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Competition Rules

The latest version of the Competition Rules was approved by the SCCBA Management Committee (MC) meeting on July 14th, 2023.

The most recent changes are :-

  • freedom to add team members in 'heat plus final' competitions; posting results of online heats; addition of limits on vaping; updated list of those authorised to give rulings; addition of detail for Mixed Heats for the David Pavey; added detail of the target when deciding qualifiers for finals/semifinals (approved by July 14th, 2023 MC meeting);
  • dates and times of club heats to be notified to the web-site manager 'as soon as practicable' rather than 'by the end of June' (approved by October 1st, 2021 MC meeting);
  • provision for the cessation of the SCCBA Yearbook (approved by July 30th, 2021 MC meeting);
  • provision for on-line events  (approved by June 4th, 2021 MC meeting);
  • arrangements for matches at 'half-way locations' (approved by November 30th, 2018 MC meeting);
  • the inclusion of details (in new Appendix E) of how qualifiers and reserves from heats of SCCBA competitions are determined (approved by August 17th, 2018 MC meeting);
  • the requirements affecting attendance at club heats are now not relevant to all Sussex Simultaneous Pairs events (approved by March 16th, 2018 MC meeting);
  • the incorporation of updated guidance from the EBU together with some further clarifications (approved by November 25th, 2016 MC meeting);
  • (a) lists of qualifiers will always be published on the county web-site instead of just 'normally'; (b) clubs are requested to action lists of qualifiers promptly; (c) in an emergency, the Tournament Manager can only change Competition Rules with the agreement of a majority of Tournament Committee members; (d) there should be no pairs playing without standing in semi-finals or finals; (e) in the list of Chairman's Cup invitees, the Ardingly winners are replaced by the best-placed Sussex pair in the Green Point Swiss Pairs (all approved by March 18th, 2016 MC meeting);
  • updated to include current status of Mixed Heats (approved by July 18th, 2014 MC meeting);
  • addition of Correction Periods appendix  (approved by May 10th, 2012 MC meeting);
  • clarification of entry qualifications to SCCBA events and addition of procedure for updating the Competition Rules (approved by August 10th, 2011, October 13th, 2011 and January 13th, 2012 MC meetings);
  • introduction of Mixed Heats (approved by May 15th, 2011 MC meeting).