Mens' Competition & League Rules
- In these Rules the abbreviations and/or expressions where the context so admits shall have the same meanings / titles as those employed in the CONSTITUTION. Words importing the singular number shall include the plural number and vice versa.
- All competitions shall be played on an annual basis under the Laws and Rules of the WIBC, EIBA and the ECIBA.
- Annually, the GPC shall appoint Officers and Assistants to assist the COMP SEC if necessary.
- All competitions shall be confined to those CLUBS which are affiliated to the EIBA and the ECIBA.
- No player shall represent or allow his name to be submitted in any ECIBA Competition or County League team for more than one CLUB in any one season.
- Players under suspension or expulsion from an EIBA CLUB shall not participate in any ECIBA Competition or League.
- Apart from Singles and Pairs competitions one additional (and the same player) of the same CLUB may be used as a substitute at any time provided they have not already played in the same competition and provided they are eligible competitors.
- Competitors who have entered a Competition and are the named entrant cannot afterwards play in another team in the same competition, irrespective of whether or not they have actually played in their original entry.
- If a player becomes aware that he will not be available on Finals Day he should withdraw from all competitions at the earliest opportunity. If a player fails to appear for a Final on Finals day he may be excluded from future competitions for a period of two seasons
3. Competition and League Entry Fees
- CLUB secretaries shall send their Competition entries and fees to the HON SEC annually not later than 30th April using the official forms provided for the purpose.
4. Rink Fees
- All ties shall be played on CLUB greens. The green fees payable shall be those applicable to the CLUB at which the tie is played.
5. Playing Arrangements
- All rounds shall be played on or before the Closing Dates fixed by the COMP SEC and published in the current ECIBA Handbook.
- All ties shall commence; at 6.30 pm on Monday to Friday inclusive and between the hours of 10.00 am and 6.30 pm on Saturdays and Sundays excluding Bank and Public Holidays and Liberty Trophy and O’60s Inter County games. These times may be varied by mutual consent.
- If opposing players, teams or sides have similar coloured bowls stickers the Home players, teams or sides to change or remove their stickers.
- All score cards shall be signed by both players/team captains and sent immediately by the winning player/team to the COMP SEC, as described in the current ECIBA Handbook. Failure to comply with this rule may result in disqualification.
- On completion of each competition the COMP SEC is to be advised of the result within 24 hours by telephone, text or e-mail and all of the signed scorecards forwarded to him posted within 24 hours of the match.
- There is no time limit for any ECIBA Competitions or League games.
- All semi final games will be played at neutral venues.
6. Offering Dates for Competitions
- A challenge will not be effective until after 14th October in each season. Competitors may arrange matches before 14th October by mutual agreement.
- The straight draw shall apply to all rounds and the player/team appearing first shall be the challenger who shall within 36 hours after receiving notification offer his opponent two dates from which to select which must include a weekend and a weekday. Unless mutually agreed to the contrary these should not include Bank Holidays or the Saturday or Sunday preceding any Bank Holiday and dates of Liberty Trophy, O’60s Inter County and Inter club League games.
- The challenged competitor shall accept one of the dates offered within 72 hours of the receipt of the challenge. If, 10 days before the Closing Date, a choice of dates has not been received, the first named player/team in the Draw shall cease to be the Challenger, and the second named player/team will become the Challenger.
- The second named player/team shall contact the first named player/team in the Draw and offer, two dates, and shall choose the venue. In the event of the first named player/team not accepting the challenge within 48 hours, the game shall be awarded to the second named player/team. If no challenge is made both competitors will be eliminated.
- If the challenger’s CLUB green is not available for play the tie shall revert to the opponent’s Green. If neither green is available for play the game shall, by mutual agreement, be played on a neutral green, failing which the COMP SEC shall determine the green on which the tie shall be played.
- Extensions, which must be agreed by the COMP SEC, shall only be allowed when players/teams are engaged in EIBA, EAST CIBA and ECIBA matches, commitments or duties.
- The responsibility for providing a marker for each round of a single-handed competition shall fall upon the challenger except in the case of the semi-final and final, for which umpires and markers shall be arranged by the COMP SEC.
7. Code of Conduct
- All players/teams must comply with the Code of Conduct published in the current ECIBA Handbook.
- A Player shall not abuse in any way whatsoever, any other person during the course of a game.
- A player shall not cause wilful damage to any equipment whatsoever during the course of a game.
- No player shall cause himself to be unfit to play through either drug or alcohol abuse before or during a game.
- All protests concerning the green and/or venue, shall be identified to the opponents, the club, and if present, the representative of the ECIBA before the sixth end and the tie must be completed.
- Protests against a player may only be identified to the player immediately following the end of the tie.
