LINCOLNSHIRE IBA – LEAGUE RULES (NORTH & SOUTH FORMAT)
- RULES FOR ALL MATCHES
1.1 All matches to be played under EIBA Laws Of The Sport.
1.2 A club may request to enter multiple teams in any of the leagues.
1.3 All teams shall consist of 16 players, fours rinks of four players and will play each other team in the league home and away during the season.
1.4 Matches shall consist of 21 ends or a time limit of 2 hrs 50 minutes. A bell or buzzer will signal the time limit has elapsed.
1.5 Ends in play will be completed so long as the jack has been cast in the correct manner, i.e., the mat in the correct position and the lead has cast the jack.
1.6 If the jack is hit off the side of the rink, it will be replaced onto a predefined spot on the same side of the rink that it went off and the end completed. If the spot is covered, the jack shall be placed as near to the spot as possible without touching a bowl in a line between the spot and the T.
1.7 No trial ends. Home team jack.
1.8 2 points are awarded to each winning rink (1 point each for a drawn rink). 6 points are awarded for the aggregate. Giving a total of 14 points per match.
1.9 Dress – EIBA Registered Club Shirts Shirt and Grey Trousers, Shorts, Skirts or EIBA Registered Trousers/Shorts. Club waistcoats may be worn by the ladies. Any colour Bowls Manufactured Shoes are permitted.
1.10 A game can rearranged by mutual agreement, but if a club wished to concede a match, then the club that cancels the match will be DEDUCTED 25 points from their total. The opposing team shall be awarded the average of either their home or away points depending on where the game should have been played. This calculation can only be made once all fixtures have been completed. EVERY EFFORT MUST BE MADE TO FULFILL EVERY LEAGUE FIXTURE. A team can play one short in as many rinks as is required. A team can play a minimum of 12 players (4 rinks of triples). If one or more rinks are a player short, the Team Captain must decide if the lead and second will play 3 bowls each and lose 25% of their shots (per individual rink not as a total team) or to play 2 bowls short and lose no shots. This must be clearly communicated to the opposing captain before the game starts.
1.11 If a club has 2 teams in a league (North & South combined if applicable), then the club should register 12 players before the first game is played with the League Secretary. These 12 players can only play for ‘A’ team. If a club has 3 teams in a league, an additional 12 players must be registered for the ‘B’ team, these 12 players can only play in the ‘B’ team. All un-named players are free to play in as many teams as they choose.
1.12 IF AN ILLEGAL PLAYER IS PLAYED IN ANY LEAGUE, THE GUILTY TEAM WILL BE DEDUCTED 4 POINTS AND 10 SHOTS FOR EVERY OFFENDING PLAYER IN THAT PARTICULAR MATCH.
1.13 A player can only play for one club in any one season.
1.14 All league matches must be completed a full 2 weeks before the date of the North v South final. This final will be played at a venue arranged by the League Secretary and will determine the overall County Champion. The game will be played exactly the same as a league match with 14 points on offer. In the unlikely chance that the score ends up 7 points each, then all 4 rinks will play an extra end and the team with the highest score shall be the winner. Choice of jack for the start of this game and the extra end if required shall be determined by the toss of a coin.
2. ADDITIONAL RULES MEN’S & OVER 60’S LEAGUE
2.1 Men are eligible to play in the Over 60’s league after their 60th Birthday, regardless of the date.
3. ADDITIONAL RULES – MIXED LEAGUE
3.1 Each rink of 4 must consist of 2 male and 2 female players.