Master Games, or
BBC Guide for background information on
Skittles in Yarcombe was first organised by John
and Ralph Salter and more recently run by
Unfortunately, owing largely to COVID-19, all
Yarcombe Skittles activity is suspended with the
future in doubt as Jon is scheduled to move away
from Yarcombe on 21st May 2021.
The season usually spans
from September to April and is contested between
teams of typically six or seven players. The
number of teams varies according to the total number of participants.
For the past few seasons, owing to the
closure, matches have been played on a Tuesday
at either The Sidmouth Arms
in Upottery or The Cotley Inn at Wambrook.
On the main Skittles page, fixtures are colour
coded to indicate where matches are to be
played. It is hoped that matches
will revert to The Yarcombe Inn very soon!
Each team has a Captain who is responsible for
the administration of his team (see guide below).
Existing Captains are asked to inform the
Organiser of any dropouts from last season's
teams or of any new players who
wish to join.
Organiser and Captains meet pre-season,
usually in July or August, at the Yarcombe Inn
or a venue suggested by the organiser.
Captains are allocated a team number before
randomly drawing names to assemble their
team. Names are sometimes
grouped together by request, for
example husband/wife or for convenience of
Existing Captains should have previous
players' contact information which can be
exchanged as appropriate, either on Team
Draw Night or shortly after.
Captains should ensure the Organiser is
aware of their own contact details,
preferably both email address and phone
The Organiser will produce the Team and
Fixtures list in the days following Team
Draw Night and pass to the Captains.
Captains should then distribute these to
their players and ascertain whether they are
available for the first match.
At Captains' discretion, some players, for
example those without email addresses, may
be given their lists on the night of the
first match they are able to play.
Note that team and fixture lists can be
downloaded from this and other pages of the
skittles section on the village website by
players and captains alike.
Match Start Times.
Matches should start between 8:30pm and
8:45pm to avoid the evening's event
extending past closing time, as can easily
happen when food is ordered. If
a Captain is unable to arrive on time owing
to work commitments, could they please
assist by asking their team to begin the
match in his/her absence.
When players are unable to make a match, the
Captain should attempt to arrange for a
substitute to play. A Reserve
list is provided on the Team List to assist
the Captain in this task, although it is
also acceptable to invite friends, relations
and acquaintances, etc.
The venue may or may not be able to offer
food on match nights - the Organiser will
inform Captains at the start of the season.
If food is on offer the Captain should place
an order for the appropriate number of meals
for his team as early as possible.
Scoring on Match Nights.
Players' scores must be accurately recorded
on the blackboard (if present) on match
nights, preferably by the Captain, or
failing that, by a delegated player.
The Captain should calculate total scores
for his players and team and agree the
result with the opposing Captain before
recording the result on the Notice Board in
the Yarcombe Inn Skittles Alley, if
Captains should inform the
Website Administrator of the
result as soon as possible.
If any player has beaten the highest
individual score, the player's name and
score should be recorded on the Notice
Board or passed to the
Record Players' Scores.
Players' scores should be recorded by the
Captains throughout the season so that
players can be put forward for end-of-season
competitions as appropriate.
Fee Collection and Distribution.
Fees are detailed on the Fixtures List and
will vary depending on whether food has been
provided. The Captain should
ensure that he/she, or a delegated helper,
collects the appropriate fees, pays the
sticker-uppers, pays the pub fee (if any)
and any food costs to the bar staff, and
retains the skittles fees until end of
Players' End-of-Season Competitions:
By calculating averages from
scores recorded during the season, the
Captain should enter players into the
Highest Man and Highest Lady competitions to
be played on Finals Night. If
the Captain qualifies for one of these he
may decide to delegate at his discretion
bearing in mind the next point.
Captains are automatically
entered into the Captains' Nomination Match
on Finals Night.
Accumulated Skittles Fees.
The skittles fees accumulated
over the season should be paid to the
Organiser - cheques would be preferred.
This is normally required before Finals
Night to pay for trophies and prizes.
End of season dinner.
At end of season the Captain
usually arranges a meal or get-together with
his team and their spouses and/or family.
Captains should let the
Organiser know of any players who do not
wish to play in the following season, or of
any new players for next season.
Captains and Players PC Guide
Much of Yarcombe's Skittles information
previously available by word of mouth or on
paper is now accessible on your PC.
The Village Website.
Yarcombe.Net has a Skittles
section on which can be found team,
stickers-up and substitute lists, fees,
fixtures, results, league tables, knockout
competition progress, previous winners'
lists and guides for captains and players.
This will be kept up to date with
results throughout the season.
Captains (or enthusiastic players!) with
moderate computer skills may download an
Excel spreadsheet which has been developed
over the past few seasons. Its
main purpose is to record players' scores
over league and knockout matches and to
calculate rankings and averages, which may
then be used for Finals Night competition
selection. It also provides a
printed record which players may wish to
keep and gaze at with enormous pride and
nostalgia over the following years, or use to light tomorrow's fire.
download this spreadsheet, or for assistance
in its use, click
A list of the teams can be downloaded