PENNANT RULES AND CONDITIONS for PLAY 2012
It is a condition of entry for this event that players are familiar with and accept these conditions of play.
- All times stated are QUEENSLAND TIMES. (E.S.T.)
- All Clubs are referred to by the first three letters of their names except South Tweed which is called “STW”,
- Twin Towns Services which is called “TTS”
- Gold Coast Lawn which is called “GCL”
|GCL||Gold Coast Lawn||TTS||Twin Towns Services|
BGCT Bowls Gold Coast-Tweed
GCTDLBA Gold Coast Tweed District Ladies Bowls Association
DBA District Bowls Association
BA Bowls Australia
Games Committee or G.C. – Games Committee of the Association
On the Draw Sheet, the first mentioned side is always the “Home” side.
All sectional and post sectional matches shall be of 21 Ends duration on each rink.
Note: All post sectional finals matches – 63 ends required to be played.
Saturday and or Sunday
Clubs must have rinks ready for play and available for up to 2 Trial Ends no later than 8.30 am/12.30 pm. Play to commence not later than 9.00 am/1.00 pm. No Trial Ends are allowed after the scheduled starting time of 1.00 pm for sectional matches. Side Managers to ensure these Conditions are carried out.
Home Side manager to Fax results to DBA Office (Fax 55204573) immediately following completion of game – Pennant Results (White sheet) MUST reach the office of the Association or P.O. Box 124, ELANORA, Qld. 4221, not later than 10am MONDAY following the game. If any unforeseen circumstance causes delay, please telephone or Fax the overall results to the Association Secretary (DBA Office Hours 8.00 am-4.00 pm Mon to Fri)
ASSOCIATION OFFICE: PHONE: 5520 1273 FAX: 5520 4573
District Mobile Phone: 0418 713377
For Enquiries contact the Games Committee:
Mick Round 55747357 or 0415 387 020 (Games Director)
Mal Johnston 55241506 or 0405 468 684
Robert Byrne 55930695 or 0417626889
Players, Side Manager and Club Officials are advised to acquaint themselves with the Pennant “Rules and Conditions for Play” as penalties can apply.
PENNANT RULES AND CONDITIONS FOR PLAY
- The Playing of all Pennant Games shall be in charge of BGCT and the Games Committee.
(The Controlling Body). The Controlling Body shall have the power to enquire into and adjudicate decisions, in the event of a dispute or problem, to make, alter or add to the conditions it deems necessary, under all circumstances and its decision shall be final.
- Infringement of the Conditions by a Club or player/s, could invoke disqualification (player) loss of
Points or Game (Club) or Game replay as is determined by the Games Committee.
- Under normal circumstances following the making of the Draw, no other fixture shall interfere with
or interrupt the Pennant Competition. (Unless approved by Games Committee)
All competitions will be conducted under the Laws of the Sport of Bowls, Domestic Regulations
and these Rules & Conditions of Play.
3. DIVISION and SECTIONAL STRUCTURE
- The number of Divisions will be as determined by the Games Committee.
- All Divisions – Each side shall consist of three teams of four players and a non playing or playing Manager (preferably non playing)
- Games Committee may vary structure of lowest division as necessary.
- No Club shall have more than one Side in all Divisions with exception of that Clubs lowest Division where they can have two (2) sides.
- All other divisions shall be determined by the Games Committee.
- If or when it becomes necessary to allow a second Side from the same Club in the same Division then that Side shall be identified accordingly.
The Games Committee shall determine these placings and eligibility of players.
4. SECTIONAL PLAY
- All Divisions will consist of 10 sides playing one (1) round home and away (i.e. 9 rounds)
- Matches to consist of 21 ends.
5. DIVISION 1 – SCORING IN SECTIONAL PLAY (Law 44)
- The side scoring the highest number of shots in each match at the end of play, shall be the winner.
- Two (2) match points shall be awarded for each such win.
- In the event of a tied score, each side shall be awarded one (1) match point.
- Match points shall be recorded together with shots for and against and also the margin.
