Regulations

  1. ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS
    The annual subscription from Clubs shall be set by the Committee and ratified at the Annual General Meeting. Subscriptions must be paid to the Hon. Treasurer by 1st April each year.
  2. ORGANISATION
    Each Club shall be responsible to the League for only those matters which fall under the jurisdiction of The Forest of Blean Bowling League.
    Clubs wishing to nominate a suitable person for any of the Officers under Rule 6 shall forward nominations to the Honorary Secretary of The Forest of Blean Bowling League at least fourteen days prior to the A.G.M. All nominations for Office will be considered by the Committee and if more than one is received for any post a ballot will be taken at the Annual General Meeting. If no nomination is received for any post, the Honorary Secretary shall notify the Committee as soon as possible thereafter and discussion of the matter will be placed on the Agenda of the next Committee meeting.
    Notice of the Annual General Meeting, agenda, notice of motions received and names of any nominations shall be sent to each Club Secretary fourteen days prior to the proposed date of the Annual General Meeting.
  3. LEAGUE COMPETITION
    All member Clubs shall be eligible to take part in a six Triples competition. Games will be played on the dates and venues as laid down in the approved fixture list (see Reg. 4) and played over 18 ends with 1 shot counting on the first two ends, no trial ends (see also regulation 5(b) re abandoned matches. If on the approved date and venue the full match of six triples cannot for any reason be played, then the following criteria will be adhered to in this order.
    1. The match will be played on a reduced number of triples at the venue stated on the fixture list to a minimum of 3 triples with rule 7 being applied.
    2. If the venue is not available for any reason to play the reduced game, then the match will be switched to the opponents green with the subsequent fixture also being reversed.
    If neither (1) or (2) above are practical then the Honorary League Secretary must be informed no later than 72 hours prior to the fixture start time and Regulation 5 will be applied.
    A club may elect to play all matches with 5 triples. Provided that club notifies the Secretary by 1st April, that it is their intention to only field 5 triples for each match for the coming season. That team must then use only 5 triples for each match. Any matches played under this proposal would be played for 7 points. However, if after the completion of the first half of the fixtures that club finds itself able to revert to 6 triples, then notification shall be made to the Secretary and to all other FOB teams, before 1st June, that 6 triples will be used for the second half of the season. (Note: This in no way alters current Regulation 3. (1) under heading LEAGUE COMPETITION in respect of teams failing to provide the allotted number of triples for each match i.e. 1 point lost for each triple not provided.)
    Only matches affected by no venue being available will be considered for postponement. Failure to follow the above procedure will result in the offending club forfeiting all 8 points to their opponents.                                                                                                    At the 2018 AGM a motion was proposed and passed as follows:   A club is only allowed to play a maximum of 6 County badged (any County) bowlers in any 6 triples match. The badged players do not have to play on different rinks and any 3 of them could play in the same triple. The number of badged players allowed drops by 1 for every triple less than 6 being played.                                                                                                                                                                                                         The League will award points on the basis of one point for each winning rink, half point for each drawn rink and two points for the higher score overall: the maximum score will be eight points.
  4. NOTIFICATION OF FIXTURES
    Each Member Club shall advise the Secretary of the League no later than 1st April each year their league fixture programme for the season ahead.
  5. (a) MATCHES POSTPONED
    Should any match be postponed, the clubs will mutually arrange a new date for the fixture to enable the match programme to be met by  15th September. In the event that either Club is unable to fulfil a fixture it should advise its opponents by 10.00 a.m. on the preceding day or in the event of inclement weather early enough to prevent the away team from travelling.
    (b) MATCHES ABANDONED
    Where a match is abandoned as a result of exceptional weather conditions, including bad light, providing that the match has played 60 ends or more, then the existing score will stand as a result.
  6. REARRANGEMENT OF FIXTURES
    The Home Club shall be responsible for advising the League Secretary of the re­arrangement of a fixture.
  7. FAILURE TO FULFIL A FIXTURE
    Commencing time of play is 6.00 p.m. but a ten minute allowance will be made to allow player(s) to arrive. In the event of a team being unable to field six triples to commence by the time allowed, the jncomplete rink(s) will be forfeited by the offending team, the point(s) being awarded to their opponents.
    Any other occurrence or abnormality which may cause a discord between the two teams and prevent a satisfactory outcome will be referred to the League Committee for adjudication the presence of the Clubs involved being required in such a case.
  8. LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
    The Club with the highest aggregate points (match and bonus points combined) at the close of the competition will be deemed to be the League Champions,and will receive the winner’s trophy to be held for one year. In the event of an aggregate points tie the winners shall be determined by the aggregate shots score in the home and away matches played by the tying Clubs. Thereafter determination shall be the best shots difference from the entire league season played by the tying Clubs.
  9. NOTIFICATION OF LEAGUE RESULTS
    Both the Home and Away Clubs must convey match results to the Honorary League Secretary by E-mail as soon as possible after conclusion of the game. If E-mail is not an option then the result must be telephoned (or text) through to the Honorary League Secretary to 07777 660092. Failure of either team to notify the Honorary Secretary of the match result within seven days will result in the offending Club forfeiting one point.
  10. MATCH DAY REFRESHMENTS AND GREEN FEES
    The Home Club shall provide refreshments, and the away Club will pay the normal green fees currently set at £3.

Effective from 1 April 2019