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Rules

Oxford and District Bowls League

Secretary: D J Henwood, 29 The Phelps, Kidlington,Oxon OX5 1SU

Tel: 01865 374221

E-mail: johnhenwoodbowls@btinternet.com

Competition Rules

1. Matches to be played to the rules approved by Bowls England where they apply to team games.

2. All teams in each division / section to play all other teams twice in a season, on a home and away basis.

3. Combined team may join the league subject to the following conditions

  • Not more than 2 clubs may form a combined team
  • Combined clubs must not have more than 30 male playing members each
  • New applications to be initially reviewed by the league sub-committee and if recommended, to be agreed by a majority at the AGM.

 
4. Each team to be represented by 4 rinks, if one player is short in any rink, the number of bowls played by each defaulting rink to be: the lead and two both playing 3 bowls and the skip 2. Defaulting rink to lose one fourth of the total shots scored (including decimal places) by each defaulting rink to be deducted from their score after the game has finished. A fourth player may join in a rink (not at skip) before the commencement of the 5th end with no penalty to the score.

5. In accordance with Bowls England Law Section 4 – 12 (1), a draw to decide the numbers of the rinks to be played on shall be made by the visiting captain

6. A game to consist of 21 ends with one trial end allowed

7. If a game is curtailed by bad weather or bad light, and a minimum of 15 ends have been played; the score on the last completed ends shall be taken as the result of the game.

8. If, because of bad weather or bad light, a fixture does not take place, or the minimum of 15 ends are not completed, 3 points will be awarded to each team. The green keeper shall decide if the green is playable, or if a green keeper is not available, the two opposing captains will decide.

9. If a fixture is cancelled by one of the two teams, for whatever reason, 6 points and 20 shots will be awarded to the teams who were available to play the fixture. The defaulting teams will have 12 points & 20 shots deducted and fined £20. Unless one of the teams have been given prior permission from the League Secretary for a postponement. A team can have a postponement of a fixture when informing the league secretary in writing for a National competition or for a club tour. For a club tour the closing date for a postponement will be the first game of the season.)

10. All league games will be played on Thursday evenings commencing no later than 06:30 p.m. (August 06-15pm) except if varied by the league sub-committee or secretary.

Where there are 4 teams in a section / division, league games will be played on Bowls England standardised weeks 22, 23, 29, 30, 31, and 32.

Where there are 5 teams in a section / division, league games will be played on 8 out of10 Thursday evenings comprising Bowls England standardised weeks 20, 21, 22, 23, 24,25, 27, 28, 31 and 32.

Where there are 6 teams in a section / division, league games will be played on all theabove dates.

Where there are 7 teams in a section / division, league games will be played on 12 out of14 Thursday evenings comprising Bowls England standardised weeks 19, 20, 21, 22, 23,24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, and 32.

Where there are 8 teams in a section / division, league games will be played on all theabove dates.

11. Once a player has played a game for a team, he becomes ineligible to play a game for any other team for the remainder of that season. If a team plays an ineligible player, all 6 points will be awarded to the other side, or the game awarded. The player in question will be ineligible to play further games for any team during that season.

12. Points to be awarded in each game –

  • 2 points for winning the match overall
  • 1 point each in the event of a tie
  • 1 point for each winning rink (1/2 point if tying)

 
13. All results to include rink scores must be sent electronically (email), separately by both teams to the Fixture Secretary by midnight of the Friday immediately following the fixture. All result cards to be retained by each team in case of dispute. Failure to comply with this rule will result in a £10.00 fine to the defaulting team on each occasion. Clubs with more than ONE team must send in their match (rink) cards to the Fixture Secretary by first class post on the day following the fixture.

14. The team with the most points when all games have been completed shall be the section / division winner. If two or more teams are equal in points, shot difference will decide the positions.

15. Two teams will be promoted / relegated in each section / division.

16. Any points arising or not covered by the foregoing rules, to be referred to the league secretary for consideration by the league committee.

17. All clubs must send a full list of male club members to the League Secretary by the 15th April of each season (full names only). Names of members 16 years old and under must be underlined and include the date of birth. All new male members must also be notified to the League Secretary as and when they join.

ADDITIONAL RULES FOR LEAGUE CUP

1. The competition will be a straight knockout on shots scored. Team captains to draw a nominated rink at the start of the game to play an extra end in case the match is tied.

2. The game to consist of 18 ends with one trial end allowed.

3. If a game is curtailed by bad weather or bad light and a minimum of 10 ends have been
played by all rinks the score on the last completed ends shall be taken as the result of the
game.

4. If the game is cancelled due to bad weather the game is to be played within 6 days on a
mutually agreed date. Any problems to be referred to the league secretary

5 All games to start by 6-15pm.

6. Results to be phoned to Paul Mabbutt 07949089643 or John Henwood 01865
374221. within 24hrs of the game by both teams.

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