2023 EBA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

The EBA European Championships will be held in Malta in 2023 for the very first time. The venue is the Dolmen Hotel, Qawra from 1st - 8th November. Information on hotel bookings in due course.

REIGNING EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS AS FOLLOWS -

MENS  ~  Wales
LADIES  ~  England
SENIORS  ~  Scotland
MASTERS  ~  England
UNDER 23  ~  Scotland
UNDER 18  ~  France
UNDER 15  ~  France
LDs  ~  Scotland

MENS  ~  Scott Gillespie (Scotland)
LADIES  ~  Emma Cunningham (Northern Ireland)
SENIORS  ~  Kevin Seaman (England)
MASTERS  ~  Rob Tait (Wales)
UNDER 23  ~  Cole Bedford (Wales)
UNDER 18  ~  Alexis Klinka (France)
UNDER 15  ~  Geo Edgar (Scotland)
LDs  ~  Jonathan Adams (Scotland)



STATEMENT FROM OUR CHAIRMAN 29TH OCTOBER 2022

Dear Members of the EBA,

On August 2nd 2022 the EBA committee and Nation Reps met and found that the Ireland Blackball Association (IBA) was in breach of Article 7, Paragraph 3 of the EBA Constitution 3 which states 
“All members must recognise the EBA as the only controlling body for the game of Blackball on the continent and must prohibit their players taking part in any national, continental or international competition that has been identified by the EBA as being detrimental to the interests of the Association in performing this task or to the unity of the game of Blackball. In no case will players compete in representation of their countries in events that have not been sanctioned by the EBA.” They breached this because they had announced that they were sending players to a BI Blackball tournament in Morocco which was at the same time as the World Championships held in Albi and this was detrimental to the EBA, who had democratically left BI. The EBA at this point suspended the IBA as EBA members and requested the IBA to retract their attendance to the Blackball event in Morocco within 7 days of receiving the letter, and if they did not do that we would invoke Article 8 (Disciplinary of Members and Expulsion), Section 8.2, Subsection iii giving the EBA the power to expulse the IBA. the Article 8, Section 8.2, Subsection iii states Refusal to comply with the provisions of the constitution and its associated regulations

On the August 10th 2022 the IBA responded saying that the EBA had no authority in sanctioning the IBA in attending the event in Morocco and that the event was not detrimental to the EBA. 
The EBA then responded back on August 21st explaining why the event in Morocco was detrimental to the EBA World Championships in Albi, and how we did have the right to sanction Ireland under our constitution. At this point the EBA invoked “Article 8, Section 8.2, Subsection iii” and expulsed the IBA giving them 2 months to fix the situation and not attend the event in Morocco. We stated that if they attended Morocco we would have no choice but to make their expulsion permanent. There has been no response to date to this letter and as we all know Ireland did attend Morocco and have had the blessing from the IBA.

So it is with a heavy heart that I have to announce that, Ireland Blackball Association (IBA) is no longer a member of the EBA.

Yours in sport

Sean Rumbado, 
EBA Chairman

The European Blackball Association
Secretary: Gillian Rolston
EBA email: europeanbb@outlook.com web site: http://www.eba-pool.org

2023 EBA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

The EBA are delighted to announce that the Malta Blackball Federation have been successful in their bid to host the 2023 European Championships in November. Dates and more information in due course.

Due to the Covid Pandemic our last European Championship took place in 2019 and our reigning Champions are as follows -


Mens Team  ~  Wales
Mens Individual  ~  Scott Gillespie (Scotland)

Ladies Team  ~  England
Ladies Individual  ~  Emma Cunningham (Northern Ireland)

Seniors Team  ~  Scotland
Seniors Individual  ~  Kevin Seaman (England)

Masters Team  ~  England
Masters Individual  ~  Rob Tait (Wales)

Under 23 Team  ~  Scotland
Under 23 Individual  ~  Cole Bedford (Wales)

Under 18 Team  ~  France
Under 18 Individual  ~  Alexis Klinka (France)

Under 15 Team  ~  France
Under 15 Individual  ~  Geo Edgar (Scotland)

Learning Difficulties  ~  Scotland
Learning Difficulties Individual  ~  Jonathan Adams (Scotland)

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS CONCLUDE

What a fantastic World Championship the FFB (French Federation of Billiards) put on in Albi, France. 18 Nations from across the globe competed tooth and nail on the baize for all the various titles on offer. See below the final Medals table. 

Next up for the EBA is the 2023 Singles Events in Blackpool in February followed by the 2023 Nations Cup in Bridlington. 



UNDERWAY IN ALBI

We are well underway in Albi, France at the 2022 World Blackball Championships. And what a show the FFB have put on so far. A fantastic opening ceremony, an incredible arena with tiered seating, 2 free streaming tables, and an extra 38 pay per view streaming tables costing only 10 euros. Near on 600 players, 18 Nations (many from the EBA), are giving it their best vying for all the titles on offer.

