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National Championships 2016 Rules PDF Print E-mail

BOWLS SCOTLAND

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

RULES AND BYELAWS

2016

 

1. CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

1.1 All clubs in Membership of Bowls Scotland and not in arrears with the Annual Capitation Fees are eligible to participate in all or any of the Competitions. Payment of the appropriate entry fee for each Competition shall be held to constitute the official entry. Failure to pay by the published date may result in no entry to Championships.

1.2 No player shall be permitted to play BIBC/BIWBC qualifying events in any other BIBC/BIWBC National Authority in the same year.

 

2. ADMINISTRATION

2.1 The management and control of the Competitions shall be vested in Bowls Scotland, who shall determine all questions or disputes that may arise which do not come within the scope of the duties of an Umpire referred to under UMPIRE DUTIES.

2.2 For each District, Bowls Scotland shall appoint a local District Secretary who shall, under the authority of Bowls Scotland, be responsible for arranging District ties so as to ensure the completion by the published date. Each District Secretary shall submit to Bowls Scotland a full report to include competitor(s) full names and the results of the ties.

2.3 District Secretaries will arrange ties so that they do not clash and that;

2.3.1 All (except Senior) Singles, Junior Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours are played in the evenings or at weekends.

2.3.2 All Senior ties are played in the afternoon or at weekends

2.3.3 All Mixed Pairs ties are played in the evenings or at weekends.

2.4 In the First Stage, District Secretaries are required to rearrange ties involving any participant who is unable to play due to Bowls Scotland duties as a player, official or member of staff.

 

3. ORGANISATION

3.1 The Competitions will be played in two Stages:

a. First Stage - District ties where Member Clubs will be formed into Districts and play to the last 32.

b. Second Stage - National Championships will be competed for by the 32 District winners.

 

 

 

3.2 FIRST STAGE: Clubs competing in the National Championships are required to provide green space for ties when requested by the District Secretary. Host Clubs must appoint an Umpire and a Marker when required, failing which the competing Clubs may mutually agree on a competent person to act as Umpire.

3.3 The Secretary of the Club on whose Green a tie has been played must ensure that the fully completed score card is despatched immediately to the District Secretary.

3.4 On the day on which a District tie is to be played, no participating player shall play on the same rink as that on which the tie is to be played, the penalty is disqualification.

3.5 The failure of a player to appear after a period of 30 minutes from the start time of a tie will result in the player and club being disqualified from that particular competition.

3.6 The method of selection of players shall be left to the discretion of each Member Club. All players selected must be Members of the Club they are chosen to represent. The competitor(s) playing in the first tie shall be the official selection of the Member Club.

3.7 There is no lower age restriction for the Junior Singles, Singles, Pairs, Triples, Fours and Mixed Pairs. Clubs must ensure that players under 16 years of age registered members of their club.

3.8 No player shall represent more than one club. Any breach of this rule will result in the player and Clubs being disqualified from the competition entered by the player.

3.9 No player may enter more than one District Competition other than those specified in the Competitions section. Any breach of this rule will result in the player and Club being disqualified from the competitions entered by the player

3.10 All Competitions shall be played under World Bowls Laws of the Sport of Bowls (Crystal Mark Third Edition) as published by World Bowls and including Bowls Scotland domestic regulations.

3.11 SECOND STAGE: Bowls Scotland will manage this stage in the competition and will make a draw of the 32 District winners which will be played at such time and place as fixed by Bowls Scotland.

 

4. COMPETITIONS

National Competitions will be held in the following disciplines and all finals will be played at Ayr, Northfield between 26th and 31st July 2016.

 

4.1 Singles

a. There will be separate competitions for male and female members.

b. Each club may enter 1 player in the male and female competitions.

c. Each player will play four bowls.

d. The winner being the first to score 21 shots.

 

 

 

 

 

4.2 Junior Singles

a. There will be separate competitions for male and female members.

b. Each club may enter an unrestricted number of players in the male and female competitions.

c. All Players must be under 25 years of age on the 1st April of the year of the Championships.

d. Each player will play four bowls.

e. The winner being the first to score 21 shots.

 

4.3 Pairs

a. There will be separate competitions for male and female members.

b. Each club may enter 1 pair in the male and female competitions.

c. Each player will play four bowls.

d. Each tie will be decided over 17 ends, with an extra end(s) if required to determine a winner.

