***THIS LEAGUE OPEN TO ALL PLAYERS 21 YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER***
No team will be allowed to join the league after 2 weeks prior to the start of the season. A player will be allowed to join the league anytime throughout the regular season. Each match will consist of 6 games to be played by 2, 3 or 4 players per team. Every game thrown is partners format. Each game will end when 40 shoes, per team, have been thrown (20 by each player). The highest score after 40 shoes wins the game. Once you start a game with a pair of horseshoes, you must complete the game with that same pair of shoes. If a shoe breaks during a game you will be allowed to change to a different pair. If you want to change horseshoes for the next game you can, but you must complete the game with that same pair. A minimum of 2 players is required for a match, but you CAN NOT pitch with 2 players for more then 2 weeks in a row. For example, a team can pitch with 2 players for 2 weeks in a row, but on the third week that team MUST play with 3 or 4 players. After that the team will be allowed to pitch with 2 players, but not for more then 2 weeks consecutive.
This is a handicap league. Individual ringer percentages will be calculated and points will be spotted to the team with the lower combined ringer percentages. Players will use ringer percentages from the previous season. If a new player has joined the league his/her ringer percentage will be calculated at the end of the match. In this case you will not know the handicap until the end of the match. After the first week of play everyones ringer percentage will be based upon what they threw the first week, all stats from the previous year will be thrown out.
Each team will receive 1 point for each game that they win. There is a potential of 6 points per week. In the event of a tie after 40 shoes have been thrown, each team will be awarded 1/2 of a point. Total wins will be tallied and a running total of wins will be recorded for the season standings. The team with the most wins at the end of the season will take first place and so on. For example, team A wins three games, ties one and loses two. Their total score would be: W 3 1/2 L 2 1/2
On the envelope provided write the correct number of wins and losses. Also included money for the match. $24.00 total ($12.00 per team) and any league dues paid by a player. Include the name of the player on the back of the envelope.
II) PLAYOFF AND TROPHY ELIGIBILITY
A player must throw 400 shoe (20 games) to be eligible to receive any trophies or awards. If the 400 shoe mark is not reached by the end of the regular season, the player will not be eligible to compete in the end of the year Playoffs.
A point is measured using the touch shoe procedure. This is exactly how it sounds, if you can hold a horseshoe up against the pin and it touches the shoe being measured it is a point. The wider shoe in play will be the shoe used to measure for points. The closest horseshoe to the pin is awarded the point. If both of the pitchers shoes are closest to the pin, that team receives two points. A leaner only counts as one point, it is only a really close point.
A ringer is measured using the touch procedure as well. This means that if you can pass a straight edge from tip to tip of the horseshoe, with the pin anywhere in between, then a ringer is recorded. If both tips of the measured horseshoe and the pin all touch the straight edge (3 point touch) this IS NOT a ringer. You must e able to pass a dollar bill between the straight edge and the pin. When a ringer is scored, 3 points are awarded. If a player throws 2 ringers (6 pack) and his/her opponent covers 1 of them then the player that threw the 6 pack will be awarded 3 points. If both ringers are covered, no points are awarded.
Any shoe that comes into contact with anything but the pit surface is considered a dead shoe and must be removed from play. The shoe must land in the pit to be a counting shoe. If a horseshoe lands in the pit and rolls on it is a ringer. If it lands before the pit box or off the backboard and goes on it is a dead shoe and must be removed from play.
STRAIGHT EDGE is the proper tool for measuring points and ringers. If there is a discrepency on a call have a neutral party do the measuring. Other items are not to be used to measure for ringers or points (i.e. pick up hooks, clipboards, other horseshoes, etc.)
If an open pit occurs the team that shot first on the last pit will shoot first again. In the event of a cover and no points scored, the team that covers will shoot first.
When a point is scored record this onto the score sheet by placing a 1 in the appropriate box. Two points can be recorded by placing a 2 in the appropriate box. A ringer is recorded by placing an X in the correct box, a 6 pack is XX. ALL RINGERS MUST BE RECORDED, even if they are covered. At the end of each game, total all ringers for each player and record in the space provided at the bottom of the scoresheet.
EVERYONE MUST LEARN HOW TO KEEP SCORE. 3 GAMES CAN BE SCORED BY EACH TEAM, EACH MATCH
IV) TEAM RESPONSIBILITIES AND PENALTIES
HOME TEAM: All paperwork must be complete when handed in at the end of a match. The home team is responsible for all paperwork being filled out, IN FULL. The home team is also responsible for making sure weekly dues are collected from both teams and turned in. One point will be deducted if paperwork is not complete. To avoid any win point penalties, complete all of the following paperwork:
a) Match Line Up - fill in all wins and losses, total all wins and losses, total all ringers thrown for all
player, record information on Match Line Up page
b) Score sheets - total all ringers for each game and record in boxes provided at bottom of each game
c) Match Envelope - record all information left blank on the front of the envelope, enclose $24.00 per
week ($12.00 per team), the match line up and the score sheets for all games.
