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2015 EBSA Coaches

 

The European Billiards & Snooker Coaching Academy offers students and Coaches from across Europe the opportunity to receive professional training and coaching from EBSA Qualified Coaches or to train and become a EBSA Coach. 

The goal for the EBSA Coaching Academy is to develop a team of EBSA Coaches in all the European Countries to grow the game all across Europe.

If you would like to become a EBSA Coach you must first contact your own national body and ask them to nominate you by writing to the EBSA to attend training to become an official EBSA. PJ will then contact you to arrange a date and venue for you to do the course in Ireland or in your own Country.

 

QUALIFIED E.B.S.A. COACHES 2014 - 2015


   

PJ Nolan

 

Country : Ireland

Email : pjcoach147@ebsa

Mobile : +353 86 8634507

Web Site : www.147academy.com

Web Site : www.ribsa.ie

P.J. Nolan Head of EBSA Coaching

Profile : PJ is the Head of EBSA Coaching and the Republic Of Ireland National Snooker Coach. PJ is also a World Snooker Coach and coaches all over Europe and Asia. In 2013 PJ has coached in Austria, Israel, Belgium, Czech Republic, India and UAE. PJ Nolan has over 20 years of coaching experience.

He has worked all across the world in his roles of National Coach to the Republic Of Ireland and to Qatar in the Middle East. PJ trains and guides the team of EBSA Coaches and qualifies the new coaches. He also holds Cue Zones at all EBSA Snooker Championships.


Alex Borg

Country : Malta

Malta National Coach
Mobile Number: 00356 79777147
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Web Site : http://www.mbsa.org.mt/

 

Profile : Alex Borg is the current Malta National Coach and former European Snooker Champion winning the 2005 & 2006 EBSA European Snooker Championship. He also won the 2004 & 2005 EBSA European Team Snooker Championship. 2005 Mediterranean Snooker Cup Champion, 1997, 1999 & 2000 Continental Team Cup Champion. He has been 11 times Malta Snooker Champion plus the 1998 & 2004 EBSA European Snooker Runner-up and the 2012 IBSF Snooker Championships Semi-Finalist. His Highest Breaks is Practice 147 and 144 in Tournament play. Since 2005 he has been coaching regularly in Poland.

 


Stephane Ochoiski

Country : France

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 Tel: 0387827186 - 0683671479

Web Site : http://www.snookersaintavold.com/

Profile : Stéphane started coaching in 1995. He was the first in France to create a junior snooker school. Since that he never stopped and this accedmy is still in place with more than 1000 young student in training. In 2005 Stephane became the French Junior National Coach. He is writing levels guides coaching program for the french federation. Over the years of hard work improving his coaching, Stephane has worked with famous coach like PJ Nolan, Alan Stocker, Chriss Henry , Nic Barrow, Wayne and Terry Griffith, Garry Baldrey and Barry Starck, Alan Trigg and recently Mukech Parmar. In October he wil be participating in the WSA coach level 2 in Sheffield held by World Snooker.


 

David Vaizman

 

Country : Israel

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 Tel : 972 54 7535475

Web Site : http://www.billiard.org.il

Profile:  David Vaizman is a full-time Snooker coach from 2002 in all the frame works projects that take place in Israel. David coaches at The Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheva since  2003, and has about 800 students a year doing his course each year. In 2006 David coaches the Israel tUnder 19 Team. David coaches the senior Israeli player Shachar Ruberg  in conjunction with the EBSA  head coach  PJ Nolan. David coaches players of all levels and all ages in Israel. In 2007 he graduated as an EBSA coach by and Wayne and Terry Griffiths Academy in Wales. David  was part of the Israel team which reached the 2012 EBSA Team Championship final. In February 2013 he completed the IBSF a coaching course in Israel.


 

 

Dragos Cozmaciuc 

 

Country : Romania

National Snooker Coach

National S.C Tel: +40 21 2509166

Mobile: +40 722 465155

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Web site:  www.snooker.ro

Profile : Dragos is the National Snooker Coach in Romania and is based in the National Snooker Centre in Romania. In 2004 Dragos was presented The Great Medal of Sport - 1st class for the great contributions in promoting the imagine of Romania in the world of sport. Dragos played professional Football in the Romanian League and had a glittering career in Karate coaching Romania to International glory in European and World Championships winning 67 golds. Since becoming a EBSA Coach in 2005 Dragos now guides all the Romania Snooker players to improve and develop the game more in Romania.


 

Peter Troy

 

Country : Ireland

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Tel: +00353 87 9700611

Web Site : www.ribsa.ie

Profile : My Snooker life is very unusual, I was a top junior player but never entered any National events or won anything in the game. I have my own take on the game and how the modern game should be played. I have made seven 147 breaks from open play and in the line up five centuries in a row is my best record. Mainly I have Coached Top Irish Junior players down the years, Presently I am working with Fergal o Brien on a regular basis preparing him for each event. This is taking up most of my time at the moment. (Fergal has qualified for the first two Ranking events of the 2013/14 season and in the first PTC event he got to the Quarter-finals, so far its 7 matches with 6 wins). I plan to get back playing in the Irish events next Season to keep my game sharp to help me develop my Coaching Skills Further.


 

Yaakov Shashuashvili

 

Country : Israel

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Tel : +972 54 44668733

Web Site : http://www.billiard.org.il/

Yakov Shashuashvili is the Israel National Snooker Coach. He has coached and trained Israeli teams for several years in all categories. He graduated with Wayne and Terry Griffiths in the Matchroom in Wales. He has participates in International competitions over the years for Israel in Men and Masters Snooker Championships. He was the coach of the Israeli National Team who reached the European Team Championship Final in Bulgaria. He was presented with Sports Coach of the Year Award in Israel for this achievement.  


 

 

Duncan Bezzina

Country : Malta
 
Mobile: 00356 99449522 
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Web Site : http://www.mbsa.org.mt/   

Profile : Duncan is one of the top Snooker players in Malta and he is very interested in building up the game in Malta. Duncan has won the 2004 EBSA European Team Snooker Championship and is a 2 time winner of Malta Snooker Championship. His Highest breaks in Practice is 147 and in Tournament it is 143. 


