Competition Rules - Oak Hill Bowls Club

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1.   The Competitions Secretary shall control the competitions, assisted by the men's and ladies' captains (hereafter called the "competitions sub-committee"). They (or their nominated representatives) will be present at the draws and will advise the Competitions Secretary regarding disputes and any other relevant matters. In the event of any dispute their decision shall be final.
2.   The type of competitions shall be at the discretion of the club committee, who shall decide the entry fee for each event.
3.   The first named in each tie will be the challenger and he/she will be responsible for mutually arranging the tie and supplying a marker for singles events.
4.   The second named shall become the challenger if no contact has been made 7 days prior to the closing date, but the original challenger has to supply the marker.
5.   Any competitor failing to arrive within 30 minutes of the arranged time shall be liable to disqualification.
6.   A substitute may be allowed in the pairs and triples subject to the approval of the competitions sub-committee. The substitute shall not have previously played in the event, and shall not be permitted to skip.
7.   Any match not finished owing to adverse weather conditions, shall be restarted at the point at which play ceased. An end not completed will be replayed. If practicable the game shall restart on the original rink.
8.   With the exception of the Australian Pairs competition, all finals will be played on Finals Weekend as shown on the fixture list.  In the case of inclement weather, finals will be re-scheduled as decided by the competitions sub-committee.
9.   Any person entering competitions who cannot play on Finals Weekend must notify the sub-committee immediately they are aware of this situation.
10.   In the event of any dispute the decision of the competitions sub-committee shall be final.

Australian Pairs
1.   The competition will be played as a mixed or single sex pairs as determined by the number of entries.  The Competition will be played in accordance with the laws of the game as published by Bowls England but with the following exceptions -
2.   The competition will be played on one day, including the final.  The list will be closed once the draw has been made, except for "making up the numbers".
3.   Entrants will be seeded into groups and then made up into pairs.  The number of entries will determine the number of teams per group and games played by each team.  The competitions sub-committee will be responsible for determining the number of games played by each team and the schedule for the games.
4.   Play commences with 'Player A' of each team delivering 2 bowls alternately with the other 'lead'.  'Player A' then changes ends with 'Player B', who then deliver 4 bowls each.  Players change ends again, and 'Player A' delivers their remaining 2 bowls.  'Player B' then starts the next end, and so on until the end of the set.
5.   Opposing players must leave the heads together, and may not revisit it.
6.   All games will normally consist of 7 ends or 55 minutes, whichever is the shorter, with no trial ends.  After 55 minutes a whistle/bell will be sounded.  If the jack has not been centred then the game is finished. To aid scheduling of the competition, it may be agreed to play games of fewer than 7 ends.
7.   Two points are awarded for each game won, one for a draw.  Points won and shot difference shall decide group positions.  The winners of each group will progress to the knock-out stage.  In the event of a tie, the result(s) of the game(s) between the team(s) will decide the winner. If still a tie, the qualifiers will be decided by the toss of a coin.
8.   Any team not in attendance at the start of a game will concede the game by 7 shots.

Bob Sawyer Memorial Trophy
1.   The competition will be played in pairs, triples or fours depending upon the number of entrants.  The Competition will be played in accordance with the Laws of the game as published by Bowls England.
2.   The competition will be played on the afternoon of the August Bank Holiday Monday.  All competitors must register 30 minutes before the scheduled start of the competition.  In no circumstances will an additional entry be taken after the draw for teams has started.  The number of entrants will dictate whether the competition is played in pairs, triples or fours, with this decision being made by the competitions subcommittee.  The competitions subcommittee will determine the number of teams, the number of games to be played by each team, and the scheduling of the games.
3.   The competitions sub-committee will select Skips.  All other players shall draw to determine with which skip they will play throughout the event.  Apart from the skip, the order of play in each team shall be made by mutual arrangement of those members.
4.   There will be no trial ends.  Skips will toss for the jack at the start of each session.  Nobody may visit the head before they have delivered all their bowls.  At each end, the skips will leave the head together and may not revisit it.
5.   Skips will enter his/her team names on the left hand side of the scorecard and record shots for and against in the normal way.
6.   Two points will be awarded for each game won, with one point for a draw.  The winning team will be decided by points won, then shot difference.  In the event of a tie, the teams concerned will play an extra end, with a draw being made for the rink on which it is played.  

