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WHITCHURCH & DISTRICT LEAGUE RULES 2020
Organisation of the League
1.1. The League shall be known as the Whitchurch and District Bowling League (W&DBL), (hereinafter called the League), but this may be altered to meet the conditions of any sponsorship.
1.2. The Officials of the League shall be the President, Vice Presidents, Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Fixtures Secretary, Competition Secretary, Treasurer plus two other members to be elected annually. The President and Chairman shall hold ofﬁce for a minimum period of two years, but may be re-elected.
1.3. The Management Committee shall consist of the main Officials of the League (less Vice Presidents). It will meet on the instructions of the Secretary in consultation with the Chairman; the quorum will be 50% of the Officials. In cases of dispute, doubt or failure to comply with the rules of the League, the League Management Committee shall be empowered to settle the matter.
1.4. The Executive Committee shall consist of the League Officials and two delegates from each Club participating in the League. County Delegates shall be ex-ofﬁcio members of the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee will meet three times a year: in March, October and December.
1.5. The League Financial Year shall end on the 30th November.
1.6 The rules of the League may be altered only at the Annual General Meeting. Notice of new rules or proposed alterations to rules must be submitted in writing to the League Secretary by 30 November of the preceding year.
1.7. The AGM will be held in January each year. Any resolution duly proposed and seconded and accepted by the Chairman shall be carried by a simple majority of those present and entitled to vote, ie President, Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Fixtures Secretary, Competition Secretary, Treasurer, two elected management members, and two delegates from each Club participating in the League. In the event of a tie the Chairman shall have the casting vote.
1.8 Any club failing to be represented at a League Executive meeting or the Annual General Meeting shall be ﬁned £ 5 .00
1.9. An annual Presentation Evening will be held. All Prize-winners are expected to attend to collect their prizes. If unable to do so their prizes may be collected only by a representative from the same Club. Any prize monies not collected at the event will become forfeit and donated to charity. Raffle prizes for the event will be purchased by the League Secretary and will be made up of 1st Prize , 2nd Prize, 3rd Prize and wine and gifts. £10.00 per Club will be collected from each Club via their yearly bill.
1.10. Smoking, including the use of electronic cigarettes, is not allowed while participating on the green in the game of Crown Green Bowls. The offending player(s) shall receive no further score and the opponent(s) shall receive the maximum score.
1.11. Players or supporters of visiting teams are NOT allowed to consume alcoholic drinks NOT purchased on the premises of the home club during League matches or competitions. The penalty for infringing this rule will be a fine of £25 imposed on the offending Club, which will be passed to the host Club. The individual found breaking this rule may be asked to leave the premises immediately.
1.12: All cups must be cleaned before being returned for presentation at competitions and the Presentation Evening. Failure to do so will incur a £5.00 fine on the individual/club concerned.
1.13. The League has signed up to the Shropshire County Code of Conduct. Any player in the Whitchurch League who is found by the League Management Committee to have infringed the Code of Conduct in any way, including through the use of Social Media, may be:
Required to apologise publicly to the other player, team or club.
Suspended from playing within the W&DBL league.
Banned from participating in all W&DBL competitions and activities.
Membership of the League
2.1. All clubs competing in the league must be affiliated to the Shropshire Crown Green Bowling Association (hereinafter called S.C.G.B.A.). No club affiliated to the S.C.G.B.A. will be permitted to apply for membership of another league unless written permission is granted by their parent league.
2.2a. Applications for a Club to join the League must be sent in writing to the League Secretary not later than the 31st December of the preceding year. All clubs on making an application for membership shall pay a deposit of £10.00 per team, such deposit to be forfeited if ﬁxtures are not completed. No club will be admitted to the League without floodlights.
2.2b. Applications for a team(s) to join the League for the forthcoming season must be sent in writing to the League Secretary by 1st March at the latest.
2.3. All clubs shall pay an annual subscription of £10.00 per team and shall pay a match fee of 30 pence per player per game. These fees shall be paid by all clubs to the League Treasurer by 31st October each year. Clubs with any outstanding dues not paid by 31st October will be ﬁned £20.00 per month or part thereof for Clubs who miss the deadline. NB For teams containing 12 players the total payable for each League match is £3.60 per team; for teams with 10 players the total is £3.00 per match.
