Pennant/Competition Rules – BENDIGO BOWLS DIVISION INC.

BENDIGO BOWLS DIVISION INC PENNANT RULES FOR COMPETITION
No laws governing a sport can cope with every situation, and the laws governing the sport of bowls are no exception. Unusual situations not covered within the laws can often arise. The Laws of the Sport of Bowls (‘the laws’) have been drawn up in the spirit of true sportsmanship. So, if a situation arises that is not covered by these laws, players, markers and umpires should use their common sense and a spirit of fair play to decide on the appropriate course of action.
Note- Midweek Pennant and Weekend Pennant are two (2) separate Competitions
Rule 1. PENNANT COMPETITION. The Pennant Competition shall take place each season between the Bendigo Bowls Division Clubs. SELECTION OF PLAYERS FOR PENNANT MUST SELECTED ON ABILITY IN DECENDING ORDER.
Withdrawal of a side from a Pennant competition after the draw has been completed by the Pennant/Competitions Committee may incur a fine of $200 to the offending Club.

Rule 2. Day and time of play. Pennant Matches may be played any time during the week but no later than Sunday of the week scheduled. Matches are to commence at an agreed day and time arranged between the Club Side Captains to suit the competing teams. Should the Club Side Captains not reach agreement then play is to commence at the scheduled programmed time and date.
2.1 Start Time. All Pennant Matches are to commence at the times defined under 2.1.1 and 2.1.2 (other than agreed alternate date/time). Any rescheduled game must be approved by the Pennant/Competitions Committee: Early start times may be negotiated by the side managers. However if the date is to be rescheduled it must be approved by the Pennant/Competitions Committee.
2.1.1 Weekend Pennant: By 1:30pm on the Saturday as per the Bendigo Bowls Division Inc. Program, unless arranged in accordance with Rule 2, 30 minutes grace shall be allowed after the agreed/appointed time. Should one club fail to appear within 30 minutes of the agreed/appointed time, the Club ready to play may claim the match, except in cases of an accident when travelling, whereby a reasonable extension of time (no greater than an additional 30 minutes) shall be granted. If a sectional match has not been completed by 7.00pm on Saturdays (or after 5hrs 30 minutes if play commences at an alternative agreed start time), play shall cease, but any ends in progress at 7.00pm (or after 5hrs 30 minutes if play commences at an earlier agreed start time) shall be completed.
2.1.2 Midweek Pennant: By 10.00am pre-Christmas and 9.30 am post-Christmas on Monday as per the Bendigo Bowls Division Inc Program, unless arranged in accordance with Rule 2, 30 minutes grace shall be allowed after the agreed/appointed time. Should one club fail to appear within 30 minutes of the agreed/appointed time, the Club ready to play may claim the match, except in cases of an accident when travelling, whereby a reasonable extension of time (no greater than an additional 30 minutes) shall be granted. If a sectional match has not been completed by 3:30pm on Mondays (or after 5hrs 30 minutes if play commences at an alternative agreed start time), play shall cease, but any ends in progress at 3.30pm (or after 5hrs 30 minutes if play commences at an alternative agreed start time) shall be completed.
Rule 3. Divisions. The competition is to be played as follows:

The Division shall conduct Pennant Competitions graded in numerical sequence 1,2,3,4 etc. in descending order of seniority between affiliated clubs in each season, in such divisions and/or sections or grades as may from season to season be decided on by the Division. Each side in each division or section, as applicable shall be drawn to play each other in such division or section at least once in arranged home and away (non elimination) matches.
Each Pennant side shall appoint a Side Manager who shall be responsible for drawing of rinks and for the general management of any side. The home Side Manager shall be responsible for appointing an Umpire, who shall not be the Side Manager, and also for the forwarding of scores to the Pennant Recorder (see Rule 16)

3.1 Midweek.
3.1.1 Restricted (Mixed) Pennant. – Division 1 to 4 both with 3 teams (12 players) and Division 5 with 2 teams (8 players). Men can only play lead or Second. Division 1-4 only one man per rink and Division 5 -2 men per rink
3.2 Weekend. Divisions as follows:
3.2.1 Divisions 1 to 6 – 4 teams (16 players);
3.2.2 Division 7 – 3 teams (12 players)
3.2.3 Division 8/9 – 2 teams (8 players).

