teleconference).

(iv)       Informing the Member that the Member may do one or both of the following:

(1)       Attend or participate in that hearing and make submissions personally or by its delegate or representative, or

(2)       Give the Association before the date of that hearing, a written statement setting out relevant information surrounding the complaint, and (if appropriate) seeking dismissal of the complaint.

1.7       Meeting of Disciplinary Committee


The Disciplinary Committee may conduct the hearing convened in accordance with Disciplinary Rule 1.6 (c) in such manner as it sees fit, but shall:

(a)        Give to the Member every opportunity to be heard;

(b)        Give due consideration to any written statement submitted by the Member;

(c)        Allow the Member to have an adult representative; and

(d)       By resolution determine whether to dismiss or uphold the complaint;


And may:

(e)        Request and/or require the complainant or any other witness to attend the hearing and/or provide (wherever practicable, in writing) such evidence as is available.

1.8       Disciplinary Committee Resolution


The Disciplinary Committee may, having had regard to any submission or evidence of the Member, by resolution:

(a)       Expel a Member from the Association;

(b)       Suspend a Member from membership of the Association for a specified period;

(c)       Give such warning or reprimand as is appropriate;

(d)       Suspend any penalty; or

(e)        Take such other action as it deems reasonable in all the circumstances,



If the Disciplinary Committee determines that the Member has committed a breach of discipline contrary to Disciplinary Rule 1.4 above and shall notify the Member in writing within 7 days of the resolution of the Disciplinary Committee.

1.9       Effect of Resolution


If the Member exercises a right of appeal to the Management Committee under Rule 16.10, a resolution of the Disciplinary Committee under Disciplinary Rule 1.8 takes effect until and unless the Management Committee revokes the determination in accordance with this Rule.

1.10     Notice of Appeal to Management Committee


A Member may, within 7 days of notice of an adverse finding being given under Disciplinary Rule 1.8, appeal the decision of the Disciplinary Committee, by forwarding notice in writing to the Association, indicating that the Member wishes to appeal and setting out the grounds on which the Member appeals.  Where the Association receives a notice under this Rule 1.10 indicating the Member wishes to appeal to the Management Committee, the Management Committee shall convene a meeting in accordance with these Rules, to be held within 28 days of the date on which the Association received such notice.

1.11     Proceedings of the Management Committee Meetings


At a Management Committee meeting convened under Disciplinary Rule 1.10:

(a)        No business other than the question of the appeal shall be transacted;

(b)        The Disciplinary Committee may place before the meeting details of the grounds for the resolution and the reasons for passing of the resolution;

(c)        The Member, personally, or by its Delegate, or through his or its representative shall be given every opportunity to be heard; and


The Members of the Management Committee present shall, following consideration of the matter, vote by secret ballot on the question of whether the resolution should be confirmed or revoked.

1.12     Decision of Management Committee


At a Management Committee meeting convened under Disciplinary Rule 1.10, the   Management Committee shall either:

Pass a resolution confirming the resolution of the Disciplinary Committee under Disciplinary Rule 1.9; or

Pass a resolution that the resolution of the Disciplinary Committee be revoked immediately.



Decisions of the Management Committee will be binding upon the Association and the Member.


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  1. TITLE

The name of the Association shall be the “English Amateur Billiards Association” and for the purpose of this constitution shall be hereinafter referred to as the ‘Association’.


The registered office of the Association shall be at such place as the Management committee of the Association may determine. Due notice of any change in place of the registered office shall be given to Sport England, CCPR, the appropriate International Governing Body, and to all members of the Association.


The objectives of the Association are:

    1. To be the national governing body in England for the administration, management, promotion, development and control of the games of Amateur English Billiards.

    2. To represent England on all billiards related matters on the appropriate International Governing Body and any other group the Management committee sees fit.

    3. To publicise and to enforce the code of laws of the appropriate International Governing Body for the proper conduct of the games of English Billiards.

    4. To encourage interest, participation, and achievement in the games of English Billiards in England. To organise, promote and facilitate English Billiards competitions and events in England under such rules as the Management Committee shall determine.

    5. To encourage and promote the games of English Billiards as a sport to be played in accordance with the principles of equity, safety, equal opportunities, fair play and being free from performance enhancing drugs. To facilitate the participation of teams and individuals in the games of English Billiards internationally and to make such rules as it determines are necessary for that purpose.

