Widnes and District Bowling Association.
Affiliated to the Merseyside C.G.B.A.
The British Crown Green Bowling Association.
Hough Green Social Club, Liverpool Road, Widnes.
Rules and By Laws (1974) Constitutional Rules.
The Association will be called "The Widnes and District Bowling Association".
The objects of The Association will be to promote and foster the game of crown green bowls in the Widnes and District area, and to encourage the spirit of sportsmanship.
The management of The Association, together with the Trophies and Funds of The Association, will be invested in the Management Committee, consisting of a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 8 Clubs' Representatives, plus the ex-officio members of The Committee, i.e. Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and the Merseyside County Representative.The Officers and Management Committee shall be elected annually at the Annual General Meeting as follows: President, Vice-President, Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Hon. Secretary, Hon. Treasurer, Hon. Auditors (2), Merseyside County Representatives (2).
The Annual General Meeting will be held in January/February each year, and each affiliated Club must be represented. Clubs present will be allowed only one vote, this to be by way of a card vote when necessary. The Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer will be allowed to vote, and in the event of a tie, the Chairman will have the casting vote. The business of the A.G.M. will be: The Hon. Secretary's Report; the Hon. Treasurer's report; Election of Officers and Management Committee; Any Other Business (suggested alterations to the rules must be made 14 days prior to the A.G.M. in writing to the Hon. Secretary). A Half-Yearly General Meeting will be held in September/October each year and all clubs must again be represented. Failure of any Club to attend these meetings will result in a fine of £10 for each infringement of this rule. Apologies will NOT be accepted.
An Extraordinary General Meeting may ne requested at any time, provided that such a request is made by at least 4 Clubs, the same to be sent in writing to the Hon. Secretary. The Secretary shall give all Clubs at least seven days notice of such a meeting.
The duties of the Management Committee shall be:
To organise the League and other Competitions, and to see that the activities of the Association are carried out efficiently.
To make all arrangements in respect of Competitions, Fixtures and Matches.
To award all prizes, consistent with the funds of the Association.
To have control of the finances of the Association, and to authorise necessary expenditure.
To consider all questions arising from the activities af the Association, and to adjudicate on all matters not covered by these rules.
All members of the Management Committee to vote, the Chairman having the casting vote.
Meetings of the Management Committee as the welfare of the Association demands, and the Secretary shall give 7 days noticeto all members of the Committee. In cases of emergency, shorter notice may be given. Five members will form a quorum.
The duties of the Hon. Secretary will be as follows:
To summon and record all proceedings of all meetings.
To carry on the correspondence of the Association.
To keep all records and have custody of the Minute Books of the Association, and if the occasion arises, to make a decision which will be upheld by the Management Committee.
To carry out all matters not assigned to any other member of the Association.
The duties of the Hon. Treasurer will be as follows:
To have charge of the funds, and to keep the Committee informed from time to time of the finances of the Association.
To prepare and submit a Statement of Accounts, duly audited, to the Annual General Meeting.
The funds of the Association shall be deposited in an agreed Bank, in the name of the Association, and all cheques and orders drawn on such an account must be signed by 2 officers, viz: Chairman, Hon. Secretary, Hon Treasurer.
Alteration to the Rules will be made only at the Annual General Meeting, and notice of proposed alterations must be sent to the Secretary, in writing, not less than 14 days before the date of such meeting. No alteration will be made to any rule unless the proposed alteration is duly seconded, and obtains a two thirds majority of those eligible to vote at the meeting, such majority to be rounded to the nearest whole number. No amendments to proposals can be taken at the Annual General Meeting, as the necessary fourteen days notice will not have been served.
The status of the Association will be maintained by affiliation to the Merseyside Crown Green Bowling Association, and and the British Crown Green Bowling Association.