6. DIVISION 2 and below – SCORING IN SECTIONAL PLAY (Law 44)
- The side scoring the greatest number of shots in each match at the end of play shall be the winner. A maximum of 16 total match points shall apply in all sectional games.
- Ten match points shall be awarded for a Side win.
- In the event of a tied score, each Side shall be awarded five (5) match points.
- For each rink win two (2) points – for each rink tie – one (1) point.
- Total match points shall be recorded together with shots for and against and also the margin. Results sheets to show total shots scored by each side.
- Pennant Ladder Calculation
- The side scoring the greatest number of match points shall be declared the winner
- In the event of two (2) or more sides scoring equal total match points the side scoring the highest net margin of shots will be the declared winner.
- In the event two (2) or more sides are still equal, the controlling body will divide the total shots scored against the side into the total of shots it has scored. The side with the highest result will be declared the winner, if these proportions are equal the best performed side in the game/games between these sides shall be the winner.
7. DETERMINING WINNERS
- The side scoring the highest number of match points (10 points) shall be declared the winner.
- In the event of two(2) or more sides scoring an equal number of match points, the side with the highest difference between ‘total shots for’ and ‘total shots against’ (margin) shall be declared the winner.
- If there is still equality, ‘the total shots against’ each side shall be divided into the ‘total shots for’ each side. The team with the highest results shall be declared the winner.
8. FINALS PLAY (SEMI-FINAL – FINAL – GRAND FINAL)
- The Finals games for all Divisions shall be played on the weekend following the completion of Sectional play. These games will be played on neutral greens.
- All Divisions
Saturday 9am [Game 1] 1 v 2 (Winner to Grand Final)
Semi Final [Game 2] 3 v 4 (Winner plays loser Game 1)
p.m. Final [Game 3] Loser Game 1 v Winner Game 2
Sunday 10am Grand Final Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 3
- The Side scoring the greatest number of total shots shall be declared the winner.
- In the event of the scores being equal at the completion of the Post Sectional game (21 Ends each team), an extra End or Ends shall be played by the sides to reach a decision, in which case Law 45 shall apply. All Side members shall remain at the venue where the game is in progress until the result is determined by the Managers. Failure to observe this condition will invoke a forfeit.
- If inclement weather interrupts any Post Sectional game, it shall be completed at the direction of the Games Committee.
- Eligibility for Post Sectional Play. (Semi-Finals and Finals).
- A player to be eligible to play in any Post Sectional game (Semi or Final) must have played a minimum total of four (4) Sectional games in a Division or Divisions.
- (Promotion or demotion of players is subject to Clause 8)
- To ensure all selected players are eligible, Clubs are requested to submit selected teams and reserves to the Games Committee on the Wednesday prior to the game.
Note: When a player is eligible for more than one Division Semi-Final or Final, then should
he play first in the higher division final he is then ineligible to play in the lower division final.
9. PROMOTION / DEMOTION and GRADING of CLUBS.
- In all Divisions the lowest placed Club is subject to relegation however promotion and demotion in all Divisions is not necessarily automatic but subject to Condition 3 (c) and Games Committee grading as at the conclusion of Sectional play of the previous year.
- All Clubs shall be admitted to the Pennant Competition subject to grading by the Games Committee.
- When submitting nominations, Clubs shall take into consideration the rink space available to host Home Games. Nominations shall be accepted according to the availability of rinks.
10. PROMOTION and DEMOTION of PLAYERS.
- A player may be elevated to a higher Division throughout the competition at any time without Games Committee permission.
- No Player/s having played a total of four (4) games in any higher Division or Divisions shall be permitted to play in a lower Division.
- This is to apply in both Sectional and Post Section games.
- A breach of this clause can invoke penalties (refer Clause 12).
11. ELIGIBILITY, INTERCHANGING and DECLARED PLAYERS.
- All Clubs are responsible for the eligibility of all their Players competing in the Pennant Competition. A list of all intending Players must be forwarded to the Games Committee by 1st July, 2012. Additional names may be added at later dates.
- There shall be NO lateral movement, of players after Round 4, where two sides are in the same Division.
