- The League shall be known as the CANNOCK BOWLS LEAGUE.
(AGM held on 21st, January, 1998)
- Officers of the League (elected annually) shall be a PATRON, PRESIDENT, CHAIRMAN, VICE-CHAIRMAN, SECRETARY, TREASURER, RECORDS KEEPER and an EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE. (Consisting of ONE representative from each division. ) The Management Committee shall have the power to co-opt onto or fill any vacancy that may occur throughout. Year. A quorum shall comprise of five members of the committee, at least one of whom shall be an Officer of the League.
- All clubs playing in the League shall be bound to send a DELEGATE to all League Meetings as and when arranged by the League Secretary.
- Applications to JOIN and/or RESIGN from the League shall be sent (in writing) to the League Secretary not later than 14 days prior to the League AGM, when all such business shall be dealt with.
- The ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the league shall take place in January of each year, when among the business shall be:-
- Presentation of the financial report by the Treasurer for the twelve months ending 31st December and audited by a person who may or mat not be a member of the League and shall be elected at the AGM.
- Review of fees en-bloc
- Rule changes.
- An Extra-ordinary General Meeting may be called by the Management Committee if they so decide, or by notice received by the Management Committee signed by at least five clubs sent not less than 14 days before the meeting. Such notice must state the business for which the meeting is to be called; no other matters may be discussed.
- Amendments and\or alterations to League Rules shall be given by any Club\person\League Management so long as a minimum of 28 days notice (prior to an AGM) is given to all clubs and to be formerly seconded at the meeting. A two-thirds majority of all persons entitled to vote is necessary to pass any Notice of Motion. At all meetings the Chairperson shall have the casting vote.
- Each Club (on entry into the League) shall pay the annual League FEES as and when requested by the Treasurer.
- A club or team who prematurely resigns from the League shall forfeit all fees for that relevant season.
- (Since 1995) All new clubs shall be permitted to apply for entry into the League, providing their venue lies within a 12-mile radius of Cannock Town Centre.
- All trophies presented to League clubs or players, shall be returned in a Presentable condition, upon the request of the League Secretary.
- All clubs or individuals in receipt of TROPHIES and\or PRIZE MONEY Shall be compelled to arrange for a minimum of one representative to be present at the Awards Presentation Evening to receive his\her award.
- The League shall retain any Prize, or Prize Money (not Collected) and Shall not re-present it.
- All CHEQUES presented at the awards ceremony shall be valid for 6 MONTHS after which time they shall become VOID and shall not beRe-written.
- All questions arising, but are not covered by these rules shall be dealt with by the Executive Committee who’s decision on all matters shall be Binding.
- Should the Management Committee, by a majority, decide, on grounds of expediency to dissolve the League, it shall call a meeting of all member clubs giving 21 days notice. At this meeting, if a two thirds majority of those present and eligible to vote decide to dissolve the League, the Management Committee shall have the power to dispose of the assets of the League after all liabilities and debts have been cleared. The beneficiaries of such assets shall be the member clubs or such charities as decided by a majority of the member clubs.
- Honorariums: These shall be paid to the Secretary, Treasurer, Records Officer and Auditors. The Secretary, Treasurer and Records Officer shall receive £50. 00 plus contractual expenses. These expenses are to be reviewed annually at the AGM.
- All new clubs on entry into the League shall be furnished with a complete set of Bye-Laws and all rules relative to the League and its competitions.
Signed by the Chairman :- W Buckley on 17th September 1945, and amended at AGM’s 1946 to 2002 inclusive.
RULES FOR LEAGUE COMPETITION
- The B.C.G.B.A. Laws of the game shall govern all games played in the League
- Standard Jacks and mats, (as approved by the B.C.G.B.A.), plus a 19 meter tape and a set of short measures, shall be provided by the host team for all games.
- All teams (unless amended at the AGM) shall consist of Ten (10) players; in cases of absentees, no AN Other is to be recorded. See rule 5(d) and 5(e)
- All teams shall play each other on a Home and Away basis, on dates fixed by the League Secretary. The winner of a match shall be the team who gains the highest overall aggregate score, and will receive 2 points for their win. In the event that the aggregate scores are equal, 1 point will be awarded to each team. The team gaining the most points shall win the championship of each Division. In the event of one or more teams gaining the same number of points, the team with the best aggregate of Total Shots For less Total Shots Against, will be declared the winner. A movement of teams shall exist in respect of promotion and relegation; 2 up and 2 down throughout all divisions.
- All games are to commence at 6.30pm or earlier (but only if prior arrangement has been made), with greens being fully occupied throughout.
- Practice is allowed for the Home team players only.
- Visiting players shall have the opportunity to set the mark on the first end.
- Immediately both captains have decided the match pairing.
- The Home captain shall have the office to call any parings to the green, after which time players who have been called upon to play shall have 10 minutes to present themselves, failing this a substitution shall be arranged.
- In the event of no substitute being available the offending team shall forfeit a score of 21-0 for each absentee.
- In the event of a team failing to turn up for a match fixture, the League Secretary shall be informed, not later than 24 hours after the offence. The penalty against the offending team shall be the loss of 2 points and a monetary fine not exceeding £20.00.
- All matches shall be played on or before the original fixture date only inclement weather or S.C.B.A. fixtures may cause a postponement of a fixture, in which case the match shall be played not later then 14 days after the origibal fixture date. In cases where no date can be agreed by both sides, the League Secretary shall decide on a date for the replay. No postponements will be allowed due to players being on holiday.