    6. To provide information and assistance, resources and opportunities for communication with and between members of the Association.

    7. To do all such things and activities as are necessary, incidental or conducive to the advancement of these objectives.


The powers of the Association shall be to:

4.1. Establish a Management Committee together with such Sub-Committees or other groups as the Management Committee shall determine to ensure the advancement and attainment of any of the objectives of the Association and to delegate its powers and functions to such groups.

4.2. Purchase, take on lease or in exchange, hire or otherwise acquire any real or personal property or any rights and privileges in connection with such property and to hold, improve, manage, develop, let or lease, sell, exchange or otherwise dispose of any such property, rights or privileges.

4.3. To raise money in such manner as the Association may determine.

4.4. To invest and deal with monies of the Association not immediately required for the purposes of the Association in such a manner as the Management Committee thinks fit and in particular to invest the same on mortgage or with the purchase of real, leasehold or personal property or securities or by depositing same with any bank on interest bearing terms.

4.5 To determine, raise and receive monies by way of subscription, fees, levies, grants (including government funding), donation, or otherwise.

4.6. To determine and implement such regulations, policies and procedures for the management and governance of the games of English Billiards in England as required under English law.

4.7. To determine, implement and enforce disciplinary procedures and sanctions for the games of English Billiards in England.

4.8. To engage the services of such staff, on such terms as the Management Committee determines as appropriate, to work for and on behalf of the Association.

4.9. To determine who may be members of the Association.

4.10. To establish, organise and control English Billiards games, matches, fixtures, competitions, tournaments and events in England, and to establish the rules for such matches, fixtures, competitions, tournaments and events.

4.11. To select England and other representative teams for the games of English Billiards.

4.12. To take or defend legal proceedings of any kind.

4.13. To take and effect insurance.

4.14. To do all such acts or things as are incidental, conducive or subsidiary to all or any of the purposes of the Association.



Membership categories

The membership of the Association (collectively called “members”) shall consist of:

5.1 Full Member

5.2 Junior Member (Under the age of nineteen years)

5.3 Associate Member

5.4 Honorary Member

Admission to membership

5.5 Membership of the Association shall bind all members to abide by the provisions of this Constitution and decisions of the Association.

5.6 The Management Committee may make Rules determining the procedure to be followed by any applicant for membership.

5.7 The Management Committee shall have sole discretion to determine whether any applicant shall be admitted to membership of the Association.

Full Members

5.8 A Full Member shall have a democratic say in matters relating to the ‘Objectives’ of the Association as set out in Section 3 of this constitution. He/She shall have full voting power within the terms and conditions of the said constitution.

Junior Members

5.9 Under 19 category (No more than 18 years of age on Sept 1st in any calendar year).

A Junior Member shall have no voting rights within the terms of this Constitution.

Associate Members

5.10 Associate Membership shall be granted to:

Billiards and Snooker Associations, Leagues, Snooker/Billiard Clubs.

Associate Membership entitles the Associate Member one vote within the terms of this Constitution.

Honorary Members

5.11 Honorary membership shall be conferred upon any member deemed worthy of that honour and agreed by ballot under the procedural terms of the Association. Honorary Members are entitled to vote under the terms and conditions of the Constitution.

Membership fees

5.12 The Management Committee shall determine:

(a) The membership fee and/or other fees payable By: Full Members, Junior Members, Associate Members or Honorary Members.

(b) The date and manner by which such fees shall be paid to the Association.

Member’s rights and obligations

5.13 Members acknowledge and agree that:

(a) This Constitution is a contract between each of them and the Association and that they are bound by its terms and any Regulations, Bylaws, or Rules of the Association.

(b) They must comply with this Constitution and any Regulations, By Laws, Rules, Determinations, Resolutions or Policies which may be made or passed by the Management Committee or the Association.

(c) They are subject to the jurisdiction of the Association.

(d) This Constitution, Rules, Regulations, By Laws, Resolutions or Policies implemented pursuant to it are reasonable and necessary for the promotion and furtherance of the objects of the Association.

(e) They are entitled to all benefits, advantages, privileges and services of membership as are conferred by this Constitution, and any Rules, Regulations, By Laws, Resolutions or Policies implemented by the Management Committee.


Notice of Resignation

6.1 Any Member who has paid all monies due and owing to the Association may resign from the Association by giving one months notice in writing to the Association of such intention to resign and upon expiration of that period of notice; the Member shall cease to be a Member.