- A player must be a financial and declared member of the Club, as in DBA By-Law 14.3 and comply with paragraph (c) to be eligible to play Pennant.
- A player having played D.B.A. Fixtures in another Association including (Interstate or Overseas) during the current calendar year and wishing to play Pennant in this Association, shall obtain the written consent of the Games Committee prior to playing Pennants. No Club shall play a player until such consent has been obtained.
- No member can play Pennant for more than one (1) Club in any calendar year. A player shall ensure compliance with BA Policies if he is a member of more than one (1) Club.
- Players who are members of more than one (1) Club shall declare to play Pennants for a Club in this District by 1st July each year.
- A breach of this clause can invoke penalties. Law 46.2.1 to apply.
12. CHALLENGE TO BOWLS – Laws of the Sport of Bowls 8.4 & DR 2.3 to apply.
Club Games Controllers are requested to have appropriate forms available at all times. Should
a challenge to bowls take place, the DBA Controlling Body shall be notified immediately.
13. PLAYER MOVEMENTS DURING PLAY – APPENDIX A22.214.171.124
Note: Players will only be allowed to walk up to the head as follows:
- The Leads: after the second player in their team has delivered their second bowl.
The Seconds: after delivery of their second bowl.
The Thirds: after delivery of their second bowl.
The Skip: after delivery of each of their bowls.
- Delaying Play: No player, excluding skips, is permitted to remain at the head whilst their opposite number is delivering their bowl. Any skip that remains at the head shall stand behind the last bowl of the head or retire to the bank. Skips who remain at the head will return to the mat immediately their opponent’s bowl has come to rest. Penalties will apply for deliberately delaying play as per BA Policies.
14. POSITION OF PLAYERS WHEN NOT PLAYING – Law 36
- Players at the mat end not delivering a bowl should stand a minimum of one (1) metre behind the mat.
- Players at the head end not controlling the head should stand a minimum of two (2) metres behind the head, or on the surrounds of the green if the jack is in the ditch, or well clear of the head if it is not possible to stand on the surrounds.
- At the start of each end only the Skip or Deputy will be at the head.
15. PENALTIES, FORFEITS, BYES
- Promotion and Demotion of Players infringement.
- Any infringement of Condition 8,9,10,11,12,13 and 17 of the pennant rules will subject the winning side to a loss of all points scored for that game plus the loss of ten (10) points penalty for each offence (even if such action will result in them having negative points). A nil margin will be recorded.
- Where the offending side is the losing side a loss of all points scored for that game plus the loss of ten (10) point penalty for each occasion of the offence (even if such action will result in them having negative points). Their losing margin will be recorded.
- Forfeits – Allocation of points – Sectional Play In the event of a forfeit during sectional play or in a game in progress during sectional play, the Side receiving the forfeit shall score ten (10) points and the average of the winning margins scored by the other Sides in that Section in that round. A Side responsible for a forfeit shall have their recorded total points reduced by ten (10) points penalty .
- When a side withdraws from the Pennant competition after the Draw has been made, but prior to the commencement of the first round and is not replaced, the games concerned with such withdrawal shall be treated as byes and no points will be awarded. When a side withdraws from the Pennant competition AFTER Pennant play has commenced all games shall be treated as a forfeit, refer 12(b).
- If a Club withdraws a side from the Competition it shall be the LOWEST division side from that Club.
16. INCOMPLETE SIDE/LATE ARRIVAL
Should a Pennant side be a player short at the commencement of play the vacancy can be filled by -
- The eligible male manager or side captain.
- If an eligible club member is not available an affiliated male member may act as a replacement.
- If either (a) or (b) cannot be organised the affected team can play one player short. (without the third). Law 46.2.2 will apply.
- The game shall commence on time with reference to No. 18 (f)
- If (a), (b), (c) cannot be organised the game shall be forfeited to the opponents.
Note: Two (2) teams, as part of the side cannot play and constitute a game.
17. SUBSTITUTES / REPLACEMENT PLAYERS – LAW DR 4
- Eligible substitutes are permitted through the Competition.
- Eligible replacement players will only be allowed for valid reasons.
