Rules Governing all RILSA Events

Republic of Ireland Ladies Snooker Association

Primary School Ladies Snooker National Championships

  1. This event is open to all Primary School girls in the Republic of Ireland. Entry and fee will be set according to the number of Schools taking part each season. As an example: Take 4 Schools with 8 entries each the fee will be set at €6 per entry
  2. All matches will be of 1 frame and if time allows there will be a Six Red event for all first round losers and again this will be of 1 frame. It may be necessary to have each round timed and this will be determined by the Tournament Director.
  3. Entries must be in the day before to facilitate the draw.  Due to the time allotted along with facilitating players from schools arrive back in time for collection, it is necessary to draw the day before.  It’s important to make the draw fair and consider the numbers from each school and where reasonably possible, try not to have players from the same school play each other in the first round.
  4. Schools are responsible to forward a list of their experienced players, generally top 4, to seed them into the draw.
  5. Prizes to the Winner and Runner Up and each semi-finalist of the event. The Plate winner and Runner Up will also receive prizes.
  6. The foul and miss rule will not apply to Primary School Championships.
  7. Dress Code: School uniform will be the dress for these events
  8. No smoking is permitted at these events and taking Alcohol is strictly prohibited at all times
  9. All players entering RILSA events must comply with Anti-Doping Guidelines as set by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)

Secondary School & College Ladies Snooker National Championships

  1. This event is open to all Secondary Schools and College girls in the Republic of Ireland. Entry and fee will be set according to the number of Schools taking part each season. As an example: Take 4 Schools with 8 entries each the fee will be set at €6 per entry
  2. All matches will be of 1 frame and if time allows there will be a Six Red event for all first round losers and again this will be of 1 frame. It may be necessary to have each round timed and this will be determined by the Tournament Director.
  3. Entries must be in the day before to facilitate the draw.  Due to the time allotted along with facilitating players from schools arrive back in time for collection, it is necessary to draw the day before.  It’s important to make the draw fair and consider the numbers from each school and where reasonably possible, try not to have players from the same school play each other in the first round.
  4. Schools are responsible to forward a list of their experienced players, generally top 4, to seed them into the draw.
  5. Prizes to the Winner and Runner Up and each semi-finalist of the event. The Plate winner and Runner Up will also receive prizes.
  6. The foul and miss rule will not apply to Secondary School & College Championships.
  7. Dress Code: School uniform will be the dress for these events
  8. No smoking is permitted at these events and taking Alcohol is strictly prohibited at all times
  9. All players entering RILSA events must comply with Anti-Doping Guidelines as set by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)

Youth Reach Ireland Ladies Snooker National Championships

  1. This event is open to all Youth Reach Centres girls in the Republic of Ireland. Entry and fee will be set according to the number of Youth Reach Centres taking part each season. As an example: Take 4 YR’s with 8 entries each the fee will be set at €6 per entry
  2. All matches will be of 1 frame and if time allows there will be a Six Red event for all first round losers and again this will be of 1 frame. It may be necessary to have each round timed and this will be determined by the Tournament Director
  3. Entries must be in the day before to facilitate the draw.  Due to the time allotted along with facilitating players from youth reach centres arrive back in time for collection, it is necessary to draw the day before.  It’s important to make the draw fair and consider the numbers from each youth reach centre and where reasonably possible, try not to have players from the same youth reach centre play each other in the first round.
  4. Youth reach centres are responsible to forward a list of their experienced players, generally top 4, to seed them into the draw.
  5. Prizes to the Winner and Runner Up and each semi-finalist of the event. The Plate winner and Runner Up will also receive prizes.
  6. The foul and miss rule will not apply to Youth Reach Championships.
  7. Dress Code: Capped, short or long sleeve shirts or blouses are acceptable. We strongly encourage the wearing of coloured waistcoats, which reflect your individual personality and taste
  8. No smoking is permitted at these events and taking Alcohol is strictly prohibited at all times
  9. All players entering RILSA events must comply with Anti-Doping Guidelines as set by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)

