The winning and second-placed teams will be invited to represent Scotland in the first weekend in the Camrose Trophy of the 2017 Home International Series.
The six teams remaining in the First Division (Short, Piper, Kane, Sime, McGowan, and Smith) and the two promoted teams (Adamson and Burn) may play by right in the First Division, provided that they meet the team continuity requirements:
A player is qualified if he:
- is a member of one of the six teams remaining in the First Division or the two promoted teams, and
- met the playing requirements, the eligibility requirements, and any other requirements in the Scottish National League 2015 – Supplementary Conditions of Contest.
To maintain team continuity:
- For a team that had three, four or five players, the team must retain at least three of those players in the next season.
- For a team that had six players, the team must retain at least four of those players in the next season.
If a team has such a quorum it may add any further eligible players it chooses, up to the limit of six players.
There is no absolute requirement for the qualified players from the preceding season to play any minimum number of boards for a team to whose continuity they contributed. However, teams are expected to act in good faith, by submitting only players who intend to play in the League.
If there are fewer than eight teams eligible to play by right in the First Division, then any remaining places will be filled by the teams with the lowest number of qualifying points. A team's qualifying points is established from the qualifying points of its four best-rated players. In the case of a tie for the eighth place, the Committee will decide based on bridge merit. In the event that there are more than two divisions, the composition of the second and lower divisions will use the same methodology.
|Qualified players who played in Div 1 last year and were not relegated||1.5|
|Qualified players who played in Div 2 last year and were promoted||2.0|
|Qualified players who played in Div 1 last year but were in a relegated team||2.5|
|Qualified players who played in Div 2 last year and finished in places 3-6||3.0|
|Qualified players who played in Div 3 last year and were promoted||3.5|
|Qualified players who played in Div 2 last year but were in a relegated team||4.0|
|Qualified players who played in Div 3 last year and finished in places 3-6||4.5|
|2015 Scottish Cup Winner||1.5|
|2015 Scottish Cup Runner-up or 2016 Winter Fours winner||2.0|
|All other players||5.0|