Table of Contents

  1. President’s Message
  2. Executive Committee & Officers
  3. Men’s Management Committee
  4. Women’s Management Committee
  5. Bowls England Representatives
  6. Northern Counties Representatives (Men & Women)
  7. Officials Addresses (Men & Women)
  8. County Coaching Scheme
  9. Green Maintenance Advisory Scheme
  10. District Secretaries (Men & Women)
  11. Affiliated Clubs & Contacts
  12. Official Umpires
  13. Honorary Officials
  14. Bowls Durham Constitution
  15. County Team Fixtures (Men)
  16. County Team Fixtures (Women)
  17. Presidential Fixtures
  18. Men’s Championship Rules
  19. Women’s Championship Rules

(cover image - 2017 winning Alsop Trophy captain Dale Oram and Senior Vice President Jeff Wilson) 


Men's President 2018

Jeff Wilson (Houghton Dairy Lane BC)

I wish to thank Houghton Dairy Lane  for nominating  me to be  President of Bowls Durham.

I was delighted to be elected  on 14th November 2017 to be President for the 2018 season.

I look forward to the Presidential matches that have been arranged and to meeting you all on the various greens.

I wish all our county players a good season in 2018 and to you all, a healthy, fulfilling and enjoyable season.

Regards

Jeff

Bowls Durham Executive Committee 2018

President

Jeff Wilson

(Houghton DL)

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Past President

Les Parnell

(Stockton)

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Secretary

Foster Johnson

(Houghton DL)

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Competitions

Peter Coulson

(Darlington RA)

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Treasurer

Stan Crowe

(Stockton)

Bowls Durham Men’s Management Committee 2018

President - J.Wilson (Houghton DL)

Senior Vice President - VACANT

Junior Vice President - VACANT

Honorary Secretary - F.Johnson (Houghton DL)

Honorary Treasurer - S.Crowe (Stockton)

Honorary Assistant Secretary - P.Coulson (Darlington RA)

Competitions - P.Coulson (Darlington RA)

District Secretaries

                District 1 - P.Coulson (Darlington RA)

                District 2 - K.Sykes (Barnes Park)

                District 3 - D.Morgan (Houghton DL)

                District 4 - T.Turnbull (Mainsforth)

                District 5 - C.Higgins (Hartlepool Old Boys)

                District 6 - L.Parnell (Stockton)

Past President - L.Parnell

Trustee of Benevolent Fund - J.Wilson

Secretary of Benevolent Fund - S.Crowe

Yearbook Editor - K.Wilford

Publicity Officer - VACANT

Youth Development Officer - E.Weightman

Children & Vulnerable Adults Officer - J.Hobson

International Selector - D.Kilner

County Website Editor (non committee) - R.Mckie

Bowls Durham Women’s Management Committee 2018

President

Eileen Atkinson

(Bishop Auckland)

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Secretary

Susan Almond

(Sunderland)

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Treasurer

Ann Anderson

(Darlington Woodlands)

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Competitions

Fay Slinn

(Newton Hall)

Bowls Durham Women’s Management Committee 2018

President - Mrs E.Atkinson (Bishop Auckland)

Senior Vice President - VACANT

Junior Vice President - VACANT

Honorary Secretary - Mrs S.Almond (Sunderland)

Honorary Treasurer - Mrs A.Anderson (Darlington Woodlands)

Honorary Assistant Secretary - Mrs F.Slinn (Newton Hall)

Competitions - Mrs F.Slinn (Newton Hall)

District Secretaries

                District 1 - Mrs E.Stoker (Consett Park)

                District 2 - Mrs J.Graham (Sunderland)

                District 3 - Mrs J.Rodgerson (Houghton DL)

                District 4 - Mrs F.Slinn (Newton Hall)

                District 5 - Mrs M.Taylor (Owton Lodge)

                District 6 - Mrs A.Anderson (Darlington Woodlands)

Bowls England Representatives 2018

Men’s - F.Johnson (Houghton DL)

Women’s - Mrs S.Almond (Sunderland)

Northern Counties Representatives 2018

Men’s - F.Johnson (Houghton DL)

         P.Coulson (Darlington RA)

         L.Parnell (Stockton)

Women’s - Mrs S.Almond (Sunderland)

Bowls Durham Officials 2018

Men’s

President - J.Wilson (Houghton DL)

Honorary Secretary - F.Johnson (Houghton DL) 0191 5110560

Honorary Treasurer - S.Crowe (Stockton)

Honorary Assistant Secretary - P.Coulson (Darlington RA) 01207 503256

Competitions - P.Coulson (Darlington RA) 01207 503256

Yearbook Editor - K.Wilford (Owton Lodge)

Youth Development Officer - E.Weightman (Whitburn)

Children & Vulnerable Adults Officer - J.Hobson

Women’s

Honorary Secretary - Mrs S.Almond (Sunderland) 0191 4173655

Honorary Treasurer - Mrs A.Anderson (Darlington Woodlands)

Honorary Assistant Secretary - Mrs F.Slinn (Newton Hall) 0191 3845646

Competitions - Mrs F.Slinn (Newton Hall) 0191 3845646

Bowls Durham County Coaching Scheme 2018

Any member who is interested in becoming a Certified Club Coach should contact the County Secretary for further information - Foster Johnson 0191 5110560

Bowls Durham County Coaching Scheme 2018

Details available from the County Secretary - Foster Johnson 0191 5110560

Bowls Durham District Secretaries Men 2018

District 1   P. Coulson                                                  

Consett Park; Dipton; Dunston Social; Lanchester; Leadgate; Lyndhurst: Pelton Fell;

 

District 2   K. W. Sykes                              

Barnes Park; Barnes West End; Grindon Mill; Pemberton; Pennywell; Roker  Marine;

Roker Park; Silksworth; South Hylton; Sunderland; Thompson Park; Wearmouth; Whitburn.

 

District 3   D.Morgan                         

Chester-le-Street; Dawdon Welfare; Hetton W.M.C.; Hetton Park;

Houghton Dairy Lane; Houghton Town; Hylton C.W.; New Herrington;

Herrington Workmen's; North Biddick; Ryhope; Seaham Town;

Usworth C.W.; Washington Glebe.

 

District 4   T. Turnbull                                

Bishop Auckland; Leeholme; Mainsforth; Newton Hall; Nevilles Cross; Spennymoor;

Vane Tempest; Wolsingham.

 

District 5   K. Wilford                                                          

Eldon Grove; Hartlepool Old Boys; Hartlepool Park; Horden; Owton Lodge;

John Whitehead Park.

 

District 6   L. Parnell                                   

Darlington South Park; Darlington R.A.; Darlington Woodland; Elm Tree Social; Hundens Park; Middleton St. George;  Stockton.

Bowls Durham District Secretaries Women 2018

District 1:           Mrs E.Stokoe                          

Consett Park; Dipton; Lanchester; Leadgate; Lyndhurst; Pelton Fell; Sherburn Park;

South Moor.

District 2: Mrs. J.Graham                                

Barnes Park; Roker Marine; Roker Park; Services; Silksworth; Sunderland;

Thompson Park; Whitburn.

 

District 3: Mrs. J. Rogerson                            

Dawdon Welfare; Great Lumley; Hetton W.M.C.; Houghton Dairy Lane;

Houghton Town; North Biddick; Ryhope; Seaham Town: Washington Glebe.

 

District 4: Mrs. F. Slinn                                  

Bishop Auckland; Brandon; Cockton Hill; Durham City; King George V; Leeholme;

Newton Hall; Shildon Town: Spennymoor; Wolsingham.

 

District 5: Mrs. M. Taylor                                

Horden; Norton; Owton Lodge.

 

District 6: Mrs. A. Anderson                          

Barnard Castle; Darlington East Park; Darlington North Park; Darlington South Park;

Darlington Woodland; Elm Tree Social; Hundens Park; Middleton St. George; Stockton.

