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Crofton Bowling Club

Summary and Rules - In-Club Competitions

Eligibility for In-Club Competitions / Social Matches

Competition Competition Type Eligibility How To Enter Entry Fee

Ladies' Singles

Singles

Any Member of the Ladies' section

Submit Form on Sign-On Day

£ 1.50

Men's Singles

Singles

Any Member of the Men's section

Submit Form on Sign-On Day

£ 1.50

Mixed Singles

Singles

Any Member

Submit Form on Sign-On Day

£ 1.50

First-Time Singles

Singles

Any Member not a prior Crofton BC Singles Winner

Submit Form on Sign-On Day

£ 1.50

Two-Wood Singles

Singles

Any Member

Submit Form on Sign-On Day

£ 1.50

Ladies' Pairs

Drawn Pairs

Any Member of the Ladies' section

Submit Form on Sign-On Day

£ 1.50

Men's Pairs

Drawn Pairs

Any Member of the Men's section

Submit Form on Sign-On Day

£ 1.50

Mixed Pairs

Drawn Pairs

Any Member

Submit Form on Sign-On Day

£ 1.50

Season Umbrella Triples

Semi-Drawn Mixed Triples

Any Member

Submit Form on Sign-On Day

£ 2.00

Opening Day

Social Match/Event

Any Member

Sign Up on Club Notice-Board

£ 1.00

Australian Pairs

Drawn Pairs

Any Member (max 24)

Sign Up on Club Notice-Board

£ 1.00

Red, White & Blue

Social Match/Event

Any Member

Sign Up on Club Notice-Board

£ 1.00

'Ron Smith's Club Tournament'

Social Match/Event

Any Member

Sign Up on Club Notice-Board

Inter League

Mixed Triples

Any Member

Sign Up on Club Notice-Board

Hamilton Shield

Semi-Drawn Mixed Triples

Any Member

Sign Up on Club Notice-Board

President's Charity Day

Social Match/Event

Any Member

Sign Up on Club Notice-Board

President v Captain

Social Match/Event

Any Member

Sign Up on Club Notice-Board

Ladies v Gents

Social Match/Event

Any Member

Sign Up on Club Notice-Board

Fish & Chip Supper

Social Match/Event

Any Member

Sign Up on Club Notice-Board

The schedule for the one-day events/tournaments is available here; the one-day events/tournaments, above, are those for which a sign-up is required in the period leading up to the event, rather than the season-long competitions for which entry is required on signing-on day.

Many competition rules are applicable to several competitions, so rules for all the season-long competitions, and for selected one-day events, are shown below.

General Rules - all Competitions

Bowls England Rules apply, except where stated otherwise. All queries or problems during Club Competitions should be referred to the Competitions Secretary.

  1. Arranging the match
    1. The first-named player in each round shall be the challenger and will be responsible for the match arrangements. In a singles match, the challenger is also responsible for providing the marker.
    2. The competition fixture will state the date by which each round must be completed; this date is also the start date for the next round. Within 48 hours of the start date, the challenger must offer the opponent three dates, one of which should be a Saturday or Sunday, on which to play the match. If the challenger is due to be away at the start of the next round, s/he should inform the other players in that match, so that the match can be arranged before the end date of the round. Failure to play by the end date will result in forfeiture of the match [by whom? both teams, or only that of the challenger / absent player?].
    3. The opponent must accept one of the dates offered, within 48 hours of receiving the challenge.
    4. The start-time of the match should be agreed mutually, but a player cannot be compelled to accept a time earlier than 11:00 Saturday/Sunday, or before 18:00 Monday-Friday. If a player arrives more than 15 minutes after the agreed start-time of the match, then the opponent may claim the match.
  2. Failure to challenge, or to play the match
    1. If the challenger has failed to make arrangements for the match within the time allowed (Rule 1.2), then s/he shall forfeit the role of challenger, and the opponent becomes the challenger, and who then, in turn, has 48 hours to offer three dates on which the match can be played.
    2. Failure to play the match by the due date will result in elimination of both competitors from the competition.
  3. Alteration / Extension
    1. No alteration of an accepted date and time shall be made, unless mutually agreed. Failing such agreement, the competitor requiring the alteration must concede the match.
    2. No extension of the closing date will be granted, unless the match cannot be played owing to the green being declared unfit for play by a member of the Greens Sub-Committee or of the Executive Committee; in such circumstances, a 48-hour extension will be allowed, providing a rink was booked on the Rink Booking Sheet at least 24 hours prior to the green being declared unfit for play.
  4. In all competitions, a substitute may be used for any reason, thus enabling the game to be played. The substitute is not permitted to skip, and must not already have played in that competition. No substitutes will be permitted in a singles competition. All substitutes will be selected by the Competitions Secretary and the Captain. The winner(s) of the Final match, even if a substitute were playing, will still be declared Competition winner(s).
  5. Rink availability - prior to booking a rink of the Booking Sheet, the competitors must ensure that a rink is available. One rink must always be kept free for public use, and two rinks must be kept available for 'roll-ups' at 14:00. A rink may only be booked where there is free space on the Booking Sheet.
  6. Score Cards and Results - at the end of a match, the signed scorecards are to be left in the score-card box in the Clubhouse. The winning names are to be entered on the competition list notice by the marker or losing player(s).
  7. In the event of a dispute on the green during a match, a Club Official or other Club member, may be called upon to act as an Umpire (and may refer to the Laws of Bowls).
  8. In an unfinished match, where seven or more ends have been completed, the score will serve as the result of the match. Where fewer than seven ends have been completed, and the match has been abandoned, it shall be later resumed at the score and end at which the earlier (part-)match was abandoned, as soon as possible.
  9. Any member who feels unjustly treated under these Competition Rules may appeal in writing to the Executive Committee, within 48 hours.

