WREXHAM & DISTRICT BOWLING LEAGUE
Updated 22nd June 2016
CONSTITUTION & RULES
RULE 1 The League shall be called the Wrexham & District Bowling League.
All Clubs must have someone who is willing to be an Electronic contact for the League and it is desirable for Captain to submit results by e-mail.
RULE 2 The object of the League shall be to develop and promote the game of bowls within the rules of the BCGBA.
RULE 3 Clubs and Teams applying to join the League must apply in writing to the League Secretary at least 14 days before the AGM together with a £20 entrance fee. Each member club shall pay an annual affiliation fee (see Rule 21).
Entrance fee increased from £5.00 at AGM on 10.12 2012.
RULE 4 The AGM shall be held on the second Monday in December and the election of Officers and business of the ensuing season will be dealt with.
RULE 5 The AGM shall elect a President, Deputy President, Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer and Auditors.
RULE 6 The Secretary shall keep a record of all business of the League and transactions at meetings. At the AGM the Treasurer shall submit a full account of all receipts and disbursements for the year, duly audited for this purpose.
RULE 7 The AGM may also elect Life Members to the League i.e. any member whose position among bowlers or service to the game shall entitle him/her to this honour. A Life Member may attend any meeting and speak on any matter but will not acquire voting rights by virtue of their status. The number of Life Members shall not exceed nine in total.
RULE 8 No additions or alterations to these rules shall be made except at the AGM. Twenty eight (28) days written notice shall be given to the Secretary detailing any proposed changes. He will forthwith arrange for the amendments to be reviewed in outline by the Management Committee and in turn circulate them to the clubs for consideration at least fourteen (14) days prior to the AGM, To become effective at the AGM, the resolution must be carried by a simple majority of the votes cast. The voting power will be one club one vote. Clubs failing to send a representative to the AGM will be fined the sum of £10.00
RULE 9 The formation of the League will be decided at the AGM taking into account teams entering or withdrawing from the League. Promotion and relegation will normally be on a two team promotion and two team relegation basis but this rule may be varied to facilitate any necessary restructuring of the League. Any club withdrawing a team after the fixtures have been published will be fined £25.
RULE 10 Day to day business of the League shall be conducted by a Management Committee comprising of the Chairman, Secretary, various officials or Life Members. In addition, 2 representatives from each division duly elected at the AGM. In the event of vacancies for representatives not being filled at the AGM the Management Committee may co-opt members during the season. Seven members of the Management Committee shall form a quorum and they shall have the power to fill any vacancy caused by the death or resignation of a member during the season.
RULE 11 An Extraordinary General Meeting may be convened at the discretion of the Officers or at the request of ten member Clubs.
RULE 12 Saturday matches shall commence at 2.30 pm and midweek evening at 6.30 pm. At the commencement of the match and throughout the match, continuous play must be maintained. A player/players absent when called to the green will deemed to have lost 21-0. Visiting teams are allowed 15 minutes exclusive practice, provided they arrive 20 minutes before the commencement of the match. Clubs fielding a C team with only one green will play their Saturday home games at 11.00 am unless prior alternative arrangements have been made by the two team captains. A club with 2 teams in any division will be fixtured to play each other on the first fixture date in the first and second half of the season.
Final sentence added at AGM on 9.12.2013.
RULE 13 All matches must be played on the fixture date except those:-
(a) Postponed due to inclement weather.
(b) Postponed due to the death of a playing member.
(c) Mutually re-arranged for a date before the fixture date or for the Sunday following the scheduled date.
(d) Postponed due to a player either male or female qualifying for a BCGBA final
Matches in category (a) (b) and (d) must be played within 14 days of the original fixture date. In all of the above circumstances the home club must inform the Secretary in writing of the revised date. Any club wilfully failing to properly fulfil a match in accordance with the above provisions will be fined £25 for the first offence and be dealt with at the discretion of the Management Committee for any further offences.
a) Matches abandoned through inclement weather must be resumed at the point on the green at cessation.
b) No fixtures shall be scheduled in the Premier Division on the date set aside for the BCGBA merit day.
c) No fixtures shall be scheduled in the Pairs League on Bank Holiday Mondays.
Rule 14b) and 14) added at AGM on 9.12.2013
(a) Teams shall consist of 12 players
(b) Games will be 21 up
(c) Visitors to lead off with the jack.
(d) 2 points for winning the match aggregate. 1 point for each individual winner. Total number of points possible is 14.
