Olveston & District Bowling Club Club Rules (Revised 2017)
Clause NumberContents
1Joining Fee
2Code of Dress
3Club Matches Availability
4Team Selection
5Rink Duty at Home Matches
6Green Protection
7Access to the Green
8Rink Hire
9Rink Priority
10Visitor Fees
11Mobile Phones
12Smoking Policy
13Bar Duties
14Catering Duties
16Health and Safety
17Club Competition Rules
18Amendment of Club Rules
Joining fee   On joining the club, new members pay a one off initial fee which entitles them to: One club shirtClub keysMember’s HandbookOlveston bowls stickersHelpful guidelines  
2.       Code of Dress   The club expects all members to observe the correct dress code on the green and when being entertained by, or entertaining, their opponents. Dress requirements for fixtures are shown on the availability lists, selection lists and in the members’ fixture list. Occasionally there may be a specific dress code required when travelling to and from some fixtures or events. The captain/organiser will specify these requirements on the availability/selection lists.  
2.1     All members Players, umpires and markers must wear flat-soled ‘bowls shoes’ whenever they play on the green (home or away) or act as umpires and markers. Club shirt.Predominantly white/cream, grey or a registered Club colour trousers, skirt or tailored shorts according to the fixture requirements. Any tops/sweaters/fleeces must be predominantly white/cream or a registered Club colour.Headwear must be predominantly white/cream or a registered Club colour.Waterproof clothing must be predominantly white/cream or a registered Club colour.  
2.2     Specific to men Belts must be white when worn with whites.Braces when worn must not be visible.Blazers bearing the club badge may be worn if the member wishes to do so.  
2.3        Specific to ladies Predominantly white/ cream, grey or a registered Club colour skirt.Predominantly white/cream, grey or a registered Club colour tailored cropped trousers or culottes.Issued blue jackets may be worn. 2.4     Specific to ethnicity Members governed by requirements of a specific ethnic culture will be permitted to wear their traditional dress if they so desire.  
2.5     Club competitions Predominantly white/cream above the waist and greys, dark tailored shorts, or a registered Club colour.Club finals: club shirt and white or a registered Club colour below the waist.  
2.6        County competitions As specified on selection sheets.If entering as an individual, the dress code as specified in the respective National, County or Divisional Rules.  
2.7     Markers for competitions Markers must follow the dress code as specified in 2.5 and 2.6 as appropriate.  
2.8        Dress code is unrestricted for: Roll ups
Catering DutiesBar Duties  
3.       Club Matches Availability   All Club Members should make every effort to make themselves available for selection for the Club’s Friendly Matches.   Team Selection  
4.1        The Officers and Post Holders responsible for team selection are as follows:  
Club Friendly Matches: Men’s Captain, Sunday Captain, Midweek Captain, Ladies’ Captain, Vice Captains and Ladies previous season’s captain, as appropriate.
League matches & League Cup matches: Respective League mangers.
Men’s National and County Cup Matches: A selection Panel of no more than three full Male Members; nominated by the Men’s Playing Committee.
Ladies’ National and County Cup Matches: A selection Panel of no more than three full Lady Members; nominated by the Ladies’ Playing Committee. Mixed National and County Cup Matches: A selection panel of no more than three full members; nominated by the two playing committees.   Rink Duty at Home Matches            
Members playing in Home Matches are requested to assist the Captain of the day in carrying out Rink Preparation Duties and to turn up in plenty of time before the commencement of any Match (See Rule 15.1 below).  
5.1     Before the match
Unlock the changing rooms in readiness for Members and Visitors and hang the appropriate sign outside. At each rink to be used, place delivery mats, jacks, ditch markers, scoreboards and 2m measures.To facilitate access to the green, remove the access board at the side of the green which is parallel to the direction of play.Welcome visiting team members and direct them to their changing room.Hoist the club flag. (If in doubt wait and consult an experienced person first).      
After the match
Return all equipment to the correct storage place, putting away any items overlooked.Take down the Club Flag and store it in the drawer in the Men’s Changing room.
