Altrincham & District LV Bowling League

Affiliated to the Cheshire County Bowling Association

Contents

Constitution

The League shall be styled and known as the Altrincham & District L.V. Bowling League and shall be open to both male and female members of bona fide bowling clubs.

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RULES and BYE-LAWS

  1. The Altrincham & District L.V.Bowling League shall promote, organise and govern the playing of Crown Green Bowls in compliance with the requirements of the British Crown Green Bowling Association laws and shall also implement its own laws, bye-laws, match and cup competition laws.
  2. This League shall consist of as many divisions as are deemed necessary by the Management Council. The League match nights shall be on a Monday and Friday evenings including Bank Holidays.
  3. The Annual affiliation fee for clubs taking part in the League Championship shall be £25 per team. To be paid in full by March 1st each year.
  4. Individual clubs may affiliate to the League without entering the League Championship, for an annual fee of £20.
  5. That 55p per player per match will be collected and paid on receipt of an account from the League Treasurer. This will also apply to all LV teams and LV competitions. All clubs must settle their accounts within 21 days from the date of the invoice ( Treasurer to insert date on the invoice.) Failure to comply with this rule then the club concerned will be fined £20 and may also have any prize awards withheld until their account has been settled.
  6. Two General Meetings are to be held annually. The first meeting will be held in November, solely for the consideration of alteration to rules, bye-laws and match rules. The second one to be held in January for dealing with all other business including the Annual Financial Statement, election of Officers and arrangements for the coming season. Notices of motion affecting any rule or bye-law will not be considered unless received in writing by the Administration Secretary on or before 15th October. All clubs will be informed of Notices of Motion within 7 days of this date and will be allowed until November 7th to submit any amendment to any Notice of Motion. At both meetings, each team that is represented in both the LV Evening League and LV Veterans League shall be entitled to one delegate per team and entitled to one vote for each delegate. Any club that is not represented at either the November Rules Revision meeting, the January Annual General meeting or to any Extraordinary General meeting will be fined £20.
  7. All trophies and prizes in respect of each individual and team competition will be presented after the conclusion of each competition, but then retained for engraving and then re-presented at the Presentation Evening. Should any team or individual player fail to fulfil their obligations in either the semi – final or final of a team or individual competition, then any prize money that is due to that individual or team will be forfeited and it will be returned to the L.V. Bowling League Financial Accounts.
    All prize winners, whether they are individuals or a team, must either be present at or represented by a member from their club at the Annual Presentation Night to collect their prize money. Any team or individual who is not so represented, shall forfeit their prize money and it will be returned to the L.V. Bowling League Financial Accounts.
  8. The League shall be managed by the Chairman, Deputy Chairman, Administration Secretary, Fixture Secretary, Competition Secretary, Veteran's League Secretary & Treasurer, together with eight other members elected to the Council. The President and Deputy President will complete the Council. The President and Deputy President to be elected at 2 yearly intervals and to hold office for 2 years. The Deputy President to automatically follow the retiring President into senior office and a new Deputy President elected. They must all be elected at the January General Meeting. Nominations for office must be received in writing by the Administration Secretary on or before 1st January. At any meeting there must be at least 5 members present in order to form a quorum.
  9. The Management Council shall annually elect one representative to sit on the Management Council of the Cheshire County B.A.
  10. The accounts will be audited and a copy of the balance sheet sent to each affiliated club together with the notice calling the General meeting in January.
  11. Any club raising any objection or complaint against either the laws of the game, these rules & bye-laws or any recently played league or competition match must do so in writing or by e-mail to the Administration Secretary, BY THE SECRETARY OF THE CLUB MAKING THE COMPLAINT, within 7 days of any match having been played. The Administration Secretary will place the matter before the next available meeting of the Management Council and he will notify the clubs concerned of the date and place of that meeting. The Management Council shall have the power to fine or suspend any offending individual player or club, who, in their opinion, are guilty of ungentlemanly, insulting or improper behaviour likely to bring the game into disrepute. Should either of the clubs concerned in the objection or complaint have a member who is also a member on the Management Council, then that member shall not be eligible to sit on the Council whilst such objection or complaint is being considered.
  12. The Administration Secretary shall convene a special General Meeting within 21 days of receiving a request to that effect signed by the secretaries of not less than four clubs.
  13. Each club will be furnished with a copy of the rules and bye-laws and the laws of the game and shall be bound thereby. In the event of an infringement thereof, by any club or member, then such club or member shall be liable to either a fine or expulsion from the League. Each club will take and be charged for 12 handbooks per team and receive 2 handbooks free of charge.
  14. At any enquiry the Management Council shall have the power to require the production of any books, documents or other evidence which they may deem necessary or desirable. In the event of any club declining or neglecting to submit to or appear at or co-operate in any enquiry or furnish such evidence as may be required, the Council shall have the power forthwith to suspend such club or member, or otherwise during their discretion.
  15. A registration fee of 20p per member per annum shall be charged for all club members registered with the League.
  16. No player shall be eligible to compete in any L.V. matches or competitions unless he has been registered. A list of registrations together with the players B.C.G.B.A. & Cheshire County Numbers MUST be forwarded to the League Secretary at least 14 days before the 1st League Match or competition is due to be played. Thereafter, a player MUST BE REGISTERED AT LEAST 48 HOURS BEFORE BEING ALLOWED TO PLAY IN ANY MATCH. No registrations will be accepted without the players B.C.G.B.A. & Cheshire County Numbers at the same time.
  17. A supplementary list containing all players BCGBA & CCBA numbers must be received by the Administration Secretary, no later than the 30th June. These players will be eligible to play in League & Cup matches. Any registrations received after this date will be eligible to play in any remaining individual cup or pairs competitions only. All members playing in league matches and competitions must be selected from the list furnished to the Administration Secretary.
  18. Any application for the re-instatement of or consideration of any question affecting a player must be made by the player concerned to the Administration Secretary on or before 20th May.
  19. No rule, law or bye-law of the League shall be altered, rescinded or added to without the consent of a majority present at the November General meeting.
  20. Any club desiring to withdraw or enter a team into the League shall give notice to that effect before 30th November. Clubs wishing to withdraw and not complying with this rule shall be liable to the forthcoming season's affiliation fee and match fees.
  21. The Management Council of the League are the sole interpreters of these Match Rules, Rules and bye-laws which shall be strictly adhered to and from their decision, there shall be no appeal to law or otherwise.
  22. Each club to receive and pay for 3 Presentation evening tickets.

