SBLBL LEAGUE RULES 2017 (Updated on 24/02/2017)
1. The amalgamation of clubs to be called the South Birmingham Ladies Bowling League.
2. The management of the league shall be controlled by a League Management Committee consisting of an
Association Secretary, Cup Secretary, Results Secretary and Treasurer (all of whom shall
be elected at the January AGM), and six others from six different clubs chosen on a rota system by the
League Secretary. These six clubs must send a delegate to the mid-summer Management Committee
meeting held that year. Any team failing to send a delegate to this meeting will be fined £10, unless that
team is playing in a S.B.L.B.L. League or Cup match on the given date. Clubs already represented on the
Management Committee by officers will not be required to provide another delegate. A quorum shall be
formed when five or more members are present.
3. Two general meetings shall be held annually. One in January for the presentation of the balance sheet
and consideration of financial matters, together with the Election of Officers and transaction of
business for the ensuing season. The other in September for consideration of Association rules and bye
laws, League match rules, Cup rules and Competition rules, all of which shall require Notice of Motion.
Standing orders will be applied.
4. The League shall hold one further meeting at the beginning of the season for the paying of fees,
the collection of handbooks and general information on the forthcoming season.
5. All teams must send at least one delegate to each meeting, exclusive of members of the League
Management Committee, but only one delegate will be eligible to vote. Any team failing to attend one
of these meetings shall be fined £10.
6. The Association Secretary shall convene a Special General Meeting at any time upon receiving a
requisition to that effect, signed by the secretaries of at least three teams who are members of the
Association. Such Special General Meetings shall have no power to alter or amend these rules.
7. The League Management Committee shall have the power to convene a Special General Meeting.
8. The League Management Committee shall meet as deemed necessary throughout the year.
Abridged minutes to be sent to each club.
9. The League Management Committee shall have the power to deal with any other matters not covered
by these rules.
10. An annual subscription of £30, plus a £10 levy towards our charities, making a total subscription of £40,
should be paid to League Funds at the beginning of the season by each team.
11. The match day is a Tuesday.
12. Green fees to be paid by the home team (raffles are run to help cover these).
13. Clubs must register all playing members by March 31st each year for the forthcoming season. It is the
responsibility of the submitting club to ensure that any new member who has joined them is a fully
paid member of their previous club. Failure to comply will, if proven, lead to the loss of any shots scored
in League or Cup matches by that player who will also be banned from all League competitions until any
previous debt is fully paid.
14. All players chosen for League matches must be selected from this list of registered players. Score to be
deducted from teams for each unregistered player and 21 given to the opposing team. No player is
permitted to take part in both A and B team matches scheduled for the same day/week. If a player plays
for the A team and the B team fixture for the same day/week is postponed, they may not play in the
rearranged fixture and vice versa. Any breach of this rule will entail forfeiture of the player's score in the
game played last and 21 given to the opposing team.
15. Transfers during the league season:-
A transfer form will be provided by the Secretary on request.
The following conditions will apply:-
(i) the player being a fully-paid member of the club from which she is transferring.
(ii) the player having deposited her membership fee with the club to which she is transferring.
(iii) the player having obtained the support of both clubs in writing on the official transfer form which
should be returned to the Association Secretary.
(iv) a fee of £2 is payable to S.B.L.B.L. by the club to whom the player is transferring.
(v) the player will be able to play for her new club as soon as that club's secretary has been notified
by the Association Secretary that the transfer is complete.
(vi) the player not playing in the current league programme for her new club on a green on which she
has already played a league game during the current league season. Score to be deducted and
21 shots given to the opponents for any breach of this rule.
Players registered for one club, but who have not played a league or cup match for that club during the
current season, may be transferred free of charge and without filling in a transfer form, provided they are
fully-paid up members of their old club. The Association Secretary must be notified and she will inform
the secretary of the player's new club as to when the transfer is complete.
No transfers will be allowed after 31st July.
