Yorkshire Contract Bridge Association

The YCBA promotes, manages and supports EBU affiliated
competitive bridge play in our county.

Yorkshire League Rules (amended 29 June 2020)

 1. The league will consist of divisions each containing as near to eight teams as possible. New teams will normally be entered in the lowest division.

 2. Two teams will be promoted and two teams relegated from each division unless Rule 2A applies or the Yorkshire League Committee decides otherwise.

 2A. This rule applies to a vacancy in any division of the League that arises when a team withdraws from the League or is promoted because a team in a higher division has withdrawn. Any such vacancy or vacancies will be filled for the next season as follows:
  i) One vacancy – one team is relegated from that division and two teams are promoted from the division below.
 ii) Two vacancies – one team is relegated from that division and three teams are promoted from the division below.
iii) Three or more vacancies – no team is relegated and all vacancies are filled by promoting teams from the division below.

3. The winners of Division 1 will be invited to represent Yorkshire in the Garden Cities Trophy teams competition. 50% of the entry fee will be met by the YCBA. 4. The Management Board has delegated the responsibility for the running of the Yorkshire League to the League Secretary and the Yorkshire League Committee. The Yorkshire League Committee is responsible for deciding any issue arising that is not specifically provided for in these Rules.

4. The Management Board has delegated the responsibility for the running of the Yorkshire League to the League Secretary and the Yorkshire League Committee. The Yorkshire League Committee is responsible for deciding any issue arising that is not specifically provided for in these Rules.

5. Affiliated clubs may apply to enter as many teams as they wish.

6. On receipt of an entry from a club which had no team in the League in the previous season, and is situated in the general locality served by a club or clubs which had a team in the League in the previous season, the League Secretary shall consult the club or clubs so affected. In making a decision whether to accept or refuse the entry the Yorkshire League Committee shall have regard to any representations it receives in response to the consultation.

7. The Yorkshire League Committee shall have the power to refuse any application for reason(s) which they consider reasonable and proper.

7A. A club with more than one team in the League may at its discretion, by written notice to the League Secretary and the compiler of fixtures, withdraw either or any of its teams without affecting the status of the remaining team or teams. “Status” means the division of the League in which such team or teams would have competed but for the withdrawal.

8. The entry fee will be decided each year by the Management Board

9. Players may not represent more than one club during any season and should be members of that club.

10. No player shall play in more than one team in matches for which the match date (see rule 15) is the same. The Yorkshire League Committee may, at its discretion, impose on any team violating this rule a fine not exceeding two Victory Points per player.

11. The Yorkshire League Committee may, at its discretion, impose on any team fielding an ineligible player (see General Rules) a fine of two Victory Points per ineligible player.

12. Matches shall consist of 32 boards and opponents shall be changed after each set of 8 boards. Rearranged matches may, by agreement between the team captains, consist of 24 boards, in which case opponents shall be changed after each set of 6 boards

13. Teams shall consist of eight players. In the case of sudden illness or other exceptional circumstances, eligible substitutes

14. Scores shall be announced after each stanza. Each board is scored by adding the four scores achieved by the team and converting that total to International Match Points (IMPs). At the end of the match total IMPs are converted to Victory Points (VPs) on the following scale:-

Win by IMPsWin by IMPsVPs
 32 Boards24 Boards
0 – 4 0 – 310 – 10
5 – 104 – 811 –  9 
11 – 189 – 1412 – 8 
19 – 28 15 – 22 13 – 7 
29 – 39 23 – 31 14 – 6 
40 – 51 32 – 4015 – 5 
52 – 63 41 – 4916 – 4 
64 – 75 50 – 5917 – 3 
76 – 87 60 – 6918 – 2 
88 – 99 70 – 7919 – 1 
100+ 80+20 – 0 

15. Teams will be placed in the division in accordance with the total VPs gained. If there is a tie between two or more teams, then the tie will be broken in accordance with the White Book.

