Association to be known as the "Fylde Mens Amateur Bowling Association" and to
be restricted to male bowlers living in the area covered by the boundaries of
the North Lancs and Fylde County Bowling Association and for players eligible
for county selection by such Association.
All Fees to be reviewed at the Annual General Meeting each year. Those decided MUST be paid to the association Treasurer before the 31st March. Preferably payment can be made at the A.G.M. or when the handbooks are collected. Cheques should be payable to the "Fylde Amateur Bowling Association".
2. The affairs
of the Association shall be governed by an Executive Council, to consist of one
representative to be appointed annually by each club, with the Officers of the
Association. No representative shall vote on any matter which may affect his own
3. The Officers of
the Association shall comprise Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Hon. Secretary,
Treasurer and five delegates who shall be elected annually at the Annual General
Meeting, to act as the Emergency Committee.
4. Any Fylde
club desirous of being affiliated must be duly proposed and seconded and voted
upon at the General Meeting, this also affects clubs who wish to be reinstated.
5. Any new club joining the Association, must submit a printed list of their members, wishing to play in the Association, to the Association Secretary on or before the 31st March for the coming season. This list should detail Christian Name, Surname & BCGBA Reg no.
For all existing clubs in the Association, the list of registered players from the previous season will be automatically carried over to form their starting list of registered players for the coming season. There will be no requirement for existing clubs to forward a list of their registered members to the Association Secretary, unless they wish to do so.
Any amendments to a clubs existing list of members can be made at any time by contacting the Association Secretary with details of members to be added or removed from the existing list.
For league matches, and with exception to the last 4 games of the season, a team may field any player, even if they have not been registered with the Association Secretary, providing that:-
I. They currently hold a valid BCGBA Registration Number.
II. They are a member of the club.
III. They have not played any other games for another club in the Association during the season.
Any team in breach of the above will be deemed to have played an unregistered player.
Any team playing an unregistered player shall:
5.1 Incur an automatic fine of £5.00 for each unregistered person playing in a match. Any fine so imposed must be paid to the Association Treasurer within 7 days. or this will increase by a further £5.00 for each subsequent 7 days, or part thereof. If a fine remains unpaid for a period of 28 days, the Emergency Committee have the power to take such action as it deems necessary to discipline the offending club.
5.2 Have the result of that particular game amended to 21-0 in favour of the non offending team.
5.3 If the breach occurs in a League fixture; have 5 points deducted from their League total for the season. This to apply whether the player won or lost his game
The Emergency Committee have the power to refuse the registration of any player, or cancel this where they deem it necessary, and their decision shall be final, without appeal at law or otherwise.
6. The Annual General Meeting and prize presentation evening should be held during early February each year. Notices of Motion for alteration of Rules and Bye-Laws of the Association, or the Team Cup Competition, must be received by the Secretary not later than 31 December each year. Such suggestions to be considered by the Emergency Committee, and they to bring forward a recommendation at the Annual General Meeting.
Financial Year End of the Association be 30th September in each year. The
Accounts to be audited and a copy of the Balance Sheet, together with the Agenda
and Notice calling the General Meeting, shall be sent to each affiliated dub at
least 7 days prior to the Annual Meeting. An account shall be opened at a local
branch of an approved Bank or Building Society. All monies received shall be
paid by the Association Treasurer into the Bank or Building Society, and he
shall submit a Statement of Accounts at the Annual General Meeting and at any
other time on request. All cheques shall be signed by two from the Secretary,
Treasurer or Chairman.
8. A Special
Meeting may be called on the requisition of not less than 3 clubs. The notice
calling the meeting shall state the nature of the business, and none other shall
9. No Rule or
Bye-Law shall be altered, rescinded or added to without the consent of at least
two-thirds of those teams present and voting at the Annual General Meeting, or
at an Extra-Ordinary General Meeting convened as in Rule 8, for the specific
purpose of amendment of these Rules or Bye-Laws.
10. Each club
shall be furnished with a copy of the Rules and Bye-Laws of this Association and
should be in possession of an up to date version of the Laws of the Game as
adopted by the British Crown Green Bowling Association. The Emergency Committee
shall have the power to deal with any infringement or offence of the Association
Rules or Bye-Laws, or decide upon any complaint in connection with Association
matters by any club or player. They shall also have the power as circumstances
warrant, to either caution, fine, suspend for a specific period or expel any
such club or player. If the offence is found to affect the result of a League
match, the Emergency Committee may also deduct points up to a maximum of 10.
