Rules Governing Competitions

 

NORTHERN IRELAND BOWLING ASSOCIATION

RULES GOVERNING COMPETITIONS

LEAGUE

1. This Competition shall be called The Northern Ireland Bowling Association League, though a sponsor’s name may be included in this title at the discretion of the General Purposes Committee. The Competition shall consist of six elements to be known as League Divisions 1 to 6. Each Division will consist of 10 Sides, and these will play each other on a home and away basis each season.

2. The League shall be open for competition to all affiliated Clubs subject to the conditions outlined in Rule 5 of the Constitution. A Side shall consist of four Teams of four players.

3. Each season before the commencement of the games to be played on the third Saturday in May, all Clubs are required in writing, to furnish the Honorary League Secretary, a list of Member’s names who are entitled to play for that Club. Returned scorecards will be checked by an appointed member of the General Purposes Committee.
New players joining any Club at any stage throughout the bowling season or after the said list of
members names has been dispatched can do so provided;
(a) the name(s) of the new player(s) are written or telephoned to the Honorary League Secretary before they play a game.
(b) the appropriate capitation fee is forwarded to the Honorary Treasurer before the final League game.
Any Side found to have included an ineligible player shall forfeit three (3) points for each relevant game.

4. (a) The Competition shall be played on a League basis with:
Three (3) points for each winning Side and one point for each winning Team on either Side. In a drawn game, 1½ points will be awarded to each Side and one point for each winning Team on a Side. Where rinks finish level, each rink will be awarded ½ point.
(b) A system of promotion and relegation shall apply throughout the League. At the end of each season, the top two Sides in each of Divisions 2 to 6 shall be promoted, subject to Rule 4(c) and 4(d), to the next higher Division and the bottom two Sides in Divisions 1 to 5 shall be relegated to the next lower Division. The Honorary League Secretary, with the approval of the General Purposes Committee, may adjust this system in exceptional circumstances to maintain the integrity of the Competition.
(c) A Side may decline promotion and in such circumstances the next highest placed Side becomes eligible for promotion.
(d)(i.) A Side is not eligible for promotion to a Division in which another Side from the same Club is competing.
(ii.) If a Side is demoted as in 4(b) and a second Side from that same Club is already in the relevant Division (other than Division 6) that second Side must be relegated to the next lower Division. An additional Side from that lower Division may be promoted to fill the resultant vacancy.
(e) If two or more Sides finish with equal points, their relative positions shall be decided by shot average, the total number of shots scored divided by the total conceded. If this does not separate the Sides concerned, test matches on neutral green shall be arranged by the Honorary League Secretary, if required to decide promotion and/or relegation.
(f) The winner of Division 1 will be awarded The Taylor Cup; the winner of Division 2 will be awarded The McAteer Cup; the winner of Division 3 will be awarded The McNeice Cup; the winner of Division 4 will be awarded The Cullery Cup; the winner of Division 5 will be awarded The Belfast Telegraph Cup; the winner of Division 6 will be awarded The Rugby Cup. Winner and Runners-up in each Division will be awarded 16 medallions. Clubs on making written application are permitted to purchase up to an additional 9 medallions for winners and runners-up, making a maximum of 25 in each year.

5. Matches shall normally be played over 21 ends but fewer ends may be played subject to a minimum of 18 ends provided both Sides agree prior to the commencement of a match. For results purposes, all matches will be deemed to have been over 21 ends.

6. League fixtures shall be arranged not later than 31st January each year. Unless League games are brought forward by mutual agreement of the two Clubs concerned or postponed in accordance with General Competition Rule 14, they must be played on the dates, times and venues specified.