16. A programme of Match Dates (Sundays) has been drawn up and matches should be played on or before those dates. However, if this is, or appears to be, impossible or impracticable then, at the request of either or both teams:
• If weather conditions prevent the play of a match, the League Secretary or the Yorkshire League Committee will allow a reasonable extension of time
• In other exceptional circumstances the Yorkshire League Committee, at their discretion, may allow such an extension of time Any such request must give the reasons for the failure to play the match on or before the applicable Match Day.
If an extension of time is allowed because of exceptional circumstances other than weather conditions, the Yorkshire League Committee shall also decide whether the failure to play the match on or before the applicable Match Day is attributable to the default of either or both teams, in which case the team or teams in default will incur a penalty of not more than four Victory Points.
If an extension of time is refused the teams will receive Victory Points for the match as provided in rule 17B.

17A. Should any match not be played in accordance with the previous rule the League Secretary shall ask the teams’ Match Secretaries to state, within four days, the reasons for the failure to play. At the expiration of this period the Yorkshire League Committee shall, on the information before it, determine which (if either) team is in default.

17B. If one team only is in default, then:
(a) that team receives zero Victory Points for the match,
(b) the opposing team receives an award of Victory Points equal to the greater of: – the average of the number of Victory Points it earned in all its completed matches, or – the complement of the average number of Victory Points earned by the team in default for all its completed matches in each case to the nearest whole number and with a fraction of exactly 0.5 rounded up
(c) a provisional award is made, which is adjusted to the final award when all the season’s matches have been completed

17C. (a) Any team that that is in default, as provided in the preceding rules, in respect of two of its fixtures in the same season will, unless the Yorkshire League Committee decides otherwise, be deemed to have withdrawn from the competition. Any such fixture is referred to in this rule as unfulfilled.
(b) When the second unfulfilled fixture was scheduled to be played on a match day other than the final or penultimate one, the results of matches actually played by that team will be cancelled and the League Secretary will arrange for amended results and a league table to be posted on the YCBA website as soon as possible thereafter.
(c) When the second unfulfilled fixture was scheduled to be played on the final or penultimate match day then:
• in respect of matches completed by the team in default, the opposing teams will retain the Victory Points gained in those matches, and In respect of the unfulfilled fixtures and, if applicable, the fixture scheduled to be played by the team in default on the final match day, each opposing team will each receive Victory Points determined as provided in rule 17B.

18. If a match has to be abandoned after the third stanza has been completed, the match will be deemed to be completed and the result at that point will stand using the VP scale for 24 boards (see rule 14). Otherwise, the match will be resumed at a later date resuming and retaining the score from the end of the last completed stanza. Eligible substitutes for unavailable players are allowed; substitutes are ineligible if they have already played in another League match scheduled to be played on the same match day as the interrupted match under consideration.

19. Home teams are responsible for making all arrangements for playing matches.

20. All matches will commence at 2.00 p.m. unless agreed otherwise.

21. The Home Match Secretary must, not less than 10 days before the designated or agreed date of the match, notify the Away Match Secretary by email or in writing of the venue and telephone number, and the team captain’s name and home telephone number.

22. Match Results sheet
The Home Captain and Away Captain are jointly responsible for completing in duplicate, dating and signing a Match Results Sheet. The Match Results Sheet includes the result and player details and is in a format designed by the League Secretary and sent to participating clubs. Each participating club must retain a copy of the Match Result Sheet until one month after the end of the applicable League season, for production to the League Secretary if so required.

23. Result Notification
On the day of the match or the following day, the Home Team must notify the result of the match by entering it on the EBU website using the My EBU portal, https://www.ebu.co.uk/members/v2/. The Home and Away teams must also enter the applicable details of their respective players in the match, using the same portal. If there is any unjustifiable delay in notifying a match result the Yorkshire League Committee may, at its discretion, impose a fine not exceeding two Victory Points

24. Disputes
If there is an irregularity, the team captains must agree to a first instance ruling. Advice on the Laws of Duplicate Bridge may be obtained from the League Secretary or from any suitably qualified tournament director. (See also the General Rules and Who’s Who for contact details).

