MANAGEMENT RULES      (REVISED JANUARY 2011)

MANAGEMENT RULES

NAME OF LEAGUE

1. The league shall be known as the Shropshire Premier Bowling League with a proviso that at the discretion of the Management Committee the addition of any sponsors name can be included in its title.

OFFICERS/MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

The officers of the league shall be its President, Chairman, Vice Chairman, Meetings Secretary, Treasurer, Fixtures Secretary and Competitions Secretary. These officers will form the Management Committee together with one other member to be elected at the annual general meeting from any of those clubs affiliated to the league.

In the event of the role of Vice Chairman, Meetings Secretary, Treasurer Fixtures Secretary and Competitions Secretary being split into separate appointments then the persons undertaking those roles shall become members of the Management Committee which shall comprise of at least seven members at any one time.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The executive committee shall comprise of the Management Committee and one delegate from each of the clubs affiliated to the league.

This committee shall meet in March and October of each year and on such other occasions as may become necessary at the discretion of the Management Committee.

It shall be compulsory for each affiliated club to nominate a representative to serve on the Executive Committee.

If such appointed representative is unable to attend any meeting then a replacement must attend. Nominations for each clubs representative to be received by the Meetings Secretary prior to the March meeting.

FEES

4. All clubs shall pay an affiliation fee of £75 per year and thereafter such annual fees as may be decided at the Annual General Meeting.

All clubs shall pay £1-50 per player per match fees. These fees shall be paid to the Treasurer in two instalments each year the first on the 1 July and the second on the 1 October together with any other outstanding fees or fines that may have been imposed.

Any alteration in players fees shall also be decided at the Annual General Meeting.

DATES TIMES AND NOTICE OF MEETINGS

5. Executive committee meetings shall be held on a Tuesday in March and October respectively. Notice of meetings shall be given to each club 14 days prior to the meeting accompanied by a copy of the minutes of the previous meeting’s agenda together with copies of any correspondence to be discussed.

The Annual General Meeting will be held on the third Tuesday in January each year when the officers of the League shall be elected to serve for the ensuing year.

At this meeting representatives will be appointed to serve on any outside bodies and Auditors appointed.

An audited statement of accounts of the Leagues financial position will be presented and any rule changes if any will be made.

Any club failing to attend the Annual General Meeting shall pay a fine of £20 to the League and £10 for failing to attend an Executive Meeting.

EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING

6. An extraordinary general meeting may be called by the Management Committee at the request of a minimum of two thirds of those clubs registered with the League provided that 7 days notice is given to the Management Committee who shall then arrange for a meeting to be held within 14 days of receipt of such request.

Only business stated in the request will be discussed at the meeting.

ALTERATION TO RULES

7. Any rule changes can only be made at the Annual General Meeting. Proposals to make any alterations to the rules (other than those proposed by the Management Committee) shall be given in writing to the Meetings Secretary at least 28 days prior to the meeting.

VOTING

8. Any resolution duly proposed seconded and accepted by the Chairman of the Meeting shall be carried by a simple majority of those present and entitled to vote.

Any bowler registered with the league may attend and at the discretion of the Chairman speak at any meeting . Officers of the league are not entitled to vote.

LEAGUE PRIZE MONEY

9. The Executive Committee shall at its March meeting agree the amount of prize money to be allocated for the forthcoming season both for the League and its associated competitions.

The Treasurer shall record the decision of the Executive Committee in respect of the prize money payable and inform the Executive Committee each year at its March meeting of the prize winners and amounts paid out in the previous year.

PLAY OFF

10. In the event of a team wishing to join the League. The team finishing bottom in each season will take part in a play off with any team from within the County Association who have won their respective first division league and whose green they have won the league must have floodlights. Where the application is from a club whose green is located outside the Shropshire county boundary, the application will only be considered if the club is solely affiliated to the Shropshire County Bowling Association and they have been affiliated for a minimum period of 10 years.

Where more than one team wishes to join the League then the Management Committee shall arrange a date and venue for those teams to play against each other to determine who shall go forward to play against the team finishing bottom of the League.

If there is only one application to join the League then that team will automatically play against the team finishing bottom of the League.

Any play off match will be decided by a single match played at a neutral venue on the first Friday in October( or such other date as may be decided by the Management Committee).

The match will comprise 12 games of 21 up the winners to be decided by overall aggregate. In the event of a tie then the team with the most number of individual winners will be declared the winners. If a winner cannot be arrived at then three players from each team one from the first four one from the middle and one from the last four of the players competing in the match will play again up to 11 and the play off place will be awarded to the team whose players have the highest number of points.