11. Any club
protesting against another club or player shall do so by means of a resolution
passed by the Committee of the club so protesting. Accompanying the protest a
written statement of the facts relied upon shall be sent to the Association
Secretary and at the same time a copy must be sent to the club protested
against. A protest with regard to all matches must be made within 7 days of the
match being played. The Emergency Committee shall have the power to report to
the Council any infringement of these Rules coming to their notice for
12. During the
last four scheduled weeks of the season, no player who has taken part in 8
matches may play for any other team, in the same or lower division, in a League
or Cup Match. Even if the 8 match limitation has not been reached, a club shall
not include recognised higher standard players in any other team with the object
of obtaining an advantage over their opponents in the league or cup matches (See
also Rule 4, in Rules of Team Cup Competition). Any teams playing an ineligible
player shall be subject to the penalties laid down in Rule 5. The Secretary
shall also be instructed to draw attention of the Emergency Committee to
infringements of this Rule, and the Committee are empowered to take any further
such steps as they deem necessary in accordance with Rule 10.
13. No player
having played in one FABA League team shall play for any other differing FABA
League team during the same "week". The "week" to be Monday to the following
Sunday inclusive. A player shall not play for more than one club in the
Association Competitions in one season, unless:
His original club have withdrawn from the Association after
the commencement of the season.
Exceptionally, and only before 1st June, a club can apply to
the league secretary, with a letter of agreement from the other
club, to transfer a player who has played not more than three
league matches for the other club.
14. All teams
must play the league fixtures on Wednesday evenings in accordance with the
official fixture list. No alteration to these dates, except as provided in Rule
20, shall take place without prior agreement from the Association Secretary. Any
team wishing to re-arrange a match must first of all obtain permission from the
Association Secretary to a re-arrangement, giving reasons for the request. Once
permission has been granted the home captain should provide the opposing team
with 3 alternative dates, at least 7 days prior to the first of these
alternative dates. The dates provided must:
Be prior to the date specified in the fixture list and
Be on at least 2 differing days of the week.
The away team captain must agree to one of
these three dates. The agreed date for play must then be notified by the home
captain, to the Association Secretary, at least 24 hours before the agreed date.
Any infringement of this rule, by either team, shall be punishable by an
automatic fine of £5.00 and a deduction of 10 League points.
Notwithstanding the above, matches scheduled for the final two Wednesdays of a
season may not be rearranged, unless at least one month's notice is given by the
team seeking rearrangement.
15. The number
constituting each League Team in a match shall be 8 men. Each game shall be 21
up. 8 identical jacks, tested and stamped by Official Standard jack Makers or
Testers in accordance with the British Crown Green Bowling Association
Regulations, must be supplied for practice by both sides and 4 of these shall be
used In the match.
Members of the visiting team shall have the lead of the jack at the initial end
and the visiting player shall have the choice of placing the footer within the
meaning of Law 3.1 of the Game of Bowls. IMMEDIATELY a game is completed,
another must be started WITHOUT DELAY by the home captain until all games are
16. Matches to
commence at 7.00pm, except during April and August
when they shall commence at 6.30pm. Any matches during September will commence
at 6:15pm. This latter time may be adjusted to commence
earlier, or later if floodlights are available, subject to the agreement of the
visiting captain. Visiting teams to be allowed 15 minutes practice immediately
preceding the commencement of the match, with exclusive use of the green during
this period. No player may practice on an opponent's green on the day of a
League or Cup match, unless in a designated match or competition, or unless he
is a bona fide member of a club which also has usage of the green concerned.
detailed result of each League match, signed by a representative of each
competing team, must be forwarded immediately by a representative from the home
team to the Association Secretary. It must be received by the Association
Secretary, at the very latest, by 12 noon on the Saturday morning following
completion of the match. Match results may be submitted electronically, via the
website/email and or by post. In the event where a result is submitted
electronically and not by post it is the responsibility of the home team captain
to retain a copy of the actual result card, until the end of season, in case of
any disputes. A card in-correctly or inadequately completed will result in a £5
fine being imposed on BOTH teams. A £5 fine will be levied on the home club for
Any fines incurred under this Rule will also
be subject to the conditions laid down in Rule 5.1 where non payment of such
championship shall go to the team obtaining the greatest number of points.
Matches to be decided on the points progress system; one point shall be given
for each individual win, three points shall be given to the visiting team if
they secure the best aggregate at the end of the game, and two points shall be
given to the home team if they secure the best aggregate at the end of the game.
Maximum points to be collected are eleven points by the visiting team and ten
points by the home team. If there is a tie on the aggregate score the visiting
team shall receive two points and the home team one point.
In the case of a tie, League positions will be decided as follows:- 1. The team with the most games won 2. The team with the most games drawn 3. The team with the highest
individual aggregate difference 4. Greatest number of points in games
between the teams concerned. 5. Better aggregate points difference
in games between the teams concerned.
