Cheadle and Gatley District Bowling League

Rules of the League


These rules were adopted at the Half-yearly Meeting on 19 November 2002 and confirmed at the Annual General Meeting in 2003. There have been minor changes since then and significant changes in 2017.

Contents

1 League management

1.1 Name

The league shall be named the Cheadle & Gatley District Bowling League and shall be open to Clubs within a reasonable distance of Cheadle and Gatley.

1.2 Power of AGM

The constitution of the league and the organising of competitions shall be determined by the league’s management committee at the league’s annual general meeting which shall be held in January each year.

1.3 Rule changes

Notice of motion for rule amendments shall be submitted in writing to the league secretary by 31 October for presentation at the half-yearly general meeting to be held during November.

1.4 Management

The league shall be managed by a committee consisting of all officers of the league, and one delegate from each club. Officials shall be appointed at the annual general meeting. Each club may send two delegates to the annual general meeting or extraordinary general meeting, both delegates being entitled to vote. Any club failing to send a representative to a general meeting, without reasonable excuse shall be fined £2.

1.5 Management committee

The management committee shall meet on dates advised of which at least seven days notice shall be given to each member of the committee. Any member failing to attend any such meeting without reasonable excuse shall be liable to a fine of £2.

1.6 Management sub-committee

A management sub-committee comprising the officers of the league and one representative from each division be elected annually to meet as considered necessary to decide the manner of the competitions, handicaps, disputes and any other business considered pertinent to the running of the league.

1.7 Guarantee fee

A guarantee fee £10 shall he required from any club on joining the League. This is to be returned at the close of the first season if all accounts have been paid.

1.8 Fees

The income required to manage the league’s affairs shall be derived from a flat payment of one amount per team entered by a club which will accommodate a) the annual subscription, b) registration fee for all players registered or played by 31 May, c) the levy per player per game, d) the cost of supplying a set of league handbooks per team, e) knockout cup team entry fee and a levy per player per game. The treasurer to declare the flat payment for the forthcoming year at the half yearly meeting.

1.9 Finance

The monies belonging to the league shall be banked in the names of the chairman and secretary (or treasurer and secretary) who shall sign all cheques on behalf the league. Payments are due within 30 days of the invoice. Late payments will incur a £5 penalty.

1.10 Auditing of accounts

The accounts shall be audited at the end of each season by two auditors appointed at the preceding annual meeting and each club in the league provided with a balance sheet at least 14 days prior to each annual meeting.

1.11 Finance - deficits

The expenses of the league, if the annual balance be adverse, shall be borne in equal proportion by each of the affiliated clubs.

1.12 Finance - accounts to clubs

The treasurer is to issue to each club an account of fees due for the season before 30 September. All fees are to be paid within 30 days of receipt of the account. Any club not having paid its fees within 30 days shall incur a levy of £5.00.

1.13 Disputes

An enquiry into any suspected breach of rules may be instituted by the management sub-committee at their absolute discretion or at the request of any club who may lodge a complaint. In all such protests a copy of which must be forwarded to the offending club within seven days of the supposed offence, the appellants must deposit a sum of £1, such deposit to be returned should the protest be upheld, or forfeited in the event of the complaint being unsubstantiated.

1.14 Appeals

If there is a failure to agree on a resolution of a dispute, or either party does not accept the decision, appeal may be made to the next higher authority. The authorities are: the management sub-committee, the county association to which the league is affiliated, and the British Crown Green Bowling Association (whose ruling shall be final with no further recourse).

1.15 Resignations

Any club resigning from the league must send notice to the league secretary 28 days prior to the general meeting. Resignations after the AGM will be charged as Rule 1.8.

1.16 Availability of greens

The secretary will present to all clubs at the annual general meeting a green rota advising of the league’s requirements for knock-out competitions and qualifying rounds of individual competitions.

2 Matches

2.1 Laws of the game

The rules of the British Crown Green Bowling Association shall govern the play.

2.2 Referees

The league may appoint a referee in semi-finals and finals of the knock-out cups. In the absence of an official referee the captains of each team shall officiate as referees whose decision shall be final.

2.3 Submission of results sheets

The home team (or winning team at a neutral venue) will be responsible for submitting the result sheet to the match secretary within three days, duly signed by both captains. Teams not having the required number of players will be shown on the team sheet as a walkover score nil for the absent player. The opponent having the walkover will score 21, but will not be considered eligible for the league average prize. Teams must notify the match secretary of any discrepancies in the recording of a match within 14 days of its publication of the web site.

2.4 Penalty for ineligible players

Any club found guilty of playing ineligible players shall have player’s score deducted and match points awarded to opponents. Offending clubs will be fined £4 for each ineligible player.

3 Leagues

3.1 Division winner

Divisions to be decided on aggregate chalks scored, Highest to lowest. Clubs having the same number of chalks, will be decided by the following criteria, highest number of match wins, if still tied highest head to head aggregate score and finally most head to head away winners.

3.2 Conduct of match

Games to be 21 up. Visiting teams to take the jack. A minimum of four jacks to be maintained throughout the match. The captains to declare their players in time to allow this to be achieved. They shall declare all their players by one hour after the start time, after which no team changes are permissible. If a team cannot make a player available when required to maintain four jacks, that game shall be forfeit to the opponents 21-0.

