S-H Rules 2016

Stan Hardman Mixed Triples League Rules 2016

1. Matches consisting of 3 mixed triples will be played at 2.00pm on Thursday afternoons, (30 minutes grace allowed). Any team has the right to call off a match if a more important competition would affect team selection. By amicable agreement matches may be played on alternative dates and times. No adjournment or abandonment will be permitted unless a new date has been agreed beforehand. The League Secretary should be advised of any such arrangement.

2. Each triple (or pair when playing one player short) must have at least one lady and one gent on each rink. At the start of the game only, any triple or pair not mixed will surrender five shots to their opponents. When playing against a pair, the triple lead will put up the first wood every end before normal order of play. The pair will play with 4 woods each and will lose 25% (raised to the next whole number) of their final score. When, due to lack of players, a team can onl ield players on two rinks the team can still score winning rink points but not the overall score points and will also conced the rink points for the un-played rink. Point allocatio: overall score, 1 point for a win, 1/2 point for a draw; rink points, 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw.

3. A player may initially play for more than one team but once having played two matches in a team they will become a fixture in that team. Any infringement, the offending team will concede to their opponents the 2 rink points on the rink played and will not benefit from an overall score point.

4. The dress code for the season is per National rules, however club shirts may be worn. The final will be played in whites and club shirts again will be allowed.

5. The scorecards are to be completed and posted or results emailed by the home captain to the League Secretary immediately after the match. Should the Secretary not receive the results of any match 7 days before the play-offs, rule 7 will apply. If results are emailed the results cards should be retained in case of any dispute.

6. An abandoned match is deemed to have been completed if 10 ends have been played by each triple. An abandoned match that is re-scheduled shall be played as a new match.

7. If a team fails to fulfil a fixture due to lack of players and no agreement can be made for a new date, the opposing team shall receive the average (rounded to the next whole number) of the points gained over the whole season.  If a match cannot be played due to inclement weather conditions and no agreement reached for a new date each team shall receive 3½ points. Any spare week(s) at the end of the league programme can be used for re-arranged matches.

8. The top two teams in each section will qualify to play off for the League Championship to determine the winner of the Stan Hardman Trophy. In each play off round each team shall have a lady lead in one triple, a lady at two in the second and a lady skip in the third. The same rule applies for a man to play in each position.No player can take part in the play-off matches unless they have already played for their team in at least three matches during the league stage of the competition; in the case of any infringement the penalty, as set out in Rule 3, will apply.
9. The Secretary must receive the agreed entry fee for each team entered by the 15th December each year. Failure to renew membership by this date give the Committee the right to replace or disqualify such offending teams and issue a new fixture list accordingly. Cheques to be made payable to Basingstoke Thursday League.
10. After payment of expenses incurred in the running of the league, the Committee may dispense profits to make charitable payments or purchases.
11. The League will hold an Annual General Meeting on the third Sunday in January each year. The Accounts will be presented and Officers elected to serve for twelve months, commencing on the 1st January. Each team shall have only one vote irrespective of how many team representatives attend. Decisions to be made by simple majority.

Please Note:The Chairman sent out the following on 29.05.14

It has been brought to my attention that there is a variation in procedure when for various reasons the captains agree to not have practice ends and have a maximum of one shot on each of the first two ends. The difference does not manifest itself until both leads try to pick up the mat on the second end and it can become a bit awkward. 

While many may disagree with me, until the next A.G.M. can I ask you to proceed as follows:-


My logic is that, the practice ends do not exist together with rules of practice ends, therefore whoever wins the end must take the mat

The rules of bowls do not permit you to give the mat away.