1. The combination of clubs shall be called “The Bebington & District Bowling League”.
2. THE OBJECTS OF THE LEAGUE are: -
(a) To further the interest of bowling generally.
(b) To promote League Competitions among clubs in Bebington and surrounding districts.
(c) To obtain uniformity in the game as defined by the laws of the Wirral & District C.G.B.A. under whose rules all competitions shall be played.
3. APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP
a) Application for membership shall be in writing to the League Secretary. Such applications shall give the name of the club, names of its officers and the situation of the green and shall be accompanied by a deposit of £5.00 to be returned if not elected. If elected the said sum to be deducted from the first Annual Subscription.
b) Any new Club applying to join must make their green available on both Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
c) All applications for membership from new clubs and additional teams of clubs already in membership must be in the hands of the Secretary by the 14th January.
d) The League shall be open to all bona fide Bowling Clubs directly affiliated to the Wirral & District Crown Green Bowling Association.
e) All players shall be registered with the Wirral & District Crown Green Bowling Association.
a) Membership shall be decided at the AGM.
b) Clubs intending to resign Membership must notify the Secretary not later than the 14th January. Failure to do so will result in the club being liable for membership fees in respect of the following season.
a) The annual subscription shall be £85.00 for each team entered (plus £25.00 for any number of additional cup entries).
b) Each Club shall pay the League Secretary an amount of £20.00 (per team registered in the main league) on account for subscriptions, registrations and handbooks. This sum is to be forwarded with League Registration Form on or before 31st January. Failure to comply with this rule will result in a fine of £5.00 with an additional £1.00 per week thereafter.
c) Each year clubs will receive from the Treasurer a statement of accounts which must be settled within 21 days of receipt. Any club not making such a settlement will be fined the sum of £5.00 with an additional £1.00 per week thereafter. This rule will be strictly enforced. Any financial costs incurred by clubs after the annual accounts have been posted will be notified to clubs for settlement when payment ‘on account’ is made (see rule 5b).
d) Should any Club or individual not meet their financial obligations and satisfactory proof be given that outstanding fees have not been paid, the League will suspend or cancel membership until such fees have been cleared. This matter will also be reported to the Wirral Crown Green Bowling Association.
6. MANAGEMENT OF THE LEAGUE
a) The League shall be governed by a Contest Committee, which shall meet as business demands, consisting of the President, Vice-Presidents, Chairman, Vice-Chairman, League Secretary, Treasurer and five Committee members appointed at the Annual General Meeting. The Contest Committee shall have the power to deal with all matters of government according to the rules of the League.
b) The Contest Committee shall elect from its members such sub-committees as is deemed necessary, whose duties shall be defined by the Committee.
a) Clubs shall receive seven days notice of all Annual or General Meetings.
b) The Annual General Meeting shall be held each year after the close of the season’s business on a date to be selected by the Contest Committee. The meeting shall be held for the purpose of receiving General and Financial reports, election of Officers and any proposed changes to the rules.
c) Each club shall be entitled to be represented by two of its members, each with voting powers and if only one representative is present he shall have only one vote. Any club failing to be represented at any meeting shall be fined £5.00. A person can only represent one club at any general meeting.
d) The Secretary shall keep a record of all business transacted at General and Committee Meetings.
e) Any club may send a requisition in writing to the Secretary to call a Special General Meeting. Such a requisition shall state the nature of the business to be considered and this shall be placed before the Contest Committee, who if they deem it to be of sufficient importance, shall instruct the Secretary to call a Special General Meeting of Clubs. The notice shall state the nature of the business and no other matters shall be transacted at the meeting.
f) No alteration or addition to the Constitution and Rules of the League shall be made except at the Annual General Meeting, notice of which must be given to the Secretary in accordance with Standing Order 5 or at a Special General Meeting.
The funds of the League shall be lodged in a local bank in the name of the League, and all cheques issued in the name of the League shall bear the signature of two of the Officers of the League.
The code of rules laid down by the League shall be binding on all constituent clubs.
10. CODE OF CONDUCT
The Bebington & District Bowling League will not tolerate bad conduct of any team, individual or associated individuals. Any matters reported to the League will be dealt with severely- following the procedures adopted by the Wirral & District CGBA at their 2012 AGM. Any appropriate action will be determined by the Contest Committee and the outcome reported to the Wirral & District CGBA.
