SCHEDULE 5 COMPETITION RULES 1 National

SCHEDULE 5 COMPETITION RULES 1 National
SCHEDULE 5
COMPETITION RULES
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National Championships
1.1
County Championships leading to National Championships shall be
administered by the County Association under the Rules and Regulations of Bowls
England and in accordance with the current Laws of the Sport of Bowls.
1.2
All County Championships leading to National Championships shall be played
either on weekdays in the evenings with a start time no earlier than 6pm or at weekends.
For weekday games an earlier start may be arranged by mutual agreement between
competitors, but in the absence of mutual agreement the start time of no earlier than 6pm
will be adhered to.
1.3
A competitor shall not enter any competition under an assumed name, nor
shall they represent or allow their name to be submitted by more than one Club in any
one year.
1.4
The National Championships, hereinafter defined as Major Competitions,
shall comprise:
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Singles
Pairs
Triples
Fours
Over 55 Fours
Junior Singles
Two Wood Singles
Junior Pairs
All others are Minor Competitions.
1.5
It is a condition of entry that, on qualifying, players are expected to play in the
National and County Finals of the Championship entered. (See also Rule 6.2).
1.6
Players selected for approved international or County duties, together with
Officers and Officials on duty with the England or Devon teams, must be allowed to
play in all stages of County Championships leading to National Championships should
dates clash.
1.7
Should a club cease to exist after the entry date, the members may be
permitted, for one season only, to compete under the name of that club irrespective of
which club or clubs they have joined.
1.8
Fixed groundsheets are acceptable for National Championships/Competitions;
however portable/moveable groundsheets are prohibited.
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Championship Format
2.1
In the event of scores being equal when all ends have been played an extra end
or ends must be played until a decision is reached.
2.2
Singles
Each game shall consist of 21 shots up - four bowls each player.
2.3
Pairs (Two players from the same club)
Each game shall consist of 21 ends - four bowls each player.
2.4
Triples (Three players from the same club)
Each game shall consist of 18 ends - three bowls each player.
2.5a
Fours (Four players from the same club)
Each game shall consist of 21 ends - two bowls each player.
2.5b
Over 55 Fours (Four players from the same club)
Each game shall consist of 21 ends - two bowls each player.
The Championship shall be open to all Members of Clubs affiliated to Bowls England
who have attained their 55th birthday on 1st April in the year of the Championship.
2.6
Two-Wood Singles
Each game shall consist of 21 ends - two bowls each player.
2.7
Junior Singles
Each game shall consist of 21 shots - four bowls each player. The
Championships shall be open to all Members of Clubs affiliated to Bowls England who
have not attained their 25th birthday on 1 April in the year of the Championship.
2.8
Junior Pairs
Each game shall consist of 18 ends - four bowls each player. The
Championships shall be open to all Members of Clubs affiliated to Bowls England who
have not attained their 25th birthday on 1 April in the year of the Championship. The
two players may belong to separate clubs within Devon, so long as both clubs are
affiliated to Bowls England.
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Dress Code:
3.1
The dress code in all rounds of County Championships leading to the final
stages of the National Championships shall be as stipulated by the County Association
having regard to BE Regulations 50.5.1.1 and 50.5.1.2. All reference to white shoes,
shirts, waterproofs etc should read predominately white shoes, shirts, waterproofs
etc.
3.2
Dress specific for men will be grey or white trousers and white, club or county
shirts and for ladies, dress will be grey or white regulation skirt, culottes, and tailored
trousers or tailored cropped trousers, white, club or county shirt provided that all
members of the side or team wear the same and that the design of the clothing has been
registered to the County/Bowls England.
3.3
Players wishing to wear shorts should note that only shorts bearing the Bowls
England logo will be allowed in events under the jurisdiction of Bowls England. In
team games, all players must wear the same colour below the waist.
3.4
Head gear, if worn, should be white or a registered colour.
3.5
White waterproof clothing may be used, or, providing all members of a side
wear the same, registered colour waterproof/fleeces are permitted.
3.6
Brown, white or grey flat soled shoes will be worn on the green. Sandals will
not be permitted in events under the jurisdiction of Bowls England, except in medical
circumstances where a doctor’s note has been provided.
