Qualifying School in Jersey postponed

Unfortunately, because of the Covid-19 situation, the Qualifying School in Jersey had to be postponed.

Here is the message that Jason Francis shared on social media, on October 13, 2020.

Dear All,
It is with great regret that given todays announcement from Jersey we have no option but to postpone the seniors qualifying school. What started out as a challenge, and a resolve to get an event on, is no longer viable with only residents of Worthing and a few remote regions in the Uk now able to arrive in Jersey without a 5 day isolation period.
The new dates will be Monday January 4th to Sunday January 10th.
Play will begin on Tuesday 5th, everyone will need to arrive by 6pm on Monday 4th in case the self-isolation rule is still in place. With today’s announcement most flights will be cancelled so move quick to get them rearranged.
The Mayfair Hotel have agreed to honour and move bookings at no cost to players, please get in touch with them, they will also honour the rate. I cannot speak for any players staying in an unofficial hotel but you should contact them as soon as you can.
For those players who have already withdrawn you now have the option to come back in, irrespective of numbers in the field if you want your place back we will make it happen but you need to get in touch.
Also if you cannot attend between 4th – 10th January then you can apply for a refund and I will issue a form for this.
However please note if you withdraw now there is no guarantee you can get back in closer to the date as I had already filled the spots of everyone who had withdrawn and we still have a waiting list.
I am hopeful things will be a bit easier after Christmas but I also accept this is not ideal for everyone, but giving up and cancelling and depriving players of a chance to play in the crucible or against a legend would be worse.
For those who were waiting for the 20th, you’re automatically transferred into the new event date and unless I hear from you that will stay the same.
Current Jersey regions for Uk attached, you can see how little green was left.
We have moved as quickly as we can,
Regards
World Seniors Snooker.

Jason and the World Seniors Team are putting in every effort to get the WSS players playing whilst making sure it’s safe for everybody involved. It’s a huge challenge and they have no control over the pandemics situation and its consequences. They can only work hard and try their best, which they certainly do.

What you need to know about the Qualifying School in Jersey

This information was shared by Jason Francis today:

ROKiT Phones World Seniors qualifying School details. Event opens Tuesday 1st September at 12 noon.

Entry Pack
Dates – Monday 2nd to Sunday 8th November 2020
Venues – Jersey Mechanics Club, & First Tower Snooker Club, Jersey

Competitions – 2021 Uk Seniors Qualification – 4 places
2021 World Seniors Championship – 2 places
2021 Masters Championship Q – 1 Place
2021 Masters Super Seniors Q – 1 Place

Format – All matches best of 5 to semi-finals, Final matches in each event best of 7

All 8 winners will be g’teed £1000, payable at the final stage event. Additional prize money may be added if third party sponsorship is secured.

Criteria Event Open to any current amateur player over 40 on or before 2nd November 2020. Super Seniors Event open to any amateur player over 55 on or before 2nd November 2020.

Dress Code Full match attire

Entry fee £400, payable with £100 non refundable deposit and £300 on or before 1st October 2020.
The event will initially be capped at 96 entries but may be extended at promoters discretion.

Entry Options Entries open at 12 noon midday GMT on Tuesday 1st September. Via this link CLICK HERE

Players are responsible for finding their own travel and accommodation, our recommended hotel is

The Mayfair Hotel, St Hellier.
Reservations: 01534 735511
Quote “Seniors Snooker”
www.themayfairjersey.com

Agreed Rates
£55 twin/double / £40 single, per room per night
Monday 2nd November for 7 nights – 2 x single rooms / standard rooms – Price: £280 per room

Events will be played across two venues, timings of matches can and may be altered at the tournament director’s discretion.

The Top 32 Amateurs are seeded from the Official End of Season Ranking List for the Uk and World Seniors Qualifying Events only.

The Masters event, as non-ranking, will have a totally random draw made on Monday 2nd November at the Launch Event and players reception in Jersey.

The first 32 players over 55 years of age on or before 2nd Nov 2020 who enter will be placed automatically into the Super Seniors Event. The top 16 on the official Super Seniors Ranking List will be placed into a seeded position. The Promoter may increase this field at their discretion.

