Coventry Bowling League 2021



Management Committee

Life Members
Mr. R Perry, Mr C Reid, Mr C Bordley, Mr RA Young
Mr Robert Moss
Mr. C Reid, Mr. RA Young, Mr. M Dobson 
Mr Martin Dobson
459 Walsgrave Road, Coventry, CV2 4AH
Tel: 024 7644 8916
Mob: 07904 589480
League Match Secretary
 Mr Damon Naile
Competitions Secretary
Mr Len Peach
2 Rectory Drive
Exhall, Coventry. CV7 9NZ
 Tel: 024 7631 1397



Welcome to the Coventry Bowling League.
The site comprises the Coventry Premier/Midweek League, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday Leagues


Important Dates:


Latest information:



Wed Aug 4th


Dear Secretary,


As you are all aware we unfortunately had to cancel Mondays scheduled League meeting due to the Newdigate Club being closed, we will try and organise another meeting soon however in the interim please find detailed below a summary of some key issues and what we are asking Clubs support for.


It is important that you read this information and ensure that all your Captains and Players are aware of the contents.


When we embarked on the reintroduction of this season Leagues we knew we could face some tough challenges and had in principle but our faith in Clubs to do their upmost to ensure that all fixtures are completed. The League have been very lenient on some rules this year to ensure that we could return to safe bowling and in most cases we have all done a fantastic job.


However one thing that is of concern is the number of fixtures that are currently not completed and we wish to work with all Clubs to ensure that we can complete these ASAP, yes we have seen some unforeseen situations COVID, Football, player shortage and more recently bad weather


We knew that the Midweek League was tight and had little room for cancelled games however we had reduced the Thursday Leagues to help for any fixture pile up that need to be reschedule. By the end of August all schedules fixtures in all Thursday & Midweek 1, 2, 3 & 4 leagues should have been completed - this leaves only Premier 1 & 2 fixtures scheduled within September so in principle there are plenty of evenings to schedule games within September that have not yet been can even split Saturdays to play over 2 nights.


At this point the League do not want to impose new dates for non-completed fixtures we want Clubs to resolve themselves, however we will do so if Clubs do not help the situation.


Important Timeline for rearranged Fixtures


If Clubs cannot agree a date for rescheduled fixtures before Monday 16th August 2021 - then the League will mandate a new date.

Once Clubs agree on a new date this cannot be changed.

All rearranged fixtures should be played on or before Thursday16th September.

In exceptional circumstances matches may be played by Sunday 26th September (last weekend of the scheduled season) but this must be requested to the League in writing.

Fixtures that are not completed by Sunday 26th September will be awarded or voided by the League Management Committee.

If Clubs cannot find a mutually agreeable date in the time frame provided then you must contact the League ASAP, who are happy to assist


As stated above there are plenty of clear dates within September, please work together to get this difficult season completed, the season will be completed on Sunday 26th September.




To reiterate what was said at the beginning of the season, it is our aim to have promotion and relegation. However, if we have to reorganise the leagues it may not be entirely obvious but we will be clear and transparent in what we do. The aim is always to have leagues of even numbers and clear breaks so that games can be pulled forward.


Last Four Game


The 'Last Four Game' rule is still on the books (not rearranged ones) but we do not want to see teams be short when there are players on the bench available. Therefore in certain circumstances where a lower team would be short we will be lenient in enforcing the rule, however this should not be considered by any Club where there is any impact to relegation or promotion of that team. The management Committee will be on the lookout for any abuse of this stance so if in doubt please speak to us in advance to get clearance.


For clarity, the rule is interpreted as such:

  • The last four games are the last four games for a team as per the original fixture dates
  • In the last four games, a player may not play for a team if they have played more than four games for a higher team
  • A higher team is one placed above them in the league structure
  • The only exception to this is if the player has been 'relegated' to the lower team before the last four games, i.e. they cannot have played for a higher team in the 5th from last game in that League

League Finances


The current League financial position is that we have £8,199.61 in the Banl with a cash flow of £46.33, cash expenditure this year amounts to £260.20 this principally covers insurance, printing of match sheets and postage.


As you are all aware we are combining both the May & October bills this year - these will be issued to Clubs in early October - the Bills will be on the same basis as 2019 so please check these to ensure you have sufficient funds to cover these when they arrive.


Presentation Evening


At this point there is no Presentation Evening organised for this year - this would normally be in early November .................this can be easily sorted but we want feedback from all Clubs if we should proceed this year - it takes a lot of organising and we definitely need the support from Clubs to make it worth arranging.


Can I please ask all Clubs to review this request and let me know your thoughts ASAP.




I have recently sent out a list of all Trophies that I need returning - can you please contact me so we can arrange collection or delivery.



If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me


Sun Jul 25th

Reminder of Rules

Just a reminder of two important rules, the first a League rule and the second a Law of the Game.