Failure to renew membership

6.2 A Member ceases to be a Member upon failing to renew membership of the Association in accordance with the procedure set down from time to time by the Management Committee within 3 months of being required to do so unless otherwise determined by the Management Committee in its absolute discretion.



7.1 General Meetings to be held

The Association shall convene and hold an Annual General Meeting of its Members during the month of May in each year.

7.2 Ordinary Business

The ordinary business of the Annual General Meeting shall be to:

(a) Confirm the minutes of the last preceding Annual General Meeting and of any General Meeting held since that meeting.

(b) Receive from the Management Committee all reports upon the operation of the Association during the last preceding year including the audited annual financial statements required under this constitution.

(c) Elect members of the Management Committee and any office bearers.

(d) Appoint an auditor.

7.3 Special Business

The Annual General Meeting may transact and consider special business of which notice is given in accordance with this Constitution.

7.4 Additional Meetings

The Annual General Meeting shall be in addition to any other General Meetings that may be held in the same year. Any such General Meetings shall be Special General Meetings and shall be held in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution.

7.5 Entitlement to Attend Meeting

The only persons entitled to be present at the Annual General Meeting of the Association shall be the Members (including Associate Members) and the Auditor, except with the prior consent of the Management Committee or the meeting in its discretion.


8.1 Special General Meetings May be Held

The Management Committee may whenever it thinks fit convene a Special General Meeting of the Association and, where but for this Rule more than 15 months would elapse between Annual General Meetings, shall convene a Special General Meeting before the expiration of that period.

8.2 Requisition of Special General Meeting

(a) The Management Committee shall on the requisition in writing of Members comprising not less than 10 of the current Full Members of the Association convene a Special General Meeting.

(b) The request for a Special General Meeting shall state the object (s) of the meeting and shall be signed by or on behalf of the Members or Associate Members making the requisition and shall be sent to the Association and may consist of several documents in a like form, each signed by one or more of the Members making the requisition.

(c) If the Management Committee does not cause a Special General Meeting to be held within one month after the date on which the requisition is sent to the Association, the Members making the requisition, or any of them, may convene a Special General Meeting to be held not later than 3 months after that date.

(d) A Special General Meeting convened by Members under this Constitution shall be convened in the same manner, or nearly as possible as that, in which meetings are convened by the Management Committee.


9.1 Notice to be given

The Secretary shall cause at least 28 clear days notice of a General Meeting to be given to each Member and the auditor in writing, which notice shall state the place, date, time and nature of the proposed business to be transacted at the meeting.

9.2 Business of Meeting

(a) No business other than that set out in the notice convening the meeting shall be transacted at the meeting.

(b) A Member desiring to bring any business before a meeting shall give at least 28 days notice in writing of that business to the Association which shall include that business in a notice calling the next General Meeting after the receipt of the notice.

(c) All items for discussion must be proposed and seconded in writing, and be in the hands of the Secretary not less than 28 days prior to the meeting.

(d) Both the proposer and seconder must be fully paid up members of the Association. The proposer and seconder must be in attendance at the meeting.

9.3 Special Business

All business that is transacted at a Special General Meeting or the Annual General Meeting with the exception of that referred to in these Rules as the ordinary business of the Annual General Meeting shall be special business.

9.4 Quorum

(a) No item of business shall be transacted at a General Meeting unless a quorum of those entitled under this Constitution to vote is present during the time when the meeting is considering that item.

(b) Ten Full Members shall form a quorum for the transaction of the business at a General Meeting.

(c) If within half an hour after the appointed time for the commencement of a General Meeting a quorum is not present the meeting:

        1. If convened upon the requisition of Members, shall be dissolved; and
        2. In any other case, shall stand adjourned to the same day in the next week at the same time and (unless Members are notified of an alternate venue) at the same place and if at that adjourned meeting a quorum is not present within half an hour after the time of appointed for the commencement of the meeting, the meeting shall be dissolved.


10.1 The Elected Chairperson, or in the absence of the Elected Chairperson, the Deputy Chairperson, shall preside as Chairperson at each General Meeting of the Association.

10.2 If the Chairperson or Deputy Chairperson is absent from a General Meeting or is unable or unwilling to preside, the Management Committee Members present shall elect one of their number to preside as Chairperson at the meeting.