AWAY TEAM: The away team is responsible for the maintainence of the pits at the end of the match. This means the away team will rake and sweep the pits as well as pick up the scoreboards at the end of the match. Scoreboards will be brought back to the shed at the end of the match. A one point deduction will be given to any team not abiding by this rule.
No team will be able to forfeit a match. If a team can not make it one week, then the match will be made up within 2 weeks of the scheduled match. If the match is not made up then the forfeiting team will be terminated from the league. The opposing team will receive an average of their wins (at that point in the season) rounding to the nearest 1/2 of a point. Any team scheduled to play the terminated team will have a bye and also receive an average of their wins (at that point in the season) rounding to the nearest 1/2 of a point. This rule is in place to keep teams from forfeiting matches. Remember one forfeit and your team is history.
A maximum of 2 make-up matches is allowed for any team. We are comitted to Wednesday nights and it is an inconvienience for others to make up matches. Please try not to have any make up matches. This makes the league run smoother when no matches need to be made up. After 2 make up matches a team will not be allowed to make up another match. The team will be ejected from the league if a 3rd make up is needed.
No player is allowed to step over the foul line before releasing their horseshoe. The foul line is the line 3 feet in front of the pin. For women and men over 70, the foul line is at 27 feet. Only women and seniors (players 70 and over) are allowed to pitch from 30 feet.
VII) START TIME
Matches will start between 6:30 PM and 7:00 PM on Wednesday nights. No matches will start after 7:00 PM. Any team that shows up late will have to make arrangements with opposing team for a make-up match. If no make-up is done within two weeks, the late team will forfeit resulting in termination from the league. The other team receives an average of their wins (at that point in the season) rounding to the nearest 1/2 of a point. (Refer to forfeit section of rules)
VIII) CAPTAINS COMMITTEE
The captains committee is exactly what it sounds like. When an issue arises in the league, the captain from each team will attend the meeting for the issue at hand. He/She will then give his/her vote for their team. Some issues may want to be discussed amongst your team to get an overall vote from your team.
The sole purpose of the Captains Committee is to resolve any issues that arise during the regular season and playoffs. This does not include the game schedule, format, scoring and any other change to the structure of the league. Any rules that need to be discussed should be brought forth at the meeting and voted on before league play begins. The vote will be based on a majority rules process.
All teams should show up ready to play on Wednesday night regardless of weather. At 6:30 the Captains Committee will decide if we will be playing that night. If a match has begun and is cut short due to rain, then a make up match will be played. The match will be completely replayed with any eligible players being allowed to compete. In the event of a rain out the rained out match will be played the following week therefore pushing the entire season back one week. Make-ups solely depend on the number of teams in the league. If too many rain outs occur then a make-up will not be possible. That week would be a scratched week. This will be further decide prior to the start of the season.
X) LEAGUE DUES
A league fee of $10.00 per player will be due within the first 2 weeks of the season. If a player has not paid their league dues within the first 2 weeks of the season, that player will be suspended from playing until he/she has paid. This fee is necessary to recoup any material costs that has occurred to start the league. Material consists of paper, ink, photo copies, clip boards, pencils, 50/50 tickets, etc.. I don't mind volunteering my time for this league, but I will not supply material.
On top of the league fee, a fee of $12.00 per team per week is required. This boils down to $1.00 per player per game. This fee is imposed to build up a pool for an end of the year banquet. There will be trophies awarded for teams in the top 4 spots, based on 16 teams, and individual awards will be given out as well. Cash payout and door prizes may be considered too. (top 25% of the teams that join will be rewarded)
A playoff fee of $10.00 per player will be due to those teams that qualify for the playoffs. This is a one time fee. The number of teams that make the playoffs will be determined by the number of team that enter the league. The fee to enter the playoffs is paid back to the top 4 places (based on 16 teams) in the form of cash or trophies equal to cash amount. (top 25% of playoff teams will be rewarded)
XI) UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT
Any player causing problems will be ejected from the league. Ejections will be made solely by the discretion of the league coordinator. This unsportsmanlike conduct includes, but is not limited to, the following acts:
- not abiding by all of the clubs rules/league rules
- cheating in any manner
- severe confrontations (by this I mean any serious arguments. We are playing for fun and we
are all adults. If a violation is/has occurred or a point/ringer needs to be measured, then
get a neutral party. We are here to have fun. Lets do just that.)
All players must pitch 400 shoes (20 games) to be eligible to compete in the Playoffs. A one time $10.00 fee is required to play in the playoffs. The top 16 teams will make the playoffs. This will be a single elimination bracketed format. Teams must compete with a minimum of 3 players. If a team cannot field the minimum 3 players the they can still compete but with a penalty. That team must fill in the third player and play as if they were there. that individuals handicap will be calculated into the games which he/she does not throw and their partner must throw alone. This rule is in place to avoid any forfeits during the playoffs.
* = NEW RULE (VOTED IN AT KICKOFF MEETING)
THIS IS THE PROPERTY OF THE LISBON LEFT HAND
BE CAREFUL AND PLAY AT YOUR OWN RISK.
ALL BEVERAGES MUST BE PURCHASED AT THE BAR.
ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE BRING TO MY ATTENTION.
HOPE EVERYONE HAS A GOOD TIME.