Rules

Southport & District Veterans Men’s Bowling League

RULES

  1. The League shall be called The Southport and District Veterans Men’s Bowling League
  2. The League shall be open to men aged 55 or over at the 1st August during a playing season, who are

          members of affiliated Clubs playing on Greens within a ten miles radius of Southport Town Hall.

        3     The Officials shall consist of a President,Chairman,Vice Chairman,Secretary/Treasurer and shall be
            
               elected each year at the Annual General Meeting
     
         4     The Executive Committee shall consist of the above mentioned officials.
          5     The Executive Committee shall meet as the occasion requires and shall be given at least 48 hours notice
       
                 by the Secretary
            6     The Annual General Meeting of the League shall take place at the end of the season on a date fixed by the
         
                   Executive Committee. All Clubs will be given 14 days notice of the date and venue. The A.G.M. is open to all
         
                   registered players of the League, and in the event of a ballot the Chairman shall have the casting vote

           Proceedings:

          1. To close all proceedings from the past season
          2. To elect officials for the coming season
          3. To receive applications from Clubs wishing to join the League
          4. To form divisions of the League.
          5. To fix the annual registration fee for each team.
          6. To discuss notices of motions and alteration of the rules.
          7. Each Club will have three votes.

             7.   A Registration Meeting shall take place prior to the commencement of the Season

                  The Captain of each team or their nominee and the Secretary of each Club shall be invited

                   to attend

                  Proceedings:

                                      (a) To fix a date for the commencement of the season and to fix Cup Handicaps

        (b) To fix dates and venues for the League Fixtures

        (c) To receive completed Registration Forms for the forthcoming season

        (d) Any other business.

             8.  All Clubs must furnish the name, address, and telephone number of their Club Secretary

                  and Team Captains to the Secretary at the Registration Meeting.

             9.  (a) All registration fees due to the League must be paid at the Registration Meeting.

                  (b) There will be a surcharge of £5.00 per week if registration fees are not paid by that

                  date.

             10   All Clubs must be represented at all Official League Meetings. Any Club not represented

                      shall be fined £5.00
             
               11.  Teams taking part in the competition shall consist of ten players. The team scoring the
             
                      greatest number of points shall be the winning team. A home team win to score two
             
                      League points, and an away win to score three League points. If a game is drawn on
              
                      Aggregate, the home team scores one point, away team scores two points. One League
             
                      Point for each winning card.
             
               12.  The Championship of each division will go to the Team having the highest number of

            Points at the conclusion of the season’s competition. In the event of a tie the Teams equal

            on points shall have a play-off on a neutral green. Date and venue to be arranged by the

            Executive Committee

                        (a0  The two top teams in each of the lower divisions shall be promoted and the bottom two teams in          
               
                        the  First  and Second divisions relegated. In the event of teams resigning, or new teams being admitted
               
                        promotion and relegation will be at the discretion of the Management Committee.

              (b) There will be a merit award for each division of the League. The award will be

              presented to a player from each division with the highest number of wins in the season. 

              This applies to League games only, not Cup games. 

              If more than one player has an equal number of wins the player with the best average will be 

              declared the winner.

              13.. Registration of players. Clubs must register their players surnames and forenames and

                        B.C.G.B.A. membership number on the registration sheets supplied by the League Secretary.
               
                       The registration  sheet to be in the hands of the Secretary no later than the March delegates meeting. Only

                       players in the possession of a B.C.G.B.A. membership card and number will be eligible for League or 
               
                       competition bowling played in accordance with the rules of the B.C.G.B.A. Failure to comply will 

                       automatically debar an individual from playing until such proof hfurnished.                                                 
               
                       (a) Any player registered after the March delegates meeting. The name of the player and his registration
               
                       number should be sent in writing to the Secretary before being allowed to take part in any League bowling.
               
                       (b) The Executive Committee are not bound to accept the registration of any player and may give a reason if
               
                       required.
               
                       (c) Any player requiring a transfer should put his request in writing and send it to the Secretary.
               
                       (d) No unregistered player shall be eligible to participate in any League games or competitions
               
                       (e) A registered player may play four matches for a higher team in his club provided that the teams are in
               
                           different divisions. Should he play more he is then considered a member of that team. The same applies

                       in  the next highest team etc. No player shall play for both Club teams during the same playing week.

                 14. All league games shall be played on a Monday afternoon on the dates printed on the

                       Fixture Card. Cup Ties to be arranged as per Rule 30(c)

                       Matches to commence at 1.30pm prompt followed by continuous play in accordance with

                       B.C.B.G.A. Rules

                       Clubs may rearrange a league fixture providing their opponents are given four days

                       notice and the match is played in advance of the scheduled date.

                       Matches may only be postponed in cases of inclement weather or other such reasons

                       that may be approved by the Executive Committee. All postponed matches must be played

                       within 14 or 7 days if the match is the last League fixture of the season. Failure to play

                       within this period will result in the matter being resolved by the Executive Committee

                       with teams not adhering to this Rule facing a fine of £10.00 for the offence.
               
                 15,  Each Club shall be furnished with a copy of the League Rules and shall be bound thereby.

                       The Executive Committee shall have the power to deal with infringements of the rules or

                       complaints in connection with League matches by either Clubs or players and as

                       circumstances warrant either fine, (including penalising by 12 or 13 points in respect of the

                       offending team) caution, or expel from the League for any specified period. If any Club is

                       expelled all matches played by them will be deemed to be void.

