The duties associated with refereeing, both for Snooker and Billiards, always includes recording the correct and legible information of the match on a scoresheet. Even if a match is officiated in tandem by a referee and a marker it is vital that the marker fills in the scoresheet correctly and that it is checked by the referee.

There are a few different formats to tournaments and all will require some differences in the scoresheet used. There are some that include a round robin stage, others that only have a knock out stage and still others that are team events. The OneforSeven tournaments also have another type for each match as well as an overall scoresheet, similar but not quite the same as for other round robin events. This is without taking into account the Billiards tournaments that also have differences. There is the pennant competition which is a team event plus the two forms of individual competition involving either a set total to be reached first, usually 150 points but that can be any set or agreed total, or matches decided by which player accrues the highest points total in a specific time. Some Billiards tournaments also have a round robin stage.

The scoresheets are necessarily different for each of these examples, most of which are quite simple but others that can also be a little complicated, although simplicity is always strived for.

The first one to discuss is the one that is used most often, which is the scoresheet for the knock out Snooker tournaments.

This scoresheet has been designed to be as easy as possible to use in an effort to minimise the many mistakes that could have and were made with its predecessor. It is also designed to carry as much information as possible so as to have a complete set of statistics for the archives and for each individual referee.

The scoresheets for the best of 7, best of 9 and best of 11 frames will have exactly the same format.

The top row carries all the relevant tournament information including the date of that tournament and its venue. It will be completed prior to the tournament and can be completely ignored by the match referee.

The next 5 rows, mainly coloured green, are to be used for the name and scores of the player designated first in that match in the tournament draw. The large cell to the left of the cells indicating the frame No’s is for that player’s name and will be printed if the match is the first of any day. If it is a subsequent match the name will be written.

The cells in blue are an exact copy of the ones in green and are used for the player designated second in the tournament draw for that match. It is important that all cells pertaining to any frames played in the match are completed including the record of any breaks made of 40 or more points. The cell for the total number of frames won by each player, i.e. the match result, should also be completed.

The two rows at the bottom of the scoresheet have information relevant to the match but not specific to either of the players, although still important for those statistics.

Finally, a space is provided for each player to sign and getting this signature should be a duty that referees should not shirk as this scoresheet is proof of match details should any dispute arise later.

Probably the most complicated scoresheet is the one used for the group stages of the Reventon Classic tournament which is run firstly as a round robin event staged in a variety of venues across the city, involving groups of 6 or 5 players with the winner and runner up of each group then contesting the second and knock out stage of the tournament. The round robin stage involves each player in each group playing all the others in that group over the best of three frames for the 6 player groups or the best of 5 frames for the 5 player groups with correspondingly complicated scoresheets. There are two of them used throughout the competition, one for each match and another for each group as shown.

The match scoresheet is very simple just showing the round, the table used, the group No. and the player’s names. The spaces to be filled in are just the amount of frames won and lost and the breaks made if any. The individual frame scores are not required because they are not used in the equation to determine the final group positions.

The group running sheets are a completely different kettle of fish as they need to record the result of every match played, showing the total number of matches won by each player, the total number of matches lost by each player, and the total number of frames won by each player. These are used in descending order to determine the positions of all 6 or 5 players in each group which will then also show which players are to advance to the next and knock out stage of hostilities. It also has the format for the tournament showing which player must play which other in each round. They must also be upgraded after each round so that all the players know where they stand in relation to each other throughout the day.

The scoresheets for OneforSeven events are almost identical to these as they are also played as a round robin format. The main difference is that the totals are not read across to the far right of each player as the matches and frames totals in the Reventon Classic but rather at the bottom of the group running sheet under the name of each player as a points total. Matches and frames are the deciding factor in the former and points in the latter.

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