3.3 Rearrangement of matches

All matches must be played as arranged in the fixtures. The following exceptions are allowed.

(i) Bad weather or green unplayable
Match is postponed on the day, owing to weather, light or green condition. The home club has the duty of informing the match secretary the same day. The two clubs shall agree a new date and inform the match secretary of the new date within 14 days in writing. Failure to reach an arrangement by the two clubs concerned must be reported within 14 days and the match secretary will fix the rearranged date.
Potential penalties:
Failure to notify the match secretary in writing - £2 and 21 points deducted.

(ii) Other reasons
A club may only request a rearrangement in an exceptional circumstance and the opponent club must agree to the re-arrangement. A minimum of three dates must be given to the opponent club, if a new date cannot be agreed by both clubs then the original fixture date must stand. If rearrangement is agreed the requesting club will be penalised 42 points. If the match is not played, average home and away points respectively will be awarded reduced by 42 points for the team originally requesting the postponement. Both clubs must inform the match secretary in writing of any change of date and the reason within 3 days of the original fixture date.
Fines:
Failure to notify the match secretary in writing will incur a £2 fine and 21 points deducted.

3.4 Interrupted match

All unfinished games in any match, or part of a match, which has been interfered with by unfavourable weather or any other causes, shall be continued on a future date arranged by the Secretaries of the respective clubs, and in accordance with rule 3.3.
(ii) Interrupted games will continue with the scores and the positions on the green at the interruption. Where original players are unavailable for the rearranged match, reserves are allowed subject to rule 3.6.
(iii) Where a player of an unfinished game is unavailable a substitute is allowed subject to rule 3.6, the score from the original game will be carried forward, the substitutes name will be entered on the score sheet, the score of both players will not count towards their averages, only towards prize qualification.

3.5 Registration of players

All players must be registered with the league and BCGBA and cannot play until registered. The list of players a club wishes to register shall be in the hands of the league secretary by 31 March. Further registrations will be accepted up to 31 May free of charge, then up to 31 July at a fee of 50p each. No Registrations may be made after 31 July. Players must not bowl for more than one club in a league during the season without the permission of the management sub-committee.

3.6 Eligibility for lower teams

Where a club has entered two or more teams in a league, the teams shall be ranked ‘A’, ‘B’, etc. A player who has a “plus” average for any team after having played three games shall not be eligible to play for any lower team.

3.7 Doubling-up

Where a club has more than one team in a league, no player may play for more than one team in the same week.

3.8 Greenage

Home clubs playing on park greens shall be responsible for all greenage chargeable during the period of the match.

4 Evening league

4.1 Size of teams

Competing teams shall number 10 players. Thirteen handbooks per team are included in the annual fee.

4.2 Start time

The league games shall commence at 7.00pm or by mutual agreement sanctioned by the management committee. Up to 15th May and in August the start time shall be 6.30pm for all clubs without floodlights.

4.3 Practice

The home team to have sole use of the green for practice until 15 minutes before the start time. The away team to have sole use for the remaining 15 minutes, with the match jacks being made available. The away captain may practise with the home team to allow time for the draw to be made.

4.4 Average prize

Any member of the competing clubs to qualify for the league average prize, must play in three-quarters of his team’s matches and include two of the last four.

5 Veterans’ league

5.1 Age restriction

A veteran will be deemed to be a bowler who is 60 years of age or older.

5.2 Size of teams

Competing teams shall number eight players. Ten handbooks per team are included in the annual fee.

5.3 Start time

The league games shall commence at 1.30pm or by mutual agreement sanctioned by the management committee. A different day or time for a particular team may be authorised at the preceding AGM.

5.4 Practice

The home team to have sole use of the green for practice until 15 minutes before the start time. The away team to have sole use for the remaining 15 minutes, with the match jacks being made available. The away captain may practise with the home team to allow time for the draw to be made.

5.5 Maximum length of mark

A player will be deemed to have set a mark if the jack has stopped a minimum of 19 metres from the footer and a maximum of 40 metres. Objections to a mark to be made as specified in BCGBA laws.

6 The Bob Newlan Memorial Trophy

6.1 General

To be competed for annually on a knock-out basis. Entry is open to teams competing in the evening league. The fee for entry is included in the annual league fee. Prize money is paid to the winners, runners-up and losing semi-finalist from league funds.

6.2 Conduct of matches

Matches to be played on neutral greens on Sunday mornings (11 a.m. start). Teams to consist of ten players. All games to be 21 up. Captains to declare teams in order of play at starting time of match. All declared players to be present when called. If not, a qualified reserve must be substituted, or the game forfeited. The captains to toss for first lead of the jack, one team taking the lead in odd-numbered games, the other in even-numbered games. No player may practise on the green on the day of the match.

6.3 Match result

The team with the higher aggregate score is the winner. In the event of a tie, most wins shall decide and if still tied, most wins from the first three names on the score sheet.

