Farnworth and District Parks Veterans Bowling Association

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RULES

  1. That this Association be called "Farnworth and District Parks Veterans Bowling Association".
  2. The Association shall be governed by an Executive Committee consisting of the Officers (Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary and Match Secretary) together with two representatives from each team.
  3. Club Secretaries will be responsible for forwarding to the Match Secretary a list of registered players before the season starts. Further names may be added to the list at any time up to the 30th June. Players must be registered for 24 hours before being eligible to play in League Matches or Competitions run by the Association and must be aged 60 years or over.
  4. Each team shall consist of 12 players and each team will play home and away matches against all the other teams in their section of the League.
    1. Should any team arrive at a match with ONE or TWO Players short, the initial draw for the game pairings will be carried out from the Players available. The FIRST FOUR Players listed in the order of play of the incomplete team shall be re-entered in a draw to select the requisite number of Players to make up the deficiency and shall then be requested to play a second game once all the other games have started, in order to complete the match. Each Home Team Captain shall provide a bag containing numbers 1 to 4 from which the complete team Captain can draw the requisite number of Players to complete the deficiency. Should any of the FIRST FOUR Players be unavailable to play a second game due to a previous bone fide commitment, the draw will take place from the remaining THREE Players. In these games the Player drawn to play twice shall forfeit the Jack. If a selected Player is unable to play or refuses to play a 'second game, this game shall be recorded as 15 — 0 against the absent Player. In the case of a Player having played twice the SCORE OF THEIR FIRST GAME ONLY shall be recorded for the purpose of both League and Club Merit Points.
    2. Rule 4(a) above may only be used by any Team THREE times in any one quarter of 9 matches. Should any Team be short of TWO or more Players at any other time these games will be played in accordance with Rule 12.
  5. Players can only play for the team with whom they are registered. No 'A' Section Player can play for a 'B' Section team and visa versa and all Players can only play two League games per week..
  6. Once a player has played for a team in the Jobbins Shield, Jarvis Cup or the Thomas Brindle Trophy he/she becomes cup-tied and cannot play for any other team in that season's competition.
  7. Each League fixture match to be numbered. The fixture number will be repeated in each Section and no player shall be allowed to play in more than one match having the same fixture number. This rule applies even if the fixtures are played on different days.
  8. Points for League matches will be awarded on aggregate score as follows: Home win 2pts. Home draw 1pt.; Away win 3pts.; Away draw 2pts. In addition 1 point shall be awarded for each individual winner including games given.
  9. All games will be 15up. Any drawn matches that require a play-off in tournaments, venue to be chosen by the Match Secretary at a mid-way venue, if possible.
  10. A player may transfer from one Club to another only if both Club Secretaries agree to the move. In the case of dispute the Executive Committee will give a ruling. No transfers will be allowed after 30th June.
  11. If, at the end of the season, there is a tie on points for either the League leadership or the runner-up position, there will be a play-off on a neutral green to decide the issue. That two Teams be promoted from the 'B' Section and two Teams relegated from the 'A' Section.
  12. The draw for opponents must be made before the start of each Match. Should either Team not have 12 Players a game score card in the name of A.N. OTHER must be included in the draw for each game for which there is no Player and it must be drawn out in its turn to determine order of play, not left as "12th man". All cards must be shuffled and placed face downwards by the opposing Team Captain in readiness for the draw.
  13. All League matches will start at 1.45pm. The visiting Team will lead the jack at the first end of each game.
  14. Before matches practice will be allowed as follows: Home Team: 1.15pm to 1.30pm; Away Team 1.30pm to 1.45pm. No practice, competition or League match, to take place on a competition or League match day prior to official practice or match start time. Bone-fide Club competitions excepted. No “Match Jack” to be used during the practice period.
  15. The home Team shall provide standard jacks, 4 to be on the green at once.
  16. There will be NO MARKERS ON THE GREEN. Each Club MUST provide an area for the Markers which will be positioned away from other Players and supporters. Each game will have one Marker from each team who will check the game card every 5 ends and on completion of every game the two bowlers will sign the game card to certify the scores are correct.
    1. Matches shall be played under British Crown Green Bowling Association Rules except that no mark may exceed 40 yards (36.6 metres) and a copy of their Rules be displayed on the Notice Board of each Club.
    2. All Clubs to possess a tape of at least 40 metres; being sufficient length to measure a 40 yard mark (36.6 metres or 120 feet). Objections can be made as with the 19 metre Rule. Teams not complying will have their claims denied.
  17. On commencing a game the footer must be placed by the leader within three yards of the entrance to the green, either to the left or the right, and one yard from the edge.
  18. The decision to postpone any match due to adverse weather conditions must be decided by both Team Captains in the presence of their full teams at the venue stated NO sooner than the appointed starting time. Any cancelled match must be played within 14 days or by agreement with the match secretary. Where the match is abandoned after play commences the scores at the time of the abandonment are carried forward to the re-arranged date:
  19. The Executive Committee shall adjudicate any matter not provided for in these Rules.
  20. At the Annual General Meeting each Team registered with the League will be allocated 2 votes.
  21. Clubs that do not fulfil their League obligations shall be fined £10.
  22. That no practice be allowed in League tournaments.
  23. That the League be played in Two Divisions.
  24. That all teams should purchase six tickets for the annual presentation, irrespective of whether they attend or not. These tickets to be paid for with their annual registration fees at the March meeting of the League. Tables being reserved on presentation day for the two teams who have participated in the final of the Jobbins Shield.
  25. Clubs must ensure that their jacks are of a valid date.
  26. That no Club in the League be allowed three Teams unless they have two greens on which to play their home matches.
    1. All League Matches to be played on Tuesday and Thursday unless postponed.
  27. Smoking is not allowed whilst participating on the green in the game of crown green bowls. The offending Player(s) to receive no further score and the Opponent(s) to receive the maximum score. This Rule also applies to the use of E-cigs.
  28. The draw for all League Trophy Competitions shall be made at League Committee Meetings.
  29. All Players representing a Club whose home matches are played on a Bolton Parks Bowling Green must be in possession of a current Bolton Bowls Permit. Any Player failing to do so will have all points accrued deducted from their team total.
  30. The League Individual Average Prize be based on a points system as follows: 2 points for a home win; 3 points for an away win; and 1 point for 10 chalks or more scored away. Also 1 point for a game given (for which there is no opponent) whether home or away.
  31. Mobile 'phones or pagers in active mode are not allowed on the green. Should any Player fail to comply, that Player shall forfeit the game. The offending Player(s) to receive no further score and the Opponent(s) to receive the maximum score.
  32. Hard or block heeled footwear must not be worn whilst on the green in any match played under the Association's jurisdiction. All footwear must be flat soled.
  33. Should it be necessary for any Player to leave a Match early and therefore play their game early, or likewise any Player arriving after the match has commenced and therefore play their game late, due to having a prior appointment, this must be specified prior to the draw taking place and the order of play determined.
  34. NO SMOKING allowed in the area set aside for the markers.
  35. On all League Competition Final days the League appoint a Member with sufficient knowledge of the Rules and Laws of the Game to act as Referee and whose decision shall be final.
  36. Any Club hosting a Competition or Finals day shall appoint two (or more) members with a good knowledge in the art of measuring to do so when the occasion arises.
  37. This League shall consist of no more than 20 teams whether it be played as one or two Sections.