- Any CLUB or competitor shall refer such protests within three days after the tie in writing to the COMP SEC together with a complaint fee (as fixed from time to time by the GPC) which may be forfeited or returned as the GPC may determine after considering and disposing of such protest. Protests shall not be withdrawn except by leave of the GPC.
9. Dress Code
- Dress for early rounds of competitions shall be white above the waist or registered CLUB shirts and grey below.
- Dress for semi finals and finals will be white above waist or registered CLUB shirts and white below the waist.
10. General Matters
- All trophies shall be presented at the Finals Day, and may be retained by the recipient. Such trophies shall be returned to the COMP SEC not less than 28 days before the next Finals Day.
- The holders shall be responsible for the safe custody of trophies, but not for their insurance. The winner’s CLUB shall be presented with a plaque indicating the year and title of the event.
- In all ties other than Singles the two skips shall be the judges of all disputed points and when they agree their decision shall be final. If they cannot agree, the points shall be decided by the appointed Umpire, or by a neutral person mutually chosen to decide.
- Bowls shall comply with the ‘Laws of the Sport of Indoor Bowls’. The COMP SEC may at his discretion supply coloured bowls discs.
- The COMP SEC and O60’s LEAGUE SEC shall have power to deal with any matter not provided for in these Rules and may report his action to the GPC.
11. Additional Rules for Competitions
Champion of Champions – John Rodwell Trophy
1. Entry shall be limited to bona fide CLUB Singles Champions. No substitutes will be allowed in this competition. Format 4 bowls each player, 21 shots.
Unbadged – Ken Clarke Shield
2. Every competitor shall be Unqualified to receive a County Badge according to the current version of the County Roll i.e. he has not been awarded or be qualified to receive an ECIBA cloth badge on or before 30th April, or his name is not on the County Roll, in the year the entry is submitted. There shall be no restriction to the number of entries submitted by a CLUB. Format 4 bowls each player, 21 shots.
Pairs – David Mitchell-Gears Trophy
3. Entry shall be limited to bona fide CLUB Pairs Champions. No substitutes will be allowed in this competition. Format 4 bowls each player, 21 ends.
Triples – Frank Patten Memorial Trophy
4. There shall be no restriction to the number of entries submitted by a CLUB.
5. The three players taking part in the first game shall constitute the team and should normally play together throughout the competition. Format 3 bowls each player, 18 ends.
Fours – Frank Hawkes Memorial Trophy
6. There shall be no restriction to the number of entries submitted by a CLUB.
7. The four players taking part in the first game shall constitute the team and should normally play together throughout the competition. Format 2 bowls each player, 21 ends.
Under 25s Singles
8. Entry shall be limited to CLUB members who have not attained the age of 25 on 30th September at the start of the season.
9. There shall be no restriction to the number of entries submitted by a CLUB. Format 4 bowls each player, 21 shots.
12. Additional Rules for Over 60s Double Rink Championship
- Each CLUB may enter a single entry of two ‘fours’ comprising of players, who have attained the age of 60 years on 1st October in the season of competition.
- Matches are to be played on a ‘knock-out’ principle, with both ‘fours’ playing on the Challenger’s green at the same time, semi finals will be played at a neutral venue.
- All ties, excepting the Final, are to be played on a week-day (Monday to Friday) excluding Bank and Public Holidays and Liberty Trophy and O’60s Inter County games. Ties are to start not before 10.00 am and not after 2.30 pm. Games may be played on weekends but only by mutual consent.
- The Challenger, being the first named CLUB in each draw pairing, shall offer their opponents a choice of two dates at least fourteen days prior to the closing dates of each round. Acceptance of one of the dates offered to be made within 72 hours of receipt. If, fourteen days before the Closing Date, a choice of dates has not been received the second named team shall contact the first named team in the Draw and offer two dates, and shall choose the venue.
- If within a period of thirty minutes from the time fixed for the game to commence one player is absent, without having given reasonable prior notice, in the defaulting team the number of bowls shall be made up by the lead and second players playing three bowls each. One fourth of the total shots scored by the team comprising three players shall be deducted from the score, fractions taken into account.
- If within thirty minutes from the time fixed for the game to commence more than one player is absent without having given reasonable prior notice the game will be conceded to their opponents.
- Each game shall be of 21 ends: the challenger shall nominate one designated rink to play an extra end before the draw is made for rinks. The extra end should only be played if the game is a draw. The Challenger has the right to nominate the rinks to be used but the draw for rinks and opponents shall be made by the skips or umpire, if present.
13. Additional Rules for Inter Club Leagues
- Entry shall normally be limited to one team from each CLUB.
- Teams shall consist of six fours, three rinks to play at home and three to play away on the same day, starting times shall coincide. The match shall be of 21 ends.
