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All-Ireland Blackball Inter-County Championships
Including the Irish Open Blackball Singles

The Inaugural All Ireland Blackball Intercounty Championships

Venue: The Ardboyne Hotel, Navan, Co Meath

Dates: 3rd-5th February 2017
Categories: Mens, Ladies, Senior (over 50s), Under 23s, Under 18s,under 15s, LD & Wheelchair.
Team Formats: Men's and Seniors will both be best of 25 frame matches including the group round robin stage before the knockout stage.
All other sections will be best of 15 frame matches including the group round robin stage before the knockout stage. There may also be a plate for Teams who are knocked out at the Group stages.Trophies and medals only for Team events.
Team panels: Men and Seniors will be 5 a side teams with up to 7 players allowed per team panel.
In all of the other categories the teams will be 3 a side with up to 5 players allowed per team panel.
A county can enter multiple teams in any section if they wish

Entry/Payment Details

IBA are inviting all individuals who are interested in running a county team(s) to contact Conor Brady at his email address:

Name of players and teams must be submitted by entry deadline on 31st December 2016.  
*All teams will be designated a Colour if more than one team represents a county.
This also applies to Singles entrants who are not part of a county team.
Please note that no team will be accepted unless payment is made prior to the closing date. 
It will be the responsibility of the Team Managers/Representatives that all fees and entries are received before the  deadline date of 31st December 2016. 
(Fee is €30per person on team including subs)

*Singles and Team entrants can pay on the day of the event.
Entry fee for the singles event is €20 for all players and a player can only play in one category in the singles.

Payment Details

1. 5 person Squads €150
2. 6 person Squads €180
3. 7 person Squads €210
1. 3 person Squads: €90
2. 4 person Squads: €120
3. 5 person Squads: €150



Player Eligibility – For a player to be eligible to represent a particular county he/she must meet at least one of the following criteria:
a) The player was born in that county
b) The player was born in that county but is currently living or working overseas. The player may be requested to provide proof by means of a legal document eg a birth certificate
c) The player currently resides or works within the postcode of that county
All Nationalities welcome as long as they meet criteria above.

Dress Code

All team members must adhere to the dress code in place namely Matching polo or dress shirts (with collar) bearing their county badge and trousers.Additional sponsorship logo also allowed. 
Singles Entrants Polo Shirt, Trousers and Shoes (colour optional)
*Failure to meet these criteria will mean refusal to compete.

Match Format

1. Teams will be drawn into groups and normal round robin will apply 
( * If numbers too high we will revert to straight Knockout format with losing 1st round teams going into the plate, in an effort to ensure we finish within the 3 days. Counties will be given plenty of notice if this is to occur)
2. Captains submit their 5 player names in order before each session
3. All frames are played ie 25 frames in Mens & Seniors and 15 frames in other categories
4. Final Group standings are determined by match points, then frame count, then head to head if teams have the same number of points and frames won.