Bristol Feeder League rules and formats


The Bristol Feeder League is open to all players who, in the opinion of the Director, are potential Bristol Premier League members.

Rules for 2024

The members of the league will initially play as many or as few of the other members of the league as they wish four times, three times, twice, once, or not at all, in first-to-11-point matches. The Director reserves the right to increase the number of potential meetings between individual players at any stage of the season, if it becomes apparent that opportunities for playing sufficient matches for a viable competition are becoming too limited.

Winning scores will always be truncated to 11 points. Three points are awarded for each match won, and one point is deducted for each match lost. One point is also deducted for each adjourned (i.e. uncompleted) match, although only for the period of adjournment.

League table placings will be determined by the following criteria: (1) number of points awarded for wins minus those deducted for defeats and current adjournments; (2) "average points difference", i.e. the difference between points scored and points conceded throughout the season, divided by the number of matches played; and (3) play-offs where the first two criteria are indecisive and the finishing positions are significant in terms of prizes or qualification for other events.

Results must be reported to the Director and are only deemed to be results when they have been recorded by him (or his designated representative), and contestants have until the end of November to complete their fixtures. THIS DEADLINE WILL NOT BE EXTENDED.
Scores from adjourned (uncompleted) matches must also be reported, although matches where there have been more than two adjournments will be declared null and void.
Players who play few matches will, unlike in the Premier League, stay in the league table with no repercussions.

In fact, late entrants will be admitted into the league at least until the end of September, with entry between October 1st and the end of the season being allowed at the discretion of the Director.

The entry fee for 2024 is 10, and is payable on completion of the player's first match. This will fund the engraving on the Bristol Conference trophy, plus engraved mementoes for the winner and runner-up, and cash prizes for the top few finishers, depending on the total entry.

Entrants accepted after September 30th will be charged only 5.

While league matches have traditionally (pre-Covid) been played face-to-face, internet play is now permissible with the consent of both players.
The preferred website for online Bristol Backgammon play is Backgammon Studio Heroes, where a "Bristol Backgammon Leagues" room is available for use.
The default for pip-counts during online play is "on".

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Current positions
Previous years' history

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