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Southwest Houston Shuffleboard League
PURPOSE AND ORGANIZATION OF LEAGUE Part I
Article 1 Article 2 Article 3 The name of this league will be the Southwest Houston Shuffleboard League (SHSL). These are the rules and regulations that will govern all play in this league. No exceptions. The main objectives of the league are: A. To promote and introduce shuffleboard as a clean and competitive sport for both men and women, B. To promote good sportsmanship, C. To provide clean entertainment D. To make new friends E. To have a good time. The organization of team sponsorships and player memberships. A. Sponsorships Sponsors will pay $50.00 per team, with sponsorship fee to be contributed to the general prize fund. (mod. 9/10) B. Player Memberships a. Each player will pay a $5.00 membership fee, which must be renewed at the beginning of each new season. b. Each team must have a minimum of 6 (six) players and a maximum of 15 (fifteen) players on their original roster. One player, and no more, must be designated as team captain; any number of players, up to the maximum allowable per roster, may be designated as co-captains. (mod. 3/10) League Money A. A checking account will be maintained in the league name. B. All sponsorship fees, membership fees and weekly league fees will be deposited in this account at the earliest possible after receipt. C. All money handled by the league will be accounted for by the league officers. D. All expenses incurred by and for the league will be paid from the league account and recorded by the league secretary. All league checks will require the signatures of 2 (two) officers. E. League records and books will be open for inspection by any sponsor or member with proper notice. League Awards A. The amount of prize money at the end of the season is to be distributed as follows: 1st place team receives 50% of the prize money 2nd place team receives 30% of the prize money 3rd place team receives 20% of the prize money B. All teams receive $25.00 per win at the end of the season C. Commemorative plaques or trophies are to be awarded to the top three teams according to the final standings. (4/08)

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Article 7 A. B. C. D. Article 8

Meetings The site of all league meetings will be determined by rotation of all the sponsors. Should a new club join, their name will be added last in the order of rotation. Two meetings will be held at the end of each season, and are designated as the Awards-Organizational Meeting and the Voting Meeting. (3/10) No one individual may represent more than one team. All league meetings will start at 7:30 pm.

League Officers A. The officers of this league will serve one-season terms, with no term to expire during the season. Elections for officers will be held at the end of each season. (mod. 3/10) B. League officers must be members of this league in good standing. C. The positions will be those of President, Vice President, and Secretary-Treasurer. D. The Secretary-Treasurer will be paid $35.00 per week of play from the league account. (mod. 1/09) E. The Secretary-Treasurer will decide which club will be the designated drop-off point. This cannot be changed during a season unless this club closes. (3/11)