Live streaming at ~ https://tv.kozoom.com/en/event/35301

Fixtures, Frame by frame updates, Group tables and stats on the "LEAGUE APP LIVE" app. Download from Play or App Stores, enter "Eba" and everything is there to view




STATEMENT FROM OUR CHAIRMAN

  Dear EBA Members/Pool fraternity

I would like to apologise for not having come out with an official statement, prior to this time. However your National Associations have been kept aware of all proceedings at all times, in fact all the major decisions were made after online meetings with representatives from all EBA members who voted on how to move forward.

First let me try to reconstruct a timeline of what has transpired over the last months regarding EBA, BI and the World Championships. These World Championships were awarded to the FFB/France by BI in early 2021.

In the time between that awarding of the World’s and March/April 2022 there was a tremendous turmoil in the BI Board following many strange and unconstitutional decisions and actions by said board. This finally escalated to the point where board member Ross McInness was unconstitutionally removed from the BI board.

It was at this time around March/April 2022 that the EBA, following much discussion and communication between its executive committee and representatives from all EBA member nations, decided to (hopefully temporarily) resign its membership from BI. This resignation was very swiftly followed by an announcement from Mark Cottingham that the “official” World Championships would now be held in Morocco on the exact same dates as the actual World Championships in Albi hosted by the FFB.

Shortly after this announcement Mark and Samantha Cottingham decided to resign their positions as chairman and treasurer of BI. This by default left Kevin Byrne as acting president, Annette Grigg as secretary and Mycherif Zine El Abidine as the only board member of BI. At the request of Kevin Byrne the EBA decided to meet with the BI board once again and hear them out. At this meeting and later in writing both Kevin Byrne and Mycherif assured the EBA that there would be no event in Morocco and this was all coming from Mark Cottingham who had now resigned.

We took everything onboard and after further discussions with all the EBA member nations it was decided that the BI board did not want to satisfy our wishes to remove all destructive elements within BI and it was decided to stand by our decision to leave BI.

Kevin Byrne resigned his position within BI shortly after, leaving by default Mycherif as the acting President of BI, Annette resigned too shortly after and the Australian Blackball International Federation (ABIF) departed BI aswell. That left only Africa and Mycherif who became the acting president, acting secretary and acting treasurer at that point on the board. Any reasonable thinking person would consider THE ONLY course of action for BI to hold an extraordinary AGM as soon as possible to work towards filling all the available seats on the board.

But instead, lo and behold here we are with Morocco holding an event at the same time that the FFB are hosting the sanctioned World Championships. If that is not being counter productive and trying to undermine blackball and doing what is clearly NOT best for the players we don’t know what is.

So, for reasons beyond us a decision was made by the remains of an organisation with no elected board members to host a tournament in direct conflict with the World Championship the FFB is organising. One would think that by now that BI would have been lost and the WPA would have been asking questions. But no its seems this is ok, and its ok to bring in new members without holding an AGM/EGM like the newly formed Australian body who claim to be the Oceania Body as did the ABIF under the reign of Mark & Samantha Cottingham.

Enough on that, we hope that it would be clear to anyone that EBA could no longer be expected to stay a member of or consider re-joining BI with the entire board falling apart multiple times and yet no AGM to re-fill said board.

Back to the current situation with the Irish Blackball Association, the IBA.

The IBA, like all the EBA members was supposed to only send teams to The World Championships in Albi as this was the decision made by the EBA members. Recently however the IBA have said to the

EBA that they have to send teams to Morocco because the government forces them to attend official tournaments (we requested proof of this which we have yet to see).

IBA have made a point in saying that the Official World Championships was always running from 8th – 15th of October, which is correct and when the EBA left BI and all of the things I have mentioned above happened there was no longer a BI body and all of its former members were attending the World Championships in Albi. But because the AAPA were not invited to the Albi event (as they are deemed by the EBA of not being democratic and are a disruptive force in the promotion of BB under their current leadership) the event in Morocco was put on and the dates were set on purpose the same as Albi in an attempt to undermine the EBA and FFB, the AAPA could have put on any other dates but they chose conflict instead.

So in response to the IBA’s statement, the real reason why the EBA has temporarily expelled the IBA from its ranks is for contravening the EBA constitution, for attempting to undermine the EBA and going against the vote to leave BI by attending the Morocco event. They have under the constitution 2 months as from the 22nd of August 2022 to rectify this situation at which time the EBA will review the situation and either stand by its decision or revoke the expulsion, in accordance to the EBA constitution.

I know not all of the IBA members stand by the decision of their committee and it is a sad situation we are in currently. The EBA has always been a family and like all families we have our disputes and I believe this is one of them. I hope that there will be more members of the IBA asking questions now of their committee and they will do the right thing to rectify this situation so we can have a family reunion soon and be united as we were before and always have been in promoting Blackball and showing the world that we are a strong family.