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THE CLIFFORD BATE TROPHY

  1. The Clifford Bate Trophy will be presented. to the winners of the League Double Knock-Out Competition, which will be played on each Club's green on a rota basis year by year
  2. Each Team in the League to nominate a Doubles Pair to compete for this Trophy.
  3. No A team registered Player will be allowed to play as a 'B' Team representative.
  4. All games will be 15 up and will all start on SCRATCH.
  5. Players will spin a coin to determine who takes the jack.
  6. All games will be played according to the Rules of the League, with the exception of para. 5 above.

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JOBBINS SHIELD

  1. This competition to be played on a 6 home and 6 away basis.
  2. This competition will be played in two divisions. All W Section teams will play on a knock-out basis to the last two teams. This system will also apply to all 'B' Section teams.
  3. Semi-finals: the last two teams in W Section and the last two teams in 'B' Section. The winning teams will then play in the final of the competition on a green to be decided by the Match Secretary.
  4. In the event of a tie, each Captain will nominate one member of the team to play a deciding game on a neutral green. The two Players will spin a coin to determine who takes the Jack. This Rule applies to all rounds of the competition except the Final where each Jack and first bowl shall be delivered by the Players from the 'B' Section.
  5. Teams will be handicapped based on League positions at the halfway stage of the League.

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JERVIS CUP

  1. This Is a handicapped knock-out competition of 6 players per team (3 reserves can also be named) and will be played in two Sections In accordance with the Rules of the League.
  2. Each team will be handicapped as to one-half of that for the Jobbins Shield. Should the handicap not divide equally it will be rounded up to the nearest whole number.
  3. Clubs may enter more than one team in either the W or 'B' Section (playing off the same handicap) but no W Section Player can play for a team in the 'B' Section or visa versa and therefore no team can be made up of a mixture of W and 'B' Section Players.
  4. All matches will be played on a neutral green.
  5. All games will be 15up and each team will take first Jack alternately i.e. 3 per team.
  6. Each Section will play down to the last two Teams who will go through to play a semi-final. The two semi-finals and the final of the competition to be played on a neutral green to be nominated by the Match Secretary.
  7. Matches will be decided on aggregate score. In the event of a tie each Captain will nominate one member of their team to play a deciding game. The two Players will spin a coin to determine who takes the jack.

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THOMAS BRINDLE TROPHY

  1. The Thomas Brindle Trophy is a knock-out competition to be played at the end of the season and is restricted to the Teams finishing in the last four places In the League.
  2. The 4 qualifying Teams will be drawn in 2 groups for the play-offs and each Team will consist of 12 Players.
  3. All games will be 15up.
  4. Each group of two Teams will play-off to produce a winner on aggregate score and these two teams will then contest the Final which will also be decided on aggregate score.
  5. All matches including the final will be played on neutral greens and each Team will take the jack alternately, i.e. 6 per team.
  6. All games will be played according to the Rules of the League.
  7. In the event of a tie on aggregate score the Captains will nominate a member of the Team to play a deciding game. The Players nominated will spin a coin to decide who takes the first jack.

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BARBARA PITCHFORD ROSE BOWL

To qualify for entry in the Barbara Pitchford Rose Bowl Trophy lady members should have played a minimum of 5 matches in the Farnworth Sr District Parks Veterans Bowling Association League. This Trophy is to be played for by the lady members of the League only on a knock-out basis. All games to be played according to the Rules of the League.

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THE LEAGUE INDIVIDUAL CUP

  1. The League Individual Cup is presented to the winner of the League Single Competition which will be played on each Club's green on a rota basis year by year.
  2. Each Team in the League must nominate 2 entries in the Competition.
  3. All games will be played according to the Rules of the League.
  4. All Players will start from SCRATCH. A 'Home Player will concede the Jack to his/her Away' opponent at the start of the game. In all other games the two Players will spin a coin to determine who takes the jack.