1 This League to be known as The Welcome Bowling
2 Membership shall be open to bona-fide Amatuer
Clubs to be duly proposed and seconded before
3 The annual subscription to be paid on or before
31st March each year. Clubs failing to pay by the
due date will be charged an additional £5 per team.
4 That the Officers of the league be governed by an
Executive Committee appointed annually at the
AGM. The Committee shall include the Chairman
and Vice Chairman plus a maximum of 10 Elected
5 That the Officers of the League shall comprise
of Chairman, Vice Chairman, Hon Life Members,
Secretary, Treasurer, Result Secretary and two
6 That at the AGM the Rules and Bye-laws be
considered and any club desirous of bringing
forward any alterations shall forward their
suggestions to the Hon Secretary, not later than
7th November, such suggestions to be considered
by the Executive Committee and they to bring forward
a recommendation at the AGM. No Bye-Laws or rules
shall be altered ,rescinded or added to without the
consent of two thirds majority votes of votes cast,
each club being allowed two votes only. Any changes
will have immediate effect unless specifically stated
in the motion.
7 That the Financial year end on 31st October, A balance
sheet to be sent to each club seven days before
the AGM together with a notice calling the AGM.
8 That a special General Meeting be called on the
requisition of not less than Five Clubs. The meeting
shall state the nature of the business, and no other
business shall be transacted.
9 The Executive Committee shall have the power to
expel,fine and deal with any offence or complaint
in connection with League matters or Infringement
of League Rules, by any Club or Players and as
circumstances warrant, shall deal with complaints.
The club or players in breach or complained against
must be notified of the date and place of the meeting
at which the Committee propose to deal with the
complaint/ offence or infringement of rules to enable
club/players to have the opportunity of attending
the meeting and defending any allegations brought
against the said club/players
10 That any club protesting against another club or player
shall do so by means of a resolution passed by the
Committee of the club protesting. That accompanying
the protest, a written statement of the facts shall be
sent to the League Secretary with a deposit of £5 and at
the same time a copy be sent to the club protesting
against. An inquiry shall forthwith be instituted and
the Committee shall have absolute power to deal
with the deposit as they think fit.
11 A protest must be made within seven days of the match
12 That clubs play Home and Away matches each season
according to official fixturesand no alteration shall take
place without first notifying the Secretary. Matches may
only be Rearranged in Exceptional circumstances(Green
not available) unless BOTH CAPTAINS AGREE.
13 The Home Captain shall list his players 1 to 8 in order
of preference he wishes them to play. The Away Captain
to do the same and the numbers paired. The games to be
played in that order. Any player absent when called to
play can be replaced by a reserve. Once replaced by a
reserve he can take no part in the rest of the match
The home team is responsible for getting the result to
the Result Secretary by Friday of that week at the latest
Any club failing to conform to this rule shall have
2 POINTS DEDUCTED.
14 That all players must be registered in writing prior to the
last day of JULY. Members shall only be allowed to play
for one club in any one season, exxcept that prior to the
end of MAY and provided that no more than Three
matches have been played, individual applications
with the support of their existing club may be made to
the Committee for permission to transfer to a new club.
15 In the event of a player having a walk over by reason of
the opposing team being a man short, the said player
shall count 21-0 for the purpose of the match but for the
purpose of the individual average prize a score of 21-11
will be recorded and counted. After the first four games
are completed the remaining four games must be on
the green within a maximum of 15 minutes, failing
which the penalty for each defaulting game will be
21-0 to the opposing team.
16 That in the event of a score card error which cannot be
agreed by the markers or Captains the score shall revert
to the end where both markers show the same score.
Markers MUST check every third end
16a That Captains decision will be final in all disputes.
17/18 That no player having played in a team in one division
shall play in another team during the same week.
For the purpose of this rule a week shall be Sunday to
Saturday. Once a player has played eight matches in a 1st
or 2nd division team he cannot play in any of the last 4
scheduled matches for another team in the same division
or lower division.
