Conditions of Play – Championship Events

ASPLEY MEMORIAL BOWLS CLUB INC.
MENS DIVISION

CONDITIONS OF PLAY FOR CHAMPIONSHIP EVENTS
SEP 23
INTRODUCTION:

No condition governing the club championships can cope with every situation.

Unusual situations not covered by these conditions may arise.

If a situation arises that is not covered precisely by these conditions, then the controlling body, players, umpires and markers must use their common sense, together with a spirit of fair play and good sportsmanship, to decide the appropriate course of action.

1. RESPONSIBILITY AND CONTROL

This document shall only be modified by the Men’s Division Committee as required and the
modification date shall be inserted in the modified document.

2. DEFINITIONS

In these conditions, the following terms have the meaning shown unless the context of the matter requires otherwise.

“AMBC INC” means Aspley Memorial Bowls Club Inc.
“MD” means Men’s Division of the Aspley Memorial Bowls Club Inc.
“MDC” means Men’s Division Committee of the Men’s Division of the Aspley Memorial Bowls Club Inc.

“Laws of the Game” and “Laws” means Laws of the Sport of Bowls Crystal Mark 4th Edition including domestic regulations for Australia.

“Controlling Body” means for club championship events, the Competition Games Coordinator or his nominated representative, provided that the person nominated is not playing in a Club Competition game on that day.

“CoP” means Men’s Division Conditions of Play for Championship Events

3. EVENTS

(a) A Singles
(b) B Singles
(c) Novice Singles
(d) Veterans Singles
(e) A Pairs
(f) B Pairs
(g) Veterans Pairs
(h) Mixed Pairs
(i) A Triples
(j) Mixed Triples (2F & 1M) / (2M & 1F)
(k) A Fours
(l) Mixed Fours (2F & 2M)

4. ELIGIBILITY TO PLAY

It is expected that winners of the club championships in Fours, Pairs and Singles will be expected to play in the District Champion of Champions event.

A. Grade Events:
Open to any member of the MD at the time of closing of nominations except those members with dual membership who have nominated a different Club from Aspley for District Champion of Championship games i.e. Singles, Pairs and Fours, shall not be eligible to play in these three events at Aspley.

In accordance with the “AMBC INC” Amalgamation Rule 10 “Resignation of membership (2) (in part)”.
The resignation of any member shall involve automatic forfeiture of all rights and privileges in respect to all club matters.

B. Grade Events:
Singles: Open to any member of the MD who at the time of closing of nominations has not won

  • (i) Any singles championship at any bowls club other than a novice championship
  • (ii) An ‘A’ Grade pairs championship at any club. (NB – does not includes Triples of Fours championships)

Pairs: Open to any member of the MD who has not at the time of closing of nominations, won a singles or pairs championship at any bowls club other than a Novice Championship. (NB – does not includes Triples of Fours championships)

Novice Events:

Singles: Open to any member of MD who, at the time of closing of nominations, has been inducted as a member of the AMBC Inc or any other club for less than three years in total and has not won any championship at any level at any bowls club.

In the case of Junior players, any Junior who has not won a singles championship at any level at any club.

Veteran Events:

Open to any member of the MD who at the time of closing of nominations is 70 years of age or over, or who will attain the age of 70 during the year.

Mixed Events; Open to any member of the AMBC Inc.

5. PLAY

(a) All Championship Events will be played according to the following.

(i) Edition including domestic regulations for Australia
(ii) the provisions of the AMBC INC Constitution and By-Laws
(iii) the provisions of the MD By-Laws
(iv) the provisions of the Men’s Division “CoP”

(b) Play in all matches shall commence punctually in accordance with the times set out by the Games Director
of the MD.

(c) The Games Director shall make the draw for the rinks on which the games are to be played.

(c) Playing days shall be Saturdays or Sundays commencing 9.30am or 12.30pm unless another time is mutually agreed and verified by the Games Director.

6. LENGTH OF GAMES

(a) (i) Singles (men’s and veterans) – 25 shots up, no time limit

(ii) Pairs (men’s and mixed) – 21 ends, no time limit

(iii) Triples (men’s and mixed) – 27 ends, no time limit (2 bowls)

(iv) Fours (men’s, veterans and mixed) – 21 ends, no time limit

(v) Veteran’s pairs – 21 ends no time limit (3 bowls)

(b) Weather/Play Interruptions

(i) When a game is stopped because of darkness, weather conditions or for any valid reason, the provisions of Law 33 of the Laws of the Sport of Bowls Crystal Mark 4th Edition will apply.
Note: the “Controlling Body” with regard to this Law shall be read to include the Games Director.

