BANSTEAD NEVILLE BOWLING CLUB LIMITED


(Hereinafter Called the Company)


CLUB RULES DATED 8th September 2017


1. TITLE.


  1. Formed (1992) by a merger of Banstead Bowling Club and Neville Ladies Bowling Club (both founded in 1935)


The Club shall be called Banstead Neville Bowling Club hereinafter called The Club.


  1. The Club shall comprise a Ladies’ Section and a Men’s Section


2. AIMS


  1. To promote, foster and safeguard the level green game of bowls in the Banstead Area


  1. To hold matches with other Bowling Clubs


  1. To hold Annual Competitions for Club Members


3. AFFILIATION


  1. The Club shall be affiliated to Bowls England, Surrey County Bowling Association; Surrey County Women's Bowling Association and other Recognised Bodies.


  1. All games shall be played under the Laws of Bowls England.


4. MEMBERSHIP


  1. All Members shall be Members of the Company in accordance with its Articles of Association.


  1. Playing Membership shall be open to any Member of the Company.


  1. Social (formerly Associate) Members shall be persons aged 18 years or over who are allowed to enjoy the amenities and social activities of the Club.


  1. Junior Members shall be persons under the age of 18 years - the lower age limit being determined by resolution of the Board after consultation with the Appropriate Committee.


  1. Young Persons elected as Junior Members shall not have the right to hold Office nor to vote at Annual General Meetings of the Company.


  1. Honorary Life Membership may be conferred by the Board on any Member at an AGM.


  1. All subscriptions and other monies collected by the Company other than such items of income as may from time to time be authorised by the Company shall become the property of the Company.


5. SECTION MANAGEMENT


  1. The Officers of each Section will comprise:-


  • A President and Vice President
  • A Captain and Vice Captain
  • A Secretary and Match Secretary


Not more than two of the above Offices may be held by a Member at the same time.


  1. Management of the Section shall be vested in the Section Committee which shall comprise the Officers plus two members. The Sections shall meet regularly throughout the year.


  1. The Presidents and Vice Presidents shall be nominated by their Section Committees.


  1. Nominations for all other Officers and relevant Committee Members shall be made on Nominations Sheets posted on Club Premises during August each year. All Nominations must carry the Printed Names and Signatures of Assent of the Nominee together with the signature of the Proposer and Seconder. All nominations must be complete by 30th September each year.


  1. All Officers and Committee Members elected shall hold post for one year. Any are then eligible for re-election the following year if they so wish. The normal procedure is for Vice Captain to proceed to Captain, then Vice President and finally President. Should one of these positions become vacant an election shall take place.


The other Officers hold Office for one year when they shall be eligible for re-election


  1. The quorum of all Committee Meetings shall be, above half the number of Members, of that Committee. For the avoidance of doubt, 'Member' of a Committee means a person entitled both to attend and to vote at a meeting.


6. SECTION MEETINGS


  1. The Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held in the Autumn of each year to review past year's activities, discuss any plans for the future and also elect the Officers and Committee Members. At least twenty one days notice of this meeting shall be given.


  1. Notice of any motions for the AGM or to have any item of business incorporated in the agenda shall be received in writing to the Secretary at least 14 days before the AGM.


  1. An Extraordinary General Meeting may be convened at any time by the Secretary at the request of the Section Committee or within 21 days of receipt of a requisition in writing signed by at least 10 Playing Members specifying the purpose of the meeting and motions to be proposed. No business shall be transacted other than that specified in the requisition.


  1. Only Members of the Section shall be entitled to vote at the General Meetings and all Members have equal voting rights. Voting may be on a show of hands or by ballot.


  1. The quorum at a General Meeting shall consist of 10 Members entitled to vote.


  1. The President of the Section shall chair all meetings. In his/her absence, the Vice President shall take the Chair. In the absence of both, the chair shall be taken by a Member elected by the meeting. The Chair may exercise a casting vote.


  1. A pre-season, Spring Meeting will be held to review the coming Season and to meet any New Members that may have joined the Section. Notice of any motions for the Spring Meeting or to have any item of business incorporated in the Agenda shall be received in writing to the Secretary at least 21 days before the Spring Meeting.


7. CLUB COMPETITIONS


  1. Club competitions are run by the Competition Secretaries and are confined to those members who have paid all their subscriptions and fees for the current year.
  2. If there are insufficient entries in a competition, that competition will not run. Fees will not be refunded


  1. Each competitor is responsible to make contact with their opponent to agree playing arrangements no less than two weeks prior to the scheduled round completion date. The challenger (first named on the competition list) shall arrange with the opponent(s) when to play giving a choice of at least three reasonable dates. Once a date has been agreed the challenger must book a rink (the opponent has no influence on this matter) and find a marker (if required) that is agreeable to both competitors. If the challenger(s) fail(s) to offer dates no less than two weeks prior to the scheduled round completion date, the challenged should attempt to contact the challenger. If this is unsuccessful the competition secretary should be notified and a walk-over will be awarded


  1. Competitions should not be arranged to be played during regular club events and fixtures. Exceptional arrangements can only be made if spare rinks are available and by agreement with the organiser of such games.