Note: The Controlling Body and Umpire must be advised in every circumstance.
18. INTERRUPTIONS – PLAY NOT COMMENCED/COMMENCED & NOT COMPLETED
- If inclement weather or any other justifiable cause should prevent the commencement of a round or game, the games so affected shall be deemed a Draw and the points halved.
- In the event of greater than 50% of games in a Division in a round of sectional play not being played or completed, that round so effected be deemed completed and no match points be allocated to all games in that round in that Division.
- Should the affected round have a bearing on final placings the game shall be played at the direction of the Match Committee.
- In the event of a game or games being stopped and incomplete in Sectional Play, the game or games so affected shall be deemed complete if 50 Ends or more have been played – points to be awarded on a win-loss basis. If the game or games are stopped and incomplete with less than 50 Ends played the result shall be deemed a draw and points awarded evenly. Note: Players must remain at the host venue until play for the day has been officially abandoned by the Side Managers or Games Committee.
- In the event of inclement weather prevailing, prior to the scheduled starting time, the Home Club’s Greens director or the delegated Official, shall declare the fitness of the green for play, no later than 11.30 a.m. but not before 10.30 a.m. (If weather deteriorates prior to 12.45 pm and after 11.30 am and greens are declared unfit for play, every effort should be made to contact the visiting club.) If due to inclement weather a match is not commenced by 2.30pm it will be abandoned – ref14(a).
Note: These times may be varied where lengthy travel is involved.
- Appeals due to Inclement Weather
- An appeal upheld by the Umpire from the Club’s DELEGATED Official, shall affect all
rinks of Pennant Play.
- An appeal from the Side Manager, shall affect only the rinks on which the appealing
- When a game has been stopped by mutual agreement or an appeal to the Official
Umpire – Refer to Clause 15 (b) and Law 50.
19. DEATH OF A PLAYER
If after commencement of any sectional pennant matches, the death of a player occurs at the Club,
all matches in progress at the Club will be terminated, and –
- If not less than 50 ends have been completed by the sides, the match will be decided in accordance with the aggregate score at the time of termination, but
- If fewer ends have been played, the match will be deemed to be a tie.
20. PLAYER CHANGING NOT PERMITTED
Once the cards have been matched and the player names entered on the result sheet by both
managers the players cannot be changed from one team to another within the side. A breach of this
clause can invoke penalties. Refer Clause 13.
21. EXCESS TRAVEL
When it is considered there is extensive traveling required between two opponent Clubs, then suitable
arrangements can be made to commence the game earlier on the scheduled day of play. The Games
Director/Committee shall be advised accordingly.
- Clubs are to make their best greens and rinks available for Pennant play. Preferred pace of greens 14 to 16.5 seconds. Clubs are required to provide the best green allowable through weather conditions. Play is to be arranged where practicable, in a north and south direction, with a rink space provided between Pennant games and any social games.
- Clubs which have under their control, synthetic greens, shall at all times play Pennant games on their natural grass surfaces to their maximum capacity.
- Clubs shall have their greens ready and announce the start of up to 2 Trial Ends not later than 15 minutes prior to the scheduled starting time (1.00 p.m.).
- In the event of greens being unavailable because of damage or considered unfit for play by the Home Side and after consultation with the DBA Games Committee the venue can be reversed.
23. TRIAL ENDS
- Trial ends shall be under the control of the venue Club’s Games Controller. One (1) trial end each way shall be allowed prior to the scheduled starting time of each day’s play or on the resumption of a match on another day or at another venue, using as many bowls as will be used in the match.
- Practice shall cease one (1) hour prior to the scheduled starting time on the day of play.
24. ATTIRE – Including approved coloured shirts.
- Attire will be as per Bowls Queensland By-law 19.
- All attire must have BA logo as outlined in the BA National logo policy
- Each player and the manager in a side must be similarly attired (approved Club uniform)
- Players using their Club’s coloured rings (discs) in DBA pennant are allowed to do so providing ALL bowls required are identically marked. As per Law 8.1.8
25. MANAGER of SIDE
- Draw for Rinks
The draw for rinks and opponents will be made by the opposing managers who will exchange cards and then shuffle them, after which the cards of one side will be placed names downward by one of the Managers and the other Manager will then place a card on each, and the teams will play as thus drawn and the rink numbers allocated by the home club then added to both sets of cards.