11.1 Chairperson May Adjourn Meeting

The Chairperson of a General Meeting at which a quorum is present may, with the consent of the meeting adjourn the meeting from time to time and place to place, but no business shall be transacted at an adjourned meeting other than the business left unfinished at the meeting at which the adjournment took place.

11.2 Further Notice

(a) Where a meeting is adjourned for 14 days or more, a like notice of the adjourned meeting shall be given as in the case of the General Meeting.

(b) Except as provided in Rule 11.2 (a) it is not necessary to give notice of an adjournment or of the business to be transacted at an adjourned meeting.


12.1 Voting Procedure

(a) All votes shall be given personally by a Full Member.

(b) A proposition arising at a General Meeting of the Association shall be determined on a show of hands, or by ballot, at the discretion of the Chairperson.

(c) In the case of an equality of voting on a question, the Chairperson of the meeting may exercise a casting vote.

(d) A Member, or the Delegate of a Member is not entitled to vote at any General Meeting unless all monies due and payable to the Association have been paid, including the amount of the annual subscription payable in respect of the current financial year.

12.2 Recording of Determinations

A declaration by the Chairperson that a resolution has, on a show of hands, or ballot, been carried unanimously, carried by a particular majority or lost, an entry to that effect in the Minute book of the Association is evidence of the fact, without proof of the number or proportion of the votes recorded in favour of, or against, that resolution.

12.3 Poll at General Meeting

(a) If at a meeting a poll on any question is demanded by 5 Members, it shall be taken at the meeting in such manner as the Chairperson may direct and the resolution of the poll shall be deemed to be a resolution of the meeting on that question.

(b) A poll that is demanded on the election of a Chairperson or on a question of an adjournment shall be taken immediately and a poll that is demanded on any other question shall be taken at such time before the close of the meeting as the Chairperson may direct.



13.1 The Management Committee is the governing body of the Association.

13.2 Powers of Management Committee

(a) The affairs of the Association shall be managed by a Management Committee constituted under Rule 4.1.

(b) Subject to this Constitution, the Management Committee:

(i) Shall control and manage the business and affairs of the Association;

(ii) May exercise all such powers and functions as may be exercised by the Association other than those powers and functions that are required by this Constitution to be exercised by the Members in General Meeting; and

(iii) Has power to perform all such acts and things as appear to the Management Committee to be essential or appropriate for the proper management of the business and affairs of the Association.

13.3 Management Committee Composition

(a) The Management Committee shall consist of no less than 7 representatives of Elected Members including Elected Officers.

(b) Elected Officers consist of President; Chairperson; Deputy Chairperson; Secretary; Treasurer.

(b) Each Management Committee Member shall hold office until the conclusion of the second Annual General Meeting following the date of election, but shall remain eligible for re-election.

13.4 Quorum for Board Meetings

Four Members of the Management Committee present at a Management Committee Meeting shall constitute a quorum.

13.5 President

The Management Committee shall elect 1 member to act as President.

13.6 Management Committee Meetings

(a) The Management Committee shall meet at such place and at such times and in such manner as it shall determine but not less than four (4) times in each year.

(b) The Officers shall meet to discuss emergency, disciplinary, policy and strategic matters, at such a place and time and in such manner as they shall determine.

(c) The Chairperson shall chair Management Committee meetings or in his or her absence any other Management Committee Member determined by that Committee.

(d) Each Member of the Management Committee present at a meeting of the Committee is entitled to one vote and in the event of an equality of votes on any question the Chairperson may exercise a second or casting vote.

(e) A resolution in writing signed or assented to by facsimile, email or other form of visible or other electronic communication by all Management Committee Members shall be valid and effectual as if it had been passed at a meeting of the Committee duly convened and held. Any such resolution may consist of several documents in like form each signed by one or more of the Management Committee Members.


14.1 The Management Committee may make regulations and/or bylaws and policies and alter, amend or rescind the same as occasions may require, and enforce penalties for their breach. Such regulations, bylaws and policies shall have the same force and effect as this Constitution, but shall not in any way oppose or be in conflict with this Constitution. Such regulations, bylaws and policies shall be published to the Members from time to time and made available to Members on request.



15.1 Financial Year

The financial year of the Association shall commence on 1st May and end on 30th April, and may be altered from time to time by the Management Committee.

