Lytham St. Anne’s Men’s Bowling League
League Rules and Competition Notes
(This League encourages the participation of disabled players and
recognises their needs)
Rule 1. : League Name.
The League shall be known as ‘Lytham St.
Annes Mens Bowling League’,
and all League matches to be played under British Crown Green Bowling
Association (hereinafter BCGBA) rules.
Rule 2. :
The affairs of the League be governed by an Executive Committee elected
annually at the A.G.M. The Officers of the League Committee shall comprise
Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Fixture Secretary and the
Competition Secretary. Any Club without a representative on the Executive
Committee may send a member to a League Committee Meeting, who will have the
power to vote on matters arising.
Rule 3. :
Subscriptions and Teams
The annual subscription of each Club shall be determined annually at the A.G.M.
A Club wishing to revise the number of
teams competing in the League for that club must notify the secretary in
writing by the 31st October prior to the new season.
Rule 4. :
The financial year-end of the League shall be the 31st October.
Rule 5. :
Annual General Meeting
The League A.G.M. shall be held not later than the 31st January and all
members of league clubs may attend. For all matters requiring a vote, a
maximum of three representatives from each club will each cast one vote. All
members of the Executive Committee and Officers of the League, excluding the
Chairman, may represent their Club and exercise one of the Club’s three
The Chairman may cast an additional casting vote if necessary to break a
Rule 6. :
The Treasurer shall submit a statement of the financial position of the League
at the A.G.M. and at any other time on request.
Rule 7. : Rule Amendments
No League rule shall be altered, except at the A.G.M. Notice of any suggested
alterations must be in the hands of the Secretary by the 31st October, who
shall advise each Club Secretary of any proposed alteration at least 14 days
prior to the date of the A.G.M. Any club wishing to move an amendment to a
proposed amendment shall notify the Secretary, in writing, no later than 7 days
prior to the date of the A.G.M.
Rule 8. : Registration
Any new club joining the League must submit a printed list of their members,
wishing to play in the League, to the Fixture 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 League, 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 Fixture 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
Fixture 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 Fixture Secretary, providing that:-
I. They currently hold a valid BCGBA Registration Number OR a number has been
II. They are a member of the club.
III. They have not played any other games for another club in the League during
the season. See exception below.
Bowlers shall only be allowed to play for one Club in a specific league in any
one season, i.e Bowlers may play for different clubs
in the different leagues, except prior to the 31st July and provided the player
has not played more than five matches. Individual applications must be made to
the Fixture Secretary with a letter from his existing Club giving permission
for transfer to a new Club. Any transfers must be agreed with the Fixture
Secretary before the bowler can play for the new club. Only registered players
may play in the last 4 games of the season and no new registrations will be
permitted during this period.
Any team in breach of the above will be deemed to have played an unregistered
Rule 9. : Matches
The Lytham St Annes Men’s Bowling League consists of
3 separate leagues:
Evening League - Note: Ladies are permitted to play in this league.
League – Played on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.
Rule 10. : Player qualification for a Match and
A player may play for any team
within his club at any time, but may only play for one team on any one day and the
total games playable during the season shall not be more than that of any team
within the League concerned. If therefore there are a varying number matches
playable in differing Divisions, of the same League, the player can play up to
the total of the team with the highest number of games playable of a team in
the League concerned.
Even if the match limitation
has not been reached then the following will also apply:
league position” is at the date the match is played.
Monday & Friday Evening Leagues: Once a player has WON 6 or more matches for a single team he may not play for another
team which is in a lower league position.
during the last four scheduled matches
of the season and where the fixture may affect the Championship, Runner Up or relegation
positions, a player who has played in 8
or more matches for a single team may NOT play for another team which is in
a lower league position.
Veterans League: Once a player has WON 6 or
more matches for a single team he may not play for another team which is in a
lower league position.
during the last four scheduled matches
of the season and where the fixture may affect the Championship, Runner Up,
promotion or relegation positions, a
player who has played in 8 or more
matches for a single team may NOT
play for another team which is in a lower league position.
If there is any doubt about the
eligibility of a player, then please check with the fixture secretary before
Any team playing an ineligible
player shall be subject to the following penalty. The offending player shall
lose the match, the game being awarded 21-0 in favour of the non-offending
team. For the purpose of the League Merit table, the score shall count as 21-15
to the non-offending player. The Match Secretary shall be instructed to draw to
the attention, of the League Officials, any noticeable infringements of this
rule. The League Officials are empowered to take any steps as they deem
necessary. This may include a fine or the deduction of further points if the
circumstances warrant such action.
Rule 11. :
Promotion and Relegation
Monday Evening League:
The bottom two
teams in Division 1 will be relegated to Division 2, and the top two teams in
Division 2 will be promoted to Division 1.
Friday Evening League:
Until such time
there is more than one division in the Friday league, relegation and promotion
is not applicable.
Promotion and relegation will apply annually.