                 16.  Any protest regarding a match or a player taking part therein shall be forwarded to the

                       Secretary within 7 days of the playing date of such a match, together with the sum of £5.00

                       which will be forfeited if the protest fails, No protest will be considered without the fee.

                       The representative of the Club or Clubs concerned shall not vote on the matter under

                       protest. The decision of the Executive Committee on a matter in dispute will be final and

                       no other correspondence will be entered into.

                   17   Any Club failing to field a full team shall allow their opponents 21 points for each absentee

                     18   Visiting players shall only be permitted to practice on the green cleared of home players
                   
                            during the 15 minutes prior to the commencement of League matches. The visiting captain

                    to be allowed to practice 10 minutes prior to his team in conjunction with the home team.

                            Any team breaking this rule shall be fined £1.00.
                   
                     19   The home Club must have the result of each match to the Secretary within three postal
                            
                            days of completion of the match. In the event of any team breaking this rule , the Secretary of the Club shall
                   
                            be notified by the League Secretary within ten days of the match date and

                    shall be fined £5.00 for a first offence and each subsequent offence. Results

                    forwarded by email to the Secretary will be accepted.

                     20   Any Club playing an unregistered or ineligible player shall be fined £5.00 and shall forfeit

                            21 points.

                     21.  The Home Captain shall place the names of the first five players on the match card and

                            then cover his side of the card. The Visiting Captain shall place the names of his first five

                            five players on the match card to allow the Home Captain to write out the score cards.

                            The entries of the remaining five players to be completed in a similar manner as required in order
                   
                            in order to keep the match flowing at a reasonable rate.  Any team not having sufficient  players
                           
                            to keep the green fully occupied, such that there are fewer than four games in progress during   
                   
                            the match, shall on appeal of the opposing Captain have the full  number of points conceded, that is
                   
                            21 points for every player absent (If a team has insufficient players then the score card should be 
                   
                            marked "absent" far any such games             .

                       22.   In the case of inclement weather or other untoward circumstances, the Home Captain will

                      decide whether to proceed or not.

                      Completed games must stand. Unfinished games must be resumed at the score standing

                      when the game was abandoned .

                       23   A player to use his own bowls. Standard jacks will be used in League,Cup and Competition games. All
                     
                              matches to be played under the British Crown Green Bowling Association rules
                     
                              All games 21 up, the visiting team takes the jack in all League games.

                       24.  The Captains shall decide any dispute arising during the progress of a match. Failure to

                              agree, the matter must be referred to the Executive Committee.
                     
                       25   The League Secretary has the right to visit any Club green and may at the Clubs invitation

                      attend their A.G.M.

                       26   Any member being guilty of disorderly conduct, using objectionable language or violation of
                     
                              the rules of the League may be expelled from the League and forfeit all his rights therein.

                       27.  It is expected that all Clubs and members thereof will assist the Officials in carrying out

                              their duties in connection with the League and will play the game in a manner creditable

                              to both Clubs and League.

                         28   No proposal for the alteration of any rules or the inclusion of new rules will be considered
                       
                                unless 21 days "notice of motion" in writing is given to a proposal alterations or addition.

                         29    If the Secretary considers that a results sheet contains a false score or scores, he shall raise

                        the matter at the next meeting of the Executive Committee. If the Executive Committee is

                                of similar opinion, no points shall be awarded to either team concerned and a fine of £25.00 will be levied 
                       
                                on each of the teams.

                           30   The League rules will apply to the Divisional Knockout Cup competitions with the

                          following provisos:

                                              (a)   The total aggregate score shall determine the winning team. In the event of the two

                              teams aggregate score being equal the away team shall be declared the match

                              winner.

                              In the case of Cup Finals which are played on neutral greens, if the aggregate scores

                              are equal each Captain shall select two players who have already played to " play-

                              off" to determine the winner. Any team with a higher handicap shall have five (5)

                                              chalks added to the total of those two games.

                                              (b)    Players must have played in a minimum of three (3) League games to be eligible to
                           
                                              play in Cup Semi-Finals, and Final. When a player has played in a Cup game he shall remain 

                                              with that team and not be allowed to play in a Cup Competition during that season

                                              (c)  All Cup matches to be mutually arranged by the respective Captains and played within the
                           
                                              timescale indicated on the Fixture Card and the away team shall have al lthe jacks

                          .                   The only exception to this rule will be the final of each
                           
                                              competition where venues and times will be decided by the Executive Committee. On the toss of a
                           
                                              coin the winning Captain shall decide to take either the first or second five jacks
                                                (d)  All Knockout Cup finals to be played on neutral greens. Two (2) score cards shall be used for all
                             
                                                individual games.
                                                  (e)  Practice will be allowed in all cup ties including the final The first named team 1pm to 1.15pm and the     
                               
                                                  second name team 1.15pm to 1.30pm.
                                                    (f)  All teams involved in finals on neutral greens shall pay £1.00 greenage per player to the host

                                                         Club.
                                                      (g)  When playing on a neutral green, especially a private one, a club representative should decide
                                   
                                                      whether to play or not in bad weather conditions.

                                       31    Mobile Phones and Pagers in active mode are not allowed on the green. Should a player

                                              fail to comply, that player shall forfeit the game. The offender(s) to receive no further score and the    

                                               opponent
                                     
                                               (s) to receive the maximum score.
                                        
                                       32    Smoking is not allowed on the Green whilst participating in the game of Bowls. The
                                     
                                               offending player or players shall receive no further score and the opponent(s) shall receive the maximum
                                     
                                               score.