Replace the green access board.  
6.       Green Protection  
6.1        The availability and condition of the Green for play shall be the primary responsibility of the Green Keeper.  
6.2     If the game has not started, the responsibility for deciding whether the green is playable lies with whoever is available as follows: The Green KeeperThe assistant Green Keeper orThe home match day captainThe umpire  
6.3   If conditions worsen while the game is in progress the responsibility to continue or not lies with the home match day captain/umpire.     
6.4        If divots are being caused during play, the home match day captain must suspend play until the green is in a playable condition.  
6.5   The Green Keeper sets the green direction and rink markings to achieve equal use of all areas of the green and to protect some areas from overuse. 6.6        To make best use of any advantage that can be taken from playing at home, favourable rink settings shall be permitted without the need for individual requests to the Green Keeper. Following any change, settings must be returned to previous after the match:
6.6.1 For designated Club Cup matches: direction and rink colour.  A list of such matches shall be agreed each season by GC/PCs/Green Keeper, but are likely to include Hosted, County and National knockout competitions.
6.6.2  For League matches: rink colour only  
7.       Access to the Green      
Members will be issued with an access key to the Green and must ensure that if they are the last to leave, all buildings and the main gate are secured.      A Junior Member must be accompanied by an adult Member at the Green at all times.      A Junior Member shall not hold a key to the Green.  
8.       Rink Hire            
Rinks may be hired out to other Clubs and Organisations at the discretion of the General Committee who will set the hire fee.  
9.       Rink Priority       
Rinks for matches and competitions should be booked in the Rink Availability Book a MINIMUM of 48 hours in ADVANCE.      
If the rink has already been booked for a lower priority the other party must be informed before making any alteration to the Rink booking.      
Practice and friendly roll-ups cannot be booked in the Rink Availability Book.      
Booking Priority shall be in the following order:
Hosted matches
Club National, County or other Association Competition
Members’ National, County or other Association Competition       
Club League and League Cup
Club friendly     
Club Night
Club competitions  
10.     Visitor Fees  
10.1   A fee is payable for playing guests of Members at a rate specified by the General Committee.  
10.2   A Visitor’s Book is kept in the Pavilion in which the current fee and payment method is specified. The fee should be put into the box on the wall.
10.3   The visitor must be accompanied by a Member at all times who will be responsible for entering the visitor’s name in the book and ensuring that the fee is paid and is put in the box provided.  
11.        Mobile Phones  
Mobile phones shall be put into silent mode and must not be used on the green during the play.  
12.     Smoking Policy  
The Club is a ‘No Smoking Club’ apart from smokers using the designated area which is clearly signposted. Receptacles are provided in this area for the disposal of all cigarette ends. No Smoking signs are displayed around the Green and on all Club doors. Captains should announce the club’s smoking policy on the green at the beginning of each game. This policy also applies to e-cigarettes  
13.        Bar Duties  
13.1   The Bar Manager will appoint volunteer members for bar duty to a Duty Rota which will be advised to each volunteer as well as being displayed at the bar.  
13.2   The Bar Manager will train all volunteer members on the full range of bar duties including safe handling of equipment and stocks.  
13.3   Volunteer bar staff must comply with Health and Safety regulations and requirements at all times.  
13.4   Four senior Club members will be issued with a Bottle/Barrel Store key in addition to the Bar Manager and a further key kept behind the bar for daily use.  
13.5   Unless authorised by the Bar Manager, members are not permitted behind the bar when it is formally open for service.  
14.        Catering Duties  
14.1   The Catering Manager will appoint volunteer members for catering duty to a Duty Rota which will be advised to each volunteer as well as being displayed in the kitchen.  
14.2   The Catering Manager will train all volunteer members on the full range of duties including safe handling of all equipment and food stuffs.   14.3   Volunteer catering staff must comply with Health and Safety and Food Hygiene regulations and requirements at all times.  
