Rules of the Annual Handicap/Pivot Cup Competition

Contents
1 Entries
2 Teams
3 The Draw
4 The Handicap
5 Matches
6 Scoring
7 Arranging matches
8 Results

1 Entries
 1.1  Clubs which are members of the League may enter any number of teams.
 1.2  A captain must be nominated for each team and his/her address and home and daytime phone numbers must be sent to the League Secretary with the entry.
 1.3  Entries must normally be made to the League Secretary by end-June (the actual closing date will be announced during the League AGM each year). Ideally entries should be via email.
 1.4  An entry fee (to be determined by the Committee) will be charged for each team and is payable direct to the Treasurer, at the same time as the entry is made.
2 Teams
 2.1  A team may consist of any number of players but only four players may take part in any one match.
 2.2  No player may play for more than one team.
3 The Draw
 3.1  The draw will be made by end-July. Pairings for the subsequent rounds will be determined by the position in this draw. The team drawn first in any pairing is the home team.
 3.2  No team will have the same opponents in their first match as they had in their first match of the preceding season.
 3.3  Teams from the same club will be kept apart for as long as possible.
 3.4  There will be no seeding.
4 The Handicap
 4.1  Each player will be allocated a handicap in IMPs depending on the division of the League in which he/she played most matches in the previous season. If a player plays an equal number of matches for two or more teams the handicap for the team that finished highest in the league applies. There will be an adjustment of -2 IMPs if that team was first or second in its division and +2 IMPs if that team was last or next to last in its division. The members of the team holding the Cup will also have an adjustment of -2 IMPs.
 The League Committee will publish a list of players and their handicaps at the start of each season. At any time after the start of the season, a player not on this list may apply to the Committee for a handicap. The Committee will base the handicap on the divisions the player has played in during the current season and/or their knowledge of the ability of that player. If a player plays in a Cup match without applying for a handicap he/she will have a handicap of zero IMPs.
 
  • The handicap for a Division 1 player will be zero IMPs.
  • The handicap for a Division 2 player will be three IMPs.
  • The handicap for a Division 3 player will be six IMPs.
  • The handicap for a Division 4 player will be nine IMPs.
 4.2  The handicap of the team will be the sum of the handicaps of the four players selected for that match. The team with the higher handicap subtracts the handicap of the other team from their own handicap and adds 10 to determine the number of IMPs which they add to their actual IMP score at the end of the match.
 [Thus if a team of four Division 3 players (handicap 4 x 6 = 24) plays a team of four Division 2 players (handicap 4 x 3 = 12) they will receive a handicap of 24 - 12 + 10 = 22 IMPs for the match. Similarly, if a team of four players who were in the team that was last in Division 4 in the previous season (handicap (9 + 2) x 4 = 44) plays a team of four players who were in the team that won Division 1 in the previous season and also were in the Cup winning team in the previous season (handicap (-2 + -2) x 4 = -16) they will receive the maximum possible handicap of 44 - (-16) + 10 = 70 IMPs for the match.]
5 Matches
 5.1  Matches will consist of 24 boards. The team captain plays three 8-board rounds in partnership with each member of his/her team. The two tables share the eight boards. The two captains oppose one another at the same table throughout the match.
 5.2  If required, the home captain must announce his/her pairings and their seating for the first round before the away captain decides his/her pairings and their seating. The away captain must announce first for the second round.
 5.3  For each pairing a fully completed convention card must be available.
 5.4  Only those systems and conventions currently defined by the EBU as Level 4 or below may be used.
 5.5  Should one or more player(s) be delayed for an acceptable reason and the match starts late, the team captains may agree to play three 7-board rounds. In extremis, a minimum match of three 6-board rounds is legal. If the captains cannot agree a reduction in the number of boards, a 24 board match must be played. If a reduction in the number of boards is agreed, then the handicap is reduced pro-rata, rounded to one place of decimals.
6 Scoring
 6.1  Scoring will be by IMPs. Any difference constitutes a winning margin.
 6.2  If the scores are equal after the original number of boards then six additional boards will be played (as three two board rounds). The seating arrangements are as defined in section 5. The handicap for these additional boards will be one quarter of the original handicaps, rounded to one place of decimals. If the result is still a draw, a replay must be arranged as soon as possible. In the replay, the original away team becomes the home team. If necessary, more replays make be arranged as necessary. However, any replays are subject to the requirements of 7.1.
 6.3  Scores can be compared after each set of boards has been completed.
7 Arranging matches
 7.1  The fixtures will be managed in the same way as league matches, with the added proviso that each fixture needs to be completed before the date for the following round match and the final is to be played by the end of March. If for any reason this proves impossible to achieve, the BBL committee will determine the outcome.
8 Results
 8.1  Within 48 hours of the match, the winning captain must submit the result using the EBU web base EBUKnockout system, or send the result to the Results Secretary, including the names of the players in both teams.
 8.2  As the rules of the EBU master point system forbid the award of master points for handicap events, no master points will be gained by the players of the team winning any match.

Issue 3 dated 9th Jun 2017