To be eligible to play in a play off match a selected player must not have played in any premier league game in that season and have played at least six league games in that season for the team wishing to join the league.  In the event of a team being unable to provide a full compliment of players then the Management Committee (whose decision shall be final and binding) will rule on the eligibility of other players.

To be eligible to play in a play off match for the bottom placed Premier League side, a player must have been registered by the 30th June and have played at least six league games in that season. In the event of the team wishing to play a player who has not played six league games then the Management Committee (whose decision shall be final and binding) will rule on the eligibility of other players.

PRESENTATION EVENING

Each club shall donate a raffle prize to the value of £15 or have £15 deducted from their prize money for the Annual Presentation Evening which will be held at a venue and on a date to be decided by the Management Committee.

LEAGUE COMPETITIONS

All member clubs must make their green available for League competitions, unless there are valid reasons (i.e green maintenance).

If the reason is considered by the League Executive insufficient, then members /players from that club will be ineligible to enter that particular competition.”

MATCH RULES

LAWS

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

Standard jacks approved by the B C G B A, a 19 metre tape and a set of measures shall be provided by the home club for all games.

MATCHES

2. All matches to be played on the published fixture date unless BCGBA or SCGBA fixtures or inclement weather cause a postponement save that each club will be allowed one concession during the season if required). Where a club requests a concession then it must be notified to the Fixture Secretary no later than the 31st August. The re-arranged game must be played within 28 days of the original date (either before or after). Any re-arranged match with a date within 28 days of the final match must be played before the final match of the season. In the event that a fixture does not take place on a Friday night, the club may request a concession to re-arrange the date within the requirements listed above. Any concession for a change from a "non Friday" date will be in addition to the one concession per season.

No concession will be allowed in respect of the final games of the season which must all be played on the published fixture date.

COMMENCEMENT

3  All matches will be played on a home and away basis and shall commence at 7pm if the distance travelling between home green and away green is less than 30 miles.

If the distance travelling between home green and away green is 30 miles or more then the match will commence at 7.15pm. (Subject to the above) or such other time that may reasonably be agreed between both team captains prior to the 7 p.m. commencement time.

If both captains are unable to agree an alternative commencement time then the match will commence no later than 7 or 7.15pm in accordance with distance travelled.

REGISTRATION OF PLAYERS

4  No player shall be eligible to play in any league match or competition organised by the Premier League unless he has been officially registered with the Fixtures Secretary. All clubs must provide to the Fixtures Secretary a list of players seven days prior to the first match in each season. Only those players so registered will be eligible to play in the first game. 

Following the first game any further registration of players must be notified to the Fixtures Secretary at least 24 hours prior to playing his first league or competition game.

The Fixtures Secretary will send a list of registered players to each club 48 hours before the first game.

In the event of a club playing an unregistered player a fine of £20 will be payable to the league by the offending club. In addition the game in which the unregistered player took part shall be awarded to the opposing team 21-0 and two points deducted from the offending club.

No further registration of players shall be made after the 30 June without the consent of the Management Committee.

No player shall be permitted to sign for more than one club playing in the league other than in the following situations:

a) Where a player who has signed for a club for which he has not played may apply to the Management Committee for approval to transfer to another club but this application must be made by the 30 June.

b) Where a player moves to another area within the league he may apply to the Management Committee to transfer at any time before the 31 August provided that no more than 5 games have been played for his previous club.

Any player wishing to transfer shall not be allowed to do so until such time as he has fulfilled all his financial obligations to the club from whom he wishes to transfer.

GAMES AND SCORING

5 All games will be 21 up and one point will be awarded for each individual winner. In addition each team will be awarded two points for a win one point for an aggregate draw and no points for a defeat.

INCLEMENT WEATHER AND UNFIT GREEN

6 If the commencement of a match is delayed because of inclement weather a decision to postpone the match shall not be taken before 7. 45 p.m. unless mutually agreed between both team captains.

If the groundsman of the home club decides that the green is unfit for play either before , during or at any stage of the match that decision shall be final and binding on both teams.

Games abandoned under this rule shall be played within 21 days, with interrupted games being re-started at the same stage at which they finished, with the away player allowed to play three (3) ends prior to the recommencement of the match.

COMPOSITION OF TEAMS

7 Each team shall comprise twelve male bowlers and the draw for each game shall be made by the captains exchanging the names of their players in playing order prior to the commencement of the match.

THE DRAW

8  When the match is a 7pm start Once the draw has been made by the two captains and a player has been drawn out to play then, if that player for any reason is unable to commence his game within 10 minutes of being called upon to play, then he shall play no further part in the match and a reserve shall take his place.

If the match is a 7.15pm start as under rule 3 of the Match rules and rule 4 of competition rules then the first four players must report to the green for play as soon as called and no 10-minute grace will be given.

