1.The draw for club competitions
will be made at a sub-committee meeting prior to the start of the season.
2.Members should not enter a
competition if they are unavailable for every round or on the Saturday and
Sunday of finals weekend.
3.Competitions are under the
control of the Competition Referees, Tony Andrews and Pam Stuttard. If they
are unavailable, a Captain or Vice Captain should be contacted.
4.Dress code for bowlers and markers
in all rounds of a competition is grey below the waist and white or club shirt
above the waist. On Finals day(s) it is whites.
5.The "Challenger" is the
first player named in a game. It is the Challenger who makes first contact
with their opponent.
6.Games must be played by the
closing date set for the round. Preliminary rounds must be played prior to the
date of the first round. Where more than one round is to be played on a set
day the Ladies’ or Men's Captain, or someone they appoint, shall be responsible
for organising the day.
7.Rounds will start on a Monday and
finish on a Sunday.
8.Both players are equally
responsible for arranging the game and ensuring it is played by the closing
date. The Challenger should offer three dates and times to their opponent.
One date must be on a weekend and one should be at least a week ahead of the
other two offered. If neither player attempts to arrange a game and the play
by date is not met, the game will be declared void and a walk over awarded to
the opponent(s) waiting in the next round.
9.A marker must be used in all
singles games and the Challenger is responsible for arranging one. If a marker
is not provided, the challenger shall forfeit the game. The marker should be a
current Bowls Club Member.
10.The loser of a game should make
themselves available to mark for the winner in the next round. All players
must be prepared to mark at least one game in all competitions they have
11.A player unable to play a game by
the stated date for a general reason must contact a Competition Referee not
less than 10 days before the play by date of the round to request an extension.
12.If an extension is required due
to a player in a competition suffering an illness or adverse weather conditions
make the green unplayable, a Competition Referee should be contacted as soon as
is practicable before the play by date of the round. Holidays or personal
fixture congestion will not be accepted as reasons for the granting of an extension
(Official Club related competitions exempt.) Extensions granted for general
reasons and weather or unplayable green delays, must be played within 7 days
after the play by date of the round. Extensions granted due to illness must be
played within 10 days after the play by date of the round.
13.If a Competition Referee is
involved, the request for an extension should be made to a Captain or Vice
14.The Ladies’ and/or Men's Captain
is the final arbiter in all matters where a decision cannot or has not been
agreed with the Competition Referees or a Vice Captain.
15.Games shall start at a mutually
agreed time, but no player shall be compelled to accept a time earlier than
6.00 pm or later than 6.30 pm.
16.If a player arrives more than 30
minutes after the time fixed for the game the opponent may claim the game.
17.When a competition game has been
arranged the Challenger must enter the date and time in the Rink Booking Diary.
18.The rink board manager(s) will
draw the rinks using the "number bag" in the week prior to the
competition being played and enter details on the allocation board in the Club
Room. The rink drawn cannot be changed unless it becomes unplayable. If a new
rink is required, this must be drawn from the "number bag" by a rink
board manager or a neutral member.
19.Club members must not receive
coaching or take advice from other players during the game.
20.A scorecard must be kept for
every game and this should be signed by both players at the end of the game and
placed in the correct competition box in Club Room. The Competition Referees
will check the card and update the relevant competition chart. Players must not
update the chart.
21.Only in exceptional circumstances
will a substitution be permitted. Except for the select pairs, the substitute
must be of the same handicap, or nearest equivalent handicap, to the person
they are replacing and they must continue to play throughout the remaining
rounds of the competition. They are not allowed to skip in any round.
The Competition Referees will rule on this matter and the
Competition Secretary will select the substitute.
Someone who has entered a competition cannot act as a substitute
in that competition.
22.To avoid causing unnecessary
damage, running on the green is not allowed.
23.No laws governing a sport can
cope with every situation. Unusual situations not covered within the laws can
often arise. The World Bowls "Laws of the Sport of Bowls (WBLSB)"
were drawn up in the spirit of true sportsmanship. So, if a situation arises
that is not covered by these laws, players, markers and umpires must use their
common sense and a spirit of fair play to decide on the appropriate course of
action. Purley Club competitions will be governed by the current edition of
the WBLSB rules, except where a rule(s) has been created to cover local
requirements in Club Competitions. In that event, the Club Rule(s) takes precedence.
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