Club 5's
1.   The competition will be played in accordance with the Laws of the game as published by Bowls England.
2.   Teams to consist of 5 players, at least one man and one lady in each team. A team leader will be appointed who will be responsible for the organisation of each team and ensure that their team is ready to play at the correct time.
3.   Teams will play their opponents on two occasions. The first meeting will take the format of a FOURS and a SINGLES match. On the second meeting, play will be as TRIPLES and PAIRS matches. Teams may change their order of play in subsequent rounds.
4.   Dates will be fixed and the rinks booked for 6pm by the organising committee. Play may commence earlier if mutually agreed, but no later than 6:30pm.
5.   PAIRS, TRIPLES and FOURS will play 15 ends. No extra ends will be played. SINGLES will play the first to 21 shots. The organising committee will appoint markers for the singles matches.
6.   In the event of a team being unable to play on the fixed date, they may play earlier by mutual agreement and rink bookings altered accordingly .The organising committee MUST also be notified.
7.   If necessary, substitutes (NOT for singles) will be arranged by the organising committee.
8.   Should a team or part of a team fail to arrive within 30 minutes of the agreed starting time, the non-defaulting team shall be awarded +7 shots for each game not played.
9.   Scores will be totalled for all four events, and shot difference will decide the winning team. In the event of a tie the highest number of ends won will decide the winner.
10.   Scorecards must be signed by both Team Leaders and placed in the envelope on the notice board.
11.   The organising committee will determine the entry fee.


Mixed Drawn Triples

1.   The competition will be played in triples with at least one lady and one man per team.  The competition will be played in accordance with the Laws of the game as published by Bowls England.
2.   The competition to be played on one day, up to and including the semi-finals. The list will be closed once the draw has been made except for "making up the numbers".
3.   Leads, two's and skips will be selected by the competitions subcommittee so that there will be an equal number of each, and the draw then be made.
4.   The team as drawn will play in the same order throughout.
5.   The number of entries will determine the number of games and ends played. Extra ends will be played as necessary to determine winning teams. The final will be played over 18 ends.
6.   Except for the final, there will be no trial ends. On the first end of any game, the winning team will score one shot. Skips will toss for the jack. Each end, the skips will leave the head together and may not revisit it.
7.   Skips will ensure that their team are present at the correct time.
8.   The bowls committee will determine the entry fee.

Two Wood Mixed Drawn Pairs

1.   The competition will be played as mixed pairs, in accordance with the Laws of the game as published by Bowls England.
2.   The competition to be played on one day, up to and including the semi-finals. The list will be closed once the draw has been made except for "making up the numbers".
3.   Entrants will be divided into 'skips' and 'leads' by the competitions subcommittee, and teams then drawn with a 'skip' and a 'lead' in each.
4.   The team as drawn will play in the same order throughout.
5.   If a straight knockout system is used, each game will consist of a maximum of 16 ends (or 55minutes) whichever is the shorter.
6.   If a Double Defeat system is used, games in the bottom half of the draw may be reduced to 8 ends (27 minutes).
7.   Extra ends will be played as necessary to determine winning teams. After the allotted time a whistle/bell will sound. Only ends started and the jack centred will be allowed to finish.
8.   Except for the final, there will be no trial ends. Each end, the skips will leave the head together and may not revisit it.
9.   The final will be played over 18 ends, no time limit and visits to the head allowed.
10.   Skips will ensure that their team are present at the correct time.

Men's & Ladies Drawn Pairs
1.   The competition will be played in accordance with the Laws of the game as published by Bowls England.
2.   Leads and skips will be selected by the competitions subcommittee so that there will be an equal number of each, and the draw then be made.
3.   The team as drawn need not play in the same order throughout.
4.   All games will be played over 18 ends, with two trial ends permitted.  An extra end will be played as necessary to determine the winning team if the score is level after 18 ends.

Singles Competitions
1.   There will be separate ladies and men's competitions for -
"   Championship Singles
"   Handicap Singles
"   Junior Singles
"   2 Wood Single
2.   There will be a combined competition for -
"   Veterans Singles
3.   Entry into the 'Junior' singles is restricted to members who have not won a singles event at this club.
4.   All games in the 2 Wood Singles events are played over 21 ends. All other singles events are played as the first to 21 shots, plus or minus any relevant handicaps.  Two trial ends will be permitted in all singles matches.
5.   The competition sub-committee will be responsible for setting members' handicaps and will decide the basis of a winning score.


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