Gents Competition Rules

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.

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 dates and times entered into the diary and the competition chart by the Match Secretary.

5       Rinks will be drawn by the Office Staff on the day of the tie.

6       Ties

6.1    All Gents ties shall be of 4 hours duration 21 shots for the singles, Pairs and Rinks 21ends, Triples 18ends and the 2 bowl pair’s sets the best of 3 sets of 7 ends.

         All Mixed ties shall be of 4 hours duration the best of 3 sets of 7 ends for the singles, Pairs and Rinks 21ends, Triples 18 ends.

         A Sets Match win will be 2 sets to 0 or 2sets to1.

If level after the last end of a Tie or Set an extra end shall be played.

Burned ends shall be replayed.

6.2    Trial ends may be played within the session time.

6.3    The cost for the 4 hour sessions will be 1.5 times the 2 hour rate except for the Singles and for the 2 bowl pairs which will be £3. The Two Bowl pair’s sets competition will be played under SIBA rules.

6.4   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.

6.5    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 to have the new date and time registered in the diary.

6.6    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.

6.7    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.

6.8    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.

6.7    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. For example one player missing from a triple or four does not warrant an extension. 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.

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

7       Teams 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.

8       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.

9       Four Hour Session: When a 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.

10     Substitutes

  1. All substitutes must be fully paid up members of F.I.B.C and have not played in the competition.
  2. Skips should bring their own substitutes.
  3. Substitutes brought in prior to the game start time may play in any position.
  4. One Substitute
  5. Substitutes must remain for the duration of the competition.
  6. The player who dropped out can no longer take part in the competition.
  7. 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 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.

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

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

12   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.