2017 Whitchurch League Rules


1.     Annual Competitions

The following competitions shall be promoted annually by the League Council: 

(a)    League Inter-Club Competition.

(b)    Singles Competition.

(c)     Novice Singles Competition.

(d)    Over 60’s Singles Competition.

(e)    Pairs Competition.

(f)      Triples Competition.

(g)    Brookhouse Cup Competition.

(h)    Mixed pairs competition

 Together with any further competitions that may be deemed necessary by the League Council

 2.     Registration of Players

 a     The names of all players wishing to take part in the League Inter-Club Competition must be

Registered with the Hon. Secretary of the League before the start of the season and no later than   

the last day of April.  The names that appear on the team lists will be recorded by the Hon.     

Secretary, these players will then deemed to be registered.

b    Any player may be used as a substitute in another team from the same club when a team is depleted

       due to illness, holiday, injury etc at any time during the season irrespective of how many times they

       have   played for their registered team.

       The maximum number of substitutions per player in any one season is two.

       The maximum number of substitutions allowed per team on any one occasion is three.

If a player is used as a substitute on more than two occasions then , competition rules 3(i&j) would be applied treating the ineligible player(s) as though they had not turned up for the match.

c     The registration of teams must be received by the Secretary no later than the first day of January.

 3.     League Inter-Club Competition

 a     Each triples team shall consist of 3 rinks of 3 players each.

b     The game shall be played over 18 ends.

c     Points shall be awarded as follows:

One point for the winning team on each rink. Two additional points for the side with the higher aggregate. In the event of a tie on any rink, or on aggregate, the point(s) appertaining to that tie shall be equally divided.

d.   The League Championship shall be awarded to the team with the highest points score at the end of             

       the season.  In the event of a tie, the winner shall be the team having the best average of shots,                                

       for and against.

e)    In the event of more than ten teams wishing to enter the Inter-Club Competition the teams shall be

placed into two or more divisions with as near as possible an equal number of teams in each division

and no division containing more than 10 teams.  Should an unequal number of teams wish to enter

the League, the lower division(s) shall include the extra team.  The teams in each division to play   

each other on a home and away basis.

The League shall be run on a divisional basis with two teams promoted and two teams relegated

annually, unless there is an imbalance due to teams dropping out or new teams  entering the league.   

      When the league is depleted 3 teams may be relegated from the higher divisions   and when the           

      league expands only 1 team may be relegated from the higher divisions but at all times two teams                                           

      shall be promoted.

f     Games shall be played on the Wednesday stipulated in the fixture list approved by the League

      Council at the commencement of the season. 

g.    Fixtures may be postponed other than for adverse weather conditions, greens being unplayable

       or unavailable due to National or County Matches and  Club Bowls Tours (which should be notified

       to the League Secretary by 1st Jan in the relevant season). Fixtures  may not be postponed due 

       to shortage of players.  In any event the League Secretary must be informed within 3 days of

       any change.  Should an away team cancel a match on the day it is to be played, they must

       recompense the home team for food purchased upon receipt of the necessary invoices.


If a match or rink(s) has to be abandoned due to weather conditions or any other circumstances, then providing 9 ends have been played by each triple, the result shall be as at the time of abandonment.  If less than 9 ends have been played then the match shall be replayed.  In the case of a rink having to be abandoned due to medical reasons when less than 5 ends have been played, then a reserve may be used to complete the match.

In the event of the fore-going situation of less than 9 ends having been played, arising at the end of the season, the teams may mutually agree to share the points providing no relegation, promotion or championship issues are involved for the clubs (not teams) involved.  The League Council reserves the right to order a match to be replayed if they consider such issues are involved.

Postponed or abandoned games under this rule must be played before the last League fixture of the season, except the last two games, which must be played within 14 days of the last planned fixture.  The home team must offer three dates for the games to be played under this rule and notify the League Secretary of the date the game is to be played.  Failure to play a match before the abovementioned period, the non-defaulting team will receive five points as consolation for the loss of the match.  When two teams from the same club are involved the match must be replayed.


 h   All fixtures shall commence at 6.30 p.m. from June to the end of July.  For the whole of May and from    

      the 1st of August the start time will be 6.15pm.  There should be no trial ends and one shot only to

      count on the first two ends. Should the light be acceptable to both captains, or floodlights being

      available, trial ends may be played rather than the one shot rule. When trial ends are not played, the

      team who has the mat shall cast the jack on the 1st and 3rd ends irrespective of which team wins the

      first two ends. 

i      A maximum of 15 minutes waiting time will be allowed for the late arrival of a team or player.