1. TIME AND PLACE
General Meetings shall be held at such times and dates as directed by the rules.
The Chairman shall take the Chair at all meetings except General Meetings when the President shall preside and formally open the meeting. In the absence of the Chairman, Vice-Chairman or other competent officer, the meeting shall elect a Chairman.
An agenda of the business of the meeting shall be prepared by the Secretary. This agenda will be adhered to until completion, unless a proposition to suspend Standing Orders is made and carried.
4. ORDER OF AGENDA
The agenda shall for all meetings provide for (1) Minutes. (2) Matters arising from same. (3) Correspondence. (4) Financial Statement etc.
5. NOTICE OF MOTION
Notices in Motion, in writing, by Clubs for consideration at the Annual General Meeting must be received by not later than September 30th. These will be circulated to all Clubs, amendments to the suggested alterations will be accepted until October 31st.
6. TIME LIMIT
Each speaker shall rise to address the Chair and be limited to speaking to 5 minutes at General meetings on each subject. A member shall not speak twice on any resolution under discussion, and shall not be allowed to introduce fresh matter. Asking or answering a question by permission of the Chairman shall not be considered as a speech.
7. NEXT ITEM
In the event of a proposition to proceed to next business being moved and carried, it shall after the propose of an original proposition has been heard, be put to the vote. If agreed to, all other propositions on the subject shall be considered to be disposed of. Once a subject has been discussed and voted on, it shall not again be introduced during the evening.
No proposal or amendment shall be discussed, until it has been seconded. No second amendment or rider shall be voted on until after the first amendment is disposed.
Every question shall be determined by a show of hands unless the member introducing the question calls for a card vote. Such a request must be made before the result of a vote of hands is declared.
10. TIE IN VOTING
In the event of a tie in voting, the Chairman shall declare the motion not carried.
In the event of the Chairman’s count of any vote being challenged, the Chairman shall appoint tellers as may be necessary.
12. POINT OF ORDER
In the event of a point of order being raised the speaker shall resume his seat until the Chairman has given their decision.
13. CHAIRMAN’S POWERS
The rulings of the Chair shall be strictly obeyed. When the Chairman stands any member then speaking shall resume their seat, but shall be allowed to continue after the Chairman has resumed his or her seat. In the event of anything transpiring not provided for in these Standing Orders, the Chairman of the meeting shall use his or her discretion as to the best course to adopt in the interest of the League.
LEAGUE COMPETITION RULES
1. The Competition shall be governed by the Contest Committee.
a) Each club intending to compete shall forward to the League Secretary the names and British Crown Green Bowling Association numbers of all its members (alphabetically arranged), by or before 1st March, and be recorded. A fine of £5.00 will be imposed on Clubs failing to comply with an additional £1.00 per week thereafter. Names which are included on the list, and which were not registered for the club in previous year, must be marked with an asterisk, and a note made of the club for whom the player was last registered.
b) The registration list must be accompanied by a list of all its members who have resigned, in accordance with the rules since the previous season or who are no longer members of the club.
c) No club is allowed to play an unregistered player under a penalty of £2.00 for each offence, and a reduction of all shots such a player shall have made - the opponent will be credited with 21 shots.
d) Clubs to receive a League Handbook for each member registered at cost.
e) No registration can be accepted after 1st July, unless with the consent of the Contest Committee.
f) Each player is registered for one club only during a season.
g) A player having played for a Club during any season and who wishes to cancel their registration or transfer to another club may do so, provided they notified their club in writing on or before 31st of December of any year, and that same is accepted by said club. No club will be allowed to register a player who failed to carry out this action.
a) Competing teams shall consist of twelve players a side.
b) Matches in all divisions shall consist of one home and one away game - 21 up, singles only. The visiting team shall have the first throw of the Jack.
c) No visiting player shall be permitted to play on the green on the day of the match, prior to the match.
d) Two points to be awarded for an aggregate win and one for a tie. One point extra will be given to the club with the highest aggregate score over both matches on the two matches played home and away. In the event of a tie on the overall aggregate score of the two matches the extra point will be divided. Teams will be awarded one point for each winning jack.
