6 a Side Doubles


Club Team: An aggregate of at least 6 players from a club or organisation formed to play three simultaneous doubles games.

Sub-team: A pair of players from a Club Team formed to play a doubles game.

  1. A club or organisation may enter more than one Club Team into the league.
  2. Each Club Team shall appoint a Captain who will be the contact point for all communications and whose name, address, and telephone number shall be provided to the Fixture Secretary.
  3. If the Captain is unable to attend a match then he/she shall nominate a deputy for that fixture.
  4. Captains will be responsible for agreeing the scores and the final match result.
  5. The Home Captain shall forward the result of the match, detailed on the official Result Form to the Fixture Secretary within 3 days of the match being played.
  6. A Club Team shall consist of three doubles sub-teams. Each doubles shall play against all three of the opposing doubles in the following order (home team numbers first):

    Round one 1 v 1, 2 v 2, 3 v 3
    Round two 1 v 2, 2 v 3, 3 v 1
    Round three 1 v 3, 2 v 1, 3 v 2

    The total number of games per league match will be 9. The maximum number of players allowed for each team per match is 18.

  7. Except as hereinafter provided all Games shall be played to 13 Points and all Matches shall be played to EPA (English Petanque Associatopn) Rules with the exception that (a) non-Licence holders and (b) leisure boules are permitted.

    Provided that all Games shall be subject to a Time Limit of 50 minutes. If an End is in progress when Time is called it will be played out and the Points score at the close of that End will be declared to be the result of the Game provided that the scores are not level; if they are level one further End shall be played to determine the Game result; if that End shall be declared Void in accordance with EPA Rules it shall be replayed.

  8. Each away sub-team shall play on the same piste throughout the match.
  9. Teams are permitted to use substitutes during a match although they can only be introduced between games.
  10. In any match the use of substitutes shall not result in a player (or players) playing against the same opponents more than once.
  11. All matches shall be played within the period specified on the fixtures list, and the home team shall be responsible for making contact and arranging the date and time for the fixture.
  12. Cancellation of a pre-arranged fixture must be made with at least 24 hours notice. Failure to do so will result in the non-cancelling club team being awarded a 6 points win (and the cancelling club team's result being recorded correspondingly as 0).
  13. If a pre-arranged fixture is cancelled with the required notice, the Team Captains shall rearrange the fixture at the earliest possible date. If this date is outside the fixture date window, the prior approval of the Fixture Secretary is required.
  14. In the event of Club Teams being unable to arrange a fixture satisfactorily, either captain may appeal to the Fixture Secretary for a ruling on when the match is to be played. The Fixture Secretary’s decision shall be final.
  15. If a Club Team fails to attend in entirety a pre-arranged fixture, then the match shall be recorded as a 6-0 victory for the attending club team (i.e. as under rule 12).
  16. If a Club Team attends with a deficit of players, but can provide one or two sub-teams, these teams may play their three games. However the non-attending sub-teams lose all their games scoring 7-13 and will not receive any point for their games.
  17. If a match has to be abandoned during play, the match score shall be decided by the number of completed games at that point.
  18. Should a dispute arise during a match which cannot be resolved between the two captains, the matter will be referred to the Fixture Secretary who will make a decision, in consultation with an umpire if necessary. The Fixture Secretary’s decision shall be final.
  19. If a team withdraws from the league during the season, and has not yet played each of their scheduled opponents at least once, then all their results shall be considered void. If they have played each scheduled opponent at least once, then the result fo the first match against each opponent (whether home or away) shall stand, while the second match against each opponent (whether or not it has yet been played) shall be recorded as a 6-0 victory for their opponents as under rule 12.
  20. Once a player has played for a particular Club Team in one season, he/she may not play for any other Club Team in the same season.
  21. A Club Team may enter the league during the season, but only if sufficient time remains in that season for the team to play against every other Club Team in their division at least once. The decision to allow another entry must rest with the Fixture Secretary.
  22. League Positions will be decided by:

    One point per game won plus four points* for the overall winner will be awarded in each match and team positions will be decided as follows:

    a. By Points Won then if equal,
    b. By points difference.

* Formerly one point was awarded to the overall winner, but at the AGM in Feb 2010, it was resolved (on a proposal by Claygate Bedouins) that the award of four points would be adopted in 2010 and reviewed at the 2011 AGM.

First adopted at the meeting of the Committee held on Wednesday, 24 February 1993 at the Hampshire Arms, Crondall.
Modified February 1996, February 1997, Feb 1999, Feb 2000, Mar 2004 and Feb 2010.