Shachar Ruberg

 

Country : Israel

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Tel : +972 35276542

Web Site : http://www.billiard.org.il/

Profile : Shachar Ruberg is the youngest qualified EBSA Coach. Shachar is one of the leading junior players in the World. Shachar has won the Isreal National Championship along with a number of Interntional titles in Europe. Shachar was part of the Isreal team which reached the 2012 EBSA Team Championship final. He has reached the last 16 of the 2013 EBSA Championship in Poland.


 

 

Bratislav Krastev

 

Country : Bulgaria

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Tel. +359 882 711 991

Web site: www.bulgariansnooker.com

Profile : Since 2009 Bratislav Krastev has been a full-time snooker coach at the Snooker & Billiard Center in Sofia, Bulgaria, coaching people at all ages and all levels. In 2011 He became the national snooker coach of Bulgaria and with the help of the knowledge and experience gained he founded and is the head coach of the 101 Snooker Academy. His academy was created in order to improve the Bulgarian players. 


 

Ander Isuskiza

 

Country : Spain

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Tel.: 625702603

Web site: escueladesnooker.com

Profile :  In 2009, Ander created snooker147blog.com, a blog to keep Spanish fans informed in their mother tongue, which soon became the leading snooker site in the country. His interest in snooker kept growing and in 2013 he qualified as an EBSA Coach under the guidance of PJ Nolan and started working as a full-time snooker coach. After a couple of months, he has already coached players from different ages and levels and is looking forward to develop snooker in Spain to create future stars.


 

Aram Bernaus

 

Country : Spain

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Tel : 0034616280719

Web site:  blackballfarm.com

Profile : Aram Bernaus started to coach in 2010. At the begining he only coached blackball poll players. After the EBSA snooker coach course he started to coach snooker players as well as the top blackball pool players in Spain. He created the Blackballfarm his own place to coach in Spain in 2013. He believes it is now time to imrpove all the knowledge of the spanish players.


 

MAREK ZUBRZYCKI

 

Country : POLAND

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Tel : +48 888 68 38 38  

Web site: SNOOKERCOACH.PL 

Profile : My name is Marek Zubrzycki and I am a professional snooker coach in Poland. It has been my discipline for nearly 20 years of professional player career and for 10 years as a coach. Throughout my career I enjoyed many triumphs (most notably I became the Team Champion of Poland in 2002 and Vice Champion of Poland in 2008), winning top places in various tournaments of Polish Open Snooker Ranking. This gave me valuable experience that I am now able to pass onto aspiring adepts of snooker. I am now very proud to be an official EBSA Coach and together we can develop more champions all across Europe.

 

ADAM POLAK 

 

Country : POLAND

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Tel : +48 501 764386 

Web site: www.snooker.pl     

Profile :  I am a graduate The Academy of Physical Education in Warsaw in 1992. As a young man I practised football and athletics - 100m and long jump. I have been playing snooker since 2002. From 2005 I play in tournaments in Poland. In 2009 I took 2-nd place in Polish Club Masters Championship. In 2012 I was first in Polish Championship over 40 ( Polish Masters ). I have been successful in many local tournaments. Since November 2011 I have been the Coach of Polish Ladies National Team. 

 

MATEUSZ NOWAK

 

Country : POLAND

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WEB SITE :  www.nsnooker.pl 

 

 

Mateusz Nowak is a  Professional snooker coach based in Warsaw, Poland. I am the head of coaching in the Polish Snooker Association and National Junior Team Coach. I work with players all over Poland on every skill level. In my work I focus on constant development and self-training, making use of cutting edge achievements in training planning and sport development.

  

 

 

PIOTR MURAT

 

Country : POLAND 

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Tel : + 48 502 511619

Web site:  www.masterslublin.pl  

 My name is Piotr Murat and I am a snooker coach in the Poland.  

  

 

PATYRK MASLOWSKI

 

Country : POLAND

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Web site: www.snooker.pl   

Profile : Patryk Maslowski is the youngest qualifed EBSA Coach. He is one of the leading men players in Poland. Patryk has won the Polish U-17 Championships in 2013. He took part in 2013 EBSA Championships in Zielona Góra reaching Last 48 in Men's category in his debut. He also represented Poland in the 2013 IBSF World Team and 6 Red Championships. After completing the EBSA Coaching Course he is now looking forward to developing snooker in Poland and help in creating future stars of the game.

NELSON BAPTISTA

 

Country : PORTUGAL

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My Name is Nelson Baptista and I am full time snooker coach in Portugal. For more than 15 years I have grow as player and coach, and I now I have created the first snooker academy in Portugal, coaching people at all ages and levels. I am now very proud to be an official EBSA Coach making the difference and helping to develop the game in Portugal. 

KEVIN CHAN

 

Country : NETHERLANDS

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Tel : +  0031622556669 

Web site : www.snookercoach.nlfgh 

Kevin came into contact with snooker in 1995 and since then it has never left him. As a player he did win the Dutch Masters Event and also the Dutch Masters Ranking two times. He also regularly participates in European- and World Championships. Besides that he is a snooker referee and board member of the snooker section of the KNBB (Royal Dutch Billiards Association). As a coach, he wants to contribute to the development of the Dutch snooker level and in particular those of the youth 
 

André Stadt  

 

Country : NETHERLANDS

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 Tel : +0031626039084  

Web site: www.snookercoach.nl  

André Stadt started snooker in 1989. Before his snooker career, he played carom on his fathers’ billiard for 7 years. In the ‘90ths was André 3 times club champion (150 members) and he won some small tournaments in the Netherlands. In January 2014 he followed the EBSA snooker coach course by PJ Nolan with 7 other dedicated snooker players and started snookercoach.nl! 
 

Joris Maas 

 

Country : NETHERLANDS

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Tel : +

Web site: www.snookercoach.nl  

Joris Maas has been developing his own snooker en pool game since 1994. In this 20 years he has gradually self-improved his skills reaching an international amateur standard. Joris has won Dutch championships in snooker as well as pool and he represents Holland in international events. From his home base “Snookercentrum De Dieze” he has been coaching some Dutch snooker and pool players for a few years now. In 2014 Joris received the official EBSA coaching certificate. 
 

