DDDL - RULES 2017-2018 SEASON

1) The league shall be called the Dingle and District Darts League whose league headquarters
   shall be the Mount Carmel social club Liverpool 8 for a period of 3 years or at such a place
   as may from time to time be appointed by the committee at an annual and general meeting.
   League meetings shall be held in the appointed league headquarters on the second Sunday in
   each month and all clubs must be represented or a fine of £5 will be imposed. All secretaries
   to sign attendance book on arrival at monthly meetings. Collection at these meetings will take
   place for fees detailed below. If a clubs secretary cannot make the monthly meeting another
   member of his/her team should attend.
 
        £6 (including £1 for bereavement fund) per team.

2) Membership of the league shall be confined to bona fide amateur dart players only.

3) The annual general meeting will take place at the commencement of each new season when a
   chairman, secretary, treasurer and four committee members and three additional auditors will
   be elected for three years

4) Committee for season 2017/2018 are 
            
          Chairman:   A Field 
          Secretary:  R Gerrard 
          Treasurer:  I Malloy
      
          Officers:   D Cotterill
                      R Brown
                      M Iddon
                      M Nutt 

          Auditors:   T Hill
                      T Quine 
                      H Dunn

5) Only the Chairman, secretary, treasurer and four officers have the responsibility for managing
   the league in accordance with these rules and do not have the authority to change, introduce
   or influence what may be conceived has variations of these rules by members of the league.

6) When all the above elected members are in attendance they have the responsibility and power
   to make informed decisions based on these rules, if full attendance of the committee is not
   possible then a representative of the missing committee memberís team (captain) must attend
   in his/her absence.

7) In the event that an agreement canít be reached by the committee and if any circumstances
   arise that may not be covered within these rules they should then be voiced at a full AGM
   specifically any introduction of new rules, or making changes to existing rules, or making
   decisions based on or surrounding any misinterpretation of these rules thus giving all those
   involved or in dispute the opportunity to air any grievances.

8) Those members of the league who for whatever reason wish to call for emergency meetings i.e.
   EGM or seek guidance from the elected committee must do so in writing through their own team
   secretary who will then approach the committee. In the event that the team secretary is not
   available then another representative of that team should be nominated i.e. Captain, treasurer.
 
9) There is no restriction on the number of members of a team being elected to the committee. Where
   there may be a conflict of interest arising from there being more than one member from a team on
   the committee then those members shall step down and ad-hoc replacements will be selected from
   teams not already represented on the committee to resolve the issue.     

10) The Dingle & District Darts League committee reserve the right to refuse any players registration
    to the league that they deem to be disruptive or un-sportsman in their behaviour.
  
11) The agreed league honorariums for committee members are as follows

           Secretary and Treasurer:                    £250 each per season
           Chairman and other 4 committee members:      £30 each per season 

12) League fees and competition fees as below

           Club registration                           £30.00 per season
           Players registration                         £1.50 each
           Individuals competitions                     £1.50 each
           Pairs Competition                            £3.00 per pair
           9-a-side competition                        £16.50 per team
           7-a-side competition                        £13.50 per team
           5-a-side competition                        £10.50 per team
           3-a-side competition                         £7.50 per team
           Captains, Secretaryís, Treasurer             £2.00 each 

13) All players registrations to be handed to the league secretary on or before stipulated date made
    by the secretary of that season.

14) The last date for signing players is up to and including the 8th league game of the season.

15) Players may only transfer to another team up to and including the 4th league game of the season
    on the proviso that they have not played for their first registered team.

16) Players can only play after 7 clear days on receipt of their registration by the committee.

17) All league games to be played on Thursday nights at 9pm prompt and no postponements, cancellations
    or alterations can be made to fixtures without the full consent of all the committee members, any
    request for fixtures to be deferred or cancelled must be made in writing to the secretary of the
    league and must be made a minimum of one week before the fixture is scheduled to be played. In the
    event a fixture canít be played due to unforeseen circumstances venue closure etc. and specifically
    at short notice the entire league committee will meet set a time and date for the fixture to be
    played at the league headquarters (The Mount). If The Mount cannot be used the committee will
    appoint a neutral venue from those venues/pubs already in the Dingle league. If agreement canít be
    made or the committee donít agree to the arranged fixture then the original fixture must stand at
    the original venue. 

18) The Dingle & District Darts League committee will not get involved or rule on any instances of a
    player or players being barred from any of the premises playing in the league because of their
    behaviour regardless of circumstances. 

