1. Each round shall have a ‘Play by' date which will be set by the Competition Secretaries.
2. Holiday dates, medical appointments or other commitments must be made known to each other and taken into consideration when matches are being arranged.
3. i The top drawn player in each round shall be the challenger and shall offer, in two different weeks, the choice of 2 dates for the game to be played - on weekday evenings - excluding Wednesdays.
3. ii These dates must be offered at least 18 days before the closing of the round.
3. iii The opponent must accept one of these dates within 3 days or forfeit the competition.
3. iv The rink will be booked by the challenger.
3. v The marker (where applicable) will be arranged by the challenger and mutually agreed.
3. vi Morning, afternoon or weekend games can be played but must be mutually agreed and providing maintenance work is not being carried out on the green.
Ladies League, Mens & Mixed Pairs :
4. i Will be played to a timetable, scheduled by the Competition Secretaries.
4. ii Rink booking and markers can be arranged by either player but must be mutually agreed.
4. iii Games are to be played on weekday evenings only.
4. iv Morning, afternoon or weekend games can be played but must be mutually agreed.
4. v As a general rule, NO EXTENSIONS will be allowed.
4. vi Games are to be played by their nominated dates.
4. vii Games may be played at any time before their nominated dates. (eg- If a game is scheduled to be played in July, by the mutual agreement of each player it may be played in June.)
5. i Exception to the above where an extension may be granted, will be at the discretion of the Competition Secretaries only and will include:-
5. ii If the green is deemed to be unplayable by a member of the green committee, or in their absence an officer/committee member of the club.
5. iii Illness or bereavement (if not resolved when the challenge is offered).
5. iv If either/any competitor/s have booked a competition time and a date on a weekday or weekday evening, and is then asked by the Club Selectors to play in a weekday or weekday evening competition representing the CLUB (Not C&D Leagues).
5. v This is only if no other dates can be found within the original time period of the round and can include mornings, afternoons and weekends.
6. i Substitutes will be allowed for illness or bereavement if it prevents a match being played by its Play by date in the Mixed Pairs, Triples and Fours competitions. This is only if no other dates can be found within the original time period of the round and at the discretion of the Competition Secretaries.
6. ii A list of substitutes, if available, will be published with each competition schedule from a list of players who have made themselves available for this purpose.
6. iii The substitutes list will be nominated from the list by the Competition Secretaries.
6. iv A substitute will only be allowed to play in competitions in which they have not played, or are not scheduled to play and for only ONE team in that competition.
6. v Teams will use the same substitute if any further need is required.
6. vi In a pairs game one substitute will be allowed. In a triples game onesubstitute will be allowed. In a fours game twosubstitutes will be allowed.
6. vii Substitutes will not be allowed to skip.
6. viii If there is no list of substitute players available, it will be the responsibility of the Competition Secretaries to find a suitable player.
6. ix If a Competition Secretary requires a substitute, the other Competition Secretary will be responsible for finding a suitable player.
6. x If both Competition Secretaries require substitutes in the same game / competition, an officer of the Club who must not be a player in that competition, will find a suitable player. If no officer of the Club is available, a club member will be requested to perform this duty.
7. i Novice bowlers are allowed to enter only singlescompetitions in their first playing season.
7. ii Novice bowlers are allowed to enter full teams in the 'Spring Pairs' and 'Charity Fours' knock-out competitions or as an invited member of those teams.
8. i EBA, EWBA, County & Chelmsford and District and DHBA matches only will have preference over Club Competition matches.
8. ii if a rink is taken for these matches at the same time and date, and no other rink is available or acceptable, at the discretion of the Competition Secretaries, an extension will be granted and this is only if no other dates can be found within the original time period of the round.
9. Extensions will not be allowed for any player for playing in EBA, County or Chelmsford & District or DHBA competitions where dates are known in advance from publications / handbooks.
10. i Finals Days will be organised by the Competition Secretaries, who will be responsible for arranging markers, umpires and score cards.
10.ii Appropriate bowls stickers will be issued by the Competition Secretaries to allow woods in play to be readily identified.
10.iii In the event of an official Umpire, the Club Captains, or their vice Captains being unavailable ( Club Rule 32 ), the Competition Secretary responsible for the proceedings will assume this responsibility, or delegate to another if they choose.
10.iv Rinks will be drawn by Markers - 15 minutes before the game is due to start.
Finals Day - Dress Code :
Competitors - Whites/Club shirts Markers - Whites/Club shirts and Blazer Umpire - Whites/Club Shirts and Blazer
The organising Competition Secretary/s if not playing may wear Greys & Club Shirt .