Next Meeting: AGM on Monday November 14th at 7:30pm at North Chadd

RULES REVISION MEETING 2022

NOTICES OF MOTION

Unless specifically indicated, any changes to the Bye-Laws and Rules of the Association passed at this meeting will take effect from the end of this meeting. Any changes to the Laws of the Game will take from the 6th March 2022.

MEMBERSHIP
1 Page 55 / Rule 3, Rule 4 (Proposed by the Management Committee)
Proposal - To introduce an annual fee of £10 per registered League and Association.
Rationale - Each League and Association benefits from the savings on the purchase of Public Liability Insurance in
the same manner as individual clubs do. Clubs have to pay an annual fee but currently, Leagues and Associations do
not. We feel that it is only right that they should also pay an annual fee.
If approved, the rule would read
3 League and Association Membership (4 would be deleted and all other rules re-numbered)
All Leagues and Associations affiliated to one or more counties shall pay, via the county of their primary affiliation,
an annual BCGBA fee of £10.00. The sum is to be paid before the 30th of June each year. Counties shall retain 5% of all
such monies collected on behalf of BCGBA as an administration fee. Any League or Association failing to comply by
that date will, together with all its registered members, shall be suspended from playing any form of competitive
Crown Green Bowls until the sum due is paid. League or Association in default from the previous year shall remain
suspended until all past dues are paid.

SENIOR COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP COMPETITION RULES
2 Page 130 / Rule 1 (Proposed by the Management Committee)
Proposal - Line 12 – After ‘Club.’ Insert ‘someone who represents a club in an official league/cup match.’
Rationale - To close a loop-hole in the existing rule which would allow a player to ‘guest’ for a club whilst not being
a member of that club.
If approved, the revised section of the rule would read
Definition of a playing member ~ One who pays a subscription to a Bowling Club or to a Bowling Section of a Sports
or Social Club, someone who represents a club in an official league/cup match or is a member of an organization
which utilizes the green of such Club or Section.

3 Page 132 / Rule 4 (Proposed by the Management Committee)
Proposal - Line 1 – Delete ‘21’ and Insert ‘14’
Proposal - Line 3 – Delete ‘21’ and Insert ‘14’
Proposal - Line 4 – Delete ‘14’ and Insert ‘7’
Rationale - As all teams are exchanged electronically the timescale can now be reduced
If approved, the revised section of the rule would read
County Associations shall select their team at least 14 days before the dates of their matches, except when County
matches are due to be played within 14 days when the County Associations shall select their teams at least 7 days
before the date of the matches.

4 Page 133 / Rule 5 (Proposed by the Management Committee)
Proposal - Line 1 – Delete ‘21’ and Insert ‘14’
Proposal - Line 4 – Delete ‘3’ and Insert ‘2’
Rationale - As all teams are exchanged electronically the timescale can now be reduced
If approved, the revised section of the rule would read
Counties shall give at least 14 days’ notice of their teams, reserves, venue, and officials to their opponents and the
National Administrator by entering all the details on the approved Bowling Results website before midnight on the
Sunday 2 weeks prior to the match.

5 Page 133 / Rule 7 (Proposed by the Management Committee)
Proposal - Line 1 – Delete ‘Neutral’ and Insert ‘Approved’
Rationale - The change will allow for the appointment of home-based county referees in group matches. Neutral
referee appointments will still be made for the semi-final and final matches.
If approved, the revised section of the rule would read
Approved referees shall be appointed for all County Matches and they shall be paid agreed match expenses and a
meal provided at the County venue.
6 Page 133 / Rule 7 (Proposed by Warwick & Worcester CBA)
Proposal – Delete existing Rule and Replace with ‘ The Referees are supplied by the home venue in all Championship
matches except Finals and Semi-Final Stages where Neutral referees shall be appointed for all County Matches, and
they will be paid appropriate match expenses as decided by the Referees Society and a meal provided at the County
venue. All expenses for Home Referees to be paid by the Home County, All Neutral Referees to be paid by the
Referees Society Secretary. The Home County shall appoint two Assistant Referees to assist the Referee. The Home
County will be responsible for providing all measuring equipment likely to be required by the referee. All Referees to
be dressed in accordance with the Dress Code of the British Crown Green Referees Society.
Rationale - During a Covid year, some of the Men’s Championship games were run with Home Referees without any
issues whatsoever. The Women’s Championship is run using Home Referees without any major problems. This would
help reduce the amount of travel and usage of the limited number of qualified referees to be appointed throughout the year.