Bowls Durham Affiliated Clubs & Contacts 2018

Any changes during the season will be highlighted, should you require a contact phone number then please contact the County Secretary

10003 Barnard Castle B.C.

(Mixed) Mrs. G.Harle Club -

Club Address & Post Code - Museum Grounds, Barnard Castle,DL12 8NP

 

10004 Barnes Park B.C.

(Mixed) Mr. B. P. Wardell -

Club Address & Post Code - Ettrick Grove, Sunderland, SR4 8QQ

10006 Barnes West End B.C.

(Mens) Mr. J. Patterson -

Club Address & Post Code - Ettrick Grove, Sunderland, SR4 8QQ

 

10008 Bishop Auckland B.C.

(Mens) Mr. C.Foxton -

10009 (Womens) Mrs. E. Atkinson -

Club Address & Post Code - Town Recreation Ground, Bishop Auckland, DL14 7QR

 

10010 Brandon Ladies B.C.

(Womens) Mrs. E. Charlton -

Club Address & Post Code - Welfare Ground, Brandon, DH8 8PQ

 

10011 Chester-le-Street B.C.

(Mens) Mr. J. F. Richards -  

Club Address & Post Code - Riverside Park, Chester Le Street, DH8 3QX

 

10012 Cockton Hill Ladies B.C.                                                            

(Womens) Mrs. E. Belton -

Club Address & Post Code - Helena Terrace, Bishop Auckland,DL14 6BP

 

10013 Consett Park B.C.                                                                              

(Mixed) Mrs. P. Armstrong -

Club Address & Post Code - Laburnum Avenue, Blackhill, Consett, DH8 5EB

 

10015 Darlington North Park Ladies B.C.

(Womens) Mrs. J. Pattison -

Club Address & Post Code - North Park, Darlington, DL3 0LZ

 

10016 Darlington Railway Athletic B.C.

(Mens) Mr. A. Stephenson -

Club Address & Post Code - Brinkburn Road, Darlington, DL3 9LF

 

10017 Darlington South Park B.C.

(Mixed) Mr. S. Moreland -  

Club Address & Post Code - South Park, Darlington, DL15 5TG

 

10018 Darlington Woodland B.C.

(Mixed) Mr. T. Vout - Tel: 01325 268 002 (Club)

Club Address & Post Code - 104 Woodland Road, Darlington, DL3 9LN

 

10019 Dawdon Welfare Park B.C.

(Mixed) Mr. P.Martin -

Club Address & Post Code - Green Drive, Dawdon, SR7 7UW

  

10021 Dipton Park B.C.

(Mens) Mr. L.Baker - 

10022 (Womens) Mrs. M. Riley -  

Club Address & Post Code - Pontopside, Dipton, DH9 9EG

 

10023 Dunston Social B.C.

(Mens) Mr. B. Arkley -

Club Address & Post Code - Dunston Park, Gateshead, NE11 9JL

 

10024 Durham City Ladies B.C.

(Womens) Mrs. N. Hart -

Club Address & Post Code - The Racecourse, Durham City, DH1 3HU

             

10027 Elm Tree B.C.

(Mens) Mr. Mr A. Kidd -

Club Address & Post Code - Bishopton Road West, Stockton, TS19 0QJ

             

10032 Grindon Mill B.C.

(Mens) Mr. A.Graham -

Club Address & Post Code - Grindon Lane, Grindon, Sunderland, SR4 8HA

              

10033 Hartlepool Old Boys B.C.

(Mens) Mr. J. Cooke -

Club Address & Post Code - Recreation Park, Blackhall, TS27 4LX

               

10034 Hartlepool Park B.C.

(Mixed) Mr. H. Dougherty -

Club Address & Post Code - Jackson Park, Hartlepool, TS24 9RP

             

10038 Hetton Workmen’s B.C.

(Mens) Mr. P. Harding -

10039 (Womens) Mrs. N. Stephenson -

Club Address & Post Code - Hetton Workmen’s, Richard Street, Hetton le Hole, DH5 9HN         

10096 Horden B.C

(Mens) Mr P.Noble -

10097 (Womens) Mrs J.Collins -

Club Address & Post Code - Horden, SR8 4PE

10040 Houghton Dairy Lane B.C.

(Mixed) Mr. J.McKinney - Tel: 0191 512 0692 (Club)

Club Address & Post Code - Dairy Lane, Houghton le Spring, DH4 5BH

 

10041 Houghton Town B.C.

(Mixed) Mr. K. Taylor -

Club Address & Post Code - Station Road, Houghton le Spring, DH4 5AH            

10043 Hundens Park B.C.

(Mens) Mr. G. Peacock -

10044 (Womens) Mrs. M. White -

Club Address & Post Code - Hundens Lane, Darlington, DL1 1JF

 

10045 Hylton Colliery Welfare B.C.

(Mens) Mr. K. Young -

Club Address & Post Code - Castletown, Sunderland, SR5 3DX

 

10047 Lanchester B.C.

(Mixed) Mr. K. Raper -

Club Address & Post Code - Lanchester, Durham, DH7 0LG

 

10048 Leadgate B.C.

(Mixed) Mr. G. Robson -

Club Address & Post Code - Back Plantation Street, Leadgate, DH8 7PP

 

10049 Leeholme B.C.

(Mixed) Mr. B.Attwood -

Club Address & Post Code - Shildon, Co Durham DL4 1LX

 

10050 Lyndhurst B.C.

(Mixed) Mrs. J. Atkinson -

Club Address & Post Code - 735 Durham Road, Low Fell, Gateshead, NE9 6AR

 

10051 Mainsforth B.C.

(Mens) Mr. J.Maddison -

Club Address & Post Code - Mainsforth,DL17 0AG

 

 10053 Middleton St. George B.C.

(Mixed) Mr. L. H. Green -

Club Address & Post Code - Water View, Middleton St George, DL2 1TS

 

10098 Nevilles Cross B.C.

(Mixed) Mr. I. Hudson -

Club Address & Post Code - Nevilles Cross, Durham, DH1 4JX

 

10055 New Herrington B.C.

(Mens) Mr. G. E. M. MacKenzie -

Club Address & Post Code - Welfare Grounds, New Herrington, DH4 4LJ

 

10057 Newton Hall B.C.

(Mixed) Mr. J.Taylor -

Club Address & Post Code - Newton Hall, Durham City, DH1 5DQ

10059 North Biddick B.C.

(Mixed) Mr. M. Thompson -

Club Address & Post Code - Penshaw Station, DH4 7QY

 

10060 Norton B.C.

(Mixed) Mr. J.Parkin -

Club Address & Post Code - Norton Sports Complex, Station Road, Norton, TS20 1PE

10061 Owton Lodge B.C.

(Mens) Mr. W. Nicholson -

10094 (Womens) Mrs J.Ridpath -

Club Address & Post Code - Stockton Road, Hartlepool, TS25 5BQ

 

10063 Pelton Fell B.C.

(Mens) Mr. B.Brown - Tel: 0191 389 3003 (Club)

Club Address & Post Code - Station Road, Pelton Fell, Chester le Street, DH32 2QS

10064 Pemberton B.C.

(Mens) Mr. J. W. Longley -

Club Address & Post Code - Barnes Park, Barnes Park Road, Sunderland, SR4 7PY

 

10095 Pennywell B.C.

(Mens) Mr. W. Molloy -

Club Address & Post Code - Palgrove Road, Pennywell, Sunderland, SR4 9BA

10065 Roker Marine B.C.

(Mens) Mr. R. Bell -

10066 (Womens) Mrs A.Curtis -

Club Address & Post Code - Roker Park Road, Roker Park, SR6 9PL

 

10067 Roker Park B.C.

(Mens) Mr. J. Huntingdon -

10068 (Womens) Mrs. J. Huntingdon -

Club Address & Post Code - Roker Park Road, Roker Park, SR6 9PL

10069 Ryhope B.C.

(Mixed) Mr W.Barkess -

Club Address & Post Code - Ryhope Street South, Ryhope, Sunderland, SR2 0RN

 

10070 Seaham Town B.C.

(Mixed) Mr. A. T. Gregory -

Club Address & Post Code - Stockton Road, Seaham, SR7 0JE

 

10074 Shildon Town Ladies B.C.

(Womens) E.Miller -

Club Address & Post Code -  Shildon, Co Durham, DL14 1JN

10075 Silksworth B.C.

(Mixed) Mr. J. Kelly -

10076 (Ladies) Mrs. J.Pallas -

 Club Address & Post Code - Silksworth Lane, SIlksworth, Sunderland, SR3 1AU

10099 South Hetton B.C

(Mens) Mr J.Shand -

 Club Address & Post Code - TBC

10077 South Hylton B.C.

(Mens) Mr. W. Childs -

Club Address & Post Code - Nookside, Pennywell, Sunderland, SR4 9BA

Spennymoor B.C.

