EIGHT IS ENOUGH MONDAY NIGHT 8-BALL LEAGUE

MONDAY NIGHT 8-BALL RULES, POLICIES AND CODE OF CONDUCT (Revised 01/12)

Purpose of Monday Night 8-Ball  League:  The purpose of this mixed league is to provide a venue for social, competitive play for all levels of pool players.  The duration of each session will be 16 weeks. Signing up for this league is an 16-week commitment.  If you are unable to commit for the majority of the  time, please sign up as a substitute.  When you join, you agree to follow the League’s rules, policies, BCA General and BCA 8-ball rules; and, The Villages Code of Conduct.  The League’s rules and policies will be posted on the Monday 8-Ball League website:  http://monday8ball.webs.com/.  BCA General and BCA 8-ball rules can be viewed at the BCA website: http://www.playbca.com/.  This is not a sanctioned BCA league.   A team handicap system of play will be utilized.  The Villages Code of Conduct is posted on the Villages website: http://www.thevillages.net/.  The League’s rules, policies and code of conduct are established to maintain a safe, pleasant and comfortable playing atmosphere.  Players are encouraged to submit suggestions/recommendations regarding changes to the rules and policies to the League Operator. 

Average/Handicap:  Individual averages will be based on cumulative points earned each week divided by the actual number of weeks played.    At the beginning of each session, handicaps will be brought forward from the previous session(s).  New individual averages will be established only for new players.  Weekly team averages will be based on the sum of the averages of the five players playing that week.  The lower team average will be subtracted from the higher team average to determine total handicap for the match (five games).    All averages are listed on the Monday 8-Ball League website: http://monday8ball.webs.com/

Teams:   There are 16 teams and each team consists of six players.  Teams, players and their phone numbers are on the website:  http://monday8ball.webs.com/.  A maximum of five players will play each week.  A rotation system will be set up by each team to ensure all six players participate equally. The rotation system should be very flexible to allow team members to sit out when needed.  If a regular team member is not available, use the Substitute List on the website: http://monday8ball.webs.com/.   If no one is available on the Substitute List, you may bring in a new substitute. Teams will rotate in and out of Bacall, Allamanda, Bridgeport and O’Dell Recreation Centers.  The schedule for each recreation center is on the website.  For players that carpool to the recreations centers (e.g., husbands/wives/family members), every effort will be made to ensure they play at the same recreation center.  The field of players will be divided into three (3) groups.  Players with the highest handicaps will be labeled “A” players.  Players with the next highest handicaps will be labeled “B” players.  Players with the lowest handicaps will be labeled “C” players.   “ABC” ratings will be based on your average handicap at the end of each session.  New players will be evaluated by the Handicap Committee to determine their “ABC” rating.  The intent of the “ABC” rating is to equalize the teams for social play.   The League Operator will be responsible for selecting teams for the next session.  If time permits, the League Operator will ask the top players to assist in selecting teams.  The top players will not necessarily be the Captain.  Each team will appoint their own Captain.  All Captains must bring a score sheet and team members’ averages each week.  Averages and score sheets will be available on the Monday 8-Ball League website:  http://monday8ball.webs.com/.  Captains will ensure the score sheets are complete.  Captains will ensure a copy of their score sheet is emailed to the League Operator at [email protected]    In the event a Captain is not available, a team member is required to perform the Captains’ duties. 

Substitutes:  If you play as a permanent member on a team in this league, you cannot substitute for another team on the league. The League Operator will maintain a list of substitutes, their averages, and their phone numbers on the Monday8-Ball League website: http://monday8ball.webs.com/.   Players are encouraged to use the League’s website to obtain a substitute.  Substitutes will only be used when a regular team member(s) is not available.  Legitimate reasons for using a substitute include players who have appointments, attend special one-time events, go on short-term vacations, have company visiting, or get sick.  The sole purpose of substitutes is to prevent loss—not to boost a team’s chances to win.  When this situation is suspected, the opposing team may bring it to the attention of the League Operator who will make a determination.  It is the intent to promote a social, evenly matched atmosphere for the enjoyment of all players.  Averages for substitutes will be based on cumulative points earned each week divided by the actual number of weeks played.  At the beginning of each session handicaps will be brought forward from the previous session(s).  If no substitute is available on the Substitute List, players may bring in substitutes from outside the League as long as they agree to substitute for other teams on our League.   When using a new substitute (not listed on the website), it is important to annotate the score sheet with their first and last name and their phone number.   New substitutes will be added to the website.   A new substitute’s average will be determined after playing five (5) games.  If a substitute would like to eventually play as a regular, he/she must notify the League Operator.  The League Operator will maintain a list of the subs that have asked to play as a regular when an opening occurs.   Subs are not be eligible for trophies/awards. 

