ANNEX 5

 

GENERAL RULES

 

1.            Players entering Welsh Crown Green Bowling Association competitions MUST be bona-fide members of a Bowling Club affiliated to one of the four Areas within the WCGBA area AND have paid the necessary WCGBA Registration Fee for the current year AND be in possession of a valid British Crown Green Bowling Association Life Membership card.

 

2.            ALL entries are to be submitted on an authorised entry form together with the entrance fee, the amount of which will be determined by the WCGBA Tournament Committee and must be returned by the closing date as advertised.

 

3.            All venues are decided by the Tournament Committee unless otherwise advised.

 

4.            Prize-money for all competitions shall be determined by the WCGBA Tournament Committee.

 

5.            All cups and trophies MUST be returned, suitably engraved, to the Tournament Officer by the 31st May at the latest in the following year. No cup or trophy can be won outright.

 

6.            ALL players must adhere to the strict dress code as laid out in the British Crown Green Bowling Association handbook. Any player failing to conform to this standard shall score NIL and the opponent shall receive the maximum score.

 

7.            Competitors will not be allowed to practice greens once they are selected other than in League or Cup matches previously arranged.  In the event of a player doing so, they will be disqualified.  This also applies to qualifiers selected to appear on any finals day.  A playing member of the venue club is barred from competing in the qualifying rounds or on finals day on any green of which that player is a club member.  It is the players’ responsibility to ensure that he notifies the Tournament Officer prior to the competition if this is the case.  Any player not being in attendance at the time previously notified will be scratched.

 

8.            It shall be noted that under no circumstances will a player, already beaten in a competition, be allowed to qualify for a finals day as a “best loser”.  In such an event, that player will be disqualified from taking part on finals day and the Area Secretary concerned will be requested to explain their reasons for doing so to the Chief Executive Officer of the WCGBA.

 

9.            The number of jacks in play at any one time shall, under normal circumstances, be FOUR.  The Official-in-Charge on the day shall have the discretionary power to increase or decrease the number, depending on the circumstances, such as shortage of time due to inclement weather.

 

10.         The WCGBA Tournament Committee reserves the right to select the number of qualifiers for the BCGBA / BCGLBA in accordance with the allocated number of qualifiers selected by the BCGBA / BCGLBA.

 

11.         Any referees and measurers officiating shall be appointed by the WCGBA Referees’ Society.

 

12.         Players may be subject to random testing for drugs, subject to the relevant regulations.

 

13.         Any dispute not provided for in the rules shall be resolved by the Official-in-Charge on the day, whose decision shall be final.

 

 

THE GWYN MORRIS

WELSH SENIOR INDIVIDUAL MERIT

RULES

 

1.            The competition shall be held annually and will be open to male bowlers only.

 

2.            After the closing date, which shall be previously advertised, the Tournament Committee will make the draw and allocate the players to one of eight venues. Once the draw has been made the Area Secretaries will notify the Secretaries of all the players’ clubs. The Tournament Officer will forward the draw to the Website Manager for posting on the WCGBA website. This will be completed 7 days after the closing date.

 

3.            The qualifying rounds shall be played on eight greens selected by the Tournament Committee. Four greens will be selected for entries from the Flintshire / Wrexham areas with the remaining four greens being selected for the entries from the Glyndwr / Gwynedd areas. Games to be played on the third Saturday in May.  ALL games shall be 21-up.  On completion of the qualifying rounds, each Official in Charge shall notify the Tournament Officer of each qualifier’s name, address and telephone number to assist him in the making of the draw for finals day and to notify the qualifiers concerned.

 

4.            The number of qualifiers on finals day shall be 32, made up of four qualifiers from each of the eight venues.  The venue for finals day will be selected by the President of the WCGBA.

 

5.            Prize-money will be distributed on completion of each round for the 1st and 2nd rounds only. Prize-money for the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final will be distributed after completion of the competition.

 

6.            The winner shall hold the Gwyn Morris Senior Cup (donated by Messrs. Ind Coope) for twelve months and shall be the Welsh Senior Merit Champion.  

 

THE WELSH LADIES INDIVIDUAL MERIT

RULES

 

1.            The competition shall be held annually and will be open to female bowlers only. 

 

2.            ALL games shall be 21-up.

 

3.            The venue for finals day will be selected by the President of the WCGBA.

 

4.            The winner shall represent Wales in the British Ladies Senior Individual Merit Championship.

 

 

THE DON JAMES

WELSH JUNIOR INDIVIDUAL MERIT

RULES

 

1.            The competition shall be held annually and will be open to male and female bowlers who have not reached the age of 18 years before January 1st in the year that the competition is played.

