Eastern Counties Bowling Association
Affiliated to Bowls England
Rules Governing Championships, League Championship
1 The League Championships shall be open to all members of the Association who shall play each other, home and away in alternate years on dates agreed by individual Counties in the first instance, if failure to agree then they shall be fixed by the Association.
2. All games shall be played on full-sized greens and in accordance with the current Laws of the Sport of Bowls as adopted by Bowls England.
3. In the league championships each county will be represented by six rinks of four players, which one rink will comprise of nominated officers of that county association.
All players shall be members of Clubs affiliated to their County Bowling Association. A County BA represented by a player who has previously played for another Member County BA in the same year shall forfeit any points gained in default.
4. If a County BA team fails to appear after 30 minutes of the appointed commencement time, and in the opinion of the Umpire there is not a reasonable explanation for the delay, the game shall be forfeited. The opposition team will receive their average points and shots for each game forfeited after completing the balance of their games. Where the full 6 rinks are not present the opposition will receive the average of the points across the remaining rinks and will also receive the average shots (rounded to one decimal place) across the remaining rinks for the defaulting rink.
5. a) Waterproofs, if worn, will be White.
b) In the event of the Umpire and/or Green keeper deciding that no play or no further play is possible, matches in which the total number of ends played equals or exceeds 72 will be deemed to have been completed and the scores will stand.
c) In matches where the total number of ends played is less than 72, the tie will be declared void and the game will be completely replayed at a later date, to be agreed by both Counties.
6. a) In the event of a County BA cancelling a game or unable to reach agreement as stated in Rule 5c, the Association Emergency Committee, together with a representative from each of the involved Counties shall fix a date for the match to be played.
b) If a County fails to give a minimum of 5 days notification of a cancelled or postponed fixture, the offending County shall be fined £50 to this association, plus reimburse food charges to the home County.
7 In the League Championship (all six rinks) a win shall count ten points, a tie five points, each winning rink shall count two points, a tied rink one point. In the event of equality of points, precedence shall be decided on shots difference.
8. Each County BA shall provide distinguishing coloured discs for players in all games.
9. The Home County BA shall arrange for the appointment of a qualified EBUA Umpire or Competent Person to officiate at all League games.
10. The Singles, Pairs, Triples, Fours, Junior Singles and Two Wood Singles Championships shall be conducted in accordance with the Laws of the Sport of Bowls as adopted by Bowls England and shall be open to any respective team from the County BA Championship Finalists in each of the competitions.
11. Should the Singles, Junior Singles or Two Wood Singles competitor also be engaged in the Pairs, Triples or Fours competitions, he shall play in the Singles/Junior Singles/Two Wood Single Championship and if other arrangements cannot be made, be substituted in other Championship(s). Where a singles player is substituted in the triples and/or fours Championships an extra substitute will be allowed.
12. Preliminary Rounds: The first named County BA as the Home Team to offer two dates for the game (one of which should be a Saturday or Sunday), to be played on the green of the Home player(s) or elsewhere by mutual consent; the game to be played by 31st August.
Semi-Finals & Finals: To be played on greens within the President's County BA and close to each other on the Saturday of Week 37 Standardised Week.
13. In the event of a multiplicity of engagements the Emergency Committee shall use their best endeavours to make arrangements that would enable the competitors(s) to compete.
14. The results of all Competitions MUST be sent to the Association Secretary within 24 hours.
15. The Bedford Cup Competition is for Secretaries and Treasurers and in the event of one not being available; eligibility to play will be Assistant Secretary or Assistant Treasurer, President, then in order of seniority of their County Association Principal Officers.
16. A qualified EBUA Umpire or Competent Person shall be appointed to officiate at all Championship Finals
17. An entry fee shall be fixed annually at the Annual General Meeting.