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BIWBC Rules

BRITISH ISLES WOMEN’S BOWLING COUNCIL

RULES GOVERNING THE BRITISH ISLES CHAMPIONSHIPS AND THE INTERNATIONAL SERIES

1. BRITISH ISLES WOMEN’S BOWLS COUNCIL (BIWBC)

The BIWBC shall conduct:

  1. Four Wood Singles, Pairs, Triples, Fours and Senior Fours Championships
  2. Junior Singles and Pairs Championships
  3. Senior International Series
  4. Junior International Series

The draw for the Championships and International Series shall be made on a two year basis bi-annually at the BIWBC Annual General Meeting or on another agreed date when delegates of participating countries are in attendance.

2. SENIOR AND JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Senior Championships shall be open to the reigning Champion(s) of the member Associations of Scotland, Wales, Ireland, England and Jersey. The Junior Championships shall be open to the reigning Champion(s) of Scotland, Wales, Ireland and England.

  1. The Senior Championships shall be played at the beginning of the British Isles Series or at such times during the designated period as the Council dictates.
  2. The Junior Championships shall be played on the final afternoon of the Junior British Isles Series or at such other times during the designated period as the Council dictates.
  3. The games shall be played on a straight forward knockout basis under the Laws of the Sport of Bowls (current Crystal Mark Edition).
  4. The Championships shall be open to the relevant reigning Champion/s of each Member, but no individual competitor from a Member shall be entitled to play in more than two. Championship disciplines in the same season. A competitor who has qualified in more than two championship disciplines will be required to nominate and withdraw from the excess in whose place a substitute will be permitted, except in the Four Wood Singles in which participation will be obligatory.
  5. Players in more than one Junior British Isles Championship: In the event of a player qualifying in both the Junior Singles and the Junior Pairs, a Substitute shall play in the Pairs. Substitution shall be at the discretion of the Countries.

3. SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS FORMAT OF PLAY

Singles:                  21 shots up or three hours – Four bowls each player

Pairs:                     18 ends or three hours – Four bowls each player (The leads will play their four bowls followed by the skips playing their four bowls). An extra end to be played if scores are tied at the conclusion of 18 ends.

Triples:                  15 Ends or three hours – Three bowls each player. An extra end to be played if scores are tied at the conclusion of 15 ends.

Fours:                   18 Ends or three hours – Two bowls each player. An extra end to be played if scores are tied at the conclusion of 18 ends.

Senior Fours:      18 Ends or three hours – Two bowls each player. An extra end to be played if scores are tied at the conclusion of 18 ends.

No trophies will be presented for the Championships but any trophies held will remain the property of the BIWBC.

4. JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS FORMAT OF PLAY

Players must be under 25 on the 1st April in the year of the qualifying competition

Singles:                  21 shots up – Four bowls each player

Pairs:                     18 ends – Two bowls each player. An extra end to be played if scores are tied at the conclusion of 18 ends.

 

No trophies will be presented for the Championships but any trophies held will remain the property of the BIWBC.

5. PRESENTATIONS

Medals will be presented to British Isles Championship players on the green at appropriate times.

6. SUBSTITUTION

  1. No substitution will be allowed in the Four Wood Singles Championship.
  2. One substitute will be allowed in the Pairs, Triples, Fours and Senior Fours, who will be a member of the winner’s club who has not played in the discipline previously in the year of qualification, and has not qualified for the British Isles Championships in any other discipline in the relevant year.
  3. Substitution in the Junior Singles and Junior Pairs is detailed in 2.e) above.

7. TEAM EVENTS

Teams shall consist of the following:

  1. Senior Internationals – 24 players and up to 2 reserves
  2. Junior Internationals – 16 players and up to 2 reserves

The BIWBC International Series and Junior International Series shall be hosted by each country in rotation.

8. SENIOR INTERNATIONALS

  1. Games to be 21 ends or 4 hours maximum (including trial ends). The four hours will start from the advertised starting time in the official programme or as announced by the BIWBC Hon. Secretary or nominated representative.
  2. Both games will commence at the same time.
  3. At the end of the four‐hour period an announcement will be made and only games where an end has started will be permitted to complete that end. The end will be deemed to have started when the mat has been placed and the jack delivered and centred.
  4. Two points for a win, one point for a draw.
  5. In order to achieve a result, a minimum of an aggregate total of 72 ends in each game will need to be played within the time period. In the event of the required number of ends not being completed the points will be shared. The shots difference will only apply to a completed game.
  6. The Team Manager of the two teams playing shall toss for the Jack.
  7. Team changes must be notified to the BIWBC Hon. Secretary or their nominated representative before the start of any game.
  8. Should two or more countries be tied on points at the conclusion of the series, the country with the highest shots difference will be the winner of the series, the country with the next highest shots difference to be runners‐up. In the event of a tie on shots difference, the country with the highest number of winning ends will be the winner. In the event of a further tie, the winner of the game between the two countries in the tie shall be the winner.
  9. The winners will be presented with the Eve Trophy and the runners‐up with the Silver Salver presented by Jersey – both to be held for one year.