10080 (Mens) Mr. P. Heath -

10079 (Womens) Mrs. E. Heath -

Club Address & Post Code - Spennymoor, Co Durham, DL16 6CA

 

10081 Stockton B.C.

(Mixed) Mr. L. Parnell - Tel: 01642 554 025 (Club)

Club Address & Post Code - Salisbury Terrace, Stockton, TS20 2DS

  

Sunderland B.C.

10082 (Mixed) Mr. D. New -

Club Address & Post Code - Ashbrooke Road, Sunderland, SR2 7DR

10083 Thompson Park

(Mens)  Mr. P.Thomson -

Club Address & Post Code - Newcastle Road, Sunderland, SR5 2SH

 

10085 Usworth B.C

(Mixed) Mr. D. Sim -

Club Address & Post Code - Concord Village, Washington, NE37 2EU  

 

10092 Vane Tempest B.C

(Mixed) Mr. J.Webster -

Club Address & Post Code - Durham Road, Durham City, DH1 1QF

 

10086 Washington Glebe B.C.

(Mixed) Mr. I.Richardson -

Club Address & Post Code - Glebe Village, Washington, NE38 7LP

10087 Wearmouth B. C.

(Mens) Mr. P. Low -  

Club Address & Post Code - Thompson Road, Sunderland, SR5 2SH

10088 Whitburn B.C.

(Mens) Mr. B.Hastings -  

10093 (Womens) Mrs B.Harper -

Club Address & Post Code - Cornwaite Park, Whitburn, SR6 7BZ

 

10089 Whitehead Park B.C.

(Mixed) Mr. B. Young - 01642 554 033 (Club)

Club Address & Post Code - Rosebury Estate, Billingham, TS23 2DD  

10090 Wolsingham B.C.

(Mixed) Dr. R. Hopkinson -

Club Address & Post Code - Front Street, Wolsingham, Co Durham, DL13 3AP

Bowls Durham Official Umpires  2018

Officials of the clubs who wish to engage the services of an umpire should adopt the following procedure:-

1. Choose an umpire from the appended list and obtain his/her agreement.

2. Pay his/hers out-of-pocket expenses.

3. If unable to obtain the services of an official umpire , please contact County Secretary: 

Foster Johnson 0191 5110560

The current list of Umpires within Bowls Durham

James Woodward, Dave Surtees, Patricia Armstrong, Brian Brown, Gordon Dews

Bowls Durham Honorary Officials  2017

Honorary Secretaries

Mr F.Johnson (Houghton DL) 2007-XXXX

Mrs S.Almond (Sunderland) 2017-XXXX

Mrs G.Jones (Consett Park) 2007-2017

Honorary Treasurers

Mr S.Crowe (Stockton) 2012-XXXX

Mr JF.Laidler (Barnes Park) 2007-2012

Mrs A.Anderson (Darlington Woodlands) 2007-XXXX

Honorary Assistant Secretaries

Mr P.Coulson (Darlington RA) 2012-XXXX

Mr GW.Charlton (Ryhope) 2007-2012

Mrs F.Slinn (Newton Hall) 2011-XXXX

Mrs S.Almond (Sunderland) 2007-2010

Bowls Durham Constitution  2018

(Any changes will be highlighted)

1.       TITLE

The Association shall be called Bowls Durham.

2.       OBJECTS

The objects of the Association shall be:-

a) To promote, foster and safeguard the game of level green bowls in Durham.

b) To adopt and enforce the Rules and Regulations of Bowls England.

c) To hold Annual or other Championships of 2 wood singles and 4 wood singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours competitions.

d) To hold inter-county matches.

e) To interpret any questions of law and practice, and to arbitrate on all matters submitted by Affiliated Clubs or Members thereof.

 

3. MEMBERSHIP - CLUBS

a) Membership of the Bowls Durham shall be open to all Clubs in the County and who play the level green game, either on private greens, or on greens attached to licensed premises, or on Municipal or other public greens, provided that such Clubs possess level greens with a playing surface in addition to banks and ditches as defined in LAWS OF THE SPORT (Clubs affiliated to the Durham County EBA and/or the Durham County EWBA at 31December 2007 are automatically transferred to Bowls Durham. New Clubs joining after that date must have a minimum membership of 16 playing members all male, all female or male and female).

b) Clubs playing on greens connected with licensed premises must be managed by an Executive Committee, and must have sole and exclusive use of the funds of the Club and the greens on which they play.

c) Clubs playing on local authority, state managed or other public greens must have a permit from the local or other authority allowing them use of rinks for competitive purposes. No Club playing or intending to play on a local authority or other public green upon which an Affiliated Club or Clubs is or are playing, shall become affiliated to the Association until the existing Club or Clubs using the said green has or have been consulted by the Association, and in the opinion of the Association, has or have offered no bona fide objection to its Affiliation.

d) Applications for affiliation shall be made to the General Secretary of Bowls Durham, and shall be accompanied by a list of office bearers of the club, the addresses of the Honorary Secretary, and of the green, together with the Entrance Fee, the first Annual Subscription to Bowls Durham and the first Annual Subscription to Bowls England.

4. HONORARY LIFE MEMBERSHIP

a) All Past Presidents of Bowls Durham shall become Honorary Life Members of the Association.

b) Bowls Durham may award Life Membership to any person who has rendered exceptional services to the sport of bowls and/or Bowls Durham. Nominations by Clubs or Districts shall be submitted to the Appropriate Management Committee for consideration and then to the Executive Committee for approval

c) Any Life Membership shall be conferred at the Annual General Meeting.

d) Honorary Life Members of the Association shall be entitled to attend but not vote all Annual and General Meetings of Bowls Durham.

 5. FEES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS

a) Every Club joining the Association shall pay an Entrance Fee and an Annual Subscription to Bowls Durham, the amounts of which to be decided annually by the Executive Committee. Each Club will also pay to Bowls Durham its Annual Subscription to Bowls England.

b) Each Club will be required to purchase annually a Bowls England Year Book at a price to be fixed annually by the Executive Committee.

c) The Annual Subscription shall be paid on a date to be determined annually by the Executive Committee, and any club failing to pay these subscriptions by the date named shall forfeit all the rights and privileges of Membership until the whole of the arrears have been discharged.

6. ADMINISTRATION

a) Bowls Durham’s affairs and competitions shall be managed in the following manner.

(i) Bowls Durham Executive Committee comprising of:-

(a) The President of Bowls Durham (Men);

(b) The President of Bowls Durham (Women);

(c) The General Secretary and Honorary Secretary of Bowls Durham (Men);

(d) The Honorary Secretary of Bowls Durham (Women);

(e) The Honorary Treasurer of Bowls Durham (Men);

(f) The Honorary Treasurer of Bowls Durham (Women);

(g) One representative from the Bowls Durham Men’s Management Committee;

(h) One representative from the Bowls Durham Women’s Management Committee:

Who shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting together with the immediate Past Presidents surviving (provided they remain members of a club affiliated to Bowls Durham).

