Competition Rules


GENTLEMEN’S, LADIES AND SUMMER SECTIONS
COMPETITION RULES
OCTOBER 2017

COMPETITION RULES - INDEX

1. ORGANISATION
2. TITLES, RESPONSIBILITIES
3. SINGLES
4. PAIRS 
5. TRIPLES AND FOURS 
6. BILL WILLIAMS' MIXED PAIRS 
7. WENDON DRAWN MIXED 
8. TIE BREAK MIXED PAIRS AND TIE BREAK MIXED TRIPLES 
9. TIED GAMES
10. VISITING THE HEAD 
11. DECORUM
12. SUBSTITUTIONS 
13. AVAILABILITY 
14. ELIGIBILITY 
15. FINALS 
16. COMPLAINTS AND DISPUTES 
17. ALTERATIONS TO RULES

VETERANS

1. QUALIFICATIONS
2. SINGLES COMPETITIONS
3. PAIRS COMPETITIONS
4. TIED ENDS
5. SUBSTITUTIONS

1. ORGANISATION 
Club competitions shall be organised by the Ladies, Men's and Summer Section Committees via the respective Competition Secretaries, who shall be responsible for making all the draws. In the event of a dispute or disagreement, the findings of the respective Competition Secretary shall be final.

2. TITLES - RESPONSIBILITIES – DATES TO PLAY
(a) In all the competitions the first named shall be ‘the Challenger’ and shall be responsible for making contact with the second named ‘the Opponent’. 
In a Play By date competition the Challenger shall offer two (2) dates and be responsible for booking a rink at the pre-arranged time, and, in the case of Singles Competitions shall be responsible to arrange for a marker. If the Challenger has not offered two (2) dates fourteen days prior to the end of the round in, a Play By date competition, the Opponent becomes the Challenger and offers two dates – one of which must be accepted. 
In a Played On Date competition all rounds to be played on the designated dates or before by mutual agreement. 
In the event of a failure to play in a round on the designated date or before, the game shall be awarded to the competitor who it is apparent, is available to play, unless permission has been given to change by the respective Competition Secretary. 
(b) In ALL competitions there will be NO TRIAL ENDS. 
(c) The time limit for commencement of games not starting on time is ten (10) minutes. The failure of a player or players to appear on the Green, after this maximum waiting period will result in the game being awarded to the Opponent/Opponents. (Except in exceptional circumstances) 
(d) In the event of the jack being displaced outside of the rink this is a dead jack and the end is played again.
(e) In all competitions where there is a two or three hour time limit, the following Rule must be adhered to at all times - once the end-of-session bell has sounded, no further ends may be played. If the jack has been correctly delivered before the bell sounds, that end may be completed.

3. SINGLES COMPETITIONS
In ALL SINGLES Competitions each game shall be played to twenty one (21) shots up. Four (4) woods each player. 
These games will be played as directed by the respective Competition Secretary.
(VETERANS – see Veteran Rules)
Rules for the Bolton Challenge Cup Mixed Singles are published elsewhere on the Bolton Challenge Cup Notice Board located in the Club.

4. PAIRS COMPETITION
In ALL the Pairs Competitions each game shall be played to twenty one (21) ends or to the three (3) hour bell, whichever comes first. Four (4) woods each player.
These games will be played as directed by the respective Competition Secretary. 
(VETERANS – see Veterans Rules)

5. TRIPLES and FOURS COMPETITIONS
In ALL the Triples Competitions each game shall be eighteen (18) ends or to the three (3) hour bell, whichever comes first. Three (3) woods each player. 
These games will be played as directed by the respective Competition Secretary.
In ALL Fours Competitions each game shall be played to twenty one (21) ends or to the three (3) hour bell, whichever comes first. Two (2) woods each player.
These games will be played as directed by the respective Competition Secretary. It is the skip’s responsibility to ensure their team know the date of each round.

6. BILL WILLIAMS' MIXED PAIRS 
(Run by Ladies’ Competition Secretary)
Each game shall be twenty one (21) ends or to the three hour bell, whichever comes first. Each player shall have four (4) woods. 
These games will be played as directed by the Ladies Competition Secretary.

7. WENDON DRAWN MIXED COMPETITION 
(Run by Ladies’ Competition Secretary)
This competition may be Pairs or Triples depending on the number of entries. 
Each game shall be to fifteen (15) ends or to the two hour bell, whichever comes first. 
Each player shall have four (4) or three (3) woods as applicable. 
These games will be played as directed by the Ladies Competition Secretary.

