Rawai Pool League Rules
- General Rules - Fees, Conduct, Drink Prices, Winner's Drinks, Minimum Spend
- Teams & Players - Eligibility, Team Composition, Types of Players, Swapping Teams
- Match Formats, Practice & Refereeing - Formats, Practice Play & Referring of Matches
- Scoring & Rankings - Includes Competition Scoring & Ranking
- Rules Of Play - The Break, General Rules of Play
- Time Management, Postponements & Cancellations - Includes Late Players, How to Reschedule
- Team Promotion/Relegation - Moving between Divisions A and B
- Condition of Tables - Maintenance, Replacement Cloths
Rule updates made for the 16th season are marked with a blue background.
Chapter I - General Rules
- Entry Fees
- The fee for entering a team into the Rawai Pool League competition for a single season is THB 3,000.
- All fees are payable in advance. Fees are collected at the Team Owner's meeting held prior to each new season.
- Fees are non-refundable under any circumstances.
- General Conduct
- Gentlemanly conduct will be used at all times by players, captains and bar owners;
- Breaches of conduct should be reported to the League Committee;
- The League Committee, at its sole discretion, will take whatever action it deems necessary to rectify conduct in breach of these rules.
- Captains/Owners Meetings
- Where requested, Team Captains and/or Bar Owners are required to attend meetings convened by the League Committee;
- The League Committee will notify all bars whether Team Captains and/or Bar Owners are required to attend;
- All Team Captain/Bar Owner meetings will be announced at least seven days in advance to ensure the presence of all teams;
- Team Captains/Bar Owners may send a designated proxy if they are unable to attend. Names of designated proxies should be notified to the League Committee before a meeting commences.
- Drinks & Drink Prices
All bars participating in the Rawai Pool League have agreed the following MAXIMUM PRICES
for drinks ordered by Team Players during Rawai Pool League matches:
- Local Beers (Leo, Chang, Singha, Tiger,
San Miguel, Heineken) THB 80.
- Imported Beers San Miguel, Heineken, Belgian, German, etc. Regular bar price.
- Local Rum (Sangsom, Contessa) with a splash of coke, soda, etc. THB 80.
- Premium Rum (Havana, Bacardi, etc.) with a splash of coke, soda, etc. Regular bar price.
- Regular Spirits (Whiskeys, Gin, Vodka, etc.) with splash of coke, soda, etc. THB 120.
- Premium Spirits (Chivas, Absolut, Bombay, etc.) - Regular bar price.
- Jack Daniels with splash of coke, soda, etc. - THB 140.
- House Wine - THB 150.
- If you order a gin+tonic or a whiskey-coke you will receive "Gilbey's" gin or "100 Piper" whiskey (or similar);
- If you want a specific brand drink (Bombay, black label, etc.) it will be charged at the bar's regular price for that drink. If you are unsure you should ask first about the price before you order.
- Winner's Drinks:
- Losers of Singles Matches and Doubles Matches will buy a drink for their winning opponent;
- Winners should, when possible, choose a local beer, local rum, regular spirit or non-mineral;
- If a winning player requests an imported beer or premium spirit the loser should be charged the cost of the local equivalent and the winner charged the difference in cost between the premium and local version of the ordered drink;
- Players should refrain from drinking a cheap beverage during the game and you ordering a more expensive beverage if they win.
- Minimum Spend:
The amount used for the purpose of the "minimum spend" rule is based on the combined bills of the 4 visiting team players attending a match. This amount excludes the Beerleg
. All teams agree that:
- the minimum spend of the visiting team shall be no less than THB 1,200;
- If the total spent by a visiting team is less than the Minimum Spend it is the responsibility of the Team Captain/Team Owner to make up the difference;
- Failure to observe the Minimum Spend rule may result in the offending team being fined or excluded from the League.
- Beer Leg:
The winning team of the Beer Leg is entitled to 1 drink per player paid for by the losing team/bar.
The Beer Leg fee is not considered part of minimum spend.
- If the visiting team loses a charge of 500 THB will be applied to their team/bar bill.
- If the home team loses the home team/bar will cover the costs of the visiting team's 4 drinks.
Chapter II - Teams & players
Everyone is eligible to play in the Rawai Pool League.
- Team Composition
- Each team consists of 4 players.
