Conditions of Play 2017-18

26 Aug

1. POLICY

1.1. Controlling body

The controlling body, as used throughout these conditions, will be the:

  • Men’s Match Committee for men’s championship matches
  • Ladies Match Committee for:
    • Ladies championship matches
    • Consistency matches
  • Club Match Committee for:
    • Mixed championship matches
    • Patron’s Plate
    • Sponsor’s Day
  • Winter Social Bowls Committee for winter social bowls

The controlling body may vary the format of a game or event as circumstances dictate.  In such cases, this will be shown on the entry form and on the draw sheet.

1.2. Governance

Matters not specifically set out in the conditions of play are to be dealt with in accordance with the Laws of the Sport of Bowls (including domestic regulations for Australia) January 2011 Crystal Mark Edition (the ‘BA Laws’).

In the event of any conflict between these conditions of play and the BA Laws, the BA Laws will prevail.

If a circumstance is not covered by these conditions of play, the controlling body will make a ruling in keeping with the spirit/intent of the competition.

The Sorell Bowls and Community Club’s Code of Conduct applies to all club championships and club events.

1.3. Health and safety

The BA Extreme Weather Policy must be strictly adhered to for the safety of all players and spectators.

Mobile phones are not permitted on the greens or on the immediate surrounds during play.  If a member must have their mobile phone on during play (for example, because they are on call), the must advise the opposing skip (or opponent in singles) and they must keep it in their pocket on ‘silent/vibrate’ mode.

Smoking is not permitted within 20 metres of greens and seating areas beside greens.  Players and spectators are to use the designated smoking areas at the North-West, North-East and South- East corners of the green if they wish to smoke.

1.4. Complaints and appeals

A formal complaint must be made to the controlling body (or event manager if appropriate).  If such a complaint is received, it must be dealt with as quickly as possible.

The controlling body is required to interview all parties in order to:

  • Fully understand the circumstances that led to the complaint
  • Ascertain what resolution is being sought by the person making the complaint.

The controlling body is to ensure they can make or reach a decision that is independent from bias and fair to all players.  If they feel they cannot do this, the controlling body may appoint an independent arbiter that they feel can deal with the matter in a fair and impartial manner.

The decision of the controlling body, or independent arbiter, is final.

1.5. Penalties

The controlling body may impose penalties for infringing conditions of play for club championships that include:

  • loss of any number of shots/ends
  • replaying the game
  • loss of the game (disqualification)
  • exclusion from other competition(s) being held in the current playing year, or
  • exclusion from playing for a period of time.

The controlling body may impose penalties for infringing conditions of play during events or fixtures that include:

  • loss of any number of shots/ends
  • loss of the game being played, or
  • disqualification.

Teams, skips or players will not agree among themselves to alter the conditions of play set down by the controlling body.  Should it come to light that players or teams have circumvented the authority of the controlling body both players/teams will be disqualified from the game or event.

2. RULES FOR CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS

All Sorell Bowls Club (SBC) championships will be arranged and supervised by the controlling body per paragraph 1.1.  The controlling body has the authority to take any action deemed necessary for the satisfactory conduct of such competitions.

2.1. The draw

The controlling body will conduct the draw for each competition as soon as possible after entries close.  The following caveats apply to all club championships:

  • There must be a minimum of three entries in order to run a viable contest.
  • If three entries are received, the competition will be conducted as a round-robin event to ensure all teams play at least two games.
  • If more than three entries are received, the competition will be conducted as a knock-out event.

2.2. Player grading

The controlling body will grade player’s as either ‘A’ grade or ‘B’ grade based on the pennant division they play in during the current pennant season.  If a player has not played pennant in the current pennant season they can be graded on the past season.

A new bowler will automatically be deemed to be a ‘B’ grade player until/unless they are selected in an ‘A’ grade division.

