Rules for League Matches & Code of Conduct (Appendix A)

Updated after the 2017 AGM on January 31 - and now including the THURSDAY and SATURDAY DIVISIONS rules
 
A pdf document of the rules can be found at the bottom of this page for download
 

Laws:

1. All games shall be played in accordance with the laws of the game of Crown Green Bowls as approved by the British Crown Green Bowling Association and the rules of the Shropshire County Bowling Association.

2. Each team shall consist of 12 bowlers, male or female and shall play home and away matches with all other teams in the same division. Each game shall be 21 up.


Method of Scoring:

3. (a) One point shall be awarded for each individual win, three points for the team with the highest aggregate total and one point to each team if the aggregate totals are level.

(b) The League positions will be decided on the highest number of points scored. if two or more teams finish on the same number of points the best aggregate will decide and if teams are still level the prize money is shared.


Registration of Players:

4. No player shall be eligible to play in a League match unless he/she had been registered with the Fixture Secretary 24 hours prior to the first match in which he/she plays.

5. No further registration of players shall be made by clubs after the July meeting of the Executive Committee. Clubs may apply for registration in writing after this date, but it must be approved by the Management/Executive Committee.

6. No player shall sign for more than one Club per season but a player who has signed for one Club for which he/she has not played more than four games may apply to the League for approval of the transfer not later than the 30th June. In the case of a junior or novice bowler who has not played a fixture before this date, registration may be approved at the discretion of the fixture secretary and officers.

7. Any Club playing an unregistered player shall lose that game 21-0 in which the unregistered player took part and the Club shall be fined a sum of £5 for each unregistered player.

Failure to Field a Full Team & Failure to Fulfil a Fixture:

8. (a) If a team fails to field a full team, the score shall be 21-0 in favour of the opposing team (for each player absent) and the result card shall record the game as a walk over. If after 10 minutes after his game has been called a player remains absent, a substitute nominated before the match commenced may be used. The absent player shall take no further part in the game. 

(b) If a team fails to keep a fixture, the match shall be awarded to their opponents and the score shall be:-

If opponents home game, the home team will be awarded 3 match points and 7 individual points with an aggregate of 120 and 5 points and an aggregate of 252 will be deducted from the offenders accrued League total.

If opponents away game, the away team will be awarded 3 match points and 4 individual points with a plus aggregate of 120 and 7 points and an aggregate of 252 will be deducted from the offenders accrued League total.

The offending club will be subject to a fine of £5 for every player they are short, in respect of both failure to field a full team and failure to fulfil a fixture.(ie in 12-a-side matches the failure to fulfil a fixture would mean a £60 fine - 12 x £5).

Practice:

9. No player shall play on an opponent’s green within 7 days of a League match unless such match has been previously arranged.

10. (a) No practice shall be permitted to a visiting team prior to a League match.

(b) Where a match is abandoned due to a green becoming un-playable, players from the away team with games in progress at the time of abandonment shall be allowed 10 minutes practice prior to the re-start of games. Where remaining games have not been started, the home bowler only shall be allowed to practice.

Time of Start:

11. League matches shall commence no later than 7.00pm.

Referees:

12. Unless the League otherwise decides, the Captains of each team shall act as referees.

Draw:

13. The draw in each match shall be made by the Captains exchanging the names of their players in order prior to the 7.00pm start. The Home Team Captain shall enter them in that order on the result card.

Fixture List:

14. If both teams are in agreement, a fixture may be played before the scheduled date published in the Fixture List. Otherwise the fixture must be played on the schedule date, except:

(a) Where a fixture conflicts with an event promoted by the Shropshire County Bowling Association or the League which involves the use of the Club’s green or participation of members of the Club.

(b) Where it is not possible because of exceptionally inclement weather to commence or continue the match.

(c) Bereavement within the Club

Games that do not take place because either (a) (b) & (c) applies, then:

Clubs must within seven days of the cancelled fixture, inform the Fixtures Secretary in writing, or E-mail, of the re-arranged date. This date must be within 28 days of the cancelled fixture. Any outstanding fixture MUST be played before the last fixture of the season without exception.

Inclement Weather/Unfit Greens:

15. If the start of a match is delayed because of inclement weather a decision to cancel the match shall not be made until 7.45pm, unless mutually agreed by both Captains. A decision by the groundsman of the home Club that a green is unfit to play before or at any stage of a match shall be final.

Results (introduced in 2013 to accommodate Mike Beckett’s new computerised system):

16. (a) Home clubs shall ensure the result card details are entered on the website in the correct playing order within 48 hours of the match being completed. Failure to comply with this rule will result in a fine of £5. The details should then be checked and approved by the away club within five days of the match being played.

