Next Meeting: Monday March 15th at 7:30pm at North Chadd

RULES REVISION MEETING 2020
NOTICES OF MOTION

ALL NOTICES OF MOTION WERE PASSED EXCEPT NUMBER 5 WHICH WAS WITHDRAWN.

The effect that these will have on bowlers is as follows:

Players Dress
19~ 1 Suitable footwear must be worn. Hard or block-heeled footwear, or open-toed footwear must not be worn whilst on the green in any match played under the Association’s jurisdiction.

The word 'sandals' has been taken out of the bye-law as there are makes of 'sandals' that are closed-toed, but any open-toed footwear is still not permitted. This is a bye law not a Law of the Game so a player must be prevented from starting a match if wearing open-toed footwear.

Law of the Game 7.5 will have an addition in brackets - (Interpretation note - 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. This interpretation will be proposed as a full Law change at the January 2021 Rules Revision meeting)


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.

BYE LAWS
1 Page 44 / 7 (Proposed by Keith Turton on behalf of the Management Committee)
Proposal - To allow salaried Officers the power to vote at the General Meeting.
Rationale - To maintain the voting rights of Officers of the Association since they have been put on PAYE to comply
with Employment legislation.
Revised Rule would read - Each County Association shall be entitled to send four representatives to any General
Meeting in addition to its representative on the Management Committee. Each shall have the power to vote together with
Past Presidents of the Association, Honorary Life Members and four representatives of the BCGBA Ladies Competitions
Committee.
2 Page 49 / 19 – 1 (Proposed by David Williams on behalf of the Management Committee)
Proposal - To remove the word ‘sandals’ from the rule. Slight re-wording of rule.
Rationale - Not all footwear classed as sandals are open-toed
Revised Rule would read - Suitable footwear must be worn. Hard, block-heeled or open-toed footwear must not be
worn whilst on the green in any match played under the Association’s jurisdiction.
SUPPLEMENTARY COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP
3 Page 104 / 1 (Proposed by Keith Turton on behalf of the Management Committee)
Proposal - To allow the Isle of Man to play in the competition.
Rationale - With the Isle of Man unlikely to enter the Senior County Championship it is felt that their status should be
reinstated in the Senior Supplementary County Championship, as it was before their brief inclusion in the Senior County
Championship. They were happy to travel over and support the Supplementary County Championship when others had
reservations about playing in it. They enjoyed the opportunity to compete against top sides on the mainland and, although
unsuccessful, enjoyed their day on the greens.

Rationale - With the Isle of Man unlikely to enter the Senior County Championship it is felt that their status should be
reinstated in the Senior Supplementary County Championship, as it was before their brief inclusion in the Senior County
Championship. They were happy to travel over and support the Supplementary County Championship when others had
reservations about playing in it. They enjoyed the opportunity to compete against top sides on the mainland and, although
unsuccessful, enjoyed their day on the greens.
Revised Rule would read - The Supplementary Senior County Championship will take place after the preliminary rounds
of the Senior County Championship have been concluded and will be contested by the County Associations which finish
in positions two and three in each of the four Sections, with the exception that in respect of the County Association
finishing bottom of the three team Section shall be replaced by the Isle of Man. The event will take place on the date
nominated for the Semi-final stages of the Senior County Championship at a two green neutral venue, selected as soon as
the qualifiers are known, by the Chief Executive and Competitions Officer. The County Associations involved will be
notified of the venue as soon as it has been selected.
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4 Page 106 / 5 (Proposed by Pat Crowther on behalf of the Management Committee)
Proposal - To further define the playing of the final.
Rationale - To clarify the order of play
Revised Rule would read - In each group the three matches will be played on the same green. In the final, four games will be played on two greens. The second four games of the final will not start until the first four games have finished. If both teams contesting the final agree, the final can be played on one green. If a venue has a third suitable unused green, the final will be played on this green.
JUNIOR COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP RULES
5 Page 130 / 1 – (Proposed by Cheshire CBA)
Proposal - To amend the age limit contained within the third sentence.
Rationale - The current rule means that those in Year 13 of school, i.e. Upper 6th form, the ones that have birthdays before 1st January cannot play but those with later birthdays can but are in the same school year. The proposed rule makes it so that all pupils in Year 13 can play in their final year of school before University.
Revised sentence would read - Players shall not be over the age of 18 years on 1st January of the year of the competition.

6 Page 132 / 4 (Proposed by Mark Bircumshaw on behalf of the Management Committee)
Proposal - To amend the set formula for the fixtures and tidy up of the rule.
Rationale - This is a result of feedback from the County Junior Team Manager/Junior Co-ordinators meeting held at Heaton Park. They feel that in divisions of four teams the matches should be played in May, June and July, thus avoiding the August holiday season.
Revised Rule would read - Matches in each league shall be played on the second Sunday of each month between May and September using a set formula denoted by each team’s seeding at the end of the previous season. Team 1 in each division are the champions/relegated team from the upper division and team 5 are the lowest placed team/promoted team from the lower division.
FOUR TEAM DIVISION
May Fixture 1 v 3 June Fixture 1 v 4 July Fixture 1 v 2
First Fixture2 v 4 June Fixture 2 v 3 July Fixture 3 v 4
THREE TEAM DIVISION
May Fixture 1 v 2 (3 Bye)
June Fixture 3 v losing team from May fixture
July Fixture 3 v winning team from May fixture
CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS
7 Page 170 / New Rules (Proposed by Brian Hampson on behalf of the Management Committee)
Proposal - To state the criteria for a qualifying competition.
Rationale - It is felt that there should be set criteria contained within our rules as is the case with all our other competitions. Competitions will be considered as a qualifier based on a combination of entries and prize money.
New Rule - Promotors of Open Contests can apply to the National Administrator to be considered as a qualifying competition.
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New Rule - Competitions will be considered based on the previous season’s total number of entries and total prize money.
New Rule - No competition will be considered unless in receipt of an Open Contest Certificate.
New Rule - No competition will be considered if they include home bowlers, unless receiving total entries in excess of 128, or allow re-entries.
New Rule - There will be an entry fee, determined by the Management Committee, for each qualifying competition.

CENTENARY MIXED PAIRS
8 Page 176 / 7 (Proposed by Brian Hampson on behalf of the Management Committee)
Proposal - To state that a venue must have two greens.
Rationale - With pairs games usually taking longer than single games the competition can go on until early evening. Given that we play the competition in October, the light draws in quite quickly and, as I believed what happened last year when it was played at the Waterloo, in the absence of floodlights the final finished in near darkness. By stating that a venue has two greens the selected venue will not have to have floodlights as by playing the competition over two greens the final should be played in relative daylight.
Revised Rule would read - The Management Committee will decide the venue which must have two suitable greens.

 

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