‘Pro-Am Series’ tournament format
- Entry fee is £125 per team.
- Teams divided into groups of 4 to play a round robin. Each match consists of 12 frames – 3 sets of 4 frames.
- Teams score 2 points for a win and 1 point for a draw. Frame difference ranks teams with equal points. Teams are seeded for the knockout stages.
- Top 2 teams from each group enter the Gold Trophy knockout, with first round losers dropping into the Silver Trophy knockout.
- Bottom 2 teams from each group enter the Bronze Trophy knockout, with first round losers dropping into the Wooden Spoon knockout.
- 2018 change – best of 12 knockout stages for all trophies – Gold, Silver, Bronze and Wooden Spoon.
- If a tie occurs during knockout, then teams go to a penalty shootout.
- £20 entry for Men or Ladies.
- Singles qualifiers will commence on Thursday afternoon. Players simply ‘pay and play’ and must win two matches to qualify for the main singles event, to start Friday evening. Last entry will be 11.30pm, so players have plenty of time to arrive on the Thursday and enter.
- Qualifiers are best of 5 frames.
- Players from the same team will not be drawn together in the qualifiers.
- Main event will be a random draw.
- Main event will be best of 5 frames, with semi final and finals being best of 7.
- Main Men’s event will be limited to 64 players and Ladies 16 players.
- If there is high demand for the singles, there may be a prelim round on the Friday.
Mixed Doubles Format
- £25 entry per pair.
- The mixed doubles will be played in a ‘Davies Cup’ format, best of 5 frames.
- Men from each pair play the women from each opposing pair in a singles format for the first two frames, then the 3rd frame is played in a ‘Scotch’ doubles format, where partners must take alternate shots, the final two frames played in a singles format is lady v lady then man v man.
- No talking between partners during frames, apart from the 3rd ‘Scotch’ doubles frame, when you must stop talking once your visit is on and have touched the table.
Penalty Shootout Rule
- The black ball is placed on the spot at the rack end of the table.
- Player can position cue ball anywhere behind the baulk line.
- Player must pot the black ball, using one shot, to score a goal.
- If the black ball fails to pot, or the white ball is potted or a foul is committed, then the penalty is considered a miss.
- An order of play sheet with only four players must be created and followed.
- If score is a draw after all shots taken, then a sudden death round begins, following the original order of play sheet.
- Both players must take their shot – i.e. if player one misses, then their opponent must take their shot and pot to win.
- In sudden death round, the cue ball can be placed anywhere behind the line.