WELWYN AND DISTRICT BOWLS CLUB


COMPETITION RULES 2013


GENERAL COMPETITION RULES


1. The first named player(s) shall be the challenger(s) and shall be responsible for booking the rink.


  1. a. The challenger(s) or opponents must offer dates to their opposition.

b. Evening and weekend dates must be included as some members are still working.

c. If the match cannot be played for any reason, competitors must decide between themselves who is at fault and enter the innocent party to the next round.

d. If a decision is not made by the final date of each round, both parties will be eliminated unless any mitigating circumstances are accepted by the Competition Committee. It is recommended that matches are played as early as possible to avoid this occurrence.


  1. Dress code is Greys with club or white top for players and markers.


  1. If on holiday on the play by date, inform the opposition immediately and arrange the match before going away.


  1. a. In singles matches the challenger must arrange a marker for the game.

b. A singles match must not be played without a marker

c. The marker shall ensure that all aspects of play are in accordance with the "Laws of the Sport of Bowls".

d. The marker shall act as the umpire in the absence of any other suitable neutral person.

e. The umpire"s decision is final.


  1. a. A substitute must be of the same sex and considered by the Competition Committee to be of no greater ability than the original entrant.

b. No substitutes are allowed in singles competitions.

c. Only one and the same substitute is permitted in pairs and triples competitions.

d. No member who has already played in a particular competition can be a substitute in that same competition.

e. In any competition, at any time, the player(s) giving a walkover cannot act as a substitute thereafter.

g. Substitutes can only be made up to and including the quarter finals.


  1. a. In the event of no decision being reached in any round owing to exceptional weather conditions, and when it is impossible to rearrange the match before the play by date of the round, the score in an uncompleted match in which 11 ends or more have been completed shall stand as a result.

b. If there is sufficient time before the play by date, a match that is abandoned can be arranged for another day continuing with the score as it was when the game was stopped.

c. If there is insufficient time before the play by date, matches in which less than 11 ends have been completed and cannot be completed before the play by date of the round will be decided by the toss of a coin.


  1. Club stickers should be used in all internal competitions. They are available free of charge.


  1. In all competitions, except the September Stag, two trial ends of a minimum of two bowls for all players shall be allowed.


  1. In any dispute, the decision of the Competition Committee (made up of the Men"s Competition Secretary, Ladies Competition Secretary, Men"s Captain, Ladies Captain and Chair of the Playing Committee) shall be final.


  1. For all competitions except Mixed Triples and September Stag, play by dates will be as follows:

a. Men"s Singles Last 64 Sunday 19th May 2013

Last 32 Sunday 9th June 2013

See 11c from this round onwards

b. Ladies Singles Last 16 Sunday 9th June 2013

See 11c from this round onwards

c. All other competitions Last 64 Sunday 26th May 2013

Last 32 Sunday 30th June 2013

Last 16 Sunday 4th August 2013

Quarter Finals Monday 26th August 2013

Semi Finals Sunday 8th September

d. Play by dates for Second Chance will be determined once the number of entrants in Men"s and Ladies Singles are known and will be posted on the noticeboard in the Clubhouse once the draw is made.


COMPETITION FORMATS


  1. Entry to all competitions is unrestricted unless otherwise stated.


Ladies/ Men"s Singles

  1. a. 4 Bowls per player.

b. Winner is first to 21 Shots.


Ladies/ Men"s Pairs

  1. a. 4 Bowls per player.

b. Odd numbered ends – Player A bowls 2 woods, Player B bowls 4 woods, Player A bowls 2 woods.

c. Even numbered ends – Player B bowls 2 woods, Player A bowls 4 woods, Player B bowls 2 woods.

d. In the event of a tie, a tiebreak end will be played. The toss of a coin will decide who is to play first.

e. The tiebreak (19th end) shall be treated as an odd numbered end (see rule 14c).

Men"s Pairs specific:

f. Winner is pair with highest score after 16 ends.

g. Pairs will be determined by splitting players into 4 pots depending on ability as perceived by the Competition Committee.

Ladies Pairs specific:

h. Winner is pair with highest score after 14 ends.

i. Pairs will be determined by splitting players into 2 pots depending on ability as perceived by the Competition Committee.


Ladies/ Men"s 2 Woods

  1. a. 2 Bowls per player.

b. Winner is player with highest score after 21 ends.

c. It is expected that the match should be conceded by the losing player if an unassailable gap has been achieved by the winning player.

d. In the event of a tie, a tiebreak end will be played. The toss of a coin will decide who is to play first.


Ladies Fixed Jack/ Lane Cup (Men only)

  1. a. 4 Bowls per player.

b. Winner is first to 90 points.

c. The Bowl nearest the jack scores 4 points, second nearest scores 3 points, third nearest scores 2 points and fourth nearest scores 1 point. This means the total score in each end must add up to 10.

d. The player who casts the jack and begins the end is the player with the shot bowl in the previous end.

e. If any two bowls which are in the count are exactly the same distance from the jack, unless the two bowls belong to the same player, the two bowls, and those two only, are played again to decide who will have the higher score. This occurs once the other scoring bowls have been agreed and all bowls are removed from the rink. The player who began the end shall bowl first.