All players who enter will need to agree to the WPBSA code of conduct and terms and conditions of the event which will be available within the entry system. They will also need to understand our COVID procedures.

Logo Players will be able to wear one logo of their choice, embargo on mobile phones, vitamins and cars.

All players will be given a covid test on arrival into Jersey at no cost to them. Should any player test positive they understand they will be removed from the event and placed into isolation.
All players understand that Jersey’s COVID Policy is constantly changing and citizens from certain countries may be refused entry should their territory be on the restricted list at their time of travel for the event. In that case entry fees would be refunded and players opponents would receive a bye if this occurred after the draw or a new opponent from a reserve entry list.

The current list of countries whose citizens will be refused entry to Jersey can be found here under the Amber and Red Status but this is changing on a regular basis.

https://www.gov.je/Health/Coronavirus/Travel/Pages/DeclaringTravelHistory.aspx

All players will need to complete the Pre-departure registration and declaration

This is an online registration form within 48 hours before departure – You do not complete this now!

You will be stating your personal details including but not limited to:

contact information
type of transport
travel dates
address(es) they will be staying at throughout their stay in Jersey
details of travel within the 14 days before arrival in Jersey
declaration of health including disclosure of symptoms, previous positive test results and close contact with known infected individuals
https://www.gov.je/Health/Coronavirus/Travel/Pages/CoronavirusTravelAdvice.aspx#anchor-3
Should more than 25% of the field be affected by the covid travel restrictions the promoter reserves the right to cancel and reschedule the event. A full refund would be given, all hotel and travel costs are booked at the players risk and WSS accepts no liability for any losses caused by cancellation of the event.

The current ranking list is available here

Regarding the rankings, the following important information has been shared by Jason on social media:

With the changes to the format of next seasons events the rankings could be in for a real shake up.
Following consultation with the Seniors Players Commission the end of season ranking list has now been adjusted to reflect the events of this season via the two qualifying school events and also the change of the Masters Event to non ranking status.
Players going into Jersey can earn up to 15 points in the Uk and 18 points in the Worlds, that is the maximum they can apply to their ranking yet the top 5 have the following to come off after Jersey. Lets look at the impact on our current top 8 players.
Michael Judge 54 points to come off
Rodney Goggins 84 points to come off
Patrick Wallace 54 points to come off
Rory Mcleod 51 points to come off
Leo Fernandez 58 points to come off
Aaron Canavan 31 points to come off.
Wayne Cooper 36 points to come off
Stuart Watson 50 points to come off
Many players on the ranking list will have more than 20 points to be removed after Jersey. It should leave a very ‘relevant’ ranking list but one that is future proof moving forward. There is no coasting for sure and every frame won in Jersey will be important.

 

Seniors Q-school announced ahead of the coming 2020/21 season

The news was  aired by Jason Francis during the MSI of the Final two days ago.

This is the announcement by WPBSA:

The ROKiT Phones World Seniors Snooker Tour has announced the launch of World Seniors Qualification School from which eight places at major Seniors tournaments in 2021 will be won.

To be held in Jersey from 2-8 November 2020, the event will be open to a maximum of 96 players, including both amateurs aged over 40 and for the first-time current World Snooker Tour professionals ranked 65-128 at the start of the 2020/2021 season.

Places in the following competitions will be contested over the course of the event:

  • 2021 UK Seniors Championship (4 places)
  • 2021 World Seniors Championship – (2 places)
  • 2021 Masters – (1 Place in the 2021 Masters)
  • 2021 Super Seniors over 55s – (1 place in the 2021 Masters)

Each of the eight qualifying players will be guaranteed to win a minimum of £1,000 at the final stages of the event.

All players will undergo a COVID-19 test upon arrival (at no cost to them) and will be responsible for booking and paying for their own travel and accommodation.

Jason Francis, Chairman of World Seniors Snooker said: “We are delighted to be able to launch our new World Seniors Qualification School which I am sure will prove to be a fantastic week of snooker with big prizes on offer.

“Only this week we have seen the likes of Gary Filtness and Wayne Cooper overwhelmed by the chance to play at the iconic Crucible Theatre for the first time and through Qualification School even more opportunities will be created for players of all levels of experience to achieve their dreams.

