Category: Disability Day

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New Ranking System Launched for Disability Snooker

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) has today announced the introduction of a new world ranking system for players competing on the 360Fizz WDBS Tour from the start of the 2020/21 season.

To include individual ranking lists for each of the main WDBS Classification Groups, the system will see players earn ranking points based upon their finishing position at designated ranking tournaments.

For the first time all players with disabilities will have the opportunity to gain a world ranking, adding an intriguing extra element to tournaments where players will battle not only to become champion at that event, but also to progress up their ranking list.

As well as the honour of achieving a high ranking within their respective classification group, there will also be a practical benefit for players to being highly ranked. The system will make it possible for WDBS to seed players at events, helping to lessen the chances of there being a “top-heavy” group under the previous random draw policy.

It is also intended that the ranking list will be used as a future basis for event qualification, such as for the WDBS Champion of Champions.

WDBS Rankings – Key Facts

  • Separate ranking lists will operate for the following Classification Groups:
    • G1/2, G3, G4, G5, G6A, G6B, G7 and G8
  • Rankings will operate on a two-year rolling system, with points dropping off and being replaced by points earned at new events. View the cut-off schedule.
  • Ranking points will be awarded in line with the WDBS Ranking Points Schedule.
  • The Welsh Open, Champion of Champions and Disability Tour Championship have been designated as non-ranking events.
  • Players must complete at least one match during a tournament that they have entered to be eligible to receive ranking points.
  • Players who have not competed in an event during the previous two years will be removed from the ranking list.

The inaugural world ranking lists which we have published today are made up of points retrospectively added to tournaments held during the past two seasons.

A total of 166 players are included across all of the ranking lists, with Group 8 most strongly represented by its 36 players who have competed during the past two seasons.

View the new ranking lists via the WPBSA Tournament Manager HERE.

Player of the Season 2020: The Shortlist

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) has today published its shortlist for this year’s Vic Hartley Player of the Season 2019/20.

First introduced last year and won by Group 2 player Daniel Lee, the award is named in honour of long-standing referee Vic Hartley who sadly passed away in March 2019 and recognises the outstanding player of each season as voted for by WDBS.

It was announced yesterday that this year’s recipient of the award will be revealed next Wednesday during our Disability Snooker Day celebrations, which will take place online following the postponement of the professional World Championship.

As in 2019, the winner has been selected from a shortlist comprising one player from each main classification group as follows:

Group 1/2: Tony Southern

Group 3: Nigel Coton

Group 4: Daniel Blunn

Group 5: Mickey Chambers

Group 6A: Mohamed Faisal Butt

Group 6B: Leroy Williams

Group 7: Nick Neale

Group 8: Shabir Ahmed

Who would be your player of the season? Join the debate and let us know at our Twitter and Facebook pages before we announce this season’s winner on Wednesday.

Disability Snooker Day 2020

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) has today announced that this year’s Disability Snooker Day will take place on Wednesday 22 April.

A cornerstone of WDBS activity in Sheffield during the professional World Snooker Championship in recent years, the day will be held online in 2020 following the postponement of this year’s tournament due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Aimed at raising awareness of disability snooker and encouraging people with disabilities to pick up a cue and get involved, the day will see activity throughout the day on the WDBS website and social media platforms.

As always, the event is jointly organised by World Snooker Tour and WDBS, an organising body of the 360Fizz WDBS Tour which comprises disability snooker events staged across the UK and mainland Europe since. The long-term goal for WDBS is to see snooker return to the Paralympics, at which snooker was one of its founding sports and was held most recently in 1988.

Planned Activities

Set to celebrate its fifth anniversary this summer WDBS will look back at a number of key landmarks so far including coverage from previous Disability Snooker Days and the best footage from key tournaments.

This will include a full re-run of last year’s inaugural Disability Tour Championship held at the Crucible Theatre which saw four players showcase disability snooker at the home of the sport.

The day will also several exciting announcements made including the announcement of this year’s winner of the WDBS Vic Hartley Player of the Season Award for 2019/20, succeeding previous recipient Daniel Lee.

Get Involved

WDBS is encouraging everyone who supports disability snooker to get involved on the day using social media.

Whether you are a player, official, coach or a fan of the sport, post your memories and what snooker means to you as a person with a disability, or your favourite WDBS memory.

Use the official hashtags #DisabilitySnooker and #Cue4All and help to spread the word!

Disability Snooker Day 2020 takes place on 22 April 2020 via WDBS social media platforms.