Competition Rules

Knockout Competition Rules


The Club will continue to adopt the following format for the bowls competitions listed below:

21 shots
2 Bowl Singles
21 ends
18 ends
16 ends
18 ends
Competition Secretary:
Trevor Taylor
01327 872128
Assistant Competition Secretary:
Jacqui Lancaster
01327 891018

October 2017

Rules for all Competitions

  1. All rounds except Semi-Finals and Finals will play for 2 hours. Singles matches will play to 21 shots and the 2 Bowl Singles to 21 ends. The Semi-Finals and Finals will be played either to the number of ends as shown above or to a maximum of 3 hours 30 minutes, with the time commencing after the trial ends.
  2. Both sides to mutually arrange a date for the match to be played before or on the due ’BY’ date for that round. The person nominated at the top of the team as listed on the Competitions board is to liaise with the opposing team.
  3. Any team/person that is unable to complete their match with the opposition by the due ’BY’ date for that round, will forfeit the match to the other team/player. Sufficient time has been allocated for each round to enable matches to be completed, therefore there will be NO excuse accepted by the Competition Secretary for not completing the match by the date specified. The defaulting team will also be required to pay for the expected rink fees for both teams. Do not leave matches to the last week in any round as this will generally cause issue with delays and availability of rinks.
  4. The Finals are to be played during the planned two week Finals programme. A date for each Final being decided nearer the Finals programme once it is known who will be playing, thereby reducing any clashes between competitions where a player(s) is/are in more than one Final. The date shown on the competition charts and entry form is there as a guide only and where possible will be played on the date shown.
  5. Each player will pay their own rink fees. Semi-Final rink costs will be £3.50 except Singles matches which will be £2.50. Finals will be free of charge.
  6. Players are not allowed to play in more than one team within a competition.
  7. Eligibility.
    1. Anyone entering any of the competitions must be fully paid up members of the Club.
    2. Clifton Cup. To be eligible to enter the Clifton Cup Singles Competition you must not have been recorded as a winner as an individual or a member of a winning team on the Honours Board. The exemption to this is all Summer, Special Trophy and Fantastic Five Competitions.
    3. Novices. To be eligible as a Novice you must have 2 years or less bowling experience and have not been a winner in a Singles competition or a member of a winning team in the winter competitions. Novice and Junior Competitions do not count.
    4. Family Competitions. Any Family competition must consist of either Mothers, Fathers, Brothers, Sisters, Husband and Wife and must all be paid up members of the Club. Cousins, Nieces and Nephews are not eligible.
  8. Marker. In the Singles competitions, the ’Home’ team is to arrange a marker. A marker will be arranged for the Final.
  9. Trial ends. In Singles matches, trial ends are permitted, two ends, two woods. There are NO trial ends in the Pairs/Triples and Fours matches except in the Semi-Finals and Finals, with two trial ends and two woods per player.
  10. Substitution. Any substitute cannot have played for any other team in that competition. The substitute may play in any position. For all Open Drawn competitions the Competition Secretary has to approve substitutes before any match is played, to ensure that substitutes are of a similar bowling ability to the player being replaced. Where a ’Drawn’ team replaces a bowler without approval from the Competition Secretary, the match will be deemed as VOID and the match awarded to the opposition. In all other Team competitions the Competition Secretary is to be informed of any substitutions. Where a substitute has played in two or more rounds, they should be allowed to continue to play in subsequent rounds. Where there is a substitute for a Finals match, the substitutes name will be entered on the trophy and also on the Honours board, not the original named team player. PLEASE do not make any alterations to the draw charts, leave this to the Competition Secretary.
  11. Replacement. If a registered player is unable to play and/or withdraws from their team prior to the team's first match in the competition, the Team Captain may find a replacement. If it is an Open Drawn competition, the Competition Secretary must approve the replacement first to ensure that the rule of similar bowling ability is applied. Where an original player in the team withdraws after the first match, the substitution rule will apply, see Rule 10.
  12. Mixed Competitions. A mixed team will comprise different genders:
    1. Mixed Pairs consist of one of each gender. Two substitutes are allowed, one man, one lady, but only one substitute may play at any one time.
    2. Mixed Triples, two of one gender, one of the other. Two substitutes, rule as per Mixed Pairs.
    3. Mixed Fours, two of each gender. Two substitutes, one man, one lady rule as per Mixed Pairs.
    4. Open Mixed Fours, it can be up to a maximum of three of one gender and one of the opposite gender within the team. Two substitutes, one man, one lady, rule as per Mixed Pairs.
    5. Where a replacement or substitution is made, the appropriate gender mix must be maintained and substitution/replacement rules applied.
  13. Visiting the head. In Singles matches, ONE visit to the head is permitted per end. In all other Competitions, there are no visits to the head by any player apart from in the Semi-Finals and Finals.
    1. During the Semi-Finals and Finals only ONE visit to the head is allowed per end. In all rounds up to and including the Quarter Finals, the number 2 in Triples and the number 3 in Fours, UP with the skip is viewed as a visit to the head and is not permitted. This ensures the maximum time is given to bowling and is not interrupted by the movement of players, as matches are limited to two hours. In the Semi-Finals and Finals, the number 2 in Triples and the number 3 in Fours, UP with the skip is permitted.
    2. Where visits to the head are permitted, if both players visit the head at the same time, both players must return to the mat at the same time, unless the opposing player has bowled their last bowl. If the opposition in Singles visits the head at the same time as the player holding the mat, it will also be deemed as a visit to the head and no further visit during the end will be permitted.
  14. Dead ends. There will be NO DEAD-ENDS during any matches. Where a dead-end occurs the jack will be RE-SPOTTED onto the re-spots placed left or right of the ’T’ on each rink, and is placed on the side that the jack left the rink. If a bowl is already on a re-spot mark, the jack is to be placed on the side nearest the ’T’ and not in contact with any wood.
  15. Ties. In the event of a tie in any match, a further end is to be played. Individuals/Teams will toss a coin, with the winner choosing to take or give the jack away to the opposing team. If given away, the opposing team cannot refuse.
  16. Commencement of play. The failure of a player to appear after a maximum of 30 minutes shall cause the player(s) in Singles or Pairs to forfeit the game to their opponent. In Triples and Fours, the reduced player rule will be applied. In Triples each player in the defaulting team will have 4 bowls. In Fours, the lead and second player use 3 bowls with the skip using 2 in the defaulting team. The defaulting team will have 25% of their score deducted from their final score. An order of play is held in the Steward's office.
  17. Score cards. Place your Score Card, when completed, into the ’Competitions’ box, not the League box. If you have been given a walkover, a card still needs to be completed showing/stating the walkover. Ensure the card has the name of the competition and team members names clearly entered.
  18. Dress. Dress is as per the Club Dress Code, white shirts and grey trousers/skirts for all rounds less the Finals. In the Finals, Club shirts with greys are to be used.
  19. In the Finals all teams will be given different coloured ’FINAL’ bowls stickers to identify one team from the other.
  20. All games are played under the WIBC Laws of Sport of Indoor Bowls, Second Edition (October 2016), less those amendments as listed above for our Club competitions. These rules do not follow the National Competition rules; however, parts of the rules have been adopted for this Club. Fantastic 5 rules are shown separately.
  21. If there are any queries to the rules or matches to be played, the Competition Secretary should be contacted as soon as possible.
  22. Any disputes, need to be brought to the attention of the Competition Secretary immediately. If unresolved at the time, it will be resolved by the Bowls Committee. Their decision will be final.

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