“We also hope that by holding these qualification tournaments together, rather than over the course of several individual qualifying events, this will help to reduce travel and accommodation costs for our loyal players over the course of the season.”

Further information will be released by World Seniors Snooker in due course.

There are still many uncertainties linked to the covid-19 crisis and the 20/21 season calendar is not yet available at the time of writing.

 

A very important message from Jason Francis regarding the Seniors World Championship line-up

This message was share by Jason on Facebook yesterday. It explains how the line-up for the 2020 Seniors World Championship was decided.

As I did read some criticisms about this line-up myself, I thought it’s important to share Jason’s explanation on this blog as well.

Dear all,
I was made aware of a thread started on Facebook last night around the validity of the 16 players who received invitations to the Rokit world seniors snooker championship and although no one has asked me directly, choosing rather to jump to incorrect conclusions, I am happy to explain the rationale.
I don’t expect everyone to agree, the game is all about opinions, but to claim any personal friendships played any part in selections is quite frankly very disappointing to see.
The criteria of our world championship has always been very transparent. A minimum 25% of the field to come from qualifiers, 50% to come from invited legends of the game who bring Commercial value to the event (this ensuring ticket sales and broadcast interest, and 25% to be used by the WSF to extend continental invitations to the senior champions of the continents.
Of course if this season had been fully played there would of been 6 spots for qualifiers, exceeding our pledge, as we all know covid has wrecked our season as well as much of many other sports.
It would have been very easy to cancel the world seniors championships, with no audience the tour is deprived of its major income stream of course. But we didn’t give up and we not only decided to stage an event but also secured the BBC as our broadcast partner.
These two important victories came as a result of brilliant work by the new additions to the board. These people were put in place by Jason Ferguson and I to ensure the tour is able to be sustainable in years to come.
I am disappointed to still see this referred to as the legends tour or snooker legends tour, it’s quite clearly the WPBSA World Seniors Tour so that’s very misleading.
Also misleading is that only one player qualified by right, our event in Toronto was won by bob chaperon who because of covid travel restrictions was unable to take up his place. People seem to have forgotten that.
Again because of Covid the WSF were unable to extend continental invitations this year, denying the champions of other continents the chance to send their nominations
So in a landmark deal, which helps secure the future sustainability of the tour, current professionals over 40 ranked 65-128 can choose to enter qualifying events from next season.
This season the continental places have been awarded to 4 Former world seniors champions. No member of our tour has lost out because of this.
Some players won their right to a final stage TV event in Coleraine to see it cancelled. They earn their right and are rewarded with their place.
8 spots are taken by the commercially selected legends, all multiple ranking event winners or former world professional champions. Without these, with all due respect to the rest of the tour there would be no TV, no crucible and no prize money.
None of these invited legends have taken a place of a tour player.
The last three places were made up from our official ranking list, top ups in exactly the same way world snooker do. Complete transparency. We put emphasis on our ranking list and if we had ignored it that would have been an insult to those who had consistently performed to get where they are.
If after Reading this then you still think the board have made mistakes then that’s a personal opinion but to start a thread full of inaccuracies is quite frankly disrespectful to those who have been invited on merit.
So in conclusion
1, it’s not a legends tour
2, the selection criteria given the position covid put us in is transparent even if you don’t personally agree with it
3, no one person is making these decisions
4, all those selected will do our event proud.
So can I ask the tour as a whole now gets behind the event and uses social media to promote it rather than criticise the 16 who in my opinion are the deserving ones on Merit
And spare a thought for bob chaperon
Thanks
Jason

Supporting “Silence of Suicide”

This was announced yesterday on the “World Seniors Snooker” Facebook page:

