Start: February 1st, 2018
Register now for Season 1/2018!
How does the Bata Team League work?
League system: round robin format
We’re playing in the round robin format. Every team in the league will play against every other team in the league. For eight teams, that’s seven match days. After every match day the results will be entered in a table with a ranking of teams. The team that is first after all matches played wins the league.
On a match between two teams, the players of each team are playing two singles matches and one doubles match (“scotch doubles”) against each other. Every player has one match. The match distance is between races to 6, 5, 4 or 3, depending on the skill level. The teams are selecting their players for position 1, 2 or 3 (match 3 as a doubles match). The players of both teams will play their respective opponent, which means player 1 of one team plays player 1 of the other team, 2 plays versus 2 and 3 versus 3. Players don’t have to be selected according to their level of play. Players are newly selected on every match day.
Number of team members
A team has to consist of at least two players. These will play one single match each and the double match together. You can register with more than two players per team, e.g. if you played in that constellation in the last season or because you know that not everybody will be able to attend every match. The entry fee of 60,- Euros / team is set no matter how many players are on your team.
We’re playing 9-ball in the team league. 9-ball is an entertaining and quick game, and it’s easy to handicap stronger players.
- 9-ball is only played with the balls 1-9 and both players are playing the same balls. Who pockets the 9-ball wins the game.
- Racking: Balls are racked in a diamond shaped configuration. 1-ball at the head of the diamond, 9-ball in the center.
- Players always have to hit the lowest ball on the table first.
- Players are allowed to pocket other balls, though. E.g., the player is allowed to hit the 1-ball which hits the 5-ball which goes into the pocket. The player continues to play. If he makes the 9 he wins the game. This also applies to the break shot.
- No called shots needed in 9-Ball
- If you make three fouls in a row you lose the game.
Have a look at Wikipedia for a good summary of the rules. Standard rules of the WPA for pool billiard and 9-ball apply.
We play alternating breaks. A lag decides who breaks first.
Racking and break shot with money balls
If one players gets one or more money balls because of a handicap, these balls are racked in the second row of the rack, behind the 1-ball. A third or fourth money ball is racked in the second last row. If the lower ranked player pockets a money ball on the break shot, he wins the game. If the higher ranked player pockets a money ball, it counts as a regularly pocketed ball.
Pocketing of money balls with a foul or at the push out
If the lower ranked player pockets a money ball while committing a foul or playing a push out, the ball stays in the pocket.
If the higher ranked player pockets a money ball while committing a foul or playing a push out, the ball is re-spotted on the foot spot. If the foot spot is blocked, the ball is spotted on the foot string as close as possible to the foot spot.
Changes may be applied.
We’re playing with a handicap system, to equalize different skill levels. Everybody can win, no matter how well he or she plays! From season 2/2016, scotch doubles matches will be played without a handicap.
Handicap in 9-ball
9-ball is usually handicapped by giving so called “money balls” to the lower-ranked player. That means that he doesn’t only win the game with the 9-ball, but also with one or more other balls. If the player has the 7-ball as a money ball, he can win the game either with the 9 or with the 7. The higher-ranked player can only win with the 9 and has to take care that his opponent doesn’t make the 7 or the 9. If the higher ranked player pockets a money ball of his lower-ranked opponent, the ball counts as a regularly pocketed ball and the player continues playing.
Levels of play
We’re ranking players according to their skill level, starting with level 1 (beginner) to level 7 (top player). We’ve created a table that you can use to find out the handicaps for your match against a player of a different level. Players on a lower level also play shorter races than players on higher levels.
1. Place: 60,- Euro voucher for pool and drinks at the Bata + Bata challenge cup
2. Place: 30,- Euro voucher for pool and drinks at the Bata
3. Place: 15,- Euro voucher for pool and drinks at the Bata