The away team must be given 15 minutes exclusive use of the green before matches, starting 20 minutes before the match is due to start. This time starts when the last home player leaves the green, and the full time must be given even if that means the game starting late.

A player who bowled the jack is not permitted to ask for the jack to be returned. The only time the jack is returned to the player who bowled it is if it hits or is hit by another object, 'jack up' is called by another end or the bowler's first wood hits or is hit by another object while in motion. It is not permissible to ask for the jack you have just bowled to be returned in any other circumstance unless it is to concede it to your opponent.

This is covered under rule 4 in the Laws of the Game.


Sat Jun 19th

While we are being flexible this season given the strangeness of these times, please remember that a game can only be postponed (other than for weather/safety) if 


  • A new date has been arranged
  • The League Match Secretary has ben infomred and agrees


Please ensure this procedure is followed to allow the League to operate in as smoothest way as possible. If you are one or two players short, it would be best to just play the game but please let the opposition know in advance.


Many thanks.


Mon May 31st


Good Morning All,


With a couple weeks into the season things are generally going OK, just a couple of reminders to all clubs and captains.


1.) Whilst we would like all fixtures played on the scheduled night it is expected that we will get some fixtures that can not be, in this situation Clubs should ideally play the fixture in advance of the scheduled date or must have agreed a new date prior to the scheduled fixture and played within 4 weeks. We are asking Clubs to be flexible with each other in this situation and for this season only will allow fixtures to be split in all Leagues. In all situations Clubs must inform the League of any agreement prior to the scheduled date - we expect Clubs to be able to mutually resolve these instances, we are not in a normal season and ask clubs to support each other and ensure all fixtures are played.


2.) Match Sheets - as long as Clubs have been able to load results onto the system then you do not need post the sheets, however you can email to  - please keep these and hand to League Committee at the next meeting. Only post if you are unable load the results on the system.


3.) Should you need to register a player in the Coventry and District League whom already holds a BCGBA number then please contact Damon Naile - 


4.) Should you need to register a player to obtain a new BCGBA registration number then please ensure you get the relevant form to Martin Dobson - North Midlands registrar.


Should you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact the League committe, please make sure all your captains are aware of the above.



Thu May 20th

It's great to be back on the green and to see so many entring results online. We encourage everyone to do this as it saves time and money for everyone! Could Secretaries check their players lists in the system and let me know if any players are missing or not added to a league. 


Can all players remember this important 'Law of the Game' which is particulary revelant in these times.


5.1 At no time may the footer be used with the centre less than one metre from the edge of the green.



Thu May 13th


Dear Secretary,


With the 2021 Coventry District Bowling season nearly on us I would like to send out my best wishes and good luck to all teams, I am sure you will all agree its been a very difficult time for everyone so hopefully being back on the green will be positive for every Player & Club. 


All fixtures have been produced and are available on the website : Coventry Bowling League ( can you please ensure that you check all your fixtures for any clashes, whilst every effort has been made to minimise clashes some may have slipped through the net.


All match sheets have been posted to all Clubs - please ensure that your results are posted on the Bowling results website and you completed & signed match sheet retained and provided at any subsequent League meetings.


For the 2021 season only we have slightly amended some of the Rules - a copy is attached (also available from the website or by clicking this link), any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Management Committee.


As with the past 18 months we have been guided by the Goverment & Bowling authorities with respect to the management and control of the pandemic, please continue to follow this advice from the relevant authority websites, BCGBA ( & UK Gov ( Welcome to GOV.UK (


I do think most Clubs are now fully aware of the recommendations however please be mindful of the following :

  • Recommendation from the League is for no food to be provided.
  • No handshakes
  • Important of social distancing as much as possible
  • To provide sanitizer
  • Toilet facilities must be available
  • Clubs to notify the League & opponents where it is not possible for the opposition to go back to the Club.
  • Where possible Clubs to let each other know if they are going to be short of players as soon as possible (opposition would need to have a full team available on the night to claim the non fulfilled game).
  • Try to avoid using shared equipment whenever possible – If you are sharing equipment, for example jacks/mats, practise strict hand hygiene including sanitisation after using any shared equipment.
League format - It is the intention of the League that the seasons will be a competitive format with promotion and relegation, however where the number of teams has been reduced in Leagues this season it will be our intention (where possible) to return the Leagues to the original formation for the 2022 season which in the some cases could impact promotion/relegation positions - the League rules as stated in handbook will be adhered to.


As the Premier Leagues are running as normal relegation & promotion will be in accordance with the handbook rules.


On a positive note we have had over 35 new membership requests to join BCGBA, this is fantastic news and hopefully this will continue. If you have any new members please contact myself as the North Midlands Registrar and I will provide the relevant joining information.


That's about it for now - please enjoy your bowling and should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me. 



Martin Dobson

Secretary/Treasurer Coventry & District Bowling League