7. Each Club which has two Sides competing in the Competition must, when submitting their list of players under Rule 3, register 8 of those players who shall only be eligible to play for the Side in the higher Division. Any player who has played at Senior International or Senior Inter-Association level in the current or any of the previous two seasons must be included in the list of registered players.
During the playing season the Competitions Committee may examine the lists of registered players returned by Clubs and if they consider any player to be unacceptable shall require his Club to register another player in his place.
Clubs wishing to alter their list of registered players must notify the Honorary League Secretary in writing. Alterations to the list shall only apply when approved by the Honorary League Secretary.
When it is proved that a Side has played an ineligible player in the lower Division, such Side shall forfeit the game and the full seven points shall be awarded to their opponents, the shots scored in any such match to be disallowed except when the defaulting Side was defeated. In addition, a further three penalty points will be deducted from the defaulting Side.

8. In the event of a Side scratching a match, 48 hours notice must be given to the opposing Club Secretary and the Honorary League Secretary before the date on which the match should be played. The opponents will be awarded seven (7) points and the defaulting Side shall have three (3) penalty points deducted. If due notice is not given, the defaulting Side shall also be liable to pay 50% of any catering and/or travelling costs incurred.
If the date on which the match should have been played is after 1st August the deduction of penalty points may, at the discretion of the Competitions Committee, be applied at the start of the following season, rather than the season in which the default occurred.
Sides scratching three or more matches shall be suspended for the remainder of the season and shall be required to apply for re-admission to the League for the following season. All matches already played by the offending Side, or a Side withdrawing from the League, shall be deemed null and void.

9. Under no circumstances will matches be rearranged for playing on dates which have been declared as ‘closed dates’ in any season. Such matches, if found to have been so played shall be declared void and three (3) penalty points will be deducted from each participating Side.

10. General Competition Rules shall apply, except 3, 4 and 5.

11. The entrance fee per Side shall be agreed annually at the Annual General Meeting.

SENIOR CHALLENGE CUP

1. The Competition shall be called The Northern Ireland Bowling Association Senior Challenge Cup, though a sponsor’s name may be included in this title at the discretion of the General Purposes Committee.

2. The entrance fee per Side shall be agreed annually at the AGM.

3. The Competition shall be held annually on a knock-out basis and shall be open to one Side from each Member Club of the Association.

4. Each Side shall consist of four Teams of four and each game shall consist of 21 ends. In the case of a tie, an extra end on each rink shall be played and should the result again be a tie, another end shall be played and so on until a decision has been obtained.

5. All draws shall be by ballot, the first Side drawn in the various rounds, with the exception of the Semi-finals and Final, shall be considered as the home Side. The Semi-finals and Final shall be played on neutral greens to be arranged by the Honorary League Secretary with the proviso that if two of the semi-finalists or finalists are from the same green they may play on their home green with mutual consent and the consent of the Honorary League Secretary. Games must be played on the dates, times and venues specified.

6. The WF Neill Cup, presented by WF Neill FAI in 1939, shall be awarded to the winning Side and the Tom Finlay Cup, presented by Thomas Finlay (NIBA President) in 1955, shall be awarded to the runners-up. The winners and runners-up shall also be awarded 16 medallions each and, on making written application, may purchase 9 additional medallions.

7. General Competition Rules 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 shall apply.

INTERMEDIATE CHALLENGE CUP

1. The Competition shall be called The Northern Ireland Bowling Association Intermediate Challenge Cup, though a sponsor’s name may be included in this title at the discretion of the General Purposes Committee.

2. The entrance fee per Side shall be agreed annually at the AGM.

3. The Competition shall be held annually on a knock-out basis and shall be open to Sides competing in Divisions 4, 5 and 6 of the Association’s League Competition, except that Sides from Clubs with another Side competing in a higher Division in that Competition are not eligible to enter.

4. The Allan Tate Cup together with 16 medallions shall be awarded to the winning Side. The runners-up will receive the Rathfriland Salver and 16 medallions. Clubs, on making written application, are permitted to purchase up to 9 additional medallions for winners and runners-up.

5. General Competition Rules 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and Senior Challenge Cup Rules 4 and 5 shall apply.

JUNIOR CHALLENGE CUP

1. The Competition shall be called The Northern Ireland Bowling Association Junior Challenge Cup, though a sponsor’s name may be included in this title at the discretion of the General Purposes Committee.