If a player has played in more than one pennant division and/or there is doubt about their grade, the controlling body will grade the player based on the following:

  • If winning the club championship event will allow the player to play-off against other BTS clubs at the Association level (or higher), their eligibility must be determined in accordance with BTS conditions of play. This is to be enforced regardless of whether the player intends to contest at the higher level or not.
  • If winning the club championship event is the pinnacle that can be achieved in that event, eligibility will be determined by the member’s status at the time of the draw for a club championship. The player will be graded based on the division they have played 50% or more of their pennant games in during the current season.

2.3. Eligibility

All Full, Life and Junior members of the club are eligible to play in Club Championships.

Eligibility for any Club Championship event will be based on the member’s class of membership and grade at the time of the draw.  Changes in membership class or grade that occur after the draw will have no bearing on that competition.

Club championships will be divided into two divisions:

  • Open (any eligible player may enter)
  • Restricted (only ‘B’ grade players may enter)

An eligible member shall not play in the both Open and Restricted championships in any one season.  That is, ‘B’ grade players who elect to play in the Open championships may not play in the ‘B’ grade championships as well.

2.4. Scheduling

Skips or singles players should agree on a mutually acceptable time to play their match.  If skips or singles players cannot agree on a date and time, the matter is to be referred to the controlling body.  The controlling body will set a fair and reasonable time for the match to occur.

Matches must be played within the specified time period set down by the controlling body.  The timeframe for each round will be included on the entry sheet.  Members who know they will not be able to play their game(s) within these time constraints should not enter the competition.

2.5. Postponements

In the event of a match being postponed as the result of inclement weather or poor light, or the green being unfit for play, the match shall be played or continued at a time decided by the skips or players, or by the controlling body, and on the same rink if possible.

In such cases, the incomplete match shall be resumed with the scores as at the adjournment, in accordance with the BA Laws.

A game can only be stopped in these circumstances by either the controlling body or by agreement between both the parties concerned in cases where a representative of the controlling body is not present.  The controlling body must be notified of any such occurrences.

2.6. Replacements

To be eligible to be chosen as a replacement player, the candidate must be a player who was eligible to be included in the original draw at the time that entries closed.  For example, a Playing member who changes their membership class to Full member after entries have closed will not be an eligible replacement player in singles or doubles matches.

In games other than singles, an eligible player that is nominated to replace a named player in the first round of the competition will be deemed to be forming a new team with the remaining player(s).  The player that was replaced will be eligible to play in that team in subsequent rounds as a substitute if required.

2.7. Substitutes

To be eligible to be chosen as a substitute player, the candidate must be eligible to play in the competition they will substitute in.  For example, a Playing member who changes their membership class to Full member after entries have closed will be an eligible substitute player in singles or doubles matches.

In games other than singles, if a player is nominated to substitute for a named player (other than in the first round) they may do so as long as the controlling body agrees to the substitute player chosen.  The substitute player will be eligible to play in subsequent rounds if required.

2.8. Forfeits

Naturally, replacements or substitutions will not be allowed in singles games.  If a player in a singles game cannot play, they must forfeit.

If a player or team fails to keep an agreed appointment to play (per paragraph 2.4) they will be deemed to have forfeited the game unless:

  • they have notified their opponent and the controlling body at least two hours prior to the scheduled commencement time for the match, and
  • the reason for failing to attend is acceptable to the controlling body.

If a player or team cannot play their game within the time constraints laid down on the entry sheet, they must forfeit their match.

If unexpected family circumstances occur, they may seek an extension if:

  • their opponent and the controlling body are advised, and
  • the match can be rescheduled within one week of the closing date for that round of the competition.

If a team plays an ineligible player the controlling body must be notified of this infraction as soon as it is discovered.  The controlling body will determine if the match should be forfeit to the other team. If subsequent games have been played by the infringing team, the controlling body will determine the extent to which the draw and/or results must be adjusted.

2.9. Start of play

Direction of Play. Men’s championship matches will be played in the same direction as pennant play on Saturdays.  Women’s championship matches will be played in the same direction as pennant play on Thursdays.  The skips (or the marker in singles) will toss a coin to determine the direction of play for pairs championship matches or if both men’s and women’s matches are scheduled for the same time.

