UNITED SERVICES BOWLING CLUB
CONSTITUTION (& BYE-LAWS)
- Club Name
- Definitions of terms
- Objects of Club
- Application of Surplus Funds
- Membership terms and conditions
- Resignation from the Club
- Expulsion from the Club
- Effect of Resignation or Expulsion
- Grievances, how they are dealt with
- The Executive Committee positions
- Non Executive Positions
- Proceedings of the Executive Committee & the Club's Trustees
- Annual general meeting requirements
- Spring general meeting requirements
- Extraordinary general meetings requirements
- Procedures at general meetings
- Miscellaneous Meetings requirements
- Purchase and supply of liquor, legal requirements
- Commission, receiving of
- Guests, registering and signing in
- Opening of Club premises
- Permitted hours for sale of alcohol
- Alteration of the rules (Constitution)
- Regulations and Standing Orders, changing etc
- Finance, requirements and conditions
- Borrowing, requirements and conditions
- Property, ownership and management
- Dissolution of the Club
The Club, established in 1921, is called United Services Bowling Club ("the Club").
2.1 “the President", "the Secretary”, “the Treasurer", and "the Executive Committee" mean the persons elected in
accordance with Rule10;
"the Members" means the members of the Club admitted to membership of the Club in accordance with Rule 5;
"the Trustees" means the persons appointed to be the trustees of the Club in accordance with Rule 12.6.1.
2.2 Words denoting the singular number include the plural number and vice versa; words denoting the masculine gender include the feminine gender.
2.3 The words “write”, “writing” and “written” shall include any method of representing or reproducing words in a legible form including by way of electronic communications.
The objects of the Club are:
(a) principally to provide facilities for bowls and generally to promote, encourage and facilitate the playing of bowls in the area of Barnstaple and amongst the community;
(b) to provide and maintain Club premises in Pottington Road and club-owned bowls equipment for the use of its members;
(c) to provide other ordinary benefits of an amateur sports club as set out in Schedule 18 of the Finance Act 2002 including provision of suitability qualified coaches, coaching courses, insurance, post-match refreshments;
(d) to sell or supply food or drink as a social adjunct to the sporting purposes of the Club;
(e) to affiliate to Bowls Devon and Bowls England and to comply with and uphold the Rules and Regulations of Bowls Devon and Bowls England as amended from time to time and the rules and regulations of any body to which Bowls England is affiliated;
(f) to acquire, establish, own, operate and turn to account in any way for the members' benefit the Bowling Green facilities of the Club together with buildings and easements, fixtures and fittings and accessories as shall be thought advisable;
(g) to make rules, regulations, bye-laws and standing orders concerning the operation of the Club including without limitation regulations concerning disciplinary procedures that may be taken against the Members;
(h) to discipline the Members where permitted by its Rules/Regulations. (Any disciplinary matters will be dealt with in accordance with Bowls England Disciplinary Regulations);
(i) to do all such other things as the Executive Committee thinks fit to further the interests of the Club or to be incidental or conducive to the attainment of all or any of the objects stated in this Rule 3.
4. Application of Surplus Funds
4.1 The Club is a non-profit making organisation. All surpluses will be used to maintain or improve the Club's facilities and in furtherance of the Club's objects. No surplus will be distributed other than to another community amateur sports club (CASC) for bowls, to Bowls England for use in community related bowls initiatives, or to a registered charitable organisation, on winding-up or dissolution of the Club (see 28.2).
4.2 Nothing in Clause 4.1 shall prevent the Club from entering an agreement with a member for the supply by him to the Club of goods or services or for his employment by the Club, provided that such arrangements are approved by the Executive Committee (without the member being present) and are agreed with the member on an arm's length basis.
4.3 No Member shall be paid a salary, bonus, fee or other remuneration for playing for the Club.
5.1 Eligibility for membership
5.1.1 Persons of either sex are eligible for full membership of the Club provided they are at least 18 years old. No person shall be denied membership of the Club on the grounds of race, ethnic origin, creed, colour, age, disability, sex, occupation, sexual orientation, religion, political or other beliefs.
5.1.2 Persons below the age of 18 are eligible to join as Junior Members.
5.1.3 The number of Members is unlimited.
5.2 Admission of Members
Any person who wishes to become a Member must submit an application in such form as the Executive Committee shall decide. Every candidate for membership shall be considered by the Executive Committee, or an appointed sub-committee, which shall admit that candidate to membership of the Club unless to do so would be contrary to the best interests of the sport or the good conduct and interests of the Club.