Yours in Sport

Sean Rumbado

EBA Chairman

ALBI COUNTDOWN

At time of posting only 28 days to go to the 2022 World Blackball Championships when 18 Nations will converge in Albi, France. The excitement is building !!!

Early programme details are now out. Go to https://www.wbc2022.org/agenda to view.



THE 2023 EBA NATIONS CUP OF POOL

Please note dates changes for the 2023 Nations Cup of Blackball Pool in Bridlington. Really looking forward to returning to the fantastic Spa Arena, hard to believe last time we were there was in 2019.





2022 WORLD BLACKBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Fantastic Programme of Events to look forward to, watch this space for the upcoming day to day detailed schedule.



COUNTDOWN !!!!

@ 19TH JULY 2022

Only 79 days to go before the EBA head off to Albi for the 2022 World Blackball Championships in France. We can't wait !!!!




2022 WORLD BLACKBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS TO BE BIGGEST AND BEST YET

Already 15 nations participating in this years Blackball World Championships in France in October. And it ain't over yet....!! Still more to come. Who will be next ? watch this space !! 



ALL ROADS LEAD TO ALBI FOR THE BLACKBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN OCTOBER

Following the publication of the EBA and the situation which opposes it to the BI, the French Billiard Federation wishes to affirm its will to conduct its international event scheduled from October 8th to 15th, 2022 in Albi.

The French Billiard Federation confirms its membership of the EBA and will conduct this event with the members of the EBA, regardless of the outcome of the current international situation of Blackball.

Yours in sport,

Jean-Paul SINANIAN
FFB President
Fédération Française de Billard
CS 42202 

CHAMPIONSHIPS WEBSITE LINKS
(To translate into English or South African, please click on the appropriate flag)

CHAMPIONSHIPS INFORMATION HOME PAGE ~ https://www.wbc2022.org
CHAMPIONSHIPS CITY OF ALBIhttps://www.wbc2022.org/la-ville-d-albi/
CHAMPIONSHIPS VENUE PAGE ~ https://www.wbc2022.org/le-parc-expo/
CHAMPIONSHIPS HOTEL & TRAVEL PAGE ~ https://www.wbc2022.org/hebergements-acces/
CHAMPIONSHIPS LIVE STREAMINGhttps://www.wbc2022.org/medias/

Accommodation to be booked via your Governing Body




EBA RESIGNS FROM BI

LETTER SENT TO BLACKBALL INTERNATIONAL FROM THE EBA


Dear members,

The EBA Committee (all nations) has had to make the very hard decision of leaving BlackBall International (BI) which will be as effective immediately at midnight 6th February, for the reasons listed below:

1. We believe that in our interpretation of the constitution BI have acted unconstitutionally and have been informed of this.

2. We have requested an EGM back in September/October 2021 calling a vote of no confidence in the President of BI which fell on deaf ears. We have written a complaint and advised that we would have to review our position within BI to which they responded with arranging a meeting for 2 weeks later, even though it was clear of how detrimental the outcome of this meeting could be to the World Championships.

3. When requested by the EBA to speed up the meetings still more delaying tactics followed from BI.

4. We have no confidence in the President of BI who has demonstrated through his actions in BI that if you do not agree with him he makes sure to get rid of you.

5. We have noted that Malaysia, who was voted in to represent Asia in an EGM that was unconstitutional, has now recognised this and has written to BI rescinding its membership too. Which just reinforces our decision

What we request is that the BI Board be dissolved and the BI Council meet and rewrite the constitution as it is very ambiguous and once we have the constitution rewritten and agreed upon at an AGM with Council members, then and only then can we proceed in electing a board and moving forward.

Once the Board has been dissolved EBA would consider returning so it may input in the rewriting of the constitution and re-election of the Board.

Yours in Sport

Sean Rumbado

EBA Chairman

On Behalf of the EBA Committee


The European Blackball Association

Secretary: David Duncan

31 Blake Street, Dunfermline FIFE KY11 4PW SCOTLAND

Mobile: 07803 264780 e-mail: dduncan65@hotmail.co.uk

EBA email: europeanbb@outlook.com web site: http://www.eba-pool.org

BRIDLINGTON CANCELLED

Dear Members
Today the EBA has made the very difficult decision to inform its members that the Nations Cup planned for Bridlington during April 2022 has been cancelled.
Considering the current UK Government guidance and the high degree of uncertainty around what the potential travel restrictions may be in April, along with guidance on events, it is not appropriate to allow our members to be making plans. This coupled with the uncertainty of attending Nations and the recent withdrawal of Gibraltar and Wales informed part of the decision making process.
That being said, the health and well-being of our members must come first.
The Executive Committee
European Blackball Association
Note: the proposed dates for 2023 are:
Week 1: 26 - 29 March – Youths & LD’s
Week 2: 31 Mar - 5 Apr – Adults
Change over day: 30 March
Any problems please indicate asap

Anyone who has booked accommodation and paid deposit for 2022 might be able to transfer to 2023, worth asking. 