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Bowls
4.1
In the early stages when no umpire is present, the onus of checking the date
stamp on bowls rests with the opposing player or players concerned.
4.2
All bowls used shall be stamped in compliance with the current Laws of the
Sport of Bowls, Crystal Mark Edition.
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Substitutes
5.1
In Pairs, Triples and Fours, the players taking part in the first game shall
constitute the team and shall normally play together throughout the Championship.
5.2
One additional, and the same player, may be used as a substitute at any time
provided that they have not been named in a team or have already played in that
competition. They may play in any position.
5.3
The named entrant conceding a walkover before their first game in any
championship cannot act as a substitute, as this is considered a game played and lost.
5.4
If a substitute is required during a game then the rules in the Laws of the Sport
of Bowls apply.
5.5
In the event of any substitution, the Section Competition Secretary or, where
appropriate, the Ladies or Men’s Administrator, shall be informed. Opposing players
shall be told of the substitution before play commences.
5.6
In all Pairs, Triples and Fours Competitions, a player who has not withdrawn
his/her entry prior to the date of the Section draw shall be ineligible to play as a member
of another entry or act as substitute.
5.7
A player who is a member of two or more Clubs shall not enter or allow their
name to be submitted from more than one Club in County Competitions. A player who
enters any of the individual County Competitions may only represent that same Club in
the Ladies Inter Club Two Fours Competition and Grace Mathews Top Club
Competition and in the Men’s County Trophy, Foxlands Two Fours and Top Club
Competitions.
5.8
A player who has entered the County Singles Competition and then transfers
to another Club during the close season shall be eligible to continue that Competition if
transferring to a Club within the same Section.
5.9
A Pair/Triple/Four who have entered the County Competitions and then
transfer EN BLOC during the close season shall be eligible to continue in their
Competitions if they transfer to a Club within the same Section. They will, however,
not be allowed to act as a substitute in any other Pairs/Triples/Fours entry.
5.10
A player as in 5.8 or a player transferring to another Club during the playing
season shall be eligible to play for his/her new Club in the Ladies Inter Club Two Fours
Competition and the Grace Mathews Top Club Competition and the Men’s County
Trophy, Foxlands Cup Two Fours and Top Club Competitions.
5.11
A player transferring to another Club during the playing season shall not be
eligible to play for his/her new Club if he/she has already played in any of the
Competitions referred to in 5.10 above.
5.12
If a player resigns from a Club after reaching the qualifying stages of the
County Competitions, so long as he/she has not been affiliated to a new Club, he/she can
still play for the old Club at the Finals. If, however, an affiliation fee has been
transferred to his/her new Club then he/she cannot play for his/her old Club.
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General
6.1
All competitors in National Championships must have paid affiliation fees
through their Club for the current year.
6.2
Should a player not take their place in a match in the last 16 of a Major
Competition, or subsequent rounds in the case of a National Championship, or the last
eight of a Minor Competition, they shall not be permitted to play in the like Competition
during the following Season unless a reasonable explanation be accepted by the
Competition Committee, for such non appearance.
6.3
In all Pairs, Triples and Fours Competitions, the Pair, Triple and Four shall be
named, in full, to the Section Competition Secretary by 1 October.
6.4
Players may concede at any stage of any match. However, matches must be
conceded where it is not mathematically possible for the opponent to win.
6.5
Players should report at the prescribed time and place and comply with the
guidance relating to “slow play”.
6.6
Entrance fees, prizes, dates for the close of Sectional play and dates and
venues of Quarter Finals and Semi Finals, shall be determined by the Competitions
Committee annually.
6.7
Within Section play only, competitors must be prepared to play up to three
rounds per day in any competition (except the Two Wood Singles Competition where
competitors may be required to play four games), at the discretion of the Section
Competition Secretary/person running the green. No more than two games shall be
played on a set date in the Over 70s Pairs Competition. A minimum break of 30
minutes shall be allowed between games in all Competitions, other than by mutual
agreement of the players concerned.
