11.1 Country Member
11.1.1 A Country Member shall mean a NSA duly accredited by its NOC, or its equivalent, for the “Billiards & Snooker” or any other disciplines of the billiards sport or an accredited delegate attending the AGM/EGM of the Federation.
11.2 Affiliate Member
11.2.1 A NSA not yet accredited to its NOC or a person or a trade organisation having substantial dealings with the billiards sports, may apply to be an Affiliate member of the ABSF.
11.2.2 Affiliate Members shall have the rights to attend the AGM/EGM, as observers, but they posses no voting rights or hold any office of the ABSC.
11.3 The acceptance of membership by the ACBS is governed by a majority decision of the Executive Board or of the Council, whichever is applicable, made either at an AGM or by postal ballot under Article 13 herein, provided always that the said Country Member so accepted shall:
11.3.1 be accredited as the NSA for the billiards sports by its NOC or by any other similar government agency;
11.3.2 possess a constitution, by-laws, rules & regulations that are in general compliance with the aims and objects of the Confederation;
11.3.3 pay the entrance and subscription fees as prescribed;
11.3.4 undertake to abide by the ABSC Constitution & By-laws;
11.3.5 uphold the image, integrity and ethics of the Federation;
11.3.6 abide by all the rules & regulations so issued by the ABSC from time to time; and
11.3.7 participate, whenever possible, in its AGM, annual competition and/or any other competitions so sanctioned by the ABSF.
11.4 ABSC Jurisdiction in Membership
11.4.1 Notwithstanding the aforesaid, in the event of an indecision arising from the aforesaid, the ABSF shall remain the sole judge and authority in the acceptance of its memberships.
11.5 Application Procedures
11.5.1 Intending applicants shall complete on the prescribed application forms and submit same to the Secretary, together with the relevant fees, a copy of its constitution, its registration certificate and/or any other documentary evidence in support of its accreditation status by its NOC.
11.6.1 A Country Member or an Affiliate Member not in breach of its membership obligations, may resign therefrom the ABSC, in good standing by giving one (1) month due written notice to the Secretary.
11.6.2 Any Country Member whose membership has been terminated due to nonpayment of membership subscriptions may apply for reinstatement, which approval is subject to the pleasure of the ABSC and, if so approved, it is further subject to payment of arrears and any applicable administration charges so
11.7 Suspension and Expulsion of Members
11.7.1 A Country Member or an Affiliate Member may be suspended from ABSC membership, if it fails to pay its annual dues or charges, for two (2) successive years.
11.7.2 A Country Member or an Affiliate Member may likewise be expelled from ABSF membership, if it is found acting wilfully in an ignominious manner that is prejudicial or detrimental to the fundamental interest of the Federation, or that it has brought disrepute thereto.
11.7.3 Notwithstanding the aforesaid, prior to any such expulsion being taken against the defaulting Country Member, the Executive Board shall appoint an investigating committee to investigate into the said matter, which proceedings shall accord an equal opportunity to the accused to enter its defence.
11.7.4 After due investigation, if the said Member is found guilty for the breach that warranted its expulsion, the Secretary shall issue a written notice thereof to the said effect, with copies to be circulated to all Country Members. Such a decision shall be duly ratified at the next AGM.
11.8.1 Any Country Member so suspended or expelled may apply for membership reinstatement, after a lapse of six (6) months thereof, which reinstatement, with or without conditions, shall be by decision of the Executive Board, duly ratified at the next AGM.