Part II
Article 1 Team Rosters A. Each team roster, on match night, will consist of a minimum of 6 (six) players and a maximum of 15 (fifteen) players. B. Each team will have their sponsorship fees, team rosters, and membership fees turned in to the league by the Voting Meeting prior to the projected season. a. The addition of any new sponsors (clubs) proposing to join the league must let a board member know before the Awards-Organizational meeting. The sponsor will be approved or denied by a “show of hands” vote at the AwardsOrganizational meeting. If the sponsor is approved, any teams playing at the club will turn in all monies (membership fees, sponsorship fees, and weekly dues) and rosters at the beginning of the Voting meeting. (03/12) b. Any sponsor/bar who has been absent from our league for at least 5 (five) prior seasons must be voted into the league as according to the above rule. If a sponsor/bar has participated in our league in the past five seasons, the sponsor/bar will be allowed to play in our league without a vote. (8/11) c. If a team forfeits out of the league, to re-enter they must pay for the entire season (membership fees, sponsorship fees, and weekly dues) when the rosters are due. (03/12) C. The membership fee is $5.00 per player (see Part I, Article 4, Rule B.a above). D. Players added to a roster before the first match of the season are immediately eligible to play. E. Players added to a roster after the first match of the season must wait 1 (one) week before being eligible to play. F. No new player may be added to any team roster during the last five weeks of play. G. Should a player want to change teams during the season, that player must wait until the mid-season to change. If this occurs after the half, that player must wait until the next season. a. A player must contact the Secretary-Treasurer and both captains involved to change teams. b. A player dropped from a team may not rejoin the same team until the following year. H. No teams may change sponsoring clubs during league play, except when:
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a. the sponsoring club closes down, b. the shuffleboard is removed from the club, or c. the team becomes barred from the club. I. If there are 6 or less teams in the league, teams will play each of the other teams twice per half-season. Once as the home team and once as the visiting team so teams will play each other a total of 4 times per season. (03/12) Article 2 Forfeits A. Should any team drop out of the league, all its matches scheduled for that season will be converted to byes, and all money collected from that team to date will remain in the league account. Active teams will receive award money (per Part I, Article 6, Rule B) for wins scored against the team that dropped out; however, wins and losses incurred against that team will not be reflected in standings. B. Any team that forfeits 3 (three) matches in any one season of play will be dropped from the league that season. (03/12) Score keeping A. All matches will be scored on the official league score sheet by the home team. The league will have a uniform scoring method. B. Official score sheets must have first and last names. C. The final results of the evenings play will be clearly marked and attested to by the signatures of both team captains. By signing this document, the event of the night will become final and no challenge will be made afterward. When challenging, the team must identify the specific rule that is being challenged. (03/12) D. The home team captain assumes the responsibility to deliver the envelope containing the score sheet and fees for that night’s play to one of the designated drop-off points no later than the following Sunday by 5 pm. Penalty: If the envelope is not turned in on time, the team will be fined $25.00. This will be assessed at the end of the season. E. The league secretary will be responsible for distributing current standings to each participating team and it will the team captains’ responsibility to post the sheet prior to that week’s play. Collections Each team captain will be responsible to collect his team’s $25.00 fee prior to the beginning of play. The home captain will hold his team’s $25.00 plus that of the visiting team. At the conclusion of play for the night, the $50.00 will be handled in accordance with Part II, Article 3, Rule D. Equipment Regulations A. All equipment will meet the requirements of the league with no exceptions. B. No part of a shuffleboard table may be closer than 6 (six) inches from any structure which interferes with freedom of play. (i.e. walls, tables, partitions, etc.) C. All shuffleboard playing surfaces will meet the approval of at least two league officers as to speed, levelness, and straightness. Officers will be required to check all tables. D. Lighting a. No part of a hanging light can be closer than 28 inches from the playing surface. b. Lighting attached to the table will not be allowed to obstruct the view of the shooter. c. Any corrective decisions concerning the two above lighting rules will be made