6.8
In Competitions using play by dates, the Challenger shall offer three dates to
their opponent, one of which shall be a weekend. The time for commencing a match
shall be mutually agreed but no player/team shall be compelled to accept a time earlier
than 6.00 pm Monday - Friday or 3.00 pm on Saturdays or Sundays and not later than
6.30 pm on any day.
6.9
If a player/team fails to appear and be ready to play within 15 minutes after
the agreed time for the tie, the opponent/team may claim a “walk over”. The period of
grace is extended to 30 minutes in the Ladies Inter Club and Grace Mathews Top Club
Competitions.
6.10
Smoking on the green will be prohibited during all rounds leading to National
Championship Finals including the use of electronic cigarettes.
6.11
The use of mobile phones whilst playing is prohibited.
6.12
Trial ends are permitted in all Competitions in all rounds.
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Minor Competitions - Men
7.1
The following County Competitions will all have HOME advantage at the
Quarter Final Stage:
7.2
In the event of scores being equal when all ends have been played an extra end
or ends must be played until a decision is reached.
7.3
THE GRATER PAIRS COMPETITION
Each game shall consist of 21 ends - four bowls each player. Each Pair shall be
members of the same affiliated club.
7.4
OVER 60s SINGLES COMPETITION
21 shots up - four bowls each player. For players who have attained their 60th birthday
on 1 April in the year of the competition.
7.5
UNBADGED PAIRS COMPETITION
21 ends - four bowls each player. Once a player has satisfied the requirements of
Schedule 7 Rule 1.1 he shall not be eligible to play in the Unbadged Pairs Competition.
A player who declines to play in a Senior County game will not be allowed to play in
the Competition.
7.6
UNBADGED TRIPLES COMPETITION
18 ends - three bowls each player. Once a player has satisfied the requirements of
Schedule 7 Rule 1.1 he shall not be eligible to play in the Unbadged Triples
Competition. A player who declines to play in a Senior County game will not be
allowed to play in the Competition.
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Minor Competitions - Ladies
8.1
The following County Competitions will all have HOME advantage at the
Quarter Final Stage:
8.2
In the event of scores being equal when all ends have been played an extra end
or ends must be played until a decision is reached.
8.3
UNBADGED SINGLES COMPETITION
21 shots up – four bowls each player. Entry is confined to any member of Bowls Devon
who has not achieved a County Badge. Once a player has satisfied the requirements of
Schedule 7 Rule 1.1 she shall not be eligible to play in the Unbadged Singles
Competition.
8.4
OVER 55s SINGLES COMPETITION
21 shots up – four bowls each player. For players who have attained their 55th birthday
on 1 April in the year of the Competition.
8.5
UNBADGED PAIRS COMPETITION
21 ends - four bowls each player. Once a player has satisfied the requirements of
Schedule 7 Rule 1.1 she shall not be eligible to play in the Unbadged Pairs Competition.
8.6
OVER 55s PAIRS COMPETITION
Each game shall consist of 21 ends - four bowls each player.
For players who have attained their 55th birthday on 1 April in the year of the
competition. Players must belong to the same Club.
8.7
OVER 70s PAIRS COMPETITION
Each game shall consist of 18 ends - four bowls each player.
For players who have attained their 70th birthday on 1 April in the year of the
competition. Players must belong to the same Club.
8.8
BENEVOLENT TRIPLES COMPETITION
Each game shall consist of 18 ends – three bowls each player.
8.9
TWO WOOD TRIPLES COMPETITION
Each game shall consist of 18 ends – two bowls each player.
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Other County Competitions
9.1
COUNTY TROPHY (Men’s Club Team Championship)
Each game shall consist of 21 ends - four rinks of four players - two bowls each player.
Open to one entry from each Affiliated Club. Each team must play with the full quota
of bowlers. Only in exceptional circumstances will less than 16 players be allowed and
this will be limited to one player only. In this event the rink with one player short will
lose 25% of their final score. If a team is more than one person short that team shall
forfeit the game. The playing format of this Competition shall be determined by
individual Sections and each of the Sections shall play to a winner.
Each Section shall put forward two qualifiers. The Section’s top team shall be
designated “A” and the runner up “B”. Eight matches shall be played on the morning of
the Round of 16 with the winners making up the four Quarter Finals in the afternoon.