Affiliation to the Association will be confined to the Clubs in Widnes and District, and all clubs applying for admission to the Association must be elected by a majority of those voting at the Annual General Meeting. All Clubs affiliated to the Association must register their players before their first match of the season is played, and all such players must be bona fide members of the clubs for whom they are registered, and must be paid up members of the British Crown Green Bowling Association. Later registrations must be made to the Secretary in writing at least 24 hours before the player plays their first match.The last date for registration is June 30th.
Transfer of players between Clubs/Teams may only be allowed in exceptional circumstances and after consideration and approval by the Management Committee. No transfer will be allowed after 30th April in any season.
The annual affiliation fee to the Association will be set up as circumstances demand, and must be approved at the A.G.M. Clubs may register any number of players, but each team will comprise of ten players.
Any Club defaulting in payment of fees or fines four weeks after the date of the Half-Yearly General Meeting in the season, will be deemed to have resigned their affiliation to the Association, but will nevertheless remain liable for all monies due to the Association. These monies will include affiliation, match, team and individual competition fees. All such circumstances will be reported to the Merseyside C.G.B.A.
It will be incumbent on the Management Committee to promote a League Competition for all Clubs affiliated to the Association. Such Competition shall comprise one, two or three Divisions, provided there are sufficient clubs and funds to justify three Divisions.
The Management Committee will decide which Competitions will be played for each seaeson.
The Match and Competition Rules appended to these Rules will be subject to the conditions laid down in Rules 12, 13 and 21.
The interpretation of these Rules, together with the Match and Competition Rules, is vested in the Management Committee, whose decision will be binding and from which appeals will be allowed to Merseyside C.G.B.A. and ultimately the British C.G.B.A.
Match Rules (Revised January 2016)
a). All League Matches of the Association shall be played on Monday and/or Friday evenings, with the exception of, and subject to the approval of the A.G.M. instances where a Club with only one Green enters a maximum of three Teams in the Association. Such Clubs shall be allowed to play on other evenings as specified by the Management Committee. Clubs should endeavour to have their Greens available on all Mondays and Fridays during the season for League and Cup games.
b). Clubs with more than one Bowling Green shall nominate, before the start of the season, which of their Teams will play all of their home fixtures on which Green.The Nominated Green may be changed with the approval of the visiting Teams' Captain in individual cases, should there be difficultyin playing on the Nominated Green.
Consistent with the Constitutional Rules 6 & 18, each Team shall play each other Home and Away Fixtures, and the winning Team in such individual match will count two points in the League Table. In the event of a tie, each Team will count one point. The winning Team will be the Team with the highest aggregate score.
League positions will be determined by the number of points gained by teams during the season in accordance with rule 2.The top two Teams in Divisions 2 and 3 will automatically be promoted to the next higher Division in the following season, and the bottom two Teams in Divisions 1 and 2 will automatically be relegated to the lower Division in the following season.For promotion and relegation purposes, if more than one team have the same number of points at the end of the League program, positions will be decided by the following formula:
a). The difference between chalks scored and chalks conceded and/or
b). The number of individual games won.
c). The result of matches played between the two Teams.
The Management Committee will also determine any additional promotion/relegation of Teams to provide as far as possible, Divisions with equal numbers of Teams.
Any players who are members of Teams winning League prize money (i.e. 1st, 2nd or 3rd place prize money) will only be eligible to play for Teams in the following season as follows:
i). Division 1 prizewinners: Players will only be eligible to play for any Teams in Division 1 unless otherwise approved by the Management Committee.
ii). Division 2 prizewinners: Players will only be eligible to play for any Teams in Divisions 1 or 2 unless otherwise approved by the Management Committee.
iii). Division 3 prizewinners: Players will be eligible to play for any team in the League without prior approval of the Management Committee.
