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 BCGBA laws and shall also implement its own laws, bye-laws, match & competition laws.
Altrincham & District LV League
League Officials 2021
Honorary Life Members
Fixture & Competition Secretary
Return to Play Step 3-Wednesday 12th May.
Please click on the link to the latest BCGBA Guidelines and the Return to Play Step 3.
|(Wednesday 12 May 2021)|
Geoff Taylor (Legh Arms)
We are sad to announce the passing of Geoff Taylor at Legh Arms. Our condolences to Geoff's family and friends.
|(Monday 10 May 2021)|
To all involved with The Altrincham & District LV Bowling League:-
After a long 2020 and all that has happened we are about to look forward to starting the Altrincham LV Evening and Veterans Leagues and what a relief that is for everyone. To get back socialising playing competitive sport and exercising outdoors will be a benefit to all of us.
After many meetings of your management council, difficult and challenging decisions had to be made as to the structure of the 2021 season this was undertaken with sound judgement and with the very best interest of the clubs and league in mind.
I wish to take this opportunity to thank the management council for the professional way that they have made decisions in these exceptional circumstances. I am a sure as club officials & players you understand and thank them as I do.
The Veterans season starts on Thursday 20th May and there is a full league programme.
The Evening League season starts on the 21st May with the Derek Ford Trophy 5 home 5 away competition followed by a full league program starting on the 14th June.
I would ask that a minute silence be held prior to the first game on the greens for those members not as fortunate as ourselves.
On behalf of the Management Council we wish all the clubs and players the best of luck and enjoyment back playing competitive bowls.
Altrincham & District LV Bowling League
|(Saturday 1 May 2021)|
Altrincham & District LV Bowling League-Back to Bowls Update March 2021.
Altrincham & District LV Bowling League
Back to Bowls Update-March 2021
The LV Management Council have set out a plan for a return to Bowls for the 2021 season.
The 2021 season will commence with all division’s competing together for the Derek Ford Trophy on a Handicapped 5 at home 5 away basis. This competition is optional entry and is entirely at all club’s discression whether they wish to compete.
2021 Dates for your Diary.
Derek Ford Trophy
(5 Home 5 Away)
1st Round Friday 21st May.
2nd Round Monday 24th May.
Quarter-Finals Friday 4th June
Semi-Finals Monday 7th June.
Final Friday 11th June.
The LV Management Council have in 2021 decided on a Three Division structure for the coming season. The season will commence on Monday14th June. There are no dates available for Individual League Merits, League Pairs and the League Award of Merit the LV Management Council will make an announcement in the future if it is possible to organise these events.
2021 Dates for your Diary.
Evening League Bowling commences
1st division Monday 14th June.
2nd division Monday 21st June
3rd Division Monday 21st June
As in previous years the Veterans League will be a Two Division Structure for the coming season. The Veteran’s League will commence on Thursday 20th May. There will be NO Veteran’s Cup competition organised in 2021. There are no dates available for the Veteran’s Merit and Veteran’s Award of Merit the LV Management Council will make an announcement in the future if it is possible to organise these events.
2021 Dates for your Diary.
Veteran’s League Bowling commences Thursday 20th May.
Please note that all dates are subject to change as all return to Sport is dependent upon the Government’s Roadmap to recovery and any guidelines issued by them and our National Governing Body the BCGBA.
|(Wednesday 28 April 2021)|
Please could all secretaries and Captains be aware of the match rule below which was voted in for the 2020 season.
Match Rule 2a
If a team is short of players then up to 2 players will be allowed to play twice, providing the shortage is declared before the draw and then the first 4 players cards be placed face down and the opposing captain to select 1 or 2.
Those players will be offered the chance to play twice if she/he accepts then they will pay 1st or 2nd and 9th or 10th.
Their 2nd score will not count to their average but will count towards the team score.
Their 2nd opponents will be allowed a 6 end roll up.
If they decline, then 21 chalks will be awarded to the opponents.
Each registered player shall be allowed to play twice on a maximum of three occasions.
|(Sunday 18 April 2021)|
Return to Play Step 2-Saturday 10th April.
Please click on the document below for all the latest guidelines on our Return to Play.
|(Saturday 10 April 2021)|
BCGBA Statement Friday 26th March 2021-Return to Play.