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MATCH RULES

  1. In League matches, the Captains shall act as referees and have full control of the game. In the event of them opposing each other, they shall before commencing the games elect a referee to act in their stead.
  2. All matches must be played home and away as per fixture list. Teams will consist of 10 players on each side. Games to start at 7pm, except matches played during April and August when the start will commence at the time shown in the fixture list, except to clubs that have floodlights. Captains of teams will name their team in the order in which they want it to play. If a player is not present when called upon to play then he must be replaced by another player but his replacement will not prevent that player from playing later in the match. Four jacks to be on the green at the agreed starting time and then maintained throughout the match.
  3. In all L.V games played including Veterans’ League games, the visitor shall lead the jack. Standard jacks to be used and games to be 21 up. The home team only shall have sole use of the green prior to the commencement of the match. No practice to be allowed for away teams in any L.V. governed match.
  4. League to be run on the following basis. The result of a match will be determined by the aggregate score. Promotion and relegation will be operated in all divisions at the discretion of the Management Council.
  5. In the event of a tie for the Championship, Promotion or relegation, then the teams concerned must play off on a neutral green at a time and place appointed by the Management Council. In the event of a play off for the first division championship and promotion or relegation in all divisions, the rules and the system of scoring shall apply as in league matches.
  6. All trophies shall be presented on the final day of a competition. After the event each trophy shall be returned to the League for engraving and finally re-presented at he annual Presentation evening in October. These trophies shall be held by the winners until 31st May of the following year. At this time it shall be the responsibility of each winner to return the trophy to the Competition Secretary in a good sound and clean condition. Any clubs or persons who fail to comply with his rule will be held responsible for any damages and/or costs incurred in the event of any repairs and they may also be fined.
  7. The home team shall deliver a correctly completed results card ( on the form provided ) for each league match by posting it with a 1st class stamp or delivering it by hand or by sending a scanned copy by e-mail so as to reach the Fixture Secretary within 5 days of the match being played. Clubs failing to comply will be fined £5.
  8. Any application by a player or players to transfer from one club will not be considered after the player has played 3 League games. If that player or those players have played in any LV cu competitions prior to the first 3 League matches then that player or those players will be deemed to be ‘cup tied’. They will not be eligible to play in the LV cup competitions if the transfer is successful. If, after a successfully agreed transfer has been made, then that player will be prohibited from playing any match for his original team under any circumstances.
  9. Defaulting members of clubs upon being reported to the Admin Secretary shall not be eligible to play for any other club until his obligations have been met in full.
  10. A full programme of fixtures of all matches to be played during the season must be arranged by the Management Council and a copy of those fixtures to be issue to all affiliated clubs.
    Where a club has two teams in the same division, fixtures must be arranged so that they play each other as near as possible to the commencement of each half of the season.
    Match postponements
    Matches must not be postponed under any circumstances other than the exceptions listed below:
    Inclement Weather
    Rules to determine whether a match should be postponed due to inclement weather:
    1. Both teams should be present prior to the start of the scheduled match. Matches should be called off as near to the start time as possible and no sooner than one hour before.
    2. The greens man for the home team involved has the final say on whether the green is fit to play on.
    3. If the greens man is not present, then the two captains should reach agreement on whether the green is suitable to play on.
    4. If agreement cannot be reached by the two captains, then the home captain will make the final decision.
    If after following the above rules, a match is postponed due to inclement weather, then the following applies,
    The two team captains involved should agree a suitable date within 28 days following the date of the scheduled fixture, or within 7 days of the last fixture date (whichever is soonest). Once a date has been agreed, the home team captain / Bowling Secretary, should notify the Fixture Secretary immediately. If an agreement cannot be reached, then the Bowling Secretary from the home club involved must submit an application to the Admin Secretary, which will be discussed by the Management Council at the earliest opportunity and a suitable solution notified to each of the Bowling Secretaries concerned. Re-arranged fixtures must be played in their entirety and not split into two or more separate segments.