5.3 Classes of Members
5.3.1 There shall be the following classes of members of the Club:
Full Member. A Full Member is entitled to bowl on the Club Green, to receive notice of and vote at general meetings of the Club, to stand for election to any position in the Club, to be considered for selection for Club matches for which they are eligible and to take part in all other activities of the Club.
Honorary Member. An Honorary Member is entitled to take part in such activities as the Executive decide.
Honorary Life Member. An Honorary Life Member is entitled to the same rights as a full Club member and shall not be liable to pay an annual subscription.
Social Member. A Social Member is entitled to take part in the social functions of the Club and to attend general meetings of the Club.
Junior Member. A Junior Member is entitled to the same rights as a full Club Member.
5.3.2 All Members shall be subject to these Rules and the Regulations of the Club and shall abide by the Rules and Regulations of Bowls England or Bowls Devon, from time to time in force.
5.3.3 The Executive Committee may admit a person, who has an interest in the Club, as an Honorary Member. Such membership will be subject to review from time to time and subject to such conditions as the Executive Committee determines.
5.3.4 To be considered for Honorary Life Membership a member shall have provided outstanding service to the Club. Persons proposed to be nominated as Honorary Life Members must be nominated in writing by any two Full Members, together with accompanying written reasons. Nominations must be received by the Secretary at least two months before the date of an Annual General Meeting. The Executive Committee shall consider applications and if approved the nomination shall be put to the Annual General Meeting.
5.4.1 The annual subscription for each type of Member shall be determined by the Club in general meeting provided that the Club shall use its best endeavours to ensure that the fees set by it do not preclude
membership of the Club.
5.4.2 The Members shall pay the annual subscription fee set by the Club.
5.4.3 No candidate who has been elected a Member shall be entitled to the privileges of membership until he has paid his first annual subscription.
5.4.4 Any Member whose subscription is not paid by 30 April or such other such date as the Executive Committee decide shall be deemed to have resigned his membership of the Club.
A Member may withdraw from membership of the Club on one week's clear notice to the Club. Membership shall not be transferable in any event and shall cease immediately on death or on the failure of the Member to comply or to continue to comply with any condition of membership set out in these Rules.
7.1 The Executive Committee shall have power to expel a Member when, in its opinion, it would not be in the interests of the sport or of the Club for him to remain a Member.
7.2 A Member shall not be expelled unless he is given 14 days' written notice of the meeting of the Executive Committee at which his expulsion shall be considered and written details of the complaint made against him.
7.3 The Member shall be given an opportunity to make written representations and/or to appear before the Executive Committee and at any such meeting to be accompanied by a representative or friend, who may answer complaints made against the member and to cross-examine any witnesses on behalf of the member. The member must not be expelled unless at least two-thirds of the Executive Committee then present vote in favour of his expulsion.
7.4 The Executive Committee may exclude the Member from the Club's premises until the meeting considering his expulsion has been held. For the avoidance of doubt, the member shall be entitled to attend that meeting for the purpose of making his representations.
8. Effect of Resignation or Expulsion
Any person ceasing to be a Member forfeits all right to and claim upon the Club, its property and its funds and he has no right to the return of any part of his subscription. The Executive Committee may refund an appropriate part of a resigning Member's subscription if it considers it appropriate taking account of all the circumstances.
Any Club member wishing to raise a grievance with the Executive shall write to the Secretary, setting out details of the matter.
10. The Executive Committee
10.1 The Club shall be managed by an Executive Committee consisting of:
(a) the President;
(b) the Vice-President;
(c) the Men's Captain;
(d) the Ladies’ Captain;
(e) the Treasurer;
(f) the Secretary*;
(g) the Assistant Secretary*;
(h) the Green Manager;
(i) the Match Secretary;
(j) no more than 4 other Members elected annually at the annual general meeting.
* Wherever possible the Secretary and Assistant Secretary should be of opposite genders.
10.2 The Secretary shall display in the Club, no later than the first day of September, a nomination form for the election of members of the Executive Committee. Nominated members of the Executive Committee must be proposed by any two Full Members by the date on the nomination form. No Member may nominate more than one candidate for each vacancy.
