Preparation for the AGM

Admin, Rules & Constitution
The AGM is on August 20th. If there are any changes for you team (eg a change of captain or of contact details) please let me know beforehand. Also, if you wish to table any motions/proposals for discussion please get those to me in advance also. thanks, Alan
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Singles Competition

Competitions, Results, Rules & Constitution
The Singles knockout competition was played this week at the Ivy Leaf Club, with a full entry of 64 players and some late entrants turned away - for next year I will propose ways of extending the format beyond 64 entries without making the competition longer. Congratulations to Alan Ranscombe of Ivy A on winning and Tony Woodhams of Cookham Social on taking the final all the way to a tiebreaker third game. Late entries can still be accepted for the Pairs (at Ivy Leaf) and Presidents Shield (at Cookham) competitions, both of which are pairs play. regards Alan
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Notes From The AGM

Admin, Competitions, Rules & Constitution
The AGM was held on Monday Aug 22. The new schedules are now on the website and team representatives present at the meeting received an updated contacts sheet for all the teams. There are two points to note. First, the Presidents Shield will be played at Cookham as in past years rather than at the Ivy Leaf as is shown in the printed schedule copies provided at the AGM. This will be corrected on the website shortly next time the spreadsheet is uploaded. Second, Mark Newcombe is stepping down as captain of the Rose B (formerly Golden Harp A) and we welcome Emily DeFraine instead. Contact details are not published on the web site, so if anyone needs to contact her get in touch with me to get the details.…
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Cup Draws and forthcoming EGM

Admin, Cup, Rules & Constitution
The cup draws are as follows (home team first) Ivy Leaf B vs Desborough North Star vs Ark Angels Barley Mow vs Waggon B (Ark Raiders vs Golden Harp B) vs Waggon A In the Richard Pither Cup.. Bird In Hand vs Bourne End Golden Harp A vs Ivy Leaf A Farmers Boy vs Thatched Cottage (Craufurd B vs Cookham) vs Craufurd A A proposal was presented to split into two leagues for a shorter season. The June meeting will be an EGM to discuss and vote on this proposal so that the match secretary can prepare a schedule in line with the decision for distribution at the AGM. The June meeting will be held at the Ivy Leaf instead of the Golden Harp since it will be an EGM.…
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Cup draws and other information from the meeting

Admin, Cup, Fixtures, Rules & Constitution
Here are the cup draws, all due to be played on Jan 24th. The home team is first in each case. Ark Raiders - Bird In Hand North Star-Farmers Boy Desborough-Bourne End Waggon A-Craufurd A Golden Harp A-Barley Mow Craufurd B-Waggon B Ivy Leaf A-Golden Harp B Cookham Social-Ark Angels Ivy Leaf B-Thatched Cottage In situations where one team is playing with 6 or 7 players they should avoid having the same pair of their players play the same pair of opposing players more than once, by splitting pairs as needed. This is currently not spelt out in the rules but is considered a matter of common sense and ethical behaviour. This will be formalised in the rules next year. Alan
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Less than 8 players

Rules & Constitution
At our game last night we only were able to raise 7 players. There are rules to cover this situation, however I felt it's time to write a bit about how it should be interpreted following some of the discussion during the evening. First, a summary of the rules. Ideally, a team has 8 or more players. A team with less than 6 players is not considered a full side and will forfeit the match (preferable to this is arranging to postpone the match which must be done at least 24 hours in advance, with the Match Secretary informed as well as the opposing team captain). A team with 6 or 7 can incorporate extra players from any source, even from the other team's reserves, to reach 8. The only…
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Penalty applied + rescinded – Desborough

Admin, Results, Rules & Constitution
Desborough have now failed to provide results for two home games despite reminders. In line with rule 4.5.2 a second financial penalty is applied and 3 points are deducted. UPDATE: Desborough state that they did text a result in on Monday night, however it was not received. Given the element of doubt here, and the fact that text messages are fallible and can sometimes go astray, the penalty will be rescinded. -Alan
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Rules 2.5 and 2.6 – incorrect pegging

Admin, Rules & Constitution
These two rules currently read:- 2.5 In the event of pegs being moved in the wrong direction they must not be corrected and their position will stand. 2.6 If during a game, the board is overturned, the pegs must be repositioned by mutual agreement. In the event of a disagreement, the game must be replayed with the non-offenders taking first box and a TEN point lead. Following discussion at the AGM and after, two points have arisen. The first is what happens if the pegs switch to the wrong lane and travel some way before it is noticed, which isn't covered by the rules. The error from this could be quite large (for or against) depending whether the pegs were supposed to be moving away from home or back and how far up…
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