25. Appeals
If either team wishes to appeal against the first instance ruling they must inform the League Secretary in writing or by email within two days after the match day.  A deposit of £30 is payable in advance of consideration of the appeal. The deposit will be refunded so long as the appeal is not considered frivolous. Advice on appeals may be sought from the Appeals Adviser or from any suitably qualified tournament director. (See also the General Rules and Who’s Who for contact details)

26. The whole team is late
For this purpose the ‘whole team’ means five or more members of the team.

i) If the whole team is more than 30 minutes late without notification, or more than 90 minutes late having notified late arrival, this is treated as a failure to play the match; League Rule 17 applies and the offending and non-offending teams receive Victory Points as provided in that Rule.
If any member of a team is present within 30 minutes of the starting time that constitutes ‘notification’.

After 30 minutes of notified delay the match is reduced by 2 boards and for each further complete period of 15 minutes the match is again reduced by 2 boards. The maximum number of boards that can be removed is eight (which occurs after 75 minutes of late arrival).

ii) If both teams are late, the 30 minutes starts from the time all the members of the first team are present.
Boards are removed from each stanza of the match as follows: the first board from stanza 1, the second from stanza 2, the third from stanza 3, the fourth from stanza 4 and repeated if necessary.

The offending side incurs a procedural penalty of 1 VP. The match is still scored using the teams-of-eight 32-board VP scale.

27. Non-appearance of three or four players
If it is known that two pairs from a team of eight will not arrive within 75 minutes of the scheduled start time then, unless the captains agree otherwise, a teams-of-four match is played.
The two captains may each choose which of their pairs play which stanzas and which (if any) players will leave without playing.

The match is scored using IMPs converted to VPs using the teams-of-four 32 board VP scale.
The offending side incurs a procedural penalty of 2 VPs.

28. Non-appearance of one or two players
If it is known that one pair from a team of eight will not arrive within 75 minutes of the scheduled start time then, unless the captains agree otherwise, a match of four stanzas is played with three tables in play and the pairs of the complete team sitting out in turn.

On each board the sitting out pair and the missing pair are awarded a score equal to the average of the scores achieved by the three pairs sitting in the corresponding direction at the tables in play

The match is scored using IMPs converted to VPs using the teams-of-eight 32 board VP scale.
The offending side incurs a penalty of 2 VPs.

29. Late arrival of three or four players
If three or four players are more than thirty minutes late but still expected to arrive before the first stanza is completed, the match should be started as a team of four match. The non-offending side’s captain has seating rights for the first stanza. One pair in the incomplete team should sit EW and the other NS.

The offending side incurs a penalty of 1 VP.
If the missing pairs have not arrived in time for the second stanza then, unless the captains agree otherwise, the remainder of the match is played as a teams-of-four match, using the normal IMP scale and the teams-of-four 32 board VP scale.

30. Late arrival of one or two players
An eligible substitute or substitutes may take the place of the missing player or players pending their arrival, but otherwise:
If one or two players are more than thirty minutes late but still expected to arrive before the first stanza is completed , the match should be started with three tables in play. The non-offending side’s captain decides which pair sits out in the first stanza.

On each board the sitting out pair and the missing pair are awarded a score equal to the average of the scores achieved by the three pairs sitting in the corresponding direction at the tables in play,

The offending side incurs a penalty of 1 VP.
If the missing players have not arrived in time for the second stanza then, unless the captains agree otherwise, the remainder of the match is played as described in rule 28 above, using the normal IMP scale and the teams-of-eight 32 board VP scale.

31. Player retiring from match
If a player has to retire from a match owing to illness or an emergency, an eligible substitute may take his or her place.

Otherwise, the remainder of the match is played as described in rule 28 above, except that the short-handed team does not incur a penalty

32. Abandonment of match
If a match has to be abandoned with neither team at fault, then:

i) if at least 24 boards have been played, the match is considered to have been completed at the end of the third stanza and the VP scale for 32 boards is used;

ii) if fewer than 24 boards have been completed, the teams should endeavour to complete or replay the match. If this is not possible, the Yorkshire League Committee will adjudicate a result.

If a match is interrupted and delayed for more than 30 minutes with neither team at fault, then either team may require a reduction in the length of the match to no fewer than 24 boards. Two boards are removed for each complete 15 minute period of delay as described in rule 26 above. If the delay is more than 90 minutes then, unless the captains agree otherwise, this is treated as an abandonment.

A team is considered not to be at fault if its home venue becomes unavailable during the match, for example owing to a power cut.

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