In 2023: The SnookerZone Anti-Bullying Christmas Campaign…

In 2023: The SnookerZone Anti-Bullying Christmas Campaign…

CAMPAIGN HUB: WARNING: This is a reminder for all in snooker, AND in sport, especially at this time of the year: BULLYING will NOT be Tolerated in sport…

ALTHOUGH Anti-Bullying Week was in October this year, this is a reminder to ALL those that bullying happens any time of the year, and, in snooker clubs across the UK, the BULLYING OF ANYONE for WHATEVER reason should NOT be tolerated.

SnookerZone has the power to investigate this if there are any signs of it happening locally, online, or off.

Christmas is especially a time to #Bekind to everyone.

Snooker is a sport for everyone, REGARDLESS of ability and this is a STAUNCH MESSAGE to all those who believe it is right to BULLY people psychologically for whatever reason, whether they know it or not, regardless of whether it is PERSONAL  or ANY OTHER REASON. We will MAKE AN EXAMPLE of those who seek to toxic this game through their egos, or through their toxicity and/or general unpleasantness. The seven deadly sins apply.

The Anti-Bullying Alliance says this: 

“The Anti-Bullying Alliance and its members have an agreed shared definition of bullying based on research from across the world over the last 30 years.”

The repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. Bullying can be physical, verbal, or psychological. It can happen face-to-face or online’.

Snooker should be played in the spirit of friendship, respect, and the desire to see EVERY PERSON improve.

If  you suspect there is bullying going on in your club, we have the power and will investigate or get the WPBSA and Jason Ferguson to investigate issues, and we WILL root out the culprits behind it. This goes for ALL clubs who have gained their 147 Club status. 

Management in snooker clubs should take heed of this advice, and, if they are aware, should either have a policy in place or should take accountability for it happening in their clubs.

SnookerZone spoke to the Chairman of the Byfleet League Kelvin Jones in Surrey and he said this and warned that anyone being bullied either inside the League or members bullying non-League members for whatever reason, would not be tolerated and would be investigated and put upon a disciplinary committee.

Jones said:“We do have a code of conduct that applies to players playing in Byfleet League matches. The committee have no control over incidents that occur outside of the league. However, if you or anyone else is bullied by a league member, I would like to hear about it.”

He added: “Byfleet League members shall, at all times, behave in a proper and correct manner consistent with the League Rule 19. Members shall not do anything which is likely to intimidate, offend, insult, humiliate or discriminate against any other person on the grounds of disability, religion, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, sex or orientation.”

This is the Byfleet League’s Code of Conduct, as published by the League site and sent to SnookerZone by Jones.

19. CODE OF CONDUCT
All players are expected to honour the game, which includes respecting their opposition and the referee.

· At the start to shake hands, and at the conclusion of each hard fought game a handshake and congratulations on a well-played game is what should be instilled by all captains to their players.

· Players should not leave the table during play without the permission of the referee, not concede a frame unless snookers are required and immediately vacate the table after a missed shot. There are to be no breaks between frames.

· Referees are bound to occasionally make mistakes, but their decision is final. You may query a decision but if affirmed then there should be no further questioning.

· Mobile phones should be on silent and calls should not be made or received in the snooker room. The level of noise should be reasonable and not bordering on gamesmanship. If players feel put off by the level of noise or behaviour during their game then please point this out at the outset. It is expected that in this situation the players wishes will be respected.

· Once a match starts players should not practice on adjoining tables prior to their particular game(s).

· We are a sociable league and members are looking for an enjoyable evening. Both teams end the match by sharing food and sometimes drink, and this camaraderie is a time for reflection on the games or some friendly banter, etc.

· If any of this is too much for any player to comply with then we make no apology and say that there is no place in this league for you.

All players in the Byfleet League are expected to abide by the above. Failure to do so will result in a disciplinary hearing judged by the committee.

SnookerZone should add this applies to clubs as well who host tournaments, whether it be INTERNALLY, or EXTERNALLY.

Club Manager Peter Ruddick of Woking Snooker said that they have a ZERO TOLERANCE approach to bullying.

JOHN HUNTER, Cuestars Founder, said he would talk to SnookerZone next time.

We also suggested to Kelvin Jones that he put a STATEMENT about this on the League website as it would be a great deterrent for those unsavory characters who think it is RIGHT to bully non-league members or members bullying members.

Jones added that he agreed with SnookerZone that whilst playful banter is fine, it can sometimes descend into bullying and it should stop immediately and should be reported.

IF BULLYING IS GOING ON ANYWHERE, NOT JUST IN THE LEAGUES OR CLUBS, BUT ONLINE AS WELL, THE BULLYING STOPS – NOW.

Bullies are cowards who have insecurity issues and take it out on others to make themselves feel better. IT WILL NOT BE TOLERATED!

DO NOT MESS WITH SNOOKERZONE WRITER/JOURNALIST CHRIS GAYNOR EITHER.

See this tweet and remind yourself to #Bekind to EVERYONE this Christmas and ALL year round.

LET’S ROOT OUT THE BULLIES TOGETHER…

Do you know of anyone who has been subjected to BULLYING or witnessed it going on? If so,

EMAIL US HERE NOW…

#Bekind #Snooker4allAgesAndAbilities #StopBullying #snooker #ilovesnooker

Enjoy your snooker this Christmas. 

Chris Gaynor

Chris Gaynor is a writer with 10 years' experience writing for the web. He loves snooker, CSI and loves cycling off tiramisu!