15.2 Annual Report

The Management Committee shall prepare an annual report for presentation to the Annual General Meeting which contains:

(a) The audited annual financial statements as required under the Act; and

(b) An annual report as to the year’s activities (collectively known as the annual report);

15.3 The annual financial statement in this Rule shall be audited by an auditor appointed by the Management Committee.




16.1 The Association shall have a common seal bearing the logo of the Association

16.2 The Management Committee shall determine when and by whom the common seal is to be used and shall make provision for its safe custody.


17.1 The income assets and property of the Association shall be applied solely towards the promotion of the objects of the Association.

17.2 Save as is provided in this Constitution:

(a) No portion of the income, property or assets of the Association shall be paid or transferred directly or otherwise to any Member, Management Committee Member, or officer of the Association.

(b) No remuneration or other benefit in money or monies shall be paid or given by the Association to any Member, Management committee Member, or officer of the Association.

(c) Nothing in Rule 17.2 (a) or (b) shall prevent payment in good faith of or to any Member, Management Committee Member, or officer of the Association.

(i) Any services actually rendered to the Association whether as an employee or otherwise.

(ii) Goods supplied to the Association in the ordinary and usual course of business and of operation.

(iii) Interest on money borrowed from any Member, Management Committee Member or officer of the Association.

(iv) Rent for premises demised or let by any Member, Board Management Committee Member or officer of the Association to the Association.

(v) Any out of pocket expenses incurred by the Member, Management Committee Member, or officer on behalf of the Association for any other reason. Provided any such payment shall not exceed the amount ordinarily payable between ordinary commercial parties dealing at arms length in a similar transaction.


18.1 The Association may at any time be wound up by being put into administration; voluntarily or otherwise if:

(a) 75% of those entitled to vote at an annual General Meeting or Special General Meeting pass a resolution appointing an administrator; and

(b) Such resolution is confirmed in a subsequent Special General Meeting, called for that purpose, and held no earlier than 30 days and no later than 60 days after the date on which the resolution was passed.

18.2 Upon the appointment of an administrator; all winding up activities shall comply with current legislation

18.3 Any surplus assets of the Association, after payment of all costs, debts, and liabilities and the debts and expenses of winding up, shall subject to any trust affecting the same be vested either in a substitute or successor organisation of the Association or distributed, gifted or transferred to some other amateur organisation or organisations having objectives complying with objectives in this Constitution.

18.4 The organisation or organisations in Rules 18.3 shall be determined by the Members in an Annual General Meeting or Special General Meeting at or before the time of administration and if the Members are unable to decide, the organisation or organisations shall be determined by the administrator.


19.1 Subject to Rule 20.1 this Constitution may only be amended, added to, appealed or repealed by resolution of 75% of members eligible to vote at an Annual or Special General Meeting.

19.2 Notice of intention to alter this Constitution must be given to Members by the Management Committee no later than 56 days prior to an Annual Meeting or Special General Meeting.


20.1 The Association shall indemnify its Management Committee Members, officers, and employees against all damages and costs (including legal costs) for which any such Management Committee Member, officer or employee may be, or become, liable to any third party as a result of any act or omission, except wilful misconduct;

(a) In the case of a Management Committee Member or Officer of the Association, performed or made whilst acting on behalf of and with the authority (express or implied) of the Management Committee; and

(b) In the case of an employee, performed or undertaken in the course of, and within the scope of, their employment by the Association.


21.1 Subject to Rule 21.2 if any dispute arises out of the interpretation of this Constitution or any Rules, resolutions, or policies implements pursuant to this Constitution, or any matter arising which is not provided for in this Constitution, then such dispute or matters shall be referred in writing to the Management Committee, whose decision shall be final and binding.

21.2 If the dispute or matter in Rule 21.1 is between the Management Committee and a Member, or between one or more Management Committee Members (“the parties”) the dispute or matter shall be resolved as follows:

(a) By the parties acting in good faith to seek an agreement; or failing such agreement

(b) By a party or parties appointing an independent third person to mediate between them; or failing such agreement at mediation

(c) By referring the dispute or matter to the Sports Disputes Tribunal of Sport UK, in accordance with the Rules of that Tribunal and/or as directed by that Tribunal.


22.1 That: ‘Any player who has ever been ranked in the top 16 of the W.B.A. rankings, will as a general rule, not be allowed to revert and compete in events organised by the E.A.B.A. However, all applications will be treated on their merits by the committee of the E.A.B.A.’

