The next County Committee Meeting will be held,Wednesday 1 May 2019 at 7:00 pm in Nottingham Bridge Club.
Team Captains are invited to email match results to the appropriate League Secretary Jane Hall for Team of 8 results and
for Team of 4 results
Issued July 2018
The League is under the management of the NCBA committee. All players are expected to ensure that matches are arranged and played for mutual convenience and enjoyment. Where problems arise captains are urged to consult one another to resolve matters to mutual satisfaction.
Postponement of matches causes problems to all and every effort should be made to complete fixtures on the dates agreed.
6 The League is only open to teams from EBU affiliated clubs in Nottinghamshire. Players must be bone fide members of that club. To comply with current Garden Cities rules bone fide means that “players must play regularly at the club or for the club, or contribute regularly in some other way”
7 No player may play for more than one club within the League in any one season.
8 There is no limit to the number of players who can represent any one team.
9 Where a club enters more than one team:
(a) For each team apart from the lowest ranking1, four players must be nominated who will only play for that team or a higher ranking team.
(b) Nominated players must play at least half of the matches during the season, and for the team for which they are nominated. For example if the team is in a 10 match division , at least 5 matches to be played for the team for which they are nominated. If an 8/9 match division, 4 matches.
(c) The names of nominated players must be sent to the League Secretary by the 31st December. These names will be published on the NCBA website.
(d) No player may take part in more matches altogether than the largest number of matches played by a team that he/she has played for.
(e) Subject to the above, a player may play for different teams against the same team.
10 To encourage participation, in the lowest division only, a team may include a non EBU/NCBA member on two occasions only (i.e. two such non-members in the same match, one in two different matches, or two in one match each). Their names must be clearly identified on the result sheet.
11 Any team that includes an unauthorised player for one or more matches will incur a penalty of 5 VPs for each player on each occasion. Unauthorised players include those who:
12 Matches should start by 7.15 p.m. and players should make every effort to finish no later than 10.45 p.m. The Home team are required to provide a suitable venue and refreshments, at no cost to the opposition.
13 Matches are to be played over 24 boards with imps scoring. Where 24 boards cannot be played (for whatever reason) the same victory point scale should be used. At least 18 boards must be played for the match to be valid.
14 If a ruling on the laws of bridge is required, the captains of both teams should be called, and they should attempt to agree on a ruling. (For help contact the League Referee: details at the end of the Rules). All irregularities should be reported to the League Secretary either at the time of the occurrence, or with the result sheet. No appeal will be considered once the result sheet has been signed by both captains. Captains are advised not to sign a score sheet if they have a dispute that could not be solved on the night.
15 Results of matches must be returned to the League Secretary within 7 days of the match.
16 The head-to-head matches between teams from the same club must be played at the beginning of the season, or when advised by the League Secretary. If the match is not played at the due time the result will be recorded as 0 – 0.
17 Matches should be played by April 17th. Matches not played by then will be recorded as 0 – 0, unless there are exceptional circumstances. However those teams in the top division who are competing for entry to the Garden Cities Trophy may be required to complete their matches by an earlier date; to be advised by the League Secretary.
18 It is the responsibility of the home team to contact opponents to arrange fixtures. Fixtures must be agreed by the date advised by the League Secretary at the start of the season.
19 An agreed match date may be re-arranged at any time without penalty only by mutual consent. It is advisable for Teams to make sufficient allowances for last minute non availability of players. In the event of poor weather conditions it is reasonable to agree to cancel.
20 Non-arrival or late arrival of one or more members of teams is treated as a conceded match with the following provisos.
All of one team is present
(a) If no members of the offending team are present 45 minutes after the scheduled start, then the match is considered as conceded by the offending team.
(b) If some members of the offending team are present
(i) After 30 minutes of late arrival (notified or not) the match is reduced by 2 boards and for each extra 15 minutes a further 2 boards. A total of 18 boards must be played. For each board not played 3 imps is awarded to the non-offending team.
(ii) The match cannot be abandoned until 1 hour 30 minutes has elapsed from the scheduled starting time. After which the offending team concedes the match (Note: This period of time may enable the team to be completed either by the arrival of the player(s) or by replacement player(s) being found).
Neither team is complete at the scheduled start
(c) The team which is completed first is the non-offending team and Rule 20 (b) applies.
(d) The offending team is penalised by 6 VPs and the non-offending team awarded 12 VPs or its average score for the season or 20 minus the average score of the offending team whichever is the greatest.
21 As a matter of course, any team not completing the full fixture list by 17th April is not eligible for promotion to another division, irrespective of their position in the league. Applications for exceptions to this rule should be made in writing to the League Secretary as soon as possible, and each case will be considered by the NCBA Committee.3
22 At the end of each season, provided that the structure of the League remains the same, within each division the two teams with the most VPs will be promoted to the division above and the two teams with the least number of VPs will be relegated. In the event of a tie the team that won most VPs in the head to heads will take precedence. In the event of that being tied it will be decided by a draw of a card by the NCBA Committee.
23 Computer dealt hands may only be used with the prior agreement of both teams. Prior being when the match is confirmed and again, for the avoidance of doubt, before the match starts.
24 All pairs must have matching convention cards (see note 4). Failure to do so will mean that when any bidding dispute or ruling on the laws of bridge is required (see Rule 14 above) players without convention cards may be disadvantaged.
25 Any form of paper or electronic scoring, such as Bridgemates and BrIan, may be used, but only with the agreement of both teams. It is essential that these systems do not at any time show hands which have already been played.
Jane Hall Telephone: 0115 965 2595 (email@example.com)
David Burgess Telephone: 0115 937 2947 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Keith Spencer. Telephone: 0115 965 5314 (email@example.com)
2018 Teams of 8 Rules.docx
2018 Teams of 8 Rules.pdf