9. JUNIOR INTERNATIONALS

  1. Players must be 25 years of age or under on the 1st of April in the year of the event.
  2. Games to be 21 ends or 4 hours maximum (including trial ends). The four hours will start from the advertised starting time in the official programme or as announced by the BIWBC Hon. Secretary or nominated representative.
  3. Both games will commence at the same time.
  4. At the end of the four‐hour period an announcement will be made and only games where an end has started will be permitted to complete that end. The end will be deemed to have started when the mat has been placed and the jack delivered and centred.
  5. Two points for a win, one point for a draw.
  6. In order to achieve a result, a minimum of an aggregate total of 48 ends in each game will need to be played within the time period. In the event of the required number of ends not being completed the points will be shared. The shots difference will only apply to a completed game.
  7. The Team Manager of the two teams playing shall toss for the Jack.
  8. Team changes must be notified to the BIWBC Hon. Secretary or their nominated representative before the start of any game.
  9. Should two or more countries be tied on points at the conclusion of the series, the country with the highest shots difference will be the winner of the series, the country with the next highest shots difference to be runners‐up. In the event of a tie on shots difference, the country with the highest number of winning ends will be the winner. In the event of a further tie, the winner of the game between the two countries in the tie shall be the winner.
  10. The winners will be presented with the Dorothy Law Quaich and the runners‐up with the Armada Plate – both to be held for one year.

10. INCLEMENT WEATHER

International Series

When there is a delayed start or play is suspended due to the greens being unfit for play, the four hour (including the trial ends) time limit will continue.

In the case of interruptions during a game, players in both games (on the instruction BIWBC Hon. Secretary or nominated representative) will leave the green immediately and both will return to the green to resume at the same time.

Championships

When there is a delayed start or play is suspended due to the green being unfit for play, the three hour (including the trial ends) time limit will continue.

 

Pairs and Fours and Senior Fours: In order to achieve a result a minimum of 11 ends need to be completed within the time limit.

Triples: In order to achieve a result a minimum of nine ends need to be completed within the time limit.

Singles and Junior Singles: In order to achieve a result a minimum of 11 shots need to be scored by one player within the time limit.

Junior Pairs: In order to achieve a result a minimum of nine ends need to be completed within the time limit.

In the event of the required number of ends not being completed the result of each game will shall be at the discretion of the delegates of participating countries that are in attendance.

11. LAWS OF THE SPORT

All British Isles Championships and International Matches shall be played under the Laws of the Sport of Bowls (current Crystal Mark Edition) subject to the BIWBC’s domestic rules as set out herein.

12. DRESS

At the discretion of the Member National Authority. Countries can wear a mixture of skirts, crops, shorts and trousers below the waist. All items should be of a consistent colour.

13. NO SMOKING

A strict no‐smoking policy on the green will apply during all matches under the jurisdiction of the BIWBC.

14. MOBILE PHONES

Mobile phones must be switched off in the vicinity of and on the green.

15. STAMPING OF BOWLS

All bowls used by players competing in the British Isles Championships and/or Senior and Junior International Series must bear the World Bowls stamp as set out in the Laws of the Sport of Bowls (current Crystal Mark Edition).

16. CHILD PROTECTION

A National Association that has a player or players under the age of 18 years competing in either the British Isles Championships or the International Series shall be required to lodge with the BIWBC Hon. Secretary, or nominated representative, a parental Consent Form applicable to their National Governing Body prior to the event.

17. ALTERATION OF THE RULES

No alteration of any kind to aforementioned Rules shall be made except at an Annual General Meeting or at a Meeting convened for that purpose, one month’ s notice being necessary for any such alteration. Any matters not covered by the aforementioned Rules or the Constitution of the British Isles Women’s Bowling Council shall be determined by the Representatives of the BIWBC who form the Council.