THE EBA 2022 NATIONS CUP OF POOL

The European Blackball Association are delighted to confirm the dates and venue for the 2022 Nations Cup of Pool. It's just great to be putting an International event back on after a long enforced break due to Covid 19. We can't wait to see faces, old and new, back in Bridlington in April.



2022 BI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS WEBSITE

A new dedicated website for the Championships has been set up and news and updates will go live from 1st November 2021

8th - 15th October 2022 ~ Albi, France

https://www.wbc2022.org/



  

FRANCE TO HOST WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Congratulations to France who have won the right to hold the 2022 Blackball International World Championships. The event will run from 8-15th October and will be held in Albi in the South of France.

More exciting details to follow soon on what is a fantastic bid from France.


 

EBA CONSTITUTION

TABLE OF CONTENTS


1. ARTICLE ONE: NAME, SEAT AND ADDRESS, LANGUAGE, CURRENCY, NON-PROFIT, JURISDICTION, LIMITATION ON LIABILITIES…………………………….………………4

Section 1.1: Name…………………………………………………………………………...…4

Section 1.2: Seat and official address………………………………………………………..4

Section 1.3: Official language……………………………………………………………...….4

Section 1.4: Official currency…………………………………………………………………..4

Section 1.5: Non-profit…………………………………………………………………………4

Section 1.6: Jurisdiction………………………………………………………………………..4

Section 1.7: Limitations on liabilities………………………………………………………….4

2. ARTICLE TWO: INDEMNITY………………………………………………………………4

3. ARTICLE THREE: AIMS AND OBJECTIVES…………………………………………….5

4. ARTICLE FOUR: SPORTS POLICY, ANTI-DOPING, VALUES, RECOGNITION, AND INCLUSION……………………………………………………………………………………..5

Section 4.1: Sports policy………………………………………………………………………5

Section 4.2 Anti-doping………………………………………………………………………...5

Section 4.3: Values……………………………………………………………………………..5

Section 4.4: Recognition and inclusion……………………………………………………….5

5. ARTICLE FIVE: PROMOTION AND AUTONOMY……………………………………….6

Section 5.1: Promotion…………………………………………………………………………6

Section 5.2: Autonomy…………………………………………………………………………6

6. ARTICLE SIX: ORDINARY MEMBERSHIP, SPECIALISED GROUP MEMBERSHIP, HONORARY LIFE MEMBERSHIP……………………………………………………………………………7

Section 6.1: Ordinary membership……………………………………………………………7

Section 6.2: Specialised group membership.….…………………………………………….7

Section 6.3: Honorary life membership……………………………………………………….7

7. ARTICLE SEVEN: MEMBERS’ LIABILITY………………………………………………..8

8. ARTICLE EIGHT: DISCIPLINING OF MEMBERS, EXPULSION………………………8

Section 8.1: Disciplining of a member………………………………………………………..8

Section 8.2: Expulsion………………………………………………………………………….8

9. ARTICLE NINE: MANAGEMENT BY THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND THE ADVISORY ROLE OF THE MEMBERS’ COUNCIL…………………………………………..………...9

Section 9.1: The Executive Committee……………………………………………………….9

Section 9.2: The Members’ Council…………………………………………………………10

10. ARTICLE TEN: EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE’S RESPONSIBILITIES AND POWERS………………………………………………………………………………………10

11. ARTICLE ELEVEN: GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETINGS……………………………11

12. ARTICLE TWELVE: VOTING AND VOTING RIGHTS AT GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETINGS…………………………………………………………………………………….12

13. ARTICLE THIRTEEN: SPECIAL RESOLUTIONS…………………………………….13

14. ARTICLE FOURTEEN: MISCELLANEOUS……………………………………………13

15. ARTICLE FIFTEEN: CONSTITUTION, DECISIONS, COMING INTO FORCE……14

Section 15.1: EBA constitution……………………………………………………………….14

Section 15.2: Decisions beyond the constitution…………………………………………..14

Section 15.3: Coming into force……………………...………………………………………14

APPENDIX 1: APPOINTMENT OF PROXY FORM……………………………………….15



ABBREVIATIONS



AGM Annual General Meeting

BI Blackball International

EBA European Blackball Association

EC Executive Committee

EGM Extraordinary General Meeting

GA General Assembly

IOC International Olympic Committee

MC Members’ Council

NOC National Olympic Committee

WADA World Anti-Doping Agency

WCBS World Confederation of Billiards Sports

WPA World Pool-Billiard Association


1. ARTICLE ONE: NAME, SEAT AND ADDRESS, LANGUAGE, CURRENCY, NON- PROFIT, JURISDICTION, AND LIMITATION ON LIABILITIES

Section 1.1: Name

The name of this controlling sports organisation shall be the “European Blackball Association (referred to in this constitution as the “EBA”).