(e) In the event of 2 or more teams having equal number of points, promotion and relegation will be determined by taking the number of wins then the aggregate scores into account.
(f) BCGBA standard jacks will be used in all League and cup matches to be supplied by the host club.
(g) No League match may be played on a neutral green unless authorised by the Management Committee.
(h) All clubs hosting competitions must supply measuring tapes and mats.
(i) At the completion of the league fixtures, each team merit winner will invited to compete in an end of season knockout competition.
RULE 16 Only persons nominated by captains shall act as measurers in league and cup matches unless the Management Committee appoints referees and measurers. Where no referee is appointed, the two captains shall resolve any dispute.
RULE 17 A player may not play in a corresponding fixture whether they are played on the same day or not. In Cup games once a Team has been knocked then the players from that team cannot play in for another team in that Cup, this also applies to teams withdrawing from a cup once the first round has been played. Clubs with more than one team that enter fewer teams than they have then the teams entered are to be from the highest division they play in downwards.
Final sentence added at AGM on 12.12.2011
RULE 18 In any league match all clubs must field their strongest side as the ‘A’ team and throughout other teams in terms of ability. This rule was introduced to prevent clubs from fielding sides which include players who normally bowl in a superior team within the division or league particularly in circumstances where a team may have a bye, and or promotion/relegation may be at stake. In the case of a club being short of players their ‘A’ team must always consist of a full team (12) and so on downwards with the lowest team being considered last. The Management Committee will take a serious view of such abuse and proven defaults which in the first instance, shall lead to deduction of points in respect of the offending game/games plus a fine.
Last sentence to first paragraph of Rule 18 added at AGM on 14.12.2015
RULE 19 At the start of the season, a player should sign for only one club but he/she may transfer to another club provided he/she has not played more than three league or cup games for the first club and the two clubs concerned send their agreement in writing, to the Secretary prior to the player representing the second club. The Management Committee, in wholly exceptional circumstances will only allow any subsequent transfer of a player.
RULE 20 Clubs must submit to the fixture secretary within 24 hours of completion of the match. Clubs failing to get the results in on time will be fined £10.00 for each and every occasion.
Rule amended at AGM on 10.10.2012
a) The entrance fee payable by new Clubs and Teams shall be £20. The annual affiliation fee will be £10 per club and there will also be an annual registration of fee of 20p per player. A fee of 20p per player is also payable for each player registered to play in the Pairs League Registration forms for both Saturday and Pairs Leagues will be issued prior to the start of the season, to be duly completed and returned to the League Secretary by the date shown on the form. Any breach of this rule will result in the offending player/s being deemed to have lost their respective games.
b) Clubs may self-register players until the last day of May in any season after which new players must be registered with the League Secretary by e-mail by 5.00pm the day before the game. No player shall be registered after the last day of August in any season.
Rule amended at AGM on 9.12.2013 to include reference to Pairs League requirements. Rule further amended at AGM o 8.12.2014 by adding new Rule 21b
a) In the Premier Division players shall pay a match fee of £1 per game. In all other divisions this fee will be 50p per game.
b) The above fees are also payable in League Cup competitions together with an entry fee of £10.00 in the Premier Division and an entry fee of £5.00 in each other division.
c) In the Pairs League the match fee will be 50p per player in each division.
d) A fee of £10.00 is payable by each team entered into the W G Roberts Cup together with a match fee of £1.00 per player per game.
e) A fee of £3.00 is payable by each player taking part in the Burton Cup and Ladies Charisma competition.
Rule extended at AGM on 9.12.2013 to include all fees payable in League and Cup competitions.
a) Before the allocation of prize money the League will retain 15% of all match fee income to meet administration costs. In addition funds will be set aside to pay £50.00 to the individual merit winner in each division and prizes of £40.00 to the winner and £25.00 to the runner-up in each division merit knockout competition. A reduction in the number of teams in any particular division may result in a corresponding decrease in both the League prize money and merit winner awards. Presentation of all prize monies for League honours will take place at the Presentation Evening. Clubs or players holding League trophies must return them to the League Secretary by 31 August. Failure to do so will result in the offending club being fined.
b) Prize money will be allocated as follows
1) All teams in the Premier Division will receive prize money which will be awarded on a pro-rata basis dependant on the number of teams involved.
2) In each other division money will be awarded to the top 50% of teams. Where there are 12 Teams payment will be made to the top 6 by the following ratio – 1st prize 35%, 2nd prize 22%, 3rd prize 18%, 4th prize 12%, 5th prize 8%, 6th prize 5%. Where the number of teams is more or less than 12 the Management Committee will decide on the allocation of prize money.