    Other extenuating or mitigating circumstances acceptable to the Management Council
    If arrangement is required for the above reason, then the Bowling Secretary from the club seeking re-arrangement must submit an application to the Admin Secretary which will be discussed by the Management Council at the earliest opportunity and their decision notified to the applicant.
    If the application is approved, the Bowling Secretary of the club seeking re-arrangement should contact the Bowling Secretary of the opposing team involved to arrange a suitable date within 28 days of the date of the scheduled fixture or within 7 days of the final fixture (whichever is soonest). Fixtures may be brought forward in exceptional circumstances. Re-arranged fixtures must be played in their entirety and not split into two or more separate segments. Once a date has been agreed, the Bowling Secretary from the club seeking re-arrangement should notify the Fixture Secretary immediately.
    If an agreement cannot be reached, then the Bowling Secretary from the club seeking re-arrangement must submit an application to the Admin Secretary which will be discussed by the Management Council at the earliest opportunity and a suitable solution notified to each of the Bowling Secretaries concerned.
    Teams failing to comply with any of the above rules will be fined £10 and will forfeit 50 chalks.
  11. Any team playing a defaulter on non-registered player shall lose 42 chalks. The offending player's score shall be deleted from the match and his opponent's card shall read 21-0.
  12. A League individual merit will be held annually. The entry fee for this competition will be set annually by the Management Council. Clubs will be invoiced for all entries by the League Treasurer on the final end of season invoice. No practice allowed on chosen greens 7 days prior to the commencement of play. When a player has drawn a bye through to the next round and then meets a player who has already played, he will be allowed to practice for 10 minutes. No league matches will be played on the night of the L.V. Senior Merit Final. Any club playing a league match on that night will be fined.
  13. An individual merit for second and third division players will be held annually. Registered members not having played four times for their club in the 1 st division by the time stated on the entry form shall be eligible for this merit. All entries will be subject to the discretion of the Management Council. The entry fee for this competition will be set annually by the Management Council. Clubs will be invoiced for all entries by the League Treasurer on the final end of season invoice. No practice allowed on chosen greens 7 days prior to commencement of play. When a player has drawn a bye through to the next round and then meets a player who has already played, he will be allowed to practice for 10 minutes.
  14. Where a green is selected for a match or an individual or pairs competition then that club MUST ensure that the green is ready and in match condition and all necessary equipment to be provided. Failure to observe this rule will result in the club being liable to a fine.
  15. Clubs with 2 teams:
    A player will be allowed to play 4 games for the 'A' team and still be eligible to play for the 'B' team at any time during the season.
    A player having played more than 4 games for the 'A' team will only be allowed to play for the 'B' team providing he has a minus average. Only 2 such players will be allowed to play in any one match.
    A player may play for both the 'A' team and the 'B' team on the same day subject to the above criteria being adopted and for a maximum of 4 games during that season.
    Penalty for infringement: Players score to be deleted and 21 points awarded to the opposing player. Offending team to incur a fine of £5 per player per offence.
  16. All games organised by the Management Council of this League, must be played under B.C.G.B.A rules.
  17. All markers must sit together on seats provided by the home side.
  18. An Award of Merit prize will be presented to the player from each division who, according to the player’s averages as shown on the computerised web site pages have the most number of wins and the highest average in each division. These prizes will be presented at the Presentation evening.
  19. An award of merit handicap will be held after the completion of all league fixtures. This handicap will be for the player with the most number of wins in each team that participates in the League. Each club will automatically enter and be charged for 1 player for each team. The handicapping of all players will be fixed by the Management Council. Entry fee to be set annually by the Management Council.
  20. DRESS CODE-( COMPETITION FINALS DAYS ONLY )
    Hard or block heeled footwear must not be worn on the green in any match played under the Leagues jurisdiction. Trousers must be full length, single coloured. Shirts shall be collared and may be embellished with non-offensive logos or emblems. Where necessary, jumpers/sweaters which conform to the above or wet gear may be worn. Nothing in the above shall be interpreted to allow the wearing of track suits, shell suits or denims. Any player failing to conform to this standard will be prevented from playing in the competition and may be liable to forfeit any entry fee, or prize monies earned.