The draw will be made “A” versus “B” but “A” and “B” teams from the same Section
will not be drawn against each other in the Round of 16.
Following play in the Sections, remaining matches shall be played on nominated greens
as determined by the Competition Committee. In the event of a tie from the Round of
the last 16 onwards, all rinks shall play extra ends until a winner is determined.
In the event of a match not being completed owing to exceptional weather conditions, if
the number of ends played equals or exceeds 48, the match will be deemed to have been
completed and the scores will stand. In matches where the total number of ends played
is less than 48, the match will be declared null and void and replayed at a later date.
Ends commenced but not completed shall not count.
On a resumed game only two substitutes may be used.
9.2
MEN’S TWO FOURS COMPETITION (Foxlands Cup)
Each game shall consist of 21 ends - two teams of four players - two bowls each player.
Open to one entry from each Affiliated Club. One rink shall play on the home green
and, simultaneously, one rink shall play on the opponents green. Each team must play
with the full quota of eight players. Any less will mean disqualification.
The result of the game shall be decided on the total scores of both the home and away
rinks. In the event of a tie, the result shall be decided by the total scores on the twentieth
end or, if the scores are still tied, by the total scores on the nineteenth end. Should this
still fail to provide a result, the game shall be replayed.
Each of the Sections shall play to a winner on a knock-out basis.
The Semi Final and Final shall be played on a nominated green as determined by the
Competition Committee. In the event of a tie in the Semi Final or Final, both rinks shall
play extra ends until a winner is determined.
In the event of a match not being completed owing to exceptional weather conditions, if
the number of ends played equals or exceeds 24, the match will be deemed to have been
completed and the scores will stand. In matches where the total number of ends played
is less than 24, the match will be declared null and void and replayed at a later date.
Ends commenced but not completed shall not count.
9.3
CORONATION CUP (Men’s Inter Sectional Team Competition)
Each Section taking part in the Competition shall be represented by a team of four rinks
of four players - two bowls each player - selected by the Section.
In the event of a tie from the Quarter Final stage onwards, all rinks shall play extra ends
until a winner is determined.
In the event of a match not being completed owing to exceptional weather conditions, if
the number of ends played equals or exceeds 48, the match will be deemed to have been
completed and the scores will stand. In matches where the total number of ends played
is less than 48, the match will be declared null and void and replayed at a later date.
Ends commenced but not completed shall not count.
On a resumed game only two substitutes may be used.
9.4
MEN’S TOP CLUB COMPETITION
Open to one entry from each affiliated Club. Each game shall be played by a team of 11
players on each side. The Competition must be played as a five event game. Any less
than the full quota of players will mean disqualification. A side shall consist of players
in the following events:
Two Wood Singles (21 shots)
Four Wood Singles (21 shots)
Four Wood Pairs (21 ends)
Triples (18 ends)
Fours (21 ends)
All players shall be present at the agreed start time. Before the commencement of the
match, the nominated captains shall toss a coin to decide the choice of jack for the first
and extra end (if required), such decision to apply to all five events; make the draw for
rinks for each discipline and decide if the two Singles matches will be played on the
same rink, one after the other. If not, all disciplines will commence at the same time.
Each discipline will be played to a result – no drawn matches. The winning side will be
the one winning the most disciplines.
9.5
LADIES TOP CLUB COMPETITION (Grace Mathews)
Although Clubs are allowed to enter more than one team, if a Club has more than one
entry the team and two reserves must be named and players are not interchangeable
from team to team. The Ladies Administrator and the Section Competition Secretary
(who shall receive all scorecards within her Section) must be advised of the 13 players
named, in writing, before the first game is played.
All players shall be present at the agreed start time. Before the commencement of the
match, the nominated captains shall toss a coin to decide the choice of jack for the first
and extra end (if required), such decision to apply to all five events; make the draw for
rinks for each discipline and decide if the two Singles matches will be played on the
same rink, one after the other. If not, all disciplines will commence at the same time.
