Notes in lieu of 2021 AGM
RULES for 2020
Honours List from 1933
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The 1933 race for honours
2019 MCCGBA AGM report
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WELCOME TO THE FORMBY & DISTRICT BOWLING LEAGUE WEBSITE
The Formby & District Bowling League normally run two divisions, playing on Wednesday evenings. Please scroll down for news and notices.
Chairman: Dave Butterworth
Secretary: Ken Buckley 01704 872834
Results Secretary: Chris Willan 07960267261
Treasurer: George Gough (George wishes to step down as Treasurer. Volunteers welcomed to take over)
County Delegate: David Halewood
END OF SEASON – SECRETARY’S NOTES October 2021
- Thanks to Andy Howie and Chris Ellis for organising the early season combined Maghull/Formby mini league competition. The four divisions were won by Skem Park Rebels, Scarisbrick NSC, Sefton & Thornton B and Hightown. Heading the averages were Carl Gregson (Skem Park Rebels), Cliff Massey (Formby S & S), George Harte (Moorside Park B) and Tommy Killen (Hightown).
- The Formby league itself started in mid June. All fixtures in all three divisions were completed, fortunately with minimal rearrangements due to weather or Covid.
- Congratulations to Our Ladys, Formby Park A and Meadows on being top of Divisions 1, 2 and 3.
- Also to Ian Bates (Our Ladys), Cliff Massey (Formby S + S) and Martin Larkin (Weld Blundell) on heading the player averages.
- However, sorry folks, but as stated at the season start, no prizes/promotions/relegations this year.
- On the downside, only 8 out of 21 teams managed the season without being short of players. For the remaining teams, players played twice as follows: 3 (1) – that is 3 teams played a player twice on one occassion - then 3 (2), 2 (3), 1 (4), 1 (5), 1 (11), 1 (19) and 1 (22).
- We had three divisions of 7 teams in 2021, having lost Litherland, a Moorside Park team and Weld B since 2019. Assuming a more normal start of season in April 2022, then as things stand we will revert to two divisions. If we maintain 21 teams, then this would be 11 teams in div 1 and 10 in div 2, with the teams per division based on league positions at the end of 2019, taking into account normal promotion and relegation. (Reminder – in 2019, in div 1, Sefton & Thornton B were next to bottom and Brooke Hotel B bottom. In div 2, Northern were top and Crescent A runners up.)
- Please can teams give me confirmation of their expected continuation in the league on seeing these notes. If you are as yet uncertain, still let me know now.
- League fees for 2022 will be at the temporarily reduced rate of £30 per team, as was intended for the 2020 season.
- The following clubs are in credit, having paid fees in advance of the aborted 2020 season. Our Ladys (£30), Formby Village (£60), Meadows (£30) and Brownmoor Brooke (£60). Northern had also paid, but have subsequently been refunded.
- In 2021 we have paid out the £30 refund to Northern, £2.50 to MCGBA, liability insurance of £69 and £10 for website hosting. There has been no income.
- No other income/expenditure expected in 2021.
- I don’t know yet if we should hold a live AGM in January. Your thoughts welcomed.
- Note that up to date league rules are on our web site. These include those most recent changes agreed at the last AGM held in January 2020 (the changed rules are underlined).
- Although it was proposed and rejected at the January 2020 AGM, perhaps do we reconsider whether or not players can play twice if teams are short? (Remember this was only a temporary measure for 2021, so as things stand, it would not be allowed in 2022).
- I would hope that we can nevertheless maintain 10 a side teams.
- Please let me know if you have any other rule change proposals. If we do not have an AGM in person, we can always have an on line vote.
- Please also note that the position of Treasurer is vacant should anyone wish to step forward. Our thanks to George Gough for his services in this role.
- Any other comments welcomed. Stay safe through the winter.
Ken Buckley, Secretary
PS. Please let me know of any changes to club captains/secretaries.
BCGBA REGISTRATION FORMS CR1/CR2 and BCGBA/COUNTY INVOICES
Please note that the BCGBA Club Registration Form CR1/CR2 should be completed annually by 01 June each year and returned to your appropriate County Registrar (for all clubs in the Formby League, this will be to the Merseyside Registrar, Linda Howard). Please note that the CR1/CR2 form consists of two worksheets, “Club” and “Members”, and can be found through a link on the Merseyside County website. BOTH sheets must be completed and returned. Please also note that annual invoices from Merseyside County will not be sent out by post. They will appear on the Merseyside County website. Reminders will not be sent.