The term of office for the immediate Past Presidents shall be for one year only. The Chairing of the meetings of the Executive Committee will alternate annually by gender.

(ii) Meetings of the Executive Committee to be held quarterly in those months where there are no meetings of the Men’s and Women’s Management Committees on dates to be determined annually by the Executive Committee, with provision to call additional meetings as and when required, and subject to review at the end of year one.

(iii) That the role, responsibilities and function of the Executive Committee is as outlined in the attached document.

(iv) Bowls Durham Men’s Management Committee comprising:

(a) The President;

(b) The Senior Vice-President;

(c) The Junior Vice-President;

(d) The Honorary Secretary;

(e) The Honorary Assistant Secretary (Competitions);

(f) The Honorary Treasurer:

Who shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting, by representatives of men’s clubs or men’s sections of mixed clubs only attending and voting thereat, together with the Immediate Past President surviving (provided he remains a member of a club affiliated to Bowls Durham).

The term of office for the immediate past president shall be for one year only.

(v) Meetings of the Management Committee to be held on the third Tuesday of the following months, January, February, March, April, June, July, September and October with provision to call additional meetings as and when required and subject to review at the end of each year. [Note - the June and October meetings are subject to alteration to a Thursday in the second or third week in the calendar to reflect the allocation of second stage greens for the County Championships and for the presentation of the Annual Financial Statement respectively]

(vi) That the role, responsibilities and function of the Men’s Management Committee is as outlined in the attached document.

(vii) Bowls Durham Women’s Management Committee comprising:

(a) The President;

(b) The Senior Vice-President;

(c) The Junior Vice-President;

(d) The Honorary Secretary;

(e) The Honorary Assistant Secretary (Competitions);

(f) The Honorary Treasurer:

Who shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting, by representatives of women’s clubs or women’s sections of mixed clubs only attending and voting thereat, together with the Immediate Past President surviving (provided she remains a member of a club affiliated to Bowls Durham).

The term of office for the immediate past president shall be for one year only.

(viii) Meetings of the Management Committee to be held on the third Tuesday of the following months, January, February, March, April, June. July, September and October with provision to call additional meetings as and when required and subject to review at the end of each year.

(ix) That the role, responsibilities and functions of the Women’s Management Committee is as outlined in the attached document.

(x) The Executive Committee shall be empowered to establish and appoint sub- committees and working parties for specific purposes from time to time and to determine the terms of reference thereof, including to what extent such sub-committees shall have executive powers.

(a) Unless expressly delegated in writing by the Executive Committee to act on its behalf no sub-committee or working party shall have any powers and ,subject to the foregoing, its function shall be confined to reporting to the Executive Committee or the Men’s and/or Women’s Management Committee(s). The Chairperson must be a member of the Executive Committee with the remaining members being drawn from a combination of the Men’s and Women’s Management Committees unless the issue under consideration is gender specific when the membership will be drawn from that Committee alone. The sub-committee or working party will be empowered to co-opt such members or officers whose knowledge will benefit the deliberations of the meeting.

All proceedings of any sub-committee or working party shall be reported to the Executive Committee and the Men’s and / or Women’s Management Committees(s) where appropriate and a record of each meeting maintained for this purpose.

(b) In addition, the County shall be divided into six Districts for Management and competitive purposes as shown in the appendix attached hereto and thereafter as may be determined by the Executive Committee. Each District will be represented upon the appropriate Management Committees by one representative.

(c) In each District a Meeting of Representatives of Clubs forming such District shall be convened annually, not later than the first Saturday in November, for the purpose of agreeing upon Nominees to the Management Committees.

 

7. OFFICERS AND OFFICIALS OF THE ASSOCIATION

The following Officers/Officials of Bowls Durham shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting and will be ex-officio members of the Executive Committee and where appropriate the Men’s and Women’s Management Committees of the Association:

Child Protection Officer;

Diary/Year Book Editor;

International Selectors;

Publicity Officer;

One Trustee of Benevolent Fund;

Youth Development Officer.

 

8. ANNUAL AND OTHER GENERAL MEETINGS

The Annual Meeting of Bowls Durham shall be held in the month of November each year on such date as the Executive Committee may select. Ten days’ notice of it, and of all General Meetings, shall be given and delegates from twelve Clubs shall form a quorum.

Every Club shall be entitled to be represented at the Annual or other General Meeting as follows:-

Men’s Clubs - One representative;

Women’s Clubs - One representative;

Mixed Clubs - One male and one female representative.

The Chairman shall have a second and casting vote in addition to a deliberative vote on all matters discussed. If the Executive Committee determines that sufficient cause has been shown a Special General Meeting of Bowls Durham must be summoned on the requisition of an affiliated club, supported in writing by two other clubs, to consider the business set forth in the requisition. This must clearly state the nature of the matter and issue, and be signed for and on behalf of the appealing club and by the office bearers of the club. The notice calling such Special General Meeting shall state the purpose for which it has been summoned, and no other business shall be transacted at that meeting.

 

9. DISCIPLINARY REGULATIONS/MISCONDUCT/EXPULSION AND SUSPENSION OF MEMBERSHIP

It shall be competent to the Executive Committee after due investigation of the facts, and, if need be, the examination of witnesses and relevant documentary evidence, to suspend or determine the membership of any club or individual, but such club or individual shall have a right of Appeal to Bowls Durham against an adverse decision. The Appeal must be lodged with the General Secretary of Bowls Durham within 21 days of the Executive Committee’s decision and so far as a club is concerned is signed by its office bearers. Such Appeal shall state the grounds on which it is made. For this process the County will adopt the Bowls England Disciplinary Regulations then pertaining as set out in Bowls England Regulation No 9, or any other subsequent Regulation thereof and these shall be used in all cases considered by Bowls Durham. Clubs desiring to sever their membership must advise Bowls Durham, in writing, not later than the 1 December of each year.

10. THE HONORARY SECRETARIES AND HONORARY TREASURERS

The Honorary Secretaries shall keep a record of all the business transacted at general and management committee meetings and shall submit to the annual meeting reports of the proceedings of the Association since the previous Annual Meeting. The Honorary Treasurers shall render to the Annual Meeting accounts of the Income and Expenditure for the past year (and which shall be deemed to end on the last day in the month of September), audited and signed by two competent persons who shall be elected at the Annual Meeting. The Officers of Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer may be combined.

 11. DISPUTES

The Executive Committee shall be empowered to adjudicate upon any dispute referred to it arising between Affiliated Clubs as to the meaning or interpretation of the laws of the game, or any of the Rules, Laws, Bye Laws, Regulations and Conditions, or any matter of practice, policy or complaint, which it shall hold to be within its jurisdiction.

The General Secretary of Bowls Durham, on receipt of an Appeal from a club, or a member thereof, shall send a copy of the complaint to the Club involved and submit the correspondence of the parties concerned to the Executive Committee for consideration. In addition to the provisions of this Section Bowls Durham will adopt the Bowls England Disputes Regulations as set out in Regulation 12 thereof ,or any other subsequent regulation then pertaining, and these shall be used in all cases considered by Bowls Durham.

12. INSURANCE AND INDEMNIFICATION

 Each member of Bowls Durham shall (to the extent that such person is not entitled to recover under any policy of insurance) be entitled to be indemnified out of any and all funds available to Bowls Durham which may lawfully be so applied, against all costs, expenses and liabilities whatsoever incurred by such person in the proper execution and discharge of duties undertaken on behalf of Bowls Durham or arising there from, or incurred in good faith in the purported discharge of such duties. If the funds shall be insufficient for the purpose, then each club shall be liable to contribute to Bowls Durham, such sum or sums (in addition to subscriptions) as Bowls Durham in a General Meeting shall decide to enable it to meet its liabilities.