Each Team will consist of ten players. All games will be of 21 points duration, visiting players to have first throw of the jack. A match will be deemed to have finished when the green is unoccupied.
i). All Fixtures (i.e. League and Cup games) MUST be played on or before the date stipulated in the Official Fixture List. Matches brought forward must be with agreement of both teams involved, and in the case of Cup matches, subject to the availability of the nominated green. Failure to agree will result in the original match date in the fixture list standing. Postponement of Matches will only be allowed due to play being prevented by inclement weather, or by the direction of the Management Committee.
The start time for League Matches in the Official Fixture List shall be in accordance with the following timetable:
a). Matches scheduled for April and August shall start at 6:30 p.m.
b). Matches scheduled for May, June and July shall start at 7:00 p.m.
c). Matches scheduled for September shall start at 6:00 p.m.
Clubs with floodlights may start their fixtures at 7:00 p.m. providing agreement is reached with their opponents.
All Walwyn White Cup Matches shall start at the same time as laid down for League Matches.
ii). Each team shall have at least four players available at the scheduled, or arranged start time, and the match will start with four games. Thereafter, as each game is completed, a player from each team shall be available to start another game, until ten games have been, or are being played.
iii). Should either Team not have a player, or players, available to meet the requirements of ii above, the Captain of the opposing Team may claim 21 chalks for each player not so available. Such claim(s) must be made to the opposing Captain at the time of non-availability of the players. A written report on the circumstances concerning such a claim must be made to the League Secretary within four days of the Match concerned.
iv). A visiting player will not be allowed on the green on the day of the match whether he be a member of the venue club or not.
v). Any Team unable to play a fixture will have a score of 0-210 awarded to that team, whilst the non-offending Team will gain 2 points and have a score of 210-160 awarded.
It will be an offence to play an ineligible player, and the offending Team will be subject to a fine. Any Game involving an ineligible player shall be scored 21-0 in favour of the non-offending Team. The Secretary of any Team alleging the playing of an ineligible player in an opposing Team must put in a written report together with the result sheet for the Match concerned.
All protests and objections must be sent to the Hon. Secretary within 3 days of the incident in question, such protests to be accompanied by the sum of £10 (ten), which may be refunded or otherwise by the Management Committee.
The results of all matches must be sent by the winning Captain to the Hon. Secretary, preferebly by email (if available), as soon as possible following the Match. In the absence of eMail, the winning Captain must return the provided Match Card, duly completed and signed by both Captains, to the Hon. Secretary, to be received no later than 7 (seven) days following the Match. Telephone notifications will be accepted only if they are backed up with receipt of the duly completed and signed Match Card by the Hon. Secretary within the aforementioned 7 (seven) days.
a). If the result is notified by eMail, the winning Captain must retain the Match Card, duly completed and signed by both Captains, in the event it may be required by the Management Committee.
b). Winning Teams failing to advise Match results by any of these methods, and in any case later than 7 (seven) days following the Match, will be deducted the 2 (two) points gained.
c). In the event the Match is tied, the Home Team will be responsible for notifying the result by any of the methods mentioned in Rule 9 above. Failure to do so will result in the Home Team being deducted 1 (one) point.
Further to Rule 6 i). :
a). Clubs who re-arrange Matches AFTER the scheduled date in the official Fixture List will be reported to the Management Committee, who shall have the power to fine and/or deduct League points from the offending Teams.
b). Matches not played on the stipulated date according to the official Fixtue List shall be reported to the Management Committee, and shall be decided upon by the Management Committee, whose decision will be final.
c). Postponement of Matches due to inclement weather may only be made at the green side at the scheduled start time, either by mutual agreement of the Team Captains concerned, or by taking into consideration the likelihood, or otherwise, of the Match being completed due to the fact that the green is, or will become, unfit for play.The Home Greensman, or the Home Captain in his absence, shall have the final decision as to the fitness of the green. In the event a Match is posponed, the Hon. Secretary must be informed as soon as possible by the Home Captain, preferably by eMail or telephone, even if no date has yet been set for the Match to be replayed.
