COURIER TRIPLES BOWLS LEAGUE
ORGANISATION & RULES OF
The League will be
run in accordance with the latest issue of the Constitution.
The League will
comprise of a number of divisions, as agreed at the AGM.
Promotion from lower
Divisions and relegation from higher Divisions will be by the Top and Bottom
two teams respectively from each division. However this may vary depending upon
the number of teams entering the Courier League, the aim will be to ensure an
even number of matches per season across all divisions.
Applications from new
teams should be made, in writing, to the Secretary before the end of September,
for the following season. Joint teams made up from more than one Club are
New teams will enter
the lowest Division.
Teams will consist of
3 triples made up from bona fide male members from the respective Clubs.
Clubs unable to
regularly field nine members may include bowlers from another Club not
participating in the Courier League.
Clubs entering more
than one team into the League will have unrestricted. Movement of male players
between their teams
Each team is to
nominate a representative, ideally the team Captain, who will be responsible
for the match arrangements and sending results to the League Administrator
immediately after each match, and attending meetings of the League.
A completed green
availability form must be sent to the Administrator indicating any dates the
Green is not available for matches during the following season, by the 30th November
each year. Failure to do so will result in the assumption that the Green is
available on all the dates and the programmed of matches produced on that
bowlers are expected to maintain an acceptable standard of dress i.e. Grey trousers
and White or Club shirts.
1.11a All bowls used for the Courier League matches MUST display CLUB STICKERS.
Not County Stickers or South Warwickshire stickers
i) In case of
extreme weather, where temperatures exceed 30oC and National warnings of
excessive heat have been issued, the committee should agree total abandonment
of all matches and advise all representatives accordingly before 10am, on day
of game, by e-mail or telephone The game should then be re-arranged by the club
representatives on a mutually agreed date as soon as possible . If game not rearranged
by end of season Rule 1:13(ii) applies
ii) If no play is
possible on the day of the match the Home Captain should make every effort to advise his
opposite number in sufficient time to avoid abortive travel.
iii) If a game
with both teams present for a 2.00pm start, cannot be started by 3.0pm it should be abandoned, and
the fixture re-arranged as per clause 1.12.
b) Late Unavailability of the Green
Should a Club’s
Green become unavailable for a match after the fixture list has been issued, an alternative
date for the fixture should be agreed, as per clause 1.12
c) Inability to Field a Team
field is no longer a valid reason for the cancellation of a game. Provision has
been made to play EIGHT or SIX (Clause 2.8.1.) Any game cancelled for this
reason should be referred to the Administrator who along with the committee
will arbitrate as clause 1.14 stipulates. The committee’s decision is FINAL.
Points will normally be allocated in accordance with clause 1.11.d:- that is 6
points will be deducted from the team unable to field a team, and 6 points
awarded to the team able to field a team.
d) Failure to
attend a match.
Any team failing
to play a fixture or to successfully re-arrange a match, for any reason, will have 6 points
deducted from their points total, whilst the opposing team, having offered 3
alternative dates for the game to be played, will be awarded 6 points and their
average shots count.
fixtures should be played as soon as possible after the original date, not
necessarily on a Wednesday. All re-arranged fixtures must be played before the
final published Wednesday, except for rain affected matches on the final day,
in which case the match should be played within 7 days, not necessarily on a
(ii) It is
permissible on the cancellation of a match and with the agreement by both
representatives that the game is not re-arranged., In this case League Administrator
must be informed and both teams will be awarded NIL points and NIL
The League is a Men’s
league but 2 ladies may be invited to play to avoid the cancellation or the
match being conceded
However only 2
ladies may play on any one occasion and not more than one should play in any
triple and they must not be played if a male bowler is available
Not be included on a regular basis and are not eligible to play either Skip
or Captain. .
a lady has played for one courier team she is not permitted to play for any
other league team out with her own club.
arising over fixtures should be referred to the Administrator and forwarded to
the Committee. Any decision of the Committee shall be final.
