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Mytchett Bowls Club

Club Competitions

Please see each club competition.

Please familerise yourself to competition rules and play by dates

Mytchett Bowling Club- Competition Rules

1. The Club runs a number of competitions as listed below. All competitors must be bowling members of Mytchett Bowling Club.

  • The Club will run competitions each year. The cup or trophy, for each event will be held by the winner(s) for ONE year.
  • Competitors will be drawn for each competition from the list of entrants who have put their names on the entry list prior to the closing date.
  • Each player shall pay the prescribed fee for each competition. The competition fee will be determined from time to time by the Club Committee.
  • Each Club competition with the exception of the Senior Citizen Trophy shall have a minimum number of entrants (details are shown in rule 2) before that particular competition can proceed in the current season.
  • All BOWLS shall be currently marked as laid down by the Bowls England Rules.

2. Competition entry sheets will be posted on the Club notice board prior to the Spring Meeting. The closing date for entries will normally be four weeks after the meeting, at which time the selection committee will make the draw. Each round in every competition will be allocated a closing date, by which date all matches in the round must be played. (Some rounds in certain competitions are allocated opening dates, or played on fixed days). A minimum number of entries are required for each competition. 

                        Singles   8

                        Pairs      16 (8 Pairs)

                        Triples    24 (8 Triples)

Where a member enters for a pair or triples competition, but does not obtain a partner(s) in the draw due to an odd number of entries, that member will be given priority in the following year’s draw to ensure that the situation does not occur twice running.

3. Duties of the Challenger(s) and Opponent(s).

  • The top name(s) in each round will be regarded as the challenger(s), who must within 7 days of either the publication of the draw or the closing date of the previous round, offer his/her/their opponents at least 3 dates for playing the match.
  • In the event that the challenger fails to contact the opponent within 7 days, the right to arrange the match and book the rink will fall to the opponent who will become the challenger(s).
  • The opponent(s) should within 3 days of receipt of the challenge, reply to the challenger.
  • If no date can be agreed, then if in the Competition Secretary’s view the challenger(s) has/have provided sufficient and reasonable dates/opportunity for a game to be played then the opponent(s) will be scratched from the competition. This decision will be final.
  • It is the challenger(s) responsibility to book a rink and if necessary provide a marker. Once a rink is booked for a match, it may not be changed for another except with the agreement of both the challenger(s) and opponent(s). This rule shall not apply to matches played on fixed days, where rinks and markers will be allocated by the Competition Secretary or a person or persons delegated by the Competition Secretary.

4. Requests for extensions to the closing date of any round for a particular match must be made in writing to the Competition Secretary, not later than 7 days before the closing date of the round. Extensions will only be granted in exceptional circumstances.

In the event that a match is not played by the closing date of a round and 3d has not been enforced or and an extension has not been granted by the Competition Secretary, both challenger(s) and opponent(s) will be scratched from the competition.

In inclement weather the Competition Secretary shall have the authority to extend the end date of a round.

5. The final round in each competition (except for the Ken Barby Trophy) will be played on Club Finals day(s) with rinks and markers being allocated by the Competition Secretary. Competitors should hold these dates, which are published in the fixture card, free.

6. Matches will be played according to the laws of the games as determined by Bowls England, except where specifically varied by these rules.

Greys will be worn for all rounds, except finals when whites will be worn.

On the day of the match, no competitor shall play on the same rink prior to the commencement of such match, except where arranged by the Competition Secretary.

Two trial ends may be played at the start of each match.

In the case of a tied match (except for the Ken Barby Trophy) an extra end shall be played to determine the result. The skips shall toss a coin and the winner has the right to determine who shall play first.

Where a competitor arrives more than half an hour after the time fixed for the start or resumption of a match, his/her/their opponents can claim a walkover.

Scorecards must be signed by the losing player (or skip in the case of pairs or triples) and placed in the box provided in the clubhouse

Where a match has been started and the game has to be abandoned for any reason, the parties involved shall agree on a new date/time for the resumption of the match, when it shall be restarted as though no interruption has taken place, except that the two trials ends may be allowed.

Any disputes in relation to the interpretation of these rules then the Competition Secretary’s decision will be final.

 

CLUB COMPETITIONS

MENS CHAMPIONSHIP

A singles competition open to male bowling members within the Club, played to 21 shots.

LADIES CHAMPIONSHIP

A singles competition open to female bowling members within the Club, played to 21shots.

