.:Rules & Regulations

Competition
Lightning Billiards is a handicapped billiard competition, played in a round robin format. It is comprised of four 1 day billiard Tournaments throughout the year with the 4 finalists of each Tournament going through to the Championship Round at the end of the year. The Championship Round will also be in a round robin format with the winners of each group competing in a semi-final and final round.

The round robin format will consist of four or five groups of four players, with each group drawn out of a hat prior to the competition start date.

Each player will be given a handicap (their starting score) and the winner of each game will be the first player to reach a score of 150.

The two players that finish on top of each group will go into the final playoffs. The two players that reach the final will be eligible for the allocated prizes on the tournament day. The four players that reach the semi-finals will also be invited to take part in the Championship Round held later on in the year and cannot compete in any further Lightning Billiards Tournaments for the year.

Eligibility
Any player is eligible to enter the competition unless they have reached the semi-finals of a previous Lightning Billiards Tournament in the current year.

Entries
The first 20 entries received by the due date will be invited to play in the Tournament. All other entries received after the first 20 will be invited to attend the Tournament in person and register as a reserve (in case of a no-show on the day). Registered reserves will be guaranteed a place in the next Tournament to a limit of 16.

All players not reaching a semi-final place will be eligible to enter the next Tournament.

Fees

Entry fee for each round Robin round is $30 payable in cash prior to commencement of play.
Entry fee for finals is $30 payable in cash prior to commencement of play.

Handicaps
Players on scratch handicap will have to score 150 points. Players with higher handicaps will have to score less than 150, depending on their handicap. Handicaps will be set by a Handicapping Committee who will refer to Sydney Interclub records and will liaise as necessary with other regional bodies and players.
Handicaps may be adjusted following each tournament at the discretion of the Handicapping Committee.

Prizes

Rounds

Cash prizes for each Tournament Competition are $150 for the winner and $100 for the runner-up, plus prizes from our sponsors. Each of the semi-finalists will be eligible to play in the end of year Championship Round. 

Championship Round
Winner  $250 - Runner-Up $150 and prizes from sponsors
Runner-Up Semi-finalist $100 and prizes from sponsors
Runner-Up Quarter-finalist $50

Dress Code
Neat casual attire is required for the Tournament Competitions. For the Championship Round at the end of the year, full competition dress including white shirt, waistcoat, dark trousers and dress shoes must be worn.

Playing Rules
Playing rules will be as per the Billiards & Snooker Association of NSW’s Rules of Billiards.


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