South Wales & Mon L.B.A. Competition & Tournament Rules 2020
Amended November 2019
1. There is no restriction on bowls colour, but bowls must bear the International Bowling board "bullet" stamp.
At all games umpires to check for "bullet stamp, stickers, and all woods to be of the same size and weight.
The team or side listed in draw (away) to remove stickers if both sides have the same design/colour stickers, and
no alternative available. ( rule 184.108.40.206 in rule book).
2 The competitions are open to all paid up Clubs affiliated to S.W. & Mon. L.B.A. No player shall allow her
name to be submitted from more than one club.
3. The competition shall be played under the laws of the international Bowling board and W.W.B.A. rules.
4. The competitions shall consist of:
* 4 wood singles - 21 shots
* 2 wood singles - 21 ends
* Pairs (4 wood each) - 21 ends
* Triples (3 woods each) - 18 ends
* Fours (2 woods each) - 21 ends
(b) Spicer Cup - 21 shots
Entrants to be the club Champion from each club, or the runner up if the winner is unavailable.
Secretary's Cup - 21 shots
Entrants to be the Secretary from each club, or the Treasurer if the Secretary is unavailable. (no longer be held)
Autumn Cup - 2 sets of 7 ends (9 ends in the final), followed by a 3 end tie break if required.
One shot on each end of the tie break only, the best of two ends.
Sets play rules: Re -spotting the jack to apply (rule 4 page 97-98 WWBA handbook.)
Entry open to players aged 60 or over at the date of the Tournament.
Olwyn Davies Trophy - (2 wood triples) - 18 ends.
Entry open to all.
5. Two trial ends shall be allowed in all matches.
6. Entry fees must reach the S.W.& Mon. County Competition Secretary by the date stated on competition
7. (a) Except for the 2 wood singles competition, for all other competitions, one round should be played in the
morning and one in the afternoon.
(b) The S.W.& Mon L.B.A. Website to show all Competition and Tournament draws and results, and all
League tables and results.
8. (a) For those who opt to make their own arrangements in any singles competition it is the home players duty to
provide a marker. (The home player to be the person on top).
(b) For competition singles, and tournament singles on a specific day, the 'Home' (i.e. First named) player
shall be responsible for arranging a marker for the first round, and the losing player in each round then
mark the next round.
(c) Markers of singles games must not give instruction, or consult with, or assist either player. They shall
carry out their duties in accordance with the rules laid down in the Official Law book.
(d) After the first day of competition, subsequent rounds up to and including the semi-final shall be played
on the home players green. Home player is responsible for the arrangements.
(e) In the event of a tie an extra end shall be played,(toss for jack). The winner of the toss, can choose to give the jack to their opponent, if they wish.
(f) On completion of the rounds played on the first day of S.W. & Mon. Competitions, the winning skip or
or singles player must hand the card signed by loser to the Competitions Secretary personally, or her
representative, in order that the arrangements can be made for playing the next round, even if the
maximum number of rounds have been played on the day.
(g) In subsequent rounds home players are responsible for taking the score card to the green on which the game
is played, and the winner is responsible for seeing the card, signed by the loser, is given or posted to the
Competition secretary immediately.
9. Competitors whose names are first on the draw sheet are the home players and must contact their opponents
and make all the necessary arrangements for the game where applicable, and to offer three dates which are
not consecutive, and not all in the same week.
10. If a player arrives 15 minutes after the time fixed for the game, the opposition may claim a walk over.
(exceptional circumstances apply, the Competition Secretary's decision is final).
11. In the case of any disputes, appeals must be made within 24 hours of the game concerned, accompanied
by a clear statement in writing to the Competition Secretary, together with evidence if such exists.
12. No player in a competition shall play on the same rink on the day of such competition before play commences
under penalty of disqualification.
13. Games to commence at 10.00am, players must arrive and register by 9.30am. Any person or team failing to
do so will be disqualified. Disqualified persons will be banned from playing in that Competition for the
The Executive to rule on any reason given for failing to abide by these rules.
14. '24 hours' notice must be given to the Competition Secretary by any competitor/s who is/are unable to turn up
on the date and time given for competitions. Failure to do so will result in a Ban from the competitions
concerned in the following year.
15. Persons not engaged in the game, shall be situated clear of, and beyond the limits of the rink of play, and clear
of the verges. They shall preserve an attitude of strict neutrality, and either by act, or word, disturb or
advise the players. The umpire or the marker shall have the right to tell the offending persons.
16. a) If any player is unable to play in the semi-finals and /or finals on the date set they should not enter the
Competitions or Tournaments.
b) If for any reason the section winners (any competition or tournament) is unable to play in the S.W. & Mon.
semi-finals, then the section runner up should play instead.
c) Competition and Tournament finals must be played on the date allocated by the Executive Committee.
d) If a player is unable to proceed in any game, a bone fide substitute is allowed to play, a substitute is allowed
to play in the position of the player that has been unable to proceed in the game. 2. 2020
17. Any match postponed through bad weather, or other circumstances, must be played to a finish from the point
where play ceased, and on the same rink where possible. Trial ends are allowed in all postponed matches
played on another day.
18. If any player in pairs, triples, rinks, is unable to proceed to any of the competitions a bona-fide substitute
is allowed to play, provided she has not played in previous rounds of this competition. Only one substitute
may play in any round of the pairs triples and rinks, including the semi-finals and finals, and may play in any
position. Should a substitute play in two consecutive rounds, she must complete the competition, and may
not be replaced by the original player.
19. The team in pairs, triples, and rinks competitions that play in the preliminary/first round of each competition,
shall be the original team.
20. a) Special stickers to be used on Semi-finals, and finals days of Tournaments and Competitions.
b) For domestic play MNA'S can allow skips to delegate marking the card to another member of the team, but must be the same position in both teams. ( rule40.1.9). The WWBA recommend that in rinks, the card to
be marked by the number two player.
21. (a) The semi-finals and finals of the competitions shall be held in the first full week of August.
Finals venue will normally be S.W.& Mon L.B.A. Hon. Presidents green. (S.W. & Mon Executive Committee have the power to change this if the need arises).
(b) Two days to be allocated for the tournaments and competition semi-finals, and two days to be allocated
for the tournament and competition finals. The extra day to be used only if needed, to allow for any
person in more than two semi-finals or finals, having to play all their games in one day.
22. Smoking is not permitted on the green.
23. Dress Code:
a) For all County competitions and tournaments before
semi-finals, regulation grey skirts/trousers/cut offs/ culottes/ and white or club polo tops to be worn.
Tailored knee length shorts may be worn. White, Brown or Coloured Bowling shoes/sandals.
For all County competition and tournament semi-finals and finals, white regulation skirts/trousers/cut offs/
culottes/ and white or club polo tops to be worn.
Tailored knee length shorts may be worn. White, Brown or Coloured Bowling shoes/sandals.
b) Regulation caps/visors only to be worn.
c) Grey may be worn only for traveling to County matches. (Savegar Cup & Friendlies.)
25. Drug Abuse: No player(s) must use any substance foreign to the body, or natural substance taken in an
abnormal quantity, or by an abnormal route, with the sole intention of increasing in an artificial or unfair
manner her performance in competition. Any player found guilty of this will be disqualified.
26. That end of rink scorers are provided for all semi-finals and finals competitions to keep the scoreboard
up to date.
27. No umpire to adjudicate in their own game. If no other umpire is available then a neutral Officer or person
Who is acceptable to both skips in pairs, triples, and rinks, and both players in the singles, should adjudicate.
Note: Amended Nov 2019