2. The entrance fee per Side shall be agreed annually at the AGM.

3. The Competition shall be held annually on a knock-out basis and shall be open to Sides competing in the Association’s League Competition and whose Club have another Side competing in a higher Division of that Competition. A player is not eligible to play in this Competition if, in the same season, he has previously played in the Senior or Intermediate Cup, or four (4) League games for the Club’s Side playing in the higher Division, or the IBA Senior Cup or Intermediate Cup.

4. The Thompson Ross Cup, presented by Thompson Ross (NIBA Past President) in 1946, shall be awarded to the winning Side and The Arthur Chew Cup, presented by Maurice McKeown, shall be awarded to the runners-up. The winners and runners-up shall also be awarded 16 medallions each and, on making written application, may purchase up to 9 additional medallions.

5. General Competition Rules 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and Senior Challenge Cup Rules 4 and 5 shall apply.

SENIOR FOURS CHAMPIONSHIP

1. The Competition shall be called the Northern Ireland Bowling Association’s Senior Fours Championship.

2. Competitors in this Championship must be 55 years of age or over on or before 1 April in the current year.

3. The entrance fee shall be agreed annually at the AGM.

4. Should an entrant in the Senior Fours Championship withdraw through illness or other unforeseen circumstances prior to its commencement, another eligible member of the Club may be nominated, who automatically becomes an original member of the team. Such nominations, in writing, must be forwarded to the Honorary Competitions Secretary before the start of the second round.

5. Members of each Club may make their own arrangements with reference to the formation of the Senior Fours. The same players must compete throughout the Competition unless satisfactory reasons are submitted for the substitution of not more than one player by an eligible member of the same Club who has not already taken part in the Senior Fours Championship. The original player must be reinstated for subsequent games if he so desires and the same substitute must be used for the Senior Fours, if again required.

6. Each game shall be 21 ends and in the case of a tie an extra end shall be played to decide the winners. Each competitor shall play two bowls.

 7. Suitable medallions will be awarded to the winning competitors and to the runners-up. The Senior Fours Cup will be presented to the winning Four and the Curran Cup, presented by Raymond Robinson, to the runners-up, whose Clubs shall be responsible for the safe custody and return of same upon conditions obtained in Rule 14 of the Constitution and Rules.

FOURS CHAMPIONSHIP

1. The Competition shall be called The Northern Ireland Bowling Association’s Fours Championship.

2. The entrance fee per four players shall be agreed annually at the AGM.

3. Should an entrant in the Fours Competition withdraw through illness or other unforeseen circumstances prior to its commencement, another member of the Club may be nominated, who automatically becomes an original member of the Competition. Such nominations, in writing, must be forwarded to the Honorary Competitions Secretary before the start of the second round.

4. Members of each Club may make their own arrangements with reference to the formation of the Fours. The same players must compete throughout the Competition unless satisfactory reasons are submitted for the substitution of not more than one player by a member of the same Club who has not already taken part in the Fours Competition. The original player must be reinstated for subsequent games, if he so desires, and the same substitute must be used for the Fours, if again required.

5. Each game shall be 21 ends and in the case of a tie an extra end shall be played to decide the winners. Each competitor shall play two bowls.

6. Suitable medallions will be awarded to the winning competitors and to the runners-up. The Lilliput Cup will be presented to the winning Four and the Richard Morgan Memorial Cup to the runners-up, whose Clubs shall be responsible for the safe custody and return of same upon conditions obtained in Rule 14 of the Constitution and Rules.

TRIPLES CHAMPIONSHIP

1. The Competition shall be called The Northern Ireland Bowling Association’s Triples Championship.

2. The entrance fee for each Triple shall be agreed annually at the AGM.

3. Should an entrant in the Triples Competition withdraw through illness or other unforeseen circumstances prior to its commencement, another member of the Club may be nominated, who automatically becomes an original member of the Competition. Such nominations, in writing, must be forwarded to the Honorary Competitions Secretary before the start of the second round.