Each discipline will be played to a result - no drawn matches. The winning side will be
the one winning the most disciplines. A side shall consist of players in the following
events:
Two Wood Singles (21 ends)
Four Wood Singles (21 shots)
Four Wood Pairs (21 ends)
Triples (18 ends)
Fours (21 ends)
Where a game has to be arranged between two Clubs, the CHALLENGER shall make
all the arrangements. Each of the eight Sections shall play to a winner on a knock-out
basis. After completion of play in the Sections, remaining matches shall be played on
dates set by the Competition Committee on a knock-out basis.
On a resumed game (due to either weather or illness) only TWO substitute players may
be used. Should a Club be unable to compete with the full team of eleven players plus
two reserves, and for varying reasons only have ten ladies available to honour the
fixture, then one of the Singles disciplines may be given to the opponents and the four
other disciplines played to determine a result. If, in exceptional circumstances, a Club is
unable to field the ten players necessary the game must be given to the other Club.
9.6
LADIES INTER CLUB COMPETITION
Each game shall consist of 21 ends - two teams of four players – two bowls each player
on a neutral green midway between the two Clubs. An Open Draw Competition
involving all participating teams. The CHALLENGER shall make all the arrangements.
Each team must play with the full quota of eight players. Any less will mean
disqualification.
The venue for the Semi Finals and Final shall be arranged by the Competition
Committee. In the event of a tie, in all Rounds, both rinks shall play extra ends until a
winner is determined. If a Club has more than one entry, the team and two reserves
must be named and are not interchangeable from team to team. The Ladies
Administrator must be informed of the names of the ten players for each team, in
writing, before the first game is played. For daytime play Dress shall be WHITES and
for evening play GREYS. On a resumed game (due to either weather or illness) only
TWO substitute players may be used.
In the event of a match not being completed owing to exceptional weather conditions, if
the number of ends played equals or exceeds 24, the match will be deemed to have been
completed and the scores will stand. In matches where the total number of ends played
is less than 24, the match will be declared null and void and replayed at a later date.
Ends commenced but not completed shall not count.
9.7
LADIES INTERSECTION TEAM COMPETITION (Jubilee Trophy)
Each Section taking part in the Competition shall be represented by a team of four fours
- two bowls each player - selected by the Section.
In the event of a match not being completed owing to exceptional weather conditions, if
the number of ends played equals or exceeds 48, the match will be deemed to have been
completed and the scores will stand. In matches where the total number of ends played
is less than 48, the match will be declared null and void and replayed at a later date.
Ends commenced but not completed shall not count.
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Mixed Competitions
10.1
BURMA STAR MIXED TRIPLES COMPETITION
Each game shall consist of 18 ends - three bowls each player.
Entry shall be by members of the same Affiliated Club and shall include at least one
male and one female. Where a Club has no lady members, the lady players may be
from another Club within the same Section. Substitution: the three players taking
part in the first match constitutes the original team and shall normally play together
throughout the competition. One and the same male and/or one and the same female
player may be used as a substitute at any time, providing that they have not already
played or entered the Competition. However, at least one of the original triple must play
in every Round.
10.2
MIXED PAIRS COMPETITION
Each game shall consist of 21 ends – four bowls each player.
Entry to consist of one male and one female of the same Affiliated Club. Where a Club
has no lady members, the lady player may be from another Club within the same
Section. Substitution: the two players taking part in the first match constitutes the
original team and shall normally play together throughout the Competition. One and the
same male and/or one and the same female player may be used as a substitute at any
time, providing that they have not already played or entered the Competition. However,
at least one of the original pair must play in every Round.
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Play Interruptions
11.1
ALL OTHER COMPETITIONS (including TOP CLUB)
In the event of a match not being completed owing to exceptional weather conditions, if
five ends have been completed the match should be continued on a different day with
the scores and ends being as they were when the match was stopped. If an end has
started but all the required bowls have not been played, it should be declared dead. The
end should be declared dead even if one or more players choose to remain on the green
during the stoppage. Should five ends not have been completed, the match should be
declared dead and replayed on a different day. If any of the original players in a team
are not available on the new date, two substitutes will be allowed. Players, however,
cannot be transferred from one team to another.
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Disputes
12.1
All disputes shall be referred to the appropriate Ladies or Men’s Competition
Committee.
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