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Match Rules


RULE 1

Competing teams are to number TEN (10) players. No Team shall be allowed to play any member who has not registered prior to the match or any player who is registered with any other team in the league.


RULE 2

A list of all players to be registered shall be sent to the Fixtures Secretary on or before 31st March. This shall include the full name of each player, their British Crown Green Bowling Association (BCGBA) registration number and the name of the team that they are registered with the Welsh Crown Green bowling Association (WCGBA) if it is not the club / team submitting the registration form. Where a Club has more than one team a separate registration form must be submitted for each team. The penalty for a breach of this rule is a fine of £25.00.

All players must have paid their BCGBA and WCGBA registration fees before they can be registered. All teams registering players after the commencement of the season and before June 15th must do so in writing to the Fixtures Secretary of the League. They will not be eligible to play until SEVEN (7) days after the Fixtures Secretary has received this. No new registrations can be accepted after June 15th.


RULE 3

A player may be transferred to any team of another club/team provided he/she has not played more than TWO matches for one team in the current season and that the transfer is notified to the Fixtures Secretary of the League SEVEN days before the match in which he/she is selected to play.

If one of the TWO games is a cup match the player would not be eligible to play in any cup games for his/her new team during that season.

A player, once transferred, will not be allowed to transfer back to his/her previous team during the current season and no further transfers will be allowed during this season.

The penalty for playing an unregistered player or a player not registered properly under Rule 2 the score of 21 – 0 shall count to his/her opponent and a fine of TEN pounds (£10) shall be imposed.


RULE 4

All games shall be twenty-one up and played under BCGBA Rules.

The winner of each game shall score ONE point and TWO points are awarded for the aggregate win to a total of TWELVE points.

No member of a visiting team shall be allowed to play on an opponent’s green until FIFTEEN minutes before the commencement of play. The rule does not apply where TWO teams share the same green. The penalty for a breach of this rule is that players involved are not eligible to play.

Captains of the respective teams shall have exclusive control of the game.

The pairing of players shall be drawn for in accordance with Match Rule 5.

Visiting teams shall have first throw of the jack.


RULE 5

Matches shall start at 6.30 pm and all teams shall have at least FOUR players available for play and they shall be paired immediately. Each subsequent pair shall be drawn in order of play before the completion of the first four games: however continuous play must be maintained at all times.

Neither Captain has any right to alter the playing order of the opposing team except by mutual agreement with the opposing Captain.

The score of 21-0 shall be forfeited for each player not available.

If no players are available to start then Match Rule 7 shall apply.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL GAMES IN APRIL AND AUGUST SHOULD START AT 6.00 pm OR EARLIER IF BOTH TEAMS AGREE ON AN EARLIER START.


RULE 6

Matches must be played on the specified dates in the League Handbook

No postponements because of team difficulties or clashes of fixtures with other Leagues shall be allowed.

The only valid reason for postponement of a game shall be (a) death of a team member or (b) inclement weather, the Fixtures Secretary to be notified immediately of any such postponement.

In the event of inclement weather, the decision as to whether the green is fit for play shall be made by the Green keeper or in his/her absence by the home team captain.

In the event of any such postponement the match must be played, where possible, within 14 days of the original fixture or it must be played on the next available “catch-up night”. The dates set aside for this purpose are specified in the League Handbook.

Please Note: In addition the only exception to this rule would be for a postponement under existing match rules for the last two matches of the season and these must be played within 14 days of the specified date for the last league match or on the final specified “catch-up night". The dates set aside for this purpose are specified in the League Handbook. Every other cancellation or postponement, for whatever reason MUST have been played before the final fixture. The ‘catch-up' date set aside after the League has finished is solely for postponements relating to the final two games. Failure to comply will result in the match being declared VOID with NO points being given to the defaulting team or teams.

If a match is started but has to be abandoned because of bad weather or other unavoidable causes, all completed games shall stand. Where games are started but not finished the rule is as laid down in the BCGBA Handbook. The games that are not started shall start again with a complete redraw.


RULE 6a

The only method of reporting results is via the online results page.

All Clubs will be issued with a password that must be made available to Team Captains or the person designated to input the score.

Match results must be entered within 36 hours of the completion of the match. Both teams are equally responsible for entering and / or checking the result.

Any breach of this rule will result ina warning letter being sent to the Club/Team concerned. Any subsequent breach of this rule will result in a fine of £10.00 on each occasion.

In the event of a dispute over a score or scores, the original scorecard must be sent to the Fixture Secretary whose decision shall be final.