2.4a. Applications to withdraw a Club from the League must be sent in writing to the League Secretary not later than one week before the date of the AGM. Clubs failing to give notice of intended withdrawal in writing by the due date shall forfeit their deposit.
2.4b. If a Club wishes to withdraw a team (or teams) from the League this must be their lowest team(s). Applications to withdraw a team from the League before the season starts must be sent in writing to the League Secretary not later than 14 February. Clubs withdrawing a team after that date but before the season has started will be responsible for paying for any Fixture Books previously ordered for that team. Clubs withdrawing a team or teams from the League during the season will pay all dues owing to the League for that season. Should the Club subsequently wish the team to re-join the League then it will be required to start in the bottom division. NB. Once the season has started a Club wishing to withdraw a team that is not their lowest team must submit their request giving full reasons to the Management Committee for consideration.
2.5. A player is allowed to play for ONE CLUB per season in the Whitchurch & District Bowling League. A player whose subscription for the current season to his present club is unpaid shall not be eligible to play for another club in subsequent seasons until he has discharged that liability. A player moving to a new area in the League may apply to the Management Committee for a transfer, (but no more than three (3) games must have been played).
Composition of the League
3.1 The constitution of the League shall be determined by the Executive committee. No division shall consist of more than l4 teams.
3.2 The winners of each Division shall be decided by the team scoring the most chalks or individual points. Any alteration to the scoring system shall remain for three years.
3.3. The two teams having the highest number of chalks or in the event of a draw the team with the most games won in any Division shall be promoted. The two teams having the least number of chalks or in the event of a draw the team with the least number of games won in any Division shall be relegated.
3.4 As from 1993, a club which has only one green will be limited to a maximum of 4 teams entered in the League (this does not apply to existing clubs prior to 1993). In the case of a club having two or more greens, each team shall nominate a green on which they intend playing all home league matches.
3.5. Clubs are to ensure that their teams are lettered in descending order according to their place in the League.
4.1. Each Team/ Club can order their own number of Fixture Books at their own discretion and the price per book is £1.00. No returns are allowed.
4.2. All games shall be played in accordance with the laws of the game as approved by the British Crown Green Bowling Association (hereinafter known as B.C.G.B.A.). All clubs must have a copy of the current B.C.G.B.A. handbook and a list of players with registration numbers available for inspection by visiting teams in the club pavilion.
4.3a. Each team shall play home and away matches against all other teams in the same division. All teams, with the exception of the bottom division, shall consist of twelve players. Teams in the bottom division shall consist of ten players. All games shall be 21 up and the team having the highest aggregate score shall be the winner of the match.
4.3b. In the event of a club failing to ﬁeld a full team the match score shall stand 21-0 in favour of the opposing team for each player absent. A player given a walk over due to a club not ﬁelding a full team must have been present at the time the game would have been played. He/she will be considered to have played in that League match and will be awarded 21-15 towards the division aggregate individual most wins award. This applies only to Whitchurch League matches.
4.3c. It is expected that clubs will fill teams by drawing players from the teams below. Any selected player must play in the front 4 or 3 in the match, its captain must put face down four or more cards with the name of the players who are prepared to play twice that evening, in ten player teams , only three is required. The opposing Team Captain will draw from these cards a player who is allowed to play twice. If more than one player is required, he/she may continue to draw from the remaining cards. The points that these players score will count towards the team total, but six points will be deducted from the total aggregate for that match for each player who has played twice. This rule only applies to division 5-7
Note 1. The person entering the match result on the website will be able to select a player twice for the second game.
Note 2. The players who play twice must also have played at least 50% of their games for that team to date; this will be monitored by the Results Secretary and if they have not played the required number of games up to the date of the match the result will be declared a Walk Over for the opposing team.
Note 3. The individual player’s score from their second game will not count in their individual averages.
4.4 A player is allowed to play for only one team during the week. (A week means Tuesday to Monday inclusive). Any team playing an ineligible player shall lose 50 chalks from the league table and the players opponent shall be deemed to have won 21-0.
4.5. All matches must be played on the published ﬁxture date (but see Rules 4.6 and 4.7 for the only allowable exceptions to this Rule). Matches shall commence at 7.00pm and shall be completed in one evening (weather permitting). Not less than four (4) games shall be in progress by 7.15pm and no more than 15 minutes shall elapse between completion of one game and commencement of the next.
