Incorporating the Mens & Womens Bowling Associations of the County of Northumberland

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Competition Rules

All of the following competitions come under the jurisdiction of the Bowls Northumberland (Men's Section) County Competition Secretary John Harthen and are subject to the County Competitions (Men's) Conditions.

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS - RULES FOR PLAY

1. GENERAL CONDITIONS

(a) The competitions shall be played under the rules of  Bowls England Regulation No 50 and Regulation No 51 and shall be under the management of the General Purposes Committee of Bowls Northumberland (Men's Section). 

(b) Ties shall be played only upon greens at least 34 metres long and with banks and ditches and a good surface. In the event of the Home Player's green not complying with this condition, it is his duty to report to his opponent and play on his opponent's green or on a neutral green if that can be agreed upon.

(c) A player having represented his club in ANY ONE of BNMS (Bowls England) Championships or in the Under 18, Under 25, Champion of Champions or Two-Wood Singles Competitions, CANNOT play for another club in any of these competitions in the same season.

(d) Finalists of the Singles, Pairs, Triples, Fours, Under 25 and Two-Wood Singles are to represent the County at the Bowls England National Championships at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa.

(e) The Winners of the Singles, Pairs, Triples, Fours, Under 25 and Two-Wood Singles are to represent the County at the Northern Counties Bowls Association Championships.

2. QUALIFICATION FOR ENTRY

(a) The Competitions are open to Male Members of Clubs Affiliated to Bowls Northumberland who have paid their subscriptions for the current year. In the Pairs, Triples and Fours competitors shall be playing members of the same club. No restriction shall be placed on any member playing in more than one competition, but no player shall play for more than one Club in any of the competitions in the same year.

(b) Under 25 Competitors must not have reached the age of 25-years by 1st April in the year of competition.

(c) Under 18 Competitors must not have reached the age of 18-years by 1st April in the year of competition.

(d) Any number of entries can be made from the same club.

(e) Entries must be made through Club Secretaries and forwarded to the Honorary County Secretary of Bowls Northumberland (Men's Section) together with the appropriate entry fees by 31st October in the year preceding the Championships.

(f)  In the event of a named entrant leaving his club after the draw has been made the following shall apply:

  1. In all Singles Competitions, the entry shall remain with the player, but he will be responsible for informing the Honorary Competition Secretary of Bowls Northumberland (Men's Section) and his opponents throughout the competition of the change of Club.
  2. In the Pairs, Triples and Fours Competitions, the entry will stay with the remaining member(s) if known, otherwise with the Club. Club Secretaries to notify the Honorary Competition Secretary of Bowls Northumberland (Men's Section) of any change of names before the 1st May in the year of the competition. If however the named entrant and the rest of the team All move to another club, then the entry can remain with the players and transferred to their new club. In this case the Competition Secretary Bowls Northumberland (Men's Section) and their opponents are to be advised of the change no later than the 1st of May in the year of the competition.

3. DRESS

All competitors must wear White or Registered Club Coloured Shirt above the waist, grey trousers and regulation footwear must be worn in all rounds of the competition, up to and including the Semi-Finals. (Jeans, tracksuit bottoms and trainers will not be permissible.) Regulation dress must be worn in all Finals except the Under 18 Singles when the foregoing will apply. Club Coloured Shirts must be collared and must have been registered with Bowls Northumberland and Bowls England prior to the start of the season. If coloured shirts are worn then the same shirts must be worn by all members of the team or side, or not by any members. Waterproofs if worn will be White, unless with Coloured Shirts they are of the same design as the shirts. The wearing of Official Bowls Northumberland Clothing will be permitted throughout the competitions.

4. DRAW

(a) The draws for all competitions will be made in November by the Championship Sub-committee appointed by the GPC. The sub-committee will determine the times and dates on or by which all rounds must be played.

(b) All players shall be included in the draw for the first round, the first player drawn at home subject to condition 1 (b).

(c) The method of the draw will firstly be to determine the number of byes for the first rounds and allocate these to tie numbers shown in the "competition chart" form, i.e. listing all ties with byes interspersed. Subsequent rounds will be determined by the winner playing the winners appearing on the list after the successful previous round winners are known

(d) The Semi-Finals and Finals shall be played on selected greens to be nominated by the Championship Sub-Committee, but the dates for play shall be fixed when the draw is made. In the event of a player (or players) refusing to play on a green or rink selected, or at a time or date scheduled for the tie, then the player(s) will forfeit the tie.

