Match Rules

FIXTURES
When Senior matches are held on club waters, Members must cease fishing two hours before the start and may resume one hour after the finish.
Times shown for Association competitions are draw times. Fishing will commence when a whistle is blown at a time given out at the draw. Finish times are as shown.
QUERIES
All match queries should be referred to the Match Secretary.
UNFISHABLE WATERS
If waters booked for a match are considered by the Match Secretary to be unfishable, he may transfer the match to other waters fishable or cancel the match. Details of alternative venues will be given out at the preceding match. Members should contact the Match Secretary to confirm the venue if there is doubt as to whether the original venue is fishable. The Match Secretary may change the fishing time and venue if he feels that circumstances merit it.
PREMATURE TERMINATION OF A MATCH
If for any reason, a Match is stopped before the stated finishing time by the Match Secretary, all fish caught by that time will count.
BOOKING IN FEES
Booking-in fees in each Association competition (excluding special matches) are £5 payable on the day of the match. For Christmas competition Matches an extra £1 is payable to special prize fund. Evening matches are £3.
LATE COMPETITORS
Competitors arriving late must report to the Match Secretary.
PRIZES
After deducting £1.50 per entrant for expenses, the balance will be paid in prizes (to nearest 50p). If 12 or more entrants, prizes would be paid for 1st (40%), 2nd (30%), 3rd (20%), 4th (10%).
Place prizes will be paid out after the end of the match.
Prize money not collected immediately after the match will be forfeit.
FISH EXCLUDED FROM WEIGHING IN
Unless specifically included, Pike are barred from weighing-in. Trout and Sea Trout in season may be weighed-in.
EXCLUDED METHODS OF FISHING
No spinning or fly-fishing allowed in matches. No electronic bite alarms to be used.
LIVEBAIT
All livebait used must be caught during the match.
KEEPNETS
Keepnets should be preferably carp-safe.
Two keepnets are required for matches at Roosthole and Foxhole, one of which must be of carp-safe material.
THE DRAW
The draw for choice of swim will take place at the time stated on the fixture list.
PEGGED MATCHES
On pegged matches, competitors will draw for swims and must fish that peg for the duration of the match.
ROVER MATCHES
On rover matches swims to be taken up in strict order. Competitors may only move swims in rover matches up to 3 hours before the end, and any fish caught must be returned before moving. All tackle must be removed from the swim they are leaving to allow another competitor to fish that swim.
DISTANCE BETWEEN COMPETITORS
On ponds and lakes no Member to fish within nine yards, each side, of another Member without his consent. On rivers and streams this distance shall be fifteen yards. Any breach in the Rule will disqualify a Member from weighing-in.
COMMENCEMENT OF FISHING
Fishing will commence when a whistle is blown at the start time to be given out at the draw. Competitors may only break the water before the whistle to place a keepnet and test the depth.
CESSATION OF FISHING
Matches will end on the whistle at the time shown on the fixture list unless it is agreed before the match that the end time is different to that stated. All competitors must remove their rods and line from the water at the sound of the whistle to indicate the end of the match.
Fish hooked before the whistle, but landed afterwards, may be weighed-in.
JUNIORS
Juniors, fishing in a senior match, must be accompanied by an adult competitor who will act as Guardian, responsible for their safety and behaviour.
WEIGHING-IN
Competitors fish will not be weighed-in if there is litter in the vicinity of his swim.
PROTESTS
Competitors wishing to lodge a protest against any other competitor must do so at the time of the weigh-in, and confirm the same in writing within four days.
CHRISTMAS MATCHES
Christmas Match Prizes to be for the heaviest total weight of silverfish weighed in over the three legs of the Match. Pike 2lb and over included in legs after 1st October.
TROPHIES
Silver Challenge Cup
Awarded for the highest number of points accumulated over a Member’s  matches for the season. The winner of a match will be awarded points equivalent to the number of Members fishing the match.
ASH Millennium Cup
Awarded to the person with the second highest points accumulated over the season.
Parkhurst Challenge Cup
The heaviest total weight over the season at Roosthole.
Cook Challenge Cup
The heaviest total catch of Pike during the season in matches. Minimum size limit 2lb.
R L Charman Memorial Trophy
Heaviest individual catch at Roosthole (Pike barred).
A R Smallwood Memorial Cup
Heaviest Pike caught in a match.

D Smith Shield

The member over 60yrs old with the highest total of points gained during the season.
Dorothy Surridge Memorial Cup
Heaviest weight at Roosthole in Matches by a Member over 60yrs of age.
Malcolm Warren Shield
Awarded for the heaviest total weight over the season at Birchenbridge.
Other cups and trophies:
Freddie Jordan Memorial Cup

Ray Lucas Trophy

Committee Cup
G R Kempson Memorial Cup
Gillings Challenge Cup
Moore Challenge Cup
Ellis Kent Challenge Cup
Barker Challenge Cup
William G Hill Memorial Cup
A S Tutton Memorial Cup
H I Lovett Challenge Cup
A E Lovett Challenge Cup
Parish Challenge Cup
Kempson Memorial Shield
R Steadman Trophy
All cups and other perpetual trophies must be returned, in a clean condition, to the Match Secretary by 1st February each year