2018
World Amateur Masters

Member Countries & Contacts

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Australia Australia
Belgium Belgium
Channel Islands Channel Islands
China
England England
European Body European Body
France France
India India
Japan
Malta Malta
Morocco
New Zealand New Zealand
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland
Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland
Reunion Island
Scotland Scotland
South Africa South Africa
Wales
BYELAWS

EXTRACTS from the WORLD EIGHT-BALL POOL FEDERATION BYELAWS
SECTION ONE ADMINISTRATION:

Article 1,
All outgoing written correspondence from the Secretary should be replied to in writing.
A telephone reply is acceptable initially but a written confirmation of this must follow.

Article 2,
Secretary should copy all relevant correspondence to board members and national secretaries.

SECTION TWO DRESS CODE:

Article 3,
a) Match Dress; (All matches in the Team events and Singles events)
Long sleeve shirt with bow tie, a waistcoat, proper pants (trousers), matching socks and proper shoes (canvas or running type shoes are not allowed).
b) Opening Function;
Match dress, with national colours, blazer where possible. Uniformity is compulsory for all countries. A normal tie may replace bow tie, if so desired but then the whole team must be dressed alike.
c) Closing Function;
National colours with blazer where possible, with or without waistcoat, bow tie or ordinary tie must be worn.
Ladies have the option of dressing in evening wear should they wish to.
d) Attendance as Spectators;
Play offs; Any dress (except objectionable or offensive logo's)
TV Stages; National colours, as with the Closing Function.
Finals; National colours, as with the Closing Function
e) At the table;
Team players are not allowed to compete in short-sleeve shirts, as this gives them an advantage over their opponents when it comes to fouls with shirt cuffs and sleeves.
f) Dress in and around the Playing Arena;
No Player or Official, is allowed to wear his or her National Colours i.e. Blazer, without a Tie or Bow Tie in the arena, or while being social, those concerned should go and change into something casual if the wish to dress down. They should have proper casual wear identifying them with their country if they so desire.

SECTION THREE FINANCE

Article 7, Membership Fees;
These fees are to be decided at the AGM based on three levels;-
a) Full membership, with a voice and full voting rights
b) Affiliate membership, with a voice but with lesser voting rights
c) Associate membership, with a voice but no right to vote

Article 8, Entry Fees;
a) Men's singles entry fee; To be agreed at each AGM
b) Ladies singles entry fee; To be agreed at each AGM
c) Junior singles entry fee; To be agreed at each AGM
d) Team entry fees; To be agreed at each AGM

SECTION FOUR SPONSORS / ADVERTISING:

Article 9,
a) National Teams may wear their own sponsors logo, the maximum size as specified by the WEPF, provided that they do not have any conflict with the WEPF event sponsors.
b) All proposed sponsors advertising / logos must be approved by the tournament director prior to the WEPF event. The WEPF reserve the right to reject the logo(s).
c) The WEPF reserve the right to require players to wear the badge/logo of any agreed sponsors or co-sponsor of an event.

SECTION FIVE TABLE AND EQUIPMENT SPECIFICATIONS:

Article 10, Refer to ANNEXE A

SECTION SIX WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AND INTERNATIONAL EVENTS:

Article 11,
Non Members; A country may attend their first World Championship as non members but must then affiliate to the WEPF at that year's AGM, or during that year, or on receiving an invitation to the next World Championship, in order to be able to compete in future events.

Article 12,
Individual players; from member and non member countries may be invited to participate in the World Championships.

Article 13,
Invited players should be sent a copy of the playing rules before the event.

Article 14,
Player Eligibility, (as per WEPF constitution)
1. Only Senior players recognised and endorsed by their National Association / Federation, are eligible to represent their Country in the W.E.P.F. World, European and Home Internationals or other full International matches.
(Full international match being defined as;- Any match between two member countries, excluding any friendly match with any other team or teams, in either Singles or Team events. Members need to advise the WEPF of any match they consider being a friendly).

2. To become a recognised player for a member country, a player must meet the following criteria:

a) Must have been born in the country he / she wishes to play for:
 OR
b) Must have a parent born in the country he / she wishes to play for:
 OR
c) Must have a Grandparent born in the country he / she wishes to play for:
 OR
d) Must hold Citizenship for the country he / she wishes to play for:

3. No player will be allowed to play for another Country, once he / she has played for any country, unless the player emigrates and takes up the nationality of that Country.

4. Players currently playing for a Country prior to the acceptance of this amended article, (June 2000), but not meeting the new criteria are permitted to continue playing for that Country, as a registered international.

5. Once a player has played for one country in the World Championships, then they cannot play for any other country the following year or subsequent years, except when the player takes up citizenship of that other country. An amnesty will apply until January 1st 2001 for players meeting the new criteria and who no longer wish to continue with their present country.

Article 14a,
Any player who plays for a team purporting to be a National team, or who plays as an individual in an event without the sanction of the European Eight-ball Pool Federation or the World Eight-ball Pool Federation, shall be liable to suspension.