Special Needs School Ladies Snooker National Championships

  1. This event is open to all Special Needs schoolgirls in the Republic of Ireland. Entry and fee will be set according to the number of Schools taking part each season. As an example: Take 4 Schools with 8 entries each the fee will be set at €6 per entry
  2. All matches will be of 1 frame and if time allows there will be a Six Red event for all first round losers and again this will be of 1 frame. It may be necessary to have each round timed and this will be determined by the Tournament Director.
  3. Entries must be in the day before to facilitate the draw.  Due to the time allotted along with facilitating players from schools arrive back in time for collection, it is necessary to draw the day before.  It’s important to make the draw fair and consider the numbers from each school and where reasonably possible, try not to have players from the same school play each other in the first round.
  4. Schools are responsible to forward a list of their experienced players, generally top 4, to seed them into the draw.
  5. Prizes to the Winner and Runner Up and each semi-finalist of the event. The Plate winner and Runner Up will also receive prizes.
  6. The foul and miss rule will not apply to Secondary School & College Championships.
  7. Dress Code: School uniform will be the dress for these events
  8. No smoking is permitted at these events and taking Alcohol is strictly prohibited at all times
  9. All players entering RILSA events must comply with Anti-Doping Guidelines as set by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)

Ladies under 21 National Snooker Championships

  1. This event is open to all ladies under the age of 21 (at 31st December the previous year), in the Republic of Ireland and entry fee will be €6 per entry
  2. All matches will be 1 frame and if time allows there will be a Six Red event for all first round knocked out players and this will be of 1 frame. It may be necessary to have each round timed and this will be determined by the Tournament Director.
  3. Entries must be in the day before to facilitate the draw.  Due to the time allotted along with facilitating players from schools arrive back in time for collection, it is necessary to draw the day before.  It’s important to make the draw fair and consider the numbers from each school and where reasonably possible, try not to have players from the same school play each other in the first round.
  4. Schools are responsible to forward a list of their experienced players, generally top 4, to seed them into the draw.
  5. Prizes to the Winner and Runner Up and each semi-finalist of the event. The Plate winner and Runner Up will also receive prizes.
  6. The foul and miss rule will not apply to the Ladies under 21 National Championships.
  7. Dress Code: Capped, short or long sleeve shirts or blouses are acceptable. We strongly encourage the wearing of coloured waistcoats, which reflect your individual personality and taste.
  8. Hair: All players that have long hair must wear their hair up or in a ponytail at these events.
  9. No smoking is permitted at these events and taking Alcohol is strictly prohibited at all times.
  10. All players entering RILSA events must comply with Anti-Doping Guidelines as set by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)

