SENIOR GENTS COMPETITION RULES 2018                         BACK

1       Competition Entry Forms must be completed and handed to the office together with the entry fee prior to the    advertised closing date.


2     Official Entry: In all competitions the players who play in the first game constitute the official entry. Only Players who are 60 years of age and over can enter the Singles Championship, Four Bowl Pairs, Triples and Fours. Players aged 55 years and over are eligible to play in the Single Sets, Handicap Singles and any non SIBA event including friendlies.

3     Only complete teams can compete in competitions. Any member who has not paid their subscription by the due date will have their name deleted from the competition and may not play in or as a substitute in any other competition until their subscriptions have been paid. The member will be so notified. The member may also not represent the Club until the subscriptions have been paid. New members may enter a competition or play as a substitute provided that they have paid their subscriptions.

4     Draw: All competitions will be drawn after the closing date and the Match Secretary will enter the completion dates and times for each round into the diary and on the Competition Chart.

5     Rinks will be drawn by the Office Staff prior to the time of the tie. Where there are 6 or less ties rinks will be drawn from rinks 2 to 7.

6     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 6.1 – 6.6 – 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.

6.1   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.


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

6.3     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.

6.4     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.

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

6.6     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.

7     Ties

7.1  Up until the semi-final stage , Singles 21 shots or 3 hours, Pairs 17 ends or 3 hours, Triples 15 ends or 3 hours, Rinks 17 ends or 3 hours. The Handicap singles and Billy Buchanan singles will be 21 or 2 hours. Single sets will be 3 hours and played to completion – see section 7.1.5.

7.1.1   If the tie is drawn then an extra end will be played to decide the tie.

7.1.2   The semi-final and final will be allocated 4 hours apart from the Singles championship, Single Sets , Handicap Singles and Billy Buchanan Singles which will be 3 hours.

7.1.3 DRESS CODE for Semi-final and final

Note that in the semi-final and final Dress Code must be consistent with SIBA rules 8a) and b) as per Year book 2018-19. Gents can wear grey or black trousers, white polo shirt, white collared shirt and tie, white pullover if worn and club coloured shirts. NOTE that all teams must wear the same colour shirt. Any team not adhering to this rule run the risk of disqualification. The only exception to this rule is where a team is short of a player immediately before a game and requires a substitute to make up the team.

7.1.4   The cost of the 3 hour session will be determined by the management committee.


7.1.5   The Single Sets competition will be allocated 3 hours and will be played under SIBA rules i.e.

  1. i) The game will consist of the best of two sets of nine ends per set. The winner of each set will be the team with the most shots at the completion of the 9th end. If at any point it becomes impossible for one player to draw or win the set given the number of ends remaining then no more bowls will be delivered and the set concluded.
  2. ii) If the shot scores are tied after the last end of a set, the set is drawn. If a match is tied (two drawn sets or one set each) after the two sets have been competed, a best of three ends match tie breaker will be played to determine the winner.

iii) In the 3 end Tiebreak only the winner of the end will matter and not the number of shots scored.

  1. iv) Should the match Tiebreak still be tied after 3 ends (eg a No Shot has been scored) then a fourth end will be played to determine the outcome of the match.
  2. v) The winner of the toss will have the choice of delivering the jack or playing the last bowl at the beginning of the first set only. The person who loses the toss will have the choice of delivering the jack or playing the last bowl at the beginning of the second set only.
  3. vi) A further toss will take place if the match moves to the 3 end Tiebreaker. The person winning this toss will have the choice of delivering the jack or playing the last bowl in the first and third ends. The person losing the toss will have the choice of delivering the jack or playing the last bowl in the second end.

vii) Should a fourth end be required then a further toss will take place with the winner having the choice of delivering the jack or playing the last bowl in that end.

viii) In all ends subsequent to the first in each set, the winner of the preceding scoring end shall deliver the jack.

7.1.6   The Buzzer Rule: The singles rule is that when the 15 minute buzzer sounds or 15 minutes before the 3 hour session ends finish the end in progress and play two more ends.

         An end has started once the jack has been delivered from a proper stance on a properly placed mat.

For pairs, triples and rinks the rule is to finish the end in play and play another end.