e) Positions in League tables shall be decided on points. The two teams in the ‘B‘, and ‘C‘ divisions with the highest number of points will normally be promoted.
f) In the event of any of these teams finishing level on points then the highest shots difference will be taken into account for final League positions.
g) Clubs with more than one team who at some point decide to withdraw a side shall keep their highest standing team. Any Club that withdraws a team from the League more than two weeks after the fixtures have been issued by the Secretary will be fined £50.00 per team.
h) In the event of teams resigning or joining the League, the Contest Committee shall have the power to re-organise the divisions.
i) Clubs with ‘B’ teams shall star at least ten first team players who shall not be eligible to play in any ‘B’ or ‘C’ team match. Clubs with ‘C’ teams shall star an additional ten players who shall not be eligible to play in any ‘C’ team match. No ‘A’ team cup starred player will be permitted to play in any ‘C’ team league match. If the Contest Committee does not approve the starred list submitted, they reserve the right to nominate appropriate starring status for all/some registered players.
j) The names of the starred players to be forwarded to the Secretary before 31st January of any year on the registration form provided. A fine of £5.00 will be imposed on Clubs failing to comply.
k) No Starred players shall be eligible to play for a reserve team side under a penalty of £2.00 for each offence, and a reduction of all shots such a player shall have made. The opponent will be credited with 21 shots.
l) Once Starred Players names have been submitted no alterations can be made, other than in exceptional circumstances as agreed by the Contest Committee. A Club must submit additional Starred Player(s) to cover player(s) who have not played at least twice in the first six league matches. Clubs who have nominated additional starred players (ie more than the required twelve) on the League Registration form need only to ensure that twelve of their nominated players have complied with this rule and therefore do not need to nominate replacements for the additional starrings. Clubs who fail to provide additional starred players within 7 days of this request will be fined £5 plus £1 per week thereafter.
m) A player must be registered before the semi-final round of a cup competition to be eligible to compete in a competition. A player must have played at least three league matches for a club that has qualified for the semi-final and final stages of a competition to be eligible to play. Under special circumstances permission may be granted by the Secretary.
4. STARTING TIMES
In the event of any team not turning up to play a match on Saturdays - 2.00pm, or week nights - 6.30pm, the Contest Committee have the power to penalise the offending teams at their discretion and/or direct that the match be played. During the months of April, August and September, starting times will be 6.15pm.
5. GENERAL LEAGUE RULES
a) Any club playing less than the requisite number shall be fined a minimum of £2.00 per player.
b) Four jacks shall be the minimum on the green. Any team not having sufficient players to keep the green fully occupied during the match in accordance with the times laid down in Rule 4 (Starting Times) shall on the claim of the opposing Captain, forfeit 21 points for each player absent.
c) All players shall be drawn for, and in the eent of any full teams not being available at the starting time, sufficient number must be drawn to ensure a prompt start at the times laid down in Rule 4 (Starting Times). The full balance of the draw to be made as soon as possible.
d) The result of each match to be confirmed by both Clubs in one of the following ways: The Winning team in all League and Cup matches shall be responsible for entering the match result onto the League Results Website. This must be done within 72 hours of the completion of the match. This should be checked and confirmed by the opposing club. If there are no club members available to input the results onto the website a match card signed by both Captains and containing the full names (ie first name / surname) of all players may be emailed or posted to the League Secretary to arrive within 72 hours of the completion of the match. A fine of £2.00 will be imposed for each failure to carry out this rule using either method. Any result not received within seven days of the completed match will result in a further fine at a rate of £1.00 per day thereafter and / or a deduction of League points.
e) The trophies shall be the property of the Bebington & District Bowling League, and shall be held by the respective winners for twelve months. The holders shall guarantee to the League that they will refund the value if lost or stolen from their custody.
f) Successful Clubs will receive their cheques and trophies at the AGM.
g) Prize money for League winners and runners-up will be decided by the Contest Committee.
h) At least 35 days prior to the opening of the season, clubs shall be issued with copies of the proposed fixtures. Within 14 days of having received these fixture lists, Club Secretaries may make written requests to the League Secretary to apply for any necessary changes. Any alteration brought about by such requests will be agreed with the clubs concerned and once such agreement has been reached all matches must be played on the dates and greens as laid down.