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LEAGUE KNOCK-OUT

  1. Entries to be submitted on the form supplied. No limit to the number of teams from any one club. The entry fee for this competition will be set annually by the Management Council. Clubs will be invoiced for their entries into this competition by the League Treasurer on the final end of season invoice.
  2. All matches to bne played on a handicap basis and played on neutral greens and will consist of 10 players a side. Teams in this competition will be handicapped annually by the Management Council subject to the following limits:
    • Each Division — minus to receive 25
    Teams will be selected from a list of up to 20 registrations and those names to be taken from the clubs’ league registrations and they must be submitted in writing on the form provided to the Competition Secretary by the specified date on that form. A maximum of 2 names may be altered from the list of registrations up until the 1st round game is due to be played, thereafter no changes will be considered. Teams having a bye in the 1st round may alter their registrations by a maximum of 2 players up until their 1st game is due to be played, but in both cases, the changes must be submitted in writing or by e-mail to the Competition Secretary before either game is played. Thereafter no changes will be considered. The Management Council reserve the right to re-adjust the squad handicapping accordingly.
  3. All dates and venues including the finals will be arranged by the Management Council.
  4. The result of each match to be decided by the aggregate score.

    The last 2 teams in the competitions will have their handicaps reduced as follows:

    Winners by 15 points, Runners up by 10 points.

    Those teams so penalised will have the deductions replaced at the rate of 5 points a year subject to their participation. A team having its handicap altered by virtue of promotion or relegation shall have this alteration made BEFORE penalty or restitution points are considered.
  5. The draw will be made by the Management Council and will play straight through as drawn on the handicap sheet, no re-draw.
  6. In all rounds, the Captain of each competing team shall place his team in the order in which he desires them to play- 1 to 10. The two Captains shall then toss a coin so that each team shall have an equal number of first leads of the Jack. Odd numbers on one team and even numbers on the other. Four Jacks to be maintained throughout. If after the completion of the match, the overall result is a draw, then the team Captains will select two players each to play off to decide the result of the fixture. (One fifth of any handicap will be taken into account for each team) If the result is still a draw, then two more players will play off until a result is obtained. Once a player has played a second time, he may not play again in that match.
  7. On any matter not covered by these rules, the decision of the Management Council shall be final.
  8. In the event of any postponed matches, then the 2 captains must amicably agree a date to play the match which MUST BE PLAYED before the date of the following round is due to be played. The Competition Secretary must be informed of this date before the match is played.
  9. In the event that a compromise cannot be reached, then the Captains of both teams must notify the Competition Secretary that a date cannot be agreed. The matter will then be put before the Management Council whose decision on when the match will be played and whereabouts will be final.
  10. Players playing in the final of this competition MUST adhere to the dress code that is depicted in match rule 22 and this will be strictly applied.