4.6 A match may be postponed due to inclement weather or when a green is unplayable. In the event of a postponement due to inclement weather, the opposing Team Captain and the Fixtures Secretary must be informed immediately. If a Match is adjourned part-played due to inclement weather, the Fixtures Secretary must be notified within 24 hours. The completed games shall stand and the uncompleted games must be played within twenty-eight days of the original fixture. The date of the re-arranged match is to be notified to the Fixtures Secretary as soon as possible. NB No player will be allowed to play in a re-arranged match if they have already played for another Team in the League during the week in which the original fixture should have been played.
4.7. If a Team wishes to postpone a match due to bereavement in the Team, they must first seek agreement from the opposing Team captain as far in advance of the fixture as possible. If the postponement is agreed, the re-arranged match must be played within twenty-eight days of the original fixture. The Team Captain cancelling the fixture is responsible for notifying the Fixtures Secretary of the cancellation and the re-arranged date. NB No player will be allowed to play in a re-arranged match if they have already played for another Team in the League during the week in which the original fixture should have been played.
4.8. Should teams fail to make arrangements to reschedule within twenty-eight days matches postponed under Rules 4.6 or 4.7 they must submit to the Management Committee’s ruling on the matter who will deduct 50 chalks from the offending team(s) league table(s) and will dictate the date on which the fixture is to be played.
4.9. In Divisions 1 – 4, Home team captains to name and number with the order of play four (4) cards and place them face down. Visiting captains will then place their own four (4) cards on top, this being the draw for the ﬁrst four games. This process is to be repeated for the middle and last four (4) games. The home team captain will nominate after each game is completed, the next game to be played. In Divisions 5 and below, it is up to the Home team captain’s discretion as to whether the cards shall be placed face down.
NB. A player who is not present or unavailable to play for the ﬁrst two fours shall not be named to play at the time of the draw.
4.10. Each game shall be marked by a representative of each club. Markers must sit together, and initial mark each other’s card every third end to signify agreement. In the event of any disagreement in the score, which cannot be settled amicably, the score and the game shall revert to the end when the cards were last checked.
4.11. The Home Team Captain shall ensure the match results are sent to the Results Secretary immediately after the match. Tuesday match results must be received by Friday of that week and Wednesday/Thursday match results must be received by Monday of the following week. Members’ BCGBA Registration Numbers must be on all Result cards, Home and Away. Both Team Captains will be responsible for ensuring that their players’ BCGBA registration numbers are correctly entered on the Results card. Missing or incorrect BCGBA registration will result in a fine of two chalks per missing or incorrect number. Any player without a BCGBA registration number may play five league games only. If the BCGBA registration number has not been received within five weeks, proof of submission of an application to the SCGBA registrar must be shown to the League or Results Secretary. If no such proof is available all five games already played will be 21-0 to the opposing teams and the individual classed as an ineligible player.
4.12. No practice by either team shall be allowed within one hour of the commencement of the match, on the green on which the match is being played. No player shall practice on an opponent’s green on the day of any league ﬁxture. Contravention of this rule will lead to the opposing team being awarded 21-0 for each player found practising. NB This does not apply to players in ﬁxtures for other Leagues which may have been on the same green that day ie: Over Sixties leagues.
4.13. Floodlights must be switched on at the official lighting up time or before.
4.14. All protests and complaints by clubs or individuals regarding a match must be endorsed by the Secretary of the club concerned and must be in the hands of the League Secretary (in writing) within three clear days (Sundays excluded) of the match and must be accompanied by a protest fee of £5.00 which may be refunded at the discretion of the Management Committee. Parties to a protest or complaint shall be afforded the opportunity to attend a special meeting with the League Management Committee.
4.15. All Code of Conduct complaints regarding a match must be endorsed by the Secretary of the Club concerned and must be in the hands of the League Secretary ( in writing and signed) within three clear days of the match involved.
Parties to a protest or complaint shall be afforded the opportunity to attend a disciplinary hearing organised by the Management. A protest must be accompanied by a fee of £5.00, inline with a match fee protest returned if upheld.
5.1. All Competitors in W&DBL Competitions must have played at least one game for their Club in the Whitchurch League during the current season, except Under 12 Merit competitors who may play as long as they are members of a Club belonging to the W&DBL.