i) The Contest Committee shall be the sole interpreters of these rules. Any matter not referred to shall be dealt with by the Committee.
j) All protests and appeals to be lodged with the League Secretary within three days accompanied by a deposit of £10.00, which if the protest or appeal is deemed to be frivolous, shall be forfeited and added to the league funds.
k) The League and Cup trophies are to remain the property of the League; winners receiving their trophy at the Annual General Meeting. The League will be responsible for all the engraving of trophies with the winning clubs being debited for the amount. All trophies to be returned to the League Secretary by no later than two weeks before the cup final of the following year or in the case of League Championship trophies, by the first week in September. Clubs or individuals failing to do so will be fined £5.00 plus £1.00 per week until the trophies are returned.
a) No match which appears in the League fixtures shall be re-arranged without permission of either the League Secretary or the Contest Committee. Any Club cancelling a fixture without permission shall be liable to a fine of £2.00 per player plus an additional penalty of £5.00 and/or a deduction of League points to be decided by the Contest Committee. All matches must be played.
b) The League Secretary to be informed by the home club of any match cancelled due to bad weather within 24 hours of the date when the game was due to be played. Clubs who fail to comply with this rule shall be fined £5.00. Clubs to mutually agree another date and advise the Secretary within 7 days. The re-arranged date to be within one month of the original fixture. Should no arrangement be made or communicated, the Secretary will arrange the match on what he deems to be the next available date and advise both clubs.
c) Any match which has started but did not finish shall be handled as follows: Games finished to stand and unfinished games to be resumed where left off by the same players. A club can use a player who has not already played in the original fixture but cannot substitute a player whose game is unfinished. If a player whose game is unfinished is not available for the re-arranged fixture his score shall stand and his opponent will win the match.
d) It should be noted that the decision on whether a green is fit for play will be made by the greens man but in their absence the decision will be left to the Captain of the home team. Every effort should be made to ensure a match is played however if a postponement is likely then this should be communicated to the opponents in such time as to reduce unnecessary travelling. No game to be called off before 5pm on the day of play.
e) Any team sheet that has been deliberately falsified will result in a fine of £25.00 and further action as the Contest Committee may feel fit to impose.
7. AGGREGATE PRIZES
a) Aggregate Prizes will be awarded in the Divisions to the player with the best aggregate score in any 6 home and away games, In the event of a tie, the prize will be awarded to the player with the best average score.
b) Each Club to send the name and record of the player with the best aggregate score in their Club to the League Secretary on completion of the fixtures. Final date for claims to be October 1st.
8. DRESS CODE
Suitable footwear to be worn for all matches. A dress code will be applicable for ALL Finals – long trousers must be worn and ladies should comply with the dress code as directed by the British Crown Green Ladies Bowling Association (BCGLBA). Any deemed to be unsuitably dressed by the official in charge will not be permitted to play.
TEAM CUP COMPETITIONS
a) Any Club that does not wish to compete in the Leverhulme Cup, Andy Dawson Cup or Geoff Clare Trophy (as eligible) must inform the League Secretary by 31st January otherwise they will be included in the draw and be liable for Competition fees.
b) Clubs who have not informed the League Secretary by 31st January will have the same number of teams entered as the previous season.
c) New Clubs will be given one entry per Cup (as eligible) unless otherwise requested.
d) Individual clubs shall be allowed to enter any number of teams for the Leverhulme Cup, but the Andy Dawson Cup is restricted to ‘B’ Division teams only. The Geoff Clare Trophy is restricted to ‘C’ Division teams.
e) The Contest Committee will take into account all registered players when assessing handicaps unless a list of players who are not to be considered is submitted.
f) Clubs who enter more than one team shall star two additional players for each extra team. No starred player to play in a team of a lower grading
g) No player to play for more than one team in the same round.
