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HERTS BOWLS CLUB
RULES (Revised October 2015)
a) Pre-season, Captains will produce team schedules,
aiming, as much as is practical, that all playing members have an equal number
of opportunities to represent the Club.
b) Representative matches will take precedence over club
internal competition matches.
c) Members unable to play during the day will have
priority, when teams are selected for weekend and evening matches.
d) Captains will select Cairns Cup teams at the
a) Overall responsibility for running the competitions
rests with the Competitions Sub-committee. All queries should be referred to
them. They will monitor progress of each competition and ensure that deadlines
for each round are met. In some circumstances they may award a ‘walk over’
to ensure smooth running of a competition. In unresolved cases, the Club
Chairman will adjudicate. His decision will be final.
b) In those cases where an independent marker is
required, it is important for the individual concerned to ensure they are fully
familiar with the duties of the role, as set out in the Club’s guidelines for
c) Draws for the following competitions will take place
at the Annual General Meeting, prior to which, members should inform the Club
Secretary, as to which competitions they wish to enter, by completing the annual
questionnaire. Members should bear in mind that all finals will be played on
Finals Day. They should have regard to their availability when entering their
name, in order to avoid difficulty in accommodating dates within the competition
timetable and fixtures schedule. In all singles and pairs competitions, it will
be the responsibility of the first drawn member(s) to initiate contact, with the
A singles knock-out competition. Each round will be
played over 18 ends. An independent marker should be used.
Dabinett Cup (Club
A singles knock-out competition. In each round the winner
is the first to 21 shots. An independent marker should be used.
Bernie Osborne Cup
A pairs knock-out competition, each round played over 18
ends. Before the draw, Captains will divide entrants into two groups, according
to ability and experience. Pairs will consist of one entrant from each group.
This shall be a knock-out singles competition. Each game
will be played for 12 ends, using three woods. It will be for members and
associate members, who are aged 75 or over by April 1st that year and
is intended to be commenced towards the end of the season. This competition
requires at least 8 entrants to proceed in any year. Associate members are
required to pay £2.50 to enter.
Before the draw, Captains will prepare three lists of
players, taking into account, individual performances in the previous season,
health problems, experience and other relevant factors. Each team will consist
of one player from each category.
Members of each team will decide the playing order for
each tie. They will also appoint one member to act as ‘contact’ and notify
the secretary of their identity within 14 days of the AGM. It will be the
responsibility of these contacts, to liaise with each other within their league
in order to arrange the matches and book the rinks as soon as possible.
Triples stage 1.
Teams will be divide into two leagues. In each three
points will be awarded for a win, one for a draw. This stage must be completed
by the date published in the fixtures list. Only in exceptional circumstances
and with the consent of the Competitions sub-committee will teams not having
completed their schedule be allowed to enter stage two.
Triples stage 2.
For the semi-finals, the top team in league A, will play
the runner-up of league B and the top team in league B will play the runner of
in league A. The two winning teams will the final on Finals Day.
All ties should consist of 18 ends and be played on the
dates and times previously agreed., unless both teams agree to a change.
Non-availability of a player, is not an acceptable reason for varying the date
as a substitute can be used.
Substitutes must be clearly defined on the scorecard, for
the game. Everyone playing in the Triples competition is eligible to act as a
substitute, subject to the following guidelines.
Substitutes should be drawn from the same category (1s,2s,or 3s)
who play in the other league. In exceptional conditions players from the same
league may substitute into the no. 1 position. Again in exceptional conditions
it will be possible to play a category 1 player as a no.2 or a category 2 player
as a no.3
No-one may substitute more than twice for the same team.
Substitutes may not play as Skips.
Exceptions to these guidelines may only be made with the knowledge
and approval of the Competitions sub-committee.
Should a team member not turn up for a tie, the game
should not be re-arranged. After a 30 minute period of grace, play should
proceed with the members of the offending team, playing with four woods and
members of the non-offending team playing with three woods each.
When the lead of the offending team has the Jack, he will
play his first wood and then the lead of the non-offending team will bowl two
consecutive woods. Each team will then deliver one wood alternatively as normal.
This order of play ensures that the non-offending team will always deliver the
last wood at the end. At the end of play, the offending team will deduct 25% of
their score (fractions will be rounded up).
At the end of the second round of the Tembey Cup and
Dabinett Cup. All members not involved in the later stages of these two
competitions may enter this Singles knock-out competition.
The Tie consists of three sets, the winner of the set is
the first to reach seven shots. The match is won when one player has won two
To determine sequence of play, players will toss a coin
for the first end and then alternate at the start of further sets.
An independent marker should be used.
To be played after Finals Day, between the latest winner
of the Dabinett Cup and the winner from the previous season. The winner will be
the first to 21 shots and an independent marker should be used.
A minimum of four weeks will be allowed for the
completion of the first rounds of the Singles and Pairs competitions. A minimum
of three weeks will be allowed for subsequent rounds.
Dates for the completion of each round will be published
in the fixture list. Any difficulties in meeting these deadlines should be
reported to the Competitions sub-committee
4. FINALS DAY.
All semi-finals should be completed not less than 3 clear
days before Finals Day.
On Finals Day there will be two competitions for those
who are not finalists in the previously mentioned competitions. Members wishing
to take part, should notify the Captains at least three days before Finals Day
so that draws may take place prior to the start of the programme. Associate
members are welcome to participate in these matches subject to a green fee of £2.50
Pynches rose bowl.
A two wood singles knock-out competition. First to seven
shots will be the winner, in each tie.
Len White Trophy.
A two wood pairs knock-out competition. Fist team to 10
shots will win each tie.
A Walk-over will be allowed, only in Singles and Pairs
matches. If a team fails to appear on an agreed date or if the teams fail to
agree a date, the Competitions sub-committee should be informed immediately. A
ruling should be given within 3 days.
6. GAMES NOT
If a game cannot be completed, it should be continued at
a later date, by the same teams and the score carried forward. Any failure to
follow this procedure will result in both teams scoring zero points for the
7. VARYING THE
LENGTH OF MATCH.
If inclement weather or poor light threaten at the start
of the match. Skips may limit the match to 15 ends. This decision must be
mutually agreed before play begins, otherwise Rule 6 ( games not completed)
In Singles and Pairs matches, any game may be conceded if
the difference in shots is irretrievable.
In all Pairs. Tembey Cup and In the semi-finals and
finals of the Triples competition, an extra end should be played if scores are
equal at the close of the scheduled game. Skips should toss for the option of
taking the Jack.
8. SUBMISSION OF
Completed score cards for all ties in all competitions
should be signed by a representative of each side and placed in the box beside
the Club noticeboard. The cards should be completed with full names of all
Score cards will be collected by someone on behalf of the
competition sub-committee and a record kept centrally.
9. DRESS CODE
For representative matches, charity games, finals day,
Cairns Cup and District competitions, members will be expected to observe a
dress code of white and grey, i.e. white above the waist and grey below. Subject
to discretion by the Captain of the day and to any general variation to these
rules agreed by the Organising Committee, men will be encouraged to wear white
polo style shirt with embroidered club logo and either grey long trousers or
tailored grey shorts. Ladies have the choice of long trousers, cut-offs or a
10. RULE CHANGES
Changes to these rules, other than at a general meeting
of the Club, can only be made by the Organising Committee.
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