To keep-up with the evolution of the game, the WBF undertakes a review of the Laws every ten years or so.  The previous 2007 release encompassed many changes, and whilst the latest edition – the 2017 Laws – has fewer changes, it is probably the most comprehensive yet, and the trend towards giving the Director more discretion has continued. The basic purpose of the Laws is still in defining correct procedure when things go wrong, and in general not to punish offenders, but to provide an equitable result acceptable to all competitors. These latest Laws give more emphasis on clarifying the interpretation in certain areas. new-law-book-picture


It is expected that the WBF will start to use the Laws in the late summer. The EBU intend to provide training for EBU panel directors on 21st and 26th May and then offer a series of regional courses for county and club TDs in conjunction with EBED in the months following the EBU panel TD course, ready to introduce the new Laws alongside the new Blue Book and White Book at the start of the Summer Meeting in Eastbourne.


The following links may be helpful:

Summary of changes to the Laws (from WBU website, written by Tony Howarth)

WBF Website for lots of detailed information, including the text of the new Laws (The EBU will be printing a copy for sale as usual)

Lots of information will appear on the EBU website in due course (Law & Ethics section)

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