(ii) If a team match is not completed (men’s, veterans and mixed pairs, men’s, vets and mixed fours) because of inclement weather, bad light or any other justifiable cause, then sixteen (16) ends shall constitute a match in sectional play and finals.

(iii) For singles, twenty-one (21) shots constitute a match in sectional play and finals.

(iv) For men’s triples twenty-five (25) ends shall constitute a match in sectional play and finals.

7. PROGRAMME AND PLAYER COMPLIANCE

An approved programme for the year will be displayed on the Notice Board. The Games Director will try to adhere to the programme, but reserves the right to make adjustments that may become necessary. Change of dates may impact on a player’s availability for semi-finals and finals and Condition 8 may apply.

Names of Players/Teams called for club competition games will be placed on the Notice Board at least a week prior to the day of the event.

8. FORFEITURE

Before any forfeiture is considered all those making the decision must consider the words within the Introduction to these Conditions of Play.

Forfeiture in the case of the championship events should be avoided if possible.

Fours Triples and Pairs:

If, during sectional play, any team member is ill or absent for any reason can’t play by the called date a replacement player may be used before a forfeit is considered.

Singles: Players will in the case of illness, injury or work commitments will have to forfeit or played by the date called by the Games Director.

Note:
Notwithstanding the above the winners of the championship events must be decided to conform with the requirements the District Championships timetable.

9. SUBSTITUTES AND REPLACEMENTS
In accordance with the Laws of the Sport of Bowls Crystal Mark 4th Edition including domestic regulations.

Substitutes

Only one substitute will be allowed in a team at any time.

Shall be chosen from eligible members who have not been considered in that competition.

Substitutes introduced after the game has commenced must play the same position as the player replaced, but they cannot play Skip.

Replacements

Only one replacement player will be allowed in a team and when approved by the Games Director becomes a constituted player.

10. ALTERNATIVE PLAYING DATES

By mutual agreement and subject to rink availability, competing Players/Teams during sectional play who are unable to play on the nominated day may arrange their own time provided that the game is played by the date called. The Games Director is to be advised.

If mutual agreement cannot be reached, the player/team presenting for play at the nominated time for the match will be awarded a forfeit. Should neither player/team present for play, both players/teams will be disqualified from that competition unless the player/team, forfeiting has provided a signed scorecard to that effect to their opponents for passing on to the Games Director.

11. TRIAL ENDS

Trial ends are allowed in Championship Events in accordance with Law 5.1 of the Laws of the Sport of Bowls Crystal Mark 4th Edition.

12. PRE-MATCH PRACTICE

Pre-match practice may occur on the green nominated for play.
Practice may be in the direction of play.
Practice may occur at any time up to the nominated commencement of play.

Note that these conditions apply only at AMBC.

13. MOVEMENT OF PLAYERS TO HEAD DURING GAME

(a) Players will only be allowed to walk up to the head in accordance with Appendix A (A.4) of the Laws of the Sport of Bowls Crystal Mark 4th Edition as follows:

After delivering their first bowl, players will only be allowed to walk up to the head under the following circumstances.

➢ Singles game – the opponents: after delivery of their third and fourth bowls

➢ Pairs game (each player playing four bowls) – the leads: after delivery of their third and fourth bowls; and the skips: after delivery of their second, third and fourth bowls.

➢ Pairs game (each player playing two bowls) – the leads: after delivery of their second bowl; and the skips: after delivery of each of their bowls.

➢ Triples game (each player playing three bowls) – the leads: after delivery of their third bowl; the seconds: after delivery of their second and third bowls, and the skips: after delivery of each of their bowls.

➢ Triples game (each player playing two bowls) – the leads: after delivery of their second bowl; the seconds: after delivery of their second bowl; and the skips: after delivery of each of their bowls.

➢ Fours game – the leads: after the second player in their team has delivered their second bowl: the seconds: after delivery of their second bowl., the thirds: after delivery of their second bowl; and the skips: after delivery of each of their bowls.

In exceptional and limited circumstances, a singles player can ask the marker for permission to walk up to the head or a skip can ask that a player walks up to the head earlier than described in law A.4.1.

If a player does not meet the terms of this law, law 13 will apply.

(b) Delaying Play: No player, excluding skips, is permitted to remain at the head whilst their opposition number is delivering their bowl. Any skip that remains at the head shall stand behind the last bowl at the head or retire to the bank. Skips that remain at the head will return to the mat immediately their opponent’s bowl has come to rest. Penalties will apply for deliberately delaying play as per DR 14.