(Minuted at the Management Committee meeting 4th August 2002)


23.1 Definitions

In this Constitution, unless contrary intention appears:

(a) “Associate Member means a member under Rule 5.10

(b) “Management Committee” means the Management Committee as defined in Rule 13.1

(c) “Disciplinary Committee” means a committee appointed in accordance with Rule 1.1 – Appendix ‘A’.

(d) “Financial Year” means the year commencing on 1stMay to 30th April.

(e) “General Meeting” means a meeting of members convened in accordance with Rules 7 and 8.

(f) Full Member means a member under Rule 5.8

(g) “Member” means a member of the Association for the time being under Rules 5.8, 5.9, 5.10 and 5.11.

(h) “Regulations” means any regulations made by the Management Committee under Rule 14.

(i) “Rules” means the rules of the Association.

(j) “Seal” means the common seal of the Association and includes any official seal of the Association.

(k) “Special Resolution” means a resolution passed at a General Meeting in accordance with this Constitution.

(l) “Objectives” means the objectives of the Association as set out in Rule 3.


Issue 10 – 7/3/2018

  1. Section 9.2 expanded to include para (c) and para (d) to include specific requirements regarding the procedure for adding members’ proposals to the Annual and General Meeting agendas.
  2. Page 1 – CCPR logo replaced by current SRC logo


1. Title 2

2. Office 2

3. Objectives 2

4. Powers 2-3

5. Membership 3-4-5

6. Cessation of Membership 5

7. Annual General Meeting 5-6

8. Special General Meetings 6

9. Notice of and Proceedings at General Meetings 6-7 10. Chairperson at Meetings 7

11. Adjournment of Meetings 7-8

12. Voting at General Meetings 8

13. Meetings of the Management Committee 8-9

14. Regulations 9

15. Financial Matters 10

16. Common Seal 10

17. Application of Income 10-11

18. Administration/Winding Up 11

19. Alteration to the Rules 11

20. Indemnity 11-12

21. Disputes and Matters not provided for 12

22. Bye-laws 12

23. Interpretations and Definitions 12-13

Table of Contents 14

Appendix ‘A’

1.1 Discipline of Members ii

1.2 Discipline of Members ii

1.3 Discipline of Members ii

1.4 Breach of Discipline by Members ii

1.5 Report of Disciplinary Matter ii

1.6 Consideration of Matter ii. iii

1.7 Meeting of Disciplinary Committee iii

1.8 Disciplinary Committee Resolution iii. iv

1.9 Effect of Resolution iv

1.10 Notice of Appeal to Management Committee iv

1.11 Proceedings of the Management Committee Meeting iv

1.12 Decisions of Management Committee iv


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English Amateur Billiards Association International Selection Policy

This document was discussed and adopted by the EABA management committee meeting held on 17th June 2008 and modified on 20th October 2009.

The EABA believes that selection to represent one’s country should be an honour and a privilege and should be given ‘top priority status’.


Annually there are two established full international events plus one junior international and one senior  international.
Full Internationals: ‘The Four Nations’ (November); the ’Friendly Cup’ (January) Team of 8 based on best 5 ABC the English Amateur and the English Match-play (Short Format).Players selected and invited to play for England will be notified prior to each international. The top eight
(8) ranked players will be given first consideration for selection followed by ‘numerical order options’ from the full ranking list. A top eight position is not a guarantee for selection. For example, someone displaying poor sportsmanship or inappropriate behaviour must surely expect selection to be jeopardised. International players are expected to be ambassadors for their country and their sport. Also a player
declining invitation on one occasion may also jeopardise future selection unless the invitation was in the context of reserve/substitute
The Association recognises that circumstances will occur leading to non-acceptance or withdrawal. e.g. illness, bereavement and work related commitments, in the context of courses interviews and qualifications, which tend to be fixed and inflexible.The EABA also recognises that there may be some less tangible grey areas leading to a player’s unavailability, and value judgements may have to be made when future selection is considered.The Association also recognises the right of every player to prioritise his/her playing calendar.The EABA’s stance on priorities is stated clearly in the opening sentence.Junior Internationals(Kingsman Cup); Team of four (4) based on junior ranking list.Senior International
Team of nine (9) with eight from senior ranking list (best of 5 ABC’s, plus Grand-Masters) and one wild-card chosen at the discretion of the management committee.