14.4   Unless authorised by the Catering Manager, members are not permitted in the kitchen when catering activities are in progress.   
15.     Etiquette  
15.1   Be punctual and reliable when selected to play; be present at least 15 minutes before the Match starts. Your Team Captain relies upon your timely attendance.  
15.2   Your opponent on the green is a guest of the Club and should be treated as such.  
15.3   Friendly and sporting acts towards team colleagues and opponents are appreciated and likely to be reciprocated.  
15.4   Observe the rules of the contest being played and the Laws of the Game.  
15.5   Be observant when walking around the green and watch that you do not interfere with other rinks. Do not walk past a rink when someone is on the mat about to play towards you.  
15.6   Always proceed to and from your rink by way of the rink ends  
15.7   Do not wander about during play, stay on your rink and move to the head with all the other players, keeping well within the rink boundaries. Do not encroach on a neighbouring rink.  
15.8   Do not move around when someone is on the mat about to play.  
15.9   Make every effort to keep your shadow off the jack.  
15.10 Be willing to acknowledge the good shot of your opponent.  
15.11 No one intentionally bowls a bad bowl. Encouragement, not criticism, is the name of the game, especially from Skips to their team.  
15.12 No matter how keen the competition; the basis of the game is good sportsmanship. Many an argument is won by making a wise concession to the opposition.                        
16.     Health and Safety
16.1   All members and visitors must comply with the safe procedures put in place by the GC and appropriate post holders.
16.2   All incidents that have caused injury to members and visitors must be recorded by completion of an accident report form.
16.3   All incidents (near misses) that might have caused injury to members and visitors must be recorded by completion of an accident report form. 16.4   The accident report forms are in the Health and Safety accident book which is kept next to the first aid box in the kitchen.
16.5   The completed forms must be passed to the club secretary for review by the GC.      
17.     Club Competition Rules
17.1   The Club Competitions are:  
William Davis Canning Cup: Men’s Championship [4 Bowls, 21 Shots] Frank Bennett Cup: Ladies’ Championship [4 Bowls, 21 Shots]
Colonel Turner Trophy: Men’s Three Woods [3 Bowls, 18 Ends]
Mary Norris Cup: Ladies’ Two Woods [2 Bowls, 21 Ends]
Two Wood Trophy: Men’s Two Woods [2 Bowls, 21 Ends] Captain Salmon Challenge Cup: Men’s Pairs [4 Bowls, 21 Ends]
Major Basil Mundy Trophy: Ladies’ Pairs [4 Bowls, 21 Ends]
Fred White Challenge Cup: Mixed Pairs [4 Bowls, 21 Ends]
Ken Worsley Trophy: Men’s Over 65s [4 Bowls, 18 Ends]
Sid Hagger Trophy: Men’s Singles [4 Bowls, 21 Shots]
Presidents Trophy: Ladies Singles [4 Bowls, 21 Shots]
James Ritchie Millennium Trophy Open Singles:  Men or Ladies [4 Bowls, 3 Sets]
Jack Drysdale Trophy: Men’s Champion v Ladies’ Champion [4 Bowls, 21 Shots]
Fred Mayor Handicap: Men’s Handicap4 Bowls [accumulated 21 shots]
Audray Worsley Sapphire Trophy: Drawn Triples [2 Bowls, 18 Ends] Tom Ellis Plate: Men’s Championship Bonus [4 Bowls, 21 Shots]           
17.2   Competitions General All Club Competitions shall be played in accordance with the current edition of the Laws of the Sport of Bowls as adopted by Bowls England (including Domestic Regulations), unless stated otherwise below.All entries, clearly legible, shall be made on the form provided by the Club and must be accompanied by the relevant entry fees.          