10.3 Any person nominated as a member of the Executive Committee must have been a Member of the Club throughout the previous 12 months.
10.4 If there is only one nomination for a vacancy, that candidate shall be declared elected at the next annual general meeting. If there is more than one candidate for a vacancy there shall be an election at the annual general meeting for that position. In the event of a tie, the candidate to be elected shall (unless the candidates otherwise agree) be determined by lot.
10.5 The Executive Committee shall be elected at the annual general meeting in each year. Unless the sitting members of the Executive are re-elected they shall stand down at the conclusion of the annual general meeting. All Officers of the Club shall be eligible for re-election to the same office or another office at the end of their current period of election.
10.6 In addition to the members elected or appointed in accordance with this Rule 10, the Executive Committee may co-opt up to 2 further Members who shall serve until the next annual general meeting. Co-opted members shall not be entitled to vote at the meetings of the Executive Committee.
10.7 The Executive Committee may appoint any Member to fill any vacancy on the Executive Committee until the next annual general meeting when that person shall retire but shall be eligible for re-election.
10.8 Retiring members of the Executive Committee may be re-elected.
10.9 A member of the Executive Committee shall be deemed to have vacated office if:
(a) he resigns his office by notice to the Club; or
(b) he is suspended from holding office or from taking part in any activity relating to the administration or management of the Club by a decision of Bowls Devon or Bowls England; or
(c) he is requested to resign by not less than two-thirds of the other Executive Committee members acting together.
11. Non Executive Positions
11.1 The following Non Executive Positions exist:
(a) Ladies’ Vice-Captain;
(b) Men's Vice-Captain;
(c) Competition Secretary(ies)
(d) Up to 3 Ladies’ Selectors
(e) Up to 3 Men's Selectors
(f) Bar Manager
(g) 2 or more Bar sub-committee members (being members over the age of 18)
(h) Internal Auditor
11.2 All the relevant provisions of Rule 10 shall apply to these Non Executive Positions.
- Proceedings of the Executive Committee and the Club's Trustees
- There shall not be less than four meetings of the Executive Committee each year. The quorum for such meetings shall be 5. The Secretary shall give all the members of the Executive Committee not less than 3 days' notice of a meeting. The President and the Secretary shall have discretion to call emergency meetings of the Executive Committee if they consider it to be in the interests of the Club.
- The President shall be the chairman of the Executive Committee. If the President or the Vice-President is unwilling to preside or is not present within ten minutes after the time appointed for the meeting, the members of the Executive Committee present may appoint one of their number to be chairman of the meeting.
- Decisions of the Executive Committee shall be made by a simple majority and in the event of an equality of votes the President (or the acting President of that meeting) shall have a casting or additional vote.
- The Executive Committee may appoint from among its number such sub-committees as it considers necessary and may delegate to them such of the powers and duties of the Executive Committee as the Executive Committee may determine. All sub-committees shall periodically report their proceedings to the Executive Committee and shall conduct their business in accordance with the directions of the Executive Committee.
- The Executive Committee shall be responsible for the management of the Club and shall have the sole right of appointing and determining the terms and conditions of service of employees of the Club. The Executive Committee shall have power to enter into contracts for the purposes of the Club on behalf of all the Members.
- The Trustees of the Club shall be appointed as necessary by the Club in general meeting from among the Members who are willing to be so appointed. A Trustee shall hold office during his life, or until he shall resign by notice in writing given to the Executive Committee or until a resolution removing him from office shall be passed at a general meeting by a majority comprising two-thirds of the Members present and voting.
- All property of the Club including land and investments shall be held by the Trustees for the time being, in their own names so far as necessary and practicable, and for the use and benefit of the Club. On the death, resignation or removal from office of a Trustee the Executive Committee shall take steps to procure the appointment by the Club in general meeting of a new Trustee in his place; and shall as soon as possible thereafter take lawful and practicable steps to procure the vesting of all Club property into names of the Trustees as constituted after the said appointment. The Trustees shall in all respects act, in regard to any property of the Club held by them, in accordance with the directions of the Executive Committee; and shall have power to sell, lease, mortgage or pledge any Club property for the purpose of raising or borrowing money for the benefit of the Club in compliance with the Executive Committee's directions. But no purchaser, lessee or mortgagee shall be concerned to enquire whether any such direction has been given.
- The number of Trustees shall not be more than four or less than two.