Rule 4. Composition of sides. As per Bowls Victoria Rules for Competition
Rule 5. Number of ends. Games to be of twenty-five (25) ends per rink.
Rule 6. Points system. Pennant games will be decided on the following points system:
6.1 Sides of 16 (4 rinks): 2 points for a rink win and 10 points for aggregate.
6.2 Sides of 12 (3 rinks): 2 points for a rink win and 10 points for aggregate.
6.3 Sides of 8 (2 rinks): 2 points for a rink win and 10 points for aggregate.
6.4 Tied rink or tied games – the points are to be divided.
6.5 A Bye – no points allocated unless there are more than 8 teams in a Division. For a bye a Division with more than 8 teams, the team having the bye will receive total match points available plus 15 shots.
6.6 At the conclusion of sectional play points shall decide the position of the clubs. If points are equal, shots up shall decide the position and, if these are equal then percentage shall decide the position.
6.7 Unless permission has been granted by the Pennant/Competitions Committee a side which has defaulted in any match shall incur a match point penalty with the total match points available for the game and 15 shots being awarded to the opponent of the offending side and 15 shots removed from the defaulting side.

Rule 7
Promotion and Relegation.
7.1 The 2 (two) teams playing in the Grand Final can apply to be promoted but will be at the discretion of the Pennant/ Competitions Committee

Rule 8. Finals. The conditions for the Pennant Finals are as follows:
8.1 All Finals are to commence by 1:30pm (Weekend Open Pennant) or by 10am (Midweek Pennant) on the day programmed. – A Scheduled break is to be taken if programmed by the Divisions Pennant Committee. The Pennant/Competitions Committee may alter conditions of play.
8.2 Allocated Venues will be selected by the Pennant/Competitions Committee at the end of the last home and away game.
8.3 The Finals are to be played under the Page System for all Divisions. The conditions for the Finals are as follows:

8.3.1 Qualifying Final: 1st versus 2nd
8.3.2 Elimination Final: 3rd versus 4th.
8.3.3 Preliminary Final: winner of Elimination Final versus loser of Qualifying Finals.
8.3.4 Final: Winner of Qualifying Final versus winner of Preliminary Final.
8.3.5 Semi-Finals and Finals shall be played right out unless it is impossible for one side to win in the number of ends remaining to be completed.
8.3.6 In Semi-Final and Finals games, should sides have equal number of shots at the completion of the game, an extra end or ends shall be played by all rinks to decide the winners. A toss of the coin will be conducted for every extra end.
8.3.7 During the Finals of the Pennant competition, the club highest on the ladder will be deemed to be the home side and be responsible for the Pennant Check Sheet.
8.3.8 In Finals play Umpires will be appointed by the Umpires Panel.

8.3.9 Fees for finals- $5-00 per player payable to the host club. Host club to provide tea and coffee.
8.3.10 All Finals will be played on neutral Greens

Rule 9. Player Eligibility – refer Bowls Victoria Rule 13 C(iii) (iv) (v)
9.1 Prior to the last four rounds of sectional play there shall be no restrictions on the interchange of players between the sides of the Club.
9.2 For the last four rounds of sectional play, no side shall include more than three players who have played the majority of their games during the season in a higher graded side.
9.3 A side shall not include in any post sectional match, a player who during the current season has played in more than four matches (whether completed or not) in any higher graded sides, unless the player has also played in four or more games (whether completed or not) in that competition (Midweek and Weekend Open) [must play 4 games in the respective Midweek competitions and the Weekend competition to be eligible to play in either sets of finals] or in the side concerned and/or any lower graded side.