FEB 2021 NOTES IN LIEU OF THE AGM
FORMBY AND DISTRICT BOWLING LEAGUE - FEB 2021 NOTES
In the absence of an AGM in January 2021, these notes have been produced.
- IN MEMORY
Billy Evans, Ian Delooze, Tom Jones, Ron Storey, Colin Corless, Dave Barton, Tony Cooper (please let me know of any omissions)
- CHAIRMAN’S REMARKS (Dave Butterworth)
After the loss of the 2020 league season, let’s hope that at some time this season we can restart in a safe manner and with as many of our bowlers as possible.
- AGM MINUTES of Jan 2020 MEETING
These were circulated to all delegates in January 2020 and are taken as accepted, there being no subsequent comments.
- TREASURER’S REPORT for 2020 (George Gough)
Cash at start of 2020
Income (see below)
Expenditure (see below)
Balance carried forward at end of 2020
· Our Ladys, Northern, Meadows each paid £30; Formby Village, Brownmoor Brooke each paid £60 for season 2020. These sums will be carried forward into 2021, unless a refund is requested, total £210.
· An anonymous donation of £200 was received.
· £1 paid into account to produce a bank statement at year end.
Expenditure (note the first four items were not included in the 2019 accounts)
· £360 prize money for 2019 season paid out at the 2020 AGM.
· £60 engraving for 2019 trophies.
· £750 honoraria for 2019
· £7.50 county affiliation for 2019.
· £10 room hire for 2020 AGM.
· £7.50 county affiliation for 2020.
· £64.50 for printing of 2020 fixtures.
· £65.01 insurance for 2020.
· At the 2020 AGM George believed that we had more funds in hand than necessary, so recommended that we reduce our team fees from £60 to £30 until our balance is reduced to a more reasonable amount.
- PROPOSALS AND RULE CHANGES
There have been none since those tabled at the AGM of January 2020.
- SECRETARY’S REPORT (Ken Buckley)
The BCGBA web site issued a statement dated 22 Feb. The key words on it are
“The Prime Minister’s announcement confirmed that outdoor affiliated bowls clubs will be able to open from 29th March. 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 website”.
It is not yet clear to me to within what parameters we can restart on 29th March, and further detail is awaited to see when and how league bowling as we know it can restart. In the meanwhile, I have sent out an email on 24 Feb to all clubs to assess how ready they will be to start. It may be that, at least just for 2021, we will need to implement some temporary measures, such as team and division sizes.
Please let me know of any changes to club captains/secretaries.
The BCGBA have decided to reduce their club fee for 2021 season to £20 providing clubs had paid their 2020 fee by January 2021. They have also stated that any club in arrears for 2020 cannot play this year until such fee has been paid.
- ELECTION OF OFFICERS
The position of President remains vacant. George Gough has resigned as Treasurer, so a new Treasurer is required. Any suggestions/volunteers?
None sought for the 2020 season. This will be clear in the 2021 accounts.
Ken Buckley. Secretary 25/2/2021
Executive Committee; Club Secretaries; Club Captains on email list.
RULES FOR 2020
FORMBY AND DISTRICT BOWLING LEAGUE
CONSTITUTION AND RULES JANUARY 2020
Rules 19, 22 and Appendix 2 updated as underlined following AGM January 2020.
- ADMIN. The League is called ‘’Formby & District Bowling League, and is open to Male and Female members.
- The objects of the League shall be to organise, encourage and develop the Game of Bowls in the Formby and District, and to play in conformity with the Laws of the Game as set out by the British Crown Green Bowling Association.
- The headquarters of the League shall be the Northern Club, Elm Avenue, Moor Park, Crosby.
- The Officials of the League shall consist of a President, Chairman, Secretary, Fixture/Competition Secretary, Treasurer and County Delegate, who will form the Executive Committee. The said Committee shall have the right to make those decisions necessary for the efficient running of the League, subject to the right of the Management Committee to over-rule by a simple majority any such decision. Any decision reached by the Executive Committee shall be subject to the right of any Club or Club Member to appeal, for a decision of the full Management Committee. Any appeal must be sent in writing to the League Secretary, to be received within 14 days of the decision reached by the Executive Committee, when such an appeal shall be put before the full Management Committee as soon as possible, whose decision shall be final. The Committee shall have the power to co-opt as it deems necessary.