In addition, the number of rinks booked for competitions per session must not exceed the quotas specified by the Board in the season’s fixture calendar; all bookings must be recorded in the Club Diary.
A competition may be played on a roll-up rink providing all competition rinks have been booked. However, it cannot be pre-booked and a roll-up will take priority.
A competition must be played solely on the rink booked or the roll-up rink chosen.


  1. A results card must be completed for each game, clearly identifying the competition, players’ name, date, and rink number. The losing side must sign the card, which is placed in the results envelope.


  1. If the challenged cannot agree to one of the correctly offered dates or agree an alternative date with the challenger within the time limit set the competition secretary should be informed, who will then make the decision on a walkover.


  1. If a round cannot be completed because of a failure to attend by one of the sides a walkover will be awarded to the fully attended side


  1. If a match in play is stopped due to bad weather or unavoidable circumstances, then:
  1. If 15 or more ends have been completed the score counts as the result of the match.
  2. If 8 to 14 ends have been completed, the match may continue at a rearranged date. If not possible the score reached will count as the result
  3. If less than 8 ends have been played, the match may be restarted at a rearranged date. If not possible, both teams will be eliminated from the competition.


  1. All finals (except one-day events) shall be played on Club Finals Weekend. Any player(s) reaching the quarterfinal and finding they are unable to play on finals day shall withdraw.


  1. The Competition Secretary ONLY will adjudicate any disputes


  1. Competition Rules are detailed in Appendix A



8. GENERAL


  1. On the green all players shall wear proper brown, grey or white bowling shoes. In matches, all players shall be dressed in uniform as approved by their Section Committee and as indicated on the team sheet.
  2. For Surrey Competition the dress code for both Sections shall meet Surrey requirements.
  3. INTERNAL GAMES

Ladies – White tops shirt type with collar and sleeves and white or Club Coloured knitwear and grey skirts, alternatively grey tailored trousers, cropped trousers and white/grey tailored shorts may be worn.

Men – White shirts/white knitwear and grey trousers White/grey tailored shorts may be worn. Not Club coloured shirts

  1. INTERNAL COMPETITIONS

Ladies – Grey below the waist should be worn with white above the waist.

Finals Weekend – All white.

Men – White shirts/white knitwear with grey trousers. Not Club shirts

Finals Weekend – All white.

The Marker will be dressed the same.

  1. MATCHES AGAINST OTHER CLUBS

Ladies – White tops shirt type with collar and sleeves, Club Coloured knitwear and white skirts, tailored trousers, cropped trousers in the afternoon but grey in the evening. White tailored shorts may be worn.

Men – Club coloured shirts with or without white knitwear or blazers (preferably with Club Badge) and white trousers in the afternoon and grey trousers in the evening. White/grey tailored shorts may be worn as appropriate.

NB On match days, please remain in match clothing until after tea.

  1. CASUAL GAMES

Roll-ups, weekly events and social/fun drives.

Smart casual clothes can be worn including tailored shorts and cut-off trousers. Ladies collarless blouses can be worn. Men’s tops must include a collar.

NOTE – T shirts, denim jeans and track suits must not be worn at any time.



APPENDIX A – CLUB COMPETITION RULES (Dated May 2015)

The following competitions are played in rounds through the season and are organised by the Section Competition Secretaries – the draws are made at the start of the season by the Bowls Director and Section Competition Secretaries.
A bowler may only be substituted in a pairs competition. If a pair gets through its first match by either winning or getting a walkover then neither player may be substituted thereafter.
All competitions will be played on the finals weekend as advertised in the fixtures card.
Championships – Open (to all) – Ladies – Men’s
Open to everyone, played with 4 woods with the winner being the first to score 21 points.
Kirby Cup – Ladies and Steve Jones Plate – Men’s
This competition is played by first round losers of the Championship as a separate event. Played with 4 woods with the winner being the first to score 21 points
Handicap – Ladies and Handicap – Men’s
The handicaps are in the range 0 to 7 (where 7 represents a beginner) and all handicaps are decided at the start of the season by a committee comprising the Bowls Director, Section Captains and Competitions Secretaries plus invited Coaches.
Played with 4 woods as a standard singles game with the winner being the first to 21 points taking into account the difference in handicap.
For example Player A has a handicap of 3 and Player B a handicap of 6. Take the difference which is 3 then Player A who has the lower handicap must score 21 points to win and player B who starts with 3 must score a further 18 points to win.
Two Woods – Ladies and Two Woods – Men’s
Open to all and played with 2 woods only for 21 ends. Only woods within 1 yard of the jack count for scoring purposes and the closest score as usual. If the woods are not within the yard at an end then the end counts with no score. The player who started that end starts the next end. If the match is drawn an extra end is played. The winner is the one closest to the jack.
Non Winners – Ladies and Men’s
Open to all members who have not won a singles competition with the Club or previous Club(s) of which they were a member. Played as a standard singles with 4 woods and winner first to 21 points.
Evergreen Ladies and Veterans Men’s
Open to all members who are 75 years or older on 1st May of the season to be played. Played with 4 woods in 2 sets of 7 ends. If a set is drawn then score half a point each. If it is one set each the best of a three end tie breaker is played (toss for mat) with the winner being the first to win 2 ends – total shots are not counted.
Whoever starts the first set will bowl second in the second set. A new toss will decide who starts the first extra end and an end is won by the competitor with the closest bowl, total shots are not relevant
Pairs Ladies Pairs Men’s Mixed Pairs
Open to all members; pairs are drawn with handicaps being taken into consideration. Each player has 4 woods and 18 ends are played. The final to be played over 21 ends.
If at the end of game the scores are equal then the first to win one extra end will be the winner. A toss will decide who start the extra end