Corné Kuijpers  

 

Country : NETHERLANDS

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Tel : +31 621851286 

Web site: www.snookercoach.nl  

Corné Kuijpers has been playing snooker since 1992. At the moment he is Team-Captain for the head league snooker team in the Netherlands for his home-base “Snooker Centre de Pompadour” in Breda. He has been selected by KNBB to be the Coach for the ‘European under-21 Snooker Championship” in Romania. He is honored to get this chance and will certainly help to develop the snooker game more in the Netherlands.Further on he is the official KNBB Snooker Photographer and did photograph at the PTC's in Antwerp and Rotterdam.

 

Manon Melief  

 

Country : NETHERLANDS

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  Tel : + 0031629003386  

Web site: www.snookercoach.nl 

Manon first watched snooker on a black and white screen. She played several ball sports but got addicted in 1992 to snooker. In 1995, 2000 and 2014 she has won the Dutch Ladies Championships and she has won the Dutch Ladies Ranking several times. Her best achievement is when she came in 5th at the European Championships in 1999 in Enschede (Holland). She regularly participates in European and World Championships.  She already coached volleyball youth players for a couple of years. Furthermore she is a member of the Federal Council of the KNBB (Royal Dutch Billiards Association).  As a coach she wants to enlarge interest in Dutch snooker in general and bring Dutch snooker to a higher level, especially with the youth. 

Freddie de Grooth  

 

Country : NETHERLANDS

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Tel : + (0031)(0)6-20303030 

Web site: www.snookercoach.nl  

Started with Snooker 1983 in my Home town Groningen. I won several small Competions. Played Premier League 1989 – 1992  Highest break 94 and clearance 83 in a premiere league match. This gave me valuable experience and I love coaching and work with people and youth. In January 2014 I followed with enthusiasm the EBSA Snooker Course given by PJ Nolan. I am now very proud to be an official EBSA Coach and together with the other 7 coaches we can develop more champions all across The Netherlands.

 

Melvin Reese 

 

Country : NETHERLANDS

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Tel : +

Web site: www.snookercoach.nl  

My name is Melvin Reese and I am a Snooker and Pool coach in the Netherlands. inn  tth. 
 

Henry Heyting  

 

Country : NETHERLANDS

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Web site: www.snookercoach.nl  

My name is Henry Heijting. I discovered the game of snooker in the early nineties. I played for many years all kind of local tournaments. In 2005 starting to be a referee and I am now active as a WSA referee on the European tour. Since January 2014 I am also a EBSA coach. I have experienced all kind of aspects within this lovely game of snooker and I like to share this information to grow the game.

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TOMAS KEJLA

 

COUNTRY : CZECH REPUBLIC

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TEL : +420 602 829 859

WEB SITE: WWW.SNOOKERWEB.CZ

Tomas Kejla is the Czech National snooker coach. He has coached players for more than 5 years in all levels. He coaches czech juniors national team and has Snooker Academy. Tomas works on Eurosport like head snooker commentator now. Tom was one of the czech best players - participated on ECH 2007 and 2008. He stopped playing to give all to coaching and improving czech and slovak snooker players. He is delighted to be E.B.S.A. snooker coach.

Péter Varga

COUNTRY : HUNGARY    

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Peter is a EBSA Snooker Coach in Hugary

Pál Vantara 

 

COUNTRY : HUNGARY    

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Pal is a EBSA Snooker Coach in Hungary

Péter Winkler

 

COUNTRY : HUNGARY    

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Peter is a EBSA Snooker Coach in Hungary

László Pénzes

 

COUNTRY : HUNGARY    

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Laszlo is a EBSA Snooker Coach in Hungary

Davide Coltro

 

COUNTRY : iTALY    

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Davide is a EBSA Snooker Coach in Italy

Massimiliano Sabetta

 

COUNTRY : iTALY   

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Massimiano is a EBSA Snooker Coach in Italy

Claudio Costa

 

COUNTRY : ITALY    

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Claudio is a EBSA Snooker Coach in Italy

Michele Monaco

 

COUNTRY : ITALY    

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Michele is a EBSA Snooker Coach in Italy

Michele Battaglia

 

COUNTRY : ITALY    

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Michele  is a EBSA Snooker Coach in Italy    

Francesco Bertaiola

 

COUNTRY : ITALY    

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Francesco is a EBSA Snooker Coach in Italy

 

 

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Welcome to the EBSA Referees pages

These pages have been designed to provide valuable information and support to anyone who is considering training to become a referee as well as providing continuing guidance and support materials for more experienced referees as well as materials for examiners and tutors.
 
As with every sport, the main role of a referee is to provide a fair and equal opportunity for 
competitors by fairly, impartially and consistently applying the rules of the sport.  If you know the rules of the sport, you get a greater advantage, and referees commit themselves to studying to fully understand the rules to be able to apply them fairly.
 
Opportunities always exist to become involved in refereeing, from local grassroots through to national and European Senior Championships.  EBSA are proud to be able to offer referees from across Europe the same opportunity to develop their refereeing skills, knowledge and experience and to officiate at the very highest levels of championships.  
 
The EBSA Referees and Rule Sub-Committee, actively support the EBSA Board of Directors by volunteering their time, skills and expertise to help promote, develop and oversee all aspects of refereeing and referees training and development.  The key officers and members of the Referees and Rules Sub-Committee are:
 
Referees Coordinator: Simon Smith (EBSA General Secretary)
Membership Officer: Steve Starkie 
Rules & Governance Officer: Derek Budde
Finance Officer: Eugene O’Connor
Members: Franz Meszaros, Dan Lewis, Neil Shanahan, Daniel Bontinck, Ger Murray, Maxime Cassis
 
Most countries have their own National Referees Association as part of the Governing Body for the sport.  However, some countries are still developing their Referees Association and EBSA can provide help and support in developing their Referees Association, as well as training and examining referees.  
 