5.2.1 All evening competitions will commence at 7.00pm unless notified by the League Competitions Secretary.
5.2.1a In League competitions on a neutral green all players must pay 50 pence per player to the Host Club for cutting the Green.
5.2.2 All individual Competitions (except Judith Purcell, St Alkmund’s and Under 12 and 15 merits) will play off scratch except for Home Premier League bowlers (-4). Home bowlers will play off -2 if it is not practicable to hold the competition on a neutral venue.
5.2.3 BCGBA dress code must be adhered to for all League Merit Competitions (except for Under 12 Merit) and all Cup Finals for Jubilee Doubles, Jubilee Doubles Consolation, Shropshire Star and Presidents competitions. Dress code: to be as laid down in the BCGBA Official Handbook for the current year.
5.2.4a. If a team entered in the Jubilee Doubles, the Shropshire Star and/or the Presidents Cup(s) later withdraws or fails to show for a match a fine of £20 will be imposed.
5.2.4b. Teams withdrawing within 24 hours of a Jubilee Doubles, Shropshire Star and/or Presidents Cup fixture being played must notify the Competitions Secretary, the Opposing Team Captain and the Match venue. The withdrawn team will be liable to a fine of £25, which will go to the host Club to compensate for groundsmen/bar stewards etc.
5.3 Jubilee Doubles Competition – for the R. W. Griffith Memorial Trophy. Entrance fee £5.00 per team.
5.3.1. Clubs must submit a list of teams wishing to compete in this competition by 31st March each year.
5.3.2 This competition is to be played on a handicap basis on neutral greens.
Division I – Scratch
Division II – 15 on
Division III – 25 on
Division IV – 35 on
Division V – 45 on
Division VI – 45 on
Division VII – 45 on
5.3.3 Each Team shall comprise of six couples. All competitors must have played at least one game for their Club in the Whitchurch League in the current season. Must have played 6 games by the quarter final stage Contravention of this rule will lead to the opposing team being awarded 21-0 for each ineligible player.
5.3.4 Players are eligible to play for only one team in this competition ie after playing once for a team in this competition they will not be eligible to play for any other team in later rounds. Contravention of this rule will lead to the opposing team being awarded 21-0 for each ineligible player.
5.3.5a. For the Preliminary and Round 1, players who have played all their League games for a higher team in the League by 30 April in the current season are not eligible to play in this competition for a team in a lower Division. Players who have not yet played in the League in the current season may play in the Preliminary round for the Doubles but must have played in the League for the current season for every round thereafter. Contravention of this rule will lead to the opposing team being awarded 21-0 for each ineligible player.
5.3.5b. All teams knocked out in their first game in the competition (ie in the preliminary or first round as appropriate) shall be eligible to enter the Jubilee Doubles Consolation Competition.
5.3.6. All games to be 21 up and to be decided on aggregate. In case of a tie, the following order of elimination shall apply:
Tie on aggregate – The team with the most winners.
If still a tie – the team with the best winner.
If still a tie – the 2nd, 3rd, 4th best winners etc.
5.3.7. Captains to toss for first jack; remaining matches to be played on odd and even basis.
5.3.8. Each Captain must number his players in playing order.
5.3.9 The Winning Captain is responsible for promptly submitting the completed Match sheet to the Competitions Secretary or onto the website by the next day .
5.3.10. Matches must be played-off on the nights allocated. Any team failing to be represented on the given match night will have their names deleted from the competition. This rule will be strictly adhered to.
Shropshire Star Cup & Presidents Cup
5.4 Entrance fee: £5.00 per club. The competition will be played in two sections: the top 16 clubs of the previous year play in Section 1; the remainder in Section 2. There are two separate trophies.
5.4.1. Teams shall consist of 12 players. All competitors must have played at least one game for their Club in the Whitchurch League in the current season. Contravention of this rule will lead to the opposing team being awarded 21-0 for each ineligible player. For quarter finals onwards all players must have played at least 6 Whitchurch League games during the current season for the club they are representing.
5.4.2. Matches will be played on neutral greens. Captains to toss for first jack and matches to be played on odd or even basis.
5.4.3. In the case of a tie, the following order of elimination shall apply:
Tie on aggregate – The team with the most winners.
If still a tie – the team with the best winner.
If still a tie – the 2nd, 3rd, 4th best winners etc.
5.4.4. The Winning Captain is responsible for promptly submitting the completed Match sheet to the Competitions Secretary.