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DEREK FORD ROSEBOWL

  1. This trophy will be played for during the season and is open to all teams competing within the league. All matches will be played with 5 players playing at home and 5 players playing away. The number of games being played at any one time will be left to the discretion of both team captains (common sense is to prevail). Whether to play a 3/2 format or to maintain 4 blocks etc, arranging in advance when a foreseen problem arises.
  2. If after completion of the match, the overall result is a draw, then the team captains will select 2 players each to play off to decide the result of the fixture. (One fifth of any handicap will be taken into account for each team).
  3. If the result is still a draw, then 2 more players will play off until a result is obtained. One game will be played on each green. Once a player has played for a second time, he may not play again in that match.
  4. All matches to be played on a handicap basis and will consist of 10 players a side. Handicapping of teams to be made by the Management Council and shall be reviewed annually subject to the following limits:
    • 1st Division — minus to receive 25
    • 2nd Division — minus to receive 50
    • 3rd Division — minus to receive 75
    Teams will be selected from a list of up to 20 registrations and those names to be taken from the clubs’ league registrations and they must be submitted in writing on the form provided to the Competition Secretary by the specified date on that form. A maximum of 2 names may be altered from the list of registrations up until the 1st round game is due to be played, thereafter no changes will be considered. Teams having a bye in the 1st round may alter their registrations by a maximum of 2 players up until their 1st game is due to be played, but in both cases, the changes must be submitted in writing or by e-mail to the Competition Secretary before either game is played. Thereafter no changes will be considered. The Management Council reserve the right to re-adjust the squad handicapping accordingly.
  5. The final will be played on a neutral green as chosen by the Management Council. All teams will retain their original handicap. The entry fee for this competition will be set annually by the Management Council and clubs will be invoiced for their entries by the League Treasurer on the final end of season invoice. Match rules to be adhered to in this competition where applicable.
  6. Players playing in the final of this competition MUST adhere to the dress code that is depicted in match rule 22 and this will be strictly applied.
  7. Once the draw has been made, any club or team who fails to turn up to play that match shall be liable to pay the other teams footer fees.

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PAIRS COMPETITION RULES

  1. Both competing players in any one pair must play for the same club in the League. Failure to observe this rule will mean elimination from the competition with loss of entry fee.
  2. Clubs will be invoiced for their entries into this competition by the League Treasurer on the final end of season invoice.
  3. Entry fee for this competition will be set annually by the Management Council.
  4. A substitute will be allowed on the basis of one substitute for one player in any particular pair in the 1st round only. In the LV Pairs Finals day, if one of the Pairs does not turn up and he has a legitimate reason, e.g. injury, illness or bereavement, then a substitute from the same club who has not played in the competition previously during the season will be allowed and his handicap will be set as per the handicapping criteria for the LV Pairs Competition.
  5. Players will be handicapped divisionally as follows:
    • All division 1 players off scratch
    • All division 2 players off 2, ( 4 for the pair )
    • All division 3 players off 3, ( 6 for the pair )
  6. Players playing in the final of this competition MUST adhere to the dress code that is depicted in match rule 22 and this will be strictly applied.

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VETERAN'S LEAGUE RULES

  1. The annual affiliation fee for teams taking part in this League shall be £20 per team.
  2. That 60p per player per match be collected and paid on receipt of an account from the League Treasurer.
  3. Teams to consist of 8 players on each side, games to commence at 1.30pm on Thursday's. Captains of teams will name their team in the order in which they want it to be played.
  4. The result of a match will be determined by the aggregate score of each team.
  5. In all games played the visitor shall lead the jack. Standard jacks to be used and games to be 21 up. The home team only shall have sole use of the green prior to the commencement of the match. No practice to be allowed for away teams.
  6. A maximum mark of 40 yards (36.6 metres).
  7. Qualifying age to play in this League to be 55 years in the current season.
  8. All results sheets to be returned to the Fixture Secretary on completion of the match.

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VETERAN'S KNOCKOUT CUP

  1. All matches to be played on a handicap basis and played on neutral greens and will consist of 8 players a side. Clubs playing in the LV Veterans League shall select their teams for the Vets Knockout Cup from a list of up to 12 registered players all of whom must have played at least 3 league games for either the 'A' team or 'B' team and those entries to be submitted to the Competition Secretary on the form provided prior to the final vets league match commencing. If a club has 2 teams playing in the LV Vets League but that club only submits one team to enter the vets knockout cup and it is a mixture of both 'A' and 'B' team players, then that team will be handicapped as the 'A' team A maximum of 2 names may be altered from the list of registrations up until the 1st round game is due to be played, thereafter no changes will be considered. Any changes to be submitted in writing or be e-mail to the Competition Secretary before the 1st round game is due to be played.
  2. That all competing players must have played at least 3 league games within the League.
  3. If after completing the match, the result is a draw, then 2 players will be selected by each Captain and ¼ of the awarded handicap will be allotted to those scores. Winners and runners up in this competition will have their handicaps adjusted as follows: Winners: 10 points, Runners up: 5 points. These teams so penalised will have their handicaps re-appraised by 5 points each year, subject to their continued participation.
  4. Clubs are requested to make their greens available when selected for competitions.
  5. Players playing in the final of this competition must adhere to the dress code as depicted in match rule 22 and will be strictly applied.
  6. Once the draw has been made, any club or team who fails to turn up to play that match shall be liable to pay the other teams footer fees.