Click here if you are interested in becoming a referee and attending a training seminar.  If you are a National Governing Body who is interested in organising a training seminar and examinations for potential and new referees, please click here.  
 
By exploring the following pages you will find a wide range of information to understand more about becoming a referee, the rules of the sport, the etiquette of officiating, information on the referees currently registered across Europe along with a wealth of materials to download.
 
I hope you enjoy these pages.
 
 
Simon Smith
EBSA General Secretary
April 2014
 
 
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2014 EBSA Coaches

 

The European Billiards & Snooker Coaching Academy offers students and Coaches from across Europe the opportunity to receive professional training and coaching from EBSA Qualified Coaches or to train and become a EBSA Coach. 

The goal for the EBSA Coaching Academy is to develop a team of EBSA Coaches in all the European Countries to grow the game all across Europe.

If you would like to become a EBSA Coach you must first contact your own national body and ask them to nominate you by writing to the EBSA to attend training to become an official EBSA. PJ will then contact you to arrange a date and venue for you to do the course in Ireland or in your own Country.

 

QUALIFIED E.B.S.A. COACHES 2013 - 2014


   

PJ Nolan

 

Country : Ireland

Email : pjcoach147@ebsa

Mobile : +353 86 8634507

Web Site : www.147academy.com

Web Site : www.ribsa.ie

P.J. Nolan Head of EBSA Coaching

Profile : PJ is the Head of EBSA Coaching and the Republic Of Ireland National Snooker Coach. PJ is also a World Snooker Coach and coaches all over Europe and Asia. In 2013 PJ has coached in Austria, Israel, Belgium, Czech Republic, India and UAE. PJ Nolan has over 20 years of coaching experience.

He has worked all across the world in his roles of National Coach to the Republic Of Ireland and to Qatar in the Middle East. PJ trains and guides the team of EBSA Coaches and qualifies the new coaches. He also holds Cue Zones at all EBSA Snooker Championships.


Alex Borg

Country : Malta

Malta National Coach
Mobile Number: 00356 79777147
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Web Site : http://www.mbsa.org.mt/

 

Profile : Alex Borg is the current Malta National Coach and former European Snooker Champion winning the 2005 & 2006 EBSA European Snooker Championship. He also won the 2004 & 2005 EBSA European Team Snooker Championship. 2005 Mediterranean Snooker Cup Champion, 1997, 1999 & 2000 Continental Team Cup Champion. He has been 11 times Malta Snooker Champion plus the 1998 & 2004 EBSA European Snooker Runner-up and the 2012 IBSF Snooker Championships Semi-Finalist. His Highest Breaks is Practice 147 and 144 in Tournament play. Since 2005 he has been coaching regularly in Poland.

 


Stephane Ochoiski

Country : France

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 Tel: 0387827186 - 0683671479

Web Site : http://www.snookersaintavold.com/

Profile : Stéphane started coaching in 1995. He was the first in France to create a junior snooker school. Since that he never stopped and this accedmy is still in place with more than 1000 young student in training. In 2005 Stephane became the French Junior National Coach. He is writing levels guides coaching program for the french federation. Over the years of hard work improving his coaching, Stephane has worked with famous coach like PJ Nolan, Alan Stocker, Chriss Henry , Nic Barrow, Wayne and Terry Griffith, Garry Baldrey and Barry Starck, Alan Trigg and recently Mukech Parmar. In October he wil be participating in the WSA coach level 2 in Sheffield held by World Snooker.


 

David Vaizman

 

Country : Israel

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 Tel : 972 54 7535475

Web Site : http://www.billiard.org.il

Profile:  David Vaizman is a full-time Snooker coach from 2002 in all the frame works projects that take place in Israel. David coaches at The Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheva since  2003, and has about 800 students a year doing his course each year. In 2006 David coaches the Israel tUnder 19 Team. David coaches the senior Israeli player Shachar Ruberg  in conjunction with the EBSA  head coach  PJ Nolan. David coaches players of all levels and all ages in Israel. In 2007 he graduated as an EBSA coach by and Wayne and Terry Griffiths Academy in Wales. David  was part of the Israel team which reached the 2012 EBSA Team Championship final. In February 2013 he completed the IBSF a coaching course in Israel.


 

 

Dragos Cozmaciuc 

 

Country : Romania

National Snooker Coach

National S.C Tel: +40 21 2509166

Mobile: +40 722 465155

Email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Web site:  www.snooker.ro

Profile : Dragos is the National Snooker Coach in Romania and is based in the National Snooker Centre in Romania. In 2004 Dragos was presented The Great Medal of Sport - 1st class for the great contributions in promoting the imagine of Romania in the world of sport. Dragos played professional Football in the Romanian League and had a glittering career in Karate coaching Romania to International glory in European and World Championships winning 67 golds. Since becoming a EBSA Coach in 2005 Dragos now guides all the Romania Snooker players to improve and develop the game more in Romania.


 

Peter Troy

 

Country : Ireland

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Tel: +00353 87 9700611

Web Site : www.ribsa.ie

Profile : My Snooker life is very unusual, I was a top junior player but never entered any National events or won anything in the game. I have my own take on the game and how the modern game should be played. I have made seven 147 breaks from open play and in the line up five centuries in a row is my best record. Mainly I have Coached Top Irish Junior players down the years, Presently I am working with Fergal o Brien on a regular basis preparing him for each event. This is taking up most of my time at the moment. (Fergal has qualified for the first two Ranking events of the 2013/14 season and in the first PTC event he got to the Quarter-finals, so far its 7 matches with 6 wins). I plan to get back playing in the Irish events next Season to keep my game sharp to help me develop my Coaching Skills Further.


 

Yaakov Shashuashvili

 

Country : Israel

Email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tel : +972 54 44668733

Web Site : http://www.billiard.org.il/

Yakov Shashuashvili is the Israel National Snooker Coach. He has coached and trained Israeli teams for several years in all categories. He graduated with Wayne and Terry Griffiths in the Matchroom in Wales. He has participates in International competitions over the years for Israel in Men and Masters Snooker Championships. He was the coach of the Israeli National Team who reached the European Team Championship Final in Bulgaria. He was presented with Sports Coach of the Year Award in Israel for this achievement.  


