UCKFIELD BOWLS CLUB – COMPETITION RULES
1. Deadlines for Each Round
All games must be played no later than the deadlines indicated at the top of the draw sheets. Only in exceptional circumstances wil completion dates be allowed to be exceeded for any reason - such as green being unfit for play.
2. Arrangement of Games
The first named side (the ‘challenger’) must give the opponent/s three alternative and reasonable times and dates for playing the game in the time scale allowed. The dates should include a mixture of weekend and evening times/dates. Where all of the players are not working it will be acceptable to offer daytime options. The challenger should offer the three dates within three days of completing a previous round. Failure to offer dates will lead to the disqualification of the challenger from the competition. Failure by the second side to agree to one of the three offered times/dates will result in disqualification of that side. Playing in external competitions will not be an excuse for not playing internal competitions within the scheduled time periods. All singles games must have a marker to be arranged by the first named player.
Each triple or pair may use one substitute during the season. No substitute may play in the Anniversary Trophy or singles events. The substitute must not play for any other team in the same competition. The substitute must be agreed with the Competitions Organiser who must be satisfied that the team has not been unfairly strengthened.
4. Choice of Rink
A draw will be made from the available rinks.
5. Mayors Cup
There is a handicap range of 0 to 8. Before the game is commenced the difference between the handicaps is placed on the score board of the player with the lowest handicap. Example: Player A with a handicap of 7 and Player B with a handicap of 2. Play B will start the game with a score of 5
shots. The handicaps will be allocated by the Competitions Organiser in consultation with the Club Captain/s and Vice-Captain/s.
6. Ernie Hollick Cup
This event is for members who have not won any of the following events during the previous five years:
Salmon Trophy (Men’s Championship)
Maybill Cup (Ladies’ Championship)
Mayor’s Cup (Handicap Mixed Singles)
Ralph Cup (Drawn Pairs)
Fred King Cup (Drawn Triples)
Anniversary Trophy (for married and co-habiting couples)
New members who have won a major trophy at a previous club during the previous five years will not be permitted to enter. It will be run as a pairs event and there will be a draw to determine partners. The Competitions Organiser will ensure that all eligible players have the opportunity to enter.
7. Australian Pairs
This is a variation of a Pairs game with a change in the bowling order. Leads bowl 2 bowls, Skips bowl 4 and then Leads
complete their last 2. This means that you are changing position on every end. Leads become Skips on the next end and Skips become Leads. It will be run as a pairs event and partnerships will be drawn. A game will consist of 18 ends except where mutually agreed by all 4 players (see Rule 8). All players will need a measure and chalk. Leads and Skips must change ends together and no additional visits to the head are allowed.
8. Late Arrival for Games
If a player fails to arrive for an arranged match more than 15 minutes after the arranged time the opponent/s has the right to claim the tie if they so wish.
A score card should be kept for each game. It should be signed after the game by the singles marker or both skips in pairs or triples games. The score card should be placed in the score card box kept in the club house. Any measurement dispute may be decided by an independent person in attendance at the green. The winners should enter their name on the competitions sheets. A reduced number of ends may be played in pairs or triples with the prior agreement of both skips. As soon as all of the semi finals have been played the Competitions Organiser will prepare a Finals Day programme.
10. Thursday Evenings
Thursday evenings are set aside for the PCW Friendship Cup. The only exceptions on Thursday evenings are that County competitions may be played and will take precedence. Additionally the home leg of the Forest Row Double Fours may be played on Thursday evenings and one home fixture against West Hoathly.
All competition finals will be held on the Club’s pre-arranged Finals Day. The only exceptions will be where a finalist is in more than three finals in which case arrangements will be made to play the excess game/s on another date. When a finalist is in more than three finals the following order of precedence will be used (where possible) to determine which games are played on Finals Day.
Fred King Cup
Ernie Hollick Cup
All finalists and markers will be expected to wear ‘whites’ with club shirts.
12. Les Barnes Trophy
Please see separate rules for this.
Competition winners will hold the winners’ trophy for one year and will also receive a small memento. Competition runners up will receive a small
memento. Only those players who play in the finals will be eligible to receive the prizes. Players who have been substituted during the season and subsequently do not play in the final will not receive prizes. All trophies and mementos will be presented on the day the final is played. The winners’ trophies must be returned to the Competitions Organiser before the next year’s finals day.
14. Other Matters
The Competitions Organiser shall have absolute discretion in respect of the above rules. In the absence of the Competitions Organiser
the Club Chairman and Captains shall be empowered to deputise