SENIOR GENTS LEAGUE RULES 2018                           BACK

1     Teams must comprise a sponsor/team manager and six registered players. Sponsors must inform the Seniors Match Secretary via the sheets on the notice board if players either join or leave their teams.

Maximum number in a team

      Starting season 2012 /13 the maximum number of players in a team is limited to 6 players.

      Teams with more than 6 players currently registered in their team may retain that number for the present but they cannot register any new player until their player strength drops to 5 registered players. Teams may register a Temporary player to cover long term sickness or holidays but the temporary player must leave the team when the registered member returns to the team.

       As of the beginning of 2017 players who are over 55 years of age are allowed to participate in the senior leagues and friendlies. A maximum of 2 players aged between 55 and 59 are allowed in any one team except if a player of that age comes into a team requiring a substitute.


2    The team sponsor must enter his team sheet at the end of each season or advise the office if there is no entry for the next season. It is the responsibility of the team sponsor to ensure that all league games are played or paid for throughout the season.

Teams may operate with less than 6 players provided that there are no members waiting to join a team. Sponsors will be encouraged take members from the sheets if there are members waiting to join a team.

A Team must have three registered players playing in any game. No team is allowed to play with only three players if there are substitutes available.

Teams who cannot play their game must inform their opponents and the office that they cannot play. The defaulting team may re-arrange the game subject to the opposition agreement provided it is played within 2 weeks.

If Both Teams agree not to play then neither team will receive any points or shots and each team will pay for their own rink fees.

Teams who fail to turn up for their game and have not informed the opposition and the office will be liable to pay their own and the opposition rink fees. Penalty: 2 points + 8 shots awarded to the opponents of a league team and 2 points and 9 shots to a triples.


3     RESPOTTED JACKS - Burned Ends will be played in accordance with the latest SIBA Rules Year Book under SIBA Rules and Regulations 2018-2019 p77 – section 3 - see section 3.1 – 3.6 – of this document on RESPOTTED JACKS These rules will now apply to all SIBA league, cup and team games and all FIBC league and knock out games including inter club friendly matches as follows.

3.1   In the event of the jack being hit off the rink it will be replaced at one of two pre-defined white spots on the rink which are in line with the 2 metre T mark and half way between the centre line of the rink and the edge of the rink, before the next bowl is delivered or the end decided. If the jack is hit off the rink to the right it will be repositioned on the right white spot and so on. When the predefined spot is occupied, the jack will be repositioned at the nearest available position along the line between the predefined points and the centre line of the rink, but not touching an obstructing bowl.

          Note: The two white re-spots are in position either side of the 2 metre tee. The Yellow 3 metre tee and adjacent spots are for PBA Competitions and must not be used.


3.2     The jack when hit into the ditch within the rink width will remain in play and not be repositioned.

3.3     Any bowl leaving the confines of the rink (except on delivery) and not a live toucher in the ditch will be deemed to be dead and immediately removed.

3.4     A Live rebounding jack, within the confines of the rink, but is less than a minimum of 20 metres from the mat, will be repositioned at the appropriate pre-defined spot.

3.5     Should the jack leave the confines of the rink behind the rear ditch then it will be respotted on the 2 metre mark.

3.6     In the event of a Dead End being created due to a function of the Laws of the Sport (such as Bowl Displacement) then the WIBC Laws of the Sport rules should be followed and will be played in same direction as originally played even if outwith the time limit.



4       Games must be played on the dates and times shown on the playing schedule.


5        Late time allowance for all leagues is 5 minutes and the game must end at the scheduled time.

6     Score cards must be properly filled in and signed.

7     Subscriptions Any member who has not paid their subscription by the 30th September will have their name deleted from all Leagues and may not act as a substitute in any league. The member will be so notified. The member may also not represent the Club until the subscription is paid. New Members may join a league after they have paid their subscription.

8     Teams who cannot play their game must inform their opponents and the office that they cannot play. The defaulting team may re-arrange the game subject to the opposition agreement provided it is played within 2 weeks.

       If Both Teams agree not to play then neither team will receive any points or shots and each team will pay for their own rink fees.

9     Substitutes

       Any player who would like a game can put his name on the substitutes board at least 5 mins before the start of a game.

The Call for Substitutes will be 5 minutes prior to the start of the game. A team with 3 players must call for a substitute. If there are no substitutes available and the player is expected to appear, 5 minutes late time will be allowed from the start time (10.00am or 12 noon) of the game for him to be ready to start the game.

Substitutes must be drawn from the names on the board in the presence of a Seniors Committee member or office staff and indicated by ‘S’ on the card.

      Substitutes may play in any position other than Skip. A team with only 2 players cannot call for a substitute. If a registered 3rd player arrives within the 5min late time that team can play and is entitled to get a substitute if one is available to make team up to four.

Once a substitute has been allocated he will play even if the other substituted player appears.

      A player cannot be registered in both the A and the B leagues on the same day but can play as a substitute if there are no other substitutes available

10  Players may be registered in 4 Leagues on four separate days


11   The winners of all leagues, decided on points, then shots, over the whole season or season from January to end of season as determined by the senior committee at the beginning of each season, will participate in the playoffs in April for the William Scott Trophy (A League) and the Charlie Brown Quaich (B League). Notification of the playoffs will be displayed on the senior’s notice board.


12   Play Offs: In order to qualify for the play offs a player must be registered and have played at least six league games in the season. A substitute may only play if there are not enough registered players available and must be taken from the team finishing second in the relevant league. Prior to the pay offs, if players are in contention to represent more than one team, team managers must declare their teams to the Seniors Match Secretary.

13   Any deviation from the above rules will result in the game being awarded to the opposing team.


14   Promotion/Relegation - The bottom two teams in the ‘A’ Leagues, decided on points and shots over the whole season, will be demoted to the ‘B’ leagues and the top two teams of the ‘B’ League will be promoted to the ‘A’ Leagues.


15   Any changes in the rules will be decided by the Seniors Committee approved by the Management Committee and posted on the notice board.


16   Any grievances must be submitted in writing to the Seniors Match Secretary. The Seniors Committee’s decision is final.


17   The Match Secretary is authorised in the event of unequal entries of teams in each league to balance the number of teams in the A and B leagues to ensure proper operation of the leagues.


NOTE: The above rules must be read in conjunction with the Club General Rules.