4. Members of each Club may make their own arrangements with reference to the formation of the Triples. The same players must compete throughout the Competition unless satisfactory reasons are submitted for the substitution of not more than one (1) player by a member of the same Club who has not already taken part in the Triples Competition. The original player must be reinstated for subsequent games, if he so desires, and the same substitute must be used for the Triples, if again required.

5. Each game shall be 18 ends and in the case of a tie, an extra end shall be played to decide the winners. Each competitor shall play three bowls.

6. Suitable medallions will be awarded to the winning competitors and the runners-up. The News Letter Cup will be presented to the winners and the Ulster Week Cup to the runners-up, whose Clubs shall be responsible for the safe custody and return of same, upon conditions obtained in Rule 14 of the Constitution and Rules.

PAIRS CHAMPIONSHIP

1. The Competition shall be called The Northern Ireland Bowling Association’s Pairs Championship.

2. The entrance fee for each Pair shall be agreed annually at the AGM.

3. Should an entrant in the Pairs Competition withdraw through illness or other unforeseen circumstances prior to its commencement, another member of the Club may be nominated, who automatically becomes an original member of the Competition. Such nominations, in writing, must be forwarded to the Honorary Competitions Secretary before the start of the second round.

4. Members of each Club may make their own arrangements with reference to the Pairs. The same players must compete throughout the Competition unless satisfactory reasons are submitted for the substitution of not more than one player by a member of the same Club who has not already taken part in the Pairs Competition. The original player must be reinstated for subsequent games, if he so desires, and the same substitute must be used for the Pairs, if again required.

5. Each game shall be 21 ends and in the case of a tie an extra end shall be played to decide the winners. Each competitor shall play four bowls.

6. Suitable medallions shall be awarded to the winning competitors and to the runners-up. The McAlevey Cup will be presented to the winners and The Glen Cup to the runners-up whose Clubs shall be responsible for the safe custody and return of same, upon conditions obtained in Rule 14 of the Constitution and Rules.

OPEN SINGLE-HANDED CHAMPIONSHIP

1. The Competition shall be called The Northern Ireland Bowling Association’s Open Single-Handed Championship.

2. The entrance fee shall be agreed at the AGM.

3. Each game shall be 21 shots and each competitor shall play four bowls.

4. No substitutes shall be allowed in singles ties.

5. A suitable medallion will be awarded to the winning competitor and to the runner-up. The Sir William Turner Challenge Cup will be presented to the winner and the James S. Bell Cup to the runner-up whose Clubs shall be responsible for the safe custody and return of same, upon conditions contained in Rule 14 of the Constitution and Rules.

JUNIOR SINGLE-HANDED CHAMPIONSHIP

1. The Competition shall be called The Northern Ireland Bowling Association’s Junior Single-Handed Championship.

2. Competitors in this Championship must be under 25 years of age on 1 April in the current year.

3. The entrance fee shall be agreed annually at the AGM.

4. Each game shall be 21 shots and each competitor shall play four bowls.

5. No substitutes shall be allowed in singles ties.

6. A suitable medallion will be awarded to the winning competitor and to the runner-up. The A. Heatley Cup will be presented to the winner and the W. Noble Cup to the runner-up, whose Clubs shall be responsible for the safe custody and return of same, upon conditions contained in Rule 14 of the Constitution and Rules.

YOUTH SINGLE-HANDED CHAMPIONSHIP

1. The Competition shall be called The Northern Ireland Bowling Association’s Youth Single-Handed Championship.

2. Competitors in this Championship must be under 18 years of age on 1 April in the current year.

3. The entrance fee shall be agreed annually at the AGM.

4. Each game shall be 21 shots and each competitor shall play four bowls.

5. No substitutes shall be allowed in singles ties.

6. A suitable medallion will be awarded to the winning competitor and to the runner-up. The North Down Cup will be presented to the winner and The Oliver Cup to the runner-up, whose Clubs shall be responsible for the safe custody and return of same, upon conditions contained in Rule 14 of the Constitution and Rules.

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