- The members of the Executive Committee shall be entitled to an indemnity out of the assets of the Club for all expenses and other liabilities properly incurred by them in the management of the affairs of the Club.
- Annual general meeting
- The annual general meeting of the Club shall be held at such time as the Executive Committee shall decide each year to transact the following business:
(a) to receive the President's and other reports of the activities of the Club during the previous year;
(b) to receive and consider the accounts of the Club for the previous year, the auditor's report on the accounts and the Treasurer's report as to the financial position of the Club;
(c) to elect the auditor;
(d) to elect the members of the Executive Committee;
(e) to elect members to positions other than those on the Executive Committee;
(f) to decide on any resolution which may be duly submitted in accordance with Rule 13.2 below;
(g) to deal with any other matters which the Executive Committee desires to bring before the membership.
- Notice of any resolution proposed to be moved at the annual general meeting shall be given in writing to the Secretary not less than 28 days before the meeting.
- No period greater than fifteen months shall elapse between one annual general meeting and the next.
14. Spring general meeting
The Spring general meeting of the Club shall be held at such time as the Executive Committee shall decide each year to transact the following business:
(a) to welcome new members to the Club
(b) to receive any reports requested by the Executive Committee
(c) to receive information relating to any Club Tours
(d) to receive information on competitions
(e) to deal with any other matters which the Executive Committee desires to bring before the membership.
15. Extraordinary general meetings
An extraordinary general meeting may be called at any time by the Executive Committee. An extraordinary general meeting shall be called within 21 days of receipt by the Secretary of a requisition in writing signed by not less than 20 Members stating the purposes for which the meeting is required and the resolutions proposed.
- Procedures at general meetings
- The Secretary shall send to each Full Member and each Honorary Life Member at his last known address written notice of the date of the general meeting together with the resolutions to be proposed at least 14 days before the meeting.
- The quorum for general meetings shall be 10 Full or Honorary Life Members.
- The President shall preside at all meetings of the Club but if he is not present within 10 minutes after the time appointed for the meeting or has signified his inability to be present at the meeting, the Members present and entitled to vote may choose one of the other members of the Executive Committee present to preside and if no other member of the Executive Committee is present or willing to preside the Members present and entitled to vote may choose one of their number to be chairman of the meeting.
- Each Full Member present shall have one vote and resolutions shall be passed by a simple majority of those Members present and voting. In the event of an equality of votes the chairman of the meeting shall have a casting or additional vote.
- The Secretary, or in his absence a member of the Executive Committee, shall take minutes at annual, Spring and extraordinary general meetings.
- There shall be no right for a Member to vote by proxy.
- Ladies’ & Men's Meetings
- It is open to members of either sex to arrange meetings to organise social and other events and to discuss relevant matters. These meetings may elect from their number such committees and subcommittees as they deem appropriate.
- All meetings, including those of committees and sub-committees, shall conduct their business in accordance
- with the directions of the Executive Committee.
- Purchase and supply of liquor
- Purchase for the Club and supply by the Club of intoxicating liquor must be in the absolute discretion of a sub-committee of not less than three Members (one of whom shall be the Treasurer) being Members over the age of 18 and elected for that purpose by the Members.
- If any member of the sub-committee for any reason ceases to be a Member, he automatically ceases to be a member of the sub-committee, and another elected member of the Executive Committee must be appointed in his place, by the Executive Committee.
- The sub-committee must not in any way be restricted in freedom of purchase.
- No one may at any time receive at the expense of the Club any commission, percentage or similar payment on or with reference to purchases of intoxicating liquor by the Club.
- No one may directly or indirectly derive any pecuniary benefit from the supply of intoxicating liquor by or on behalf of the Club to Members or guests apart from any benefit accruing to the Club as a whole and apart also from any benefit which a person derives indirectly by reason of the supply giving rise to or contributing to a general gain from the carrying on of the Club.
- Any Member may introduce guests to the Club, and any player, coach, other team representative, match official or spectator attending the Club's premises (by invitation of the Club) who is not a Member shall be a guest of the Executive Committee, provided that the guests have not had their application for membership declined or been expelled from the Club.
- The Member introducing a guest and any person introduced as a guest of the Executive Committee in accordance with Rule 20.1 must enter the name and address of the guest together with the name of the introducer in a book which must be kept on the Club's premises. (There are some exemptions under the Licensing Act 2003 which apply to teams and spectators).