Following yesterday’s announcement of the ROKiT Phones World Seniors Championship we are delighted to follow on and announce that we have adopted SOS Silence of Suicide as our Official Charity.
The Charity was founded by Seniors Board Director Yvette Greenway-Mansfield and her husband Michael Mansfield QC. The aim is to raise £14,700 to help provide a permanent phone line where anyone within the snooker family who is suffering from any mental health issue can call and someone will be there to listen.
The Charity currently offers a free, confidential, one to one online chat support service between 1-6pm every day, because of our previous fundraising with the ‘First Poke’ Challenges we are pleased to say that during our World Seniors Championships a standard rate phone line will launch.
This will start on 19th August between the hours of 5pm and 7Pm which will be between the sessions of play.
Around 800,000 people a year are dying by suicide (Source: WHO).
If what we do as a snooker family can prevent one of these deaths, it will stop another family being devastated.
On average if your shot time ever hits 35 seconds during that thinking time someone somewhere in the world has taken their own life. Makes you think.
We want to encourage everyone to speak up and eradicate the shame, stigma and silence that surrounds suicide and mental health in general. Please visit the SOS Silence of Suicide website and read their story, learn what they do and how they do it.
Once our events are able to host an audience we will provide a safe and secure place where anyone suffering with mental health issues can talk to one of the SOS Team. ‘First Poke’ will also continue to contribute to SOS.
We look forward to announcing many more initiatives in the new season with this fantastic charity.
SOS support at Crucible

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The 2020 ROKiT Phones World Seniors Snooker Championship is ON !!!

This was announced today by WPBSA

ROKiT Phones World Seniors Snooker (WSS) is today delighted to announce that the 2020 ROKiT Phones World Seniors Snooker Championship will once again be held at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre from 19-22 August.

Won a year ago by the ever-popular ‘People’s Champion’ Jimmy White, the tournament will see a distinguished line-up of 16 players including ‘King of the Crucible’ Stephen Hendry and 1997 champion of the world Ken Doherty, battle it out to lift the trophy at the home of snooker.

For the first time the tournament will be broadcast live on BBC digital platforms with selected matches available on the ‘Red Button.’ Coverage in China will be shown on major digital TV platforms and across the USA via the Matchroom.Live.

ROKiT Phones – pioneers of the glasses-free 3D phone with onboard Value Added Services – will once again be the title sponsor to the event, continuing a partnership which saw the telecommunications company become the naming rights partner of the WSS Tour in 2019.

The event will be held behind closed doors with no tickets available for spectators due to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

ALL-STAR LINE-UP

An international field of 16 players will be led by defending champion Jimmy White, who will be joined by seven-time world professional champion Stephen Hendry, the ‘Darlin of Dublin’ Ken Doherty and reigning UK Seniors champion Michael Judge as the four seeded players kept apart until the semi-finals

The remaining 12 players will be randomly placed in the draw, including former world champions Dennis Taylor and Joe Johnson, as well as former top 10 duo Tony Knowles and Tony Drago. Also set to compete at the Crucible are former World Seniors Snooker champions Peter Lines, Nigel Bond, Aaron Canavan and Darren Morgan.

The draw will be completed by WSS Tour players Leo Fernandez, Patrick Wallace, Rodney Goggins and Gary Filtness.

The inclusion of current professional players has been made possible following a landmark new agreement between WSS and World Snooker Tour which will now allow lower ranked tour players over 40 to compete at WSS eventsPlayers not automatically invited to tournaments will be eligible to enter future qualifying events.

Jason Francis, WSS Chairman said: “The ROKiT Phones World Seniors Snooker Tour has gone from strength to strength and despite these difficult times globally we are delighted to be able to deliver a truly world class event live on the BBC and around the world. I would like to thank our title sponsor ROKiT Phones for their continued support and look forward to seeing some fantastic snooker played later this month.”

Jason Ferguson, WPBSA Chairman said: “It is always such a treat to see snooker’s grand masters reappear at the Crucible Theatre. Few could forget the great sporting moments and entertainment   these former champions have given us.

“The WPBSA strategy is to grow a sport for all, from aspiring juniors, elite amateurs, professional tour players through to the incredible entertainment of the ROKiT World Seniors Tour. Snooker is a sport for life, and I would like to thank ROKiT Phones, our broadcasters, and partners for the opportunity to add this great event and tour to our group.”

Michael Coombes, ROKiT Phones CEO UK said: “We are delighted to continue our sponsorship to play a part in the Championship, and what will be without doubt, tension filled matches between prestigious players. To celebrate, all our viewers will also be able to benefit from an exclusive offer that will be shared on our website Partners page.”