 

4.4 Triples

a. There will be separate competitions for male and female members.

b. Each club may enter 1 triple in the male and female competitions.

c. Each player will play three bowls.

d. Each tie will be decided over 15 ends, with an extra end(s) if required to determine a winner.

e. Three players must play at all times.

 

4.5 Fours

a. There will be separate competitions for male and female members.

b. Each club may enter 1 Four in the male and female competitions.

c. Each player will play two bowls.

d. Each tie will be decided over 17 ends, with an extra end(s) if required to determine a winner.

e. Four players must play at all times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.6 Senior Singles

a. There will be separate competitions for male and female members.

b. Each club may enter an unrestricted number of players in the male and female competitions.

c. Each player will play four bowls.

d. The winner will be the first to score 21 shots.

e. All players must be 55 years of age or over on the 1st April of the year of the Championships.

f. Players may also play in 1 of the Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours. Players may also play in the Mixed Pairs.

g. Players cannot compete in the Senior Fours.

 

 

4.7 Senior Fours

a. There will be separate competitions for male and female members.

b. Each club may enter an unrestricted number of players in the male and female competitions.

c. Each player will play two bowls.

d. Each tie will be decided over 15 ends, with an extra end(s) if required to determine a winner.

e. All players must be 55 years of age or over on the 1st April of the year of the Championships.

f. Four players must play at all times.

g. Players may also play 1 of in the Singles, Pairs, Triples Fours. Players may also play in the Mixed Pairs.

h. Players cannot compete in the Senior Singles.

 

4.8 Mixed Pairs

a. Each club may enter 1 male and 1 female as a pair in this competition.

b. Both players must be members of the entering club.

c. Each player will play four bowls.

d. Each tie will be decided over 17 ends, with an extra end(s) if required to determine a winner.

e. Players may also compete in the following competitions: Singles, Junior Singles, Pairs, Triples, Fours and either the Senior Singles or Senior Fours, in accordance with each competitions rules.

 

 

 

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5. SUBSTITUTION

5.1 FIRST STAGE: the players participating in the first tie shall be regarded as the official selection of the Member Club.

5.2 Between each round players may alter playing positions.

5.3 During play, if it is agreed that a substitute is required, the substitute should play in any position other than skip, and the other members of the team can rearrange their positions as necessary.

5.4 The full rules for substitution during play are contained in the World Bowls Laws of the Sport of Bowls (Crystal Mark Third Edition) Section 32 and 33.

5.5 In the First Stage, substitution will be allowed as follows and can be made at any time between rounds and may play in any position:

a. FOURS Four Substitutions

b. SENIORS FOURS Four Substitutions

c. TRIPLES Three Substitutions

d. PAIRS Two Substitutions

e. SINGLES/JUNIOR SINGLES One Substitution

f. SENIOR SINGLES....................One Substitution

5.6 Players competing in the Singles, Junior Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours can be used as replacement players or substitutes in the Mixed Pairs, and either the Senior Singles or Senior Fours, not both.

 

 

5.7 Players competing in the Mixed Pairs, Senior Singles and Senior Fours can be used as replacement players or substitutes in the Singles, Junior Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours.

5.8 Players competing in the Senior Singles and Senior Fours can be used as replacement players or substitutes in the Mixed Pairs.

5.9 Players competing in the Mixed Pairs can be used as replacement players or substitutes in either the Senior Singles or Senior Fours, not both.

5.10 Under no circumstances can players play in both the Senior Singles and Senior Fours.

5.11 Only in the First stage and for 1 round only, can a replacement player be used to replace a player necessitated by immediate family bereavement or jury duty. The player who was replaced may return and play in the subsequent rounds.

5.12 The replacement player will be eligible to play in other competitions as a substitute.

5.13 FIRST AND SECOND STAGE: In the event of the death of a player in the First or Second stages a replacement may be made and this does not count as a substitute.

5.14 SECOND STAGE: the players having won the District competition will be registered as the official selection of the Member Club.

5.15 Only one substitute will be allowed in each competition and this substitute must continue throughout the remainder of the competition.