16. A team to consist of 8 players.
17. If two teams from the same club appear in the same Division, their common fixtures shall be the first
and second matches of the season.
18. Each team within the South Birmingham Ladies Bowling League is only permitted to postpone a
maximum of one game each season to a later date. This excludes games that have to be rearranged due
to bad weather conditions. If a club cannot meet a fixture, 7 days notice must be given in writing
(email, text or post) to the opposing team captain or secretary. The postponing team must also notify the
Results Secretary. Teams may, however, bring matches forward by mutual agreement. Whenever
possible, home teams should give three dates on which their green is available. Within fourteen days of
cancellation, a new date should be agreed by both teams and notified to the Results Secretary by the
original postponing team. Failure to agree a date within 14 days, or failure to notify the
Results Secretary of either the postponement or the rearranged date, will incur a £5 fine for the
offending team. None of the above applies to matches which have to be rearranged due to
fixture clashes when League fixtures are published.
19. If for any reason a team gives less than 24 hours notice that it cannot meet a fixture, then the team in
default shall be penalised 40 shots and one point, with no individual shots being awarded to the players.
The team not in default will receive 11 points if it was that team's home fixture and 12 points if it was
that team's away fixture. The team will also receive 40 shots. The eight named players will receive a
notional score of 21-11 for the averages.
20. In League matches the visiting team to be allowed 15 minutes exclusive practice prior to the match.
The official starting time is 7 p.m., but this may be varied by agreement between teams (7 days
before match). If unfit conditions to play exist, captains may rearrange the match to suit both sides. In
the case of a disagreement the final decision is to be made by the home team captain. The first and last
two league matches to start at 6.30 p.m. Any match played after the date of the last league match must
start at 6 p.m.
21. In rained off matches, games already started must continue from their score with the same players with
no further practice for the visiting team. If a player is not available her score stands and her
opponent receives 21 (counts as 11 for the averages). Clubs must honour their original cards, but
another registered player may be substituted for anyone not available in games not started.
22. Games in all events to be played to the laws of the game of crown green bowls as interpreted by the
British Crown Green Bowling Association.
23. Heeled footwear of any kind must not be worn on any bowling green.
24. Markers must check and mark every third end of the card. Markers should signify receiving the score
from the player by raising their hand.
25. Only measurers or officials are allowed on the green when matches/competitions are being played.
26. All players and officials to refrain from smoking on the green whilst participating in any S.B.L.B.L.
matches or competitions.
27. Players must not bowl in away matches on greens where they are bowling club members unless
otherwise agreed by both captains before the match is played.
28. Players must not practise on away greens during the 14 days prior to league matches with the exception
of practice for county matches.
29. The green must be fully occupied as long as the match is in progress. In the event of a substitute not
being available, 21 shots to be forfeited by the absent player.
30. A results card signed by both captains must be sent by the home team to the Results Secretary
immediately. This should be sent either electronically (by text or email), or by 1st Class post no later
than two days after the match (e.g. no later than Thursday for Tuesday matches). Please include full
names of both players. If an opponent is missing, please write “walkover” instead of the missing
player’s name. Any team failing to obey this rule will be fined £5 for each infringement. If sent
electronically, please retain the original results card until the Half-Yearly meeting.
31. League match results will be awarded points as follows:
Away win - 4 points
Home win - 3 points
Away draw - 2 points
Home draw - 1 point
In addition to the above, 1 point to be awarded for each individual winner.
32. At the end of each season the two teams at the bottom of Division 1 must go down to Division 2 and the
two teams at the top of Division 2 must go up to Division 1 - likewise with other Divisions. Any further
adjustments necessary to be made by the Committee.
33. League averages to be worked out as straight plus or minus. For a player to qualify she should play at
least two thirds of the League matches for that season, the exact number to be rounded down
(e.g. 8 if 12 matches, 9 if 14, 10 if 16, 12 if 18).