MENS PAIRS

A pairs competition open to male bowling members within the Club, played over 21 ends. Pairs will be drawn from the list of entrants. Substitutes for teams will be allowed, but will only be drawn from those on the original list of participants for this competition who have either been indicated as a substitute or should one of a Pair have to withdraw before they have played a game in the competition then the other player from that Pair becomes a substitute. How substitutes are entered into the competition will be decided by the Competition Secretary whose decision will be final. If no substitute is available then the pair is eliminated.

LADIES PAIRS

A pairs competition open to female bowling members within the Club, played over 21 ends. Pairs will be drawn from the list of entrants. Substitutes for teams will be allowed, but will only be drawn from those on the original list of participants for this competition who have either been indicated as a substitute or should one of a Pair have to withdraw before they have played a game in the competition then the other player from that Pair becomes a substitute. How substitutes are entered into the competition will be decided by the Competition Secretary whose decision will be final.  If no substitute is available then the pair is eliminated.

CLUB HANDICAP

A singles competition open to all bowling members, played to 21 shots. Entrants to this competition will be awarded a “handicap” determined by the selection committee, of between 0 and 8 shots, which will be their opening score in each match played.

SECRETARY’S CUP

A singles competition with a “Sets Play” format with the following rules:

  1. This Competition is open to both men and lady members.
  2. The competition shall be on a knock-out basis with the draw (made on the Club competition draw date) determining each match to be played.
  3. The Format of this competition is “Sets Play” with four bowls per player.
  4. Each match will consist of two sets, with each set played over nine ends. The winner of each set will be the player with the most shots after nine ends. If the shot scores in a set are tied after nine ends, that set will be drawn (½ -½). The winner of the match is the player who wins both sets or wins one set and draws another.
  5. If after the two sets the match is tied at two drawn sets or one set each, a best of three ends tie breaker will be played to determine the winner. The match is decided by the winner of each end and not by the total number of shots won.

KEN BARBY TROPHY

This will be either a ‘Two Wood Pairs’ or ‘Two Wood Triples’ competition at the discretion of the Competition Secretary which will be dependent on the number of entrants, and will normally take place in September. Pairs or Triples will be drawn from the list of entrants up to a maximum of 36 players. The scoring system will operate on a league basis as follows:- 2 points for a win and 1 point for a drawn game. The games will normally be played on the nominated evening dates, but the dates maybe varied by agreement between the teams provided that all games are played prior to the declared end date of the competition. If no alternative date can be agreed upon then the team requesting the change has to concede the game. The league champions will be the Pair or Triple with the most points.

COUPLES CUP

A pairs competition open to all married or recognised couples (who must both be bowling members of the Club) played over 21 ends.

OPEN PAIRS

A pairs competition open to all bowling members of the Club, played over 21 ends. Pairs will be drawn from the list of entrants. Substitutes for teams will be allowed, but will only be drawn from those on the original list of participants for this competition who have either been indicated as a substitute or should one of a Pair have to withdraw before they have played a game in the competition then the other player from that Pair becomes a substitute. How substitutes are entered into the competition will be decided by the Competition Secretary whose decision will be final.  If no substitute is available then the pair is eliminated.

SENIOR CITIZEN SHIELD

A singles competition open to all bowling members of the club aged 60 or over at the start of the bowling season, played to 21 shots.

MIXED TRIPLES

A triples competition open to all bowling members of the Club, played over 18 ends. Each team will be drawn from the list of entrants. All games will be played on a Triples day through to the finalists, who will then play on Final’s day. If there are more than 8 teams then a preliminary round will be played (normally) on the Friday evening before the Triples day. Substitutes for teams will be allowed, but will only be drawn from those on the original list of participants for this competition who have either been indicated as substitutes or from a Triple where one or more of the original partners has to withdraw before they have played a game in the competition then the other player(s) from that Triple becomes a substitute(s). How substitutes are entered into the competition will be decided by the Competition Secretary whose decision will be final. If no substitute is available then the Triple is eliminated.

MIXED PAIRS

A pairs competition open to all bowling members of the Club, played over 21 ends. Each team must be of mixed gender and will be drawn from the list of entries. Substitutes for teams will be allowed, but will only be drawn from those on the original list of participants for this competition who have either been indicated as a substitute or should one of a Pair have to withdraw before they have played a game in the competition then the other player from that Pair becomes a substitute. How substitutes are entered into the competition will be decided by the Competition Secretary whose decision will be final.  If no substitute is available then the pair is eliminated.

ALPHA CUP

A singles competition open to all bowling members of the Club not on the honours board (as a competition winner) including any other outdoor bowling club. Played to 21 shots.

PERCY ELLIS TROPHY

This trophy is awarded to the male or female who progresses the furthest in the following three singles competitions (men’s/women’s Championship, Handicap, and Secretary’s cups) without winning any of the titles

April 2016