19) League Matches format will be played by 9 individual players 301 double start double finish and
    the first team winning 5 games will be awarded 2 points.

20) A regulation board to be used at all times measured a distance 8ft from the board to the oche and
    at an height of 5ft 8 inches from the floor to the centre of the bull, all teams have a
    responsibility to ensure the correct fitting and measurement of the board and that the oche is
    clearly marked by means of a raised block or clearly marked throwing line. Players must toe the
    oche at all times and will be warned by the caller and marker if they fail to do so. Details of
    the correct throwing line for each venue will be published in the fixture books after being
    checked and measured by the committee.

21) Teams must have a minimum of 7 players to start the league matches and teams without 7 players in
    attendance will forfeit the match, if both teams fail to field 7 players the match will be void
    and no points awarded.

22) In the event that one team is leading for example 4-3 but has no further players available to play 
    and their opponents do they are deemed not to be able to continue the game and the points go to
    the team still able to field players.
  
23) Teams failing to meet fixtures will be fined and in the event that three fixtures are missed the
    team will face automatic expulsion from the league.

24) Home teams must ensure that the board is open for practice at 8.50pm.
 
25) All score cards must have the names of players printed clearly and then signed by both captains.
    It is the responsibility of the winning team to hand the match card to the league secretary or
    committee member within 7 days of the match taking place, scores can also be posted on the leagues
    Facebook page.

26) Home teams to put the names of players up first during league games and to provide a marker for
    the duration of the match. The away team to throw first in all league matches. The away team are
    responsible for supplying a caller for the duration of the match who will be responsible to inform
    players of scores hit and scores left when asked without stating any doubles, trebles, or out shot
    combinations. If a player is called to be off or going or to have hit a winning double and their
    dart falls out of the board before being retrieved by the player the dart does not count and the
    game must be continued

27) If the wrong finishing score is given to a player by the caller/markers and the player succeeds
    in hitting that score then the score given stands.

28) Teams with outstanding debts to the league will be given notice of such debts and a date at which
    time they should be paid. Failure to pay monies owed to the league by the due date made by the
    committee will result in expulsion from the league. The debt of the team in question will then be
    set proportionately to the team members and those members will not be allowed to play again within
    the league until their portion of the debt is paid.

29) Teams with players having identical names and initials must identify them if requested.

30) Teams playing ineligible players face a fine from the league, loss of points for the game or games
    they have played in and possible expulsion from the league.
 
31) Teams resigning or being expelled from the league in the first half of the season will have their
    records expunged and any points already awarded will be taken away.
 
32) Any team resigning or being expelled from the league in the second half of the season will have
    the points awarded to teams that have won them.

33) Players resigning or being expelled from their team can only continue to play in individual or
    pairs competitions and are not allowed to compete in any other competitions or league matches.

34) Players that have been expelled from the league on recommendation of the committee are not allowed
    to play in any game or competition within the dingle league.

35) In the event that fixtures dictate that teams play each other 3 times during the season the last
    game/match shall be played in accordance of the 9-a-side rules ie: winner of toss throws first in
    legs 1,3,5,7,9.

36) All competitions to be played on Thursday nights (the 6 dart practice rule does not apply in any
    games).

37) Secretaries, Treasurers and Captains competitions  - to be played best of 3 legs 301 up double
    start and finish, order of throw determined by the toss of a coin, winner throws first in first
    leg and loser throws  first in the second leg. If the game is drawn the toss of a coin to
    determine who throws first in the last leg. Semi-finals and finals will also be the best of 3 legs.
    It is hoped that this seasons competitions shall be drawn early so that they can be played after
    the league games when respective opponents meet.
 
38) Individual competition - to be played best of 3 legs 301 up double start and finish, order of
    throw determined by toss of a coin, winner throws first in first leg and loser throws  first in
    the second leg. If the game is drawn the toss of a coin to determine who throws first in the last
    leg. Semi-final and finals will be the best of 5 legs.
 
39) Pairs competition - to be played best of 3 legs 501 up straight start and double finish toss of a
    coin to determine who throws first in first leg and loser throws first in second leg. If the game
    is drawn the toss of the coin to determine who throws first in the last leg. Semi-finals and finalss 
    are the best of 5 legs.

40) 3-a-side competition - registration of 5 players per team. First game to be Individuals 301 double
    start and finish, second game is Doubles game 501 straight start double finish (individuals players
    cannot also play in the doubles game). If required the third game is 3-a-side game to be played
    straight start double finish 701 up. Toss of a coin to determine playing order, winner throws
    first in individual and 3-a-side legs. Teams must have a minimum of 3 players to start the game.
 