Only those players who have not won a singles title at any club may enter the President’s Trophy and the Sid Hagger TrophyThe James Ritchie Millennium Trophy is available to both women and men to enter and shall be played over three sets; seven shots to win a set.  The winner being the first player to win two sets.  Once the Competitors have decided who shall start the first set, subsequent sets shall be started alternately regardless of who wins the last end of the previous set.Entrants who lose in their first match in the Men’s Championship shall be entered into the draw for the Tom Ellis Plate. Competitors must make themselves available to play during the Club’s Finals weekend on a day and time set by the Competition Secretaries. Any Competitor having won through two or more rounds of any Competition who subsequently withdraws without good reason (or does not make himself/herself available for Finals Weekend) may be barred from entry into that Competition in the following year.The Competition Secretaries shall resolve all questions or disputes regarding the playing of the Ties.Any Competitor(s) may appeal against a decision made by the Competition Secretaries to the General Committee whose decision shall be final. A sum of five pounds must be deposited with each appeal and this sum shall be forfeited should the appeal fail.  
17.3   Competition Match Arrangements  
The Draw for the Competitions shall be made by the Competition Secretaries each assisted by one other Club Officer or Post Holder, by the 30th April.The completion dates for the various rounds of the Competitions shall be set by the Competition Secretaries such that all rounds including the Semi-Finals will be completed one week ahead of the Club’s Finals weekend.  No extensions of time will be granted unless the Competitor(s) seeking an extension can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the relevant Competition Secretary that the request has arisen as a result of unforeseeable and extenuating circumstances. No extension of time will be permitted beyond the Closing Date for the Semi-Finals. The decision of the relevant Competition Secretary as to whether or not an extension of time is to be granted will be final subject to the provisions of sub-clauses 17.2(h) and 17.2(i) above.The first named Competitor (or pair of Competitors) in each round shall be the Challenger(s) and the second named shall be the Opponent(s).   Within seven days of the commencement of any round, the Challenger shall offer at least three dates for play. If the challenge has not been made within seven days of the commencement of the round, the Opponent should endeavour to contact the ChallengerIf there has been no contact by the closing date of any round the Opponent shall be awarded the game provided they have made genuine attempts to make contact with the Challenger. If no effort has been made by either party then both shall be eliminated from the Competition.The Challenger shall have choice of rink (unless they fail to comply with 17.3(f)) and shall be responsible for all of the Match arrangements (including arranging a Marker), except in the Final.Once the rink has been chosen for play neither Competitor may play or practice on that rink within twelve hours prior to the commencement of the Match. However either Competitor may play or practice on any other available rink until one hour prior to the commencement of the Match.Competitors should endeavour to arrive 15 minutes before the agreed time for the commencement of the Match. If a Competitor fails to arrive and be ready for play within 30 minutes after the agreed time for commencement, their Opponent may claim the Match as a “walk-over”.Markers for club and county competitions must be full club members otherwise there are no restrictions as to who can mark a competition. Markers shall use the rules of the competition being played and shall dress in accordance with the dress code for competitions.In the event of the scores being equal when all ends have been played in any match, an extra end or ends will be played until a decision is reached.If any match is stopped due to inclement weather or other valid reason, it shall be re-commenced at a mutually agreed time with the scores as they were when the match was stopped. An end not completed shall be declared dead. Trial ends will be played when the match is re-commenced.Pairs shall be played with the Leads first delivering their four bowls, followed by the Skips delivering theirs.Substitutes in Pairs Competitions: If an entered player is unable to play, another player may be used as a substitute at any time providing he or she has not already played in the particular competition. A substitute who plays in a Semi-Final must also play in the Final. A substitute cannot be first used in the Final unless the need for a substitute arises from what, in the opinion of the relevant Competition Secretary, are unforeseeable and extenuating circumstances and only then if the substitute is selected by the Competition Secretary. The decision(s) made by the Competition Secretary in this regard shall be governed by the provisions of sub-clauses 17.2(h) and 17.2(i) above.  
18      Amendment of Club Rules  
The General Committee has formulated these Club Rules and has the power to make any amendments deemed necessary in the interests of the effective operation of the Club. Members wishing to propose changes to the Rules should send them in writing to the Honorary Secretary, for presentation to the General Committee.