League Rules


LEAGUE RULES - OCTOBER 2017

INDEX

1. ELIGIBILITY
2. RESTRICTIONS
3. TEAM MEMBERS 
4. TEAM LEADERS
5. RESPONSIBILITIES
6. CANCELLATION or POSTPONEMENT
7. PLAYER SHORTAGE
8. SCORE CARDS
9. PENALTIES
10a. TWO HOUR MATCHES
10b. THREE HOUR MATCHES
11. APPEALS
12. LEAGUE WINNERS
13. RULES ALTERATION
SCHEDULE OF PLAY (WINTER LEAGUE)

LEAGUE RULES

1. ELIGIBILITY
Leagues shall be confined to full playing members of ADUR IBC. Ltd. except for the Offham league on Thursday evening.

2. RESTRICTIONS
Players are only allowed to play in one team in each league

3. TEAM MEMBERS
Teams will comprise of a minimum of 7 and a maximum of 10 players for RINKS (4s) play, (except for the ladies’ Friday afternoon league, in which the maximum number shall be 12), a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 9 players for TRIPLES play, and a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 7 for PAIRS play. Team numbers are at the discretion of the Team Captains. (These requirements will be waived at the discretion of the League Secretaries) Players can still be replaced, or added to the team any time, subject to the above maximum/minimum requirements. Where a member is to be added, that player must not have played for a team in the same league that season. The names of such players must be submitted to League Secretaries at least 24 hours in advance of a player participating in league play, otherwise the offending team will be deemed to have played an illegal player and will forfeit the match.

4. TEAM LEADERS
Team Leaders will be responsible for registering the team players with the League Secretaries on the official registration forms where applicable. 
The Team Leader will also be responsible for seeing that all their players are fairly treated and have an equal number of games throughout the season wherever possible, remembering that the league programme is for the benefit of the whole of the membership of the club, and not for the benefit of any particular team, however much that team wants to win.

5. RESPONSIBILITIES
All Team Leaders must register their team in accordance with Rules 3 and 4. All teams playing in "Members" Leagues can play a full team of either sex without forfeiting the game or being subject to a reduction of 1/3 of their score. 

6. CANCELLATION or POSTPONEMENT

CANCELLATION 
All league games must be played. If a game cannot be played on the designated day, it is the responsibility of the defaulting team leader to cancel the booked rink. The game must then be rearranged leading to the match being played at the latest, by the end of the third week in April, with the League Secretary being informed as soon as possible of this event. 
If the match is not played by this time, both teams will be charged for the full cost of the green fees and two points will be deducted from their total points score.

However, if the following has occurred:-
i) The League Secretary is notified in advance, that one of the teams is not prepared to play the match by the date specified and thus, by default, offers the match to their opponent. In this case the opponent will be awarded the two points and the total rink cost will fall on the defaulting team.
ii) Where a match cannot be played due to exceptional circumstances, the Team Leader(s) must contact the League Secretary and in consultation with the Rules Director on the Board, will consider the reasons and may waive the penalty
In the event of a game being cancelled due to adverse weather conditions, such as snow, resulting in the closure of the club, then the games must be rearranged.
In this case the first named team shall be responsible for fixing the new date to suit both teams.
iii) If a match is cancelled due to a National competition being played on their rink (i.e. The Inter County Over 60's) and thus they are unable to rearrange their game before the end of the appropriate season then they will not be charged rink fees.
A team cannot win their respective league unless all outstanding rink fees have been paid by the second week in April. Such payment to have been confirmed by the Green Stewards Office.

POSTPONEMENT
When a team is unable to field a minimum of three players in a Rinks game or two in a Triples or Lancing League, then the fixture may be rearranged but for the following reasons only, and in addition with the authority of League Secretary.
(i) If players are involved in County Matches 
(ii) If players are required to attend Official Club Meetings e.g. Club AGM etc.
(iii) In extenuating circumstances e.g. Sickness.
It then becomes the responsibility of the defaulting team to rearrange a postponed match.

7. PLAYER SHORTAGES (Affective from 1st May 2018)

All League Games must start at the time stipulated by the Club Management.

If a Pairs Team reports with only one player, then this is not deemed to be a Match. The fixture will have to be re-arranged, subject to the Team Leaders’ agreement, with the defaulting Team being responsible for the re-arrangement.

If a Triples Team reports with one player short, play will be as follows :-

The Lead of each Team will bowl as usual, then the No 2 from the Team with three players will bowl three (3) woods consecutively. The Skips from both Teams will then complete the end in the normal way.

Thus it will be six (6) woods against nine (9) woods and there will be no Penalty points or shots deducted from the Team playing short.