JUNIOR COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP RULES
7 Page 138 / Rule 1 (Proposed by the Management Committee)
Proposal - Line 15 – After ‘Club.’ Insert ‘someone who represents a club in an official league/cup match.’
Rationale - To close a loop-hole in the existing rule which would allow a player to ‘guest’ for a club whilst not being
a member of that club.
If approved, the revised section of the rule would read
Definition of a playing member ~ One who pays a subscription to a Bowling Club or to a Bowling Section of a Sports
or Social Club, someone who represents a club in an official league/cup match or is a member of an organization
which utilizes the green of such Club or Section.

8 Page 140 / Rule 5 (Proposed by the Management Committee)
Proposal - Line 1 – Delete ‘21’ and Insert ‘14’
Proposal - Line 3 – Delete ‘21’ and Insert ‘14’
Proposal - Line 4 – Delete ‘14’ and Insert ‘7’
Rationale - As all teams are exchanged electronically the timescale can now be reduced
If approved, the revised section of the rule would read
County Associations shall select their team at least 14 days before the dates of their matches, except when County
matches are due to be played within 14 days when the County Associations shall select their teams at least 7 days
before the date of the matches.

9 Page 141 / Rule 6 (Proposed by the Management Committee)
Proposal - Line 1 – Delete ‘21’ and Insert ‘14’
Proposal - Line 4 – Delete ‘3’ and Insert ‘2’
Rationale - As all teams are exchanged electronically the timescale can now be reduced
If approved, the revised section of the rule would read
Counties shall give at least 14 days’ notice of their teams, reserves, venue, and officials to their opponents and the
National Administrator by entering all the details on the approved Bowling Results website before midnight on the
Sunday 2 weeks prior to the match.

10 Page 141 / Rule 7 (Proposed by the Management Committee)
Proposal - Line 1 – Delete ‘Neutral’ and Insert ‘Approved’
Rationale - The change will allow for the appointment of home-based county referees in group matches. Neutral
referee appointments will still be made for the semi-final and final matches.
If approved, the revised section of the rule would read
Approved referees shall be appointed for all County Matches and they shall be paid agreed match expenses and a
meal provided at the County venue.

11 Page 141 / Rule 7 (Proposed by Warwick & Worcester CBA)
Proposal – Delete existing Rule and Replace them with new rules 7a and 7b
Rule 7a
The Referees are supplied by the home venue in all Championship matches except Finals and Semi-Final Stages
where Neutral referees shall be appointed for all County Matches, and they will be paid appropriate match expenses as
decided by the Referees Society and a meal provided at the County venue. All expenses for Home Referees to be paid
by the Home County, All Neutral Referees to be paid by the Referees Society Secretary. The Home County shall
appoint two Assistant Referees to assist the Referee. The Home County will be responsible for providing all
measuring equipment likely to be required by the referee. All Referees to be dressed in accordance with the Dress
Code of the British Crown Green Referees Society.
Rule 7b
The Referee, a nominated Home Team Official, and an Away Team Official form a committee of 3 to control any
verbal abuse around the green with an announcement before the Match that Verbal Abuse of Juniors will not be
acceptable and immediately reported to the Referee to avoid distress.
Rationale - To Align with the proposed changes of the Men’s Senior County and to retain the principle of the rule,
how any verbal abuse of Juniors shall be managed.

SENIOR AND JUNIOR INDIVIDUAL MERIT COMPETITIONS RULES
12 Page 145 / Rule 1 (Proposed by Shropshire CCGBA)
Proposal - Line 2 – After ‘Management Committee’ Insert a new sentence ‘The number of competitors for the Junior
Individual Merit shall be pro-rata, all Counties will be automatically given one place with the remaining places
allocated according to qualifying competition entries.’
Rationale - We feel in this current time that how the Junior Merit places are distributed is not really fair. As we know
all counties are struggling to recruit Junior players and this in itself needs looking at by BCGBA. But with some
counties having only 2-3 entries into their merit and other counties having 20 plus the pro-rata option going forward
will be the fairer option. Whilst we sympathize with counties that have no juniors or are going through a leaner time if
their numbers grow in years to come they would have more spots. It's not the juniors who enter their county's merit
fault if there are only 2 entries but common sense needs to prevail here.
Whilst we recommend that every county gets one place the others are distributed according to entries like the Senior
merit. If the competition needs to grow in size to accommodate this let it be so. With Merit winners automatically into
the last 32. Any other entries could go into the prelims.
The management of BCGBA would discuss the format at their next Management meeting but please let’s grow the
junior game and this is one way of us doing it by getting more juniors involved in a national finals day.