If no reserve is available then the game shall be awarded to the opposing team 21-0 .

Teams failing to provide a full compliment of players will be fined £25 and be deducted two points per absent player.

FAILURE TO PLAY SCHEDULED MATCH

(a) If a team fails to play in a scheduled league match (other than otherwise provided for in rule 2 above) then the Treasurer/Fixtures Secretary must be informed within 24 hours of the reason why the match did not take place.

(b) The home club must confirm the reasons for failure to play in writing to the Treasurer/Fixtures Secretary within 3 days and a copy shall be sent to the opposing club.

(c) The Management Committee will decide when the game will be played and depending upon the circumstances of the failure to play the match will consider whether it is appropriate for fines to be imposed upon one or both clubs and whether any of the clubs involved should be deducted seven points as a result of the match not being played.

MISCONDUCT

10 If in the opinion of the Management Committee any player or member of either club involved have committed any act (including violation of the Laws of the Game and Rules of the Association) or made any statement either verbally or in writing or been responsible for conduct which is considered to be ungentlemanly insulting or improper behaviour or likely to bring the game into disrepute and are registered with the league or its association then the Management Committee shall have power to order the offender to be suspended from all or any specified league, cup or competition bowling for a period that the Committee shall consider appropriate.

In addition the Committee shall have power to impose a fine up to a maximum of £50, impose a caution or reprimand as the occasion demands.

OPPONENTS GREEN

11 No player shall play on an opponents green within 7 days prior to a league match unless such a match had been previously arranged (County Fixtures excepted)

PRACTICE

No practice shall be permitted for visiting teams immediately prior to the match. However visiting players shall have first throw of the jack at the commencement of the game.

Home bowlers will be permitted to practice at any time prior to the commencement of the match.

MATCH DAY RESULT CARD

13 At the end of each match (whether league or cup) both captains shall sign the result card as a true record. The card to be retained by the Home Captain. The home club captain to forward a picture of the result card via email or MMS to reach the Treasurer/Fixtures Secretary before 11 p.m. on the day of the match. (Email address spbl@btinternet.com or 07973 479662). Failure to comply will result in a fine of £10 for each offence.

REFEREES

14 Unless the league has appointed a referee for the match then the two team captains shall act jointly as referee.

NOMINATED GREEN

15 Every club must before the first match of each season nominate the green on which they will play and inform the Treasurer/Fixtures Secretary. Failure to nominate a green will result in a fine of £10 for that club.

Once nominated that green shall be used for that season.

Should the nominated green become unavailable as a result of vandalism/etc during the season then the Management Committee together with the affected club shall endeavour to make alternative arrangements

ENDS TO BE PLAYED

16 No less than four ends shall be played at any one time during the match provided that there are no more games to go on.

CHAMPIONSHIP

17 The championship shall be awarded to the team with the highest number of points.

In the event of a tie for first place or bottom place on points then the Management Committee shall arrange for those teams to play a champion ship decider/relegation play off on a date and at a neutral venue to be agreed.

If the championship decider ends level on aggregate then the team with the most individual winners shall be declared champions.

If a winner cannot be arrived at then three players from each team comprising one from the first four one from the middle and one from the last four of the players competing in the championship decider will play again up to 11 and the championship will be awarded to the team whose players have the highest number of points.

If the relegation play off ends level on aggregate then the team with the least individual winners shall finish bottom of the league. If a loser cannot be arrived at then three players from each team comprising one from the first four one from the middle and one from the last four of the players competing in the relegation play off will play again up to 11 and the team to finish bottom will be awarded to the team whose players have the lowest number of points.

For league positions from 3 to 12 then where there is a tie on points then the position will be determined firstly by the highest number of winners and then by points aggregate .

PROTESTS OR COMPLAINTS

18 Any protest or complaint of whatever nature must be dealt with by the Management Committee.

(a) Protests or complaints must contain full particulars of the grounds upon which they are founded and must be lodged with the Treasurer/Fixtures Secretary, the opposing club, any player or players involved within 7 days of the event leading to the protest or complaint being made.

(b) Any protest or complaint received after 7 days will not be considered

(c) No protest or complaint shall be considered by the Management Committee unless the complainant shall have deposited the sum of £25 with the Treasurer/Fixtures Secretary which may be forfeited in whole or part. If the protest or complaint is upheld then the deposit may be returned to the complainant.

(d) In the event of a protest or complaint being rejected then the Management Committee shall have power to order the complainant making the protest or complaint to pay reasonable expenses to the league through its Management Committee in determining the protest or complaint, or to order costs to be shared between the parties.