13. LIQUIDATION

 In the event of Bowls Durham being wound up or dissolved, the funds and assets of Bowls Durham remaining after all its debts and liabilities have been satisfied, including the costs and expenses of liquidation, shall be distributed by Bowls Durham in General Meeting to a sporting body which is established substantially or primarily for the purpose of promoting any game or sport, providing that the game or sport is conducted for the recreation and benefit of the general public in Durham and no part of the income or other funds of the body corporate operating such sport is used or available to be used for the pecuniary profit of the proprietor Member or shareholder.

14. PROTECTION OF CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS

 Bowls Durham is committed to promoting a safe environment in which children and vulnerable adults can enjoy participating in the game of bowls. It acknowledges that it has responsibilities under child protection and disabled persons legislation. It will seek to underpin and fulfil these responsibilities by following and promoting the children and vulnerable adult’s protection policies and regulations of Bowls England as detailed in its Rules and Regulations.

15. DISCRIMINATION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES AND HUMAN RIGHTS LEGISLATION

 Bowls Durham acknowledges its responsibilities under the legislation to ensure, inter alia, that no individual is unfairly discriminated against solely on the grounds of age, race, religious belief, disability or level of personal income whilst seeking election to office within the Association, or whilst participating or seeking to participate in any event being held under the auspices or jurisdiction of the Association. In this connection it will adhere to the Rules and Regulations of Bowls England which have been established for the purpose.

16. ALTERATION OF RULES

 Alteration of or addition to any or all of the Rules shall be made only at the Annual Meeting and written notice of the terms of such proposed alteration or addition (which shall also be stated in the Notice of Business for such meeting) shall be given to the General Secretary of Bowls Durham, not later than 28 days before the announced date of the Annual General Meeting. Amendments to ‘Notices of Motion’ appearing on the Agenda of the Annual General meeting shall not be valid.

17. SELECTION 

Men’s County Teams That Bowls Durham, through the Men’s Management Committee, appoints Team Managers for the Middleton Cup/Muras Trophy, and Alsop Cup teams for a three year period, subject to recall by the Management Committee, if necessary. The Team Managers will be responsible for the selection of the teams, based on nominations submitted, in conjunction with the Selection Committee. That a Selection Committee of four members be appointed from the Management Committee. These Selectors, Team managers and the two County Officers (Secretary and Assistant Secretary who provide administrative support to the teams) will meet at the start of the season to consider nominations and allocate them to the appropriate sides. The Selectors be divided into two panels of two and along with the appropriate Secretary support the Team Managers throughout the season, this being on a yearly rotational basis so that Selectors have the opportunity to view all sides. Where a team does not have a Fixture Selectors would attend other games. Wherever possible Selectors should be non-playing. However, this should not be a prescriptive requirement and be dependent on who is appointed. Should interchangeability between teams be required, the Team Managers would discuss this with the appropriate Selectors and Team Managers. Women’s County Teams That Bowls Durham through the Women’s Management Committee shall elect a Selection Committee consisting of the Women’s President and the Women’s Secretary, plus one Member from each of the six County Districts.

18. HONORARY VICE PRESIDENTS ASSOCIATION

1. Members of affiliated clubs wishing to give additional financial support to the Association may become Honorary Vice Presidents of the Association.

2. Honorary Vice Presidents shall:-

a) Pay a subscription to be determined annually by the Association, which shall be due and payable to the Honorary Vice Presidents Association on the first day of February each year.

b) Have their names entered in the Yearbook and be entitled to purchase a H.V.P’s. badge and/or blazer badge and tie.

c) Be entitled to attend Annual or Special Meetings of the County Association but shall not be entitled to vote by virtue of being an Honorary Vice President.

3. It shall be competent for Honorary Vice Presidents to form themselves into a Vice-Presidents Association with power to:

a) Appoint a Chairman

b) Appoint any other Officers or Committees they consider desirable

c) Carry on any activity they think fit which is not inconsistent with the Rules of the Association.

BOWLS DURHAM EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Constitution and Rules (Unified as far as practicable)

2. Grievance and Discipline

3. Diary/Year Book

4. Open Competitions

5. Liaison with Bowls England

6. Liaison with other Counties for Touring Sides

7. Set Affiliation fees

 8. Pay Bowls England Affiliation Fees

 9. Set Budgets for Gender Management Committees including Competition Entry Fees

10. Annual Presentation Event

11. Annual General Meetings/Special General Meetings

 

BOWLS DURHAM MEN’S/WOMEN’S MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES

1. Generic Specific Championships

a. Competition Rules

b. Draw

c. Organisation and Management

2. Gender Team Selection

3. Management of Gender Budgets

4. Bowls England matters generic to each respective Committee 5. Nominations for Honorary Life Membership

Bowls Durham Men’s County Competition Rules   2018

(Any changes will be highlighted)

Men’s Championships Rules and Regulations relating to each of the Championships for all Rounds

1. SINGLES

1.1. Each game shall consist of 21 shots, four bowls each player.

1.2. The Champion will hold the "Lord Joicey" Challenge Cup for one year and the Association will give a prize.

1.3. The runner-up will also receive a prize.

 

2. PAIRS

2.1. Each game shall consist of 21 ends, four bowls each player, the leads to play their four bowls before the skips. In the event of a tie an extra end or ends must be played, the shots of which are to count in the final score until a decision is reached.

2.2. Each Pair shall consist of two men, who must be playing members of the same Club.

2.3. The two players taking part in the first game shall constitute the Pair and should normally play together throughout the competition. One additional - and the same - player may, however, be used as a substitute at any time provided he has not already played in the competition.

2.4. The winning Pair will hold the "J Wallace Taylor" Challenge Cup for one year, and the Association will give a prize to each of the Champions.

2.5. The Association will give a prize to each of the Runners-up.

 

3. TRIPLES

3.1. Each game shall consist of 18 ends, three bowls each player. In the event of a tie an extra end or ends must be played, the shots of which are to count in the final score until a decision is reached.

3.2. Each triple shall consist of three men, who must be playing members of the same Club.

3.3. The three players taking part in the first game shall constitute the Triples and should normally play together throughout the competition. One additional - and the same - player may, however, be used as a substitute at any time provided he has not already played in the competition.

3.4. The winning Triple will hold the "Edgar W. Woodward” Memorial Trophy for one year, and each member of the Triple will receive a prize.

3.5. The Association will also give a prize to each member of the Runners - up Team.

 4. FOURS

4.1. Each game shall consist of 21 ends, two bowls each player. In the event of a tie an extra end or ends must be played, the shots of which are to count in the final score until a decision is reached.

4.2. Each four shall consist of four men who must be playing members of the same Club.

4.3. The four players taking part in the first game shall constitute the Four and should normally play together throughout the competition. One additional - and the same - player may, however, be used as a substitute at any time provided he has not already played in the competition.

4.4. The winning Four will hold the "Earl of Durham" Challenge Cup for one year, and the Association will give a prize to each member of the winning four.

4.5. The Association will also give a prize to each member of the Runners - up Four.

5. SENIOR FOURS

5.1 Each game shall consist of 21 ends, two bowls each player. In the event of a tie an extra end or ends must be played, the shots of which are to count in the final score until a decision is reached.

5.2. Each four shall consist of four men who must be playing members of the same Club and have reached their 55th birthday by 1st April in the year of the competition..

5.3. The four players taking part in the first game shall constitute the Four and should normally play together throughout the competition. One additional - and the same - player may, however, be used as a substitute at any time provided he has not already played in the competition.

