Victorian Billiards & Snooker Association Inc.

Representing & Developing Billiards & Snooker as a sport in Victoria

VBSA Patron: The Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria.

VBSA

(Victorian Billiards & Snooker Association Inc.)
VBSA Patron: The Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria.
Representing & Developing Billiards & Snooker as a sport in Victoria
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VBSA News

VBSA Patron

After quite a few years without one, I am delighted to announce that The Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, has very graciously agreed to be the Patron of the VBSA.  

So watch out for our new stationery and website banners and perhaps the opportunity to promote some of our major events in the magnificent Billiard Room at Government House.

Please also read the attached letter from the Governor, which sends a very important message about recognition of our "quiet achievers".  Perhaps even the "not so quiet achievers".

By: Mark Dunn  Sun 6th Aug 2017 - 3:20PM

China Referee

The IBSF World U18 & U21 Snooker Championships will this year be held in China between the dates of 7th and 17th of July. Expressions of interest were called for from Australian referees to officiate at this prestigious event which prompted a response from Jon Moss.

I am delighted to announce that this application has been met with an affirmative answer.

Jon will be travelling to China with the blessing and encouragement of the V.B.S.A. as well as the other Victorian referees.

Jon has had a meteoric rise as a referee since first being accredited and has elicited admiring comments from many of his senior comrades.

His profile along with those of other Victorian referees can be found on the referee profile page on this site.

By: Larry Eforgan  Wed 31st May 2017 - 8:37PM

VBSA Honour Boards

For some time it has been recognised that the VBSA has no place to recognise the contributions of its volunteer Board or Life Members who have collectively contributed so much to this great organisation and game of ours.

To have a physical, traditional Honour Board is not an option with the VBSA not having a physical home, though Brunswick Club has been a unofficial home for many years.  Consequently, a digital Honour Board will be prepared and displayed on the VBSA website.

In preparation for this, the attached lists have been started and I now ask that you

  1. Provide some feedback on the above proposal e.g. are there people/sections we are not recognising that should be?
  2. Fill in some of the many gaps & correct some of the no doubt many errors within the two lists.

It is worth noting that any member can nominate another member for Life Membership so if you have someone you think deserving, in accordance with the Section 9 (2) of the VBSA Rules, then please contact me to commence that process.

By: Mark Dunn  Thu 2nd Feb 2017 - 10:34AM

Pennant ByLaws

The board of the VBSA wish to advise all pennant players that Rule No. 8 of the current ByLaws (Matches) has been revised to clarify that if any player were to be in arrears by 10 points plus the value of the colours remaining after potting the final red, then the player would be allowed to finish that turn at the table and that the frame may only be claimed or awarded if the 10-point rule can be invoked at the conclusion of the turn.

It is also to be understood that any player with the advantage of that rule and is ahead in the frame by enough points has the right to claim the frame at any time during any turn at the table as soon as the rule comes into effect.

Please refer to below LINK to view updated ByLaws.

Thanks to Shelly Ames for highlighting this issue.

By: Larry Eforgan  Sun 22nd Jan 2017 - 4:32PM

VBSA Rules (Constitution) & By Laws

At the 2016 Annual General Meeting on 26th October, amendments to the Rules (Constitution) & ByLaws were approved.  The revised documents have now been uploaded to the website.  Click this LINK to be taken to the page or go to the About VBSA page.

By: Mark Dunn  Fri 18th Nov 2016 - 10:46AM

Victorian Billiards Rankings

Billiards rankings have been updated to include the pennant season and the state championship.

By: Jason Colebrook  Thu 17th Nov 2016 - 11:35AM

ABSC Life Member

Congratulations Steve Mifsud on becoming a life member of the ABSC

By: Alan Croft  Thu 27th Oct 2016 - 7:35PM

Code of Ethics

With the new pennant season on the horizon it has come to our attention that many players are unaware of the ‘other rule book’ entitled the Code of Ethics. While this document contains things that will not result in penalty points for any non compliance, it is still a requirement that all participating players follow its conditions when playing in any of the sanctioned tournaments, including the Pennant and Willis competitions run by the V.B.S.A.

Many players including a large majority of those new to the sport are unaware of its existence much less its contents. Please take some time to read the attached document to familiarise yourself with these conditions.

By: Larry Eforgan  Wed 3rd Feb 2016 - 4:09PM

Guidelines for Rule 14 for D Grade Pennant

Despite any instructions to the contrary all official rules (as well as all the V.B.S.A. playing conditions) apply to all grades. This includes Section 3 Rule 14 which covers the Foul and a Miss instructions. The rule is to be administered as stated in the rule book. The main issue to remember with this rule in D grade is that all players acting as referees must be fair to all players and to take into consideration the difference in skill of the D grade players, which by definition must be lesser than higher grades. With this in mind and only when in snookered situations, all referees are admonished to be very open in their opinions when assessing genuine attempts at an escape.

When snookers are required to win a frame then a miss cannot be called.

In D grade 90% of the fouls caused by snookers should not be called a miss.

Referees must take into consideration whether the player from any snookered situation has struck intervening balls not on. A miss must be called unless the stroke is beyond the capabilities of the striker.

(A good rule of thumb for this situation is to consider if the snookering ball or balls are closer to the ball on or to the cue ball. If the former is the case then some leniency may be allowed and if the latter, then the escapee has more opportunity to avoid the offending obstruction and it should not be struck.)

Referees must take into consideration whether the player from any snookered situation has hit the stroke with enough force to reach a ball on. A miss must be called unless the stroke is beyond the capabilities of the striker.

The instructions in both the sentences above must be enforced if there is a straight line path from the cue ball to any part of a ball on but can also be ignored by referees if in their opinion the stroke was difficult enough to be beyond the capabilities of the player. An example of this would be if the cue ball was tight to a cushion and the ball on was only able to be struck at its finest edge and was some distance away. Other examples may also apply.

The skill level of the striker in any grade must be taken into account when making a call of Miss but is not a reason to avoid it.

Larry Eforgan. Director of Referees.

By: Larry Eforgan  Sat 21st Feb 2015 - 5:41PM

WPBSA Rules Changes Aug 2014

Please see attached "Information" for recent changes to the rules of snooker and billiards. The PDF will give you a quick overview and a complete copy of the rules may be downloaded from World Snooker's website. A new flowchart to assist with application of the Foul & A Miss rule has also been provided. This is from the Sussex referees' manual, a very handy reference for anyone wanting to learn more about the rules of Billiards and Snooker.

By: Michael D'Silva  Wed 17th Sep 2014 - 3:52PM

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