41) 5-a-side competition - registration of 7 players per team. Match to consist of 5 Individual games
    of 301 up double start and finish, toss of a coin to determine throwing order, winner throws first
    in legs 1,3,5 and loser throws first in legs 2 and 4. If a match should reach a score of 2-2 and both
    teams not having another player then names will be put into a hat and one member from each team will
    be drawn to play a decider.

42) 7-a-side competition - registration of 9 players per team. Match to consist of 7 individual games
    of 301 up double start and finish, toss of a coin to determine throwing order, winner throws first
    in legs 1,3,5,7 and loser throws first legs 2,4,6. If a match should reach a score of 3-3 and both
    teams not having another player then names will be put into a hat and one member from each team will
    be drawn to play a decider.

43) 9-a-side competition - is open to all players registered to the team. Match to consist of 9
    individual games of 301 up double start and finish, toss of a coin to determine throwing order,
    winner throws first in legs 1,3,5,7,9 loser throws first legs 2,4,6,8. Teams  must have a minimum
    of 7 players to start the match. Failure to do so will result in loss of match. If both teams fail
    to field 7 players then both teams are out.

44) All winners responsible for score cards reaching the secretary in all competitions (these can be
    left over the bar in The Mount).

45) The league will not be responsible or recognise gentlemenís agreements in matches played before
    the specified dates nor can any matches be re-arranged for after the dates specified or scheduled
    to be played. If teams/players agree to play a match at a re-arranged date and for whatever reason
    find themselves unable to play then the original date and fixture will stand. Teams wishing to
    re-arrange fixtures/matches should seek the approval of the committee who would then decide if the
    fixture/match should be re-scheduled and if so to a date they approve (see RULE 16). Players
    wishing to re-arrange competitions that are drawn provisionally as blocks by the committee can
    only do so if all those involved in the block are in agreement and that the re-arranged block is
    played before the specified date and at the venue designated for the block, if complete agreement
    canít be reached then the original block/fixture stands. Players and teams are reminded that they
    do not need to agree to play games/competitions at any times other than those stated by the league, 
    and if at any time fixtures or games cannot be played due to extenuating circumstances the
    committee will meet in a hope of resolving such issues The committee promotes fair play and
    sportsmanship in the hope such events can be managed effectively but those wishing to re-arrange
    games do so at their own risk under the term (GENTLEMANS AGREEMENT).

46) The league bereavement fund if any will be controlled by the elected committee.

47) All finals competitions will be drawn at 8.45pm any player not in attendance at 9pm will not be
    considered eligible to play.

48) All cups and plaques will be provided but remain the sole property of the dingle league and clubs
    are expected to take full responsibility for trophies in their possession.

49) Clubs failing to clean and maintain trophies in the condition they were received will be fined and
    any damage to trophies in their possession or failure to return such trophies will result in that
    team being fined the full cost of replacing them, any clubs resigning or being expelled from the
    league must return trophies forthwith to the dingle darts league committee.

50) Trophies will be awarded for the following competitions:

              League                  winners, runner up
              Individual              winner, runner up, semi-finalist
              Doubles                 winner, runner up, semi-finalist
              Captains                winners, runner up and semi-finalists
              Treasurer               winners, runner up and semi-finalists
              Secretary               winners, runner up and semi-finalists
              9-a-side                winners, runner up
              7-a-side                winners, runner up, semi-finalists
              5-a-side                winners, runner up, semi-finalists
              3-a-side                winners, runner up, semi finalists
              Highest finish          league games only
              Least number of darts   league games only
              180 scores              league and all comps

51) All protests must be handed to the league secretary in writing within seven days of alleged
    infringement with a further copy to be handed to other parties concerned, each protest must also
    be accompanied by a £5 fee which will be forfeited if the protest is not upheld.

52) Presentation dance tickets are priced at £2 each and each club must sell/take 15 tickets each,
    those teams with less than 15 players must take at least one ticket per player.

53) The Dingle League committee shall whenever possible ensure that the league finances do not exceed
    a carryover total of £1000 due to its needs to meet expenses for running the league and any
    donations thatís made out of the bereavement fund, any monies collected over the £1000 limit will
    be divided between the teams participating in the league the previous season.

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People are reminded that committee members help run the league on a voluntary basis and should not be
subjected to either verbal or physical abuse and can only deal with issues arising within the league
when the committee meet. All matters needing the attention of the committee should be raised through
your team secretary and will be dealt with at the earliest possible opportunity.

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