In the unlikely event of the teams still being level, a play-off will take place
between the teams concerned.
the size of a division is not reduced after the fixtures have been prepared, the
two clubs occupying the bottom positions in each division at the end of the
season shall be relegated, and the two clubs occupying the top positions in each
division be promoted. Where a team withdraws subsequent to the preparation of
the fixtures, the Association Secretary shall draft a suggested constitution
taking into the account the subsequent reduction in competing teams. This to be
agreed, or amended, by the Executive Committee at the Annual General Meeting.
Nothing in this rule shall operate to prevent the A.G.M. promoting or relegating
more than two clubs if they wish to do so.
20. In the case of inclement weather,
or other unforeseen cause, interfering with a match, the two captains
shall decide whether conditions are such as that the match can be
completed. If both captains agree on postponement, or are unable to
agree that conditions are suitable, they must confer IMMEDIATELY to
reach agreement on a revised date.
At the time of postponement, the home captain should offer the away
captain three alternative dates for play. The dates provided must:
Be within 28 days of the postponed fixture, and prior to the
date of the last scheduled match of the season.
Be on at least two differing days of the week
The away captain must agree, within 24 hours of the postponed fixture,
to one of these dates.
The agreed date of play must be notified, by BOTH captains to the
Association Secretary, and this notification must be received by the
Secretary WITHIN 48 hours of the original postponement. Any infringement
of this Rule by either team, shall be punishable by an automatic fine of
£5.00, followed by implementation of the conditions laid down in League
In the unlikely event where both team captains cannot agree on a date
then the fixture WILL be played on the 1st Sunday after 28 days since
the postponed fixture or the 1st Sunday prior to the date of the last
scheduled match of the season, which ever is earlier. Any team failing
to attend will forfeit the match to the opposing team and have 10 league
In the event where the last game of the season is postponed due to inclement weather then the season will be extended by one extra week to allow this fixture to be played.
shall be awarded to the Merit winner and runner-up of each Division. These shall
be determined by the number of games won in league matches, for a particular
team, by each player. Matches played in another team cannot be included towards
a merit prize. If the games won are identical, the prize shall be awarded to the
player having the highest points difference in that team to his credit. If there
is still a tie, then prizes shall be awarded to each player so tieing.
The Association Secretary shall determine the winner of each merit prize. Claims
are not required, but may be presented by a captain within 7 days of the
completion of the season's League Fixtures if they so wish.
22. In the
event of a player having a walkover or where it is subsequently found that a
player has played an ineligible player, then said player shall count 21-0 for
the purpose of the match. For the purpose of his individual aggregate, the
player present is deemed to have won 21-11
23. The Home
Captain shall list his players 1 to 8 on his match team sheet, in the order of
preference that he wishes them to play their match. Without reference to the
match team sheet, the Away Captain shall hand a list of his players to the Home
Captain, numbered 1 to 8, in the order of preference that he wishes his players
to play. The lists shall be paired, the match team sheet completed by the Home
Captain and the games shall be played in that order from which there shall be no
deviation. Any player absent when called to play must be replaced by a reserve
and shall not thereafter play in the match.
competition game shall be marked by an official marker of each club. In the
event of a score-card error which cannot be agreed by markers or respective
captains, the score shall revert to the end where both markers show the score to
have been agreed as correct. An official score card received by the Association
Secretary and signed by the captain or any other person delegated by the captain
of each competing team will be deemed undisputed proof of final score of the
25. The Club
winning the Division One League Championship shall hold the Bickerstaffe Trophy;
the club winning the Division Two Championship, the Founders Shield; the club
winning the Division Three Championship the Briggs Shield; the club winning the
Division Four Championship the Iddon Rose Bowl; the club winning Division Five,
the Division Five Shield, the club winning Division Six, the Division Six
Shield, the club winning Division Seven, the Division Seven Trophy for the
ensuing twelve months.
The champions of each division will in addition, receive a prize for a minimum
of £60 and the runners up in each division shall receive a prize for a minimum
The club winning the Fylde Team Cup Competition shall hold the Teams Cup
All clubs holding any of the Association trophies shall be responsible to return the same in good condition to the Association Secretary or Executive Committee no later than the 15th September. Any trophies not returned by this date shall be subject to a fine of £1.00 for each day they remain overdue.
26. All league
and individual prizes must be collected at the Annual General Meeting, or other
evening set aside for this purpose. Prizes will be forfeited unless attendance
is not possible due to illness or other acceptable reason. Such reason must be
notified to the Secretary prior to the commencement of the presentation evening.
27. All the
property of the Association shall be vested in the Emergency Committee at the
time being, who shall hold the same upon trust for the league.
In the event of the Association being disbanded through any cause whatever, the
Emergency Committee for the time being shall take charge of all Shields, Cups,
The Shields, Trophies, Cups and Prizes should be insured in the name of the
28. Any club or
player failing to comply with the above Rules, and requirements therein laid
down will be liable to be fined, or such other penalty imposed as may be decided
upon by the Emergency Committee, In the event of any club or player failing to
comply with the ruling of the Emergency Committee, that club or player will be
liable to be expelled from the Association.
variation to the dates or venues of matches as laid down by the official Fixture
Book will be permissible without reference to the League Secretary.