 

 

Duncan Bezzina

Country : Malta
 
Mobile: 00356 99449522 
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Profile : Duncan is one of the top Snooker players in Malta and he is very interested in building up the game in Malta. Duncan has won the 2004 EBSA European Team Snooker Championship and is a 2 time winner of Malta Snooker Championship. His Highest breaks in Practice is 147 and in Tournament it is 143. 


Shachar Ruberg

 

Country : Israel

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Profile : Shachar Ruberg is the youngest qualified EBSA Coach. Shachar is one of the leading junior players in the World. Shachar has won the Isreal National Championship along with a number of Interntional titles in Europe. Shachar was part of the Isreal team which reached the 2012 EBSA Team Championship final. He has reached the last 16 of the 2013 EBSA Championship in Poland.


 

 

Bratislav Krastev

 

Country : Bulgaria

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Profile : Since 2009 Bratislav Krastev has been a full-time snooker coach at the Snooker & Billiard Center in Sofia, Bulgaria, coaching people at all ages and all levels. In 2011 He became the national snooker coach of Bulgaria and with the help of the knowledge and experience gained he founded and is the head coach of the 101 Snooker Academy. His academy was created in order to improve the Bulgarian players. 


 

Ander Isuskiza

 

Country : Spain

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Profile :  In 2009, Ander created snooker147blog.com, a blog to keep Spanish fans informed in their mother tongue, which soon became the leading snooker site in the country. His interest in snooker kept growing and in 2013 he qualified as an EBSA Coach under the guidance of PJ Nolan and started working as a full-time snooker coach. After a couple of months, he has already coached players from different ages and levels and is looking forward to develop snooker in Spain to create future stars.


 

Aram Bernaus

 

Country : Spain

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Profile : Aram Bernaus started to coach in 2010. At the begining he only coached blackball poll players. After the EBSA snooker coach course he started to coach snooker players as well as the top blackball pool players in Spain. He created the Blackballfarm his own place to coach in Spain in 2013. He believes it is now time to imrpove all the knowledge of the spanish players.


 

MAREK ZUBRZYCKI

 

Country : POLAND

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Profile : My name is Marek Zubrzycki and I am a professional snooker coach in Poland. It has been my discipline for nearly 20 years of professional player career and for 10 years as a coach. Throughout my career I enjoyed many triumphs (most notably I became the Team Champion of Poland in 2002 and Vice Champion of Poland in 2008), winning top places in various tournaments of Polish Open Snooker Ranking. This gave me valuable experience that I am now able to pass onto aspiring adepts of snooker. I am now very proud to be an official EBSA Coach and together we can develop more champions all across Europe.

 

ADAM POLAK 

 

Country : POLAND

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Profile :  I am a graduate The Academy of Physical Education in Warsaw in 1992. As a young man I practised football and athletics - 100m and long jump. I have been playing snooker since 2002. From 2005 I play in tournaments in Poland. In 2009 I took 2-nd place in Polish Club Masters Championship. In 2012 I was first in Polish Championship over 40 ( Polish Masters ). I have been successful in many local tournaments. Since November 2011 I have been the Coach of Polish Ladies National Team. 

 

MATEUSZ NOWAK

 

Country : POLAND

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My name is Mateusz Nowak and I am a snooker coach in the Poland.  

  

 

 

PIOTR MURAT

 

Country : POLAND 

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 My name is Piotr Murat and I am a snooker coach in the Poland.  

  

 

PATYRK MASLOWSKI

 

Country : POLAND

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Profile : Patryk Maslowski is the youngest qualifed EBSA Coach. He is one of the leading men players in Poland. Patryk has won the Polish U-17 Championships in 2013. He took part in 2013 EBSA Championships in Zielona Góra reaching Last 48 in Men's category in his debut. He also represented Poland in the 2013 IBSF World Team and 6 Red Championships. After completing the EBSA Coaching Course he is now looking forward to developing snooker in Poland and help in creating future stars of the game.

NELSON BAPTISTA

 

Country : PORTUGAL

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My Name is Nelson Baptista and I am full time snooker coach in Portugal. For more than 15 years I have grow as player and coach, and I now I have created the first snooker academy in Portugal, coaching people at all ages and levels. I am now very proud to be an official EBSA Coach making the difference and helping to develop the game in Portugal. 

KEVIN CHAN

 

Country : NETHERLANDS

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Kevin came into contact with snooker in 1995 and since then it has never left him. As a player he did win the Dutch Masters Event and also the Dutch Masters Ranking two times. He also regularly participates in European- and World Championships. Besides that he is a snooker referee and board member of the snooker section of the KNBB (Royal Dutch Billiards Association). As a coach, he wants to contribute to the development of the Dutch snooker level and in particular those of the youth 
 

André Stadt  

 

Country : NETHERLANDS

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André Stadt started snooker in 1989. Before his snooker career, he played carom on his fathers’ billiard for 7 years. In the ‘90ths was André 3 times club champion (150 members) and he won some small tournaments in the Netherlands. In January 2014 he followed the EBSA snooker coach course by PJ Nolan with 7 other dedicated snooker players and started snookercoach.nl! 
 

Joris Maas 

 

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Joris Maas has been developing his own snooker en pool game since 1994. In this 20 years he has gradually self-improved his skills reaching an international amateur standard. Joris has won Dutch championships in snooker as well as pool and he represents Holland in international events. From his home base “Snookercentrum De Dieze” he has been coaching some Dutch snooker and pool players for a few years now. In 2014 Joris received the official EBSA coaching certificate. 
 

Corné Kuijpers  

 

Country : NETHERLANDS

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Corné Kuijpers has been playing snooker since 1992. At the moment he is Team-Captain for the head league snooker team in the Netherlands for his home-base “Snooker Centre de Pompadour” in Breda. He has been selected by KNBB to be the Coach for the ‘European under-21 Snooker Championship” in Romania. He is honored to get this chance and will certainly help to develop the snooker game more in the Netherlands.Further on he is the official KNBB Snooker Photographer and did photograph at the PTC's in Antwerp and Rotterdam.

