English Amateur Billiards Association



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.

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