Section 1.2: Seat and official address

The administrative headquarters of the EBA will be situated at a location decided by the EC and be of a practical and logistically correct nature for the execution of the administration of the association.

Section 1.3: Official language

The official and administrative language of the EBA shall be English.

Section 1.4: Official currency

The official currency of the EBA will be the euro.

Section 1.5: Non-profit

The EBA is a non-profit organisation that is not limited in time.

Section 1.6: Jurisdiction

The area of jurisdiction in which the sport of pool will be administered, services rendered and funds raised, will be the continent of Europe and its national pool bodies.

Section 1.7: Limitations on liabilities

Nothing herein shall constitute national members of the EBA being partners for any purpose. No member, officer, agent or employee of the EBA shall be liable for the acts or failure to act on the part of any other member, officer, agent or employee of the EBA. Nor shall any member, officer, agent or employee be liable for his or her acts on failure to act under this constitution, except for the case of acts or omissions to act arising out of his or her wilful misfeasance.

2. ARTICLE TWO: INDEMNITY

Every office bearer, official and employee of the EBA shall be indemnified by the EBA against all costs, losses and expenses which he or she might incur or become liable for by virtue of any reason or any act or omission in the legitimate discharge of his or her duties, unless the loss in question is caused by his or her own gross negligence, dishonesty or bad faith.

Office bearers, officials and employees of the EBA shall be indemnified by the EBA against pecuniary loss sustained by reason of legal proceedings, arising out of whatsoever cause, instituted against the EBA or against such office bearer, official or employee in his or her representative capacity, provided that the indemnity conveyed herein shall not extend to private personal acts of such office bearers, officials or employees beyond the cause and scope of their duties or employment and acts outside the official appointment and of the office of the EBA.

3. ARTICLE THREE: AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

While retaining and respecting the complete autonomy and independence of each national member in the administration and running of their disciplines, the aims and objectives of EBA shall be:

To encourage, promote, develop, advance, administer, control and unite the game of Blackball within Europe.

To recognise Blackball International (BI) as the only controlling body for the game of Blackball worldwide.

4. ARTICLE FOUR: SPORTS POLICY, ANTI-DOPING, VALUES, RECOGNITION AND INCLUSION

Section 4.1: Sports policy

To adopt a sports policy in conformity with IOC rules as defined in the Olympic Charter for continental structures as well as BI sport policies.

Section 4.2: Anti-doping

Compliance with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). The EBA recognises, accepts and follows the WCBS/WADA Anti-Doping Rules

Section 4.3: Values

To promote and develop the game of Blackball within a framework of respect for human rights, democratic principles and social values of universal fraternity and solidarity, through continental and international administrations and competitions, irrespective of nationality, race, religion, sex, sexuality, and political beliefs.

Section 4.4: Recognition and inclusion

To become directly affiliated to BI, and to exercise, enforce and control the implementation of the Blackball rules and regulations both for the practice of the sport and for the sport’s administration. Policies will be developed to guarantee the protection of children and vulnerable people who participate in EBA events.

5. ARTICLE FIVE: PROMOTION AND AUTONOMY

Section 5.1: Promotion

To promote the game of Blackball.

To identify, register and control all players eligible to participate in official international championships and tournaments.

To obtain from BI the right to conduct European tournaments in Europe and to undertake any and all matters relating to the conducting of these tournaments.

To stage annual championships for all players and in all categories that can be held in any of the affiliated countries with the designation of European Championships, Nations’ Cups or under any other format that the association may decide to be appropriate.

To make representations to BI on behalf of the members of the EBA.

To carry out and apply all regulations and instructions issued by BI.

To make rules and by-laws concerning the conduct, control and administration of the game of Blackball within Europe.

To acknowledge, confirm and register results achieved at official championships and tournaments, and to generate and maintain a continental ranking list from such tournaments.

To encourage and organise the development of the game.

To develop and encourage coaching and training programs for officials, players and coaches.

To grant affiliation to the recognised controlling association from every country in Europe, and to represent these national associations at BI.

Section 5.2: Autonomy

The EBA is the only recognised representative to BI for the game of Blackball in Europe.

The EBA maintains its independence and autonomy in the administration and management of the game of Blackball on the European continent.

The EBA is organised democratically and refrains from involvement in the internal affairs of EBA members and other organizations within the EBA membership.

6. ARTICLE SIX: ORDINARY MEMBERSHIP, SPECIALISED GROUPS, HONORARY LIFE MEMBERSHIP

Section 6.1: Ordinary membership

Every country on the continent of Europe playing and promoting the game of Blackball will be eligible for membership.