Ladies National Rankings and National Snooker Championships

  1. Only players that are Citizens of the Republic of Ireland or persons holding a valid Irish passport or have resided in Ireland over 1 year are eligible to play in the ladies ranking and National Snooker Championships. Players not holding valid Irish passports cannot represent Ireland at International events abroad but however can represent Ireland at home events.
  2. All prelim and first round matches will be 1 frame and best of 3 frames from 2nd round onwards of all these ranking and National Championships the Tournament Director may decide other format such as 6 red or 10 red frames all depending on the number of entries and will use his/her discretion in making such changes. All players will be informed of the format before competition commences.
  3. Prizes to the Winner and Runner Up and each semi-finalist of the event.
  4. Entry Fee is set at €12 for all senior members and €6 for all junior players under the age of 21 years.
  5. There will only be a maximum of 2 fouls-and-misses called on any one snooker, at the Tournament Directors discretion.
  6. Dress Code: Capped, short or long sleeve shirts or blouses are acceptable. RILSA approved Polo shirts allowed.
  7. Hair: All players that have long hair must wear their hair up or in a ponytail at these events.
  8. Smart trousers, shirt or blouse, waistcoat, smart/elegant footwear (bow ties are preferable, but not compulsory). Waistcoats must be buttoned whilst in the playing arena.
  9. Hair should be clean and presentable; make up may be worn, but should not be excessive
  10. (Including nail varnish if applicable). It is important for you all to remember that presentation is an important area to any potential sponsor. Until we achieve a smart and presentable appearance we will struggle to achieve our sponsorship goals.
  11. The association cannot make decisions regarding your individual taste and preferences. However the above are strict guidelines and you must adhere to them. The Association reserves the right to make decisions regarding dress code and the ultimate decision will be at the Tournament Director’s discretion.
  12. Items strictly not permitted: Any form of denim, jeans (i.e. studded trousers), jumpers, cardigans, vests, or baggy ill-fitting items, or shoe strap tops, trainers, sandals, flip-flops, canvas shoes or any headwear (i.e. hats). If you are found to be wearing any of the above items or if the Tournament Director considers your presentation unacceptable, you will receive a verbal warning about your attire and further flaunting of the rules will result in a frame forfeit, and possible exclusion from that tournament.
  13. Mobile Phones must be either turned off or kept on silent at all times.
  14. Players will comply with the full rules of snooker and conduct themselves in a manner befitting our association.
  15. Any player who arrives 10 minutes late will forfeit a frame and 20 minutes late will forfeit their match.
  16. Ranking points as follows: 1500 for the winner, 1200 for the Runner Up, and 1000 to each beaten semi-finalist, 800 to each quarterfinalist, 600 to each last 16, 400 to each last 32 and 300 points to all other players. Merit points will be awarded for each frame won. In the event that a player or players receive a bye or walkover they will receive the appropriate ranking points but will NOT receive merit points for frames not played.
  17. The draw for the first ranking event each season will have the top 4 seeds from the previous season ONLY drawn in and the remaining entries will be drawn in at random, all subsequent ranking events will have the following seeds. Up to 8 players 2 seeds, Up to 16 players 4 seeds, Up to 32 players 8 seeds and 64 or more players 16 seeds. The National Ladies Snooker Championship will have only 8 seeds the rest will be drawn in at random.
  18. The Top 16 players on the National Rankings will automatically qualify for the final stages of the National Championship and the Maureen Butler Cup. In the event that a player or players within the top 16 are unavailable to partake in these events.  RILSA can go down the rankings to 64th place to ensure that places are filled.  RILSA can also select players from the other rankings such as the Intermediate, Junior and Special Needs or select wild cards to fill places in draws.
  19. It is important to note that in compiling draws that we take into account within reason to try not to draw players together from the same club/school at the prelim or first round stages.  Draws for all RILSA National Rankings will be conducted the evening prior to commencement of competition to facilitate again players of various standards, as it’s important to draw players into the first round, in the event that they are knocked out, they can now play in the Intermediate Ranking that is played on the same day.  All RILSA Ranking draws will be conducted by at least 3 people and signed to authenticate.  Top 4 from the Provisional Ranking will be seeded.
  20. All players must abide to the Constitution of the Republic of Ireland Ladies Snooker Association by signing the player registration form.
  21. All players must understand that drug testing can be carried out at any time either in or out of competition and consent to this rule.
  22. All RILSA competitions are subject to the Irish Sports Council Anti-Doping rules and World Anti-Doping Agency
  23. All players that are knocked out at the prelim and first round stages of competition, will be entered into the RILSA National Intermediate rankings. These events will be of 1, 6 red frame duration all through the competition or otherwise at the TD discretion again depending on numbers playing.
  24. Perpetual trophies are the responsibility of the winner and she must take good care of it and return the trophy when requested. Any loss or damage to perpetual trophies will be replaced or repaired by the holder and at their own expense. The current value of trophies supplied by RILSA is available by contacting the Chairman of the Association.
  25. In the event that players are equal on points and merit points the most senior player such as National Champion or Number 1 will take precedence and will be seeded accordingly during ranking events. This applies to both the National and Intermediate events.

 

Ladies National 6 Red Snooker Championships

  1. All the usual snooker rules apply with the following exceptions
  2. There will be no more than 5 consecutive “Foul and a miss” calls at any one time
  3. After 4 consecutive “Foul and a miss” calls, the Referee will warn the offending player that should a “Foul and a miss” be called again, the following options are available to the non-striker
  • She can play from where the balls have come to rest
  • She can ask her opponent to play from where the balls have come to rest
  • She can place the cue ball anywhere on the table, but this option cannot be taken if play has reached the “snookers required” stage
  1. The player cannot snooker behind a nominated colour at any time. (Including when playing a colour after potting a red or a free ball nominated as a red.
  2. In the event that there are various standards of players in the event, Rule’s 2 & 3 above will not apply and it’s at the Tournament Directors discretion to introduce a reduced form of Rules 2&3.
  3. All players entering RILSA events must comply with Anti-Doping Guidelines as set by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)

Ladies National Masters (over 40’s) Championship

  1. This event is open to all ladies over the age of 40 on or before the date of the Championship in the Republic of Ireland and entry fee will be €10 per entry
  2. All matches will be best of 3 frames and 5 for the final
  3. Prizes to the Winner and Runner Up and each semi-finalist of the event.
  4. There will only be a maximum of 2 foul-and-miss called on any one snooker.
  5. Dress Code: Capped, short or long sleeve shirts or blouses are acceptable. We strongly encourage the wearing of coloured waistcoats, which reflect your individual personality and taste.
  6. Hair: All players that have long hair must wear their hair up or in a ponytail at these events.
  7. No smoking is permitted at these events and taking Alcohol is strictly prohibited at all times.
  8. All players entering RILSA events must comply with Anti-Doping Guidelines as set by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
  9. Draw for RILSA Masters will be an open draw on the morning of the event.

