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Bowls Lancashire

Championship & Competition Rules 2017

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP AND COMPETITION RULES.

(REVISED JANUARY 2017)

1.      The Championships and Competitions shall be controlled by the Bowls Lancashire Competition Sub-Committee (the Committee) as appointed by the County Executive.

2.      County Championships and Competitions shall be open to all members of Clubs affiliated to Bowls Lancashire. They shall be played under the Laws of the Game published by World Bowls (including the domestic regulations for Bowls England).

3.      County Championships

  1.  County Championships are defined as
  2. 2 Wood singles –     21 ends
  3. 4 Wood singles –     21 up
  4. Pairs & Fours –       21 ends
  5. Triples –                    18 ends.
  6. Under 25 singles –   21 up
  7. Men’s Junior Pairs –  18 ends
  8. Senior Fours -          21 ends

3.2.   Qualifiers for the National Championships, and for male bowlers, the Northern Counties Championships, are determined by progress in the County Championships.

3.3    Players must ensure that, should they qualify as part of a team in Pairs, Triples or Fours that the team is available to play on County Finals Day(s) and at the National Championships as set in the calendar. 

3.3.1 ‘Finals Day’ can include Morning, afternoon and evening sessions where necessary.

3.4    If after entering a County Singles Championship, a competitor finds that should they qualify, he/she is unable to play on County Finals Day(s) or at the National Championships, they are required to withdraw at the earliest available opportunity to enable the match to be given to the opponent.

3.5    Finals Day(s) will be played on a date(s) set in the Calendar.

3.6    The formats to be played on Finals Day (s) will be

  • 2 Wood singles –     21 ends
  • 4 Wood singles –     21 up
  • Pairs & Fours –       21 ends
  • Triples –                    18 ends.
  • Under 25 singles –   21 up
  • Men’s Junior Pairs –   18 ends
  • Senior Fours -          21 ends

3.7    In the event that a player/Team(s) qualify in 3 or more events the player/Team(s) WILL be required to play in 3 events and a substitute will be used if the team decides that it is necessary. If a player/Teams(s) qualify in more than 3 events and does not elect to use a substitute in one or more competitions the final(s) to be carried over will be at the discretion of the Committee and played on the next Finals Day set in the Calendar.

3.8    A finals day schedule will be published at least 7 days prior to County Finals day(s) and once published will NOT be subject to change.

4.      Northern Counties Championships

4.1    Northern Counties Championships are defined as,

  • 2 Wood singles
  • Four Wood Singles
  • Pairs
  • Triples
  • Fours.
  • Under 25’s singles

4.2.   The male winners of these County Championships are expected to represent Bowls Lancashire at the Northern Counties Championships.

4.3    Should the winners of the Men’s County Championships elect not to attend the Northern Counties Championships, the runners up, if willing, may attend.  There is no obligation on the runner(s)-up to do so and the primary responsibility to ensure Lancashire’s representation at these Championships lies with the County Championship winners.

5.      National Championships at Leamington

5.1    National Championships are defined as:

  • 2 Wood singles –     21 ends
  • 4 Wood singles –     21 up
  • Pairs & Fours –       21 ends
  • Triples –                    18 ends.
  • Under 25 singles –   21 up
  • Men’s Junior Pairs –    18 ends
  • Senior Fours -            21 ends

6.      Championship Entries, Draws and Arrangements for Play

6.1    A player may only enter/play in events which qualify for National Championships from one Club and provided he/she is a fully paid up member of that Club by 1st May in the year of the competition. Team players must play their Championships from the same club unless otherwise stated.

6.2    A named player entering Championships cannot be a member or substitute of any other team in the same Championship.

6.3    For National Championships the named player is defined as the player in whose name the entry is made and whose name appears in the draw. Players taking part in the first game shall constitute the original team and they should normally play together throughout the Championship. One additional and the same player may be used as a substitute at any time providing he/she has not already played in the Championship. The substitute may play in any position.