There shall only be one member from each country. Membership shall be granted to a national body, recognised by the official sports authority or the NOC that controls and administers sports in that country. Should the recognised body not wish to become a member and abide by the WPA/BI/EBA regulations, the GA may accept membership of an alternative national body. Where an alternative body has been admitted and the recognised body then applies for membership, there will be a period of transition, set by the EBA, to ensure the continuing rights of the existing member’s players.

Membership shall be granted subject to the applying country’s constitution being approved by the EC and a letter of intention to affiliate to the EBA being received. All personal details such as name and contact addresses and telephone numbers of the officers and directors of the applying association must also be submitted along with any other information the EBA executive deems pertinent to assist them in taking their decision.

Membership of the association will only be effective once the agreed annual subscription has been paid. The subscription year shall correspond to the calendar year ending 31st December.

Membership given by the EC will allow the affiliated country to host and participate in EBA-sanctioned events and to organize competitions and produce players eligible for continental and other international play.

All players, except those who are under 18, must join their respective national association and pay the applicable membership fee to that body. Players who wish to join where there is no national association shall join their nearest member association.

Players are free to play for any country until their 18th birthday; thereafter the country they play for, provided they are eligible under IOC rules, will be the country they must stay with unless special dispensation is granted by the EBA.

Section 6.2: Specialised group membership

The EC may consider applications from any group or organisation whose membership is considered beneficial to the sport of Blackball in the case that no national structures are in place that could accommodate such an application. A group under this description and affiliation will have no voting rights.

Section 6.3: Honorary life membership

Honorary life membership shall be open to any individual at the proposal of the EC in recognition of his or her services to the game.

Honorary life members will be invited to attend all GA meetings and will have the right to voice opinions but not to vote.

7. ARTICLE SEVEN: MEMBERS’ LIABILITY

The members of the association shall have no liability to contribute towards the payment of debts and liabilities of the association or the costs, charges and expenses of the winding up of the association except to the amount of any unpaid membership fees.

All EBA members must recognise all voting members as the sole authority over the game of Blackball in their territory.

All members must recognise the EBA as the only controlling body for the game of Blackball on the continent and must prohibit their players taking part in any national, continental or international competition that has been identified by the EBA as being detrimental to the interests of the association in performing this task or to the unity of the game of Blackball. In no case will players compete in representation of their countries in events that have not been sanctioned by the EBA.

The responsibility to keep all payments due to the EBA up to date lies with the members.

All members must inform the EBA within the period of one month of any significant changes in the executive, board or organisational structures of their national federations.

The annual deadline for membership fees payable to the EBA is the last day of December of each year. Members not paid up at this date will be considered not to be in good standing with the EBA.

Members in arrears with past and or current payments will not be allowed to vote at any meeting or meetings convened by the EBA and will not be eligible to send players to EBA-sanctioned events.

8. ARTICLE EIGHT: DISCIPLINING OF MEMBERS, EXPULSION

Section 8.1: Disciplining of a member

The EC shall determine the procedure for disciplining members. Any member or candidate to membership that wishes to appeal against a decision refusing membership, expelling them from membership or any other matter in disciplining them, may make representation in writing to the EC, which will be tabled at the next GA meeting of the EBA.

When a disciplinary measure is taken by the EC against a member, it will come into immediate effect.

Section 8.2: Expulsion.

A member may be expelled from membership of the EBA. A notice regarding this intention will be given to the national member allowing a period of two months to rectify the situation at hand. Failure by the member to satisfy the EBA that the situation has been rectified satisfactorily will result in the member being notified further of the ratification of the decision to expel the member. Only members not being considered for expulsion are eligible to vote. The motives for expulsion may include the following:

i) Refusal to pay any liabilities due to the EBA.

ii) Non-payment and continued refusal of payment of any membership fees due to the EBA for a period of two or more years. In such case expulsion is automatic.

  1. Refusal to comply with the provisions of the constitution and its associated regulations.

  2. Bringing the EBA into disrepute.

Any decision made to terminate membership of a member of the EBA will be effective immediately but subject to the guidelines for appeal as laid out by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

9. ARTICLE NINE: MANAGEMENT BY THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND THE ADVISORY ROLE OF THE MEMBERS’ COUNCIL

Section 9.1: The Executive Committee

The day-to-day business of the EBA shall be conducted by the Executive Committee (EC).

The EC shall consist of four executive officers – a chairperson, vice-chairperson, secretary, and a treasurer – and any other non-officer members that may be considered necessary.

The executive officers shall be elected at the AGM after being nominated by their respective national bodies and serve for the following terms of office:

  • Chairperson Next elected in 2022 and every three years thereafter

  • Vice - Chairperson Next elected in 2023 and every three years thereafter

  • Secretary Next elected in 2022 and every three years thereafter

  • Treasurer Next elected in 2023 and every three years thereafter

When an executive officer resigns and another takes his or her place, the new officer will remain in office for the remainder of the initial term, not for a full three years.