(b) Clubs shall retain all the result cards for the home fixtures of all their teams until the end of the season. Result cards must clearly show individual player details which must include BCGBA numbers, forenames and surnames for players of both teams, and the correct associated scores.

(c) Clubs must present result cards for verification within 72 hours of being called for by the league or a league officer.

(d) Where a dispute arises and a result card is not provided for verification, the complainant shall have their complaint upheld, with no right of appeal being given to the home team.

(e) A £5 fine may be incurred for either club named on a result card for failing to ensure player details are recorded accurately, and for failing to ensure the card is signed by their team captain.

(f) Changes to club registered lists, or new member registration numbers, must be entered on the registration page of the website by clubs before the seasonal cut-off point. Thereafter all changes can only be made via the nominated league officer.

(g) The principles of these rules are to ensure clubs enter their home fixture results in a timely and accurate manner, which must be fair to both sides playing in the fixture. The league may take action against a club, or a member of a club, who - for whatever reason - fails to meet these principles.

Greens to be used:

17. Clubs shall by the League’s February meeting advise the Fixture Secretary of the green that each team will play on, if the Club has more than one green. All matches must be played on the greens nominated for that season.

Ends to be played:

18. During the match not less than 3 ends shall be played at any one time provided that there are no more games to be commenced.

Disputes:

19. In case of dispute, doubt or failure to comply with the rules of the League, the Executive or Management Committees shall be empowered to settle the matter.

Code of Conduct & Protests:

20. (a) All bowlers playing in, or spectating at, any fixture (or competition) organised by the League shall abide by the Code of Conduct (see appendix A) 

20. (b) Any Club wishing to make a protest about any matter relating to a League match (or competition) must do so in writing within 7 days of the incident taking place and must accompany the protest with a fee of £30 to the League Secretary. A copy of the protest must, where applicable, be sent to the Clubs or other Clubs to which it concerns. If the protest is successful, all of the fee shall be returned to the protesting Club. 

20. (c) The protest will be dealt with by a League disciplinary committee within one calendar month of the protest being received. 

20. (d) The disciplinary committee, consisting of a non-voting chair and three neutral delegates, will consider the protest and report back to the executive committee with any recommendations for punishment. 

Named Players:

21. (a) A Club with two or more teams playing in different divisions shall name their best 8 players and these players shall only play in their first team. A Club with three teams shall name their best 16 players, the first 8 may only play in the first team, the second 8 may play in the first or second team. A Club with four teams shall name their best 24 players, the first 8 may play in the first team only, the second 8 may play in either the first or second teams and the third 8 may play in the first, second or third teams. These named players must be see to be playing on a regular basis for that team, and may be changed under rule 21(f).

(b) Clubs with two teams in the same division must register 10 players for each team. These 10 players must then remain at their registered team unless a transfer is authorised by the Executive Committee. Once a player has played 4 games for their chosen team, he or she is then unable to play for the other team.

(c) Clubs with teams in the Shropshire Premier League shall name their best 12 players who play in that league and these players will not be eligible to play in the Mid-Shropshire League. These named players must be seen to be playing on a regular basis for that team, and shall only be changed on proof of loss of form.

(d) The list of named players must be submitted to the Fixtures Secretary 48 hours prior to the first match.

(e) Clubs wishing to change their named players must submit in writing, or by E-mail, the justification for the change to the Fixtures Secretary stating the players concerned along with their BCGBA number 48 hours prior to the change taking place.

(f) The Registered Players Scrutineer will monitor Rule 21 and report any breaches of it to the League’s monthly meetings so that the appropriate action can be taken.

(g) No player shall be permitted to play two matches in the Mid Shropshire League on the same night - except on Thursdays or Saturdays, providing one of the teams involved has a Thursday or Saturday team.

(h) For any club with more than one team playing in the Mid Shropshire League or any other league on the same night, if any of their teams matches in the Mid Shropshire or any of those other leagues are cancelled, postponed or re-arranged – for whatever reason – and a player has already played for a team in his/her club on the original fixture date, they will be permitted to play for their club’s other team (s) whose fixture was originally cancelled, postponed or re-arranged on the night when that team’s fixture is re-scheduled.


Penalties

Where the League Management or Executive Committees are satisfied that there has been a breach of these rules the following penalties shall be imposed:

Rules 4, 6 and 9 - Club/player to be fined up to a maximum of £5 and game to be awarded to opponent Club 21-0.

Rule 11 - A fine of up to £5, other fines as stated in specified rules.