- The Executive Committee together with two Delegates from each Club will form the Management Committee. The said Delegates to be nominated by their respective Clubs and their names sent in Writing to the League Secretary. The Executive Committee will call for meetings of the Management Committee as occasion demands. Any Club not represented may be fined by the Management Committee, no Club shall be allowed to attend any meetings unless all due fees are paid. A quorum shall consist of four of the Executive Committee members.
- The Formby & District Bowling League shall operate one Bowling League, all games scheduled for Wednesday evenings, consisting of Divisions containing a maximum of 12 teams per Division.
- The number of Clubs that the League shall consist of will be at the discretion of the Management Committee. A Club desirous of becoming Affiliated with the League must be Proposed, Seconded and accepted by a majority of the League Management Committee. A Club shall not be accepted into the League unless in possession of a green upon which to play their Home games. All Clubs must notify the League Secretary not later than the first Monday of November of each year of how many teams they will be entering in the League.
- Facilities shall also be given to the League secretary to attend various Club Headquarters and Greens, when engaged on League Business.
- All Monies must be paid to the Treasurer, who will pay all accounts, any monies received by any other League Official must be handed to the Treasurer who shall Bank all monies in the name of the League. No liability exceeding £10 shall be undertaken without the sanction of the League Executive Committee. All cheques drawn on behalf of the League must be signed by any of two of League Treasurer, Chairman or Secretary.
- An honorarium shall be paid to the Honorary Secretary, the Honorary Fixture & Competition Secretary and the Honorary Treasurer at the end of the financial year, the respective amounts thereof to be decided at the AGM.
- Winners and Runners-Up of all Divisions of the League may receive Prizes or Medals as appropriate. The amount for same to be decided upon a meeting of the Management Committee. They shall be presented at the Annual General Meeting. Divisional Winners to hold the appropriate Cup or Trophy to the end of the following season and to give written guarantees for their safe custody. These trophies and all individual trophies shall remain the property of the League, and cannot be won outright.
- No alteration or addition to these Rules shall be made except at the Annual General Meeting or Special General Meeting. Forty two days notice in writing shall be given to the League Secretary setting forth in detail such proposed alterations or deletions. No Rule shall be altered or deleted, or added to unless carried by at least two-thirds of those voting and entitled to vote at the meeting.
- Any changes in Rules will come into force upon completion of the Annual General Meeting.
- MEETINGS. The Annual General Meeting shall be held in January of each year, when the Business shall Include (a) the election of the Executive Committee members (b) the League Secretary shall present his report for the past season, and (c) the Treasurer shall present a full account of receipts and disbursements, after it has been duly audited by the official auditors, who will be elected by the Management Committee. (d) The meeting will also consider any proposed Rule changes and (e) the composition of the League for the following season. (f) Awards of Prizes/Trophies.
- Fourteen days notice in writing of the Annual General Meeting to be sent to each Club Secretary. Any player registered during the past season shall be eligible to attend the Annual General Meeting, but only three representatives from each Club will be allowed to vote on any subject under discussion. The League Chairman shall have a casting vote, except when a change of Rules takes place whenever there is a deadlock in the voting. The names of the Club Representatives to be sent in writing to the League Secretary prior to the Commencement of the Meeting.
- A pre season Registration Meeting to be attended by club captains and/or nominees will be held in March to receive Player registrations, club fees and to finalise dates for the season. Players wishing to play in the League must register quoting their BCGBA number on an official schedule for the League. The schedule must be returned to the Membership & Competition Secretary for registration before the first Tuesday in April. Each Club shall pay a subscription (per team) as determined by the Annual General Meeting, this shall be paid to the Treasurer before 30th April each year. Any amount outstanding after that date will be subjected to a 10% surcharge. Such surcharge will increase by a further 5% for each month, or part month any amount remains outstanding.
- COMPETITIONS. All entries to league Competitions must be made through Club Secretaries, and each Club shall be responsible to the League for the payment of entrance fees in respect of its entrants, the fee to accompany the Competition Form.
