1.The playing format for the
2023 internal competitions will be as follows:-
bowls, first to 21
bowls, 18 ends
bowls, 18 ends
d.2-Wood Singles: 2
bowls, 21 ends
e.2-Wood Pairs: 2
bowls, 21 ends
In the Men’s
Handicap Singles Competition (only) the person receiving any shot difference in
the handicap will receive the shot difference as a starting score towards 21;
the other player will need 21 shots to win.
for all the Singles competitions and most other competitions will be made at a
sub-committee meeting before the end of April; the draw for some competitions
will be made at later dates, ensuring that all competitors have sufficient notice.
3.Members should not enter a
competition if they are unavailable for any round or on the Saturday and Sunday
of finals weekend or if they cannot play on a specified Play-On date.
4.Competitions are under the
control of the Competition Referees, Tony Gallagher and Pam Stuttard. If they
are unavailable, a Captain or Vice-Captain should be contacted.
code for bowlers and markers is club or white shirt and greys for all rounds
prior to the Finals; Whites on Finals Day(s).
is the first player named in a game. It is the Challenger who makes first
contact with their opponent.
7.Games must be played by
the closing date set for the round or on the “Play-On” date where specified.
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.
8.Rounds will start on a Monday
and finish on a Sunday.
9.Both players are equally responsible for
arranging the game and ensuring it is played by the
closing date. The Challenger must contact their opponent within 5 days of the
end of the previous round and 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.
10.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.
11.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 entered.
12.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
13.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
14.If a Competition Referee
is involved, the request for an extension should be made to a Captain or Vice-Captain.
15.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.
16.Games shall start at a
mutually agreed time. However, in line with the guidance from Bowls Surrey to
accommodate workers, no player shall be compelled to accept a time earlier than
17.To minimise the risk of
bad light stopping play, no player shall be compelled to accept a time after
6pm. If a player arrives more than 30 minutes after the time fixed for the
game the opponent may claim the game.
18.When a competition game
has been arranged the Challenger must enter the date and time on bowlr.
19.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.
20.Players must not receive
coaching or take advice from other club members during the game.
21.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.
22.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.
23.To avoid causing
unnecessary damage, running on the green is not allowed.
24.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)
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