9.4 In any post section match a side shall not include any player who during the current season has played in less than four Pennant games for the club.
9.5 If a club is not certain of having sufficient members available (under Rule 9.3) it can apply to the Pennant/Competitions Committee for permission to play another nominated member or members and if permission is granted such member or members can play in any position other than Skip.
9.6 A Player will not play in more than one Side in the same round.
Rule 10. Substitutes & Replacement Players.
10.1 prior to two hours before the commencement of the match, a Club may not introduce a replacement bowler under the provisions of Domestic Regulation 4.1.8 except for its lowest numbered side;
10.2 after the commencement of play in a match, a substitute can take the place of any member of the side in accordance with World Bowls Laws 51.2 and Domestic

Regulation 4 only if such member becomes unable to continue to play in the match by reason of circumstances arising after the commencement of the match;
10.3 a Club cannot have more than one substitute in a team.
10.4 Incomplete Sides. In the event of an incomplete Side Rule 46.2.2 will be applied.
Rule 11. Tea Break.
11.1 Midweek Pennant. 30 minutes to be taken at 12 noon or by prior mutual arranged time.
11.2 Weekend Pennant. 30 minutes to be taken at 3.15pm or by prior mutual arranged time.
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Rule 12. Inclement Weather. To ensure player safety and protection of Club assets the following conditions will be applied during inclement weather:
12.1 Heat
12.1.1 The Pennant/Competitions Committee may cancel the round prior to the programmed start time should extreme temperatures be anticipated. The Pennant Competitions Committee will also take into account the forecast humidity and Victorian Government Health Alert

12.1.2 Weekend Pennant

12.1.2.1 Before commencement of play. If the temperature reaches 38 degrees Celsius at 11.30am on the day of play, all games will be cancelled.

12.1.2.2 After the commencement of play. When the temperature reaches 38 degrees Celsius, play will be suspended until the temperature drops below 38 degrees Celsius.
12.1.2.3 If, owing to inclement weather, a match has not commenced by 3.00pm it shall be abandoned.
12.1.2.4 If a home and away match has been delayed or interrupted by inclement weather and a result cannot be achieved before 7.00pm play shall cease, but any ends in progress at 7.00pm shall be completed.
12.1.2.5 In the event that more than 50% of the sides in any Division fail to complete any round of pennant, no points shall be awarded.
A walkover/bye will count as a completed match.
12.1.2.6 If the temperature is forecast to be 38c or higher at 6pm Thursday prior to a Weekend Pennant, games will commence at 10am (rollup 9.30am) with a 30 minute break taken at 12 noon.

1 2.1.3 Midweek Pennant.
12.1.3.1 After the commencement of play. When the temperature reaches 38 degrees Celsius, play will be suspended until the temperature drops below 38 degrees Celsius.
12.1.3.2 If, owing to inclement weather, a match has not commenced by 11.30am it shall be abandoned
12.1.3.3 If a home and away match has been delayed or interrupted by inclement weather and a result cannot be achieved before 3.30pm play shall cease, but any ends in progress at 3.30 pm shall be completed
12.1.3.4 In the event that more than 50% of the sides in any Division fail to complete any round of Pennant, no points shall be awarded.
A Walkover/bye will count as a completed match.

12.1.4 Monitoring of Temperature.
12.1.5 All temperatures shall be the temperature recorded at the Bureau of Meteorology Observation Station on the day of play.
12.1.6 All players should seek their own medical advice to their specific state of health as to the risks of playing bowls in extreme heat.
12.1.7 The monitoring of the temperature at Clubs will be by the Side Managers of the Day whose decision shall be final.
12.1.8 Any team, side or individual who continues to play after the decision to abandon play, shall be liable to loss of points, disqualification and or fine.
12.1.9 If a match is abandoned for a reason other than inclement weather eg Emergency Volunteers call out, total points will be shared.