Singles and Pairs Competitions

Singles and Pairs Competitions (Ladies Singles, Men's Singles, Mixed Singles, First-Time Singles, Two-Wood Singles, Ladies' Pairs, Men's Pairs, Mixed Pairs,) are played under these common rules of the Club:

  1. Opponents for the first round will be decided by draw.
    • In the Mixed Pairs only, in the event of an imbalance of numbers between ladies and men in the competition, preliminary play-offs will be held to arrive at an equal number of ladies and men to contest the 'competition proper'.
  2. Each round has a designated 'nominated' or 'play by' date.
  3. For Singles competitions, markers (volunteers) may be provided on nominated dates only. On other dates, the challenger is responsible for providing the marker.
  4. Each player bowls 4 woods
  5. In each round
    • a singles match is played to 21 shots.
      • the Two-Wood Singles is to 21 shots or until 21 ends have been played, whichever occurs first.
    • a pairs match is played to 21 ends.
  6. The winner is the player/team with most shots. In Pairs and the Two-Wood Singles, if 21 ends are reached with the shot score tied, an extra end is played to decide the winner. When there are insufficient ends remaining for a player/team to win, play stops.

Season Umbrella Triples

The Season Umbrella Triples is a competition running throughout the season, and is open to all members. The competition is played as Triples, with team squads of Ladies and Men, but each team's match selection for the day does not need to have a mix of Ladies and Men.

Team captains are expected to arrange that each member of their team squad plays a similar number of games.

The tournament runs as a League competition, over the course of the season, with matches scheduled for Monday afternoons starting at 14:00.

There are eight teams, and each team will play every other team twice, in matches over 16 ends.

  • In the event of abandonment, if 6 ends have been completed, the score will stand as the match score; otherwise, the Competition Secretary will determine whether the matches will be rescheduled, or other arrangements made.
  • Toss for the jack
  • One shot only will be scored in each of the first two ends
  • If a team has to play with one short, they will play 8 woods against their opponents' 9 woods, and will lose 25% of their total team score.
  • The team winning an end will retain the jack for the next end.
  • Cards to be signed by both skips, at the end of the match, and dropped into the scorecard box, for the Competition Secretary.
  • Reserves can be played, as long as they are not otherwise in any other Season Umbrella team, but cannot Skip.
  • If a team fails to turn up, the win will be awarded to their opponents.

In each match, two points are awarded for a win, with one point each in the event of a tie.

Australian Pairs

The Australian Pairs competition is generally similar to regular pairs competitions described above, but with some differences.

  1. This competition is a 'single-day' event, on a day designated by the Committee, for a maximum of 24 players.
  2. Pairs will be drawn.
  3. Teams will be numbered and first round opponents will be decided by draw.
  4. Each player will bowl 4 woods.
  5. In Australian Pairs, the unique feature is that both team members will 'lead' and 'skip' alternately. 
    • The first player leads off in the normal way and delivers two woods.
    • The players then exchange ends, and the skip then delivers his/her four woods.
    • Ends are then exchanged again and the remaining two woods are delivered by the first player.
    • For the next end the roles are reversed.
    • Both players will need to have chalk and a measure.
  6. Each event will be played as its own 'mini-league', although a team may not play each of the other teams.
  7. Each match will be played over a pre-determined number of ends, and there will be a pre-determined number of rounds.
    • After each round, a team will change opponents and rinks.
  8. Points will be awarded for each match in each round, with a win worth 2 points and a tie worth 1 point.
  9. The event winner will be the team with the highest number of points.
    • In the event of a tie on points within a mini-league, then shot difference, then the result of any match between tying teams, then 'by lot', will be used to determine the event winner.

Mixed Fours One-Day Competitions

The Hamilton Shield (Mixed Fours) is played under these rules of the Club:

  1. This competition is a 'single-day' event, on a day designated by the Committee.
  2. Skips will be selected; other players will be drawn.
  3. Teams will be numbered and first round opponents will be decided by draw.
  4. Each player will bowl 2 woods.
  5. The event will be played as a 'mini-league', although it may be that a team will not play all of the other teams.
  6. The match will be played over a pre-determined number of ends, and there will be a pre-determined number of rounds.
    • After each round, a team will change opponents and rinks.
  7. Points will be awarded for each match in each round, with a win worth 2 points and a tie worth 1 point.
  8. The event winner will be the team with the highest number of points.
    • In the event of a tie on points, then shot difference, then the result of any match between tying teams, then 'by lot', will be used to determine the event winner.

Inter-League One-Day Competition

The Inter-League Competition has a unique set of Club rules:

  1. It is a single-day event, on a day designated by the Committee.
  2. The four G&F League 'Colour' team captains will each enter 3 teams of Mixed Triples from players in their respective 'Colour' Team 'squads', and signed up to play in this competition, for a total of 12 teams in this event.
  3. Each team (of the 12) will play a total of 6 matches, against 2 teams from each of the three opposing 'Colour' Leagues; a team will thus not play all other teams.
  4. The event will have 6 rounds, each with matches of 3 or 4 ends (determined on the day).
  5. Each player will bowl 3 woods.
  6. A scorecard with shot counts must be returned from each match.
  7. Points will be awarded for each match in each round, with a win worth 2 points and a tie worth 1 point.
  8. A handicap system applies (at league level, not per match), and is applied only after all match results are in:
    • A Div 1 team gains no points
    • A Div 2 team gains 2 points
    • A Div 3 team gains 3 points
    • A Div 4 team gains 4 points
  9. The resulting team totals, at the end of the event, are modified by application of the handicap. The event winner will be the team with the then-highest number of points.
    • In the event of a tie on points, then shot difference, then the result of any match between tying teams, then 'by lot', will be used to determine the event winner.