After this time, a team with more than one player absent shall be disqualified and 5 points

awarded to the other team.

j      In the event that a team plays one player short, the depleted rink shall not play and 2 points shall be   

       awarded to the opponents.  The remaining triples shall play for one point each plus an additional

       point for the highest aggregate score.

k     Result cards showing the names of all players and final scores to be forwarded to the

League Secretary by the home team, by electronic means within 36 hours of completion of the match

Results will be accepted using the electronic score card, a scan/photocopy of the scorecard, by E Mail or a photograph of the scorecard sent by E Mail or mobile phone. Home teams who wish to continue submitting results by post must phone through the result ie shots and points to the League Secretary within 36 hours. Discrepancies, if any, will be adjusted when the scorecard arrives. 

Results/League tables will then usually be issued by noon on the Friday following the matches.

l      The League Championship Trophy, Divisional Winners Trophies  and competition winners trophies                                

       shall be presented during the ‘League Winners v The Competition Winners match ,at the League

      Presidents Club, at a date to be advised at the start of the season. This match is usually two weeks

      after the last matches have been played to allow enough time for trophy engraving.

     The league champions shall provide 2 rinks and the divisional winners 1 rink each.

j     Bowls England rules apply to all eventualities not specifically mentioned in the Whitchurch and      

      District Competition Rules.

 4.     Singles Pairs and Triples Competitions

 (a)    Each player competing must be a member of a club that is a member of the Whitchurch and District

League and must enter from the club he or she is representing in the League.  In addition,

participation in the Novice Singles Competition shall be restricted to bowlers with less than 5 years

experience and who have not previously won this competition.

 (b)    The entrance fee shall be decided by the League Council.

 (c)     Singles  -   Each game shall be played to Bowls England rules, each player delivering four bowls.

 Pairs  -      Each game shall consist of 21 ends, each player delivering four bowls.

 Triples  -   Each game shall consist of 18 ends, each player delivering three bowls.

        In the event of a draw, an extra end shall be played. 

 (d)    The draw for the competitions shall be made by the League Council or their representatives.  All

games must be completed within the time allotted by the League Council and the result forwarded to

the Competition Secretary not later than 6.00 p.m. on the day following the closing date of the round

       otherwise both teams may be disqualified.

 (e)    The first named player/s in each tie shall be the challenger and be responsible for all match

arrangements.  The challenger must offer his opponent at least three dates including one weekend

day, not all in the same week or on Wednesday League nights.  The opponent must accept one of the

dates offered within three days or concede the tie.  The time for commencing a tie shall be mutually

agreed but no player/s shall be compelled to accept a time earlier than 6.00 p.m. on Mondays to

Fridays or 10.00 a.m. on Saturdays or Sundays, nor after 6.30 p.m. on any day.

Afternoon matches  are allowed by mutual consent.

 In the event of the opponent not receiving a challenge within 10 days of the publication of the round,

he/she will assume the role of the challenger and offer the opponent three dates, including one

weekend day but not a Wednesday League night.  The opponent then must accept one of the three

dates offered or concede the tie.  No alteration of an accepted date shall be made unless mutually

agreed upon.  Failing such an agreement, the player desiring such alteration must play on the               

accepted date or give his opponent a ‘walk over’.  

 (f)      No time extension shall be granted under any conditions.

 (g)    Semi-Final and Final rounds shall be played on a green, mutually agreed upon by the players concerned.  Once agreed the challenger should approach the host club for availability.  A charge is allowable by the host club capped at £2.00 per player.

 (h)    Substitutes are allowed in pairs and triples competitions after the first round providing they have not previously played or been part of any team in the competition. They may play in any position, however if a substitution is made after a match has commenced, due to illness , then the substitute may not play as skip.

5.  Brookhouse Cup Competition  

 (a)    Two nominated player from each affiliated club shall take part.   Where possible the

representative should be the current Club Men’s and/or Ladies Singles Champion or both.

(b)    The competition shall be played as a knock-out singles competition throughout the normal playing

season, each round being played as one game of 21 shots.

 6 . League Representative Games

 These games shall be open to all members of the Whitchurch and District League.  The League Match Secretary shall advise all clubs at the beginning of the season, with dates when each club will be expected to provide a rink.

Dated 06/01/2017