 

2.            ALL games to be 21 –up.

 

3.            The venue for finals day will be selected by the Deputy President of the WCGBA.

 

4.            (a) The male winner shall hold the Don James Welsh Junior Championship Shield for twelve months.

 

(b)The female winner shall hold the Ken Hardman Trophy for twelve months.

 

 

5.            (a) The winner and runner-up will qualify for the BCGBA Junior Individual Merit Finals Day.

 

(b) The female winner will qualify for the British Crown Green Ladies Bowling Association Junior Individual Merit Finals Day.

 

 

THE WELSH VETERANS’ INDIVIDUAL MERIT

RULES

 

1.            The competition shall be held annually and shall be open to male and female bowlers who have attained the age of 60 years on the 1st January of that year.

 

2.            The venue of finals day shall be determined by the immediate Past President of the WCGBA.

 

 

3.            The qualifying rounds shall be played in each of the FOUR respective Areas. Greens will be chosen by each respective Area Secretary.  ALL games shall be 21-up, off 3.  On completion of the qualifying rounds, each Area Secretary shall notify the Tournament Officer of each qualifier’s name, address and telephone number to assist him in the making of the draw for finals day and to notify the qualifiers concerned. The Tournament Officer shall forward the draw for finals day to the Website Manager for posting on the WCGBA website.

 

4.            The number of qualifiers on finals day shall be 16.   

 

5.            The winner shall hold the trophy (known as the Barbers Cup – donated by Chris the Barber) for twelve months. 

 

6.            The winner and runner up shall qualify for the BCGBA Jack and Jean Isherwood final day as Welsh qualifiers.

 

THE WELSH LADIES PAIRS

RULES

 

1.            The competition shall be held annually and shall be open to female bowlers.

 

2.            There MUST be a minimum of eight (8) entries submitted by the closing date for the competition to be held.

 

3.            ALL games shall be 21-up, off 3.

 

4.            The event shall also be a qualifying event for the Dorothy Piearce Pairs Competition organised by the British Crown Green Ladies Bowling Association as Welsh qualifiers. The number of qualifiers are determined each year by the BCGLBA. If the winners do not wish to attend as qualifiers the allocated place(s) shall be offered to the runners-up and so forth until the allocated place(s) is filled.

 

 

THE WELSH MIXED PAIRS

RULES

 

1.            The competition shall be held annually and shall be open to pairs consisting of one female bowler and one male bowler. 

 

2.            There MUST be a minimum of eight (8) entries submitted by the closing date for the competition to be held.

 

3.            ALL games shall be 21-up, off 3.

 

4.            The event shall also be a qualifying event for the Centenary Mixed Pairs Competition organised by the BCGBA as Welsh Qualifiers. The number of qualifiers are determined each year by the BCGBA. If the winners do not wish to attend as qualifiers the allocated place(s) shall be offered to the runners-up and so forth until the allocated place(s) is filled.

 

THE WELSH CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS

RULES

 

1.            The Welsh Club Championship shall be held annually and shall consist of FOUR teams, each having won their respective Area County Cup.

 

2.            Teams for this event will consist of EIGHT players and each team shall submit to the Chief Executive Officer at least 14 days prior to the event, a squad list, with a maximum of TWELVE players, from which all teams must be selected.  Players who are members of a competing club who have played for another club in any County Cup game in that season will not be eligible to play in this competition. Should a player be in default, they will forfeit their game by the score of 21-0 and the matter will be reported to the WCGBA Chief Executive Officer for further consideration. 

 

3.            All games to start at 11.00 am. The draw will be made by the WCGBA Tournament Committee prior to the event and will be published on the WCGBA website.

 

4.            Captains must submit in writing, in the order of play (1 to 8), their team, to the Chief Executive Officer, including the reserves, at least 14 days prior to the event. Individual players may be substituted by a named reserve, but any such changes must be declared to the Official-in-Charge on the day and the opposing Captain. Once all teams have been submitted the draw and order of play shall be released.

 

5.            The order of play shall be as follows:-

  

Semi-Final:- Players numbered 1 & 2 from the four teams shall commence the match.  On completion of a game, the next pair in sequence to follow.