5.16 In the Pairs, Triples, Fours and Senior fours, the substitute may be introduced in any one of the five rounds.

5.17 In the Singles, Junior Singles and Senior Singles no substitute shall be introduced after the first round.

5.18 The failure of a player to appear on the rink of play after a period of a period of 15 minutes from the start time of the tie will result in the player and club being disqualified from that particular competition.

 

6. DRESS CODE

6.1 FIRST STAGE:

a. All players - grey or black trousers or for ladies skirt or trousers including culottes and mid-calf trousers.

b. There is no requirement to register coloured tops. Any colour of top, with a collar may be worn; this includes shirt & tie, blouse, bowling top or polo top.

c. In Pairs, Triples and Fours players do not have to be dressed alike.

d. Football tops or tops resembling football strips or football colours are not acceptable, neither are tops bearing football badges or logos similarly tops with slogans or political/religious statements are not acceptable.

e. There is no restriction on advertising or sponsors logos provided they comply with d. above.

f. Appropriate warm and waterproof clothing may be worn.

g. All players must wear flat soled and heel-less footwear.

 

6.2 Players failing to comply with the dress code may be reported to the District Secretary who will consider what action is to be taken, this may include the player(s) disqualification.

 

 

6.3 SECOND STAGE:

a. All players - White trousers or for ladies white skirt or trousers including culottes and mid-calf trousers.

b. Shorts may be worn, they must be of a reasonable length and must comply with rule a or c.

c. There is no longer the requirement to register coloured clothing therefore coloured tops with coordinating coloured trousers/skirts, or coloured tops with white trousers/skirts or predominately white tops with white trousers/skirts, or just all white are acceptable.

d. In all Pairs, Triples and Fours players must be dressed alike and in Ladies events any combination of skirt and trousers is permitted.

e. However, football tops or tops resembling football strips or football colours are not acceptable neither are tops bearing football badges or logos similarly slogans or political/religious statements are not acceptable.

f. There is no restriction on advertising or sponsors logos provided they comply with e. above.

g. Appropriate warm and waterproof clothing may be worn.

h. All players must wear predominately white, heel-less flat soled shoes.

 

 

6.4 UMPIRE DRESS CODE FOR THE SECOND STAGE.

Umpires dress code will be decided by the Bowls Scotland Umpire Committee.

 

 

7. GENERAL

 

 

7.1 STAMPING OF BOWLS

For the National Championships, bowls will only require to be re-tested and re-stamped if the date stamp and serial number is not clearly legible on all bowls (IBB, WBB and WB stamps only) .Bowls with ONLY the BIBC Stamp are ineligible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.2 UMPIRE DUTIES - In the First stage.

Examine bowls and footwear and be fully conversant with and enforce the Rules. Players in doubt of any ruling should at once consult the Umpire. At the completion of all competitions and after the scores have been agreed the Umpire shall ensure that the score cards have been properly completed showing the Club, full names of competitors, and the time the game finished and signed by the competitor(s). The score cards to be passed to the Secretary of the Club on whose Green a tie has been played who must ensure that the fully completed score card is despatched immediately to the District Secretary.

The Umpire, in addition to exercising his functions as set out in Law 43 of the World Bowls Laws of the Sport of Bowls (Crystal Mark Third Edition) shall determine whether the Green is in a fit condition for playing the tie and decide appeals on the ground of darkness, condition of the weather or any other valid reason. If the Umpire decides that the game must be postponed, the Umpire shall there and then in the presence of the competitors fix another time for the tie (either at a later hour on that day or some other day before the due date of the next round) and the parties shall be held to have thereby received due notice of the fixture.

 

7.3 ALCOHOL

Players competing in the National Championships, at any stage, are not permitted to consume alcohol within the parameters of the green while playing.

 

7.4 ABUSE

Any player who subjects their opponent or any official to physical or verbal abuse will be warned by the umpire. Failure to adhere to the warning will be reported to the controlling body for consideration of what action to take, including the players disqualification.

 

7.5 DRUG TESTING

a. A number of checks may be taken at the National Championships.

b. It is the individual player’s responsibility to ensure that any drug taken is not a banned substance as defined by the Scottish Sports Council.

 

7.6 PRESS AND TV INTERVIEWS

Bowls Scotland expects any member invited to take part in a press/TV interview to conduct themselves in a befitting manner as an ambassador of the sport and country.