2. GENERAL TEAM CUP RULES
a) Games shall be played on neutral greens on a handicap basis. Handicaps to be set by the Contest Committee prior to each round being played.
b) Clubs who have their green chosen for Cup matches must ensure that the green is ready for play at the required time and must provide jacks, mats and tapes. Failure to comply will result in a £15.00 fine.
c) No member of competing teams to bowl on a selected green for 7 days prior to a match or from when the club Secretaries are informed of the draw whichever is the later, unless in a recognised competition or League match. The competing teams shall have equal number of leads of the jack. The two Captains to toss at the commencement. The winning Captain to declare odd or even numbers on his sheet, the losing Captain to take the balance.
d) Markers must be appointed by both Clubs and they must check their cards every three ends.
e) Measurers will be appointed by the respective Captains.
f) In the event of a tie between two teams, the match shall be replayed within 7 days or as directed by the League Secretary.
g) At least 7 days before the match both of the competition finalists shall submit their teams, IN ORDER OF PLAY, to the League Secretary. Any player not available when called on the green will be substituted and thereafter will not be allowed to participate in the match.
h) Each team competing in the Final shall receive sixteen programs, which will be charged to the Club account.
i) There shall be no appeal against Contest Committee decisions with regard to handicaps and greens allocated.
j) Any team who are using their green for League matches must make their green available for Cup matches.
PAIRS LEAGUE RULES
1) Where applicable all normal rules will apply.
2) All pairs teams will consist of five pairs.
3) Games will be fifteen up.
4) The annual subscription shall be £25.00 for each Pairs League team entered (plus £25.00 for any number of additional George O’Neill Trophy teams).
5) Prize money for League winners and runners-up will be decided by the Contest Committee.
6) Where possible promotion and relegation will be confined to one team up and one team down.
7) Matches will commence at 6.15pm.
8) A minimum of three jacks must commence at the time stated in Rule 7 and be maintained until all games are completed.
9) Two points will be awarded for a win, one for a tie and one point per winning jack. One point extra will be given to the team with the highest aggregate score over the two matches played. In the event of a tie on the aggregate score, the extra point will be divided.
10) Captains will make their own pairings and make a draw in the normal manner in time to Comply with Rule 7.
11) Teams playing with a shortfall of players will be fined £4.00 per jack. Teams failing to honour their fixtures to be fined as above plus an additional penalty of £5.00, which could result in exclusion from next years competition.
12) The practice of playing one player against a pair is NOT permitted, offenders will be fined as in Rule 11 the sum of £4.00 per jack.
13) The competition is open only to registered clubs of the Bebington & District Bowling League. Individual members can play only for the clubs with whom they are registered.
14) Starred players - Clubs playing more than one team star eight players if playing two teams and a further eight if playing three teams etc.
15) Team entries will be deemed final after the publication of fixtures in the League Handbook. Any club wishing to withdraw teams after publication will be liable for the full amount of fees.
16) In the event of any teams finishing level on points then the highest shots aggregate will be taken into account for final League positions.
17) The result of each match to be confirmed by both Clubs in one of the following ways: The Winning team in all League and Cup matches shall be responsible for entering the match result onto the League Results Website. This must be done within 72 hours of the completion of the match. This should be checked and confirmed by the opposing club. If there are no club members available to input the results onto the website a match card signed by both Captains and containing the full names (ie first name / surname) of all players may be emailed or posted to the League Secretary to arrive within 72 hours of the completion of the match. A fine of £2.00 will be imposed for each failure to carry out this rule using either method. Any result not received within seven days of the completed match will result in a further fine at a rate of £1.00 per day thereafter and / or a deduction of League points.
GEORGE O’NEILL MEMORIAL TROPHY
1) No player to play for more than one team in the same round.
2) Prize money for Trophy winners, runners-up and losing semi-finalists will be decided by the Contest Committee.
3) In the event of a tie between two teams the match shall be awarded to the team with the greater number of winning games.
4) Any Club not wishing to compete in the George O’Neill Trophy must inform the Secretary by 31st January otherwise they will be included in the draw and be liable for Competition fees.
5) Individual Clubs shall be allowed to enter any number of teams for the George O’Neill Trophy.
6) Handicaps to be set depending on which Pairs Division the team is in, five shots per division.
7) Any additional ‘B’ or ‘C’ teams etc not in the handbook will have their handicap assessed by the Contest Committee.
8) The Semi-Finals and Final of the George O’Neill Trophy is to be played on a set date on the same green as decided by the Contest Committee.
9) The previous season’s winning team to be penalised five shots for one season. In the case of a second and sequential win, the team is to be penalised ten shots and then five additional shots for each further sequential win.
Updated following changes made at the 2016 AGM.