Note – There is no restriction on when a game may be played although consideration must be given to an inter-club match if played on the same day. The club match will have absolute priority.
Coronation Ladies and Jubilee Men’s Cups:
Open to all, played as a knockout competition on one day with 4 Woods. Shots are scored as follows – for each end the wood closest to the jack scores 4 points, next closest 3 points, the next 2 points and next 1 point. The winner is the first to 50 points with all woods counted. If both players score 50 points then a deciding end is played, the winner being the player with the nearest shot.
The first round losers of the above usually play for a plate under the same rule.





APPENDIX B – CLUB GREEN USAGE RULES (Dated September 2017)


  1. The use of the green is divided into 3 sessions each day starting at 10.30 am then 2pm and 5pm. Use of the green should normally be by session and not across sessions.
  2. Club fixtures and weekly events listed in the annual booklet have priority over competitions, coaching and informal roll-ups. Additional fixtures which are not arranged until the season starts should be fitted in where empty rinks are available in a session.
  3. Surrey County and Sutton & District competitions have priority over club competitions because they must be played on a certain day.
  4. Individual roll-ups, practice or coaching can be played only when rinks are available and if played when another fixture or weekly event is in progress and there are rinks available permission of the organiser must be sought and a rink agreed. The organiser shall not unreasonably refuse a rink.
  5. Rinks available for competitions and roll-ups in the morning session are detailed in the daily Club Sheets. Unavailable mornings because of fixtures are noted in the diary where relevant. Sunday mornings are not available during the season because of the organised fixture each week.
  6. No rinks are usually available in the evening session for Tuesday and usually only 2 are available on Monday and Friday afternoon sessions plus 3 available on Thursday evening session, all with the organiser’s agreement.
  7. When two fixtures coincide then each fixture will have contiguous rinks – for example 1 to 3and 4 to 6 if both need 3 rinks.
  8. If it is known that a fixture will run into another session – for example the Coronation and Jubilee cups – then preplanning should ensure that the rinks used at the end should not interfere with the fixture schedule.
  9. All matches for Tuesday and Thursday afternoons will start at 2 pm to ensure they finish within the session. All competitions should be started early enough to ensure no over-lapping for example if pairs competitions have to be played in the morning they must start at 10.30 am sharp to avoid problems.

10. If all rinks are booked resolution should be made with the help of the Bowls Director.


FINALLY REMEMBER THAT BOTH COMMON SENSE AND COURTESY SHOULD GO A LONG WAY IN THESE MATTERS!





Amendments to Club Rules


Under Section 7 CLUB COMPETITIONS


Item C has been amended as follows – changes in red


Each competitor is responsible to make contact with their opponent to agree playing arrangements no less than two weeks prior to the scheduled round completion date. The challenger (first named on the competition list) shall arrange with the opponent(s) when to play giving a choice of at least three reasonable dates. Once a date has been agreed the challenger must book a rink (the opponent has no influence on this matter) and find a marker (if required) that is agreeable to both competitors. If the challenger(s) fail(s) to offer dates no less than two weeks prior to the scheduled round completion date, the challenged should attempt to contact the challenger. If this is unsuccessful the competition secretary should be notified and a walk-over will be awarded


Item D has been amended as follows – changes in red


Competitions should not be arranged to be played during regular club events and fixtures. Exceptional arrangements can only be made if spare rinks are available and by agreement with the organiser of such games.

In addition, the number of rinks booked for competitions per session must not exceed the quotas specified by the Board in the season’s fixture calendar; all bookings must be recorded in the Club Diary.
A competition may be played on a roll-up rink providing all competition rinks have been booked. However, it cannot be pre-booked and a roll-up will take priority.
A competition must be played solely on the rink booked or the roll-up rink chosen.


Under Section 8 GENERAL


Item D Internal Competitions has been amended as follows – changes in red


Ladies – Grey below the waist should be worn with white above the waist.

Finals Weekend – All white.

Men – White shirts/white knitwear with grey trousers. Not Club shirts

Finals Weekend – All white.

The Marker will be dressed the same.


Under APPENDIX B – CLUB GREEN USAGE RULES (Dated 8th September 2017)

Paragraphs 1 – 5 are unchanged. Then:

  1. No rinks are usually available in the evening session for Tuesday and usually only 2 are available on Monday and Friday afternoon sessions plus 3 available on Thursday evening session all with the organiser’s agreement.

Paragraphs 8 – 11 are renumbered 7 – 10.



NB

These changes have all been incorporated into the revised Club Rules, copies of which will be available in the Pavilion and on the web site.


 
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