The EABA may be requested to nominate players to represent their country in individual championships, i.e. IBSF and European tournaments. Normally top-ranked players only will be nominated for these events and the number requested may vary. The EABA recognises that such events may involve enormous logistical/financial considerations and hence anyone declining would not be penalised.
This is an invitation weekend event involving playing on Saturday and possibly Sunday and including a Saturday evening social gathering. Invited players are expected to participate fully. The EABA reserves the right to invite players annually and not to be governed by rankings.

Other occasional internationals/tours may be organised on a one-off basis. Selection for these will follow the same principles as already outlined, but the E.A.B.A recognises the extra burden on time and budget for any individual and unavailability would not jeopardise selection for established events.Every player invited to participate in an event will be given a deadline date by which to respond. No response will be interpreted as ‘declining the invitation’ and a replacement will be found.


The English Amateur Billiards Association: Equality Policy

EABA EP 001 Rev C Dec 2007

The English Amateur Billiards Association (EABA) aims to ensure that all people have a genuine and equal opportunity to participate in Billiards at all levels and in all roles. That is as a beginner, participant, or player, and as a coach, official, manager, administrator or spectator.

It is the aim of EABA that all potential members of EABA receive fair treatment.

It is the aim of EABA to provide all its activities in a way that is fair to everyone.

It is the aim of the EABA in its relationship with its members and in the provision of its activities not to disadvantage any individual by imposing any conditions or requirements that cannot be fully justified. In this it will take into account all current legal requirements.

In pursuance of this policy the EABA reserves the right to discipline any of its members who practise discrimination on the grounds of a person’s age, gender, ability, race, religion, ethnic origin, creed, colour, social status or sexual orientation.

It is EABA policy to review this Policy for its effectiveness periodically at EABA Management meetings and to inform members of its impact, and to ensure that this Policy is understood at all levels in the Association.

Ref. Documents:
  • Race Relations Act: 1976
  • Equal Pay Act: 1970
  • Sex Discrimination Act: 1975, 1986, 1999
  • Human Rights Act: 2000
  • Disability Discrimination Act: 1995
  • Rehabilitation of Offenders Act: 197



for the Herbert Beetham Trophy

Competition Rules

  1. The closing date for the championship will be placed on the entry form and the Events Calendar by the committee.
  2. It will be the responsibility of the regional organiser to send all results, score sheets and referee’s tournament expenses forms to the Tournament Co-ordinator as soon as possible after the games have been completed.
  3. Seedings shall apply in preliminary groups at the discretion of the committee.
  4. The preliminary rounds will be played in regional groups, each group producing the appropriate number of qualifiers who will then advance to the Intermediate stage.
  5. Each region shall play its Preliminary matches on a ROUND ROBIN format. A Round Robin group will ideally consist of three or four players. Each game in the group shall be played on time format of ninety (90) minutes per game. The winner of the group shall be decided firstly, by the player(s) with the most game wins. In the event of players tying on game wins, the player(s) going forward shall be those with the highest aggregate points difference in all matches in the group, if players tie on points aggregate, the players involved in the tie shall play a decider on time duration format of 30 minutes.
  1. The 32 regional winners will enter the intermediate stage as 4 groups of 4 in the north and 4 groups of 4 in the south.
  2. All Intermediate Stage matches will be played on neutral tables on the Round Robin format 90 minute time duration games.
  3. The date for this round will appear on the Events Calendar at venues to be arranged.
  4. The Competitions Committee will ensure that no player is drawn to play a previous opponent.
  5. The Intermediate Stage will produce 16 players to compete in the Final Stages.
  6. Matches will be on a round robin timed format of 90 minutes games.
  1. Final Stage matches will be played on a time format of 4 Hours (2 x 2 hour sessions).
  2. The last 16 players (eight qualifiers from the north & eight qualifiers from the south) will be drawn on a straight draw and progress to decide the eventual champion. Dates will appear on the Events Calendar, venues where possible will also appear on the Events Calendar, if not they will be arranged.
  3. Entry Fee £20
  5. RANKING POINTS: The awarding of ranking points for the championship will be allocated in the following manner:
    • All entries: 5 points.
    • Regional Group Qualifiers: 10 points.
    • Intermediate Group Qualifiers: 15 points.
    • Quarter-finalists: 23 points.
    • Semi-finalists: 30 points.
    • Runner-up: 40 points.
    • Winner: 50 points.
  6. The Association both requires and expects that all entrants shall fulfill their playing obligations at all stages of the championship as a common courtesy to all concerned.
  7. Further guidance on E.A.B.A. membership or any other aspect of the championship, and requests for additional entry forms please contact: Steve Crosland (01943) 863883 or Derick Townend (01423) 563469.
    The EABA recognises this is an emotive issue, nevertheless the aim is to avoid byes, sustain playing time and hence maximise value for money. The policy is only applicable after the round – robin format with the relevant tournaments being the English Amateur and the Grand Masters.
    The policy can be implemented between (A) regional and intermediate stage and (B) intermediate stage and the last 16 (the K.O.stage)
    (A) A replacement will be someone from the same region (not just the same group), with 2 wins from 3 in a group of 4 or 1 win from 2 in a group of 3. If there is more than one such candidate the points difference will be considered. The EABA recognises that it is mathematical possible but unlikely for all candidates from groups of 4 to have 1 win. If this occurs the best points difference will prevail. If the number of regional entries is such that unequal group sizes are unavoidable then points difference will decide between 1:2 and  2:3 ratios.
    (B) The intermediate stage (32 players) will be 8 groups of 4 and any replacement will be found by considering the full sample using the above criteria for groups of 4.
    The policy will be used between regional and finals day as in the English Amateur section (A).
    Notes: Absenteeism on the day is already covered in  tournament rules.
               The policy will be implemented when a qualifier has to withdraw and gives sufficient time for the Association to react.
               The EABA will apply the policy in a fair way bearing in mind that differing circumstances and the unforeseen can and do occur.