13 Page 145 / Rule 1 (Proposed by the Management Committee)
Proposal - Line 10 – Delete ‘the last Sunday in June’ and Insert ‘a date agreed by the Management Committee’
Rationale - To be able to allow more time for counties to play their qualifying rounds.
If approved, the revised section of the rule would read
Qualifying rounds of the Senior Individual Merit must be played by a date agreed by the Management Committee.

LAWS OF THE GAME
(Proposed by the Management Committee)
Proposals 1 to 7 could be voted en-block as they all modernize the language or clarify the existing Law.
1. Page 236, Definitions D.4
Proposal - Insert after ‘counted and’ and Insert ‘, if on the green,’.
Rationale - To clarify the existing Law
The new definition will read
A DEAD BOWL is a bowl that cannot be counted and if on the green, shall be taken off the green so as not to
interfere with play.
2. Page 236, Definitions D.5
Proposal - Leave wording as is but reformat to make the Definition clearer
The new definition will read
‘AN END:
• commences when the leader first delivers the jack,
• is concluded when the last bowl comes to rest, and
• is completed when the score is agreed.’
3. Page 238, The Game Law 2.3
Proposal - Delete ‘make’ and Insert ‘win’
Rationale - Modernise the language
New Law will read
Before commencing play the number of points to be scored to win the game shall be fixed.
4. Page 240, Method of Play Law 5.3
Proposal - Add after the last sentence - ‘The player must have a medical dispensation.’
Rationale - Law concerns the delivery of the bowl i.e., right hand / right foot on the footer, etc.
5. Page 242, Running Jack or Bowl Law 6.4
Proposal - Delete ‘endeavor’ and Insert ‘attempt’.
Rationale - Modernise the wording
New Law first sentence will read
A player must not attempt to affect the running of any bowl, .......
6. Page 245, Referee, Measurers and Players Law 9.10
Proposal - Line 1 - Delete ‘owing to the above clause’ and Insert ‘under Law 9.9’ (Law 9.9 refers to the suspension of the game due to bad light)
Rationale - Clarifies to which law the sentence applies
New Law will read
In the event of a suspension under Law 9.9 or any other unforeseen circumstances, the points scored by each player shall stand and the position of the jack shall be marked. Ends should be completed, if possible, games being restarted from an agreed point as near as possible to where the jack lay at the last end played. LAWS OF THE GAME
(Proposed by the Management Committee)
Proposals 1 to 7 could be voted en-block as they all modernize the language or clarify the existing Law.
1. Page 236, Definitions D.4
Proposal - Insert after ‘counted and’ and Insert ‘, if on the green,’.
Rationale - To clarify the existing Law
The new definition will read
A DEAD BOWL is a bowl that cannot be counted and if on the green, shall be taken off the green so as not to
interfere with play.
2. Page 236, Definitions D.5
Proposal - Leave wording as is but reformat to make the Definition clearer
The new definition will read
‘AN END:
• commences when the leader first delivers the jack,
• is concluded when the last bowl comes to rest, and
• is completed when the score is agreed.’
3. Page 238, The Game Law 2.3
Proposal - Delete ‘make’ and Insert ‘win’
Rationale - Modernise the language
New Law will read
Before commencing play the number of points to be scored to win the game shall be fixed.
4. Page 240, Method of Play Law 5.3
Proposal - Add after the last sentence - ‘The player must have a medical dispensation.’
Rationale - Law concerns the delivery of the bowl i.e., right hand / right foot on the footer, etc.
5. Page 242, Running Jack or Bowl Law 6.4
Proposal - Delete ‘endeavor’ and Insert ‘attempt’.
Rationale - Modernise the wording
New Law first sentence will read
A player must not attempt to affect the running of any bowl, .......
6. Page 245, Referee, Measurers and Players Law 9.10
Proposal - Line 1 - Delete ‘owing to the above clause’ and Insert ‘under Law 9.9’ (Law 9.9 refers to the suspension of the game due to bad light)
Rationale - Clarifies to which law the sentence applies
New Law will read
In the event of a suspension under Law 9.9 or any other unforeseen circumstances, the points scored by each player
shall stand and the position of the jack shall be marked. Ends should be completed, if possible, games being restarted
from an agreed point as near as possible to where the jack lay at the last end played. LAWS OF THE GAME
(Proposed by the Management Committee)
Proposals 1 to 7 could be voted en-block as they all modernize the language or clarify the existing Law.
1. Page 236, Definitions D.4
Proposal - Insert after ‘counted and’ and Insert ‘, if on the green,’.
Rationale - To clarify the existing Law
The new definition will read
A DEAD BOWL is a bowl that cannot be counted and if on the green, shall be taken off the green so as not to
interfere with play.
2. Page 236, Definitions D.5
Proposal - Leave wording as is but reformat to make the Definition clearer
The new definition will read
‘AN END:
• commences when the leader first delivers the jack,
• is concluded when the last bowl comes to rest, and
• is completed when the score is agreed.’
3. Page 238, The Game Law 2.3
Proposal - Delete ‘make’ and Insert ‘win’
Rationale - Modernise the language
New Law will read
Before commencing play the number of points to be scored to win the game shall be fixed.
4. Page 240, Method of Play Law 5.3
Proposal - Add after the last sentence - ‘The player must have a medical dispensation.’
Rationale - Law concerns the delivery of the bowl i.e., right hand / right foot on the footer, etc.
5. Page 242, Running Jack or Bowl Law 6.4
Proposal - Delete ‘endeavor’ and Insert ‘attempt’.
Rationale - Modernise the wording
New Law first sentence will read
A player must not attempt to affect the running of any bowl, .......
6. Page 245, Referee, Measurers and Players Law 9.10
Proposal - Line 1 - Delete ‘owing to the above clause’ and Insert ‘under Law 9.9’ (Law 9.9 refers to the suspension of the game due to bad light)
Rationale - Clarifies to which law the sentence applies
New Law will read
In the event of a suspension under Law 9.9 or any other unforeseen circumstances, the points scored by each player shall stand and the position of the jack shall be marked. Ends should be completed, if possible, games being restarted from an agreed point as near as possible to where the jack lay at the last end played.