Ladies National Billiards Championship & Rankings

  1. These events are open to all women and girls in the Republic of Ireland and entry fee will be €5 per entry
  2. All matches will be either an agreed number of points or timed. Depending on numbers it will be up to the Tournament Director to decide the format.
  3. Prizes to the Winner and Runner Up and each semi-finalist of the Championship and Winner – R/Up ranking events only.
  4. The full rules of Billiards applies to all RILSA Billiards Competitions.
  5. Dress Code: Capped, short or long sleeve shirts or blouses are acceptable. We strongly encourage the wearing of coloured waistcoats, which reflect your individual personality and taste.
  6. Hair: All players that have long hair must wear their hair up or in a ponytail at these events.
  7. No smoking is permitted at these events and taking Alcohol is strictly prohibited at all times.
  8. All players entering RILSA events must comply with Anti-Doping Guidelines as set by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
  9. All Billiard ranking & Championship events will be timed round robin.  In the event of a large number of entries, the top 2 on the current ranking will be seeded, either into groups or in a timed knockout competition.  Final decision will be made by the tournament director.

Rules for RILSA County Championships

  1. Players must reside within the County or have resided within the County for 1 year prior to 31st December the previous year to be eligible to enter.
  2. There must be at least 8 entries to hold a County Championship
  3. The full rules of snooker will apply to these County Championships with the exception of the foul and a miss rule when snookered on the object ball. (for more information on this, please contact rilsasnooker@gmail.com)
  4. An entry fee of €5 applies.
  5. The County Championship Winner will receive a Gold County Championship Medal and a Silver County Championship Medal to the R/Up. In the event that there is more than 12 entries then there will be medals for the semi-finalists.
  6. Dress Code is neat casual i.e. Association Polo Shirt/Blouse with slacks or dark leggings. If you are entering from a School/College then school uniform will be accepted.  Comfortable shoes are advised.
  7. With regard to the format of the event, it will depend on numbers entering and it will be up to the Tournament Director or County Secretary to make the final decision on the format for the event. Notice of such will be made available after all the entries are in and posted at the venue on the morning of the event.
  8. All players entering RILSA events must comply with Anti-Doping Guidelines as set by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)

 

INTERNATIONAL IRISH OPEN – RILSA QUALIFIERS

RILSA will select players to represent Ireland at the Ladies International Irish Open under the following                       guidelines for 2018 and will revise these guidelines each year as deemed necessary by the Board Members of RILSA.

RILSA National Champion – Q

RILSA National Intermediate Champion – Q

RILSA National 6 Red Champion – Q

RILSA National Primary School Champion – Q

RILSA National Billiards Champion – Q

RILSA National Intermediate Billiards Champion – Q

RILSA National Masters Champion – Q

RILSA National Special Needs Champion – Q

RILSA National U/21 Champion – Q

Maureen Butler Cup Champion – Q

The top 16 players from the National Rankings will automatically qualify.  RILSA will select players further down the ranking list should those Champions listed above are within the top 16 ranked players.

RILSA reserves the right to hold a pre International qualifier to further select the number of players agreed under the guidelines.  The 2018 International Open will have 26 places open to Irish players within RILSA.

RILSA will select their top 4 players or otherwise required number to be drawn in at random into the group’s first followed by the remaining player entries.

The International Irish Open does not go on seeds from the RILSA National Ranking list, as a guide we pick the current Champion along with either previous Champions going back or players showing great improvement during the season.  However RILSA will endeavour to revise this each year and try as far as reasonably possible to have the groups balanced.

FACE BOOK & SOCIAL MEDIA

  1. The Republic of Ireland Ladies Snooker Association takes great pride in its affairs and practices and promotes the sport of snooker in a positive and fair manner, catering for every one of its members. We therefore expect our members to act accordingly and respect others and in doing so not bring the Association into disrepute.
  2. Any member who brings the Association into disrepute in any way and in particular by way of social media will be disciplined by the Association.
  3. Respect for others is utmost in our promotion of the sport and fair play along with dignity is so important.
  4. We have agreed to abide by our Code of Ethics on signing up as a member and in doing so we uphold these rules and guidelines and any future amendments that is deemed necessary.

UPDATED 28th AUGUST 2017 – BY THE BOARD MEMBERS OF RILSA