League Fees:  A $12.00 per session League Fee is collected for trophies/awards and a party at the end of each session.  Regular players pay League Fees.  Substitutes do not.  To be eligible for trophies/awards, a player must play, as a minimum, 50% of the scheduled games.  As soon as you sign up to play, you are expected to pay your League Fees.  If a player plays the first week of the session and his/her League fees have not been paid, all games will be forfeited until the dues are paid.  There will be no exceptions.  League fees are not refundable except under extraordinary circumstances which will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the League Operator. 

SCORE SHEETS:

1.      Enter the full name of each team member on the score sheet.  If a substitute is used, put “SUB” by their name.  If they are a new substitute (not listed on the website), enter their first and last name, and their phone number on the score sheet.  A new substitute’s average will be determined after playing five games.  If a team has a NO SHOW player, the NO SHOW player will be removed from the line-up and the team will play with four players and four handicaps.   Annotate on the score sheet  the name of the “NO SHOW” player.  It is a disadvantage to your team and the League if you do not show up, so make arrangements for your 6th player to show or obtain a substitute.  Recurring NO SHOW players will be evaluated to determine if it is more feasible for them to a substitute.  

2.      The “B” in the shaded blocks on the score sheet indicates which team breaks.  Also in each block there are numbers (e.g., 1-6, 2-9, 3-7, etc.). These numbers correspond to player names and indicate the two players that play each other.  

3.      Team averages will be based on the sum of the averages of the five players playing for a given week.  The lower team average will be subtracted from the higher team average to determine total handicap for the match.   Team Handicap, if applicable, is divided by 5 to determine the handicap for each round.  Uneven amounts are added to the last round(s) in increments of one.  The team with the lower team average will receive the team handicap. 

4.      At the end of the match, ALL rows and ALL columns are added.  The score sheet is not considered complete until all totals have been calculated and balanced.   HINT:  The vertical total column and the horizontal total row (without team handicap) should equal.  If it doesn’t equal, you’ve made an addition error and will need to recalculate.

5.      Break and runs, perfect scores and noteworthy sportsmanship should be annotated on the bottom of the score sheet.  This data is used for special awards and is captured only if you report it. 

6.      The score sheet is turned in to the front desk of the Recreation Center for faxing to the League Operator.  The fax number is on the score sheet.  It is recommended a copy be kept in case the original is lost.

8-Ball Rules and General Rules:  The League uses BCA General and BCA 8-ball rules. They can be viewed at the BCA website: http://www.playbca.com/.  Each player is responsible for knowing the rules and following them.  All players are expected to exhibit good 8-Ball sportsmanship.  This means abiding by the League’s rules, calling fouls on yourself, notifying your opponent they have ball-in-hand and treating your fellow player the way you would expect to be treated.   Questions concerning the rules will be addressed to the League Operator for resolution.  Under no circumstances should there be arguments and/or the display of disrespect to an opponent regarding a misunderstanding of the rules. 

The league has two local rules.  One local rule is to allow coaching for players with a handicap of 34 or below.  Coaching will be allowed twice each game with a time limit of 20 seconds for each request.  The player must request coaching—no one can approach the player.  Coaching without a request from the player will result in ball in hand for the opponent.   

The second local rule regards tardiness.  Starting time may be delayed no more than ten minutes.  At 7:10 p.m. per the recreation center clock, play must begin.  The tardy player may be placed at the end of the line-up; however, if the player is not available when it is his/her turn at the table, the round will be forfeited with a score of 0 for the tardy player and 10 for the opponent.  If the tardy player arrives before the start of his/her next scheduled round, they may play the remaining four rounds. 

Every individual on the League has the right to be treated with respect. No one should be disparaged or criticized in front of teammates.  Bring complaints or concerns to the League Operator.  Your complaints or concerns will be investigated and addressed by the League Operator and/or Recreation Department Representatives.  Participating in this League is a privilege and the League Operator reserves the right to revoke a player’s participation for documented violations of the League’s rules, policies and code of conduct.

Please respect the equipment provided by the Recreation Centers.  Use the chalk provided and report equipment problems to the League Operator.  After your team has completed your match for the evening, please place all balls in the pockets, return break sticks to the hanging cabinets, and store bridges in the brackets on the side of the table.  Place all coffee cups and other refuse in the trash containers provided.  It is everyone’s responsibility to help clean up!