6.4 Handicap

Handicaps to be based on league positions at the end of the previous season. The leading team to be on scratch, with each successive team receiving an additional three points. The winners to be penalised 10 points for the following season. New teams to start on scratch until the first season after they fail to win promotion.

6.5 Eligibility of players

Teams to consist of players registered for league matches. After the first round, players must have played in at least one quarter of the club’s league games. A player is ineligible for a team if he has a plus average in league games (based on three or more games) for a higher team. A player may not play for more than team in any season, except as follows: after a team is eliminated a maximum of four players from that team may play for their club’s other team(s).

6.6 Fitness of green - rearrangement of matches

The decision as to the fitness of a green to be left to the person in charge of the green. If either captain refuses to accept that decision then the match will be awarded to the opposing team. In the event of matches abandoned because of inclement weather or bad light, the points scored by each player shall count and the position of the jacks shall be marked. Completion of the match shall be the subject of consultation with the club on whose green the match is being played and the two competing clubs. The match secretary to be informed in writing of the agreed date to complete the match. If no agreement can be reached by all three clubs the matter will be referred to the management sub-committee for resolution. All abandoned matches will be required to be completed within 14 days of the original date. In the event of a match being cancelled because of inclement weather or adverse ground conditions the same conditions for re-arrangement will also apply.

6.7 Availability of greens

All clubs to place their greens at the disposal of the league for the preliminary, first and second rounds of the competition. In the event of a park green being selected the greenage shall be paid by the host club.

7 The P.C.S. Cup

7.1 General

To be competed for annually on a knock-out basis. Entry is open to teams competing in the veterans’ league. The fee for entry is included in the annual league fee. Prize money is paid to the winners, runners-up and losing semi-finalist from league funds.

7.2 Conduct of matches

Matches to be played on neutral greens on dates and times as specified by the league. Teams to consist of eight players. All games to be 21 up. Captains to declare teams in order of play at starting time of match. All declared players to be present when called. If not, a qualified reserve must be substituted, or the game forfeited. The captains to toss for first lead of the jack, one team taking the lead in odd-numbered games, the other in even-numbered games. No player may practise on the green on the day of the match.

7.3 Match result

The team with the higher aggregate score is the winner. In the event of a tie, most wins shall decide and if still tied, most wins from the first three names on the score sheet.

7.4 Handicap

Handicaps to be based on league positions at the end of the previous season. The leading team to be on scratch, with each successive team receiving an additional point. The winners to be penalised eight points for the following season. New teams to start on scratch until the first season after they fail to win promotion.

7.5 Eligibility of players

Teams to consist of players registered for league matches. After the first round, players must have played in at least three of the club’s league games. A player is ineligible for a team if he has a plus average in league games (based on three or more games) for a higher team. A player may not play for more than team in any season, except as follows: after a team is eliminated a maximum of two players from that team may play for their club’s other team(s).

7.6 Fitness of green - rearrangement of matches

The decision as to the fitness of a green to be left to the person in charge of the green. If either captain refuses to accept that decision then the match will be awarded to the opposing team. In the event of matches abandoned because of inclement weather or bad light, the points scored by each player shall count and the position of the jacks shall be marked. Completion of the match shall be the subject of consultation with the club on whose green the match is being played and the two competing clubs. The match secretary to be informed in writing of the agreed date to complete the match. If no agreement can be reached by all three clubs the matter will be referred to the management sub-committee for resolution. All abandoned matches will be required to be completed within 14 days of the original date. In the event of a match being cancelled because of inclement weather or adverse ground conditions the same conditions for re-arrangement will also apply.

7.7 Availability of greens

All clubs to place their greens at the disposal of the league for the preliminary, first and second rounds of the competition. In the event of a park green being selected the greenage shall be paid by the host club.

8 Individual competitions

8.1 General

The league may organise individual competitions in connection with the evening or the veterans’ league.

8.2 Closure of entries

Entries for the individual competitions will be closed once the league officials have made the green allocation.

8.3 Qualifying rounds

In qualifying rounds, the draw will be made at each green from the players present at the start time. No strike-out time is allowed in the qualifying round. Responsibility for the draw will be with the host club, unless the league secretary is given seven days notice that alternative arrangements will be necessary.

9 Merit

9.1 Eligibility

Entry is open to registered evening league players who have played in at least one third of their club’s matches in either the current or the previous season.

10 Callison Cup

10.1 Eligibility

Entry is open to registered evening league players who have played in at least one third of their club’s matches in either the current or the previous season.

10.2 Handicaps

A player’s starting handicap is determined by the team in which he normally plays. Division A players play off scratch and players from each lower division to receive two points compared to the division above. Thereafter the handicap is adjusted each year according to the following rules: - adjustment for promotion or relegation of the player’s team, - last year’s winner - three points deducted, - last year’s runner-up - two points deducted, - last year’s losing semi-finalists - one point deducted, - players eliminated in the qualifying round - one point added. The maximum handicap allowance is plus five.

11 Veterans’ Merit

11.1 Eligibility

Entry is open to registered veterans’ league players who have played in at least three of their club’s matches in the current season.

11.2 Final day venue

The final day shall be held at a neutral venue. The venue shall be chosen to ensure that no qualifiers play the final day on their own green.