  1. All games must be played on standard English Billiard tables, using balls which conform to the current size and weight specifications. From 1st September 1999, all matches organised under the auspices of the EABA will be played with red, plain white and yellow balls. Games will be played under the rules as published in September 1995 by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association and as ratified by the International Billiards and Snooker Federation. NOTE: As from 1st September. 2001. ‘A stroke played from hand, directly into a pocket, shall be deemed a foul stroke, and the usual penalties will apply.’
  2. EABA competitions are open to amateur playing members resident in England.
  3. Draws for all E.A.B.A. competitions shall, wherever possible, be made in public.
  4. Entries are invited from players who are non-WPBSA members and paid up members of the E.A.B.A. In the County Championship entries will be accepted from County Association members. Where a County Association does not exist, a team from a County will be accepted so long as each member of the playing squad is a resident in the named County and a registered member of the E.A.B.A. Proof of membership may be required.
  5. A competitor entering two National Championships will be subject to immediate disqualification from the E.A.B.A. Championship.
  6. STANDARDS OF DRESS: All players participating in E.A.B.A. competitions must be clean and tidily dressed. The wearing of denim jeans, collarless shirts (tee shirts), training shoes or similar footwear is unacceptable. Acceptability of dress will be at the discretion of the Tournament Director and if considered unsuitable the player will be disqualified. Qualifiers for the later stages of all competitions will be notified of specific dress requirements by the Tournament Co-ordinator and these requirements will be strictly applied.
  7. In the event of an official referee not being available, a nominated referee may be mutually agreed by the players/teams concerned. The nominated referee’s decisions must be accepted.
  8. When matches are required to be played on neutral tables, the appointed official shall be responsible for notifying the result.
  9. LATENESS will be penalised as follows:
    1. INDIVIDUAL BILLIARDS: If a player is not present at the match table at the stipulated starting time, the match will be forfeited. Players are advised to report to the Tournament Director 30 minutes before the starting time.
    2. TEAM BILLIARDS: Additionally, in team competitions, players must be present so that play can be continuous, otherwise Rule (7a) as above will apply. A reserve may be nominated.
  10. Entries will only be accepted by sending the completed entry form and fee to: Mr. Stephen Crosland, 16, Wrexham Rd., Burley in Wharfedale, Ilkley, LS29 7LS, by the stipulated closing date. NOTE: No late or telephone entries will be accepted. No entries will be accepted without receipt of fees with the entry form.
  11. All matches shall be played at clubs or centres where ladies are allowed in the games room as players, officials and spectators at such matches.
  12. Dates and venues may be changed at the Association’s discretion.
  13. The format of play will be sent with the draw.
  14. The Association shall reserve the right to refuse any entry to its competitions.
  15. Entries shall be regarded as acceptance of the standing conditions and competition rules. In the event of any dispute, or any other controversial matter, THE DECISION OF THE ASSOCIATION WILL BE FINAL.
  16. DRUG TESTING: Contestants are warned that drug testing may take place. Advice on banned substances is available from the E.A.B.A.

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