7. Page 245, Referee, Measurers and Players Law 9.10
Proposal - Line 3 - Delete the comma after ‘possible’ and Insert ‘.’ (full stop)
Proposal - Line 3 - Start a new sentence with ‘Games’
Proposal - Line 3 - Delete ‘being’ and Insert ‘shall be’
Rationale - Modernises the language
New Law last two sentences will read
9.10 Ends should be completed if possible. Games shall be restarted from an agreed point as near as possible to
where the jack lay at the last end played.

Proposals 8 to 10 could be voted en-block as they only add changes to Definitions
8. Page 236, Definitions D.5
Proposal - After ‘footer’ Insert ‘remaining or’.
Rational - Clarifies what happens to the footer
The new definition will read
AVOID END is an end to be replayed with the footer remaining or placed as near as possible to where it originally
lay during the void end.
9. Page 237, Definitions
Proposal - Add new Definition D.14
A MEDICAL DISPENSATION: can only be provided by the referee’s society on the evidence of a medical
practitioner. The Dispensation letter should be available for the Referee if requested prior to the commencement of a game.
10. Page 237, Definitions
Proposal - Add new Definition D.15 and alter as necessary any references to ‘game’ and ‘match’ anywhere within the
bye-laws to match these definitions.
‘a) A GAME is a single contest between two/four players
b) A MATCH is an amalgamation of individual games.’
Rationale - To clarify what is a Game and what is a Match.

Proposals 11 to 13 could be voted en-block
11. PAGE 237, Equipment Law 1.3
Proposal - Round up/down the measurements to 125mm and 155 mm.
Rationale - To go fully metric, the UK is officially metric, and only the USA. Liberia and Myanmar use imperial
measurement. The metric dimensions would allow the continued use of existing commercially produce footers.
New Law will read
The FOOTER, which shall be round, shall have a diameter of not less than 125mm and not more than 155mm.
12. Page 237, Equipment Law 1.5
Proposal – Line 1 - Delete ‘(2lb)’
Rationale - To go fully metric.