Matches are to be 3
rink triples played on a home and away basis.
Matches will normally
commence at 2.00pm on Wednesdays
Match cards, with
player’s names on BUT NOT THE RINK NUMBERS,
should be placed face down, shuffled and then the rink numbers be added to the
back of these cards by the visiting Captain.
There will be 2 trial
ends of 2 woods.
Visiting Captains are
to be given the choice of the mat.
Dead ends are to be
2 Points for a
1 Point for a
ADDITIONAL points for an OVERALL WIN or 1 ADDITIONAL point for a DRAWNMATCH
2.8.1 A team fielding only EIGHT players will be permitted to play one
rink with two players playing against 3 from the opposing team. In the event
that the missing player is due to an unexpected non arrival, then the rink
teams already entered on the score cards MUST NOT be changed and the pair shall
be the two remaining players.
The game format will be as
Team with 3 players
Team with 2
Lead has 2 woods
Lead has 4 woods
2nd has 2 woods
Skip has 4 woods
Skip has 4 woods
Total rink shots = total
Total rink shots =
total shots won minus 25%
25% loss of shots: If the result does not equal out to a round number
then a figure less than 0.5 should be rounded down and a figure 0.5 upwards be rounded
Note: In each case a winning rink will be awarded 2 points and those 2
points will be added to the overall team score. The winning team will then be
awarded the bonus 2 points.
If a team fields insufficient
players to play all three rinks then the Captains may agree to play the game
using only 2 rinks. In this case the team who caused the 1 rink to be cancelled
will not be awarded the 2 bonus points for an overall win. The points for the
un-played rink will be awarded to the team able to play 3 triples.
2.8.2 Late arrivals will
be permitted to join the game providing they arrive before the 3rd
end is completed. The remaining ends will then be completed as normal but the
score will start from zero at the point of the late entry.
If, after each rink
has played a minimum of 10 ends, rain stops play, the results at the point of cessation of
play, of COMPLETED ENDS, will stand.
Rinks do not necessarily have to
complete identical number of ends but all must have played at least 10
ends, with the exception where clause 2.8.2 is applied.
Tea and biscuits,
where provided should NOT be taken BEFORE 10 ENDS have been played, unless
agreed by BOTH Captains.
Should a player
become ill during a match and is unable to continue playing, a qualified substitute may
be introduced “from the Bank”. Should this not be possible and provided 10 ends
have been played the result of that rink will stand at cessation of play. If less than 10 ends have been played, the
overall result will be based on the 2 completed rinks. Rink points will be
awarded to the team able to continue.
LEAGUE POSITIONS AT
THE END OF THE SEASON
League position will
be determined as described in the Constitution on points followed by shot
Promotion and relegation will be based upon
the Constitution - 2 up and 2 down as appropriate.
a) Trophy will
be awarded to both winners and runners-up of each league.
b) Cash prizes
will be awarded to Clubs for the winner and for the runner-up in each division.
The value of the prizes is to be agreed annually.
An annual Gala will
be held each season, date and green to be agreed at the October meeting each
All teams will
enter one triple, comprising men only.
A £20 fine will
be imposed upon any team failing to give at least ONE week’s notice of their
inability to enter a triple.
There will be a £10
fee per team plus a raffle – the monies raised being used to subsidize the
1) The Courier League has been
formed in order to arrange inter-club matches
between affiliated clubs to Bowls
2) All affiliated are required to
abide by the Rules and Regulations of Bowls England
3) Each Club playing in the Courier
League is required by Law, to have a Safeguarding Policy
4) Each year clubs are forwarded
a fixture list giving Venue and date on which games shall be played. Normally
5) All visiting clubs are
required to abide by the Rules and Regulations of the Home club both on and off
the bowling green.
6) The Home Club will be
responsible for the Health, Safety and welfare of all visiting players