21. Opening of Club premises
The Club is open at such times or for such other periods as the Executive Committee shall decide. The Club's facilities shall be available to the Member without discrimination.
22. Permitted hours
The permitted hours for the supply of intoxicating liquor and provision of regulated entertainment shall be as permitted by the Club's Club Premises Certificate.
- Alteration of the rules
- These Rules may be altered by resolution at an annual or extraordinary general meeting provided that the resolution shall not be passed unless carried by a majority of at least two-thirds of the Members present and voting at the general meeting. The notice of the general meeting shall contain particulars of the proposed alteration or addition.
- As soon as possible and in any case within 28 days after the making of any alteration or addition to these rules the Secretary must give written notice of the alteration or addition to the proper Licensing Authority.
24. Regulations and Standing Orders
The Executive Committee shall have power to make, repeal and amend such regulations and standing orders as it may consider necessary for the wellbeing of the Club. Such regulations and standing orders and any repeals or amendments to them shall have effect until set aside by the Executive Committee.
- All moneys payable to the Club shall be received by the person authorised by the Executive Committee to receive such moneys and shall be deposited in a bank account in the name of the Club. No sum shall be drawn from that account except by cheque signed by two of the three signatories who shall include the Secretary and the Treasurer. Any moneys not required for immediate use may be invested as the Executive
- Committee in its discretion thinks fit.
- Subject to Rule 28.2, the income and property of the Club shall be applied only in furtherance of the objects of the Club and no part thereof shall be paid by way of bonus, dividend or profit to any Member.
- The Executive Committee shall have power to authorise the payment of remuneration and expenses to any officer, member of the Executive Committee, Member or employee of the Club and to any other person or persons for services rendered to the Club.
- The financial transactions of the Club shall be recorded by the Treasurer in such manner as the Executive Committee thinks fit.
- Full accounts of the financial affairs of the Club shall be prepared each year. A report on these accounts shall be prepared by an independent person. The accounts must be made available to every Member when notice concerning the annual general meeting is given.
- The Executive Committee may borrow a maximum total amount of 50% of the Club's previous year's annual subscriptions on behalf of the Club for the purposes of the Club at its own discretion and with the sanction of a general meeting any further money above that sum.
- When so borrowing the Executive Committee shall have power to raise in any way any sum or sums of money and to raise the repayment of any sum or sums of money in such manner on such terms and conditions as it thinks fit provided that in the event that the repayment of any sum or sums is to be secured (in particular by mortgage of or charge upon, or by the issue of debentures charged upon all or any part of the property of the Club) the grant of such security must be approved by the Club at a general meeting.
- The Executive Committee shall have no power to pledge the personal liability of any Member for repayment of any sums so borrowed.
- The Trustees shall, at the discretion of the Executive Committee, make such dispositions of the Club's property or any part thereof, and enter into and execute such agreements and instruments in relation thereto, as the Executive Committee may deem proper for giving security for such moneys and the interest payable thereon.
- The property of the Club, other than cash at the bank, shall be vested in the Trustees. They shall deal with the property as directed by resolution of the Executive Committee and entry in the minute book shall be conclusive evidence of such a resolution.
- The Trustees shall be entitled to an indemnity out of the property of the Club for all expenses and other liabilities properly incurred by them in the discharge of their duties.
- A resolution to dissolve the Club shall be proposed only at an extraordinary general meeting and shall be passed only if carried by a majority of at least three-quarters of the Members present and voting. Notice of the meeting as set out in 16.1 shall be given to the Trustees. The dissolution shall take effect from the date of the resolution and the members of the Executive Committee shall be responsible for the winding-up of the assets and liabilities of the Club.
- Any property remaining on a winding up or dissolution of the Club after the discharge of the debts and liabilities of the Club shall be paid to or distributed to Bowls England for use in community related bowls initiatives or to another community amateur sports club for bowls.
Revised Oct 2015 Reformatted June 2018
UNITED SERVICES BOWLING CLUB
- Dress (please also see bye-law 3.1.2)
a) for Club roll-ups and Club Competitions - Mid-grey trousers (not denim or corduroy), Club Shirt or white shirt with collar, white waterproofs, sweaters etc.
b) for all other games - Club Shirts with white or mid-grey trousers as indicated on the selection sheet.
a) for Club roll-ups and Club Competitions - Mid-grey skirts, trousers or crops, Club Shirt or white blouse/shirt with collar, white waterproofs, sweaters etc.
b) for all other games - Club Shirts with white or mid-grey skirts, trousers or crops as indicated on the selection sheet.