19 The method of scoring shall be as follows :- each winning
player shall count one point, and the team with highest
aggregate to count 2 pts home win, 3 pts away win. If
aggregate score is tied home team receives 1 point and
away team receives 2 points
20 That for the League average prize a player counts 1 point
for a home win and 2 points for an away win. Should
more than one player have the same number of points
then the one with the highest aggregate shall take the
21 Once a match is in play the match must only be abandoned
when both captains agree. The replayed match will be
played in its entrety. In the event of a match not being
played then the Home Captain will give the Away Captain
3 dates within the next 28 days and if a match is not played
within these 28 days then the Committee have the power
to Fine/Deduct points to one or both teams.The away
Captain must accept one of these dates. If a date cannot
be accepted then the League Secretary will appoint a
date for the match to be played. After the end of July a
replay must take place BEFORE the end of season. All
fixtures to be completed within 7 days of the final
league fixture. The Result Secretary to be notified of
abandoned matches and re-arranged dates.
22 Only male bowlers shall play in the Welcome Bowling
23 When more than one team tie for the League
Championship or Relegation No Play Offs Will Take
Place. The team with the most wins followed by the
least losses will decide. If there is still a tie then
Aggregate over the season will decide.
There is a Two up and Two down between League
divisions or as decided by the Executive Committee
if the divisions require adjustments.
24 That all trophies shall be returned to the Secretary
no later than 30th September and the penalty for failure
to do so is £10 per trophy. Clubs are also responsible
for all trophies held by average winners representing
the club when they won it.
25 League and Cup matches shall commence at 7pm except
during April and from the second match in August
onwards when the starting time shall be 6:30pm.
Match times may be altered if BOTH CAPTAINS AGREE.
Floodlights to be used only when both Captains agree
26 Practice other than 15 minutes prior to match must not
take place on an opponents green on the day of the
match unless he is a member of the opposing club or
involved in a tournament on the green before the
scheduled match start time. Away team has exclusive
use of the green for their practice time.
27 Prize money not collected at the Presentation Evening
are automatically forfeited unless attendance is not
possible due to illness or other acceptable reason
notified to the League Secretary prior to the presentation
28 That No team can win on a walk over.
29 That the title of the Afternoon League for players 50+
years be titled WELCOME +50 YEARS BOWLING LEAGUE
30 Players turning 50 years of age during the season can
play from the start.
1 All rounds for Attenborough Cup will be played on
Tuesday nights when possible otherwise Monday nights
will have to be used. Stuart Cup will be fixed for Friday
Afternoons. In exceptional circumstances the match
may be rearranged prior to the date given.
2 The tie will be decided on Aggregate. In the event of a
draw Cards from the first four players, who are still
present at the game will be placed face down and each
Captain shall choose one card from opposing team.
These two players will return to the green and play a
match up to 11 points. Players will start with half of their
previous handicap rounded down to a whole number.
3 Away team to have Jacks. Games played on neutral
greens each team to have 4 jacks each, 2 per half
4 No player may play cup rounds for two teams/clubs
during the period of that season. Semi-Final and Final
a player must have played in at least One League Match
for the team concerned.
5 The draw for Semi-Final and Final will be made by
members of the leagues Executive Committee who will
also draw the order they play in. All players should be
present before the Draw is made, if a player is drawn
as one of the first four and is not present at the starting
time, A substitute (not from the second four) may be
used and the absent player will take no further part
should he turn up late. Otherwise the game will be
allocated 21-0 to the opposition. No further substitutes
will be allowed other than in exceptional circumstances
when the Committee Members present shall decide
6 There will be NO PRACTICE prior to Semi-Final and Final
7 New clubs entering the league shall for handicap
purposes be classed as 1st division teams until such
times as they fail to gain promotion. This rule does not
apply when existing clubs introduce an additional team
However the Committee have the right to Handicap
a new team if they think appropriate.
8 There will be a £5 Fine for teams entering the cup and
failing to play.