- Under no circumstances shall an outstanding match go unplayed. Any match which cannot be amicably arranged, shall be fixed by the League Secretary, after which any team failing to agree or turn up, shall concede the points plus 210 shots.
- Where a club has two teams in the League, registered players are allowed to play twice for each team, (but not on the same date). After playing a third match for a team, the player becomes registered with that team for the duration of the season and those matches played for the other team shall not be recognised in any League averages competition.
- Where a transfer of a player or players is requested, the League Secretary be informed;
- Of the club from which the player wishes to be transferred.
- Of the club to which the player wishes to transfer to.
Transfers shall be permitted providing that no other club objects. An objection can be lodged by any team or player playing on the same division as those teams affected by the transfer. Rule 9 will apply to those transferred players with regard to average competitions. No transfers will be permitted after the half way stage of the season, (match no. 9), unless in can be shown that any such transfer is a special case.
- At the close of play both captains will sign the official match card, and the home captain will forward it to the Records Secretary. The card must reach the Records Secretary not later than 5 days after the fixture date. Failure to observe this rule can render the offender liable to a £5.00 fine.
- All questions arising from matches played in this League, but not covered by these rules, shall be dealt with by the League’s Executive Committee who’s decision shall be final. Fines imposed for a breach of these rules shall not exceed £20.00, and where such fines are imposed, prior notice shall be given to the offending party.
RULES FOR KNOCKOUT CUPS
- The competition shall be known as the League Knock-out cup and shall be open to all teams who have registered their players with and have paid all current fees to the Cannock Bowls League.
- All teams of the League shall be compelled to enter and shall pay the relevant entry fee thereto as fixed by the delegates of the league at the AGM.
- All teams shall consist of TEN (10) PLAYERS who shall play whatever format the league desires (i.e. 5 Home & 5 Away) or (Full match, neutral green).
- Prior to the start of a Knockout cup match, both captains shall NUMBER all CUP MATCH SCORE CARDS this will help to decide on the winner in the event of a DRAW.
- Winners of a round shall be the Team who record the best aggregate. If however the result is a tie, the Team who has recorded the most winning cards (from both legs) shall be deemed the winner, BUT if after this the match is still tied, the result shall depend upon the numbered cards system, working back from number 1 card and so on through the score cards from both legs, the winner shall be decided from the highest aggregate from both legs for example start by checking both No 1 cards (best aggregate from both cards) if still tied then check both No 2 cards and so on until a best winning aggregate is found.
- All rounds shall be played on the dates selected by the League Secretary. NOTE: The League shall not get involved in rearrangement of fixture dates. Where a team cannot play on such a date then they shall contact their opponents to agree an alternative date (which must be not less than 7 days before any consecutive round) if however, inclement weather should prevent fulfilment of any such re-arrangements, only then shall the League Secretary fix a date on their behalf, any team however who previously agreed to an alternative date but afterwards find that they cannot play on that date shall forfeit the match and any prize money thereto.
- The competition shall be run on a Divisional basis, each division playing for it’s own trophy, 5 players at home & 5 players away with all teams OFF SCRATCH. No trophies will be presented for the 2003 season onwards. Prizes will be paid to the winners and runners up only. The winners to receive £40.00, and the runners-up £20.00.
- The League management committee shall be the sole interpreter of these rules and all decisions made by them shall be binding to all competitors, whereas any question arises which is not covered by these rules, the League’s knock-out cup rules: - Revised 1999. The Executive Committee shall make a decision, which shall be binding to all parties involved.
- For situations not covered by these rules refer to the rules for League Competitions.
RULES FOR THE SENIOR INDIVIDUAL MERIT COMPETITIOM
- The competition is open to all players registered with the League
- Entries made on the official entry form, shall give the name of the players and their club, plus any other club name on whose greens the entrants are members. If a player is unintentionally drawn to play on a green where they are members, it is that players responsibility to inform the League Secretary of the fact.
- Substitutes are allowed prior to the start of the competition, after which no substitutes will be permitted to compete. Where a substitution is to take place, 3 clear days notice, prior to the event, must be given to the League Secretary. The League Secretary will make all decisions with regard to permitting the substitution.
- All rounds of the competition shall be played on venues, dates and times decided by the League Secretary. Copies of these notices will be circulated to all participating clubs, prior to the commencement of each round of the competition.
- The League Secretary shall appoint a person to take charge (I/C) of the competition at each venue. That person will affect the draw and will have the office to make decisions, within the rules of the competition, which will be binding on all competitors. In the event that the appointed I/C being absent, any person in attendance can assume the role of I/C. At the conclusion of each round, the player or players who qualify for the next round must inform the League Secretary within 3 days of their qualification. Failure to do so could result in qualifiers not being informed of future rounds. The I/C shall not be held responsible for late arrival of competitors; the start times will be strictly adhered to. People’ arriving after the draw is made will be deemed to be absent and will forfeit any entry fees.
- No practice will be allowed, the player to have the first cast of the jack to be decided by the toss of a coin. Games in all round will be 21 up, including any handicap that may be given.
- All aspects of these rules shall be binding on all competitors, and the League shall have the privilege to make further decisions not covered by these rules.
The rules for the Senior Individual Merit Competition will apply. In the event that on player of the partnership being absent, then both players will be considered absent and will take no further part and the entry fees will be forfeited.
Champion of Champion’s Competition
The competition is open to team average winners and will be governed by the rules of the Senior Individual Merit Competition.