8. TIE BREAK MIXED PAIRS and TIE BREAK MIXED TRIPLES COMPETITIONS 
In ALL Tie Break Mixed Pairs and Tie Break Mixed Triples Competitions each game will consist of two sets, each set being played over seven (7) ends or the three hour bell, whichever comes first.
A set will be decided if at any point it becomes impossible for one team to draw, or win, the set given the number of ends remaining.
If the game is tied after two (2) sets, by either team having won one (1) set or both sets being drawn, a best of five (5) ends “tie breaker” will be played to determine the winner. If the game is still drawn after five (5) ends have been played then one extra end will be played. The match tie breaker is decided by the winner of each end, and not by the total number of shots won over the five (5) ends. 
In a match tie breaker the team winning the toss shall have the choice of starting or giving away the jack on the first, third and fifth ends. The team that does not start the first end shall start the second and fourth ends. 
Four (4) woods each player in the Tie Break Mixed Pairs Competition and three (3) woods each player in the Tie Break Mixed Triples Competition. 
These games will be played as directed by the respective Competition Secretary.

9. TIED GAMES
In all competitions except Singles, in the event of a tie at the end of play an extra end may only be played in the allotted time. If not, ‘Count Back’ will apply – that is most ends won will win the game. In the event that it is still a tie, with the time expired, the winner will be based on, ‘Count Back’ of the last SEVEN ENDS PLAYED. TIED GAMES ON FINALS DAY ONLY – In all competitions in the event of a tie at the end of play, an extra end will be played to decide the Winner.

10. VISITING THE HEAD. 
Only the Skips may visit the head on one occasion each end and that is after they have bowled your THIRD wood.

11. DECORUM 
Because of time restraints. Skips are requested to leave the head together to make the most use of the available time.

12. SUBSTITUTIONS 
The PAIR, TRIPLES or FOUR, playing in the opening game of the Competition shall constitute ‘The Team’ and under normal circumstances should play throughout the competition. However, one additional player (and the same player) may with the authorisation of the respective Competition Secretary, be used as a substitute at any time provided the said substitute has not been entered, named or played in the competition in which the substitution is being made. In exceptional circumstances a second substitute player may be used with the authorisation of the respective Competition Secretary providing they meet the above criteria. The substitute/s may play in any position.

13. AVAILABILITY
Members must not enter into club competitions if they know they will not be available on Finals Days. In the event of a member becoming subsequently unavailable for Finals Days, they must withdraw immediately and notify the respective Competition Secretary.

14. ELIGIBILITY
Entries received from members for Club competitions shall be invalidated should that member enter club competitions of any other Indoor Bowling Club.

15. FINALS
The date of Finals Days shall be proposed by the Competition Secretaries and will be strictly adhered to.
At the discretion of the Competition Secretaries, Finals Day’s, may be continued on the following day if deemed necessary.
Players must be prepared to play to the format laid down by the respective Competition Secretaries or else have a substitute in accordance with the rules. 
All Finals will be played to a conclusion, time limits will NOT apply. In the event of a tie at the end of play Rule No. 9 will apply.

16. COMPLAINTS and DISPUTES
Any complaints, disputes or disagreements regarding club competitions must be submitted IN WRITING to the respective Competition Secretary, who shall bring the complaint before the Section Committee, and the decision made shall be final.

17. ALTERATIONS TO RULES 
Any proposed alteration to the Competition Rules should be made in writing to the respective Competition Secretary, who shall bring it to their SECTION Committee for consideration. 
If accepted, the proposition should be forwarded to the Board Director responsible for overseeing the Rules, (the Chair of the Rules Committee), who will, if necessary, bring the proposed changes to the Rules Committee for consideration, and if there are any financial implications, will bring the proposed changes before the Board of Directors, who shall make the final decision.

VETERANS COMPETITIONS

1.QUALIFICATION
All entrants must be SIXTY (60) years of age or over as at the 1st October that year.

2. SINGLES COMPETITION
Each player shall have 4 woods.
To be played as directed by the respective Competition Secretary.

3. PAIRS COMPETITION
The Pairs Competition will be played to twenty one (21) ends or to the three hour bell, whichever comes first. 
Four 4 woods each player. 
To be played as directed by the respective Competition Secretary.

4. TIED GAMES
Competition Rule No. 9 applies.

5. SUBSTITUTIONS
Competition Rule No.10 applies.

Revision 9 October 2017

 

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