Any other non-executive officers that are elected discretionally, such as a competitions secretary or a development officer, will serve for a period of 1 year.

Should any member of the EC be unable to continue fulfilling his or her duties during his or her term, the EC may decide to appoint a stand-in member until the next GA.

No more than two elected members of the executive shall belong to the same national member. Non-executive EC members should be from countries that do not hold other positions on the committee.

Retiring EC members are eligible for re-election.

EC meetings, which can be held face-to-face, by telephone, or taking advantage of any appropriate new technology, shall be held as often as necessary to conduct the business of the association.

A member of the EC shall cease to hold office upon resignation in writing, at the request of their national association, or on being absent from three successive EC meetings without the approval of the EC.

The EC will be properly constituted as long as at least three executive officers are present. If this quorum is not achieved within an hour of the time set, the meeting will be dissolved. The chairperson may set a date and a time for a new meeting

Section 9.2: The Members’ Council

The Members’ Council (MC) is envisioned as a fast and efficient channel of communication between the EC and the member countries which will have the following purposes:

  1. To provide the EC with a direct means of informing the member countries about the work that it is doing and to request cooperation in fulfilling its policy goals

  2. To provide a forum for discussion of new ideas for the advancement of the work of the association

  3. For the member nations to be able to advise and make recommendations to the EC

The MC will consist of one member from each affiliated national structure together with the members of the EC. MC positions can only be held by persons proposed by their national structures. The person attending may vary from meeting to meeting provided their attendance is confirmed by their national body. Although guiding votes may be held at these meetings (1 vote/member nation with no voting rights for the members of the EC except for a casting vote for the Chairperson in the case of deadlock), the committee is intended as having an advisory role rather than being a formal decision-making body.

As with the EC, meetings of the MC can be held face-to-face, by telephone, or taking advantage of any appropriate new technology. Meetings will be convened by the Chairperson at his or her decision by members of the EC or individual national members, and obligatorily on the request of four or more national members.

10. ARTICLE TEN: EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE’S RESPONSIBILITIES AND POWERS

The Chairperson or, in his or her absence, the Vice-Chairperson, shall chair all EC meetings.

The Secretary shall ensure that records of the business of the association, including rules, a register of members, minutes of all GAs, EC and Members’ Council and Committee meetings and a file of correspondence are kept. These records shall be available for inspection by any member and shall be held in the Secretary’s custody.

The Treasurer shall ensure that all money received by the association is paid into an account in the association’s name. Payments shall be made through a petty cash system or by cheque signed by two signatories authorized by the EC. The EC or a GA meeting must authorize major or unusual expenditure in advance.

The Treasurer shall ensure that correct books and accounts are kept showing the financial affairs of the association. These records shall be available for inspection by any member and shall be held in the custody of the Treasurer.

When necessary, the EC shall interpret the meaning of clauses in the constitution. Any such interpretation made by the EC shall be final and binding upon all members of the EBA and promoters unless subsequently overruled by decision of the General Assembly.

The EC may add or supplement any by-laws conditionally upon such addition or supplementation not being in conflict with any clause in this constitution or with any prior resolution passed by a GA meeting. Such by-laws shall forthwith become binding on the EBA and all its members and shall be presented for ratification at the next AGM.

11. ARTICLE ELEVEN: GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETINGS

The GA is the highest institution of the EBA.

The Chairperson or, in his or her absence, the Vice-Chairperson or another executive officer, shall act as the chairperson of all GAs. The chairperson has no vote on matters except where there is a tied vote, in which case he or she shall have a casting vote.

The AGM takes place every year at a date fixed by the EC.

The EC may convene an EGM of the association whenever it sees fit but must convene a meeting within three months of receiving a written request from at least four affiliated national members. Requests by member nations for an EGM should be lodged with the Secretary of the EBA stating the business to be discussed; no other business shall be discussed at such a meeting.

At least 30 days notice of AGMs and EGMs and notices of motions shall be given to members and affiliated bodies. In the case of general meetings where a special resolution is to be proposed (see Article Thirteen), notice of the resolution shall be given to members at least 21 days before the meeting. Written notice of all AGMs and EGMs shall be given personally, by post or by email.

In the case of the AGM, the following business shall be transacted:

a. Roll call

b. Approval of the minutes of the previous meeting

c. Checking and approval of the annual reports from the

Chairperson

Secretary

Treasurer

Auditors

d. Election of EC officers (if required)

e. Reports from the members

f. Acceptance, expulsion and suspension of national federations or associations

g. Approval of the budget

h. Fixing membership fees as well as other fees and tournament fees, etc.

i. Approval of any changes to the constitution and by-laws

j. Discussion and vote on proposals from the EC

k. Discussion and vote on proposals from members

l. Discussion and decision on action from correspondence received

Nominations may be made at the AGM, or in such other ways as may be determined by the association at an AGM, of candidates for election as executive officers or non-executive officers.

