The Republic of Ireland Ladies Snooker Association are Introducing an International Cap Award for players who represent their Country at any World, International, European or any International friendly event as part of our continued promotion and recognition of female players who qualify for this Award.

A full list of players who will be awarded caps going back to 1976 will be published in the near future.

This is a first for snooker and indeed cue sports in general and we hope that this will in time be implemented across the cue sporting community.  RILSA is once again leading the way forward towards recognising our players for their participation at International Events.

The qualifying criteria is currently under review by RILSA and the guidelines will be published on our website soon.

Here is a brief history regarding caps for sport

 

In sport, a cap is a metaphorical term for a player’s appearance in a game at international level. The term dates from the practice in the United Kingdom of awarding a cap to every player in an international match of association football. In the early days of football, the concept of each team wearing a set of matching shirts had not been universally adopted, so each side would distinguish itself from the other by wearing a specific sort of cap.

An early illustration of the first international football match between Scotland and England in 1872 shows the Scottish players wearing cowls, and the English wearing a variety of school caps. The practice was first approved on 10 May 1886 for association football after a proposal made by N. Lane Jackson, founder of the Corinthians.

That all players taking part for England in future international matches be presented with a white silk cap with red rose embroidered on the front. These to be termed International Caps.

The act of awarding a cap is now international and is applied to other sports. Although in some sports physical caps may not now always be given (whether at all or for each appearance) the term “cap” for an international or other appearance has been retained as an indicator of the number of occasions on which a sportsperson has represented a team in a particular sport. Thus, a “cap” is awarded for each game played and so a player who has played x games, for the team, is said to have been capped x times or have won x caps.

The practice of awarding a physical cap varies from sport to sport. It may be awarded prior to a player’s debut or, particularly for national teams, a commemorative cap may be awarded after a player reaches the 100th cap.

Players who have reached 10 or more caps will receive a Bronze Pin and Certificate detailing their representation for Ireland.  Players who have reached 15 or more caps will receive a Silver Pin and Certificate detailing their representation for Ireland and Players who have reached 20 or more caps will receive a Gold Pin and Certificate detailing their representation for Ireland.

Anyone who qualifies for the Bronze will certainly deserve this award as it will have took many years to attain and so too for anyone who qualifies for the Silver will have put so much effort into attaining this great achievement while the ultimate achievement will be to receive the Gold, the pinnacle of dedication to our sport and the highest recognition awarded for all their support, participation and dedication to female cue sports here in Ireland.

We are asking our members to please forward any information regarding their participation in events between 1976 -2004 and from 2014 onward’s to us by the 20th June 2019.  We will be publishing a list of players who represented Ireland and their number of caps in due course. Our awards evening on Saturday 22nd June 2019 in the Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore Co Offaly.