Choice of Rinks. The skips (or the marker in singles) will toss a coin.  The winner of the toss will decide which rink will be used.  The loser of the toss will decide which team or player puts down the first bowl to start the match.

Trial ends. Players or skips may decide to have one or two trial ends if they wish or they may decide to have none.  If they cannot agree, then one trial end will be played.

2.10. Finals

The final match of a championship should be scheduled, wherever possible, to allow other club members to watch the match.  A notice should be placed on the noticeboard to promote the match.

All final matches will be played in club uniform and the President should be invited to attend.

Teams (or singles players) must make the controlling body aware of the planned time of the final so that the controlling body can appoint an accredited umpire.

2.11. Markers, Measurers and Umpires

All accredited markers, measurers and/or umpires are trusted to perform their duties as officials in a fair and impartial manner, and enforce the rules of play as necessary.  An accredited marker, measurer or umpire can be chosen to officiate at any championship match.

An accredited marker, measurer or umpire must be chosen ahead of an unqualified member whenever possible.  If an unqualified member is chosen, both skips (or both players in singles) must agree on the choice.

The controlling body will appoint the official for final matches, and the choice is not negotiable.

3. CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

3.1. Singles

Each player will play four bowls alternately.  The game will be won by the player who is first to reach or exceed 25 shots.

The winning player is responsible for entering their name into the appropriate slot on the draw sheet for the next round of the competition.

In the first round, players must arrange for a marker to assist them during the game in accordance with paragraph 2.11. Defeated singles players are expected to mark their opponent’s next match, wherever possible, whether it is on the same day or not.  If this is not possible, both players are to make arrangements for another marker to mark their game in accordance with paragraph 2.11.

3.2. Pairs

There are three possible formats for pairs events: 2-2-2-2 or 2-4-2 or 3-3.  The controlling body will indicate, on the entry sheet and on the draw, which format is to apply.

In the ‘cross-over’ or 2-2-2-2 format, each player will play four bowls in the following order:

  • Leads – two bowls alternately, then cross over
  • Skips – two bowls alternately, then cross over
  • Leads – two bowls alternately, then cross over
  • Skips – two bowls alternately

In the 2-4-2 format, each player will play four bowls in the following order:

  • Odd numbered ends (1, 3, 5, etc)
    • Leads – two bowls alternately then cross over
    • Skips – four bowls alternately then cross over
    • Leads – two bowls alternately
  • Even numbered ends (2, 4, 6, etc)
    • Skips – two bowls alternately then cross over
    • Leads – four bowls alternately then cross over
    • Skips – two bowls alternately

In the ‘three-bowl’ or 3-3 format, each player will play three bowls in the following order:

  • Leads – three bowls alternately, then cross over
  • Skips – three bowls alternately

Each game will consist of 21 ends and will be won by the team with the most shots after the 21st end.

If a match ends in a tie, an additional end shall be played to determine the winner.

The winning team (skip) is responsible for entering their name into the appropriate slot on the draw sheet for the next round of the competition.

3.3. Triples

Each player will play two bowls in the following order:

  • Leads – two bowls alternately
  • Twos – two bowls alternately
  • Skips – two bowls alternately

Each game will consist of 21 ends and will be won by the team with the most shots after the 21st end.  If a match ends in a tie, an additional end shall be played to determine the winner.

The winning team (skip) is responsible for entering their name into the appropriate slot on the draw sheet for the next round of the competition.

3.4. Fours

Each player shall play two bowls in the following order:

  • Leads – two bowls alternately
  • Twos – two bowls alternately
  • Threes – two bowls alternately
  • Skips – two bowls alternately

Each game will consist of 21 ends and will be won by the team with the most shots after the 21st end.  If a match ends in a tie, an additional end shall be played to determine the winner.

The winning team (skip) is responsible for entering their name into the appropriate slot on the draw sheet for the next round of the competition.

4. OTHER CLUB GAMES

4.1. Patron’s Plate

This is a handicapped and non-gender event.  It is open to Full, Life, Junior and Playing members of the club.  Eligibility is based on being fully financial at the time of the draw and does not rely on a a number of pennant games played.