Rule 14 – Where games are not played on or before the scheduled date with the exception of 14(a), (b) & (c), the offending team(s) will be fined £25, and a minimum of 10 points deduction from playing record.

Rule 15 – Where a game is not played within 28 days of the original fixture both clubs shall be fined £25. The game shall be played at a date, and where appropriate, venue as decided by the Executive or Management Committees.

Rule 21- The Club/player will be fined a maximum of £25 and the club will lose any points gained in the match and have a further 5 points deducted from their accrued League total.


THURSDAY DIVISION:

1. Any member of a club who has signed to play for the Mid Shropshire Bowling League is eligible to play in this division.

2. Any player who has signed for a Mid Shropshire League club may play for a secondary club in the Thursday Night Division, as long as they fulfil all the usual obligations to their secondary Thursday side.

3. A team will consist of 8 players, and the start time will be 7pm.

4. The points scoring system will be: A bowler who scores 5 chalks will earn their team 1 point; scoring 10 will earn 2 points; scoring 15 will earn 3 points; scoring 20 will get a bowler 4 points; and getting to 21 to win the individual game will earn a player 5 points. (Therefore the most points a team can win from each fixture is 40 - ie 8 wins worth 5 points each) The team with the most points at the end of the season will be declared the champions.

5. Clubs that enter more than one team in the division(s) must select a squad for each team, to be submitted to the fixture secretary 48 hours before the first league games of a new season. Only players from this squad will be eligible to play in fixtures, and any change to squads must be approved by the fixture secretary.

6. All other rules and fines are the same as the Mid-Shropshire Management and League Match Rules.

SATURDAY DIVISION:

1. Any member of a club who has signed to play for the Mid Shropshire Bowling League is eligible to play in this division. 

2. Any player who has signed for a Mid Shropshire League club may play for a secondary club in the Saturday Division, as long as they fulfil all the usual obligations to their secondary Saturday side.  

3. A team will consist of 8 players, and the start time will be 2pm.  

4. The points scoring system will be: A bowler who scores 5 chalks will earn their team 1 point; scoring 10 will earn 2 points; scoring 15 will earn 3 points; scoring 20 will get a bowler 4 points; and getting to 21 to win the individual game will earn a player 5 points. (Therefore the most points a team can win from each fixture is 40 - ie 8 wins worth 5 points each) The team with the most points at the end of the season will be declared the champions. 

5. Clubs that enter more than one team in the division(s) must select a squad for each team, to be submitted to the fixture secretary 48 hours before the first league games of a new season. Only players from this squad will be eligible to play in fixtures, and any change to squads must be approved by the fixture secretary.

6. All other rules and fines are the same as the Mid-Shropshire Management and League Match Rules.  


Appendix A - Code of Conduct

Players Teams and Clubs

We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour within the game of Crown Green Bowls. Our game is an equal ability sport and teams are made up of players from a wide age group with different backgrounds and abilities. We all have a responsibility to respect each other on and around the green whilst ensuring everyone is protected from abuse and intimidation, ensuring that each person continues to enjoy participating and watching our sport.

As part of competing or spectating within MSBL  fixtures and competitions  you will at all times be expected to observe the MSBL Code of Conduct.

On and off the bowling green, I will:

  • ·         Adhere to the laws of the game.
  • ·         Display and promote high standards of behaviour.
  • ·         Encourage fair play.
  • ·         Never engage in offensive, insulting or abusive language.
  • ·         Never engage in bullying, intimidation or harassment.
  • ·         Never engage in public criticism of league officials, match referees or opponents.
  • ·         Always win or lose with dignity.
  • ·         Always shake hands with my opponent at the beginning and end of every game.

I understand that if I do not follow the MSBL code of conduct I may:

  • ·         Be required to apologise to the other player, team or club.
  • ·         Be required to explain my actions to the MSBL.
  • ·         Be fined by the MSBL.
  • ·         Be suspended from playing within the MSBL and its competitions.
  • ·         Be banned from participating in all MSBL activities.
Social Media

Social Media is increasingly playing a wider role within the non playing aspect of Crown Green Bowling and is very important in promoting the MSBL along with the social aspect of the game amongst the wider bowling community.

I understand that if I do not observe the MSBL code of conduct  whilst utilising  social media I may:

  •  Be barred from using MSBL social media sites.
  •  Be suspended from playing within the MSBL.
  • Be banned from participating in all MSBL activities.

In addition:

The SCGBA\BCGBA could impose a fine or suspension to players, teams or clubs.

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stephen wall,
Feb 13, 2017, 8:03 AM
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