Dress shall be tidy and correct footwear must be worn. When participating in formal competitions and any competitions involving other clubs - dress must conform to USBC dress standards. Guidance will be given where necessary.
Footwear on the Green is regulated by the Joint Laws of the Game as issued by the World Bowls Board and as varied by the domestic regulations of Bowls England. Players shall be guided by these Laws. Whatever footwear is permitted it shall be smooth soled and heel less while on the Green for whatever purpose. For Club roll-ups, Club Competitions and Friendly matches these shoes may be White, Brown or Grey. Sandals may not be worn on the Green.
The authorised colour of blazers is black or navy blue. If participating in County Competitions the Club recommend that blazers be worn for travel and post-match.
2. Novice Bowlers
New novice members will be required to attend a short in-house course before being allowed to play on the Green unsupervised. At a later date they will also be expected to attend a short course covering marking and game etiquette. The courses will be run by USBC and new members advised of the dates.
Club Competition Rules
- Finals shall normally be held on the first weekend in September. Finalists of knockout competitions will compete on these finals day(s), unless there are exceptional circumstances and only with the authorisation of the Executive Committee.
- Dress on Finals Day(s).
Whites (with Club Shirts) shall be worn by all competitors when playing on finals day(s).
Winners of competitions shall hold the appropriate perpetual trophy for one year. Such other trophies may be awarded as the Executive Committee shall determine.
- Competition Fees.
Members shall pay the fees that are set by the Executive.
- The Draw.
The draw for all competitions shall take place early in the season in the presence of the Competition Secretary and at least 2 other Full or Honorary Life Members.
- Bowls England Rules
Bowls England Rules shall apply, except that trial ends are only permitted in the Singles Competitions. (Please note that trial ends are not permitted in the two wood singles or the handicap singles).
- Singles Competitions
- Men’s Singles
The first reaching a score of 21 is the winner.
- Men’s Two Wood Singles
The first reaching a score of 21 is the winner.
- Men’s Handicap Singles
The first reaching a score of 21 or his handicap is the winner. At the start of the season players will be allocated a handicap by the Competition Secretary, based on their performance in previous years.
- Ladies’ Singles
The first reaching a score of 21 is the winner.
- Ladies’ Two Wood Singles
A maximum of 21 ends shall be played, the player holding the most shots is the winner.
- Ladies’ Handicap Singles
The first reaching a score of 21 or her handicap is the winner. At the start of the season players will be allocated a handicap by the Competition Secretary, based on their performance in previous years.
- Novice Cup
This shall be a singles competition with the first reaching a score of 21 being the winner. The competition shall be open only to members whose playing experience is less than three full seasons. The first full season is the season in which the member pays the first full year's subscription.
- Club Champion
This shall be a singles competition open to all members with the first reaching the score of 21 being the winner.
- Team Competitions
The dates of the following competitions shall be as announced at the start of the season.
- Men’s Pairs
Play shall be a Pairs competition of 21 ends.
- Ladies’ Pairs
Play shall be a Pairs competition of 21 ends. Prior to play the Skips shall be selected and the leads drawn.
- Mixed Pairs
Play shall be a Pairs competition of 21 ends. To qualify for entry to the Pairs Competition will require both a Lady and Gentleman to enter as a pair to ensure numbers balance. A draw will then take place to allocate partners for the game.
- King Cup
Play shall be a Mixed Triples knockout competition.
- Reilly Cup (Men) and Jenny Hardy Cup (Ladies)
These competitions are played on a Triples knockout basis.
- William’s Trophy
Play shall be a Mixed Fours knockout competition.
- Weekly competitions
- Playing Charts
Dependant on the numbers attending, games shall be arranged using the relevant chart for the game to be played.
At the end of the season each player’s ten best scores will be averaged to find an overall winner.
- Book in time
Players must book-in at least 10 minutes prior to the start of play. A telephone booking is acceptable.
- Timing of games
Afternoon games will start at 2.30 pm and evening games at 6.30 pm unless the time is altered for good reason by the Competition Secretary.
- Organising the games
The Competition Secretary, or a nominee, shall organise the playing session.