7.2   Trial ends may be played within the session time.

7.3   The cost for the 4 hour sessions will be 1.5 times the 2 hour rate except for the Singles and the Single Sets which will be determined by the management committee.

7.4   Date of Ties: All ties shall be played on or by the end of the date entered into the diary and on the competition chart. The tie may be re-arranged to a later time on the completion date for the tie subject to agreement by both participating teams. The office must be advised of the re-arranged time.


If on the day of a tie a team is unable to attend they should endeavour to contact their opponent and the office as soon as possible. No   contact with the office or the opposition shall constitute the conceding of the tie and the player unable to attend will be liable for both rink fees.

7.5   Ties may be re arranged to a date and time prior to date in the diary subject to rink availability and the new date and time is entered into the diary only by the office staff. The diary will be available for viewing during Office Hours only. Contact the office for available dates and times and have the new date and time registered in the diary.


7.6  For Semi Finals and Finals permission to re arrange the dates and times must be obtained from the Match Secretary so that umpire cover is arranged for these games.

Where agreement cannot be reached for the date and time of a match to be rearranged then the match secretary will specify the date and time for the tie to be played.

7.7   Ties Conceded: If a tie is being conceded, written notice must be left at the office and opponents notified.Under these circumstances opponents do not have to appear, to claim the tie. Both parties will be responsible for rink fees.


7.8  Late time allowance for all KO competitions is 10 minutes. Players must be on the carpet ready to play on or before the 10 minute time allowance has expired. The team late to arrive will forfeit the game and be deemed to have played in the competition therefore cannot return to the competition as a substitute. Anyone accommodating late teams by playing the tie after the time allowed will also be disqualified.

7.9  Extensions: Every effort must be made to play the tie on or prior to the date specified. Extensions beyond this date will not be granted unless in exceptional circumstances. Any team applying to the Match Secretary for an extension must have consulted their opposition to obtain their agreement and to establish the earliest possible date when the tie can be played. If no agreement can be reached the Match Secretary will require both teams to explain the reasons why the match could not be played prior to the closing date for the round and why an extension date should be arranged. The Match Secretary will, after taking into consideration the information given, specify a date and time for the match to be played. The Match Secretary’s decision is Final. It is the responsibility of the team requesting the extension to inform their opposition of the new date for the tie.

7.10     Score cards must be properly filled in. The card must then be signed by the skip.

8     Player(s) who cannot play their game must inform their opponents and the office that they cannot play. 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 and will forfeit the tie. The tie will have deemed to have been played therefore the losers may not return to the competition as a substitute.

9     If a tie is being conceded, written notice must be left at the office and opponents notified. Under these circumstances, opponents do not have to appear to claim the tie. Both parties will be responsible for rink fees.

10   Three/Four Hour Session: When a three/four hour session is scheduled during a league game session, the rink may be drawn and the league team asked to move to the vacant rink.

11   Late Start: If approval is given by the Match Secretary for a semi-final or final to start later than the normal session time the new start time must be registered in the diary beforehand. The tie must also finish within the original 3 or 4 hour session period and if drawn at the end of the period an extra end will be played.

12   Substitutes

All substitutes must be fully paid up members of F.I.B.C and have not played in the competition.

Skips should bring their own substitutes.

Substitutes brought in prior to the game start time may play in any position.

One Substitute only will be allowed in Pairs: two substitutes will be allowed in Triples and Fours. No further substitutes will be allowed.

Substitutes must remain for the duration of the competition.

The player who dropped out can no longer take part in the competition.

Team member taken ill during a game: A Substitute may be brought in to a for a team member who has taken ill during the game     provided that he is eligible to play in the competition.

In a Fours game if it is the Skip who has taken ill then the third will move to Skip and the substitute may play in any other position. In a Pairs or Triples the substitute may play in any position.


13   Any deviation from the above rules will result in the offending player(s) being disqualified and the tie awarded to the opponents.

14   Changes to the Rules: Any changes to the rules will be decided by and approved by the Management Committee and posted on the notice board.


15   Disputes: Any disputes with regard to decisions made by the Match Secretary shall be shall be referred to the Management Committee to be resolved. The Management Committee decision will be final.


NOTE 1: The above rules must be read in conjunction with the Club General Rules.


NOTE 2 : The correct position for the Jack on the tee is that the front face of the Jack must align with the front face of the Tee and on the centre line.