1. Open only to clubs of the FYLDE MEN'S AMATEUR
2. Teams to be drawn in pairs; Match on green of
first team drawn of each pair, except semi-finals and final; venue of these to
be fixed by Emergency Committee on neutral greens.
3. Players eligible for the League are eligible
for this competition, but a player must not play for more than one cup team
during the same year.
4. All teams shall consist ONLY of players who
have taken part in a League fixture for that Team, prior to the cup game being
played. This rule shall apply only to the 2nd and subsequent rounds of the cup
competition. (See also Rule 12 in Rules and Bye-Laws).
5. All ties must be played on the Monday night
specified in the League Handbook. The only exceptions to this are those
specified in 5.1 and 5.2 below.
If the green of the home team is not available on the
prescribed date, due to a pre-laid down League Match or Cup Tie,
of this or another League, the two captains should endeavour to
agree a mutually acceptable date for the playing of the tie. Due
to the numerous local Leagues taking place on most other nights,
any such date should be with the mutual consent of both teams.
If the two teams cannot mutually agree to a revised date,
the tie must take place on the following Sunday evening. Both
teams must be prepared to accept this amendment.
In any event the tie must be played prior to the date of the
next scheduled round.
If inclement weather causes postponement from the original
date, the conditions laid down in 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3 apply.
Unavailability of players
will not be accepted as a reason f the non completition of ties
at the times shown above. A team not complying with the above
will automatically be withdrawn from the competition.
Players to be handicapped as per table below; handicap points to be placed on score cards at BEGINNING of each game; games to be 21 up; and a practice to be allowed as in league rules, away team to have first throw of jack. Note: In the event where both teams play on the same green, or both teams are playing on a neutral green, then the handicap will be determined by the highest division team v the lower division team, irrespective of which team comes out first in the draw. If both teams are in the same division then they will play off scratch.
1 Div 2
2 Div 3
3 Div 4
4 Div 5
5 Div 6
1 Div 2
1 Div 3
2 Div 4
3 Div 5
4 Div 6
2 Div 3
1 Div 3
1 Div 4
2 Div 5
3 Div 6
3 Div 4
2 Div 4
1 Div 4
1 Div 5
2 Div 6
4 Div 5
3 Div 5
2 Div 5
1 Div 5
1 Div 6
5 Div 6
4 Div 6
3 Div 6
2 Div 6
1 Div 6
7. A team entering the competition for the first time
shall be allocated a Division One handicap for the first year of entry, unless
due to the known standard of the team it is determined otherwise by the
After the first season a team allocated a Division One handicap shall retain
this until such time as it fails to gain promotion within its respective
8. Winning team to hold the Cup for twelve
months, which must be returned to the Association when requested. The winning
team, runner-up and semi-finalists to receive prizes.
9. In the event of a player being absent from a Cup
match the game shall be awarded 21-0 to his opponent. No handicap score shall be
credited to the absent player. Any team playing an unregistered player in a Cup
Tie will be subject to the penalties detailed in League Rule 5.
10. The winning side in all rounds shall be
determined on total aggregate score alone.
11. A tie shall be replayed within 7 days on
green of visiting club, handicap allowance altered accordingly. if a tie in
replay, the second replay to be on a neutral green to be decided by the
Emergency Committee, with the handicap as per Rule 6.
12. The Laws of the Game as adopted by the
B.C.G.B.A. and the Rules of the F.A.B.A. to apply to this Competition on all
points not specifically covered by these Rules, and the Emergency Committee of
the F.A.B.A. are empowered to adjudicate upon all matters of dispute in
connection with the competition.
13. The order of play in the qualifying rounds,
prior to the semi-finals, shall be determined as in League Rules 23. In the
semi-finals and final:
The nearest team to the venue to have first practice between
6.30 and 6.40pm, the furthest team from the venue to have second
practice between 6.40 and 6.50pm.
The team practising first to lead Blocks one, three, five
and seven in the match. The team practising second lead Blocks
two, four, six and eight in the match.
Each captain must submit the name of his 8 players to the
designated officials, prior to the draw taking place. All games
must be played in the order in which they are drawn by the
officials. If a player is not present when called, a reserve
must be substituted by that team immediately. The reserve cannot
be a player already drawn to play in a subsequent game in the
match. If a player is not present when called and no reserve is
immediately available the game will be forfeited by that team.
21 points shall be awarded to the opposing player. No handicap
score shall be credited to the absent player.
team not fulfilling an advertised Cup match, and not giving a maximum of
three days notice of their intentions, will be fined a sum £10.