 

Manon Melief  

 

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Manon first watched snooker on a black and white screen. She played several ball sports but got addicted in 1992 to snooker. In 1995, 2000 and 2014 she has won the Dutch Ladies Championships and she has won the Dutch Ladies Ranking several times. Her best achievement is when she came in 5th at the European Championships in 1999 in Enschede (Holland). She regularly participates in European and World Championships.  She already coached volleyball youth players for a couple of years. Furthermore she is a member of the Federal Council of the KNBB (Royal Dutch Billiards Association).  As a coach she wants to enlarge interest in Dutch snooker in general and bring Dutch snooker to a higher level, especially with the youth. 

Freddie de Grooth  

 

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Started with Snooker 1983 in my Home town Groningen. I won several small Competions. Played Premier League 1989 – 1992  Highest break 94 and clearance 83 in a premiere league match. This gave me valuable experience and I love coaching and work with people and youth. In January 2014 I followed with enthusiasm the EBSA Snooker Course given by PJ Nolan. I am now very proud to be an official EBSA Coach and together with the other 7 coaches we can develop more champions all across The Netherlands.

 

Melvin Reese 

 

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My name is Melvin Reese and I am a Snooker and Pool coach in the Netherlands. inn  tth. 
 

Henry Heyting  

 

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My name is Henry Heijting. I discovered the game of snooker in the early nineties. I played for many years all kind of local tournaments. In 2005 starting to be a referee and I am now active as a WSA referee on the European tour. Since January 2014 I am also a EBSA coach. I have experienced all kind of aspects within this lovely game of snooker and I like to share this information to grow the game.

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TOMAS KEJLA

 

Country : CZECH REPUBLIC

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Tomas Kejla is the Czech National snooker coach. He has coached players for more than 5 years in all levels. He coaches czech juniors national team and has SnookerAcademy. Tomas works on Eurosport like head snooker commentator now. Tom was one of the czech best players - participated on ECH 2007 and 2008. He stopped playing to give all to coaching and improving czech and slovak snooker players. He is delighted to be E.B.S.A. snooker coach.

 

 

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Rule Clarification from RRC

 

AMENDMENTS TO THE RULES OF SNOOKER AND BILLIARDS

TO TAKE EFFECT ON AUGUST 12TH 2014. and  NOVEMBER 2014 ALTERATIONS

 

SNOOKER

Section 2 Rule 6 Stroke. (a) The addition of  “except whilst addressing the cue-ball (known as  feathering)”Section 2 Rule 13 Free Ball

Now to include “other than the ball on” - This is not a rule change, but just a clarification of an existing rule.

Section 2 Rule 14 Forced off the table

The addition of “or intentionally moved by hand”

Section 3 Rule10 Penalties

The position of the push shot penalty has changed it’s position, from (b)(v) to (a)(x)

In November 2014 replaced to (b) (v)

Section 3 Rule 10 Penalties

(d)(iii)  Now reads “touches any ball during consultation”. - This is now a seven point penalty.

Section 3 Rule 12Snookered after a Foul

As above under Section 2 Rule 13 Free Ball

Section 3 Rule 14 Foul and a Miss.

The Foul and a Miss Rule has been re-written for ease of clarity, but in essence remains the same, however many of the cross references have changed positions.

Section 3 Rule 15 Ball Moved by Other than Striker

(a)  Remove the words “other than the strikers partner”

BILLIARDS

Section 1 Rule 2 Balls

(a) With the introduction of the spotted Pro-Cup balls, the words “which may have  spots” has been added.

 

 

 

SRA EXPLANATORY NOTES

2.1 - This raises the question of whether a frame is considered to have started if the balls are NOT set as in 3.2  If, within the duration of the opening shot, a table setting mistake is discovered, a re-start is in order but, thereafter, it is condoned.

2.1.a - By stipulating that a player may only concede when he is the Striker, it becomes impossible for the Non-Striker to deprive the Striker of a potential 'highest break' etc.  (See also 4.5. on page 29)

2.2 -'GAME' only comes into the reckoning in team events. For all others it should be disregarded and 'MATCH' assumes the same definition as 'GAME'. It is virtually unheard of to hear a Referee call "Frame and Game"?

2.5 - This wording is new from 2011, enlarging on what was there before, but fails to stipulate what should happen regarding any points scored by a non-striker while playing out of turn. This will only happen in four handed games. Until clarification is published, the only guidance must come from the ‘when discovered’ principle (Exp. Note 3.7). Any such points scored prior to the final stroke would be condoned. The final stroke would be deemed a foul and penalty points awarded as per Rule 3.10.a.iv.’

Question and Answer as agreed at a WPBSA Rules Meeting held on 27th June 2013.

Q.      Player comes to the table after his opponents turn and taps his cue on  the table in  appreciation of his opponents’ last stroke, but inadvertently touches the cue-ball which was still in motion from his opponents shot.

A.     A foul has been committed, therefore the opponent is awarded either 4 points or the value of the ball ‘on’.

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10.   Ball in play

  1. The cue-ball is in play when it is not in-hand.
  2. Object balls are in play from the start of the frame until pocketed or forced off the table.
  3. Colours become in play again when re-spotted.

11.   Ball On

Any ball, which may be lawfully struck by the first impact of the cue-ball, or any ball which may not be so struck but which may be potted, is said to be on.

12.   Nominated Ball

  1. A nominated ball is the object ball which the striker declares, or indicates to the satisfaction of the referee, he undertakes to hit with the first impact of the cue-ball.
  2. If requested by the referee, the striker must declare which ball he ison.

13.   Free Ball

A free ball is a ball which the striker nominates as the ball on when snookered after a foul (see Section 3 Rule 12).

14.   Forced Off the Table

A ball is forced off the table if it comes to rest other than on the bed of the table or in a pocket, or if it is picked up by the striker, or intentionally moved by hand whilst it is in play except as provided for in Section 3 Rule 14(h).     ‘ words underlined above are effective from 5th August 2013’

15.   Penalty Points 

Penalty pointsare awarded to an opponent after any foul.