5.4. The winning Four will hold the "JF.Laidler Trophy" for one year, and the Association will give a prize to each member of the winning four.

5.5. The Association will also give a prize to each member of the Runners - up Four.

6 JUNIOR SINGLES

6.1. Each game shall consist of 21 shots, four bowls each player.

6.2. A Competitor must be under 25 years of age on 1st April of each year in which he competes. 6.3. The Champion will hold the "Tom Young" Challenge Cup for one year and the Association will give a prize.

6.4. The runner-up will also receive a prize.

 

7. JUNIOR SINGLES

7.1. Each game shall consist of 18 ends, four bowls each player.

7.2. Competitors must be under 25 years of age on 1st April of each year in which he competes.

7.3. The Champion will hold the "Prince Bishop" Challenge Cup for one year and the Association will give a prize.

7.4. The runner-up will also receive a prize.

8. TWO BOWL

8.1. Each game shall consist of 21 ends, two bowls each player.

8.2. The Champion will hold the "Alwyn J. Alsop" Challenge Cup for one year and the Association will give a prize.

8.3. The Runner-up will also receive a prize. Unless otherwise prescribed from time to time by Bowls England the Winners and Runners-up in the foregoing competitions will represent the County in the National Championships. County shirts must be worn in all rounds of National Championship events at the National Finals.

 

9. CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS

9.1. Each game shall consist of 21 shots, four bowls each player.

9.2. The Champion will hold the 'George Turley’ Memorial Trophy for one year and the Association will give a prize.

9.3. The Runner- up will also receive a prize.

Rules of the Competitions

  1. ENTRIES

Entries to the various competitions must be made through Club Secretaries, and be forwarded, together with all Entrance Fees, to the Men’s County Treasurer by the date shown on the Entry Form. The entrance fee for competitions will be that determined by Bowls Durham from time to time.

Each entry shall be made by one named player only, and that player shall be excluded from being a substitute in the same discipline. Should the named entrant in a County Championship event be unable to participate from the outset in the Championship due to exceptional circumstances, the team may request the use of an additional player if required (in addition to the original players that formed the team in the first match). Such a request must be made in writing to Bowls England via the County Association for consideration.

Entries to the various competitions must be made through Club Secretaries, and be forwarded, together with all Entrance Fees, to the Men’s County Treasurer by the date shown on the Entry

Form. The entrance fee for competitions will be that determined by Bowls Durham from time to time.

2. ELIGIBILITY AND USE OF SUBSTITUTES IN COUNTY COMPETITIONS

All Entry Forms, apart from the Singles Competitions, must bear the names of all players entered into a particular competition discipline. (For example, a Fours entry must contain the names of all four players etc.) Any named entrant of a Team cannot be a member or substitute of any team in the same championship discipline.” The Competitors shall be confined to bona fide members who’s Clubs have paid their subscriptions for the current year.

No restriction shall be placed upon any member playing in more than one Competition, but no player shall enter any of the Competitions from more than one Club in any one season. All players in any Four or Triple and both players in any pair shall be members of the same Club. Players entering the Bowls Durham County Championships Competition must be members of the Club, from which such entry is submitted, by 30th September, of the year preceding that in which the Championships are held. Substitutes used in the County Championships Competition must have been bona fide members of the club from which the entries have been made since at least 1st May in the year in which the Championships are held. Players whose membership of the club commenced subsequent to 1st May are therefore not eligible as substitutes in the Championships held that year.

Substitutes: In pairs, triples and fours competition any team conceding the first tie will be considered to have ‘played’ in the Competition and therefore no member of that team may be used as a substitute for another team in that competition, their concession having influenced the competition in that their opponents have progressed to the next round.

3. CONDITIONS

a) The Competitions shall be played under the Rules of Bowls England, and shall be under the management of the Men’s County Management Committee.

b) All Ties shall be played only upon greens as defined in the Laws of the Sport.

c) All Semi-finals and Finals to be played in whites. Club coloured shirts may be worn provided all members of the side wear the same colour and provided that the design and colour of the shirts has been registered by the Club with, approved by the County Association. All shirts regardless of colour must not be collarless. Anyone not conforming to these conditions will be disqualified from the competition.

d) The consumption of alcohol at any time during any stages of any County Competition or Championship Match either on the green or within its environs is Strictly Forbidden. Similarly in accordance with Bowls England and County Rules and Regulations smoking on the green is not permitted and only designated smoking areas shall be used. Anyone not conforming to these conditions will be disqualified from the competition.

4. STAGES OF THE COMPETITION

The Competitions shall be played in stages as follows:-

First Stage - For this stage the County shall be divided into Districts as from time to time determined by the Management Committee. In all Districts, entrants shall be drawn together, and with the exception of the Finals - which must be played on neutral greens, shall play off in rounds upon the green of the Single, Pair, Triple and Four first drawn. In all Districts, for the First Stage, the Competitions shall be under the control of the District Secretaries, who shall make the draw on a round by round basis, select or agree the neutral greens for the respective Finals, and, be solely responsible for the completion of the stage by the dates shown on the Draw Sheets.

Second Stage - For this stage the total of 16 qualifiers from the Districts, with the proviso that every District is guaranteed at least one entry into the Second Stage of the Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours Competitions, will be drawn together and the rounds shall be played on neutral greens with the exception of the Semi-finals and Quarterfinals. The Quarter-finals to be played on preselected greens and on a date fixed by the Competition Secretary in consultation with the Men’s Management Committee. County Officials, Markers and Umpires to be in attendance. The County Finals will be played on the green of the Men’s President of Bowls Durham’s choice.

Note: Where greens do not comply with the Rules of Bowls England, or are not in reasonable playing condition, the Men’s Management Committee shall appoint a neutral green on which the game shall be played. The Men’s Management Committee may delegate its powers for competitive purposes to the County or District Secretaries. If any competitor(s) consider(s) that any rink(s) of his/their opponent(s) green on which the match is to be played does not comply with the above requirements they should not commence the game. They must then refer the issue to the County Competition Secretary for adjudication and arbitration in consultation with the County Secretary/District Secretaries. This may involve a visit to the green. Should this procedure be not followed and the game is played then any subsequent claim under this rule will not be considered. (Also see Rule 9b).

 

5. ANNOUNCEMENT OF DRAWS

Stage 1 - The draws for the Junior Singles, Two Bowl, Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours Competitions will be communicated to the Club Secretaries, by the District Secretaries.

Stage 2 - The draws of the Second Stage of above-named Competitions, with dates for playing will be made and published by Bowls Durham.

 

6. PERIODS OF ROUNDS

 The closing dates of the various Rounds will be shown, for the 1st Stage on the District Draw Sheets, and for the 2nd Stage in the Official County publication. The dates shown must be strictly adhered to.

 

7. DUTIES OF CHALLENGER AND OPPONENT

a) The first drawn of each Junior Single, Two Bowl, Single, Champion of Champions Pair, Triple and Four shall be termed the "Challenger", and the second the "Opponent".

b) The Challenger shall offer his Opponent at least two dates, neither of which shall be the last day of the period of the round, nor be on the same day as either an international and/or county match fixture, if the Opponent is involved in the County or International fixture, either as a player, reserve or acting as an official. A Sunday shall not be one of the two dates offered, but games may be played on a Sunday by mutual agreement. Games will not commence before 6p.m. and not later than 7p.m. except by mutual agreement.

c) The Opponent shall, within 48 hours of the receipt of the challenge, reply accepting one of the dates offered and shall be responsible in the second stage of the Competition, for booking a rink on the neutral green, allocated by the Men’s Management Committee.

d) It shall be the duty of the ‘Opponent’ in ALL Singles matches up to and including the quarterfinals to ensure a competent ‘Marker’ is available.

e) A Challenger or an Opponent failing to comply with (b) or (c) above shall be scratched upon the successful application of the opposite party, and failing such application before the last day of the period of the round, both parties shall be scratched.

f) No alteration of an accepted date shall be made unless mutually agreed on. Failing such agreement the party desiring such alteration must give the other party a "walk-over".

g) If a player/team fails to appear and be ready to play within 30 minutes of the agreed start time, the other player / team may claim a "walk-over". (Challenges and acceptances should be made in writing to furnish evidence in the event of a dispute).