d). Where Matches are postponed or abandoned due to inclement weather, then it is the responsibility of the Home Club to provide 3 (three) alternative dates to the Visiting Team, to enable the Match to be re-played within 3 (three) weeks of the original Fixture. The Visiting Team shall be obliged to accept one of these alternatives. The Hon. Secretary must be advised of any re-arranged dates as soon as they are agreed. Matches still unplayed after 3 (three) weeks shall be decided upon by the Management Committee.
e). Matches abandoned after the commencement of play shall be subject to the above re-arrangement rules. In this instance, results of completed Games will stand. Games in progress at the time of abandonement will be resumed with the scores standing at the time of abandonement.
f). At the end of the Season, any outstanding Matches must be played within 7 days of the final League Fixture.
Any Club not completing their fixtures or persistently failing to play a full team of ten players will be dealt with by the Management Committee.
Where a Club enters two Teams in the League in separate Divisions, the Club must register at least ten players for their number one Team, who shall be tied to that Team for the Season. All other registered players will be allowed to play three league games for their number one Team, but will become tied to the number one Team for the Season on playing their fourth Match.
Where a Club enters more than one Team in the League, and those teams are in the same Division, the Club must register at least ten players for each Team. These players will be tied to their respective Teams for the Season. The remaining registered players will be tied to the first Team for which they play.
Where a Club enters three Teams in the League, two Teams in a higher Division and one Team in a lower Division, the Club must register at least ten players being tied to their respective Teams for the Season. Other registered players playing in the lower Division will be allowed to play three games in the higher Division. On playing their fourth Match they will become tied, but a player will only be allowed to play for one Team in the higher Division.
Where a Club enters three Teams in the League, one in a higher Division, and two in a lower Division, the Club must register at least ten players for their Team in the higher Division, who will be tied to that team for the Season. They must also register at least ten players for each team in the lower Division who will be tied to their respective Teams. The remaining registered players will be tied to the first team they play for in the lower Division.
Where a Club enters three Teams in the League, one in each Division, the Club must register at least ten players for their Team in the First Division, who will be tied to that Team for the Season. Also, they must register at least ten players for their Team in the Second Division, who will NOT be allowed to play three League Games for the First Division Team. Third Division and other registered players will be allowed to play three League Games for either the First Division Team or Second Division Team, the fourth Game with the First or Second Division Team ties the player to the First or Second Division Team.
All Matches will be played under the rules of the Widnes & District Bowling Association.
Entry is open to all bowlers registered with the above Association.
Entry fees will be decided at the start of each Season by the Management Committee.
Entrants will receive a Handicap which reflects their League status (Division One: 3, Division Two: 5, Division Three: 7). Relegated bowlers from Division One and promoted bowlers from Division Two will, in their first year, have a Handicap of 4. Relegated bowlers from Division Two and promoted bowlers from Division Three will, in their first year, have a Handicap of 6. The Management Committee may adjust the Handicap if a bowler is playing in a Division below his status.
The Winner of the Competition will have his handicap adjusted the following year by -3. Thereafter it will increase by 1 for each succeeding year he enters the Competition, until his maximum Handicap is reached.
Runners-up will have their Handicap adjusted the following year by -2. Thereafter it will increase by 1 for each succeeding year they enter the Competition, until their maximum Handicap is reached.
Semi-Finalists will have their Handicap adjusted the following year by -1. Thereafter it will increase by 1 for each succeeding year they enter the Competition, until their maximum Handicap is reached.
All rounds will normally be played on neutral greens. If, however, a bowler is placed on his own green at any time, his mark will be reduced by three (3) chalks. (His own green is defined as the green on which he plays competitively in the Widnes & District Bowling Association).
Standard jacks are to be used throughout.
The draw will be made by the Management Committee.
Scratch Time will be at the time that a player is due to play his tie.
Practice on nominated greens will be allowed at any stage of the Competition.