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by at least two league officers E. Playing Weights a. Playing weights will consist of 8 weights, 4 each of a matching set, with distinct different colors. b. Weights with loose, missing, cracked, or chipped tops will not be eligible for league play. Verbal warning will be issued by the league first, then a loss of each match thereafter for each violation. c. All weights used in league play must have a complete chrome surface on the bottom of the weight and at least ¾ chrome finish on the sides. d. Any weights accepted for league play are considered “house” weights and will be used for all league practice and play, regular season and play-offs. e. Any corrective decisions concerning the above playing weight rules will be made by at least two officers. F. Coin-operated Tables a. The home team sponsor is responsible for all money needed to operate the machine during play. b. Any practice time prior to league play will be paid by the participating players. c. The home team captain is responsible for watching the time peg-stop machines to insure that the time is renewed so as not to interfere with any shot. Should a shot be stopped or interfered with, that shot will be re-played. G. Silicone Spray Home teams are permitted to clean and apply silicone spray to the board surface at any time until 6:30 pm on Tuesday. No application of spray is permitted from 6:30 pm Tuesday until the end of the match Wednesday. (mod. 3/11) H. Table Wax a. Table wax used during practice must be the same consistency as the wax used during league play (i.e. no new bucket of wax may be introduced from the back room). b. All wax will be of the silicone variety. Powdered wax is unacceptable. c. THE PENALTY FOR ANY OF THE WAX VIOLATIONS ABOVE IS HAVING THE MATCH PLAYED UNDER CHALLENGE, WITH THE OUTCOME BEING DECIDED BY THREE LEAGUE OFFICERS. d. In general, only the shooter is permitted to add any wax to the board after play has begun. The only time the shooter is allowed to throw wax is before his/her shot. This can be done sparingly on dry areas so as not to create mounds of wax. No wax can be applied to the table after all 8 (eight) pucks have been thrown from one end. (mod. 3/11) e. Wax may not cover pucks in the trough at game time. f. If a home team is guilty of not having enough was for the night, the penalty will be forfeit of the entire match. I. Boards A. Boards may not be moved, balanced, re-leveled, or waxed, nor may the quality of the wax be changed, after 9 pm. on Mondays preceding a league match. The purpose of this rule is to ensure that the surface, levelness, and speed of the board are the same both for practice and for league play. The sponsoring club or their designated representative will be responsible for proper maintenance of the board. Sponsors must comply with the rules and regulations pertaining to conditions of the board: same as practice – same as league play. (mod. 8/07, 4/08, 1/09) B. IF ANY PLAYER HAS KNOWLEDGE OR REASON TO BELIEVE THAT THE BOARD HAS BEEN INAPPROPRIATELY ALTERED, THE MATCH WILL BE PLAYED UNDER CHALLENGE, WITH THE SCORE SHEET
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BEING LEFT UNSIGNED AND THE OUTCOME BEING DECIDED BY THE LEAGUE OFFICERS. Article 6 A. B. Handicaps An individual player handicap system will be used to provide the most equitable means of balancing the league so as to provide as equal an opportunity for each team to win as possible. Individual handicaps will be decided according to the following rules: a. Individual percent wins are determined by dividing the individual's total number of games won by the individual's total number of games played. b. Handicap evaluations will take place for all players at mid-season and the end of the season. c. Players with five or more total games played in an evaluation period will be evaluated. Players with less than five games played will not be evaluated and will remain at the same handicap. (mod. 1/09) d. New players joining this league before the start of the season, and who do not have a handicap on record with this league, or any other leagues or shuffleboard-related rating systems, will be handicapped as a 3. Any such players will be evaluated after playing five games. (mod. 4/08) e. New players joining this league after the start of the season, and who do not have a handicap on record with this league, or any other leagues or shuffleboard-related rating systems, will be handicapped as a 2. Any such players will be evaluated after playing five games. (mod. 4/08) f. Players who have not been on a roster for at least 8 (eight) consecutive seasons but have previously played in this league will rejoin with a handicap of 2. After five games, the player’s handicap will be evaluated. g. Any player joining this league who is guilty of failing to disclose information that would be a factor in determining a handicap rating, will be subject to loss of every game that individual has played in the current season being played. Handicap evaluations will be made according to the following formulations based on percent wins as defined in Part II, Article 6, Rule B.a above.
Players with a handicap of 2 0%-34% will become a 3 35%-50% will remain a 2 51%-94% will become a 1 95%-100% will become a 0 Players with a handicap of 3 0%-34% will remain a 3 35%-50% will become a 2 51%-94% will become a 1 95%-100% will become a 0