- All League and Cup Matches shall be played on the scheduled dates, except where individual Club Rules require otherwise. If through unfavourable weather or any other cause over which the Clubs or League have no control, a Match cannot be commenced or completed on the fixed date, the Clubs concerned must mutually arrange to play or complete the match within 21 days, and the Home Captain must notify the League Secretary accordingly. If this has not been done by the time stated, the Executive Committee will fix a date, and their decision will be final. It is essential that both Captains report to the Green on Match nights, irrespective of the weather, in order that the provisions of this rule can be strictly adhered to. Shortage of players will not be an acceptable reason for postponement. In any match which is awarded as a WALK OVER, then the points awarded to the non offending team shall be the maximum of either 12 or 13 depending if they were the home or away team.
- Players must be registered three days before playing a League match (so by Sunday evening for a Wednesday match). Any Club playing an unregistered player shall forfeit the relevant points for each offence and shall be fined £2 by the League. Additional players may be registered after the first Tuesday in April. Registered players shall be eligible to play for only one Club in any one League, subject to the discretion of the Executive Committee. A player may be allowed to transfer to another Club provided he or she has not played more than three matches for his or her original club, and is not indebted to his original Club. No transfer will be allowed after 31st May (during a given season). The last date for new registrations shall be July 31st.
- A Player shall not play two games in a match, nor play in more than one match on a night. Competing players shall be drawn against each other, including Captains, in sections of four players from each side. A Player, having played six or more games in a particular Division, shall not be eligible to play in a Lower Division of the league (during a given season). Where a Club has two or more Teams in the same Division, a Player having played six or more games for one side, cannot play for any other side (during a given season). In a rearranged game which corresponds with a game that was played on its original night (or rearranged date) by that club’s other team, a player cannot play in both games.
- In League matches, the ‘Home Team’ is responsible for all Greenage charges.
- All League games shall be played by 10 players on each side. Games to be 21 up and governed by the British Crown Green Bowling Association Laws of the Game. Two points awarded for the highest aggregate score for a Home win; three points if Away. If the Aggregate scores are equal, the Home team to receive one point and the Away team to receive two points. In addition teams receive one point for each individual winning player. At the end of the season the teams with the highest number of points to be declared the Divisional winners. The two Teams in each Division with the lowest number of points shall be relegated, and replaced by the two teams from the Division below them who have scored the highest number of points. In the event of teams in key positions scoring the same number of league table points their positions shall be decided by the results of the head to head games of the teams involved in the following priority order. (a) Most league points cored in the head to head games. (b) Best cumulative aggregate chalks difference in the head to head games. (c) Most individual player wins in the head to head games.
- The Green shall be at the disposal of the Home team only from 30 minutes prior to the start of the match, then for the succeeding 15 minutes only, at the sole disposal of the Visitors for the 15 minutes immediately preceding the start of the match. In addition, the Visiting team captain has the option of starting his fifteen minute practice at any time during the Home team practice session. In Cup Competitions, other than the Presidents Cup, the Team drawn out first shall be deemed to be the Home team, and the Team drawn out second shall be deemed to be the Away team. In individual competitions no practice will be allowed on the day of play, except where a competitor had received a bye/walk over on the day of play, and is drawn against a player who has competed on that day.
- All League games will commence at the times agreed by the Management Committee and stated in the League handbook or Fixture Card. Any club failing to have four players to commence play 20 minutes after the starting time shall forfeit full points for each absentee. Furthermore, any team not having sufficient players to keep the green fully occupied (not less than four sets), during the match, shall, on appeal of the opposing captain, have full points deducted for each absentee. Any team found to have entered the names and fictitious scores instead of declaring players absent will be fined £10 for each offence.
- The Home Captain shall have full control of the Green. He shall act as Referee, and his decision shall be final. During such time as the Home Captain may actually be playing a Match, his duties as Referee shall be taken by the Home Sub-Captain, or failing him, by the Nominee of the Home Captain.
- Official standard Jacks bearing a valid date stamp to be used in all League Matches and Open Competitions.
- The Visitors to have the first throw of the Jack. Check markers to be used.
- The Captain of the Home team shall ensure that all Match Scorecards reach the Fixture Secretary, by card delivery to his home address, or by electronic media, within 48 hours of the Match being completed. If sent by electronic media, the captain should retain the Scorecard.
Penalties for late submission of a Scorecard will be:
(a) First instance, the League Secretary will issue a warning to the Secretary of the offending Club.