 

8. NOTIFICATION OF RESULTS

 The results of ties must be communicated to the District Secretary for the first stage and the Men’s County Competitions Secretary for the second stage, immediately after the match. The onus of making such return shall lie with the winner, and the result should be sent on the same day as the game is played.

 

9. QUESTIONS AND DISPUTES

a) The Men’s Management Committee shall determine all questions and disputes that may arise and which do not come within the scope of Markers and/or Umpires duties. The decision of the Committee shall be final and binding.

b) No appeals against the condition of the playing surface or "banks" and ditches of any green will be considered if the game has been started. All Bowls used in Competition or County Matches must be stamped in accordance with Bowls England Rules and Regulations, and should be produced for inspection by Umpires or by players in opposing teams, if desired.

 

10. DEFAULT

 Any Competitor in default of the Rules of the Competitions will be excluded from taking part in the County Championships for that year. Any defaulter so eliminated from the Competition shall be banned from the County Championships in the following season, at the discretion of the Men’s Management Committee. Under no circumstances can player(s) beaten by in-eligible player(s) be re-introduced into the Competition. Competitors are especially requested to play off their ties, and to make returns, as early as possible in order that there may be no delay in publishing the next round.

11. COUNTY COLOURS AND RECOGNITION

Colours - White shoes, white trousers, dark blue blazer or travelling jacket/shirt, or at the discretion of the Men’s Management Committee in circumstances as may be determined from time to time by that Committee.

Recognition - Full County blazer badges will be awarded on a points system. Qualifying number of points, nine. 'A' Team game, 3 points. 'A' Team Reserve in attendance 1.5 points. 'B' Team game 1.5 points 'B' Team Reserve in attendance 1 point. County Badges will be awarded for playing four U25 Team games. Any player or players winning a County Championship will be awarded a County Playing Shirt for use in the National and Northern Counties Championships and points equivalent to one "A".

Any player or players being a losing Finalist in a County Championship will be awarded a County Playing Shirt and points equivalent to one 'B'. For the purpose of the above Rule an 'A' game shall be a Middleton or Muras Cup game. A 'B' game shall be an Alsop Trophy game. It shall be the prerogative of the Executive Committee on the recommendation of the Management Committee to award full County Blazer Badges or County ties in special circumstances. Members of a County Touring Party and/or playing for County Presidential Team are allowed to purchase a County Tie.

12. SMOKING.

 This is not permitted on the green or its environs at any time.

 

13. BOWLS.

 All bowls used in the Competitions must comply with the provisions and requirements of Bowls England Regulation 6.1 to 6.3 inclusive.

 

Bowls Durham Women’s County Competition Rules   2018

Rules and Regulations of Championships before the final stages at Leamington

1 - ENTRIES

Entries to the various competitions must be made through the club secretaries and be forwarded, together with the entry fees, to the Bowls Durham Ladies’ Treasurer by the date shown on the entry form. The entry fee will be that determined by Bowls Durham from time to time. All entry forms must bear the names of all players entered into a particular discipline e.g. a Fours entry must contain the names of all four players etc.

2 - ELIGIBILITY AND USE OF SUBSTITUTES IN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

 Any named entrant of a team cannot be a member or substitute of any team in the same championship discipline. All competitors in National Championships must have paid affiliation fees through their club for the current year. No restriction shall be placed upon any member playing in more than one competition but no player shall enter any of the competitions from more than one club in any one season. All players in any Pairs, Triples or Fours Championship shall be members of the same club. Players entering the Championships must be members of the club from which such entry is submitted by 30th September of the year preceding that in which the Championships are held. Substitutes used in the Championships must be bona fide members of the club from which the entries have been made before 1st May in the year in which the Championships are held. Players whose membership of the club commenced subsequent to 1st May are therefore not eligible as substitutes in the Championships held that year.

SUBSTITUTION

 In Pairs, Triples and Fours, the players taking part in the first game shall constitute the team and shall normally play together throughout the Championship. One additional, and the same player, may be used as a substitute at any time provided they have not already played in the Championship. They may play in any position. Any team conceding the first tie will be considered to have “played” in the competition and therefore no member of that team may be used as a substitute for another team in that competition, their concession having influenced the competition in that their opponents have progressed to the next round.

3. CONDITIONS 

The competitions shall be played under the Rules of Bowls England and shall be under the management of Bowls Durham Ladies Management Committee. All ties shall be played only upon greens as defined in the Laws of the Sport of Bowls. The consumption of alcohol at any time during any stages of any County Competition or Championship Match either on the green or within its environs is Strictly Forbidden. Similarly in accordance with Bowls England and County Rules and Regulations smoking on the green is not permitted and only designated smoking areas shall be used. Anyone not conforming to these conditions will be disqualified from the competition.

4. BOWLS

In the early stages when no umpire is present, the onus of checking the date stamp on bowls rests with the opposing player or players concerned. For rounds leading to the final stages of the National Championships, refer to Regulation 2 of the Bowls England Domestic Regulations in the Laws of the Sport of Bowls current edition.

5.  INTERNATIONALS

Players selected for approved International duties, together with officials on duty with the England teams, must be allowed to play in all stages of County Championships leading to National Championships should dates clash.

6. DEFAULTS

If a player/team fails to appear and be ready to play within 30 minutes after the agreed time for the tie, the opponent may claim a “walk-over”. If both sides default, the match shall be scratched altogether.

7. GREEN DISPUTES

Where greens do not comply with the Rules of Bowls England or are not in reasonable playing condition, the Women’s Management Committee shall appoint a neutral green on which the game shall be played. The Women’s Management Committee may delegate its powers for competitive purposes to the County or District Secretaries. If any competitor/team considers that the rink of their opponent’s green on which the match is to be played does not comply with the above requirement, she/they should not commence the game. She/they must refer the issue to the County Competitions Secretary for adjudication and arbitration in consultation with the County/District Secretary. This may involve a visit to the green. Should this procedure not be followed and the game is played then any subsequent claim under this rule will not be considered. No appeals against the condition of the playing surface or banks and ditches of any green will be considered if the game has been started.

8. QUESTIONS AND DISPUTES

The Women’s Management Committee shall determine all questions and disputes that may arise and which do not come within the scope of marker and/or umpire duties. The decision of the Committee shall be final and binding.

9. SMOKING

Smoking on the green will be prohibited during all rounds of National competitions. Failure to adhere to this will result in disqualification. This includes all electronic cigarettes.

10. CHAMPIONSHIP FORMAT LEADING TO LEAMINGTON

a) Singles

Each game shall consist of 21 shots – 4 bowls each player.

b) Pairs  (Two players from the same club)

Each game shall consist of 21 ends – four bowls each player. In the event of the scores being equal when all ends have been played, an extra end or ends must be played until a decision is reached.

c) Triples (Three players from the same club)

Each game shall consist of 18 ends – three bowls each player. In the event of the scores being equal when all ends have been played, an extra end or ends must be played until a decision is reached.

d) Fours (Four players from the same club)

Each game shall consist of 21 ends – two bowls each player.

