NORFOLK BOWLS ASSOCIATION
League Constitution and Rules
as passed at the December 2017 AGM
1. The League shall be called “The Norfolk Bowls Association League”, being a constituent part of Norfolk Bowls Association, subject to any changes to title as a result of a sponsorship deal.
2. Any alteration or change that materially affects the structure of the League and its zones shall be made only at the Annual Meeting or at a Special General Meeting and at such meeting such alteration or change shall be put to the vote by (a) the appointed representatives of the clubs and (b) members of the League Management Committee. Any alteration or change shall require a 67% vote in favour.
3. Teams comprising each zone or any agreed alternative, to be decided by the League Management Committee who reserves the right to make any adjustments as may be deemed necessary from time to time.
4. The affairs of the Norfolk Bowls Association League shall be conducted by the Men’s County President, Men’s Hon County Secretary, and Men’s Hon League Secretary, who shall be elected by the Norfolk Bowls Association, together with a Vice-President, Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and one Representative from each zone of the league, who shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting of the Norfolk Bowls Association League.
5. The League Management Committee shall consist of the President, Vice-President, Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Hon Secretary, Hon County Secretary, and one elected representative from each zone of the league. Five members will form a quorum. Any Committee Meetings to be called at the discretion of the Secretary.
6. Membership of the league shall be open to all clubs affiliated to the Norfolk Bowls Association.
7. Entry fees to be determined annually by the Norfolk Bowls Association. All entries must be made & entry fees paid to the County Competition Secretary not later than 1st November.
8. Alteration of or additions to, all or any of the foregoing rules, shall be made only at the Annual Meeting or at a Special General Meeting convened for the purpose and four weeks' 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 secretary. All such notices of motion must be submitted by clubs through their honorary secretaries, or by the League Management Committee through the League Secretary. Basic changes are subject to the acceptance by the Men’s section of the Norfolk Bowls Association.
9. The Annual Meeting of the league shall be held on such a date as shall be fixed by the League Management Committee. Fourteen days' notice of it and of all General Meetings shall be given. Recommendations and notices of motion to the Annual General Meeting shall be submitted by the League Management Committee through the League Secretary, or the clubs through their Hon Secretaries. Every item, which appears on the agenda, shall be discussed and put to the vote. Members of all clubs may attend any General Meeting and take part in the business, but only their appointed representative, together with the members of the League Management Committee, have the power of voting.
10. At all meetings the chairman shall have the casting vote as well as a deliberate vote.
Rules of Play
1. League matches are limited to bona fide male playing members of clubs affiliated to the Norfolk Bowls Association.
2. All Teams to consist of by 12 players (constituted by 3 fours.)
3. Clubs with more than one team in the league shall designate their strongest side their 'A' team and the second strongest their 'B' team etc.
4. A member can play up to two games for a team after which time he is registered with that team only and allowed to play for that team and no other in the current season.
5. A player may represent only one club in the current season.
6. A player may enter County Competitions from any club of which he is a bona fide playing member and is not restricted to entering from the Club to which he is registered for County League matches.
7. In all league matches 2 points will be awarded to the winning team and 1 point to each team for each winning four. In the event of a tied four each team shall receive half a point. In the event of a team tie each shall receive 1 point. Teams playing ineligible players: the defaulting team shall have 5 points deducted from their accumulated match points. If two teams finish the season level on points, the winner will be determined by shots difference, should this be equal the winner will be ascertained by the aggregate results of the matches already played between the two teams.
8. a) Fixtures will be notified to Club Secretaries by the League Secretary.
b) Matches to be played home and away (unless specified otherwise) on fixed dates to be determined by the League Management Committee, but may be played on an alternative date by mutual agreement, provided all fixtures are completed by a date one week prior to the scheduled date for the last matches in the respective league zone.
c) Any club with two teams in the same league must play their games home and away against each other before the last three games of the season.
d) No match may be postponed to a later date without the permission of the League Secretary, other than when a match is postponed because of weather conditions or two or more players are involved in International Matches or National Championships under the jurisdiction of the County Association or Bowls England. In these circumstances the League Secretary must be informed of the postponement and the match re-arranged in accordance with para e) below.
e) In the event of a match being postponed in accordance with the above a re-arranged date for the match must be agreed within 7 days of the date of the original fixture date and the League Secretary informed of the re-arranged date. The home team shall, within four days of the original fixture date, offer their opponents a minimum of two dates but not more than four, subject to the limit dates above, one of which must be accepted.
f) If a team fails to fulfil a match or postpones a match without the permission of the League Secretary per para (d) above their opponents will be awarded 5 points and have 10 shots added to their “shots for” total & the offending team will be deducted 5 points and have 10 shots added to their “shots against” total.
9. a) League Matches to commence not later than 6.30pm up to the end of July, and 6.15pm for all dates in August.
b) No trial ends will be played, other than visiting teams playing on an artificial surface whom shall have the option of two trial ends provided they are completed prior to the designated commencement time and will be deemed not to infringe law 15 of the laws of the game.
c) A draw to be made for rinks.
d) If at the commencement time a complete team is not present those players on the green must be formed into fours to enable a start to be made. The minimum number of players in a league match rink is three and in a league match is nine.
e) Unless a minimum of nine players are ready to play within a period of 30 minutes from the designated commencement time the match will be deemed to be unfulfilled in accordance with rule 8 and points and shots will be allocated also in accordance with rule 8. However if less than nine players are ready to play after a period of thirty minutes from the designated commencement time and the reason is due to an accident or illness en route no points will be deducted and the match re-arranged as per rule 8.