The top two teams in Division 2 will be promoted to Division
1, and the bottom 2 teams in Division 1 will be relegated to Division 2 for the
Rule 12. : Commencement of Game
Matches shall commence no later than 15 minutes after the scheduled start time.
If the Captains agree and the conditions or failing light warrant it, they
shall have the necessary power to start the game at an earlier time than that
Rule 13. :
Match Postponement provisions
A match cannot be postponed due to lack
of players, unless it is at the end of the season and does not affect
relegation, promotion or Championship / Runners Up positions and is agreed by
both Captains and The Fixtures Secretary.
Where a match
has been postponed through inclement weather, or unforeseen cause, the
following procedure must be followed:
13.1 Within 24
hours of the match being postponed:
Home Captain, or delegate, must offer the Away Captain, or delegate, two alternative
dates, together with the times of play.
These should be on 2 differing days of the week and must be within 14 days of
the original postponement.
13.1.3 If the postponement occurs within 14 days of the end of the season for
that particular team, the alternatives offered MUST be prior to the last
scheduled date laid down for the League fixtures. Where the time constricts the
application of this, the Fixture Secretary must be consulted on the day of
13.1.4 The Home Captain should also ensure that the Fixture Secretary is
informed of the postponement and the alternative dates offered to the Away
13.1.5 If the Away Captain, or delegate, is not offered revised alternative
dates in accordance with 13.1.1 to 13.1.3 of this rule, he should inform the Fixture
Secretary of the fact.
13.2 Within 48
hours from the original time of play:
13.2.1 The Away Captain, or delegate, must accept one of the
alternatives and notify the Home Captain, or delegate, accordingly. He should
also notify the Fixture Secretary of the agreed date of play.
13.2.2 If the Home Captain, or delegate, has not received confirmation of the
revised date within 48 hours, he should inform the Fixture Secretary of this
13.2.3 The Fixture Secretary then has the power to designate a revised date of
play, which will normally take into account the two dates initially notified by
the Home Captain. He will inform the Away Captain of this revised date and no
appeal will be allowed to this. If either team is not present on this
designated date, their opponents will be awarded a walkover and full match
points as applicable.
13.3 After 72 hours from the original date of play:
13.3.1 If the Fixture Secretary has not received the revised date of play
within this time, he will have the power to designate a date on which the match
MUST be played. Both teams must adhere to this ruling and no appeal shall be
allowed. If either team is not present in the designated date, their opponents
will be awarded a walkover and full match points as applicable.
In this entire rule, the Fixture Secretary will work in conjunction with the
League Officials, but his decision will be final.
Rule 14. : Making
14.1 For the
first match of the season, pairings will be decided by turning over the score
14.2 From the second match on-wards players
will be placed on the sheet in points difference (PD) order. In the event of
two or more players having the same PD, the order will be determined on the
turn of a card by the opposing captain.
actual playing order of the matches
to be decided by the home captain.
must provide an up-to record of PD’s to their opposite number if required.
14.5 Players who play in different Divisions
during the season will have separate PD’s for each Division in which they play.
14.6 Players moving from one team to another
within the same Division will retain
their divisional PD and be placed on the team sheet accordingly. i.e. If a player has a PD of +15 with one
team and a PD of -2
with another team then his divisional PD = +13.
14.7 Players moving from one division to a
higher division for the first time during a season will be placed at the bottom
of the sheet for two games and subsequently take their place in the sheet by
means of their newly acquired Divisional PD.
14.8 Players moving from one division to a
lower Division for the first time during the season will be placed at the top
of the sheet for two games and subsequently take their place in the sheet by
means of their newly acquired Divisional PD.
14.9 A player due to play their first league game of the season after
the opening round of matches (regardless of division) will be deemed to have a
PD of ‘0’ and will be placed in the team sheet accordingly.
14.10 After the team sheet has been prepared in
PD order and presented to the opposing captain any requested change of player
resulting from unforeseen circumstances such as absence or illness will require
the nominated substitute to be placed in the sheet in the place of the absentee
regardless of the PD’s
involved. Any blatant misuse of this rule to gain an unfair advantage will result in an enquiry by the committee and may result in
loss of points.
14.11 A player who has a Walkover due to the
absence of an opponent shall be deemed to have won the game 21-15 and +6 be
added to his PD. (Still shown as 21-0 on the match result as per the old
14.12 At the end of the season the divisional merit winner will be
awarded as per Rule 26.
Rule 15. :
Practice other than 15 minutes prior to the start of
the match, must not take place on an opposing teams green on the day of the
League match, unless the player is a member of the opposing Club or involved in
a tournament on that green. In the 15 minutes before a scheduled match start
time, the away team has exclusive use of the green for practice. The visiting
Captain shall be allowed
15 minutes prior to this time to allow for the draw to take place and the match
to commence at the correct time.
Rule 16. :
In each match, the Jack shall be led off by the visiting team.
Rule 17. :
Provision of Jacks
The home club must provide eight standard Jacks. These standard Jacks, (which
must be in date in accordance with the current BCGBA rules) must be used in
practice before the match; four of these then to be used in the match.