- Inter-Club League shall be run as two Divisions. Annually, the top two teams from Division 2 shall be promoted and the bottom two teams from Division 1 shall be relegated.
- Matches to be played on a Saturday commencing at 10 a.m. on fixed dates arranged by the COMP SEC. All matches must be played on or before the last published league date in the County Handbook.
- Where a CLUB is involved in an EIBA National Inter-Club Championship or 4 or more players from a CLUB are involved in an EIBA National Team Championship, or a club is involved in the L&SC Shield, matches may be rearranged by mutual agreement and with the consent of the COMP SEC. but only using the ‘‘Spare ICL dates’’ published in the County Handbook.
- Competition Points.
Scoring shall be one (1) point for each winning rink, two (2) points for the overall winning score at each venue and three (3) points for the overall winning match score: Total - Thirteen (13) points per match. In the event of equality in any part, points awarded shall be shared.
In the event of any CLUB failing to honour a fixture, their opponents may, at the end of the season be awarded average of; points, shots for and shots against based on the matches played during the season.
If at the end of the competition two or more teams have equal points, then shot difference will determine league position. If still equal then total shots scored will determine league position.
- On completion of each match the COMP SEC is to be advised of the result by the first named CLUB within 24 hours by telephone, text message or e-mail and the Result Card signed by representatives of both clubs forwarded to him by post within 24 hours of the match.
- Wherever possible an umpire is to be present at each venue, the arrangement for which is to be made by the host CLUB.
14. Additional Rules for Over 60’s Inter-Club Leagues
- Unless agreed by the GP&F Committee, no club may enter more than four teams of two fours. Only players that have attained the age of 60 years on 1st October in the season of competition are eligible.
- The names of all players selected by each club must be registered with the O60’s Inter-Club League Secretary, clearly identifying the squad that each player will represent. Players will not be allowed to play for more than one squad during the season except on one occasion only when a player may move up a squad (but never down) i.e. a “B”, “C” or “D” squad player may play once for the “A” squad but an “A” squad player may never play for the “B”, “C” or “D” squads. This rule similarly applies to “B”, “C” and “D” squad players. Registration must be with the O60’s Inter-Club League Secretary by October 14th, 2018.
- In the event of an unregistered player being used, the rink in which he played will concede the game and the opposition will be awarded a 20 – 0 win. The score of the other leg will stand.
- Matches are to be played one rink at home and one rink away on dates and times to be arranged by mutual agreement, not necessarily on the same day, but within the week specified by the O60’s Inter-Club League Secretary. In exceptional circumstances, provided both clubs agree, the League Secretary may allow the game to be played the week prior to that specified in the fixture list.
- No player may take part in both legs.
- The match shall be of 21 ends, with no time limit. Matches to commence between 10.00 am and 2.30 pm on a weekday. Games may be played at weekends but only by mutual consent and with the prior agreement of the O60’S Inter-Club League Secretary.
- Green fees to be paid by the home side.
- Competition Points:
• Two points to be awarded for a winning rink and two points for the overall winning score over the two legs. In the event of equality of score in any part, points awarded shall be shared.
• In the event of 21 ends not being completed, the defaulting team will concede the leg and the overall score i.e. the non-defaulting team will be awarded two points for winning the leg and two points for the overall score, regardless of the result of the other leg. The score at the time the leg was abandoned will stand or 20 shots awarded to the non-defaulting team, whichever is the greater. The score of the other leg will stand.
- If, at the end of the competition, two or more teams have equal points, then shot difference will determine league position. If still equal, then total shots scored will determine league position.
- The winners of each league will play off to determine the finalists. In the event of a tie over the two legs of any play-off game, the extra end will be played at the team venue drawn second in the draw.
- If, within thirty minutes from the mutually agreed time fixed for the leg of a match to commence, two or more players from a team are absent without having given reasonable notice, then that leg of the match shall be forfeited, and the non-defaulting team shall be awarded twenty shots and two points for the leg and two points for the overall match, regardless of the result of the reverse leg. The result of the reverse leg of that match shall stand.
- If, within thirty minutes from the mutually agreed time fixed for the leg of a match to commence, one player from a team is absent, in the defaulting team the number of bowls shall be made up by the lead and the second player playing three bowls each. One fourth of the total shots scored by the team comprising three players shall be deducted from the score. The final score will be rounded to the nearest whole number (0.5 and above will be rounded up; below 0.5 will be rounded down).
- On completion of each match, the O60’s Inter-Club League Secretary is to be advised of the result within twenty-four hours. This may be done by telephone but regardless, the scorecards for each leg must be scanned and emailed to him within 24 hours of the conclusion of the match. It is no longer permissible to post cards To the League Secretary – they must be scanned and e-mailed to him by the club.