Rain
12.2.1 In cases of adverse weather conditions due to rain, the Home Club Sides Captain , after consultation with the Greens committee or Club representative, shall make the decision as to the fitness of the Green for play, whether prior to commencement of play or due to interruption during play.
12.2.2 If, owing to inclement weather, a match has not commenced within 1.5 hours from the planned start time it shall be abandoned.
12.2.3 If a sectional match has been delayed or interrupted by inclement weather, and has not been completed after 51/2 hours of the planned start time play shall cease, but any ends in progress at that time shall be completed.
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Rule 13. Umpire The home club shall appoint an Umpire of the day whose decision on any dispute shall be final, unless an appeal is lodged in writing together with a deposit of $50, with the Secretary of the Division, within three (3) days of the agreed day of play. Such appeal to be dealt with by the Divisions Pennant/Competitions Committee whose decision must be accepted.
Rule 14. Discs Approved coloured discs must to be used by Clubs
Rule 15. Bowling Green
15.1 Timing the Green. Shall be at the Clubs discretion.
15.2 Greens Complaints. The following procedures are to be followed where teams have a complaint regarding the condition of Greens:
15.2.1 Any complaint must be made in writing to the Bendigo Bowls Division Inc. Secretary;
15.2.2 The President or the Secretary of the Club concerned is to be informed and provided with a written copy of the complaint;
15.2.3 The Bendigo Bowls Division Inc. Pennant/Competitions Committee Chairman is to make arrangements for an inspection of the Subject Green with a Club representative present;
15.2.4 The Bendigo Bowls Division Inc. Pennant/Competitions Committee Chairman is to provide a report with recommendations to the Bendigo Bowls Division Inc. Pennant/Competitions Committee; and

15.2.5 The Bendigo Bowls Division Inc. Pennant/Competitions Committee is to consider the Pennant Chairman’s report and take any action as deemed necessary.
Rule 16. Pennant Results. The following procedures are to be followed:

16.1 Home Side Captains:
Weekend/Midweek
16.1.1 Complete the Pennant Check Form and ensure it is correct before signing by both Sides Captains.
16.1.2 Email or Text the results to the Pennant Recorder:
16.12.1 Weekend/Midweek- within an hour of completion of game
16.1.2.2 Failure to send in check sheet may result in a fine of $20 for each breach (funds to be donated to charity).

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16.2 Pennant Recorder. The Pennant Recorder is responsible for:
16.2.1 Recording all team results at the completion of each round;
Maintaining the official Pennant Ladder.
Confirming the eligibility of a player.

Rule 17 Death Of A Player On The Green. If, after commencement of play in a home and away game, the death of a player occurs the match will be abandoned out of respect. If this occurs the points will be awarded in accordance with a tied game. If death occurs during Post Sectional play, the match will be completed in accord with the rules for postponement and at a time to be determined by the Pennant Committee.

Rule 18 Registration of Players.
18.1 All players MUST BE affiliated, registered and financial on the Bowls Victoria Club membership data (Bowls Connect) listing 7 days prior to the commencement of Pennant and Prior to playing any State Event.

Rule 19 Penalties
19.1 Any side playing an unaffiliated or unregistered player will forfeit all points and shots awarded for that game
19.2 The opposition shall be awarded maximum points plus 15 shots.
19.3 In State Events any unaffiliated or unregistered player will be disqualified from the event.

Rule 20 Division Funds. Invoices for 75% of the Annual subscriptions will be forwarded to clubs by the Treasurer on last year’s membership and payable by 15th September.

Rule 21 Committee Reports. After a meeting of each Committee a report is to be sent to the Bendigo Bowls Division Secretary within 7 days.

In addition to the above conditions the Bendigo Bowls Division may incorporate provisions from the Bowls Victoria Region/Divisions Pennant Conditions of Play as appropriate.

Smoking on the green (defined as having a lit cigarette, pipe, cigar, electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) including e-cigs, e-cigarettes and any other form of smoking device) by a player on the green is not permitted. Failure to comply can result in the Umpire applying an Instantaneous Penalty.
The use of Mobile Phones/MP3 Players/iPods/iPads/Pagers/Communication Devices and/or other similar Sound/Communication Devices on the green by a player is not permitted. A failure to comply can result in the Umpire applying an Instantaneous Penalty.
The consumption of alcohol on the green by a player whilst a match is in progress is not permitted. A failure to comply can result in the Umpire applying an Instantaneous Penalty.
The BV Victorian Open is a protected event and as such, the scheduling/playing of Pennant, scheduling and/or playing of rounds of Region or Division State Championships and Club Championship events during this time is prohibited. No exemptions will be approved for the conduct of Championship Events during the time of the Victorian Open.

BBD SPORTS RAGE POLICY
Where a written complaint/submission regarding inappropriate
behaviour has been received by the Board regarding the actions of a member, the
Board will immediately request a special meeting with the Board of the Club
concerned. If a satisfactory response is not received the Board will strongly
recommend it be passed on to Bowls Victoria.