HARROW & DISTRICT BOWLING ASSOCIATION

 

VETERANS LEAGUE RULES

 

1)      The League shall be called “the Harrow & District Veterans League”.

 

2)      Membership of the league shall be open to all affiliated Clubs of the Harrow & District Bowling Association. Applications to join the league must be received by the League Secretary by the last day in July of the season prior to that in which they wish to compete.

 

3)      The League will be divided into Divisions, the number of divisions and the make up of each division to be determined by the Executive and approved at the AGM.

 

4)      Each club entering the league shall be provided, in September, with a list of clubs within their division with whom they shall arrange their matches for the following year as convenient. Each club must submit a copy of their fixture list to the League Secretary before their opening fixture. Clubs with more than one entry must also provide a list of players who will play in either their “a” or “b” teams before their respective opening fixtures. Members of the “b” squad may play once for the “a” squad without then being barred from re-joining the “b” squad after wards.

 

5)      The Winners of division 1 will receive the Fred Prescott Shield, which they will hold for one year. The Winners of any other divisions will receive a Championship Trophy, which they will hold for one year and promotion to the division above. The teams finishing bottom of all divisions, with the exception of the bottom division, will be relegated to the Division below.

 

6)      All league matches must be completed by the last day in August.

 

7)      i) All matches will be 3 triples played over 18 ends.

 

ii) Allocation of rinks – The home side will select the rinks to be used for the match, these will be depicted for rink allocation purposes by the use of an identifying marker e.g. numbered disc, playing card etc. The away Captain will then shuffle the home sides scorecards and place them at random on the chosen identifying markers. The home Captain will then repeat the process with the away sides scorecards to complete the process.

 

8)      Every competing player shall be 60 years of age or over on the day of the fixture in question and must be a member of the club who they are representing. A maximum of 3 ladies may play in each match. Each club may choose the composition of their own triples.

 

9)      All league matches to be played on Mid Week afternoons. Unless mutually agreed all league games to have a fixed starting time of 2.30 p.m.

 

10)  After each fixture the home club shall send to the League Secretary the appropriate result sheet signed by both Captains, within 7 days.

 

11)  Method of scoring – 2 points for overall win, 1 point for a tie. 1 point for each winning triple, ½ point for each drawn triple. Thus there will be 5 points at stake in each match. Should one team arrive short of players, the full 5 points and +10 shots difference will be awarded to the opponents. If both teams arrive short of players the game will be void.

12)   In the event of two teams finishing the season on the same points then shots difference will be used to decide who finishes higher. If that does not separate them then the two results between the clubs will be used, if after all that the clubs are still level the club with the highest shots “for” be the ultimate decider.

 

13)  Should a team be unable to play on the date agreed, the full 5 points will be given to the opponents. In exceptional circumstances matches (including abandoned matches) may be rescheduled with the permission of the league secretary and agreement of both Captains.

14)  In the event of a match being abandoned before its full conclusion the result will stand provided that an aggregate of 18 ends has been played across the 3 triples. If 18 ends have not been played then either the points will be split 2.5 each or if a mutually convenient date can be arranged the match can be replayed.

 

15)  A match is deemed postponed where play has not commenced and this is not due to the team being unable to play on the date agreed, as covered by rule 13. Where a match is postponed, no points shall be awarded to the clubs concerned, who will be expected to re arrange the fixture to a mutually convenient later date. If necessary, the season will be extended to accommodate this.

 

16)  The League Secretary, together with the Principle Officers of the Association shall decide any matter in dispute and their decision shall be final.

 

Amended A.G.M. October 2013

 

HARROW & DISTRICT VETERANS LEAGUE CUP

 

1)      This Competition will be known as the Harrow & District Veterans League Cup”.

 

2)      All clubs entering the main league may enter the league cup. Clubs not entering the main league are not eligible to enter the league cup. Additionally clubs with only 1 entry in the main league may only enter 1 team in the League Cup, additional entries will not be permitted. Clubs entering 2 teams in the League Cup must provide the League Secretary with the names of who will be in the “a” and “b” teams before their opening fixture. A player already on one team list who has not yet played for that team in the current season shall be permitted to play for the other team. In this event he / she is automatically transferred to the team list for which he / she has played and cannot play for his/ her original team during that season. The League rule regarding “b” squad players making single appearances for the “a” squad without penalty does not apply in the Cup.

 

3)      The draw for the League Cup will be made in its entirety alongside the main Competition draws in early May. The closing date for entries into the League Cup therefore will be the same as the main competitions. The first team drawn will be the Challenger and the 2nd the opponent.

 

4)      The closing date for each round will be set by the Competition Secretary up to the Quarter Finals which must be played by the 3rd Monday in August. The Semi Finals and Final will be played in early September on a green to be arranged by the League Secretary. Dress for the Semi Finals and Final will be whites.

 

5)      The Winners of the League Cup final will receive the Cecil Griffiths Trophy that they will hold for one year.

 

6)      i) All matches will be 3 triples of 18 ends. The aggregate score will decide the winner. In the event of the fixture being drawn all three triples will play one extra end. If the aggregate scores are still level another extra end will be played by all 3 triples until a result is reached.

 

ii) Allocation of rinks – The home side will select the rinks to be used for the match, these will be depicted for rink allocation purposes by the use of an identifying marker e.g. numbered disc, playing card etc. The away Captain will then shuffle the home sides scorecards and place them at random on the chosen identifying markers. The home Captain will then repeat the process with the away sides scorecards to complete the process.

 

7)      In the event of a match being abandoned before its full conclusion the result will stand provided that an aggregate of 18 ends has been played across the 3 triples. If 18 ends have not been played then the match can be replayed on a mutually convenient date subject to rules 9 & 10 being complied with. If a mutually convenient date is not available then the result will be decided by the toss of a coin.

 

8)      Each player must be 60 years of age or over on the day of the match and be a member of the club who they are representing. A maximum of 3 ladies may play in each match. Each club may choose the composition of their own triples.

 

 

9)      All matches should be played on mutually agreed dates. The challenger must offer 3 dates, all of which must be mid week afternoons. The offer must be made no later than seven days after the closing date of the previous round. Clubs can agree by mutual consent to play mid week evenings or weekend mornings.

 

 

10)  The winning club must phone the result through to the League Secretary within 24 hours of the match being played. The completed scorecards signed by both Captains must follow within 7 days. Any results not received by the League Secretary by 1030hrs on the closing date of the round will result in both teams being disqualified. All clubs still involved in the competition will receive an updated draw sheet, as per all the other Competitions shortly after the end of the previous round.

 

 

11)  Any matter in dispute shall be decided by the League Secretary, together with the principle Officers of the Association and their decision will be final. 

 

 

Amended A.G.M. October 2013

 
 
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