10. When one player is short in a four the number of bowls shall be made up in the defaulting four by the lead and second playing three bowls each, but one fourth of the total shots scored shall be deducted from their score at the end of the match. Fractions will be taken into account.
11. In the event of inclement weather determining that no further play is possible, matches, in which the number of ends played is 36, will be deemed to have been completed and the scores will stand. In matches where the total number of ends is less than 36, the tie will be declared void and the game replayed. Play will cease on all rinks simultaneously and ends commenced but not completed shall be declared null and void.
12. All matches to be played under Bowls England Rules, unless amended herein.
For all matches other than specified below the dress code will be all white above the waist, club tie, or coloured shirt registered with the Norfolk Bowls Association, Grey trousers or Bowls England licensed & approved grey shorts and Brown, White, Black or Grey regulation bowling shoes.
For the semi-finals and final of the W P Baker Cup, all white above the waist, club tie or coloured shirt registered with the Norfolk Bowls Association, White trousers or Bowls England licensed & approved white shorts and Brown, Grey, Black or White regulation bowling shoes.
For all rounds of the Hansells Solicitors Cup, all white above the waist, club tie or shirt registered with the Norfolk Bowls Association, Grey trousers or Bowls England & approved grey shorts and Brown, White, Black or Grey regulation bowling shoes.
For all rounds of the WP Baker Cup & Hansells Solicitors Cup the Umpire present will prior to the match commencing nominate the rink number to play an extra end should this be required.
Play shall be in accordance with rule 7 but in the event of a tie on points the nominated rink number will play an extra end and the result of this end will determine the result.
The zone play offs shall be on dates, other than the Middleton Cup semi-finals/final date, fixed by the League Management Committee.
Discs of the same colour shall be used on the bowls of all players of a team in the league.
13. For the purpose of acquainting the league secretary with the match result, a club representative will submit the match result within two days of the match via the template on the Norfolk Bowls Association website. The match score cards must be retained by the Club Secretary in case of dispute of the result.
14. The following presentations will be made at the Annual Luncheon: The winners of the Premier Zone will hold the 'Cromer Cup' for one year; in addition their club will receive a bannerette and 14 medals. The winners of each Zone 1 will play off for the League Championship and hold the 'W. P. Baker Cup' for one year, in addition their club will receive a bannerette and 14 medals at the Annual Luncheon and the runners-up will receive the CPS Gas Cup. The winners of each Zone 2 and 3 will play off for the 'Hansells Solicitors League Cup' to be held for one year and in addition their club will receive a bannerette and the sum of £100 at the Annual Luncheon. The runner-up will receive the cup awarded by Hansells Solicitors and the sum of £75 and the losing semi-finalists £25. Shields will be presented to Zone 1, 2 and 3 winners with the exception of the W. P. Baker Cup winner.
15. The winner of the League Championship shall be invited to join the Premier Zone. Should that club decline, the runner-up shall be invited. The bottom team in the Premier zone shall be relegated to an appropriate zone provided the winner or runner up of the League Championship wishes to join the Premier Zone. The Premier shall consist of 8 teams. Two teams will be promoted from Zones 2 and 3, and two teams relegated from Zones 1 and 2. If, as a result of a team being promoted to the Premier Zone, a Zone 1 has 6 teams, then instead of two teams being relegated to Zone 2 only one team will be relegated, and likewise only one team relegated to Zone 3. Where as a consequence of a new entry a Zone 3 has 9 teams then only one team will be relegated from a Zone 2 provided the Zone 2 does not have 9 teams. Where as a consequence of relegation from the Premier Zone a Zone 1 has 9 teams then 3 teams will be relegated to a Zone 2 and 2 teams promoted from a Zone 2. In any circumstance where a Zone 2 will comprise 9 teams then 3 teams will be relegated to a Zone 3 and 2 teams promoted from a Zone 3.
16. Where a club has more than one league team and the team promoted to the Premier Zone is other than an 'A' team, it will be re-designated as their 'A' team, subject to their 'A' team not already being in the Premier Zone, in which case the promoted team would be designated 'B'.
17. Should a club with one team withdraw that team from the Premier Zone at the conclusion of the season, the bottom team shall be relegated and both the winner and runner-up of the League Championships invited to join the Premier Zone.
18. Alteration of or additions to, all or any of the foregoing rules shall be made only at the Annual Meeting or at a Special General Meeting convened for the purpose and four weeks written notice of the terms of such proposed alterations or addition, which shall also be stated in the notice of business for such meeting, shall be given to the secretary. All such notices of motion must be submitted by clubs through their Honorary Secretaries, or by the League Management Committee through the League Secretary.
19. That all financial business be done through the Norfolk Bowls Association.
20. For the purpose of considering and determining all disputes, complaints and protests there shall be established a special sub-committee consisting of the Hon. League Secretary, League Chairman, Hon. Men’s County Secretary, Men’s County President & one of the elected League Zone representatives.
All protests appertaining to the green etc. must be intimated before the commencement of the sixth end and all protests against a player within three days after the game.
Notwithstanding the intention to lodge a protest appertaining to the green the game must be completed. Protests appertaining to the green shall be notified on completion of the game and confirmed in writing to the Hon. League Secretary within one day of the game. The Secretary of the club concerned will be notified of an inspection by the greens inspection committee who will report to the sub-committee whose decision will be final and will be conveyed to the Secretaries of the Clubs concerned.
Protests appertaining to a player shall be notified in writing to the Hon. League Secretary within three days of the game and will be referred to the sub-committee who will consider the protest and make a decision which will be final. The decision will be conveyed to Secretaries of the Clubs concerned.