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VETERAN'S MERIT

  1. A veteran's individual merit will be held annually. This merit will be for players who have attained the age of 55 years in the year of the competition.
  2. Entry fee for this competition will be reviewed annually by the Management Council and clubs will be invoiced for their entries by the Treasurer on the final end of season invoice.
  3. No practice will be allowed on chosen green 7 days prior to the commencement of play. When a player has drawn a bye and meets a player who has already played, he will be allowed 10 minutes practice.
  4. This competition is strictly confined to registered members of the Veteran's League.
  5. All matches to be 18 up.
  6. The Veteran’s individual merit will be played on Thursday afternoons with 2 qualifying rounds on greens chosen by the Management Council. The final 8 qualifying players will contest the vets merit final on a Thursday afternoon at a venue chosen by the Management Council.
  7. Players playing in the final of this competition must adhere to the dress code as depicted in match rule 22 and will be strictly applied.

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VETERAN'S AWARD OF MERIT

A veteran's award of merit handicap will be held with the top 2 players with the most number of wins from each team eligible to enter. Entry fee for this competition will be reviewed annually by the Management Council and clubs will be invoiced for their entries on the end of season invoice. Clubs will be invoiced for their entries on the end of season bill. All matches to be 18 up.

Players playing in the final of this competition MUST adhere to the dress code that is depicted in match rule 22 and this will be strictly applied.

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PETER KELSALL ROSE BOWL TROPHY

  1. Clubs / teams entering the Peter Kelsall Rosebowl Trophy will be 1st and 2nd round losers in the Divisional Knockout Competitions.
  2. All matches will be played on neutral greens and will be 10 man teams. All teams in this competition will have their handicapping set annually by the Management Council.
  3. The entry fee for this competition will be set annually by the Management Council.
  4. There will be no changes whatsoever to the squad list as clubs / teams would already have played either one or two games in the Divisional Knockout Competition. No player will be allowed to play for one team in the Divisional Knockout and for a different team in the Peter Kelsall Rose Bowl Trophy.
  5. All rounds to be played on vacant match nights, i.e. Mondays and Fridays. All dates, venues and final will be arranged by the Management Council.
  6. Handicapping of teams in this competition will be made by the Management Council and will be reviewed annually subject to the following limits:
    • 1st Division — minus to receive 25
    • 2nd Division — minus to receive 50
    • 3rd Division — minus to receive 75
  7. The draw will be made by the Management Council and teams will play straight through as displayed on the handicap sheet or web site. There will be no re-draw.
  8. In the event of any postponed matches, then the 2 captains must amicably agree a date to play the match which MUST BE PLAYED before the date of the following round is due to be played. The Competition Secretary must be informed of this date before the match is played.
  9. In the event that a compromise cannot be reached, then the Captains of both teams must notify the Competition Secretary that a date cannot be agreed. The matter will then be put before the Management Council whose decision on when the match will be played and whereabouts will be final.
  10. In all rounds, the Captain of each competing team shall place his team in the order in which he desires them to play- 1 to 10. The two Captains shall then toss a coin so that each team shall have an equal number of first leads of the Jack. Odd numbers on one team and even numbers on the other. Four Jacks to be maintained throughout. If after the completion of the match, the overall result is a draw, then the team Captains will select two players each to play off to decide the result of the fixture. (One fifth of any handicap will be taken into account for each team) If the result is still a draw, then two more players will play off until a result is obtained. Once a player has played a second time, he may not play again in that match.
  11. On any matter not covered by these rules, the decision of the Management Council shall be final.
  12. Players playing in the final of this competition MUST adhere to the dress code that is depicted in match rule 22 and this will be strictly applied.
  13. Once the draw has been made, any club or team who fails to turn up to play that match shall be liable to pay the other teams footer fees.

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The Ron Goddard Rose Bowl Trophy

  1. Clubs / teams entering the Ron Goddard Rose Bowl Trophy will be 1st and 2nd round losers in the Derek Ford Trophy. No club or team will be eligible to play in the Ron Goddard Rose Bowl Trophy if they have not previously played in the Derek Ford Trophy.
  2. All matches will be played in accordance with the rules published for the Derek Ford Trophy.
  3. The entry fee for this competition will be set annually by the Management Council.
  4. Clubs / teams entering the Ron Goddard Rose Bowl Trophy will retain the same handicap that they received for the Derek Ford Trophy.
  5. The same squad list that was registered for the Derek Ford Trophy will apply for the Ron Goddard Rose Bowl Trophy. There will be no changes made to the teams’/clubs squad list as any alterations to the original squads would have been made at an earlier stage.
  6. The final will be played on a neutral green as chosen by the Management Council and dress code will apply.
  7. Once the draw for this competition has been made, then any team or club who fails to turn up to play their match shall be liable to pay the other teams footer fees.
  8. On any matter not covered by these rules, then the decision of the Management Council shall be final.

