Club Internal Competition Rules

As printed in 2024 Fixtures book
  • Open to all members who, prior to playing in the first round of a competition, have been accepted as full members having
    a) Paid the current club subscription
    b) Not entered other clubs outdoor competitions for the current year, other than Open Competitions.
    c) If for any reason at the start of (or during) the season a member finds they will not be available for Finals Weekend, they must not enter or, alternatively must withdraw immediately from any club competition listed below.
    d) Entries must be received no later than 2 weeks after paying in day, or at the discretion of the competition secretaries.
    e) The draw for competitions will be made by a quorum of 5 members consisting of mens/ladies - President/vice president, captain, vice-captain, competition secretary and players rep.

    NOTE: If any scores in any game are equal after the allotted ends have been played, then an extra end is played to decide the game.

    Definitions and rules for each competition can be found by clicking on the button below
  • Visits to the Head
    Singles: Neither player may visit the head until both have one bowl left to play
    Pairs, Triples & Fours:
    Only Skips may visit the head and only when they have one bowl left to play. In a fours game, playing three-ups is optional
  • Draws
    Competitions will be drawn by the afore mentioned Quorum (e). Decisions by this Quorum will be final. Handicaps will be decided by the relevant Quorum and be reviewed each season.
  • Dates
    Dates for competition rounds will be decided by the Competition Secretaries. All games in the round should be completed by this date. Competitions will start from the beginning of the bowling season as from the date of the draw.
    Competition Secretaries will also arrange fixed dates for the playing of Pairs and Triples competitions. Members may play their triples competition on the Club Monday Umbrella evenings.
  • Arranging Games
    This will be the responsibility of the first named person or team representative, but it is expected that both opponents will make an early approach to discuss the game. 
    The first names person/team should:
    a) Give opponent(s) TWO reasonable dates and the play by date. Sundays by mutual agreement.
    b) Book a rink
    c) Singles competitions - arrange for a Marker from the Club's list of Markers, or another competent person, and enter the markers name on the draw sheet.
    d)Provide score cards and prepare the rink, including score boards.

    A game is forfeited if a player arrives late by 15 minutes or more
  • Winner(s)
    To submit score card, signed by both players/skips, to competition secretary's box
  • Substitute
    In the case of illness, a substitute of equal or lower handicap will be allowed in the pairs and triples competitions up to, but not including the semi-finals, by arrangement with the competition secretaries.

    Reserve List
    Players who have not entered the competitions, but would be willing to make themselves available as a substitute are asked to put their names on the Reserve List. In the event of a substitute  not being available the game must be conceded.
  • Extensions
    Will not be allowed except in cases of illness, the severity of which prevents a player from playing the game. Extensions would also be considered in cases of family bereavement or severe illness. Decisions to be made by the relevant competition secretary. Extensions will be of up to one week maximum.
  • Closure of Greens due to weather conditions etc
    In the event of players being unable to play a competition due to the closure of the greens and there being no opportunity to rearrange the game by the play by date, two days extension will be given. After that the game will be decided by the toss of a coin.
  • Game stoppages
    When any game is stopped by mutual agreement of the players, by the Controlling Body, or by the Umpire (after an appeal to him/her), because of darkness, the weather conditions or any other valid reason, it shall be resumed with the scores as they were when the game stopped. An end commenced but not completed shall be declared dead. When a game is stopped the card(s) should be signed by both players or skips, indicating the reason for the stoppage and placed in the competition secretary's box.
  • Disputes
    Any dispute concerning a competition(s) is to be submitted in writing to the relevant competition secretaries within three days of the incident, who will then decide on any action to be taken. Any unresolved incidents will be dealt with by the Quorum (see (e) above). Those involved will not take part in any further club competitions until a decision has been made.
  • Finals
    to be played over two days
  • In all other matters current World Bowls Laws of the Sport (including Bowls England domestic regulations) and County Rules will apply - 

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