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If you are talking about a national handicap then we would take the following into consideration:

1. His/her ability and skill level as a player.

2. What grade they play ie in their own club

3. What sought of breaks they have had since playing (if any)

4. Knowledge from any other player in their club or results from any tournament/s

5. Adjusted handicap based on section play rounds in a regional/national tournament

6. Any past history of play ie past national champion or regional champ etc

7. Any other game experience either nationally or internationally

These are some of the info I use when assessing an individuals handicap.

It's difficult to get live snooker on TV, no money or short of funds to do this. 147 snooker series completed and will be on Stratos TV August 4 Australians and 4 kiwis. Costs for live streaming not cheap unless someone knows where we can get a good deal and equipment to do this. Need personnel as well to do this, or people who go to all the tournaments and can do the filming and coverage. Skilled people doing editing, programing etc. It is not impossible to do but we have to ensure that funding is available, resources are in place and we do it properly.

Regards Wyn Belmont

You Can download the December rankings from this link. The next ranking list is due at the end of March 2011.

There is no provision in the Rules of English Billiards to call a game off, and neither should there be.

Billiards, Sec. 4 The Players: In the time wasting Rule, if the Referee considers that a player is taking an abnormal amount of time over a stroke or the selection of a stroke, he shall warn the player that he is liable to have the game awarded to his opponent. (Note): Players have been known to slow their usual game down in order to try to protect a small lead, which should not be allowed.

In the question posed, the Referee has no right to stop the game or warn the players that he may do so. Whether the game is of the timed format, or of the points version (i.e.) 150 up makes no difference. For a Referee to take this action would be a gross abuse of power and totally wrong.

The Referee while applying the Rules must always remember that the game belongs to the players, who generally do not all play at the same pace.

This question has been answered by Mr Cliff Hazelton, member of the IBSF Referees & Rules Committee.

As the entry requirements for the NZ Championships doesn't require a date of birth we have no real way of knowing the age of the winners. Having personally met all the winners from Alan Twohill onwards I would suggest that Dave Meredith, who would have been around the 30 age mark when he won his first title in 1980, could very well be the youngest winner but we could not say for certain. Perhaps someone else out there may have more accurate information.

There were 3 qualifiers, Jason Todd, William Teoh & Mike Herlihy, in Section 2 with the same number of wins (3). The criteria for working out the qualifying positions within the section only is to sort by (a) wins, if equal then (b) by frame differential, if still equal (c) by frame percentage - frames won divided by frames played, if still equal then (d) by who beat who. In this case Herlihy & Teoh had the same frame differential so to separate them the frame percentage is used. Herlihy had the better % so ended up the section winner, Teoh as the runner-up and Todd as 3rd.

Once players advance to the knockout stages they are seeded according to their performance in section play. The criteria for sorting the knockout stages is (a) by wins, if equal then (b) by frame differential, if still equal then (c) by their ranking for the tournament. Teoh had a higher ranking than Herlihy so ends up in a higher qualifying position.

This criteria has been in use by the NZBSA for a number of years and is seen as the fairest way to determine the qualifiers and the knockout seeding. Hope this answers your question.

I would suggest that you contact the Canterbury Billiards and Snooker Association and see if they can help you. Their details are available on our Regional Associations Canterbury page.

Sorry about the delay. As you are probably now aware the entry forms are now out for this tournament. Check our 2010 Entry Forms page.