5. PLAY

Singles - 21 Shots up (4 bowls each player)

Pairs - 21 Ends (4 bowls each player)

Triples - 18 Ends (3 bowls each player)

Fours - 21 Ends (2 bowls each player)

Two Bowl Singles - 21 Ends

Under 25 Singles - 21 Shots up (4 bowls each player)

Under 18 Singles - 21 Shots up (4 bowls each player)

Champion of Champions - 21 Shots up (4 bowls each player)

Senior Rinks - 21 ends, 2 bowls each player

Junior Pairs - 21 Ends (4 bowls each player)

(a) The Semi-Finals and Finals shall be played on selected greens to be nominated by the Championship Sub-Committee, but the dates for play shall be fixed when the draw is made. In the event of a player (or players) refusing to play on a green or rink selected, or at a time or date scheduled for the tie, then the player(s) will forfeit the tie.

(b) The time of commencement of each heat up to and including the Quarter-Finals shall be 6-30pm and any player not arriving by 7pm shall be disqualified. The programme for the Semi-Finals and Finals, including the starting times for matches, will be arranged by the County Competition Secretary of Bowls Northumberland Men's Section.

(c) If any player is unable to play on the day fixed he shall have the option of arranging to play the heat on an earlier day which he can mutually agree with his opponent, but if the opponent is unable to make other arrangement, the draw shall stand and the player unable to play shall be scratched.

(d) Any player unable to keep an appointment by reason of a representative game, (including The Bowls Northumberland Men's President's Tour), shall have the option of re-arranging the time/date of play. In the event of difficulty in agreeing with his opponent, the Honorary Competition Secretary of Bowls Northumberland (Men's Section) shall adjudicate and determine the time/date of the tie.

(e) When players from Haltwhistle or Hexham are drawn against players from Seahouses or Wooler, the tie will be played at Morpeth unless otherwise mutually agreed.

(f) No extension of the closing date for each round will be granted for any reason whatsoever (with the exception of any conditions contained in 5c, 5d and 6a.  

(g) It is the responsibility of the 'home' player to provide a suitable marker in all Singles Competitions, except in the Semi Finals and Finals when independent suitable markers will be appointed by the Honorary Competition Secretary of Bowls Northumberland (Men's Section).

6. GAME STOPPAGES

(a) In the event of wet weather preventing play on the evenings fixed in the draw, the next evening shall be utilized and so on unless other heats are scheduled for the same evening, when the following evening shall be fixed.

7. SUBSTITUTIONS

(a) In the Pairs, Triples and Fours Competitions. The players taking part in the first game shall constitute the Pair/Triple/Four and shall normally play together throughout the competition. One additional - and the same player - may be used as substitute in further rounds provided he has not already played in the competition. However, a named player who entered the competition before the closing date of the 31st October in the year prior to the competition but, for whatever reason, is unable to play for his team in any of the rounds cannot substitute in any other team in the appropriate competition until his entered team has been eliminated from the competition. Also a named player who entered the competition but conceded a tie to opponents without playing will not be eligible to act as a substitute in that competition.

8. DISPUTES AND DISAGREEMENTS

(a) The General Purposes Committee of Bowls Northumberland (Men's Section) shall determine all questions and disputes that may arise and which do not come within the scope of the Umpire's duties. In cases of emergency a sub-committee comprising the President and the Honorary Competition Secretary of Bowls Northumberland (Men's Section) shall have responsibility to deal with matters of urgency.

(b) Appeals against decisions taken by the sub-committee will be heard by at least seven other members of the GPC BN (Men's Section) whose decision will be final and binding.

(c) Appeals shall be made within 24 hours of the playing of the tie if re-instatement of a defeated appellant is desired. A clear statement, in writing shall be in the hands of the Honorary Competition Secretary of Bowls Northumberland (Men's Section) within 48 hours of the scheduled commencement of the tie.

 9. REPORTING OF RESULTS

(a) Results of all ties must be reported to the Competition Secretary (John Harthen) Within 24 hours of the commencement of the tie and no later than 10:30pm on the evening of the tie and not before 7:30am on the morning following the tie by text on 07759976692 or by email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

(b) Scorecards, signed by the losers, must be sent to reach the Competition Secretary before the scheduled date of the next round. Scorecards are not required for Singles play, but winners should retain them until the following round has been played.

 

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