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Players with a handicap of 0 0%-34% will become a 1 35%-100% will remain a 0

Players with a handicap of 1 0%-34% will become a 2 35%-65% will remain a 1 66%-100% will become a 0

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Handicap points are calculated before the start of each game. Any concerns about a player's eligibility and/or handicap must be addressed before the start of that player's game. Total handicap points are calculated by adding the player handicaps of the two selected players for each team. If the totals are equal, no handicap is assessed. If the totals are not equal, the team with the larger total receives handicap points. The number of points received is determined by subtracting the
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smaller total from the larger total. This number is added at the start of the game to the score of the team with the larger handicap total. If the teams are equal in handicap totals, the first shooter of the game will be determined by a coin flip. The two players who will be playing at the end of the board where the weights are situated will perform the coin flip. The winner of the coin flip will have the choice of shooting first or receiving the hammer (last shot). If the teams are not equal in handicap totals, the team with the lower total (i.e. the team not receiving any points) will receive the hammer. For the first game of the match, the team not receiving hammer will have the choice of color of the weights. The teams will play with the same respective colors for the remainder of the match (see Part III, Article I, Rule H below).

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Standings A. Final league standings will be determined by the number of matches won and lost for each team. The number of games won or lost during the course of a match or season has no bearing on the standings. B. If two or more teams tie for any prize money position in the standings, the tie will be resolved by a playoff. C. Times and dates of any playoff matches will be decided by the league officers. Locations of playoff matches will be decided by the captains of the teams in the tie. If a decision cannot be made, a board will be chosen by a coin toss, with the winner of the toss choosing a location (including their home board). The winner of the coin toss will be the home team. Only boards in this league will be accepted. (03/12) Postponements A. Postponements will be allowed in cases of deaths, accidents, or other serious incidents. The captain of the team requesting a postponement must notify the captain of the opposing team by 12 p.m. (noon) the day of a league match in order for the postponement to be granted. (mod. 4/08) B. All matches postponed in the first half of the season must be made up prior to the start of the second half. (8/07)