In the event of the scores being equal when all ends have been played, an extra end or ends must be played until a decision is reached. The four Championships above shall be played on a knock-out basis on fixed dates which will be consecutive Mondays or Wednesdays up to and including the quarter-finals. The starting time will be 2.30pm. This time is flexible and can be changed by mutual agreement to a time no later than 6pm. If necessary, working ladies must be allowed a start time of up to and including 6pm which will allow her/them to play her/their match after work. If, for some valid reason, a player or team is not able to play on a specified date, the game may be played at an earlier date by mutual consent. If, on the specified date, a green is unplayable due to inclement weather, the game must be played as early as possible before the date of the next round. If a game has started and then stopped because of weather conditions or any other valid reason, the game should be continued and completed as soon as possible before the date of the next round. The scores will be as they were when the game was stopped. If an end has started but all the required bowls have not been played, it should be declared dead. No extension will be granted whatsoever.

The challenger (whose name appears first in the draw) shall have the choice of green and will be responsible for all match arrangements. Green fees will be paid by the challenger up to and including quarter-finals. Semi-finals and final will be played on the green chosen by the President of Bowls Durham Ladies. Times and greens of semi-finals and final will be arranged by the Women’s Management Committee.

e) Junior Singles

Each game shall consist of 21 shots – four bowls each. The Championship shall be open to members of clubs affiliated to Bowls England who have not attained their 25th birthday on the 1st April in the year of the Championship.

f) Junior Pairs

Each game shall consist of 18 ends – four bowls each player. In the event of the scores being equal when all ends have been played, an extra end or ends must be played until a decision is reached. The Championship shall be open to members of clubs affiliated to Bowls England who have not attained their 25th birthday on the 1st April in the year of the Championship. The two players may belong to separate clubs within the same county so long as both clubs are affiliated to Bowls England. In the two above Championships, the challenger shall have the choice of green and will be responsible for all match arrangements including rink fees up to and including the quarter- finals. The challenger must offer their opponent at least three dates for play, one of which must be a Saturday or a Sunday. Semi-finals and final will be played on the green chosen by the President of Bowls Durham Ladies. Times and greens will be arranged by the Women’s Management Committee. Dress – For the six championships above, the dress code for games up to and including quarter-finals is as Bowls England Regulation No.50: Law 5.1.2. For the semi-finals and final, dress will be predominantly white.

g) Senior Fours

Each game shall consist of 21 ends, two bowls each player. In the event of a tie an extra end or ends must be played, the shots of which are to count in the final score until a decision is reached.

Each member of the team must have reached their 55th birthday by 1st April in the year of the competition.

In the three above Championships, the challenger shall have the choice of green and will be responsible for all match arrangements including rink fees up to and including the quarter- finals. The challenger must offer their opponent at least three dates for play, one of which must be a Saturday or a Sunday. Semi-finals and final will be played on the green chosen by the President of Bowls Durham Ladies. Times and greens will be arranged by the Women’s Management Committee. Dress – For the six championships above, the dress code for games up to and including quarter-finals is as Bowls England Regulation No.50: Law 5.1.2. For the semi-finals and final, dress will be predominantly white.

h) Two-Wood Singles

Each game shall consist of 21 ends – two bowls each player. In the event of the scores being equal when all ends have been played, an extra end or ends must be played until a decision is reached. This competition is played on a knock-out basis and completed over one day (or possibly two days if the number of entrants is high), the date/s being decided by the Executive Committee. Dress is predominately white.

11 - Qualifiers for National Championships – see Bowls England Regulation 50 Law 3 Rules and Regulations of Bowls

Regulations of Bowls Durham Ladies Competitions Double Rink Competition

1. This is a knockout competition which is open to all clubs affiliated to Bowls Durham and Bowls England.

2. Each club shall be represented by a side consisting of 2 rinks of 4 players, all of whom shall be affiliated members of the same club. No player shall play for more than one club in this competition in any one year.

3. Failure to field 8 players will result in a walk-over.

4. The match will consist of 21 ends, 2 bowls each player. Before the commencement of the match, the nominated managers will toss a coin for choice of jack (first end), the winner having the choice of keeping or giving the jack away. The managers will then toss a coin to nominate which rink will play the extra end. This must be declared prior to the match commencing. A further toss of coin for choice of jack (extra end) should one be needed. The winner has the option to make the choice immediately after the 21st end has been played.

5. The number of shots on both rinks will determine the result. In the event of a tie after 21 ends, an extra end will be played by the nominated rink to determine the overall winner.

6. In the event of the green becoming unplayable due to inclement weather, matches in which the total number of ends played equals or exceeds 24 will be deemed to have been completed and the score will stand. In matches where the total number of ends played is less than 24, the tie will be deemed to be void and the match will be replayed at a later date unless a result is mutually agreed. When a match is stopped, play will cease on both rinks simultaneously and ends commenced but not competed shall be declared null and void.

7. Dress will be club colours.

8. The time for commencing a match shall be mutually agreed but no later than 6 pm on any day.

9. If a player has to leave the green during the course of a game due to illness or some other reasonable cause, and they cannot return within ten minutes, a substitute can be used. The substitute should play in any position other than skip and the other members of the team can rearrange their positions as necessary.

Australian Pairs

1.This is a Pairs Competition which is open to all members of clubs affiliated to Bowls Durham and Bowls England. It is played on a date set by the Women’s Management Committee. The competition may need to be played over two days if the number of entries is high.

2. The two players in the pairs must be affiliated members of the same club.

3. The first part of the competition will be played on a round-robin basis. Each team will play three games of 7 ends with each player bowling 4 woods. In the event of inclement weather, the number of ends played may be reduced. If a team withdraws during the round-robin stage, its points will be deducted and the teams in the group will receive 2 points plus a shots difference which will be dependent on the number of ends played in each round.

4. The latter part of the competition will be played on a knockout basis.

5. Dress will be club colours

Two-wood Triples

1. This is a one-day Triples Competition which is open to all members of clubs affiliated to Bowls Durham and Bowls England. It is played on a date set by the Women’s Management Committee.

2. The three players must be affiliated members of the same club.

3. The first part of the competition will be played on a round-robin basis. Each team will play three games of 8 ends with each player bowling two woods. In the event of inclement weather, the number of ends played may be reduced. If a team withdraws during the round-robin stage, its points will be deducted and the teams in the group will receive 2 points plus a shots difference which will be dependent on the number of ends played in each round.

4. The latter part of the competition will be played on a knockout basis.

5. Dress will be club colours

Norma Shaw Competition

1. This is a one-day Pairs Competition which is open to all members of clubs affiliated to Bowls Durham and Bowls England. It is played on a date set by the Women’s Management Committee.

2. The two players in the pairs need not necessarily be members of the same club.

3. The first part of the competition will be played on a round-robin basis. Each team will play three games of 8 ends with each player bowling 3 woods. In the event of inclement weather, the number of ends played may be reduced. If a team withdraws during the round-robin stage, its points will be deducted and the teams in the group will receive 2 points plus a shots difference which will be dependent on the number of ends played in each round.

4. The latter part of the competition will be played on a knockout basis.

5. Dress will be club colours.

Secretaries and Treasurers Competition

1. This is a one-day 4-wood Singles Competition which is open to Secretaries and Treasurers of clubs affiliated to Bowls Durham.

2. The number of ends played in each game will be determined by the number of entrants.

3. Club colours will be worn.

Bowls Durham Ladies Champion of Champions

1. The competition shall be open to all clubs affiliated to Bowls Durham and Bowls England.

2. Players eligible to enter are as follows:- Club 4 wood Singles Champion – a club competition must have been played within the last year. County 4 wood Singles Champion County Junior (under 25) 4 wood Singles Champion Current Champion of Champion of Bowls Durham Ladies

3. Each match shall be 21 shots, 4 bowls each player.

4. The challenger shall have the choice of green and will be responsible for all match arrangements including rink fees up to and including the quarter-finals. The challenger must offer her opponent at least three dates for play, one of which must be a Saturday or a Sunday. Semi-finals and final will be played on the green chosen by the President of Bowls Durham Ladies. Times and greens will be arranged by the Women’s Management Committee.

5. Dress will be club colours.