- There is no limit on player nationalities;
- There is no limit on Girls or "Ladyboy" members for any team;
- Categories of Players
There are two categories of players:
- Occasional Player
- Any player with less than 5 games with a single team is an Occasional Player;
- Occasional Players can change bars freely;
- The points gained by Occasional Players are non-cumulative, that is any points earned playing for one bar as an Occasional Player are not combined with points earned by the same Occasional Player while playing for other bars;
- Once an Occasional Player has played 5 games for a single team they then become classified as Regular Players.
- Regular Player
- Any player who plays 5 or more games with a single team is a Regular Player;
- Regular Players are linked to the team with which they have played 5 or more games with;
- Regular Players may change teams from e.g. Bar A to Bar B, but after doing so they are no longer eligible to play for Bar A in the current season. This rule applies accross Divisions.
- Regular Players who wish to change team must inform the Committee 48 hours prior to playing any game for their new team;
- When a Regular Player changes team any Individual Points earned prior to the change will be retained by that Player.
Any team appearing to try to gain advantage by manipulating this rule may be excluded from the league. If a Player has any doubt about a Team move please ask the Committee.
- Women Players
In order to facilitate the ranking of the best woman player, the name of all women players will be followed by the letter "(f)", e.g. "Noi (f)".
- New Players
- If a team introduces a new player to their team who has not previously played in the League please notify the committee so the new Player's details can be added to the players' listings. You may also Put the first initial of their surname or/and put "new" on the score board;
- If a team introduces a player to their team who has previously played for another team in the League please notify the committee so the Player's details can be updated.
Chapter III - Match Formats, Practice, Refereeing
- Before the game a draw will be conducted to assign the order of players from Number 1 to 4;
- Singles Games
- 4 singles games will be played;
- For each Singles Game, the best of 3 frames wins;
- The break-off of the first frame will be determined by a coin-toss, with the player of the visiting team calling the toss;
- The break-off for the second frame will be made by whichever player did not break-off in the first;
- If a Singles game goes to the third frame, the player to break-off in that frame will be decided by a coin-toss with the visiting player again asked to call the toss. The option to break-off is awarded to the player winning the coin-toss;
- All Singles Games must be played without advice or instruction from their team or persons around the table. If a player wishes to concur with anyone, they should ask the referee first before any communication with their team. No other person or persons should advise or instruct the player while they are playing their Singles game. The referee is the only person who can advise a player, if asked. If a team has a new player then it is the responsibility of that team's captain to advise the player to ask the ref for advice.
- Doubles Games
- 2 Doubles Games will be played;
- For each Doubles Game, the best of 3 frames wins;
- The break-off of the first frame will be determined by a coin-toss, with the first player of the visiting team calling the toss;
- If a Doubles Game goes to the third game, the team to break-off in that game will be decided by the toss of a coin. The player in the second position from the visiting team will be asked to call the toss. The option to break-off is awarded to the team winning the coin-toss;
- The 2 team members playing are permitted to confer with each other during their Doubles Game. They may not confer with any other players during their game;
- Only the players that are playing the game may ask the advice of the referee;
- Doubles Games will be played with each team player taking a single shot and play then alternating to the other player in that team until they do not pot their next ball or they make a foul. Then, play is passed to the opposing team.
- Beer Leg
- A single Beer Leg Game will be played;
- For the Beer Leg Game, the best of 3 frames wins;
- The break-off of the first frame will be determined by a coin-toss, with the first player of the visiting team calling the toss;
- Beer Leg Games are played with each player of a team taking a single shot, and passing play to the next team member in rotation until they do not pot their next ball or they make a foul. Then, play is passed to the opposing team;
- After each frame the winning team will break the next frame. The player to break-off from the winning team is the next player in rotation;
- Practice is allowed prior to the start of the match;
- Home teams should make their table available for practice prior to the match starting;
- The visiting team should be given priority during practice period.
- Once the match has commences no practice or play outside the official games is permitted.
- Games MUST be refereed by a competent home-team member or an independent referee;
- The referee must not be playing the game being refereed. The only exception is the Beer Leg round, during which one member of the home-team should be nominated as the referee.
- The Referee's decision is final.
Chapter IV - Match Scoring, Ranking
- Points From Play
- Individual Rankings
- Players will be awarded 1 point for every frame won in a Singles Game;
- If a player wins their Singles Game without their opponent winning a frame (i.e. 2-0 score) they will be awarded 1 bonus point;
- Points scored in Singles Games will accrue to each Player's accumulated total for the Individual Rankings;
- Players do not accrue points from Doubles Games for their Individual Rankings.