The quorum for all GAs shall be one half of the voting delegates present in person. If a quorum is not achieved within half an hour of the time appointed for a GA, the meeting shall be dissolved.

Voting at GAs (see Article Twelve) shall be by a show of hands unless a secret ballot is demanded. Decisions are taken by simple majority except on special resolutions, for which three-quarters majorities are required.

All votes shall be given personally or by proxy. All proxy votes must be lodged with the Secretary in writing not later than twenty-four hours prior to the commencement of the meeting. The notice of proxy shall be given in the form as set out in Appendix 1 of this constitution.

12. ARTICLE TWELVE: VOTING AND VOTING RIGHTS AT GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETINGS

Each voting member shall be represented at meetings by one or two delegates (one vote). All delegates should be announced in writing to the EBA secretary before the meeting by completing the prescribed EBA registration form.

All votes shall be given personally or by proxy, but no members shall hold more than one proxy (see. Appendix 1).

There shall be seven players’ sections each of which is entitled to one vote at GAs. The full list of groups that may be represented at GAs is as follows:

National associations (1 vote per association)

Seniors (1 vote)*, Masters (1 vote)*, Grandmasters (1 vote)*, Ladies (1 vote)*, Under 21’s (1 vote)*, Youth & Juniors (1 vote)*, LD’s (1 vote)*

Referees’ association (no voting rights)

Non-playing section, i.e., promoters, manufacturers, operators, site owners, media, etc. (no voting rights)

* Issues relevant to their specific sections only.

With the exception of the Chairperson in the case of a tied vote, the members of the EC are not entitled to vote at GA meetings.

Decisions by the General Assembly shall become effective immediately with the exception of Rules and Sport Regulations, which may become effective within one year (or at the next event).

A member with outstanding debts to the EBA will not be entitled to vote at any meeting of the EBA until such monies have been paid in full

13. ARTICLE THIRTEEN: SPECIAL RESOLUTIONS

A special resolution must be passed by an EGM of the association to effect the following changes:

A change of the association’s name;

A change of the association’s rules;

A change of the association’s objects;

An amalgamation with another incorporated association;

To voluntarily wind up the association

A special resolution shall be passed in the following manner:

A notice must be sent to all members and/or representative of each association or body affiliated with the association advising that an EGM is to be held to consider a special resolution.

The notice must give details of the proposed special resolution and give at least 21 days’ notice of the meeting.

A quorum must be present at the meeting.

At least three-quarters of those present must vote in favour of the resolution.

14. ARTICLE FOURTEEN: MISCELLANEOUS

The association shall effect and maintain insurance as is required under any applicable national or international law, together with any other insurance that may be regarded as necessary.

The funds of the association shall be derived from the fees of members, donations, grants and such other sources as are approved by the association.

The association may at any time pass a special resolution determining how any surplus property is to be distributed in the event that the association is to be wound up. The distribution of surplus property shall be in accordance with applicable laws.

Notices sent by post shall be deemed to have been received 10 days after the date of dispatch and emails shall be deemed to have been received one day after the date of dispatch.

The income and property of the association shall be used only for the promotion of the objects of the association and shall not be paid or transferred to members by way of dividend, bonus or profit except in the case of professional services rendered to the association at its request by members. In such a case, fair remuneration for services rendered or goods sold will be deemed acceptable if so ordered by the EC.

15. ARTICLE FIFTEEN: CONSTITUTION, DECISIONS, COMING INTO FORCE.

Section 15.1: EBA Constitution

Members bind themselves to respect the EBA constitution as the sole authority and governing structure for the game of Blackball on the European continent with affiliation to the recognised world structures.

Section 15.2: Decisions beyond this constitution

All matters not provided for under this constitution or cases of force majeure shall be settled by the EC, whose decisions shall be final, unless subsequently overruled by decision of a meeting of the General Assembly.

Section 15.3: Coming into force

This constitution will come into immediate force with the approval of the GA and will replace all other previous constitutions or revisions.

APPENDIX 1: APPOINTMENT OF PROXY FORM



.........................................................., being a member in good standing of the European Blackball Association, hereby appoint ..........................................................

(Full name of proxy)


of .............................................................................. (Name of the member of the EBA)


as our proxy to vote on our behalf at the general meeting of the association (annual general meeting or extraordinary general meeting, as the case may be) to be held on the ........................... day of ................................ 20___ , and at any adjournment of that meeting.



* Our proxy is authorized to vote in favour of/against (delete as appropriate) the resolution (insert details).


* To be inserted if desired.




................................................ Signature of member appointing proxy


................................................ Name of member appointing proxy


................................................ Date





NOTE: A proxy vote may not be given to a person who is not a member of an association that is a member of the EBA.