Jonathan Kendrick, ROKiT Chairman said: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with World Seniors Snooker, its great fans will be able to enjoy the action live on their ROKiT Phones for the very first time.”

The 2020 ROKIT Phones World Seniors Snooker Championship takes place from 19-22 August at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

This is absolutely fantastic news!

The bold highlight has been added by me.

Note that “lower ranked players” mean “not in the top 64”. This is also great news and only right, allowing players reaching the end of their career to smoothly make the transition to the seniors circuit.

 

Important message from Jason Francis regarding the next scheduled events

Jason Francis, Chairmam of WSS shared this on Facebook today:

ANNOUNCEMENT – LEEDS 24TH-26TH JULY

Dear ROKiT World Seniors Tour Players,

I hope this finds you all safe and well, we know we are in unprecedented times not knowing when our clubs can open, if our clubs and open but not play snooker and also when we can stage Senior Events.

We’ve been waiting on clarification from the Government and been in constant contact with the Northern Snooker Centre about the last qualifier of the season 24th – 26th July. Sadly after discussions with them, and the viability of being able to stage an event which adheres to the strict covid policies, it is with regret we are forced to cancel.

We understand players may see clubs open, and professional snooker on the television but the sheer amount of work and testing that has been involved in that, not to mention the costs of testing, make an amateur qualifying event at this stage not possible.

Everyone who has entered will be offered a refund of course and I will write to you separately.

The Seniors Board are working hard to try and make sure our World Championships go ahead in August at the crucible, we’re also already planning as to how next season could look with restrictions still likely to be in place.

We hope it won’t be too long before you are able to visit your clubs to play again, and you supporting those clubs is now more important than ever. As soon as we have more news we will update you,

Kind regards

EmptyClub

Jason

There is no doubt that Jason does everything he can to get the players playing, but it’s not in his hands, and the health and safety of everyone involved – players, referees, club staff – are the most important things to consider. We are going through uncertain times and, hopefully, when this is over, the WSS tour can resume with every single member safe, healthy and eager to play. Take good care of yourselves.

Canada will host the Pan American Snooker Championships

And the winner of the Seniors event will get a spot in the WSS ROKiT Phones.com 2020 World Championship

Here are the informations about the Pan American World Championships

Canada to host Pan American Snooker Championships
filed on Monday, December 9, 2019.   10:44am PT/USA

The Pan American Snooker and Billiards Association (PABSA) have announced that the 2020 Pan American Snooker Championships will be hosted in Canada at The Corner Bank in Toronto from March 23 – 29.

2020 Pan American Snooker Championships - The Corner Bank, Toronto, Canada. March 23 - 29

After a successful 2019 staging by the United States Snooker Association (USSA) earlier this year at Q Ball Snooker & Pool in Houston, Texas, it is the turn of the Canadian Billiards & Snooker Association (CBSA), who have chosen to play the Championships at one of Canada’s premier cuesports facilities which is located in the Scarborough administrative division of the city of Toronto.

The Corner Bank in Toronto, Canada - Photo courtesy of The Corner Bank
The Corner Bank in Toronto, Canada

Photo courtesy of The Corner Bank

 

In a change from 2019, PABSA have expanded the 2020 Championships which will now encompass the main 2020 Pan American Snooker Championship event, and the 2020 Pan American Seniors Snooker Championship event for players aged 40 and over. The Seniors event will be played first from March 23 – 25, followed then by the Main event from March 26 – 29.

A view of the snooker tables in The Corner Bank - Photo courtesy of The Corner Bank
A view of the snooker tables in The Corner Bank

Photo courtesy of The Corner Bank

 

The Championships are open to entry from a player who is a citizen of any of the 41 countries which make up the Pan American Olympic movement, with a special dispensation for players who have been a legal permanent resident of one of those nations for a continuous period of the past five years, and have not had any previous representation for a foreign nation in any international snooker competition.

The United States is expected to have several participants competing in both events.

Players interested in entering should visit the PABSA website for further details: www.pabsa.org