BCGBA STATEMENT FRIDAY 26TH MARCH 2021.
Please find attached the return to play guidance as it stands today, this has been produced in conjunction with Bowls England to try and ensure that we are issuing similar guidelines for outdoor bowls with specifics for each code as appropriate.
Key points. -
To play under the sport exemption (organised sport) clubs, league ands associations need to be members of the Governing body.
Accepted formats are listed on pages 3 and 4
No Spectators are permitted at present.
Travel you need to follow national guidance, still listed as minimise time spent outside (rule of 6 and 2 households)
All previous hygiene guidance remains in place.
Clubrooms can be open for use of toilets and collecting of equipment only in Step 1.
A revised risk assessment is attached , existing risk assessments should be reviewed and updated in line with the road map.
Visiting teams should be made aware of any restrictions at your club.
|(Friday 26 March 2021)|
Evening League Registrations & Derek Ford Cup Squad
Friday 23rd April.
Veterans League Registrations
Friday 23rd April.
Please would all club secretaries submit their registrations and the Derek Ford Cup Squads by the above dates.
Please use the entry forms or the Microsoft Excel Programme provided to you by the Fixture Secretary.
|(Friday 5 March 2021)|
BCGBA RETURN TO PLAY UPDATE-4TH MARCH 2021.
BCGBA RETURN TO PLAY-UPDATE 4TH MARCH 2021.
We have today received an update from Sport England on the easing of restrictions on organised grass root outdoor sports in England, scheduled to resume on March 29th.
They are still waiting for the overarching guidance from the Cabinet Office and the sport specific guidance that is likely to be released ahead of 29th March
Unfortunately, they do not expect a more specific sport/activity related guidance to be released for a couple of weeks.
In the interim period, all social distancing rules should remain with the rule of 6 and/or the two family group guidelines to be followed, as was documented in the government’s guidelines.
Whilst we appreciate that this may not be ideal, please be assured that we will signpost any relevant government information and guidance as soon we receive it.
|(Thursday 4 March 2021)|
BCGBA & CCBA Statement Regarding the Road Map for the UK & the return to bowls.
A statement from the BCGBA & Cheshire County Bowling Association.
BRITISH CROWN GREEN BOWLING ASSOCIATION LOOKS FORWARD TO THE START OF THE 2021 OUTDOOR SEASON
Today’s roadmap for the easing of lockdown restrictions enables BCGBA, counties and affiliated clubs to prepare with confidence for the 2021 outdoor season. The Prime Minister’s announcement confirmed that outdoor affiliated bowls clubs will be able to open from 29th March.
Our overriding objective is for as many bowlers as possible to enjoy our sport in a safe manner this summer. Bowls is a naturally socially-distanced, non-contact activity and plays a key role in the mental and physical health of many across the country. The positive prospects for the new season provides a great boost to bowlers and the sport in general.
Whilst the overwhelming majority of existing bowlers are eager to start playing and are likely to have received their first vaccine, we understand there is a degree of nervousness about returning to the sport. We will be working alongside our development partner, the Bowls Development Alliance, to support affiliated clubs across the country to create Covid-safe environments, building on the fantastic efforts of many club leaders last year. This work will include:
· ‘Return to Play’ guidance for affiliated clubs
· Resources and best practice to support the safe running of clubs
· Online booking
· Promotional material and funding advice
We also aim to facilitate as much domestic competition as possible. We have developed a series of Covid-contingency scenarios and, with the information now available, will look to reshape our national competition schedule.
The National Open Weekend 28th May 2021 planning will continue and we believe there’s a good opportunity to encourage people, who are looking for a new fun, family outdoor activity, into our sport. We will be working with affiliated clubs who sign up to empower them to deliver Open Weekend events that are Covid-safe and give new players a fantastic first experience.
We have been in discussions with our partner organisations to ensure a safe return to play, with the Prime Ministers road map we look forward to clubs being able to open safety within government guidelines
We will be working in partnership with all stakeholders, notably affiliated clubs, to navigate through any challenges and, whilst mindful to retain a level of caution, are very excited about the outdoor bowls season beginning soon.