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Part III Methods of Play
Article 1 General Rules A. All matches should start by 8:00 p.m., on the scheduled date. B. Number of Players 1. A team must have a minimum of 2 (two) players present at 8:00 p.m. to begin play. (mod. 9/10) 2. A minimum of 6 (six) different players must be played in the first 4 (four) games of the match. The penalty for violation of this rule is: i. forfeit of the fourth game if the offending team has only selected five players to play in the first four games, with the match continuing until completion after that point, or ii. forfeit of the entire match if the offending team has only selected four or less players to play in the first four games. (cor. 4/08; mod. 1/09) C. No one player will be allowed to win more than 2 (two) games per match. If a violation occurs, the penalty will be a forfeit of the game in which the violation took place, with the
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match continuing until completion after that point. No verbal warning is required. All boards shall be cleaned of old wax and fresh wax applied before the start of each game. The opposing team captain or co-captain may ask for the board to be re-done. All league games will be played to a 15 (fifteen) point limit. A match will consist of no more than seven games with the team winning four games first being the match winner. A line-up for each game will be exchanged just prior to the beginning of the game. The home team captain must announce his/her team’s players first, and then alternate announcing first for the remaining games. Any questions concerning membership, eligibility, or handicap status of a player must be resolved before that player’s game in question. If a resolution cannot be reached, a league officer must be contacted. 1. Each team captain will be provided with all team rosters, which must be kept current and posted near the shuffleboard, along with a copy of these rules and a current schedule. Roster changes will be noted on league standings sheets, which are to be distributed, including at the drop off location, on a weekly basis. 2. Any player will be required to provide valid photographic identification on request of the opposing team captain, to confirm their eligibility to play. In accordance with this rule, such requests must be made prior to the start of the game in which the player has been selected to play. (3/10) Each team will use the same color weights for the entire match. The short foul line, the line nearest the shooter, will be used for all league play. A weight must be entirely across the respective line to score the higher number of points. The position of the weight is determined by looking directly over the top of the weight. Any close calls concerning the position of the weight will be determined by both team captains. Note: if a team captain is an active player for a particular game, a cocaptain or other member of that captain’s team must make this determination instead (mod. 7/09) A weight not completely clearing the foul line nearest the shooter shall be considered an illegal weight and shall be removed from the board before the next shot. If, after each player has shot all four weights and there are no points scored the hammer changes. If the lead weights come to a dead heat (tie), there is no score, and the hammer changes. 1. The position of closely positioned weights of different colors must be determined by both team captains when in dispute. Note: if a team captain is an active player for a particular game, a co-captain or other member of that captain’s team must make this determination instead (mod. 7/09) Playing weights must not be held in the hand while the opponent is shooting. Likewise, a shooter must not hold a weight in their free hand. If a shooter does, a verbal warning will be given first and the loss of 1 (one) point for every violation thereafter. An active player may not cross the center line during his/her turn. Penalty: verbal warning for the first such violation that game, and subtraction of 1 (one) point from the offending player’s score for the second and each subsequent violation until the end of that game. (12/06; mos. 7/09) Any team member may inform a player as to the position of weights and/or strategy during play. (mod. 8/07) A player, while in the act of shooting must not touch the playing surface of the board with their free hand. The free hand may rest on the frame or cradle of the board. 1. One leg (where the leg bends at the hip) must be behind the board when shooting. A player guilty of breaking this rule will forfeit one point
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for every violation. 2. Both feet shall be behind the deuce line (between the 1 and 2) and at least one foot shall be on the floor when the shot is delivered. The weight shall be released before the near foul line. Penalty: verbal warning for the first violation and loss of one point from the offending player’s score for the second and each subsequent violation. (03/12) S. Players are prohibited from touching the surface of the board with any part of their shooting hand while in the act of shooting. Penalty for violation of this rule is subtraction of one point from the player’s score following the second violation, and subtraction of one point for each violation thereafter, until the end of that game. Both team captains must be informed after each infraction of the rule for the violation to be recognized. (4/08; mod. 7/09) T. A player shall not cause any vibration such as slapping or kicking of table, stamping the floor, etc., whether intentional or not. A player guilty of breaking this rule will forfeit one point for every violation and lose the hammer on the following round. U. A player may not touch the playing surface or cradle of the table while his/her partner or opponent is shooting. If this occurs, the penalty will be a verbal warning for the first violation and the loss of one point for every violation thereafter. V. Should a player accidentally shoot an opponent’s weight, said weight must be replaced at that time by one of the players, with the proper color weight. W. A player, shooting out of turn or delivering the weight when they have the privilege of the hammer, will lose that privilege and must complete the round in violation. X. Should a weight slip from a players hand while in the act of being delivered, the player will have the privilege of another try, provided their arm was not moving in a forward motion, as in making a shot. Once forward motion is made with the arm, the weight is considered played if released from the hand, and cannot be replayed. Y. It will be the responsibility of the two opponents shooting to advise the other two players when all eight weights have been delivered. Should the board be cleared of the weights before all eight weights have been delivered, the team removing the weights will be penalized one point immediately and the frame will be shot again. If the board is cleared twice in one match by the same team, the offending team will forfeit the current game. Article 2 Hangers or Rail Hangers A. A hanger is dead if it falls from the board before the opponent’s following weight ceases motion. B. After the opponent’s following weight has been delivered and ceases motion, a hanger is legal and must be replaced if it has fallen from the board without being hit by another weight. C. Should a hanging weight fall from the board for any reason other than being legally knocked off, such as slapping the table, pushing the table while shooting, stamping the floor, or any other vibration, it is a legal weight and must be replaced in its original position. Common Courtesy A. All generally accepted rules of good sportsmanship and good conduct will apply at all times in league play. B. It is considered common courtesy for each player to step back from the board after delivering a weight in order to give their opponent freedom of the board in every aspect, with no interference while shooting. The player not having the hammer can remain behind their opponent until the last weight is delivered. C. A player, while shooting, may not have a drink, cigarette or other foreign object in their free hand or mouth. A player guilty of this will receive a verbal warning the first time and a loss of one point thereafter for each offense.
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Article 4 Any rule not covered herein will be decided by the current League Officers. Their decision will be final in all cases. Article 5 Challenges will be resolved by the vote of the three league officers. If one or more league officers are members of a team involved in a challenge, a neutral team captain will be selected to decide upon that challenge in the place of each such officer. (mod. 9/10) Article 6 The payout of league prizes will be given to the teams in a form of cashier’s checks and/or money orders. Revised March 2012 Highlight of Rule Changes • Take the word “protest” out of the rules • When protesting, the team must identify the specific rule that is being protested. (Part II Article 3,C) • If a team forfeits out of the league, to re-enter they must pay for the entire season when the rosters are due. (Part II Article 1, B,c) • New teams must pay the entire season’s money when the rosters are due. (Part II Article 1, B,a) • If there are 6 or less teams in our league, teams will play each other twice per half-season, once as the home team and once as the visiting team. Teams will play each other a total of 4 times per season. (Part II Article 1, I) • Any team that forfeits 3 matches in a season of play will be dropped from the league that season. (Part II Article 2,B) • Times and dates of any playoff matches will be decided by the league officers. Locations of playoff matches will be decided by the captains of the teams in the tie. If a decision cannot be made, a board will be chosen by a coin toss, with the winner of the toss choosing a location (including their home board). The winner of the coin toss will be the home team. Only boards in this league will be accepted. (Part II Article 7,C) • Both feet shall be behind the deuce line (between the 1 and 2) and at least one foot shall be on the floor when the shot is delivered. The weight shall be released before the near foul line. Penalty: verbal warning for the first violation and loss of one point from the offending player’s score for the second and each subsequent violation. (Part III Article 1 , R, 2) • Part II, Article 5, item H.e shall be moved to item H.c with other rules following. Item H.e states: The penalty for any of the wax violations above is having the match played under protest, with the outcome being decided by the three league officers. (Part II, Artcile 5, H,c)

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