34. Clubs or individuals receiving trophies to be fined £10 for failing to return the trophy to a Committee
member by the Half-yearly meeting. Trophies to be cleaned before return.
35. Any prize-winning individual or club not attending the Annual Prize Presentation, or not sending a
representative to collect their prize money, will forfeit that prize money.
36. All fines must be paid within 30 days of clubs receiving notification. The outstanding fine will be
doubled for any club failing to do so.
S.B.L.B.L. CHALLENGE SHIELD AND CONSOLATION CUP RULES
1. Both competitions to be played as an 8 a side team event on a neutral green chosen by the Committee.
2. All matches before the final round should begin at 6.45 p.m., with the exception of matches played in
April which should start at 6.30 p.m.
3. All teams entering the Challenge Shield must make their greens available. When the cup draw has been
made, please check whether your green has been chosen to host a match. If so, then access to toilet
facilities, jacks, mats and long tapes must be provided. Any team failing to open their green or to
provide facilities will be fined £10.
4. No practice on the match green on the match day or (for neutral greens) during 14 days prior to the
match. No roll up prior to the match.
5. Any player playing in a Challenge Shield or Consolation Cup match will be cup-tied for that club and
will not be able to play for any other club in a Challenge Shield or Consolation Cup match during the
current season. Where clubs enter two teams in the cup, any player who plays for the A side in a
Challenge Shield or Consolation Cup match cannot play for the B side in a subsequent round of either
the Challenge Shield or the Consolation Cup. However, any player who plays for the B side remains
eligible to play for the A side in a subsequent round of either the Challenge Shield or Consolation Cup.
Score to be deducted and 21 shots given to the opponents for any breach of this rule.
6. The green must be fully occupied as long as the match is in progress. In the event of a substitute not
being available, 21 shots to be forfeited by the absent player.
7. Matches to be played on the date specified. No rearrangement except for bad weather
8. If the green is unfit for play, then the first-named team in the draw
should be responsible for
a) notifying both the Cup and Results Secretaries of the postponement by telephone, text or email within 24 hrs - a £5 fine will be imposed for failure to do so
b) endeavouring to re-arrange the match as soon as possible on the same green.
9. If the last end results in a drawn game, one more end is to be played, the winner of the last end to take
10. The winning team should telephone, text or email the Cup Secretary with the match result by 10 p.m.
on the day following the match. Also a results card signed by both captains must be sent to the Cup Secretary by the winning team. This can be sent either electronically (by text or email), or by 1st Class post. Cards should be sent no later than two days after the match (e.g. no later than Thursday for Tuesday matches). Any team failing to obey this rule will be fined £5 for each infringement. If sent electronically, please retain the original results card until the Half-Yearly meeting.
11. Dress code to be observed for the final of any cup competition, i.e. jeans not allowed. Players should
wear trousers or a skirt and a collared polo shirt. Knee-length non-denim shorts allowed in hot weather
if both captains and match referee are in agreement.
12. A qualified referee to officiate on finals day.
S.B.L.B.L. COMPETITION RULES
1. All competitors must belong to an S.B.L.B.L. Club or affiliated club (affiliation fee £4 per year enabling
club members to play in singles and doubles competitions only).
2. Entries must be sent as given in fixtures, fees to be sent with entries. All entries to be paid for.
Substitutes are to be allowed in doubles competitions in the prelim stage only. Substitutes are not
allowed in singles.
3. The green for a competition to be chosen after the closing date.
The draw to be made by the organizing person, at their discretion, according to entries received.
4. All competitions to be 21 up with a draw made on the green at the time stated on the competition details.
5. Players not arriving on time will be scratched.
6. Should a competition be unable to start due to adverse weather on the arranged date, the draw is to be
remade on the green on the rearranged date. Entrance fees to be refunded to clubs and payment made on
the new date.
7. Players must not practise on the green chosen for competitions for 14 days prior to the event with the
exception of practice for county matches.
8. Two cards to be used for competitions whenever possible.