The National Stones League (NSL) will be the official Stones League of 12 v 12 team play, this year we had Team Chautauqua play Team Finger Lakes. After a weekend of phenomenal Stones Team Finger Lakes were victorious and took home the Hope's Cup for the first time. This fall; November 6th-7th they will be defending their title against Team Philadelphia to see who can take it home during the offseason. After this year the style of play will be changed and go as follows:
Going into the 2022 Season we will be running the competition with every team playing one game against each other. The scoring will work as follows, 0 points for a loss, 1 point for a tie, and 3 points for a win. The two teams with the most points at the end of the year will play each other to hoist the Hope’s Cup. In the event of the points being tied, to decide who is ahead it will go to game differential.
Each team has to be registered and have an initial roster sent into the STA by January 30th to compete in the season. To register a team you must have at least 12 players on your roster as well as pay the initial buy-in of $1,000.
Rosters and Reserves:
Each team will have to have 12 starting players throughout the season as a game comes up a team will have to release their starting 12 as well name their substitutes up to 2 that could be switched out at any point. They will have to inform the STA governing body one week (7 Days) before their match to confirm who their substitutes are.
Teams can have up to 18 players on their rosters at any point. As mentioned before, as you have a match coming up the players that you don't name as a starter or substitute will be considered on the reserves and will not be able to play in the match under any circumstance.
Courses and Standard of play:
All matches must be held on STA certified courses and follow all the STA course qualifications. The courses will be inspected one week prior to competition and make sure that it is up to our code of play.
Brewers Hollow (Standard Play) - It will just be standard game rules. Each Partnership will play one game to attempt to score points for their team.
Hope’s Windows (Match Play) - We will be following the basic scoring of match play as seen in golf tournaments. For anyone who is not familiar with this, the way it works is that after each stretch whichever team is leading in score from just the points on that respected stretch will earn them one point. In the event of a tie that means the stretch will be considered a draw, and neither team will receive a point and move on to the next one. Whichever team wins 3 of the 5 stretches will earn their team a win. In regards to how the X will work, whichever stretch you throw to it on will have those points scored on that stretch then the team throwing out will have to toss the mark back on the stretch that they were playing and finish that hole. All 6 partnerships will play against each other and each win will be considered a point.
Third Round: Brewers Hollow (4v4) each team will have one set of stones and each person would only throw one Stone. You will be able to decide the order of players to throw. This round would have 6 total matches played meaning each player will play in two games.
Overtime goes as follows, you will go to the X base and then be able to throw anywhere on the course.
The Final Score will be out of 18 points with every match won by your team being scored as one point. In the event of a 9-9 tie it will be pushed into a sudden death round with the captain playing with one player from their team.
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