6.4    Entry shall be on completion of the official entry form and on payment of the fee. Closing date for entries shall be 30th November of the previous year. Players should ensure that the entry form is completed correctly as mistakes cannot be rectified once the Championship draws have taken place. Any entries made will be a confirmation that the player(s) agree to be bound by the Championship rules in force at that time.

6.5    Players in the Under 25’s Singles and Men’s Junior Pairs must be Under 25 years on 1st April annually. Players in the Senior Fours must be 55 and over on 1st April annually.

6.6    Players in the Men’s Junior pairs may be from different clubs but they must both be members of clubs within Bowls Lancashire and have entered all other County Championship within Bowls Lancashire.

6.7    Acceptance or rejection of entries shall be decided by the Committee.

6.8    The draw and competition dates shall be made by the Committee. The draw and dates of fixed day events will be published on the County website and in the Bowls Lancashire Information Book which will be available to all competitors by 15th April each year.

6.9a The START time for Fixed Day events (excepting 2 wood singles) will be set out on the County website and in the Bowls Lancashire Information book. If a player/team is not at the venue, in person, where the game is to be played 15 minutes prior to the START time the player/team WILL be removed from the Competition.

6.9b The REPORT time for the Fixed Day 2 Wood singles event will be set out on the County website and in the Bowls Lancashire Information book. A player can only be entered into the draw for this event if they are at the green where the games are to be played, in person, by the REPORT time.

6.10  Where rounds are required before or after any Fixed Date event, the first named is the Challenger.

6.11  In the case of Preliminary Rounds, the challenger must offer his/her opponents, at least 21 days prior to the closing date of the round, 2 dates free of International Competition, County Fixed Day events and free of International commitments of bona fide selectors and officials of Bowls England.

6.12a If, 23 days prior to the closing date of a preliminary round, the player to be challenged has had no contact from the challenger they should attempt to make contact with them to obtain dates.

6.12b If, 20 days prior to the closing date of the round, the player to be challenged still has no contact from the Challenger then they will then become the Challenger and may offer his/her opponents 2 dates free of International Competitions, County Fixed Day events and free of International Commitments of bona fide selectors and officials of Bowls England. If no reply is received within 24 hours of the offer being made the player may claim the game.

         (Note – All players, whether the challenger or player to be challenged, should make a note of time and date of conversations /calls and if possible should follow them up with emails/texts where possible.)

6.13  In all subsequent rounds the challenger must, at least 11 days prior to the closing date of the round, offer 2 dates free of International Competition, County Fixed Day events and free of International commitments of bona fide selectors and officials of Bowls England.

6.14a If, 13 days prior to the closing date of the round the player to be challenged has had no contact from the challenger they should attempt to make contact with them to obtain dates.

6.14b If, 10 days prior to the closing date of the round, the player to be challenged still has no contact from the Challenger then they will then become the Challenger and may offer his/her opponents 2 dates free of International Competitions, County Fixed Day events and free of International Commitments of bona fide selectors and officials of Bowls England. If no reply is received within 24 hours of the offer being made the player may claim the game.

         (Note – All players, whether the challenger or player to be challenged, should make a note of time and date of conversations /calls and if possible should follow them up with emails/texts where possible.)

6.15 The times must not be before 6.15pm (excepting the Men’s Junior Pairs – 7.00pm) on a week day or 10am on a weekend unless by mutual arrangement.

6.16  The challenger must offer his/her opponent a green approved by Bowls Lancashire and secure a rink booking through the host club and in a singles game is responsible for providing a competent marker. The challenged must reply to the challenger within 24 hours to confirm acceptance of a date.

6.17  County match days may not be offered for matches where the prospective players may reasonably expect to be selected to represent the County and acceptance of the date offered will prevent those players representing the County at a match already in the County Calendar.

6.18  No alteration of an accepted date shall be made unless mutually agreed upon. Failing such agreement, the Player/Team desiring the alteration must play on the accepted date or concede the game to the opponent(s).