We understand today’s developments will provoke a range of questions and we would ask people to bear with us as we work through the various implications. As soon as we can, we will be issuing more detailed guidance on the BCGBA & Cheshire website.
|(Tuesday 23 February 2021)|
Covid-19 UPDATE Wednesday 6th January 2021
Please click on the link for all the latest National Lockdown Advice from the BCGBA & UK Government.
|(Friday 15 January 2021)|
BCGBA STATEMENT FRIDAY 11th SEPTEMBER 2020.
BCGBA STATEMENT FRIDAY 11th SEPTEMBER 2020.
Following the recent announcement and changes to the Covid Legislation we can confirm that clubs can continue to offer organised bowling activities in a Covid-Safe manner. PHASE 3 FALLS WITHIN THE SPORTING EXEMPTION ALLOWED.
Clubs should continue to follow the Phase 3 guidance and be aware that this is now backed up by the legislation changes. You can continue to take part in organised outdoor sports when restrictions on social gatherings are introduced from Monday 14th September.
With the end of season fast approaching we hope that members are able to get out and enjoy the remainder of the year in a safe controlled way.
Clubs should continue to maintain track and trace records which should be available for 21 days if they are requested by NHS track and trace.
|(Friday 11 September 2020)|
Covid-19 Update Monday 27th July 2020.
Please click on the link which will take you to Phase 3 of the latest Government & BCGBA guidelines. This latest advice will allow Leagues & Competitions to commence.
|(Monday 27 July 2020)|
Phase 2a Update 11th July 2020 (Club self-management of risks)
Please click on the link below to the latest advice regarding advice for clubs and the Phase 2a Update 11th July 2020 (Club self-management of risks). It is expected that there will be a further announcement in the next couple of days.
PLEASE NOTE ALL OTHER SAFETY ADVICE FOR COVID-19 IS STILL RELEVANT.
|(Sunday 12 July 2020)|
PHASE 2 of Planned opening of greens Monday 1st June 2020.
Please click on the link below regarding the planned opening of greens moving to PHASE 2 status on Monday 1st June 2020. All other links on this page are still valid and should be used for your guidance.
These guidelines are issued from the government and should be adhered to.
Remember it is YOUR responsibility to keep your bowling members safe.
|(Sunday 31 May 2020)|
The 2020 Altrincham & District LV Bowling League CANCELLED.
To all involved in the Altrincham & District LV Bowling League.
After many emails and phone call’s to the League’s council members we have decided to cancel the 2020 bowling season. This was unanimously agreed on by all council members. We had a plan in place to start early July, but this seems very unlikely as Social distancing is still in place. Also Pubs and Clubs will still not be opened . Our reason for cancelling now is a lot of the bowlers are 65 and over which puts them at high risk. We don’t want to put them in any danger due to this very serious pandemic. I will be calling a council meeting as soon as we can all get together and discuss the 2021 season. I will send out details of the Rules Revision meeting when and if Pubs and clubs reopen. If you have any proposals for this meeting you can send me them anytime. I have also cancelled the presentation night due to be held in November. If any club shows any dissent and objects or complains about the Councils decision to cancel the L.V. Leagues Vets and Evening bowling season please reply to me with your reasons. Lastly please comply with the restrictions that are still in place. I will keep you informed of any developments as soon as I get them . Stay safe and take care.
L.V. League Secretary.
|(Friday 29 May 2020)|
Latest Goverment Advice on Covid-19. (Link to Cheshire Website)
Please click on the link below which will take you to the latest advice and updates on Covid-19. The updates are relating to the Government`s Track & Trace System which has now gone operational.
|(Thursday 28 May 2020)|
Opening of Bowling Greens
Please click on the link to find all the guidelines and advice that club officials need to consider when they might open their greens.
|(Tuesday 12 May 2020)|
Sport England Funding Link.
Please find below the Sport England Funding link for Clubs.
|(Tuesday 31 March 2020)|
Corona Virus Update-A statement from the BCGBA.
To County Secretaries, Management and Officers.
Following the Government announcement this afternoon it is with great sadness that we now have to suspend all bowling for the foreseeable future.
Based on the advice announced we need to avoid all mass gatherings and sporting event as these will no longer be supported by the emergency services.
If anyone within your household has symptoms then the whole family need to isolate for 14 days.
Limit social contact wherever possible and encourage working from home.
At risk groups - those over 70 and those with medical conditions need to take additional care.
All BCGBA meetings should now be postponed as un-necessary travel should be avoided. Contact in Pubs, Clubs and restaurants to be avoided.