 

Final:- Players numbered 1 to 4 shall commence the match.  On completion of a game, the next pair to follow.

 

ALL players must be present and available to take the green when called.  If a player is not present at this time, their opponent will be awarded the game 21-0.

 

6.            In every match, the toss of a coin shall determine the cast of jacks (odds and evens).  In each match, the team with the highest aggregate shall be the winner.  In case of a tie, the following order of elimination shall apply:-

                                                                                                    

Tie on aggregate - the team with the most winners.

If still a tie - the team with the best winner.

If still a tie - the 2nd, 3rd, 4th best winner etc.

 

7.            The winning team of the Welsh Club Championship shall receive the Welsh Club Championship Cup which must be returned, suitably engraved, to the Tournament Officer, by the latest, the 31st August in the following year.

 

8.            Both the winner and runner-up shall be eligible to go forward to the World Club Championship the following year.

 

THE MEL HIGHAM

WELSH VETERANS TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP

RULES

 

1.            The Welsh Veterans Team Championship shall be held annually in the area of the current Past President of the Welsh Crown Green Bowling Association.

 

2.            The venue will be determined by the Past President.

 

3.            The competition shall consist of FOUR teams, which shall be determined by the respective Areas. Each team put forward must have won a league or cup held by that respective area. Teams must be nominated to and approved by the WCGBA Tournament Committee.

 

4.            Teams for this event will consist of EIGHT players with a maximum of TWELVE players, from which all teams must be selected. 

 

5.            All games to start at 11.00 am.  The draw will be made by the WCGBA Tournament Committee prior to the event and will be published on the WCGBA website.

 

6.            Captains must submit in writing, in the order of play (1 to 8), his or her team, to the Tournament Officer, including the reserves, by the 20th September in the competing season. Individual players may be substituted by a named reserve, but any such changes must be declared to the Official-in-Charge on the day and the opposing Captain. Once all teams have been submitted the draw and order of play shall be released.

 

7.            The order of play shall be as follows:-

  

Semi-Final:- Players numbered 1 & 2 from the four teams shall commence the match.  On completion of a game, the next pair in sequence to follow.

 

Final:- Players numbered 1 to 4 shall commence the match.  On completion of a game, the next pair to follow.

 

ALL players must be present and available to take the green when called.  If a player is not present at this time, his/her opponent will be awarded the game 21-0.

 

8.            In every match, the toss of a coin shall determine the cast of jacks (odds and evens).  In each match, the team with the highest aggregate shall be the winner.  In case of a tie, the following order of elimination shall apply:-

                                                                                                    

Tie on aggregate - the team with the most winners.

If still a tie - the team with the best winner.

If still a tie - the 2nd, 3rd, 4th best winner etc.

 

9.            The winning team of the Welsh Veterans Team Championship shall receive the Welsh Veterans Team Championship Cup on the day which must be returned, suitably engraved, to the Tournament Officer, by the latest, the 31st August in the following year.

 

THE WELSH CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS

RULES

 

1.            The competition shall be held annually the venue of which shall be determined by the Welsh Crown Green Bowling Association Tournament Committee.

 

2.            There shall be 16 qualifying events which shall be determined annually by the WCGBA Tournament Committee. At least four of the places shall be offered to the WCGBA Merit winners, namely: The Gwyn Morris Senior Individual Merit, The Ladies Individual Merit, The Don James Junior Merit and the Veterans’ Merit. There shall be a further reserve list of 8 events which are also determined by the WCGBA Tournament Committee. Should any qualifier be unable to attend on the final day or if they should have qualified twice, then that place shall be offered to a reserve event competitor, in strict order.

 

3.            The WCGBA Tournament Committee shall make the draw at least 14 days prior to the event and shall place the draw on the WCGBA website.

 

4.            ALL 16 qualifiers shall receive prize-money.  

 

Prize-money will be distributed on completion of each round for the 1st and 2nd rounds only. Prize-money for the semi-finals and Final will be distributed after completion of the Competition.

 

5.            The winner shall hold the WCGBA Champion of Champions Cup (donated by Co-Operative FuneralCare) for twelve months and shall be the Welsh Champion of Champions.  The Cup MUST be returned, suitably engraved, to the Tournament Officer at the latest, by the 31st August in the following year.

 

Revised and updated February 2017