Before posting the entry form, the controlling body will set the date by which each round must be played and the closing date for entries.  This information will be included on the entry form.

The controlling body will meet, after entries have closed, to determine entrant handicaps based on the handicapping formula at Appendix 1.  The controlling body will then conduct the draw, and include each player’s handicap next to their name.

In most cases, players can ‘zero out’ their handicap as shown in the following examples:

Example Jack’s handicap Kitty’s handicap Jack
starts on
Kitty
starts on
A       –8       –4       –4          0
B       –8       +4       –8       +4
C       +8       +4       +4          0
D       +4       +4         0          0

Note: In example B only, where one player has a negative handicap and the other has a positive handicap, no change is made to their starting point.

The game will be won by the first player to reach or exceed 25 shots.

The winning player is responsible for entering their name into the appropriate slot on the draw sheet for the next round of the competition.

4.2. Sponsor’s Day

Sponsor’s Day is a club-only event, open to all members of the club regardless of membership class.

The controlling body will appoint two members to run the event, and invite our sponsors to attend.  Sponsors may also choose to play if they wish.

The event will normally be conducted as a random-draw fixture with team make-up being decided on the day by the number of entrants.  The controlling body may vary the format if desired and may allocate rinks to sponsors who are playing before the random draw in order to spread our sponsors throughout the rinks.

The event manager will conduct of the draw, collect the scorecards at the close of play, and notify the players of the results.

4.3. Consistency challenge

This competition is a singles game that is designed as a test of draw-bowling.  After the jack is rolled by the player with the mat, the marker places the jack on the centre line on top of a five-cent piece (or a similar small, flat object).

If the jack is moved off the coin during play the jack is re-placed on the coin by the marker.  In effect, this means that moving the jack away from the bowls holding shot is not rewarded.

If the bowl being bowled goes out-of-bounds (either to the side or into the ditch), even if it’s a toucher, it is counted as dead.  It is to be ‘chalked’ by the marker so that it can be identified as such for scoring purposes (see below) and removed from the rink and placed on the bank.

If bowls, other than the bowl being played, are knocked out-of-bounds (either to the side or into the ditch), they are not penalised in the point scoring (see below).

At the end of each end, bowls are awarded points as follows:

  • Shot bowl – four points
  • Second shot – three points
  • Third shot – two points
  • Fourth shot – one point
  • Dead bowls (knocked out-of-bounds) – zero points
  • Dead bowls (bowled out-of-bounds) – minus five points

The first player to reach or exceed 100 points wins the game.

Start of play will be determined in accordance with paragraph 2.9.  Thereafter, the player holding shot bowl (regardless of the score on the end) will have the mat for the next end.

4.4. Winter Social Bowls

A Winter Social Bowls competition may be run between April and September.  It is open to all members of the club (regardless of membership class), visitors and guests.

The competition will normally be conducted as a random-draw fixture with team make-up being decided on the day by the number of entrants.  The controlling body may vary the format if necessary.  The controlling body will conduct of the draw, collect the scorecards at the close of play, and notify the players of the results.

Appendix 1 – Patron’s Plate handicapping system

1. Pennant players

Players will be handicapped based on their rank from the previous playing season.  For example, the handicaps for the 2017 Patron’s Plate will be worked out based on the 2016-17 pennant season.

Players who have played pennant in two divisions will be handicapped based on the highest division they played in. Players who played pennant for another club can be handicapped based on the competition/division they played in at the other club.

2. Non-pennant players

Players who cannot be graded by virtue of playing pennant will be deemed to be Saturday Division 3 leads.  That is, they will receive a handicap of zero.

3. Points table

For example, a division 4 skip for Saturday pennant will have 7 points.

Pennant Handicaps (Saturday) Pennant Handicaps (Thursday)

4. Weighting points table

For example, the person above (with 7 points) also won the club singles for their gender last year so they receive an additional point.  They now have 8 points.

Handicap-additional

5. Handicapping table

For example, the player above (with 8 points) will have a handicap of minus one (–1).

Handicap Matrix