Taking this all into account all leagues should now suspend matches until such time as we are given an all clear to resume competition.
All BCGBA and BCGLCC Competitions are now suspended until further notice this should include all qualifier events.
As a Bowls community we need to look after our members and I encourage you to follow the advice being given and support those we are able to at this very difficult time.
I will add links onto the website / face-book as these are updated.
Please take care of yourself and stay safe.
On behalf of the Management Committee BCGBA
Chris Hasselby (BCGBA Chairman)
Mark Bircumshaw (CEO)
|(Monday 16 March 2020)|
Corona Virus Update
*****Corona Virus Update*****
Please note that the LV Veterans League matches scheduled for Thursday 19th have been postponed. The Management Council are to meet this coming Friday (20th March) after which a further announcement will be made. Please be patient with us at this difficult time.
Altrincham & District LV Management Council.
|(Sunday 15 March 2020)|
NOTICE TO ALL BOWLERS
DUE TO THE SPREAD OF THE DISEASE KNOWN AS CORONA VIRUS, IT IS HOPED THAT BOWLERS WILL HEED THE FOLLOWING COMMON SENSE ADVICE BEFORE GOING ON THE GREEN, WHILST ON THE GREEN AND AFTER COMING OFF THE GREEN.
WILL CLUBS PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOUR BOWLING EQUIPMENT, MATS & JACKS ARE FULLY CLEANED BOTH AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH MATCH AND ITS CONCLUSION.
IF POSSIBLE COULD CLUBS HAVE HAND SANITISERS AVAILABLE FOR PLAYERS USE.
PLEASE WASH YOUR HANDS THOROUGHLY BEFORE GOING ON TO THE GREEN AND ALSO WHEN YOU HAVE COMPLETED YOUR GAME.
DO NOT SHAKE HANDS WITH YOUR OPPONENT AT ANY TIME.
NO SPITTING EITHER IN YOUR HANDS OR ON THE GRASS WHILST ON THE GREEN.
WHEN TAKING THE JACK FROM YOUR OPPONENT, GIVE IT A GOOD WIPE BEFORE MAKING YOUR MARK.
IF ANYONE SHOWS MILD SYMPTONS e.g. HIGH TEMPERATURE, OR PERSISTENT COUGH, PLEASE DO NOT PLAY, BUT CONSIDER SELF ISOLATION FOR AT LEAST 7 DAYS.
THANK YOU, FOR YOUR CO-OPERATION.
ALTRINCHAM & DISTRICT L.V. LEAGUE MANAGEMENT COUNCIL & COMMITTEE.
USEFUL ADVICE LINKS
GOVERNMENT CORONA VIRUS LINK
NHS CORONA VIRUS OVERVIEW
|(Saturday 14 March 2020)|
A Guide Direct Entry of Match results for the 2021 Evening Veterans League.
Direct Entry (Evening League Match Results)
All Home team captains in the Evening League will this season be required to enter match results from their fixtures. Each club wiil be issued a password unique to the individual club when we have confirmation of club sectretaries for the 2021 season. Home team captains or designated club official will still require to send an image of the completed match sheet to the Fixture & Competition Secretary as in previous years. . Please find below a usual link to a user guide for the Direct Entry. Any further help and advice we can offer you please contact Jim McGurk at LVcompetitionsecretary@virginmedia.com and we will endeavour to assist you promptly.
Passwords will be issued to all Evening League Club Secretary`s early in March.
Direct Entry (Veterans League Match Results)
The veterans League at this moment in time there is NO mandate from the Management Council for clubs to enter their own results. Clubs can still send in their results as in previous years and by the usual guidelines in the rules. We will still be issuing Password`s to all Veterans Clubs so if they wish they can enter their own results, this choice is down to each individual club. Any club entering their own results will still require to send an image of the completed match sheet to the Fixture & Competition Secretary. Please find below a usual link to a user guide for the Direct Entry. Any further help and advice we can offer you please contact Jim McGurk at LVcompetitionsecretary@virginmedia.com and we will endeavour to assist you promptly.
Passwords will be issued to all Veterans League Club Secretary`s early in March.
The Altrincham & District LV League would like to place it on record their gratitude to Ross Kavanagh for his expertise and help in setting up this for our League.
|(Thursday 2 January 2020)|