In the event of both Teams being one player short, a Pairs game may be played with three (3) woods per player. There will be no Penalty points or shots deducted from either Team.

If a Fours Team reports with one player short, play will be as follows :-

The Lead in each Team will bowl in the usual manner, then the No 2 from the Team with the four players will bowl their woods consecutively and both the No 3’s and the Skips will then complete the end in the usual way.

It will be six (6) woods against eight (8) woods and there will be no Penalty points or shots deducted from the Team playing short.

However if only two players report, this is not deemed to be a Match. The fixture will have to be re-arranged, subject to the Team Leaders’ agreement, with the defaulting Team being responsible for the re-arrangement.

In the event of a Match being conceded then the defaulting Team shall be subject to Rule 6.

NOTE: "This Rule will be reviewed prior to the start of the 2019/20 Season"

8. SCORE CARDS

Score cards must show the full legible names of all players participating in the game. At the conclusion, the card should be checked and signed by a member of both teams and be placed in the boxes provided. No alterations are to be made to the score cards, once signed, other than by the League Secretaries. At the discretion of the League Secretary a penalty of 2 points can be applied if a card is filled in incorrectly or if the names are either omitted or cannot be identified.

9. PENALTIES
Failure of a team to meet the requirements of Rules 5, 6, 7 and 8 will result in the opposing team being awarded 2 points.

10a.TWO HOUR MATCHES
Two hour Triples matches will be played to 15 ends or to the end-of-session bell.
Two-hour Pairs matches will be played to 18 ends or the end-of-session bell. 
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 delivered correctly, from the mat and also centred before the bell sounds, that end may be completed.
The time limit for commencement of games not starting is 5 minutes
Other requirements are:-
(i) No trial ends 
(ii) Both skips must leave the head together
(iii) Visiting the head is not permitted
(iv) In the event of the jack being displaced outside the confines of the rink - the jack will be re-spotted on the appropriate side.

10b. THREE HOUR MATCHES
All three hour matches are played to 21 ends (for rinks) and 18 ends (for triples), except for the Friday afternoon ladies league (rinks) which shall be 18 ends or 3 hours.
The time limit for commencement of games not starting is 5 minutes
Other requirements are:-
(i) One trial end will be allowed
(ii) Maximum time allowed 3 hours or to the to the end-of- session bell.
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 delivered correctly, from the mat and also centred before the bell sounds, that end may be completed.
(iii) In the event of the jack being displaced outside the side confines of the rink - the jack will be re-spotted on the appropriate side. Should the spot be covered by a bowl, the jack shall be re-spotted outside of the bowl without touching it.

11. APPEALS
It is not the Committee’s intention to ‘Police’ these rules. Members are relied upon to honour them, particularly those relating to Registration and Substitutions and payment of rink fees. Captains of any team have the right to appeal to League Secretaries in writing, If their ruling is not acceptable, an appeal may be made to the relevant Section Committee in writing. For Mixed League appeals these should be sent to the Men’s Committee. A copy of the letter should be passed to the appropriate League Secretary, and to the opposing captain if they should be part of the dispute.

12. LEAGUE WINNERS
The winners of the every league shall be the team with the highest number of points accrued.
If equal with another team then the following will apply:-
At the end of the season, where teams are tied on points, the winners will be decided by the shot difference (the highest being the winner).
Should there still be a tie then the number of games won will decide. As a final measure a count back on ends won over the last 5 games in the season will be undertaken.

13. RULES ALTERATION
Any proposed alterations to the League Rules must be made in writing to the Section Committee via. the relevant League Secretary. If accepted, the amendments 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.

Schedule of Play (WINTER)

Monday 9.00 a.m. Arundel League Men only Triples
Monday 7.00 p.m. Australian Pairs Mixed Pairs (Separate rules apply)
Tuesday 9.00 a.m. Football League Triples (Separate rules apply)
Tuesday 11.00 a.m. Fulking League Members Triples 
Tuesday 7.00 p.m. Goring League Men only Triples
Wednesday 9.00 a.m. Iford League Men only Triples 
Wednesday 11.00 a.m. Ladies only League Triples
Wednesday 11.00 a.m. Lancing League Members 3-Wood Pairs
Wednesday 7.00 p.m. Falmer League Members 4 to 1 2-Wood Triples 
Thursday 7.00 p.m. Offham League Men Triples (Indoor and Outdoor clubs)
Friday 9.00 a.m. Quebec League Members Triples 
Friday 2.00 p.m. Ladies only Friday League Triples
Friday 7.00 p.m. Tottington League Members Triples 

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