Failure to comply with this rule will result in a fine of £1.00 per
non-certified Jack per match. Not more than four Jacks shall be used on the
green at the same time, except if conditions warrant it and the captains agree.
They shall have the discretionary power to put up to six Jacks on the green at
the same time.
Rule 18. :
There shall be two markers for each game. All cases of dispute will be governed
by the Laws of the BCGBA, a copy of which must be held by each club and shall
be interpreted by a both Captains who shall be appointed by the home club
Captain before each match commences.
Rule 19. :
Each game shall be 21 up, from scratch; a player having a walkover shall count
21-0 for the purpose of the match result, but for Merit purposes, his score
shall count as 21-15.
Rule 20. :
League Match Points Scoring System
The result of each match to be calculated as follows:
Both the home and away teams shall receive one point for each winning
An additional two points will be awarded to a home team with the winning
An additional three points will be awarded to an away team with the winning
In the event of the aggregate being equal, then one point will be awarded to
the home team and one point will be awarded to the away team.
Rule 21. :
Final League Table Points Scoring System
The championship shall go to the team obtaining the greatest number of Match
Points, as decided in Rule 20 above. In the case of a tie for any position in
the League, the positions will be decided by factors in the following
1. The team with the most Games won during the season.
2. The team with the highest Individual Aggregate Points Difference during the
3. The team with the greatest number of Match Points in games between the two
teams during the season.
4. The team with the higher Aggregate Points Difference between the two teams
during the season.
In the event of two or more teams still being level, a play off will take place
between the teams concerned.
The result of the play-off will be decided on the number of Games Won during
the play-off. In the event of a 4-4 tie, the Individual Aggregate Points total
shall be the deciding factor. If the teams are still level, a further play-off
shall take place.
Rule 22. :
Submission of Results
The detailed result of each match should be transmitted to the Match Secretary,
by each home team captain, or his appointed delegate, within 24 hours of the
completion of the match.
The preferred methods of submission are as follows:
1. Website Input -- Input via the
www.online-bowls.com website by an authorised delegate of each club or
Other accepted methods of submission are;
2. Email. By forwarding an email to
the Match Secretary, attaching a detailed match result sheet.
3. Direct Delivery. The completed
result details should be delivered to the Home address of the Match
4. First Class Post. By posting,
first class details of the match result to the Home address of the Match
Rule 23. : Cups
The Challenge Cup and/or Shield, appropriate to each division, shall be held
from year to year by the winners of each division.
Rule 24. :
League Constitution and Application for membership
The Constitution of the LSA Men’s Bowling League shall be ratified for the
forthcoming season at each AGM. Any new applications by new clubs or teams for
membership of the League will also be ratified, or otherwise, at this meeting.
Rule 25. :
A Team failing to arrive to fulfil a fixture will be fined £5.00. A Team
playing an ineligible player will be fined £5.00 for each player in addition to
the penalty applied in rule 10.
26. : Merit Prizes
26.1 To qualify for a league divisional merit
award a player must have played at least
75% of the total matches for that division.
Divisional Merit winner is determined by the player with the highest Points
26.3 If players are equal on Points Difference
then the player who has won the most matches shall be determined the winner.
players are still equal then the award will be shared.
Rule 27. :
Adherence to Fixture List
When clubs have
more than one team in the same division, their fixtures, both home and away will
be scheduled before the last 8 weeks of the season for the Vets league, and
before the last 7 weeks for the Evening leagues.
All clubs in the League
shall play home and away matches in accordance with the official fixture list
and no alterations shall take place without first receiving permission from the
Fixture Secretary. Any suggested re-arrangement shall be prior to the date
specified in the fixture list. The request for any alteration of any fixture
shall be made at least five days before the proposed date and enclose written
agreement to the alteration by the other club. The Fixture Secretary shall have
the power to arbitrate and sanction re-arrangement of fixtures when necessary.
Clubs are requested to make reasonable allowance for non-availability of
popular greens, wherever possible.
Rule 28. :
All Clubs shall be affiliated in accordance with the BCGBA Bye-Laws.
Rule 29. :
Referees shall be appointed to league or other
competition matches at the discretion of the Executive Committee. Where
Referees are appointed Rule 19 applies.
Rule 30. :
Only players who have attained the age of Fifty-Six years or who will attain
that age during the current year shall be eligible to play in the Veterans
Divisions. The rules for the Veterans shall be the same as rules 1 to 29
Rule 31. :
In respect of all League Competitions cash prizes will not be paid out prior to
the Presentation Ceremony. Any winner of a cash prize not present at the
Official Presentation shall forfeit it, and the cash will be donated to a local
charity. The name of the charity shall be decided by the Executive
General. : The Executive Committee has the power to
deal with any matter not provided for in these rules.
The rules have been revised in accordance with amendments carried at the Annual
of Wednesday 6th December 2017.
6th December 2017