(c) Position of players when not playing:

i. Players at the mat end not delivering the bowl should stand a minimum of one (1) metre behind the mat.

ii. Players at the head end not controlling the head should stand a minimum of two (2) metres behind the head, or on the surrounds of the green if the jack is in the ditch, or well clear of the head if not possible to stand on the surrounds.

iii. At the start of each end only the Skip or Deputy will be at the head

14. ATTIRE

Will be in accordance with AMBC INC By-Law 4. Club uniform must be worn by players and markers. Under exceptional circumstances, the marker may be attired other than in club uniform.

15. BOWLING AIDS

As from 1 May 2019 it is no longer a requirement to obtain a doctor’s certificate or approval from Bowls Queensland to use an artificial arm in competitions (championships, pennants).

Any bowling aid must display the Bowls Australia logo and not be modified in any way.

16. TEA BREAKS

A tea break during Club Championship games shall be taken in the following circumstances:

(a) In a Singles Game … if one player wishes to take a tea break.

(b) In all other games … if the skip of either side wishes to take a tea break.

(c) In both (a) and (b) the decision regarding the taking of the tea break is to be made prior to the commencement of play. This decision is then to be conveyed to the Umpire of the day.

(d) Failure to comply with (c) will result in no tea break being taken.

(e) If included in the green fees and the decision is made not to take a tea break, then no Club provided food is to be brought out during play. This will be available at the completion of the game.

17. ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION DEVICES

No electronic communication devices (switched on) are to be within 6 metres of the green whilst a game is in progress. Special dispensation may be given but only after consultation with the Games Director or in his absence the umpire appointed for that specific game.

18. MARKERS

In all Club Singles Competitions

First Round: The Players are required to arrange their own marker for their first round, and to notify that name on the Notice Board or to the Games Director prior to the day of the match.

Subsequent Rounds: A defeated player from the previous round should mark for the next round of the competition. It is the defeated players’ responsibility to arrange for a marker for that next round who is
acceptable to both next round players, and to record that name on the Notice Board prior to the day of the match. However, if neither defeated player (or any substitute offered) is an acceptable marker to either next
round player, the Games Director will be called to adjudicate, and he will declare the marker and record the name on the board prior to the day of the match.

All markers must be totally impartial during the match and be familiar with the Laws of the Sport of Bowls, Crystal Mark 4th Edition in particular law 42 (the marker’s duties). Copies are available from the Secretary.

19. NOMINATIONS AND DRAW PROCEDURE

All nominations shall be by way of Nomination Forms, which shall be provided by the MD. These forms together with the appropriate nomination fee shall be placed in the envelopes provided and then placed in the
Nomination Box, prior to the closing time and date as stipulated by the Games Director.

The draw for all Men’s Division club championships is to be conducted by a blind draw in which all players/team names are randomly drawn to determine their opponent. If byes are necessary in first round matches, these will also be determined as part of the random draw. The byes should be finalized first to ensure that all bowlers have an opportunity to draw the bye. The bye can be then slotted into the master draw to ensure an even distribution of byes in the top and bottom half of the draw.

There should be 3 people present when championship draws are undertaken. Two people are to complete the draw and write up the master sheet. A third person should be present as an independent observer.

20. INTERPRETATION OF CONDITIONS

Rulings on interpretation and application of these conditions shall be made by the Games Director and/or the Club’s accredited umpires.

If agreement cannot be reached with the Games Director or Umpires then the matter will be referred to a meeting of the Men’s Council whose decision shall be binding and final.

21. CONCURRENT EVENTS

Where a player is scheduled to play in a Championship event being conducted by the Controlling Body and is not able to do so because of selection to play in or officiate at an International, Interstate, District or Club selected event scheduled to be played at the same time, or to take part in a selection trial for such event, reasonable time being allowed for travel:
(a) The Championship event should be re-scheduled, or
(b) If the event cannot be rescheduled, then the player should decide which event to contest.

APPENDIX A

DETERMINATION OF PLAYER OF THE YEAR

The men’s player of the year will be chosen from those members who compete in the following club competitions –

Men’s ‘A’ Grade Singles, Men’s ‘A’ Grade Pairs, Men’s ‘A’ Grade Triples, Men’s ‘A’ Grade Fours, Mixed Pairs, Mixed Triples, Mixed Fours. Points will be allocated as per the table below. In case of points being equal, a count back is decided by working out who got further in ‘A’ Grade Singles. If still equal, ‘A’ Grade Pairs etc.

COMPETITIONSEMI FINALRUNNER UPCHAMPION
Mixed Fours135
Mixed Triples246
Mixed Pairs357
'A' Fours135
'A' Triples246
'A' Pairs357
'A' Singles45 (note 1)8
District C of C5

Note 1. The natural number progression should see this as 6 points. However, it is important that a runner up does not get more points than a champion.

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