Birmingham Backgammon Club League Rules – Season 1 2020
The season The league season runs from 13th January 2020 until 29th June 2020. This deadline will not be altered and all games must be completed within this timeframe.
Membership and number of matches The members of the league play each other once, which can be arranged at any time during the season, at any place to suit the players. The first and third Monday of the month will be a dedicated League Match Evening at the Birmingham Backgammon Club.
It is the responsibility of each player to ensure completion of his/her fixtures in the allotted time.
All league matches are 9 points in length.
If a new member wishes to join the league after it has started, this is at the discretion of the League Director.
League placings Two points are scored for a win and one point for a loss. Zero points are awarded for un-played fixtures. If two or more players are equal on league points on completion of the divisional matches, the following criteria are applied to determine the rankings (in descending order):
Superior score difference from all divisional matches played
Higher number of match points (Score for) scored from all divisional matches played
Higher Win Rate (Wins/matches ratio from all divisional matches played)
Head-to-head results between the tied players.
Promotion and relegation In all divisions except division 1, the top two finishing players will be promoted to the next division for the following season. In all divisions, the bottom two finishing players will be relegated one division for the following season. Retirements or defaults through non-played matches may affect this at the league director's discretion.
Rules As we are a fully affiliated UKBGF club, we will adopt their normal tournament rules, http://ukbgf.com/wp-content/uploads/UKBGF_Rules_Edition1.3.pdf Please note that all leagues are ‘clock Preference’. This means that: A player may insist that the match is played using a game clock (provided that one is readily available) if it is announced in the Tournament invitation that the Tournament, or part thereof, is held with a preference for game clocks;
Any player completing less than half of their matches without a good and accepted reason will be relegated regardless of their finishing position.
No shows - two strikes and you're out. If you do not turn up for two matches that you've pre-arranged (any two matches, not necessarily against the same opponent) without providing a reason or contacting your opponent, then you will take no further part in the league.
Reporting of results Results must be reported to the League Director and are only deemed to be results when they have been recorded by him / her.
The league scoring in line with most other UK leagues is 2 points for a win, 1 point for a loss to encourage everyone to play their games in a timely manner.
BOTH players should report results, and if a discrepancy occurs then the League Director will endeavor to resolve it.
Any player querying a result or score more than seven days after the event will only effect an alteration with the consent of his/her opponent.
Entry fees and prizes For all leagues the entry fee is £5 per season. A proportion of this fee goes towards the purchase of trophies and the remainder is returned as prize money. For Season 1 of 2020, division winners will receive £30 and runners-up £15. Winners and runners-up will also receive a trophy.
There will also be an optional £10 side-pool. This will be split 70% - 30% to the two highest placed side-pool entrants in each league.
This fee should be paid in full by the start of the league, unless agreement has been given the league director.
By joining the league you accept that your name and match results will be recorded by UKBGF for ratings calculation (see https://results.ukbgf.com/ratings) . Ratings will be batch-uploaded at least twice per season.
Club Knockout Competition
A Knockout tournament will also run in 2020. This will run across the year and will consist of 13 point matches in the first round. The entry fee is £5 with an optional £10 side-pool. Prize distribution is to be confirmed depending on the level of interest.