Article 15,
Team Events
a) Men's Event;
Each member country should enter a 10 player squad, with 7 named players in a team plus 1 (optional) named reserve from the remaining three, making a total of 8 players in each match.
In the TV stages 8 players will play in the first session, and 7 in the second session.
The names of the squad members must be with the Tournament Director one month before.
Substitutes are allowed during the team matches, including the televised stages.
Once a player has been removed from the match, he cannot return.

b) Ladies Event;
Each member country should enter a 7 player squad, with 5 named players in a team plus 1 (optional) named reserve from the remaining two, making a total of 6 players in each match.
Substitutes are allowed during the team matches, but once a player has been removed from the match, she cannot return.

c) Junior Event;
Each member country should enter a 7 player squad, with 5 named players in a team plus 1 (optional) named reserve from the remaining two, making a total of 6 players in each match.
Substitutes are allowed during the team matches, but once a player has been removed from the match, he / she cannot return.

Article 16,
Singles Nominations;
Each member country may nominate an agreed number of players from their team to be seeded into the first round proper, depending on the number of entries. The remainder of the players are entitled to enter the preliminary round.

Article 17,
Ladies Singles Event;
a) All ladies team members may enter into the ladies individual event, the format to be based on the men's individual event.
b) In the women’s draw each country gets two seeded players and they are put into different halves of the draw and the draw decides equal numbered ones in each half of the draw.

Article 18,
Junior Events General;
a) Junior players must be under 18 on the 31st December in the year preceding the World Championships
b) Junior players are not permitted to participate in both the junior and senior events. This applies to the individual and team events
c) No junior under the age of sixteen will be allowed to play at senior level.
d) A junior player may choose to play at junior or senior level in international competitions, however having once played at senior level, the player will be deemed to have relinquished his or her junior status at international level, for all future events and cannot subsequently drop down to junior level
e) Players in Junior squads must not consume alcohol during or at events and functions

Junior Singles Event;
All junior team members may enter the Junior Individual Championship event

Article 19,
Men’s Competition Draw;
a) The competition draw should be scrutinised and players’ names must be submitted by the closing date.
b) Qualifiers should be drawn out in such a way that players do not play a fellow countryman.

Article 20,
Winners in round robin events;
1. ALL categories, to be decided by the following order ;-
a) Number of matches won
b) Number of frames won
c) Percentage aggregate between frames won and frames lost
d) If there is still a tie then the matches between those players/teams involved will decide.

Article 21,
Seeded Players;
a) The policy of having seeded players for World Championships is derived by the format of taking the results from the previous three years.
b) Seedling’s to be used .. with the champion seeded 1, plus 7 other players ranked next on the ranking lists that are entered into that World Championships.
c) The 3 players (excluding the champion) reaching the semi-finals in any one year will be guaranteed an invitation into the last 64 for the following year, unless they go into the last 32 as a seeded player.
The top 8 seeded players remain eligible and are offered places regardless of their team position as they have earned their place.
Allocation of places in the last 64 from countries and any places given would be counted as the teams allocation of places.

Article 23,
Team Photo's
These sessions will be held at an appropriate time, designated by the Tournament Director.

Article 24,
Press / Media
Host country to appoint a press/media officer and that results from the previous day be available by 10.00am the following day

Article 25,
World Teams;
Each year Men’s and Ladies 'World Teams' will be selected. These teams will be taken each year individually and it consists of the top nine players at the end of the tournament. (taken from the top 7 players off the ranking lists, from the team events)

Article 26,
Drugs Policy;
a) The WEPF have a policy banning drugs of enhancement, as endorsed by the members and as published.
b) The WEPF reserve the right to carry out testing in line with that policy.
c) The WEPF reserve the right to discipline any player found to be in breach of the drugs policy.

Article 27,
Player Performance List;
Each year an individual performance list is to be produced from points gained from the last three years team event performances.

ANNEXE A
Table and Equipment Specifications

Accepted as World Eight-ball Pool Championship specifications, by the member countries of the WEPF

a) Object balls shall be, 2 inches (50.8 mm) diameter and weight of 116 grams, + 2 grams.

b) Cue ball shall be, 1 & 7/8 inches (47.6 mm) diameter and a weight of 94 grams.

c) Maximum playing surface to be, 7 feet x 3 feet 6 inches (213.36cm x 106.68cm)
(playing surface being the flat slate area between the cushion faces)
(the cushion faces being the part of the cushion that the ball(s) contact).

d) Minimum playing surface must be, 6 feet x 3 feet (182.88cm x 91.44cm)
(playing surface being the flat slate area between the cushion faces)
(the cushion faces being those parts of the cushion that the ball(s) contact).

e) Cushion faces to have a narrow flat face.

f) Table height to be between, 31½ inches & 33½ inches (80cm & 85cm).

g) The playing surface and cushion cloth must be a 'nap' cloth, 30 oz. The nap to run from baulk to pyramid.

h) Pocket size and cut to be as per WEPF agreed templates.
Depth of pockets to be,
85mm (3.35 inches /approx. 3 & 11/32") corners and 95mm (3.74 inches / approx. 3 & 3/8") centres,
minimum measurement.

i) Lighting to be three shades, one over the centre of the table and one shade 20 inches (50.8cm) either side of centre. The height to be 32½ inches (82.55 cm) from the playing surface of the level table to the bottom of the shade.

j) The baulk line to be positioned 1/5th (20%) of the length between the face of the end cushions.

k) The pyramid spot to be in the centre of the top half of the table.

The above Byelaws are strictly copyright of the World Eight-Ball Pool Federation and may not be copied or distributed in any media form either partially or whole, without the express permission of the W.E.P.F. in writing.

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