- Beer Leg Rankings
- Teams will be awarded 3 points for winning their Beer Leg Game;
- Points scored in Beer Leg Games will accrue to each Team's accumulated total for the Beer Leg Rankings.
- Team Rankings
- Teams will be awarded one point for winning a match.
Chapter V - Rules of General Play
- Rack & Break:
The Object Balls are racked with the Eight-Ball on the Spot. The first shot of a frame is called the "Break". To "Break", the Cue Ball is played at the triangle of Object Balls from Baulk. The frame is deemed to have commenced the instant that the Cue Ball is played.
- Fair Break
The Break will be deemed a "Fair Break" if:
- At least one Stripe or Spot ball is potted. and/or
- Four Object Balls (at least) are driven to a cushion.
- Non-Standard Foul Break
If the Break is not a Fair Break it is a Non-Standard Foul and the opponent can choose from the following options:
- Be awarded a ball in hand and an open table; or
- Elect to have the balls re-racked and for the opponent to re-start the game under the same obligation to achieve a Fair Break;
- Continue play as if no foul has occurred.
- Standard Foul from Break
If the cue ball is potted off the break or if the cue ball leaves the table off the break this is a standard foul:
- The opponent will have a ball in hand and a free table;
- The opponent can place the cue ball anywhere on the table and that player has to nominate a ball and must go for that ball;
- If a player pots that ball then that player is on that ball;
Note: A player cannot play a striped ball onto a spotted ball. This will be classed as a foul while the table is still "open".
- If the Black Ball is potted on a Break:
- If only the Black ball goes down the player breaking-off wins the frame;
- If the Black ball and any other ball down the table is re-racked and the same player is allowed to re-break;
- If the black and the white goes down the player breaking-off loses the frame.
- Deciding Colours:
After the break the table is open. While the table is open the following rules apply:
- If you go for a spot you must hit a spot first and pot only a spot to be on spots;
- If you go for a spot and miss the pot the table is still open;
- If you go for spots and pot a spot and a stripe it is a foul and your opponent has ball in hand and open table;
- If you play a spot onto a stripe and pot the stripe this is also a foul and your opponent has open table, ball in hand.
- The colour is deemed to have been decided once a legal pot is made;
- Foul Shots
Fould shots can only be called by the referee. When a foul is called the following rules apply:
- If the referee calls a foul shot the opposing player will be provided with the "ball-in-hand". The player may then place the cue ball anywhere on the table in order to take their next shot;
- If the foul is called while the table is still open, the player must follow the rules outlined above in "Deciding Colours"
- If the table is no longer open, i.e. the player is "on" one or other "colours", he then has an "open table" and may hit any ball;
- While playing an "open table", a player will continue to play so long as he pots any ball other than the black ball.
- If an "open table" occurs when a non-fouling player has no remaining balls other than the black ball, he may elect to pot an opponent ball and continue to play if an opponent's ball is potted.
A player is snookered when he cannot play both sides of any of his object balls by way of a straight line shot. When a snooker occurs the following rules apply:
- A shot which leaves an opponent snookered is not illegal so long as the cue ball, or any object ball, makes contact with a cushion during the shot;
- A shot where neither cue ball nor any object balls strike a cushion which results in an opponent being snookered is deemed a foul;
- "Touching Ball"
- If the cue ball is touching an object ball, the player must not strike the cue ball in the direction of that object ball;
- He is considered to have hit the touching ball once he shoots away;
- If, while striking the cue ball, the touching object ball should move it is deemed a foul.
- Jump Shots
Jump shots are nopt permitted in the RPL. When a jump shot occurs the following rules apply:
- It is a foul if a player strikes the cue ball in a way that intentionally causes it to jump off the bed of the table in an effort to clear an obstructing ball;
- In cases where a jumping action occurs accidentally, such "jumps" are not to be considered fouls.
Chapter VI - Time Management, Postponements & Cancellations
- Matches are played on Monday nights.
- The starting time for all teams in the league is 20:00 hrs;
- All match schedules are published on the League website: Schedules.