- Noel Bennett Cup
Play shall be a Pairs competition, played on Monday evenings. Skips shall be selected with nominated skips drawing for their respective rink. Other players shall draw for their rinks. (Subject to bye-law 3.4.1)
- Alf Brown Cup
Play shall be a Triples competition normally played on Wednesday afternoons but may be played on the Tuesday or Thursday. Skips shall be selected with nominated skips drawing for their respective rink. Other players shall draw for their rinks and play in the order drawn. (Subject to bye-law 3.4.1)
- Bowler of the Year Trophies
Points counting towards the Bowler of the Year Trophies can only be gained by playing and not by walk- over.
- Men’s Bowler of the Year Trophy
This Trophy will be awarded to the man who obtains the most points in Club knockout competitions each year under the following formula:
Total maximum points: 64
3.5.2 Ladies' Bowler of the Year Trophy
This Trophy will be awarded to the lady who obtains the most points in Club knockout
competitions each year under the following formula:
Total maximum points: 64
- General Rules
- Competition Secretary
The Competition Secretary shall act under the authority of the Executive Committee.
A member wishing to dispute a decision of the Competition Secretary shall put the complaint in writing to the Secretary for the attention of the Executive Committee whose decision shall be final.
- Match Disputes
Should a dispute occur during a match, or on a match day, the rules in force at the time shall apply. Appeal against the rules or given ruling shall, in the first place, be put to the Competition Secretary. If the complaint remains unresolved then it may be put in writing to the Secretary for consideration by the Executive Committee whose decision shall be final.
- Competition Dates
Dates displayed on the notice board for the completion of each round of Club competitions shall not be extended.
- Responsibility of the Challenger
The onus is on the Challenger (the first named) to meet competition dates. Matches are to be offered within 7 days of completion of the previous round. If the Challenger fails to offer dates within 7 days then the opponent will then become the Challenger and will then have a further 7 days to offer dates. If verbal agreement on a date to play a match is not possible a notice may be displayed on the Match notice board giving two dates to the Challenged. The Challenged shall acknowledge an agreed date by returning the notice to the Challenger.
- Score Cards
A Scorecard shall be completed for each game played. In singles games the Marker shall keep the Scorecard. In all other games the Skip shall keep a Scorecard and scores made during the game shall be agreed by players or the skips. At the finish the scorecard shall be signed by each player in the case of singles and by each Skip in the case of all other games. Scorecards shall be made available to the Competition Secretary for entering up the results.
- Singles Competitions
Singles competitions shall be played with the attendance of a Marker. The Challenger is responsible for arranging a Marker and that the Marker is aware of a Marker's responsibilities. If the Challenger fails to provide a Marker then the Challenger shall either play on a rearranged date (within the time limits) or forfeit the match.
A player unable to attend on a set date must inform the Competition Secretary at least 48 hours prior to the competition being played. A player who fails to follow this rule or who fails to attend on the set date(s) shall be debarred from the same competition the following year. This Rule may only be relaxed on grounds of illness or family circumstances acceptable to the Executive Committee. The Secretary shall advise any member affected by this Rule, and of any decision made by the Executive Committee under this Rule.
- Completion of Final Rounds of Competitions
National Rules shall apply in respect of substitutes, as summarised below.
In all team events, if teams are unable to provide a substitute (who is not already participating in the competition) or play on an agreed date the defaulting team shall concede. If a singles game cannot be played, the defaulting player shall concede. The following grounds are held as the primary mitigating reasons for a competitor to withdraw their name from a competition - ill health, family bereavement and National or County commitment on the same day.
4. Green Fees
The Captain or delegated person shall collect Green Fees from participating members of USBC at all away games. If the away team wishes to waive the Green Fees then the fees shall instead be passed to the USBC Treasurer.
Green Fees for members of the public shall be as displayed in the clubhouse door area and may be varied by the Executive Committee.
- Selection Sub Committees
There shall be separate Selection Sub Committees for ladies and men, each comprising the Captain, Vice Captain and up to 3 other selectors as elected at the Club Annual General Meeting.
- Selection for Competitive Club matches
The relevant Selection Sub Committee shall select teams for all competitive Club matches.
- Selection for Friendly matches
The Captains and Vice Captains may select for Friendly matches without reference to the Selection Sub Committees.
Reformatted June 2018