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Appendix A

GUIDELINES FOR DISCIPLINARY / APPEALS PROCEDURE

  1. This procedure may be used to deal with any type of alleged misconduct, considered to bring the game into disrepute, which occurs at any time or in any place.
  2. The following guidelines detail the procedure recommended by the BCGBA for dealing with disciplinary cases and any subsequent appeals. Whilst this procedure is intended for guidance only, it should be read in conjunction with the Bye Laws of the BCGBA which are mandatory.
  3. This procedure may be activated by:-
    1. The receipt in writing of a formal complaint, an allegation of misconduct, or a breach of Rules or Bye Laws of a League or Association, County Association or the BCGBA.
    2. An appeal made against disciplinary action taken at a lower level. In all cases the relevant documents pertaining to all previous hearing(s) shall be retained and made available in the case of an appeal.
  4. Without delay, the Secretary or designated Official of the recipient League or Association, County Association, or the BCGBA shall convene a meeting of an Ad Hoc committee. It is recommended that this Committee should consist of not less than 3 or more than 5 persons. In addition to the Ad Hoc Committee, a designated person shall be present whose prime duty will be to record the proceedings. No person involved in the complaint / alleged offence, or with connections with the complainant(s) / alleged offender(s) or witnesses shall sit on this body.
  5. Where it is not possible for the appropriate body to assemble an independent Ad Hoc Committee as recommended, because of the above prohibition, they may seek assistance from within their appropriate League or Association. In the case of a County Association this assistance can be sought from a neighbouring County.
  6. Both the Complainant(s) and the alleged offender(s) shall be afforded the opportunity to attend the hearing personally and / or submit a written statement(s). This should be made in writing, sent by recorded delivery and allowing for receipt to be made at least 14 days prior to the case being heard. The notification to the alleged offender(s) should also include a copy of the statement outlining the allegation and stating the time, date and place of the hearing
  7. When an appeal is being heard, in addition to the above, a representative(s) of the disciplinary body who made the judgement at a lower level, will be afforded the opportunity to attend, and / or submit a written statement(s). Where a representative(s) attend, they shall be called to present their evidence and advised that they may be subject to cross examination and recall. Appellants, witnesses and representative(s) will only be present at the appeal at the time their evidence is being presented and will not be allowed in the hearing either before or after presenting their evidence unless specifically called for.
  8. Both complainant(s) and the alleged offender(s) shall be afforded the opportunity to submit evidence and call witnesses to support their case and character. The body hearing the case also have the right to call independent witnesses should they consider this appropriate.
  9. In the case of an appeal, new witnesses may be called upon, or fresh evidence submitted at any point in the chain of appeal. In the event of either party wishing to introduce fresh evidence, the other party and the disciplinary body hearing the appeal shall be notified and furnished with a copy of such evidence prior to the hearing.
  10. Prior to any hearing, copies of all pertinent documents and signed statements should be supplied to every member of the appointed disciplinary body.
  11. It is suggested that the hearing should proceed as follows:
    1. Members of the disciplinary body to meet in closed session in order to review the main points of the case placed before them, familiarise themselves with the witnesses who are to appear and to determine the order in which these witnesses are to be called.
    2. Witnesses to be called, usually individually before the disciplinary body. They should be informed that they may be subject to cross examination and recall. Members to note down any points considered to be significant.
    3. A short period to be allowed between witnesses in order to allow members to interchange notes and views.
    4. After all witnesses have been heard, any written statements which have been submitted, to be read and accepted as evidence.
    5. All the evidence given to be reviewed. In order to resolve anomalies it may be necessary at this point to recall witnesses for further cross examination.
    6. A verdict reached, preferably by consensus. If consensus cannot be achieved, the verdict to be decided on a majority vote. The major factors which decided the final decision to be agreed and recorded. This record not to be published but to be held on file together with all the presented written evidence, pending any possible appeal.
    7. All relevant antecedents and precedents should then be considered.
    8. The members of the disciplinary body should then agree the exact wording of the verdict to be delivered. When a decision taken by a disciplinary body lower than the BCGBA involves a period of suspension it shall state within the verdict whether or not it intends to recommend to the next higher level of authority that the area of suspension be extended, and when such recommendation is made to a County Association whether or not it intends to recommend that it be further extended by the BCGBA.
    9. When it is considered possible to announce the verdict immediately after the hearing, announcement shall be made to the complainant(s) and the alleged offender(s) separately by reading the statement agreed.
    10. In any event, within 7 days after the hearing, the verdict to be forwarded in writing, sent by recorded delivery, to both the complainant(s) and the alleged offender(s). Inform the appropriate party of their rights to appeal and to whom the appeal must be made.
  12. Both the complainant(s) and the alleged offender(s) shall have the right to appeal. Notice of appeal to be made in writing within 21 days of the hearing, in accordance with the Bye Laws of the BCGBA.
  13. If the verdict involves a term of suspension, it shall commence 21 days after the hearing unless an appeal has been made. If that appeal shall subsequently fail, the term of suspension will commence 21 days after the appeal hearing, unless a further appeal is made to the next higher level of administration. The guideline may be disregarded in instances where the disciplinary body considers that the seriousness of the offence requires immediate suspension.
  14. Appeals against any decision reached by a disciplinary body must not be heard before any member of that body. Appeals can only be considered by the next level of administration up from the level at which the previous decision was made, e.g. Decision made at League or Association level,--- appeal to County Association. Decision made at County Association…..appeal to BCGBA.
    On receipt of any complaint made against any person, the League Secretary must write to the alleged offender within 14 days of the incident, inviting him / her to attend a hearing at a given time and place along with a representative. This hearing is before a selected panel from the League Management Council of not less than 3 persons and not more than 5.
    Once the initial hearing has been concluded, the offender has the right to appeal within 21 days from the date of the 1st hearing. A notice of appeal must be sent in writing to the League Admin Secretary, by recorded delivery. An appeal hearing will then be arranged before a new tribunal from the same League Management Council and a letter will be sent to the offender informing him/ her of the time and date of the appeal hearing.
  15. A final point of guidance from BCGBA to all members sitting on disciplinary bodies. As far as possible, it is intended that you should employ what is commonly known as ‘Natural Justice’. That assumes that any person(s) is innocent until guilt beyond reasonable doubt is established. Therefore the benefit of doubt must always be given to the alleged offender(s).