- Any teams arriving late at any venue must start the game without any practice;
- Players Arriving Late
- If a team member is late then the games can start without that player so long as the player's name is written on the score board;
- All single games and doubles game that can be played must be played;
- If at any point during those games the late player arrives then they can play their games;
- If the late player has still not arrived after all possible games have been played, and the match has stopped for this reason, the late player's points will be awarded to the team that is waiting. So, the late player will lose his singles and doubles games 2-0;
- If a late player has not arrived when the Beerleg commences, the Beerleg will not be played and the Beerleg points will be awarded to the opposing team.
- Rescheduling Procedure:
Matches can be rescheduled only if exceptional circumstance exist preventing the match from being played on the scheduled date.
- Any bar seeking to reschedule a game must first seek the agreement of the opposing team;
- If the opposing team does not agree then the game must be played as scheduled;
- The League Committee must be notified 48 hours prior to the scheduled match time. The committee may contact the opposing team to confirm their consent to the rescheduling;
- Any rescheduled game must be played either before the scheduled match date or prior to the Monday immediately following the scheduled date;
- Please notify Eric Colombo of the proposed rescheduled date.
- Match Cancelation:
If a match is canceled the following rules will apply:
- The team responsible for the cancelation will forfeit the match;
- The winning team will be awarded a 7-0 score;
- No individual points will be awarded to the winning team;
- If the away team is responsible for the cancelation they must:
- Fulfil the "Minimum Spend" rule by spending no less than THB 1,200strong> at the opposing home bar no later than 1 week after the original match date;
- Pay to the home bar the appropriate Beerleg fee no later than 1 week after the original match date.
- If the home team is responsible for the cancelation:
- The away team is entitled to 1 free Beerleg drink per player from the home team bar, so long as they visit the home team bar no later than 7 days after the original match date.
Chapter VIII - Team Promotion/Relegation (Season 15)
Starting in Season 14 the Rawai Pool League has changed to a 2-Division format: Division A and Division B. Teams are placed into each Division based on their finishing position in the prior season.
- New Teams
All newly entered teams will automatically start in Division B.
- Relegation / Promotion
At the end of each season, and after the number of teams entering and leaving the RPL is known, the Committee will determine the number of teams to be promoted and demoted between the 2 divisions. The determination will be made with consideration given to the the proper functioning of the RPL.
At the end of each season the top-placed teams from Division B will be promoted to Division A. The lowest-placed teams from Division A will be relegated to Division B.
Notice:In order to maintain the 2-division model the RPL must keep a balanced number of teams in each Division. The Committee may decide to alter the number of teams relegated/promoted to offset team attrition and the addition of new teams to Division B.
- Ties / Playoffs
Determination of relegation and promotion positions will be calculated in the following order:
- The top/bottom 3 teams will be determined by the Team Points scored during the season;
- In the event of a Points tie between 2 or more teams which results in 4 or more teams ranking in the top/bottom 3 positions, the Score Difference will determine which team is ranked higher/lower so that only 3 teams will be ranked in the top/bottom 3 positions;
- Should 4 or more teams reamin in the top/bottom 3 ranked positions the following rules apply:
- Matches played during the season between the tied teams will be scored, with a point to the winning team. The team/s with the higher points will be deemed to rank higher;
- Should a tie still persist, a Playoff Match will be scheduled between the tied teams to determine which team/s should be promoted/relegated. Playoff Match rules will be presented separately.
Chapter VIII - Condition of Tables
- Match tables must be kept in good condition;
- It is accepted that most owners make every good effort to keep their tables in good condition and well balanced, however tables should not fall below a level of maintenance required by The League;
- The league recommends that all pool tables on which matches are played should go no longer than 18 months without being professionally serviced. Professional servicing should include:
- complete refelting with good quality cloth;
- balancing of cushions and the table itself.
- It is also recommended that tables should be kept clean and vacuumed regularly to remove chalk residue from underneath and within the cloth;
- Opposing teams should not be expected to play on thread bare, worn or torn cloths;
- Required type/size of pool table
All RPL matches must be played on American-=style pool tables. Play on snooker-style 3/4-sized tables was phased out over seasons 14 and 15.
- 7ft Tables
Where a 7ft pool table is available at a venue alongisde other size tables, the visiting captain must be given the option to play of that table. Where multiple matches are scheduled at such a venue the visiting captains should be given a fair chance to determine which match plays on the 7ft table (e.g. a coin toss);