6.19  If a player or team fails to appear and be ready to play within 30 minutes of the agreed time for a tie/match the opponent(s) may claim the game.

6.20  In the case of Fixed Date events where scheduled rounds are not completed due to exceptional weather conditions or green closure these rounds MUST be played on the original green unless mutually agreed by all players involved.

6.21  No Extension of the closing dates for each round will be granted for any reason whatsoever.

6.22  Match results must be reported to the Competition Secretary by the closing date of the round. If no result is received the opponent in the next round will receive a bye for that round.

6.23 Additional rules to those set out as above may be determined by the Committee as and when necessary to ensure the successful running of a Fixed Day event.

7.      Dress.

National rules re dress code apply for County Finals. In team events the players must wear the same shirts -  Club Colours, County Colours or Plain white shirts.  Predominately white shirts are NOT permitted.  Bowls England approved white shorts can be worn.

7.1    Dress for County Championships which qualify for National Championships up to and including the semi-final stage is:

  • Ladies:  Grey skirts/culottes/tailored trousers/tailored cropped trousers, with white, predominantly white or approved Club coloured top. Hats if worn must be white/predominantly white or of a registered club colour White/brown/grey bowling shoes. Sandals are not allowed.
  • Men: Grey trousers with white, predominantly white or approved club coloured Top. White/brown/grey bowling shoes.
  • SHORTS of any description are not permitted in any rounds up to the Final
  • Waterproofs must be white/predominantly white/approved club colours

8.      County Competitions

The following Fixed Day County Competitions are also the responsibility of the Committee. Additional rules to those set out below may be determined by the Committee as and when necessary to ensure the successful running of the event. Unless otherwise stated dress is as for County Finals.

8.1    Mixed Pairs and Mixed Fours. These events will be played on a round robin basis, number of ends dependant on number of entries and played to a conclusion on the fixed date as set out in the calendar.

8.2    Team 5   Teams of at least 5 players may be single or mixed gender. Maximum number of teams allowed per club will be notified by the Competitions Secretary.  Number of ends dependant on number of entries and played to a conclusion on the fixed date as set out in the calendar.

8.3    Ladies County Cup. Played on a round robin basis. Number of ends determined by Comps committee. Format of play will be published prior to the start of the event.

8.4    Ladies Challenge Shield. A round robin event played to a conclusion on the day. Ends played dependant on entries.

8.5    Benevolent Triples.  2 wood 15 ends, straight knock out. (Consolation Plate for first round losers) Drawn by Competitions Committee and published before the start of the event.

8.6    Ivy Martin Balloted Pairs.  Round robin format, drawn by Competitions Committee and published before the start of the event.

8.7    Men’s President’s Trophy.  Clubs may enter one or more Double Fours squads.

8.8    Men’s Super-Nines. Clubs may enter one or more squads to play as a Pair, a Triple and a Four.

8.9    Men’s Double Triples Clubs may enter one or more Double Triple squads.

8.10  Junior Events Day. Round Robin Format.  Dress is greys and white tops/club colours

9.      Code of Conduct

9.1    Smoking, including the use of electronic cigarettes or the consumption of alcohol is not permitted on the green, or within 1 metre of the green, whilst the game is in progress. This includes all rounds up to and including Bowls England National Championship and Bowls England National Competition Finals where failure to adhere to this rule will result in disqualification.

9.2    The use of mobile phones whilst playing is prohibited.

10.    Authority and jurisdiction

10.1  Decisions of the Competition Sub Committee are final in the running of all County Championships and Competitions except for rules 3.3, 3.4 & 3.7

10.2  Any breach of Rule 3.3, 3.4 & 3.7 will be dealt with by the use of the Disciplinary Procedure and will apply to any player(s) involved, including any substitutes who have played in the County Championships leading to County Finals and National Championships.

County Executive - January 2017