3) In each League Cup competition prize money at 60% will be paid to the divisional winners and 40% to the runners-up.
4) In the Pairs League prize money will be paid to the top three teams in each division as follows -1st 50% -2nd 30%-3rd 20%
5) No administration charges will be applied to fees received for entries to the W G Roberts Cup. Half the income will be donated to charity and the other half used as prize money to be allocated as follows. 50% to the winners 25% to the runners-up and 12.5% to both losing semi-finalists.
6) In the Burton Cup and Ladies Charisma Competition the winner will receive 60% and the runner-up 40%.
c) An honorarium to be agreed at the AGM shall be paid to the following officers. – Secretary. Fixture Secretary. Treasurer. Publicity officer, and Competition Secretary plus any other member for services to the League as deemed appropriate.
Rule 23 extensively amended and extended at AGM on 9.12.2013 to include reference to all items of prize money to be paid. New Rule 23a) – amount to be retained for admin costs reduced from 20% to 15%
AGM 14.12.2015 para 23b) 2) amended
AGM 8.12.2014 –agreed to pay top 3 teams instead of top 2
AGM 9.12.2013 – agreed to include reference to Honoria
RULE 24 The Management Committee shall have the power to:-
(a) Determine matches not played in accordance with these rules (In particular rule 13)
(b) To take disciplinary action against clubs or individuals which in their opinion have or are likely to bring the game into disrepute.
(c) To resolve any other matter not specifically or expressly provided for within these rules. Their decision in all such matters shall be final.
The Management Committee will have the power to form any sub-committee deemed necessary. Any sub-committee so formed will consist of no more than one member per club (excluding officers of the League).
In the event of the League ceasing to function directly following a Formal Resolution of an Annual or Special General Meeting or through Insolvency or for any other reason Any surplus funds after settlement of the necessary costs of winding up League affairs shall be distributed equally among the member clubs.
Rule 26 added at AGM on 10.12.2012
BCGBA dress code is to be adhered to in all cup finals including end of season merit knockout competitions.
New Rule 27 added at AGM 0n 14.12.2015
PROTESTS, APPEALS and DEPOSITS
1. All questions of eligibility and qualifications of players or interpretation of the Rules shall be referred to the Management Committee.
2. No protest or complaint shall be determined by the Wrexham and District League. unless the matter has been considered by a Club.
3. This does not apply if there is a serious allegation of bringing the game into disrepute or any events which are the responsibility or organised by the Wrexham and district League. In these instances the matter will be dealt with directly by the Wrexham and District League.
4. Protests, complaints or appeals, which must contain full particulars of the grounds upon which they are founded, must be lodged with The League Secretary, within 14 days of receiving notification of the result of an appeal to the League. (The League should allow at least 14 days after a decision by a Club before they discuss any case).
5. No protest of whatever kind shall be considered by the Management Committee unless the complainant shall have deposited with the League Secretary the sum of TWENTY FIVE pounds (£25.00), which may be forfeited in whole or in part to the funds of the Wrexham League. In the event of the complainant losing the case the League shall have power to order the complainant making a frivolous protest or complaint to pay the expenses of the enquiry or to order the costs to be shared between the two parties.
6. Parties to a protest or complaint shall be afforded an opportunity of making a written statement to the Management Committee and shall be notified in writing at least 14 days in advance of the date upon which the protest or complaint is to be heard.
7. A Sub Committee consisting of four members of the Management Committee shall be appointed by the Management Committee to deal with questions raised under these Rules and of any disciplinary matters
8. Any Club who suspends a player from taking part in competitive crown green bowls, shall report this fact to The League, who, after at least 14 days after the hearing of the Club, shall consider the facts of the suspension and if the circumstances warrant it, extend the suspension to cover the area of their jurisdiction. Only the Sub Committee as indicated in 7 above can increase or decrease the period of suspension. The Management Committee may demand the production of any books, documents or other evidence deemed necessary to the League. Should any Player or Club refuse to furnish such evidence as may be required, or refuse to attend the enquiry, the Management Committee shall have the power to suspend such Player or Club.
10. If a player makes a complaint and fails to get satisfaction from his/her Club he/she shall have the right to appeal to the Wrexham and District League.
UPDATED FOLLOWING AGM ON 14/1/2015
For guidance to procedures refer to the B.C.G.B.A Guidelines for Disciplinary/Appeals Procedure as set out in the B.C.G.B.A Handbook.