RULES & SUGGESTIONS
The INDOOR OLYMPICS is primarily a fun event! Yes, it’s great to have a keen competitive edge, but it’s not the Crucible or Lakeside! So please compete for enjoyment, engage in sportsmanship, and show goodwill to your opponents at all times!
Up to 64 players competing in five simultaneous events is no easy task, so we would ask you to please comply with the following suggestions in order to maximise the enjoyment you and others obtain from the event, and to make it easier for us!
Punctuality. All team captains will be asked to provide their mobile phone numbers at the start of the event, and when not in earshot of the Tournament Director (T.D.) will be sent a text to advise them their team will be next to play in a particular event. Please ensure you are in place and are ready to play as soon as the previous game finishes.
Reporting your result. It is essential you report your result to the Tournament Director the moment your game finishes. It is common practice to discuss the game you have just played with your partner or opposition, but please do this after you have either told the T.D. or sent a text reporting your result.
We’re not asking you to rush your game, but please avoid unnecessary delays such as going to the bar/toilet and chatting away when you could be playing. All this does is delay the whole event, and it may well be you complaining at the end of the day if the event runs over time!
Turn Of Play. We play ’Scotch Doubles’ in all events: alternate shots/throws throughout the whole event. i.e. If your partner played the last shot, you play the next one etc.
Length of games. Determined on the day dependent on entries.
Sportsmanship. The golden rule is ‘Keep It Simple!” If your opponent is unfamiliar with one of the sports, and you see them inadvertently transgress some minor rule, please just let it go! Explain it afterwards if you wish, but try and resist calling the T.D. to the table/board unless absolutely necessary. It’s a FUN event!
Adaptation of rules. In order to keep each game simple and fluent, we have adapted the basic rules of some of the sports. Please ensure you are fully aware of these changes before you compete. All sports will run according to the recognised rules of each game, with the following format and rule changes:
Double-in - Double out.
A player hitting a single 1 with a score of 2 left can still win the game by ‘splitting the 11’s’ (throwing one of the remaining darts between the metal number 11).
Players take it in turns to ‘down’ (go first). The team that has the least combined amount of spots wins the ‘down’.
In the event of a tie the overall score remains the same but the ‘downing’ player loses their down and the next opponent ‘downs’.
Depending on the amount of entries on the day, games may be played with a limited amount of reds. If top professionals can make a single game last over an hour, then the same happening at the Indoor Olympics with 15 reds on the table could have you still waiting for your first game at three in the morning!
Safety play is of course a legitimate part of snooker, and there will always be a time when it is the only sensible option. However, we would ask you to ‘go’ for your shots wherever possible, as a gesture of sportsmanship and respect to your fellow competitors. If both yourself and your opponent adopt the same principle it will probably balance itself out in the long run. This is the only sport from the five events that realistically has the potential to overrun, so your assistance is appreciated.
The game will be deemed to have been ‘won’ once the opposing team need a snooker to possibly win. So please keep a close eye on the score difference between the teams, and the maximum of points left of the table, and terminate the game immediately this point is reached.
For the regular snooker players, there is a specific term called a ‘miss’. Casual players may not know what a ‘miss’ is (apart from missing pots!) or how the rule is implemented. Therefore the INDOOR OLYMPICS prefers go back to the days of Ray Reardon and Terry Griffiths. They managed perfectly fine without this rule, and so do we!
As per the standard rules, except for the two following changes:
Out of respect to players unfamiliar to the game, the ‘3-foul rule’ is not used.
Because the matches will be relatively short, a ‘Golden Break’ (potting the 9-ball off the break) does not win the game automatically. Instead, the player replaces the 9-ball on its spot and receives ‘ball in hand’ allowing the cue ball to be placed anywhere on the table, and continues their turn at the table.
Based on American 8-ball rules! And they are brrrrrrilliant!
You do NOT get two shots after a foul! Instead you get one shot with ‘ball in hand’, meaning you can place the cue ball ANYWHERE on the table! This will feel alien to regular 8-ball players, but it doesn’t half eradicate game-slowing tactical play.
And it gets better!
After impact between cue ball and object ball, a ball MUST hit the cushion. This may be the cue ball, the object ball, or even another ball after impact. Again a wonderful rule to discourage ‘tippy tappy hookey snookery’ pool!
And you can pot your opponent’s ball legally, as long as one of your own balls is potted in the same shot (you still need to hit your own ball first though!).
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