RULE 7

If a team should fail to fulfil a fixture for reasons other than those stated in Match Rule 6, the offending team or teams shall be fined £25 and have 10 points deducted from their overall seasons points score, unless they are able to show exceptional circumstances for their failure. Further offences against this rule during the same season shall be dealt with by the Committee whose decision will be final. The non-offending team shall be awarded an average of their own scores, either home or away (home matches = home average, away matches = away average), up to the date of that fixture. This must cover at least six matches within the current season. If six matches have not been played then the points will be awarded after their sixth match in that current season.


RULE 8

For the purpose of Rule 7 a team must consist of a minimum of 5 players, each player only eligible to play one game per match.


RULE 9

All protests concerning any League matter shall be referred to the GeneralCommittee via the League Secretary and must be in writing and accompanied by a fee of TEN POUNDS (£10) which will be returned on the protest being sustained. Any protest concerning League matches must be made within seven days of the match concerned. A copy of the protest is to be sent to the offending Team by the team making the protest.


RULE 10

The First Division Championship will be awarded to the team scoring the highest number of points over all the games. The same applies to the Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Divisions.

Unless decided by an Extraordinary Meeting, the teams finishing in the top two places in their respective Leagues will be promoted to the next highest division. Accordingly, the two teams finishing with the lowest number of points will be relegated to the next lowestdivision.

All new teams are to be placed in the lowest division.

In the event of a tie in the number of points, priority of position shall be given to the team scoring the greatest number of wins, least number of losses and the greatest number of away wins in that order. If the teams are still tied then the season’s average will decide position, this to be calculated by dividing shots for by shots against

A Cheque will be presented to the Winner (£150), Runner-up (£95), Third (£75) and Fourth (£40) places in each division. A cheque shall also be presented to each player in each division securing the highest number of individual wins during a season. In the event of a tie between two or more players then the aggregate scores to count.

The League will run a Champion of Champions Competition on the first Saturday / Sunday in September. The competitors to consist of the merit winner for each team (or nominated player) and the defending champion. The prize money is to be determined by the Committee.

All Teams / Individuals in receipt of prize money must collect it from either the Presentation Evening or the AGM. Failure to collect the award will be deemed to be non-acceptance and the prize money will be donated to the annually nominated charity. Teams / individuals may nominate a representative to collect the award on their behalf.

It was agreed at the 2006 that as from that AGM a fine of £5 would be imposed on Teams that did not send a representative to subsequent AGMs. All teams would be notified annually in the pre – AGM letter.


Outstanding Fines:

It was accepted at the 2007 AGM that for 2008 and subsequent seasons that time limits be introduced for payment of all fines issued to Clubs / Teams. This would be 28 days from the date of the offence and included within that 28 days would be the existing 7 day appeal period. If the fine was not paid within that period there would be a deduction of 10 points. If the fine was then not settled within a further 28 days a Committee meeting would be convened to discuss further actions suspended until payment is received.


Rules: - (Cup Games)

All players must be registered league players having been registered in accordance with the rules.

The games shall be 21 up. In calculating the result of the matches ONE point will be awarded to each winner and a total of ONE point will be awarded for the aggregate.

All players who are due to play in the semi-final or final must have played three League games for their Team in the current season prior to the semi-final or final.

All games will be played on neutral greens chosen by the Competition Secretary.

In the event of a draw the match will be replayed.

On all League finals including the Selwyn Roberts final, all participating players must adhere to the dress code as laid down by the Flintshire Midweek League – i.e. Collared Shirt and BLACK Trousers.

It is the responsibility of Team Captains to manage this issue and not the Committee Members present at the final.


League Cup Competitions – Opting Out

It was agreed at the 2006 AGM that to prevent a recurrence of the problem where teams failed to turn up for Cup Competitions without notification or at very short notice to the opposition or host Club because of fixture clashes with other Leagues/ Cups without a valid reason under Match Rule 6, that teams may be given the option to opt out of these competitions by written confirmation of their withdrawal to the Competition Secretary prior to the first draw being made. In the event that a team has not opted out and fails to fulfil a fixture (apart from under Match Rule 6 conditions) that team will be fined the standard league fine of £25 plus the total (£20) Green Fees due to the host Club. Teams were reminded that matches may be played on an earlier date by mutual agreement.


The Divisional Cups are as follows: -

Division 1 – Sid Hall Cup 
Division 2 – John Ledger Trophy 
Division 3 – Cambrian Shield 
Division 4 – W. Hardy Shield 
Division 5 – Fred White Trophy


It is the responsibility of all Teams / Individuals holding League Trophies to ensure they are returned to the Competition Secretary at least 5 weeks prior to the Presentation Evening.