1. The League shall be called the Steeple Bumpstead Bowls League.
  2. The League shall elect a President, Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, League Captain, League Fixture/Results Secretary. These together with a representative from each team in the League, shall form the full committee. Half the number of representatives will be a quorum. If an Emergency Meeting is called by the Management committee, all representatives are required to attend, a fine being the penalty for failure to attend.
  3. The Management Committee will consist of the President, the Chairman, the Secretary, the Treasurer, League Captain, League Fixtures/Results Secretary, the Competitions Secretary and a representative from each of five clubs.
  4. Each League team will be allowed one delegate to vote at the Annual General Meeting.
  5. Clubs entering teams in the League shall pay a subscription for each team entered. Any deficit at the end of the season shall be made up by the clubs subscribing equally. All new teams entering the League shall start in the lowest division.
  6. Alterations and additions to these rules may only be made at the Annual General Meeting, held in November. They must be submitted in writing to the secretary 28 days before the meeting.
  7. Matters in dispute must be submitted to the Club Secretary in writing to the League Secretary within seven days of their occurrence. No action can be taken on verbal reports.

  8. All matches shall be played under League or Competition Rules (or by Bowls England/World Bowls: Laws of the Sport of Bowls where SBBL Rules do not apply). All protests and disputes shall be decided by the League Management Committee whose decision shall be final.
  9. Each team will play a home and away fixture against each other team in their division. The match will consist of three triples of 18 ends. A draw will be made for rinks. Two points will be awarded for the winner of each triple and one for a draw. Four points will be awarded to the overall shots' winner.
  10. In League, K.O. Cups and Walter Smith Cup matches there shall be no trial ends. All shots will be scored on each end.
  11. In Cup Competitions players must have played in at least three League games to be eligible for the semi-final or the Final Clubs are to notify the League Fixture & Results Secretary of their teams at least 48 hours before the Final. Any Club failing to notify the League Fixture Secretary within the specified time or fielding an eligible player will forfeit the game. Any alterations to the team due to sickness etc, must be notified to the League and Fixture Secretary before the start of the game.
  12. League games will be played on either a Friday or Monday evening.
  13.  [a] In event of a League Match having to be abandoned due to weather, if a total of 36 ends have been completed, the score when the match was abandoned will count as result. If a Walter Smith Cup or Knockout Cup game is abandoned due to weather, it will be replayed from the start.
    [b] League fixtures should be played on the arranged date which appears in the handbook and on website. Clubs have until 28th February each year to negotiate fixtures changes with the League Results Secretary. No alterations can be made after this date unless in exceptional circumstances.
    [c] Bad weather is the only reason for a game to be postponed. If a fixture is postponed for any other reason the team postponing the game will have 10 points deducted from their overall points total. The game must be rearranged, and the Fixture & Results Secretary informed of the new date within seven days. Failure to notify the Fixture and Results Secretary within this time frame will result in the Fixture and Result Secretary setting the new date for the match.
    [d] If a game is postponed, the Home Captain should inform the League Results Secretary as soon as possible and certainly within three days. The date of the rearranged fixture should also be communicated to the Results Secretary as soon as possible.
    [e] A re-arranged fixture may not be scheduled for a date after the last Friday on the fixture list. The exception to this is a fixture affected by bad weather on that last Friday
  14. [a] Clubs with more than one team in the League should be free to move players from one team to another, but no player from a higher team [defined by League position] may play in the lower League team in the last two games of the season, or the Club Cup Semi-Final/Finals. The player is deemed to be a player for the higher team if he/her has played three times or more in the higher team during that season. Failure to comply with this rule will result in a penalty of 10 shots
    [b] In League and Division Knockout Cup games, if a team arrives a player short [eight players] 15 minutes will be allowed for the player arrive. If the player has not arrived after that time, the triple in which the player had been included will become a pair and will be played in accordance with Appendix Rulel4[b] shown in the handbook. No further penalty will be imposed on the team playing with eight bowlers.
    [c] In the event of illness or injury a substitute is allowed.
    [d] The minimum width of a rink shall be twelve feet.
    [e] League matches and Competitions shall commence on time at 6:30 pm except the first two matches in May and the last two matches in August which shall commence at 6:15 pm
    [f] Dress Code: All players shall wear for every match affiliated to the League: A white or registered club coloured top, (the wearing of a tie, or cravat is optional), and grey trousers or Bowls England grey shorts -no player is to wear jeans or jogging bottoms. Ladies may wear grey trousers, or cropped grey trousers, grey skirt or Bowls England grey shorts.

    Waterproof jackets/coats should be white whenever possible

    When a player represents the League they are NOT to wear Club tops but a white shirt/top and men to wear a tie, not necessarily a League tie.

    For the Dick Moody Officers Trophy and playing for "The Rest" in "The Champs vs The Rest" NO players are to wear grey jeans or jogging bottoms, but grey trousers or Bowls England grey shorts and Ladies to wear grey skirts or trousers, cropped grey trousers or Bowls England grey shorts.

    The dress code for Finals Day will be whites; this can include Bowls England white shorts.

    Should a player arrive to play in these matches and not dressed accordingly the League will not allow the player to play.

    As regards League, Cup, and Competition matches, it is requested that players abide by the dress code, however, should a home team see that a player of the visiting side who is not wearing the appropriate dress code then the home team will allow the player to play in the match but will write to the away side and state that she/he will not be welcome at their club again if the dress code is improper again.

    [g] Players shall wear smooth-soled heel-footwear as required in E.B.A. rules.
  15. The result cards signed and dated by both Captains, must be scanned and emailed or posted to the League Results Secretary, to reach shim no later than FIVE days after the date of the game. Should the cards not be received in time there will be ONE point deduction made against the home teams.
  16. The team scoring the highest number of points at the end of the season shall be Division Champions and shall hold the trophy for one year.
    All trophies presented at Finals Day including every Competition and Divisional Champions and Runners-up Shields must be returned to the League Secretary by 1st August the following season.
    Under no circumstances are the trophies to become the property of any person. The Club or person holding the trophy shall be responsible for the return of trophy or its value.
  17. If two or more teams have scored the same number of points at the end of the season, the team with the highest shots difference shall be the division winner. The same criterion would also apply to determine relegation positions
  18. The winners of each of the divisions of the League are expected to enter a team of eight bowlers for "The Champions vs The Rest" on the Saturday after Finals Day. All Divisional trophies will be presented at this match. Knock-out Cups will be presented on Finals Day.
  19. If Finals Day is rained off, it will be moved to the venue and date of the Champions v The Rest fixture (which is a Saturday).  That fixture will be rearranged for another Saturday in September, if possible.
  20. Players bringing the League into dispute. Any player from any Club representing the Steeple Bumpstead Bowls League to be found to bring the League into disrepute will be banned for a period agreed by the Management Committee.

Appendix Rule 14B

The order of play where a pair will play when a triples cannot play should be as follows:

When the pair of players win the jack known as Team A

Lead A/ Lead B/ Second B

Lead A / Lead B/ Second B

Lead A/ Lead B/ Second B

Skips Play as normal.

When Team B wins the jack:

Lead B/ Lead A/ Second B

Lead B/ Lead A/ Second B

Lead B/ Lead A/ Second B

Skips play as normal.

This ensures no player players consecutively.

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