- The Manager of the side appointed by their Club shall be a registered “financial” member of the Club, registered with the Association, and shall in each pennant game attend to the drawing of the cards, rinks and opposing skips, the completion of the pennant result form, and be their Club’s representative in all matters concerning the playing of the game subject to the duties of the Umpire. A female member, appointed as Manager, is NOT eligible to play. Side Managers are to ensure that the result sheet names and initials are as registered with the Association. At the conclusion of the game, check and complete the score with the Result Sheet. The Managers shall ensure the Trial Ends (under their control and not the Umpire), be completed to allow the game to commence on time. All Side Manager’s should ensure the time of arrival allows the completion of their duties.
- The Home Club shall provide a Master Scoreboard and arrange with the Side Managers for the score to be shown at regular intervals.
Rink scoreboards should show the “Home Side” on the left or upper section.
- The Result Sheets with the Home Side names and initials recorded on the left hand column shall be completed with the results clearly shown. They shall be completed in triplicate. One copy to be retained by both Clubs and the Original (White) must be forwarded to the D.B.A. Office by the following Monday. In the case of an unfinished game, the Result Sheets must show the score of the game and the number of Ends played by each team when play was stopped. Both Side Managers shall print and sign their name on the result sheet, they will be credited with having played that game, for eligibility purposes.
- Alterations – No alteration to a completed form received by the DBA will be permitted unless a correction agreed to in writing by both clubs is lodged within 5 days of the match.
- All cards must be kept in safe custody by the Club Secretary until the results of each round have been officially declared by the Games Committee.
- Scorers – non-members of this Association may be appointed by their Club to act in the capacity
26. COACHING DURING MATCH
Players who intend to receive coaching during a match, must inform the respective Match Committee
and Umpire of the Coach’s name at least one (1) hour prior to the match commencing and the Coach
cannot be changed for each match.
27. AFTERNOON TEA
There shall be no Afternoon Tea break and no Afternoon Tea supplied on the Green.
28. MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS
- The date and commencement of the Pennant Season shall be determined by the Board of Bowls Gold Coast-Tweed.
- The starting time for all Sectional Pennant games (Trial Ends completed) is 1.00 p.m. In the case of a late arrival of a side or player of a side only 30 minute grace is allowed, unless special circumstances are agreed to by the Controlling Body.
Note: Saturday 29th September 2012 (TBC)– Pennant will commence at 9.00 am.
Alternatively Sunday 30th September 2012 with the mutual agreement of both Clubs.
- The Entry Fee for each side is $77.00 including GST as determined by the Board.
- (i) Mat Fees – Sectional Play. Clubs are to retain all mat fees for their Pennant Sides during sectional play of the Pennants.
- (ii) Finals Play – Mat fees of $5.50 including GST per player will be paid to host Club.
- The Home Club is responsible for the appointment of an Accredited Umpire “non player” (preferable) their names shall be announced before play commences. Umpire’s duties as defined in Law 56 – Control of the game is as written in Conditions 1 & 2 – with the Games Committee.
- Artificial lighting may be permitted (with the consent of the Games Committee) during Sectional games.
- Junior male bowlers who are members of an Affiliated Bowls Gold Coast-Tweed Club are permitted to play Pennant games.
- The Games Controller at the “Home Club” shall act as BGCT Deputy for the day. He can authorize the appointed Umpire to allow the game to continue as per Law 46.2.2 concerning – Incomplete team in a side.
- ALL electronic communication devices located within six (6) metres of the green whilst a match is in progress SHALL BE SWITCHED OFF. Special dispensation may be given to ‘on call’ emergency personnel by the Controlling Body after consultation. These include mobile phones, pagers, transistor radios etc.
For all enquiries please contact BGCT Office on 55201273 or Mobile 0418 713 377.