English Amateur Billiards Association




  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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