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Mid Somerset League Rules (01/20)

1. Member clubs may enter only one team. No player may represent more than one team in any one season. Teams found to have broken this rule will be deducted 3 points per player on every occasion.

2. A team shall consist of four rinks of four male players. Where a team who are not able to field a full team of 16 players are playing a team in a similar situation, they can by prior agreement with their opposing team play 12 players (4 rinks of triples) without any penalty deductions. Each rink to play 8 woods with 1st & 2nd members playing 3 woods and skip 2.

3. Teams shall be divided amongst three sections, roughly based on location. Each team shall play the other teams in the division on a home and away basis.

4. All matches shall be played under Bowls England rules.

5. A programme of fixtures shall be issued by the Secretary as soon as possible after the completion of the previous season. The Secretary shall then call a special meeting, at which all fixture secretaries shall be present, to take place no later than the first week in October. The programme of fixtures may be altered at that meeting only with the mutual consent of both clubs.

6. The programme of fixtures agreed at the meeting shall not be altered in any way, whether by mutual agreement or not unless:

(a) the green is not available or is found to be unfit for play,

(b) one or both Clubs are involved in a National or County competition

In the event of (a) or (b), the match shall be arranged within 14 days on a mutually agreed date.

7. All matches shall be played on Wednesdays (except re-arranged matches) and shall start by 6.30pm, this time shall be the start of the actual match, not the trial ends. Players arriving 15 minutes after this time shall not take part in the match. Rinks with one player short shall forfeit 25% of their score, fractions to be taken into account. Teams with less than 12 players shall forfeit the game.

8. Matches which have started and have completed at least 48 ends when it becomes impossible to complete due to bad weather or poor light will be deemed to be complete and the scores at the last completed end on each rink will be used to determine the result. Captains may not agree to play less than 18 ends before the match commences. Matches which do not complete a total of 48 ends due to bad weather or poor light shall be completed within 10 days by mutual agreement. Matches shall resume at the point reached at the last completed end

9. All matches, including semi-finals and finals shall consist of 18 ends. Trial ends will be played in all matches.

10. The result of each match shall be decided by adding the scores of all four rinks together, the highest scoring team being the winner. If the scores are level, the match will be a tie. The result of the match shall be sent by e mail to a designated person, which will be announced at the Annual General Meeting and communicated to the Clubs by the Secretary. The HOME team captain shall be responsible for sending an e mail of the result to the relevant person.

11. Points shall be awarded as follows:

Each winning rink                              2 points

Tied rinks                                           1 point

Losing rinks                                        0 points

Winning team                                     8 point

Tied teams                                          4 points each

12. For each division the club with the greatest number of points at the completion of all games shall be the winner of that division. Should any clubs have the same number of points at the completion of all matches, then the club that has scored the most rink points shall be the winner of their division and a similar calculation shall be used to determine the best runner up if necessary. The winners of the divisions and the runner up with the best point’s average shall meet in two semi-finals with winners then playing in a final to decide the overall League Champion. The 2 winners of the divisions with the best point’s average shall host the semi-finals and the best runner up cannot play the winner of their division.

13. The semi-final and final shall be played on dates designated by the Secretary and shall not be postponed for any reason other than the green being unplayable.

14. Dress for League matches shall be white above the waist and grey trousers, except when teams wear their approved club shirts

15. Any point concerning the running of the League, or games not covered in these rules, shall be decided by the Management Committee.

Appendix:

At present the teams will be divided into the following sections:

SECTION 1                                        SECTION 2                                        SECTION 3

ALEXANDRA                                    FROME SELWOOD                          CASTLE CARY

BATH                                                  FOSSEWAY                                       CITY of WELLS

BLOOMFIELD                                   NORWEST                                         FROME PARK

STOTHERT & PITT                          PAULTON                                          SHEPTON MALLET

VICTORIA PARK                             PRATTENS                                        STREET

WESTON (BATH)                             PURNELLS                                        WYRRALL PARK