In the event of a postponement due to inclement weather (or for any other reason) the tie will be played on the same green with the same draw at a time to be determined by the Management Committee or its' representative on the night.
Queens Nurses (Extra Rules).
The draw will be made by the green side.
Scratch time will be at the time of the draw.
Roland Robinson Cup (Extra Rules).
Six (6) players may be registered for each Team. There are no limits for the number of Teams per Club.
Players must be registered with that Club.
Teams will be handicapped as follows:
The handicap will be the sum of the individual handicaps of the four (4) best players in the team. This will be added to the scorecard at the beginning of each game. e.g. A 3rd Division bowler will be off 7, a 2nd Division bowler will be off 5 and a 1st Division bowler will be off 3.
Games will be 21 up.
The winning Team is the one with the best aggregate score.
In the event of a tie, the captains will nominate one bowler from each team to play an extra game. The handicap will be 1/4 of the Teams' handicap allocated at the start of the game. They will play a single game of 21 up.
All other rules are as for other individual competitions.
Walwyn White Cup Rules.
The Competition will be a Challende Competition confined to Teams competing in the League Competition. The winners will hold the trophy for 12 months. Entry into this competition is mandatory.
The entrance fee will be included in the Annual Affiliation fee to the Association. Handicapping of each team will be reviewed each seaon.
The Competition will have a Waterloo Draw, and be played on neutral greens fixed by the Management Committee.
Before commencement of the Match, the two Captains shall toss a coin to determine which player is to lead off with the jack in each game. The Captain winning the toss will have the choice of leading off in either the odd or the even numbered games.
Venue clubs should provide a Referee who will be responsible for completing the Result Sheet. In the event of the absence of a Referee, both Captains will be responsible for ensuring the Result Sheet is completed.
A player is not eligible to play for a Team in the Semi-Finals or Final, unless he has played four games for that team during the season in the Widnes League or the Walwyn White Cup. Two of these games must have been League games.
With the exception of the foregoing, the Constitutional and Match Rules shall apply where appropriate.
Walwyn White Cup Handicap.
At the start of each season, the playing strength of each Team will be analysed according to the players listed on their Club Registration Sheet.
They will then be handicapped by the Management Committee according to their position in the previous years' leagues, and taking into account any changes in playing strength.
The handicaps are allocated as follows:
Division One: up to 40
Division Two: 45 to 60
Division Three: From 60 upwards.
The Team that wins the Competition will be deducted 15 chalks for the next season. The runners up will be deducted 10 chalks and the semi-finalists 5 chalks each. These will be deducted after allocation of Handicaps according to the aforegoing Rules 1,2 and 3.
The Management Committee reserve the right to re-handicap a Team after the First Round, if they believe a mistake has been made. This right will be used sparingly.
Handicap will be regained at the rate of 5 chalks per year, until the Team is at its' apprpriate handicap as determined by the Management Committee.
Walwyn White Plate.
Losing Teams in the Preliminary Round and First Round Proper of the Walwyn White Cup will be entered in the Walwyn White Plate.
Teams will carry their Handicap forward to this Competition.
The Winner, Runner Up and Semi-Finalists of this Competition will only be re-handicapped in subsequent Plate Competitions, and not in the Walwyn White Cup proper.
The same deductions will be made as for the Walwyn White Cup.
Only the net handicap will be printed in the draw for each round of the Competition.
Rules For Determining The Averages.
Players must have played the following number of Games during the course of the Season:
a). 2/3rds of the number of League Games as per the Fixture List.
b). Of which half of the Games must have been played away from home.
The averages will be calculated using the following formula:
a). Total points scored minus total points conceded.
b). The result of a) divided by the total number of Games played.
In the event of a tie, the following criteria to be applied:
a). Player with the least losses; then
b). Player with most wins away from home; then
c). Player with the most points scored divided by the number of Games played.
If this does not seperate them, then the Management Committee will make the decision.