13. Page 237, Equipment Law 1.6
Proposal - Delete existing Law and Insert ‘BCGBA approved measuring devices, mechanical devices, and artificial
surfaces are listed in the Appendices.’
14. Page 238, The Game Law 2.5
Proposal – Line 1 - Delete ‘may’ and Insert ‘must’
Proposal – Line 2 - Delete ‘but must be
Rationale - To clarify the fact that the leader must place the footer.
New Law will read
At the commencement of a game, the footer must be placed by the leader within three metres of the entrance to the green, on either the left or right side and one meter from the edge.
15. Page 238, The Game Law 2.5
Proposal – Line 4 - After the word ‘edge Insert ‘but no more than two meters from the edge.’
Rationale - To stop players from objecting to the placement of the footer when it isn’t exactly one metre from the
edge,
New Law will read (assuming both proposals 14 & 15 approved)
At the commencement of a game, the footer must be placed by the leader, within three meters of the entrance to the green, on either the left or right side and at least one metre from the edge but no more than two metres from the edge.
16. Page 240, Setting a Mark Law 4.9 and 4.10
Page 242, Still Jack or Bowl Law 7.1.a
Proposal - Delete the last sentence in each Law and Insert ‘Any dead bowls are reinstated for the new end. Any
forfeited bowls are not reinstated for the replayed end.’
Rationale - The existing Laws reward a player who has forfeited a bowl(s) when the end has not been completed i.e.,
they get a second chance.
New sentences in each Law will read
Any dead bowls are reinstated for the new end. Any forfeited bowls are not reinstated for the replayed end.
17. Page 241/242, Method of Play Law 5.15
Proposal - Insert after the last sentence ‘The footer must not be moved after the first attempt to set a mark by either
the leader or the opponent until the end is concluded.’
Rationale - Clarifies that the footer cannot be moved.
New Law will read
After each end is concluded, the footer shall be placed at the jack by the last player. The footer may only be
repositioned by the leader of the next end and before the first attempt to set a mark, anywhere within a space of one
metre from where the jack lay at the conclusion of the last end but at least one metre in from the edge of the green.
The footer must not be moved after the first attempt to set a mark by either the leader or the opponent until the end is
concluded.
18. Page 243, Still Jack or Bowl Revamp Laws 7.5 and 7.6
Proposal - Change Law 7.6 to 7.5 a,
Proposal - Include the ‘interpretation; into the Laws as Law 7.5 b)
Proposal - Change Law 7.5 to 7.6
Rationale - Place the Law on ‘conclusion of the end’ before the Law on ‘completion of the end’, as conclusion comes
before completion.

New Law will read
7.5 b When an end is concluded i.e. all the bowls have come to rest, a player may remove their own non-counting
bowl without incurring a penalty.
19. Page 243, Still Jack or Bowl Laws 7.5 (Will be withdrawn if proposal 17 approved)
Proposal - Renumber 7.5. to 7.5.a and
Proposal - Include the interpretation into the Laws as 7.5.b
New Law will read
7.5 b When an end is concluded i.e., all the bowls have come to rest, a player may remove their own non-counting
bowl without incurring a penalty.
20. Page 244, Measuring Law 8.4
Proposal - Delete ‘claimed’ and Insert ‘in question’ in the last sentence
Rationale - Clarifies which point the player loses
New Law last sentence will read
8.4 If either the jack or a bowl being measured is displaced by a player, that player shall lose the point in question.
21. Page 245, Revamp Laws 10 and 11
Proposal - Delete Laws 10 and 11 and Insert ‘Law 10 ELECTRONIC DEVICES and SMOKING
10.1 Electronic devices e.g., mobile phones, pagers, smartwatches, etc. in active mode are not allowed on the green.
Should a player fail to comply, that player shall forfeit the game. The offender(s) to receive no further score and the
opponent(s) to receive the maximum score.
10.2 Smoking: Smoking, vaping, and the use of electronic cigarettes is not allowed whilst participating in the game of
Crown Green Bowls. The offending player(s) shall receive no further score and the opponent(s) shall receive the
maximum score.
22. Page 245, Add to New Law 10 as 10.3 (if proposal 21 is passed) or Add new Law 12
Proposal - If proposal 21 is passed then Change the title of Law 10 and add 10.3 to read
Law 10 ELECTRONIC DEVICES, SMOKING AND FOOTWEAR
10.3 Footwear: Hard block-heeled or open-toed footwear must not be worn whilst on the green in any game played
under the Association’s jurisdiction. The offending player(s) shall receive no further score and the opponent(s) shall
receive the maximum score.
Rationale - To amalgamate the existing Laws and introduce a new Law on Footwear, moving the latter out of the
Dress Code bye-laws into the Laws with an appropriate punishment.
23. If Proposal 22 fails, then add new Law
12. FOOTWEAR
Footwear: Hard block-heeled or open-toed footwear must not be worn whilst on the green in any game played under
the Association’s jurisdiction. The offending player(s) shall receive the minimum score and the opponent(s) shall
receive the maximum score.
Rationale - To introduce a new Law on Footwear, moving the latter out of the Dress Code bye-laws into the Laws
with an appropriate punishment.
24. Page 245 Renumber remaining Laws accordingly.

BYE-LAWS
Note – This proposal should be discussed after the decision on the Laws of the Game Footwear proposal
25 Page 39, 15a Players Dress (Proposal will be withdrawn if Proposal 23 fails)
Proposal - Delete all of section ‘a’ and remunerate the following sections of Bye-Law 15
Rationale and problem - If the proposed change to Law 10 is passed then this would duplicate Bye-Law 15a), with the Law having a punishment and Bye-Law 15a) having no punishment. If the proposal on Law 10 fails, then this proposal will need to be withdrawn as there would be no reference to the footwear bye-law in the Laws or Bye-Laws.