16.   Foul

A foul is any infringement of these Rules.

2.11- This wording covers situations like the 'free ball' situation where the 'ball on' may NOT be struck by the first impact of the cue ball but may still be 'potted' - i.e. by secondary contact.  In an obscure sense, it also covers the three reds in the centre of an undisturbed pack which may not be struck - because that would constitute a 'jump shot' but may nevertheless still be 'potted'

2.12- 'Indicates to the satisfaction of the Referee' is particularly important when awarding penalty points etc.  An obvious example is when a player is clearly aiming at the Blue, but hasn't said so, and fouls the Yellow.  The penalty is five points, not seven.The inclusion of ‘when snookered’ in 3.10.d.v. should not affect 2.12.a.  Although technically ‘snookered’ as per 2.17., the striker may be able to see enough of a ball on to pot it quite easily and will therefore ‘indicate to the satisfaction of the Referee’ as normal.  The requirement to declare one’s selected ball on only applies after the striker has potted a Red or free ball nominated as a Red and all colours are totally obstructed by balls not on, i.e. other Reds.’

EXAMINERS PREFER YOU TO USE THE WORD 'DECLARE', NOT 'NOMINATE'

2.14 - Whenever the Striker picks the Cue Ball up, it is considered 'Forced off the Table' even if he puts it back down after realising his mistake.

Question and Answer as agreed at a WPBSA Rules Meeting held on 27th June 2013.

 Q.Player breaks off  but for one reason or another, hits the pink hence a Foul and a “Miss” call by the Referee. The non striker requests the balls to be replaced, which includes the cue-ball to the break off position.

A.  Scenario (a) Player moves the white by sliding it along within baulk and it didn’t leave the bed of the table. Referee calls a foul but is the ball now in hand for the incomingplayer.  No, the ball is not in hand, play on from where it is.  OR 

A. Scenario (b)  Player picks the white up and places it in the exact same position. Is this in hand?  Yes.

It was agreed to make an amendment to  the rulebook:Section 2. Rule 14  Forced off the table. Page 13  By adding the words  “or intentionally moved by hand”:  The new wording will now read as follows:-

A ball is forced off the table if it comes to rest other than on the bed of the table or in a pocket, or if it is picked up by the striker, or intentionally moved by hand whilst it is in play except as provided for in Section 3 Rule 14(h). This now means that however the ball is moved it will be IN HAND.

This is effective from 5th August 2013,and the rulebook to be changed at the next print.

2.15 - Unfortunately this new Rule fails to mention the various examples, e.g. 3.14.h., where penalty points are awarded but, in the absence of a foul being called, the non-offender may not, for example, claim a free ball.’

Page upgraded Aug 2013

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3.8.a -If a 'touching ball' situation is found to exist after a Red has been potted, all six colours, including any that are touching the Cue Ball, are potential 'balls on'. By declaring and then playing away from a touching ball, one is considered to have hit it but, equally, another colour can be nominated and, as long as one plays away from the touching ball, it is deemed NOT to have been hit. With this new wording it will probably be a wise precaution to automatically add "Please declare" to the obligatory call of "Touching ball".

The Rules require the Referee to 'indicate' which 'balls on' are touching. This is normally done by pointing to the relevant ball(s) but, where the Cue Ball and touching 'ball(s) on' are clearly separate from all other balls, a verbal "Touching (both) ball(s)" would be equally acceptable.

3.8. b  Question and Answer as agreed at a WPBSA Rules Meeting held on 27th June 2013.

Q.The referee declares “Touching Ball”. The player comes to the table and says the balls are not touching. After many  attempts, the referee is not able  to get the balls touching, as he had previously declared. What to do next?

  1. If the referee declares “Touching Ball”, the player must play away from this, as if it was a touching ball.

3.8.f -The most common example is when a spot, through wear, has become a dent in the baize and the two touching balls are each stopping the other from rolling into it.  However the Cue Ball is played, the other ball will inevitably settle into the dent and it would obviously be unfair to Foul the Striker for it.

3.8.g - The second sentence is new and can help to cover all eventualities.’

Page upgraded Aug 2013

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3.9 -For many people in snooker, this is known as the 'Vibration Rule' insofar as vibration' of some sort is virtually the only action, other than physical contact, that can make a stationary ball move. The proximity of a venue to a railway line, trunk road or airport can often have a bearing.

Most people take an interest in snooker because of its foundation on total integrity and the Rules seek, where possible, to preserve this spirit. Whilst no compensatory measure could be devised to overcome 'fluke' pots and poor contact (kicks), it IS possible to counter vibration by, effectively, voiding the shot and starting again as detailed in this section.

The only concession is when a Foul forms part of the shot - see 3.9.b. ii. - and, because of their similarity, this section and 3.15 could well be merged into one.

3.9. Question and Answer as agreed at a WPBSA Rules Meeting held on 27th June 2013.

Q.  Player pots a red but fouls the green with his cuff. The cue ball is travelling on towards another red that is hanging over a pocket. Before the cue-ball arrives, the red falls into the pocket. What is the decision?        A foul of 4 points and all balls to be replaced as before the shot was played.

3.10.a. v - There are some 'funnies' that can happen, both at the start of a frame and when 'in hand' at other times. 'Definitions' in Section 2 become important. A frame commences with 'the first stroke' (Rule 2.1.) and a 'stroke' is made when the Cue Ball is struck 'with the tip of the cue' (Rule 2.6). Therefore, until that first contact of cue tip and Cue Ball, the table is effectively dead and a Foul cannot take place. The Striker can thus knock the Yellow off its spot as he positions the Cue Ball in the 'D' and it would be merely replaced. He could drop the Cue Ball, make a grab for it and send it flying up the table to smash the pack - without penalty, and, even if he were to nudge one of the Baulk colours while rolling the Cue Ball round the 'D' with his cue, he would still suffer no penalty.

However, playing from a mid-frame 'in hand' situation, the table is very much 'live' and all these occurrences would now definitely become Fouls but the Referee, having made that judgement and called it, then needs to know what happens to the Cue Ball.