(b) Second instance, the League Management Committee will impose a deduction of 2 points for every occurrence within a season.
29. Any team member (player or spectator) being guilty of disorderly conduct, using objectionable language or violating the rules of the League may be subject to disciplinary action, including possible expulsion from the League.
30. Protests of any such Match must be made to the League Secretary within seven days. The Club protesting must accompany the protest with a deposit of £10. The representatives of the Clubs concerned must leave the room after giving their evidence until the Executive Committee have arrived at their decision. The Executive Committee decision shall be subject to the right of appeal, and should they consider the complaint frivolous, The £10 shall be forwarded to the League.
PLAYER OF THE SEASON
The Player of the Season award is open to all registered players, and shall be awarded for each division of the league.
- To qualify, a player must play in at least three quarters (75%) of league games in a division.
- Games won will be divided by the games played to give an average.
- Total points scored will be divided by points against to give an average.
- These averages are added together to give the players a final average.
- All league games played will count. (but not cup or Plate handicap)
- If a player wins 21 – 0 by virtue of the opposing team being a player short this result will not count towards the player average, as it is a game not played.
- Any player/club found to have abused rule 6 (i.e. put in a false name and score) will be dealt with by the Executive Committee.
- Each club to be issued with a form at the end of the season, upon which they are to enter their top three players from each side within the club in each division, and return it by the date given.
- The top player in each division with the best average will receive a trophy. The following is an example of the calculations.
- Games won 19 divided by games played 23 Average = 0.826
- Points for 436 divided by points against 302 Average = 1.444
TOTAL AVERAGE = 2.270
Rule 1 Updated January 2016
ARCARI, BUTTERWORTH and SYKES CUP RULES
- These competitions are run under the auspices of the Formby & District Bowling league, and all rules of the league shall apply to these competitions.
- The Arcari Cup shall be for First Division teams, the Butterworth Shield shall be for Second Division teams and the Sykes Cup shall be for Third Division teams. Only those players registered to plsy in those teams shall be eligible to play in these competitions.
- Up to and including the semi finals, matches are to be played on the basis of five individual matches on each of the two opposing teams' greens. The Finals matches shall be played on neutral greens, with the host club providing standard jacks, footers, scorecards and measuring equipment. Where matches are split between two greens, the away team players have the jack. Where matches are played on neutral greens, captains will toss for the first five jacks.
- All matches to be on merit (off scratch) and will be 21 up. The result is based on aggregate scores. In the event of a tie, the team which has won most individual games will be declared the winner. If it is still a tie, then for games up to and including the semi-final, the winner will be the team with the best individual winner, and so on. For the final, the captains will nominate a player to play (21 up) to decide the match.
- Players must have played three or more league matches before being allowed to play for a club in a semi –final, or final, of any cup competition.**. A Walkover in a league game counts as one of the three league games played, as long as the player was present and recorded on the match card, as witnessed by the opposing captain.
- The two captains will toss a coin to decide which five players are to receive the jack (first five or second five).
- No practice is allowed in any round.
- Players may play in only one of these competitions.
- Referees may be appointed for the finals.
Cup Rules 3 and 7 updated Jan 2020
** - Handicap Plate games excluded
The 1933 Race for Honours
Earliest records found indicate that the Formby and District bowling League was founded in 1933, as shown by the first league winners inscribed on the Lister Cup, which is still awarded to this day for the League Division 1 winners. (See also the Archival section on this web site).
In fact the race for honours in 1933 was described in a 1933 newspaper article, as reproduced on a pillar in the Railway Hotel, Formby, and shown as follows:-
With only four more games, Formby Conservatives have a lead of four points. Their position was strengthened by the defeat of the Southport team, Railway Hotel, Ainsdale, who lost by one in their game with the Railway Hotel, Formby. There were several games decided by one or two points only, and the decision was in doubt to the last end, Ainsdale doing their utmost to save a point, or get both, in order that they should retain their position in the race for honours.
A four a side knock-out competition on neutral greens is attracting great deal of attention, and the surprise of the first series of games was the defeat of Formby Trinity ‘A’ by Formby Trinity ‘C’ by six points.’’
(KB note. The Lister Cup shows that the 1933 league winners were the Railway Hotel, Ainsdale, who in fact were league winners fourteen times between 1933 and 1959).