(e) Parties to a protest or complaint shall make written representations to the Management Committee and will be notified in advance the date upon which the protest or complaint will be heard. Copies of correspondence relating to the protest or complaint will be available to the parties if so requested.

(f) At the discretion of the Management Committee parties to a protest or complaint may be allowed to make oral representations either themselves or by a third party acting on their behalf provided such notification of a third party acting has been notified to the Management Committee before any hearing.

(g) If the Management Committee as a result of the protest or complaint elects to suspend a club or any player from taking part in competitive bowls in accordance with the rules of the B C G B A they shall report the fact to its County Association who shall consider the facts of the suspension and if the circumstances warrant it extend the suspension to cover its area of jurisdiction.

APPEALS

19 If a club or player makes a protest or complaint and fails to get satisfaction from the Management Committee they or he shall have the right of appeal to the County Association.

No right of appeal to the County Association will arise unless the protest or complaint has first been considered by the league Management Committee.

DRESS AND SPONSORSHIP

20. The following is the only permitted dress code for all League matches:-

1) Hard or block heeled footwear must not be worn whilst on the green in any match.

 

2) Trousers - Shall be full length, single coloured trousers, in grey or black. Studs, rivets and zipped pockets are not allowed, nor external pockets on the legs.

 

3) Shirts - These shall be collared shirts which may be embellished with any name or insignia.

 

4) Where necessary, and in accordance with the pertaining weather conditions wet weather gear may be worn.

 

5) Nothing in the above shall be interpreted to allow the wearing of track suits, shell suits or denims.

 

6) Any player not conforming to this standard will be prevented from playing.

 

7) Players should at all times endeavour to wear their team colours in all matches.

It will be the responsibility of the team captains that this rule is complied with and the Fixtures Secretary should be advised of any player consistently failing to conform to these standards.

20a      “The following is the only permitted dress code for all finals of Premier League competitions:

i) Hard or block heeled footwear must not be worn whilst on the green in any match played under the League's jurisdiction. 

ii) (a) Trousers: These shall be full length, single coloured trousers, in grey or black. Studs, rivets and zipped pockets are not allowed, nor are external pockets on the legs. Nothing in this rule shall prevent exceptions being made for individuals with a relevant disability.

(b) Shirts: These shall be collared shirts which may be embellished with any or all of the following: player's name, Club insignia, County insignia, sponsor's insignia, manufacturer's insignia.

(c) Where necessary, and in accordance with the pertaining weather conditions, sweaters which conform to the above and/or wet weather gear may be worn.

(d) In team contests it is strongly recommended that uniform clothing is worn by all team members.

(e) Nothing in the above shall be interpreted to allow the wearing of track suits, shell suits or denims.

(f) Any player failing to conform to this standard will be prevented from playing (or continuing) in the competition and will be liable to forfeit any entry fee for and prize money earned in, the competition. In addition, £10 will also be deducted from each player and they will not be able to play another league competition until the fine is paid”.

(g) In the case of team contests any offending player must be substituted prior to the commencement of the game. However, if the player's game has commenced, the player shall score nil and the opponent shall receive the maximum score.

21.  The award for the “Most Consecutive wins” shall go the player with the highest number of consecutive wins with no breaks allowed for missed matches. A missed match for whatever reason, holidays sickness etc shall count as a “loss” and break the run of wins 

COMPETITION RULES

Alan Mayhew Trophy

1. Competition open to all affiliated League clubs. In the event that the Management committee requests that the competition is made up to sixteen teams, the secretary will invite other clubs to participate in the competition.

2. Winners to hold the Alan Mayhew Trophy for 12 months and prize money, to be agreed at the March meeting, will be paid to the winners, runners up and losing semi finalists.

3. Entry fee to be fixed by the League.

4. Number of players shall be 12 and play 6 HOME - 6 AWAY on the same day. Matches will commence at 7pm if distance travelling between home green and away green is less than 30 miles or 7.15pm if distance travelling between home green and away green is 30 miles or more. Winners to be decided on aggregate score. Winning clubs in each round to forward result sheets to the competition secretary immediately after the match is finished. The dates for each round will be advised at the March meeting and all matches to be arranged to be completed within one week of the date set for the next round. The draw will be made at the March meeting and if the second round date is set as the fourth Wednesday in April, all matches for the last sixteen must be completed by the third Wednesday in April

5. In the event of a tie on aggregate, the match shall be decided firstly by the most number of wins per team, secondly by the best away winner and thirdly by each teams best score in descending order (if the away winners scores are all equal). If the game is still tied after these criteria, the match shall be replayed by mutual agreement between the clubs before the next round is due to be played

6. Final to be played on neutral green as decided by the Management Committee.

7. Any matters not provided for in the above rules shall be dealt with by the League Management Committee, whose decision shall be final.