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COMPETITION RULES   2022

 

  1. Matches to be played to the laws approved by Bowls England where they apply to team games.
  2. All teams in each division / section to play all other teams twice in a season, on a home and away basis.
  3. Combined team may join the league subject to the following conditions–                                                           - Not more than 2 clubs may form a combined team                                                                                      -  Combined clubs must not have more than 30 male playing members each                                                  -  New applications to be initially reviewed by the league sub-committee and if recommended, to be agreed by a majority at the AGM.
  4. Each team to be represented by 4 rinks, if one player is short in any rink, the number of bowls played by each defaulting rink to be: the lead and two both playing 3 bowls and the skip 2. Defaulting rink to lose one fourth of the total shots scored (including decimal places) by each defaulting rink to be deducted from their score after the game has finished. A fourth player may join in a rink (not at skip) before the commencement of the 5th end with no penalty to the score.
  5. In accordance with Bowls England Law Section 4 - 12 (1), a draw to decide the numbers of the rinks to be played on shall be made by the visiting captain.
  6. A game to consist of 18 ends with two trial ends allowed.
  7. a     If a game is curtailed by bad weather or bad light, and a minimum of 15 ends on each rink have been complete, with the scores at the completion of the 15th ends being the result of the game.                          7.b  If, because of bad weather or bad light, a fixture does not take place, or the minimum of 15 ends are not completed, 3 points will be awarded to each team.  The green keeper shall decide if the green is playable, or if a green keeper is not available, the two opposing captains will decide.                                                             
  8. In the event of a Club requiring a postponement in EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES 

- A club may submit a request, stating the reason(s), to the League Secretary who has full authority to grant such a request if, in his opinion the described circumstances warrant such action. If a fixture is cancelled by any team for any other reason and/or without the permission of the League Secretary, the team available to play the fixture will be awarded the game with 6 points and 20 shots. The defaulting team will be penalized and have 6 points and 20 shots deducted and fined the sum of £40.

- A club may cancel a fixture by reason of a Club tour or a postponement for a national club competition. A request must be submitted to the League Secretary prior to the fixture date for a club national competition or by no later than the League AGM for a Club Tour.

All postponed matches must be played before the end of the League season

9. All league games will be played on Thursday evenings commencing no later than 6:45 p.m.except if varied by the league sub-committee or secretary.

Where there are 4 teams in a section / division, league games will be played on Bowls England standardised weeks 22, 23, 29, 30, 31 and 32.

Where there are 5 teams in a section / division, league games will be played on 8 out of 10 Thursday evenings comprising Bowls England standardised weeks 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 31 and 32.

Where there are 6 teams in a section / division, league games will be played on all the above dates.

Where there are 7 teams in a section / division, league games will be played on 12 out of 14 Thursday evenings comprising Bowls England standardised weeks 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 and 32.

Where there are 8 teams in a section / division, league games will be played on all the above dates.

10a)   Once a player has played a game for a club, he becomes ineligible to play a game for any other club for the remainder of that season. If a team plays an ineligible player, all 6 points will be awarded to the other side, or the game awarded. The player in question will be ineligible to play further games for any team during that season.

10b)   For clubs with A & B teams, the A team must nominate a minimum of 16 bowlers who will form their core A team. Clubs with 2 teams in the same division, must also nominate a minimum of 16 bowlers to form their core B team. Any other B team bowler can move up to the A team and go back into the B team on a limited number of occasions. After 3 A team games the bowler is deemed to be a member of the A team squad and cannot return to the B team. League Cup games will be included as qualifying games for the A team squad. After every game all rink cards with the result card must be e-mailed to the Fixture Secretary.

11)     Points to be awarded in each game –

  • 2 points for winning the match overall
  • 1 point each in the event of a tie
  • 1 point for each winning rink (1/2 point if tying)

12)     All home captains must be responsible for sending a copy of the actual match result card signed by both captains either by a scanned copy or a photograph of the card itself plus with copies of all the Rink Cards tothe Fixture Secretary no later than midday on Friday following the fixture.

All result cards to be retained by each team in case of Dispute.

Failure to comply with this rule will result in a £10.00 fine to the defaulting team on each occasion. Clubs with more than ONE team must send in their match (rink) cardsto the Fixture Secretary by first class post on the day following the fixture.

13)     The team with the most points when all games have been completed shall be the section / division winner. If two or more teams are equal in points, shot difference will decide the positions.

14)     Two teams will be promoted / relegated in each section / division.

15)     All clubs must send a full list of male club members to the League Secretary by the 1st May of each season (full names only.) Names of members 16 years old and under must be underlined and include the date of birth. All new male members must also be notified to the League Secretary as and when they join.    

16a)   Any points arising or not covered by the foregoing rules, to be referred to the League Secretary for consideration by the League committee.

16b)   Any participating Club has the right of Appeal against any decision made by the Committee or anyone acting on their behalf. All appeals to be sent to the OBL Secretary in writing.

        (If your club has to play lady members in the team their names must be registered with the OBL before they play)

 

ADDITIONAL RULES FOR LEAGUE CUP

1.   The competition will be a straight knockout on shots scored. Team captains to draw a nominated rink at the start of the game to play an extra end in case the match is tied.

2.   The game to consist of 18 ends with two trial ends allowed.

3.   If a game is curtailed by bad weather or bad light and a minimum of 10 ends have been

      played by all rinks the score on the last completed ends shall be taken as the result of the

      game.

4.   If the game is cancelled due to bad weather the game is to be played within 6 days on a

      mutually agreed date. Any problems to be referred to the league secretary.

5.   All games to start by 6-15pm.

6.   Once a player has played for one League Cup team, they are ineligible to play for another       

      team in the same competition.

7.   Results to be phoned to Paul Mabbutt 07949089643 or John Henwood 01865 374221. within 24hrs of the game by both teams.

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