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Appendix b

PROCEDURE FOR APPEALS COMMITTEE

Committee to assemble and decide who will be Chairman, note taker and the runner.

On arrival, the defendant to be shown into a separate room and made comfortable. Advise him that the Committee will call him through when they are ready. Ask him for any new statements at this time.

The Committee now read through all previous evidence and any new evidence, witness statements, letters etc, but they must not make any decisions at that time. Once the Committee are happy with what they have done so far and understand the process:

The Defendant is then invited into the room with ONE representative only. ALL other evidence is to be submitted in writing and should at that time, already have been read and discussed by the Committee.

The defendant is then invited to give his version of the incident, followed by his representative. When they have finished, they must then be shown back to the room from where they were originally sat and told that they will be recalled for the decision when the Committee are ready.

THIS IS NOW THE TIME FOR THE COMMITTEE TO COME TO A DECISION. THE OPTIONS ARE:

Dismiss the appeal and uphold the original decision.

Dismiss the appeal, but you can pass a lesser sentence.

Dismiss the appeal and issue a greater sentence.

Allow the appeal and find the defendant Not Guilty.

These options are dependant on what you find from the evidence presented to you. The Committee must not take into account any previous history that the defendant may have, as any past indiscretions have already been paid for.

The note taker must then write down your verdict and exactly what sentence if any you are imposing. Make sure what is written down is correct and says exactly what the Committee are imposing.

Invite the defendant back into the room. (THIS IS IMPORTANT) Once everyone is back in the room, the defendant is then told that the next thing that he will hear is the verdict of this appeals Committee. The Chairman must tell the defendant that the decision that has been made is final and that there will be no further discussion at this meeting. The Chairman then reads out the exact wording of the decision that the Committee have taken. In the event that the appeal is dismissed, the defendant must then be told that he now has the right to appeal this decision to the next level, which is to Cheshire County Bowling Association. He will need to include a cheque for £25, with his appeal and copies of all correspondence must be included and sent recorded delivery within 21 days of this hearing to the County Secretary.

Nothing else is then said by either the Committee or the defendant from this point on. The defendant must then be invited to leave the room and thank him for attending.