It has been suggested that, if the Cue Ball is OFF the bed of the table when the Foul occurs, it is still 'in hand' but, if it is on the baize, it should be considered 'in play' and left where it is. After further consideration, however, this may not be the complete answer. One player will place the Cue Ball straight on the table exactly where he wants it, whereas another will put it on the baize and slide it forward, sometimes as much as a foot, to the required position but, in BOTH cases, the Cue Ball is definitely BEING HELD by the player and this is probably a better deciding factor.  Until it is clearly released from the player's grasp, it is prone to some degree of further movement, if only as he takes his hand away, and should be regarded as still 'in hand'.  So :-

Example 1 -Player slides the Cue Ball towards the front of the 'D' and, in so doing, his hand, still holding the White, knocks the Yellow off its spot.  Decision - Foul, and the next player is 'in hand'.

Example 2 -Player positions the Cue Ball to his satisfaction and releases it but brushes the Yellow as he takes his hand away. Decision - Foul, and next player plays from where the balls are.

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Questions and Answers as agreed at a WPBSA Rules Meeting held on 27th June 2013.

Q.If the non-striker unscrews his cue or removes his tie or starts clearing personal items from the table during the closing stages of a match, is it to be concluded that he is conceding?       Yes – dependant on the circumstances, the referee’s decision is final.

Q.Another query is in the docking of a frame where a player is warned for a second time for an act of ungentlemanly conduct. The player committing the act requires a large amount of snookers in that particular frame, effectively having lost the frame anyway (barring penalty points). Should he be docked the frame he has more-or-less lost anyway (and which is still live and  he is playing on) or should he be docked the next frame ensuring he is effectively punished?

1. The referee may only dock the live frame. The rules state that after one warning, then the frame can be awarded to the opponent.

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4.3 - This slightly expanded wording covers such things as rustling sweet or crisp wrappers etc.

4.4 -The deputy ONLY has the right to claim a foul, (i.e. not detected by the referee) to prevent the striker from continuing unchecked. Having done so, all subsequent decisions await the return of the absent player.

  • Q.          In the deciding frame of a match, player A pots the final red which puts him 29 ahead with only 27 on the table. Player B offers his hand as a concession, which is accepted. However, the cue-ball is still moving and enters a pocket.     What is the decision?  The game has already been conceded so the concession would stand.

4.5.a-The main reason for this is to protect the Striker's right to continue a break well beyond 'Frame Ball' if he (a) feels he needs the practice or (b) stands to win a 'Highest Break' prize. Similarly, if the opponent chooses to pot the last few balls to exercise his cue arm in readiness for the next frame, he is perfectly entitled to do so.

4.5.c -Now stipulates that a player may not concede a frame if there are sufficient points on the table for him to win. If a player does concede in this manner, rule 4.1.a.iv/v. applies and the player must be warned that a second offence will result in the loss of a frame.

‘Snookers’ should almost certainly be ‘penalty points’ but, having set something of a precedent in 3.14.b.i and ii., it is a little surprising that the opportunity hasn’t been taken to be more exact. Having said that, this sort of concession happens very rarely.

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5.1 -   Specialist pages at the back of this book contain in depth advice on various aspects of refereeing as developed over the years. The information they contain is purely advisory and attempts to lay down a blueprint for ‘Good Refereeing Practice’

Q.  A player is in a sequence of potting red, black, red, black etc. When the referee spotted the black next time, the player checks and now sees that the black will not pass a red. When the referee removes his finger, the ball just slightly rolls off the spot, so as not to be able to be potted. Now, regardless of the fact that the referee probably incorrectly spotted the black in the previous occasions, what should happen next?

1. The referee’s decision is final, and therefore play should continue as long as the referee is satisfied that the ball is on the spot.

(a) The referee shall; (ii) be free to make a decision in the interests of fair play for any situation not covered adequately by these Rules.

Q.  With just one red left on the table and the difference in the scores being 33 points in favour of player A who believed that he could strike the final red by playing between the yellow and  blue, but struck the yellow on the way through. The referee immediately called “foul and a miss” but the cue ball  goes on and collided with the red which entered the pocket.  Now player A is 29 up with 27 on the table. His opponent asks for the balls to be replaced which the referee duly does and brings the red back to the table. Was this the correct decision?  There were two possible answers which were:

  1. No Foul and a Miss should have been called because of the difference in scores.
  2. Yes, it should be a Foul and a Miss because under these circumstances, player B is now at a distinct disadvantage by now requiring penalty points by an unfair (though not unlawful) manner.
  3. The committee feel the referee acted appropriately in this instance.  The decision by the committee is that a referee should refer to the Rules Section 5:1 (i) and (ii), Page 30.

5.1.c. -Is amended to allow the use of camera or video recordings to assist the referee.   This will be seen mainly in matches which are being televised and balls are  being replaced following a call of ‘Foul and a miss’ by the referee.

5.3.- Recording has its own separate sheets at the back of this book together with a sample recording sheet.

5.4.a -Listed in greater detail under 3.19.b. including advice to colour-blind players.

The inclusion of the following paragraphs may prevent misunderstanding. If someone were to consult the table of contents at the front of the Rule Book and find a section entitled 'Assistance by Officials', they should rightly expect that ALL instances of such assistance would be listed. They should not have to go off hunting through the rest of the book for others.

A player may be told, when 'in hand', whether or not the Cue Ball is 'properly placed'.  See 3.5.a

Referees may advise players whether or not 'balls not on' are touching although it has little bearing on the game.  See 3.8.d.

A player may ask what balls the Referee intends to replace, if asked, following a call of "Foul and a Miss". See 3.14.i.

‘Note -  There are two good reasons why, particularly in public, the word ‘disabled’ should be used in preference to ‘handicapped’. There are, of course, open competitions where players are ‘handicapped’ according to their known performance and given ‘x’ points start over their more able opponents. These have nothing to do with physical disability but the second reason for using ‘disabled’ relates to the origins of the word ‘handicapped’ where those who were prevented from earning a living because of their disabilities were obliged to beg on the streets. This invariably involved them holding their ‘caps’ out in their ‘hands’ and the association can prove offensive to a more sensitive disabled person.

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