Ladies Fixed Jack specific:

f. The following ends are to be played to a short jack: 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, 12, 13, 16 and 17.

g. The following ends are to be played to a long jack: 2, 3, 6, 7, 10, 11, 14, 15 and 18.

h. If the jack is moved, it must be replaced on the marked spot.

i. If a bowl is covering the marked spot where the jack should be placed, that bowl must be rolled back along its line of entry until the jack can be placed on its spot.

j. In the event of a 90-90 tie, 2 extra ends shall be played. The toss of a coin will decide who is to play first.

k. End 19 is to be played to a long jack, end 20 is to be played to a short jack. Subsequent tiebreak ends, if required, shall follow the pattern of ends.

l. Instructions of how to mark the rink:

* Please ensure golf tees are pushed well into the ground so as not to impede moving bowls.

Lane Cup specific:

m. In the event of a 90-90 tie, one extra end shall be played. The toss of a coin will decide who is to play first.

n. Should the extra end finish a tie, a further end shall be played. Further ends shall continue to be played until one player wins an end.


Barclay Cup

  1. a. 4 Bowls per player.

b. Winner is player who wins most sets.

c. This is a seeded competition.

d. Seeds will be decided by the Competition Committee.

e. 2 Sets of 9 ends.

f. In the first end of the second set, the player who did NOT start the 1st set plays first.

g. In the event of both players winning a set each, there shall be a 3-end deciding set. The toss of a coin will decide who is to play first.

h. In the tiebreak set, it is scored by the number of ends won, not by shots.


Mixed Handicap

18 a. Players will be given a handicap on a player-by-player basis dependent on ability as perceived by the Competition Committee.

b. If they enter, new members in 2013 will automatically be given a handicap of 0.

c. 4 Bowls per player.

d. Winner is first to 21 shots.

e. The difference between players" handicaps will be put on the scoreboard at the beginning of the game.

* For example, if player A has a handicap of 6 and player B has a handicap of 10, at the start of the game the scoreboard should read: Player A 0, Player B 4


Dansie Trophy

  1. a. Previous winners of the Ladies Singles, Men"s Singles, Open Singles, Mixed Handicap and Dansie Trophy competitions are ineligible to compete.

b. 4 Bowls per player.

c. Winner is player who wins most sets.

d. 2 sets of 9 ends.

e. In the first end of the second set, the player who did NOT start the 1st set plays first.

f. In the event of both players winning a set each, there shall be a 3-end deciding set. The toss of a coin will decide who is to play first.

g. In the tiebreak set, it is scored by the number of ends won, not by shots.


Orton Trophy

  1. a. Only players aged 60 or over on 1st May 2013 are eligible to compete.

b. Pairs must be mixed.

c. 4 Bowls per player.

d. Winner is pair with the highest score after 15 ends.

e. In each end, Player A bowls 4 woods then Player B bowls 4 woods.

f. In the event of a tie, a tiebreak end will be played. The toss of a coin will decide who is to play first.


Mixed Triples

  1. a. 3 Bowls per player.

b. Winner is triple with the highest score after 18 ends.

c. All matches, except final, to be played during the week commencing Monday 6th August beginning at 6pm.

d. In the event of a tie, a tiebreak end will be played. The toss of a coin will decide who is to play first.

e. Triples will be determined by splitting players into 3 pots depending on ability as perceived by the Competition Committee.


Second Chance

  1. a. Second Chance is only open to players who lose their first round Ladies or Men"s Singles match.

b. If a player gets awarded a bye in the first round of the Ladies or Men"s Singles, they will still be eligible to participate if they are defeated in their second round match.

c. A player given a walk-over in the first round of the Ladies or Men"s Singles first round cannot be considered for the competition.

d. 4 Bowls per player.

e. Winner is first to 21 shots.


September Stag

  1. a. 1 Bowl per player

b. Winners are the Man and the Lady with the lowest scores.

c. A "Golf" based competition.

d. To be played on Saturday 15th September.

e. Each player bowls on a total of 18 holes. The first 9 are to be played on either forehand or backhand (same hand for all 9) and the last 9 are to be played on the other hand.

f. Scoring will be based on distance from the pin after all bowls for the hole have been delivered

g. Identical measures will be supplied.

h. In the event of a tie there shall be a 3-hole play-off.

i. The winner of the play-off will be the player who wins most holes in the play-off.


Ron Howard Trophy for Beginners

  1. a. Only players who joined the club in the 2012 season and beginners in the 2011 season who were not invited to take part in the 2011 Beginners Trophy are eligible.

b. 4 Bowls per player

c. Winner is player with the highest score.

d. The Beginners Trophy is a skill based competition that will take the form of fun, yet meaningful, challenges as set out by the green keeper.

e. To be played on finals weekend.

f. In the event of a tie, those players with the highest score will be considered joint winners.


Ladies Triples League Winners v Men"s Triples League Winners

  1. a. Teams consist of representatives from the winning teams of the Men"s and Ladies Triples Leagues.

b. 3 bowls per player.

c. Winner is triple with the highest score after 18 ends.

d. In the event of a tie, a tiebreak end will be played. The toss of a coin will decide who is to play first.


COMPETITION DRAWS


  1. a. Ladies Singles, Men"s Singles and the Barclay Cup will be drawn in the "full draw" format whereby the winner of match 1 will play the winner of match 2 in the following round etc. etc.

b. All other competitions will be drawn in their entirety prior to the 1st round in a "FA Cup style" format.*

*As an example, this means that the winner of match 1 will not necessarily play the winner of match 2 in the next round. Winners are placed into a new draw to decide matches in the following round.

c. Following round fixtures will be publicised on an individual match basis when the winners of the previous round matches have been decided.

d. The full draw will be sealed and kept in the clubhouse for reference in case of any dispute and will be available for members" perusal following publication of the semi-final draws.




Chris Squires

April 2013