Wealden Bowls Club

Club Competion Rules





Games will be played in accordance with Bowls England rules unless amended by the rules set out below.


The following competitions are open to full members of Wealden Bowls Club

  Ladies Championship     21 shots
  Gentlemens Championship     21 shots
  Singles - (Peter Hewitt Trophy)       2 sets of 9 ends
  Pairs - Drawn Mixed (Ton-up)    100 points (1st wood 4pts, 2nd 3pts, 3rd 2pts & 4th 1pt)
  Pairs - Drawn Mixed     18 ends
  Triples - Drawn Mixed     18 ends

The Peter Hewitt Trophy singles competition is for 1st Round losers in the Gentlemens and Ladies Championship and are entered automatically. The game is played as 2 sets of 9 ends. Players giving a walkover in the championship competitions do not qualify.
All games must be played outdoors.
For all competitions the rink to be played will be drawn, except on Finals Day when they will be decided by the Competition Secretary.
In pairs competitions where 18 ends are played each player uses 4 bowls each whilst in the Ton-up competition each player uses 2 bowls each.
Two trial ends are allowed, including the resumption of an unfinished game.
If at the end of a game the score is tied an extra end will be played.In the Ton-up competition if both players have scored 100 points an extra end will be played with just the nearest bowl counting.


Draw sheets for each competition will be posted on the Competition Notice Board early in the season and members must note their play-by dates they have to meet.
For all competitions the first named is the Challenger and shall:

a) contact their opponent as early as possible and arrange date and time to play

b) enter the playing arrangement in the Club diary

c) for singles competitions arrange for a marker to officiate.
All rounds will be played on or before the listed play-by dates (subject to Rule 4).
The failure of a player to appear after a maximum waiting period of 15 minutes from the time fixed for the start of the game, shall cause the player(s) to forfeit the game to their opponent.
Rinks are to be drawn at the time of the competition.  If any player has played on a rink earlier in the day that rink shall be excluded from the draw.
There is no time limit on the length of a game.


In any competition a game may be re-arranged provided it is not later than the play-by date, and subject to the agreement of both players/teams and rink availability.
Players who have been asked to represent the County or Club or players competing in a zone semi final or final of a National competition on the date they are due to play a club competition, or are asked to surrender their rink to allow such a game to be played, will be allowed to re-arrange to a date no later than 7 days after the original agreed date.

In all cases those seeking a re-arrangement shall advise their opponent immediately the opposition is known. The opponent shall offer the player/team seeking the re-arragement at least three reasonable alternative date/times. The player/team seeking the re-arrangement must accept one of these dates, using the substitution rule if necessary, or concede the match.

ALL RE-ARRANGEMENTS must be fully recorded in the Club diary and the Competition Secretary informed.


At the end of each game a player/team member must sign the scorecard. The scorecard should then be placed in the Completed Scorecards box.  In the event of a walkover the player/team giving the walkover must complete the card and the Club diary annotated so any other member may book that rink.

Players must NOT enter the result on  the draw sheets the Competition Secretary will do this.


Background - Members entering club competitions can have an expectation of getting to one or more finals, the dates of which are published in the fixture lists.  The dates of each round are posted on the notice board early in the season and it is reasonable to expect that these would be entered in competitors' diaries.  In the event a Team Leader/Team requires a substitute then a request should be made to the Competition Secretary. It is not in the spirit of the competitions to take advantage of substitutions to cover loss of form, social engagements etc.  As regards the finals competitors should organise their outside interests and commitments to give priority to their Finals Weekend matches.  Where circumstances change competitors should withdraw from competitions as soon as they know they will not be available on Finals weekend.


For all team competitions the first team that plays will be the team regardless of the names on the entry form, except that at least one member of the team must have been named on the entry sheet.

  Singles  No substitutes allowed
  Drawn Pairs  One and the same man or lady but at no time together
  Drawn Triples  One and the same sub of the respective gender

Substitutes must not have played for another team in the same competition, but may play in any position.



 Players should endeavour to resolve any dispute in the friendly spirit in which club competitions should be played.  Failing this all disputes or questions of the interpretation of these rules must be referred to the Competition Secretary whose decision will be final.


Rules approved by the Management Committee  on ....... 2016.