WIBC CLUB RULES
These Rules are Applicable to all Members
Men:-White above the waist except when wearing approved team or club colours. Grey Trousers.
Women:- White above the waist except when wearing team or club colours. Grey skirt or trousers.
Bowling shoes with completely smooth soles and no heel. No other type of footwear will be permitted.
The use of foul language, abuse or aggressive behaviour will not be tolerated.
Respect other players by moderation of voice and avoid unnecessary calling down the rinks.
When changing ends avoid unnecessary delay and respect play on adjacent rinks.
Have consideration for other bowlers when retrieving bowls from the gutters.
Indicate when intending to fire.
Follow-on players are not allowed to encroach beyond the wall until the previous players have left the rink area.
Have due consideration to players on adjacent rinks if many bowls are sent down the rink together. Spectators and members waiting to play are to moderate their voice in consideration of bowlers.
Membership fees are to be paid before the end of September each year.
Rink fees for all games and roll-ups are to be paid prior to play.
Competition entry fees are to be paid when signed up.
Members joining later in the season are entitled to a pro rata discount of membership fees.
Full members are entitled to bowl at any of the indoor season and summer sessions.
Members may bring a guest player for roll-ups. Rink fees are payable
A novice player, under tuition, may play three times before rink fees are payable.
Group novices, under tuition, (i.e. recruitment drives) may play five times before rink fees are payable.
Social membership entitles access to club facilities excluding bowling. Social members cannot vote on bowling matters.
All league and competition players must be paid-up bowling members of the club.
All players are to be registered before the first game. The team captain is to ensure that the registration form is completed and the appropriate fees paid.
A registered player may only play for one team in any one league.
Substitutes will not be permitted to enter semi-finals or finals except in exceptional circumstances as considered by the Fixtures Secretary.
Any team or competition entrant unable to play (for whatever reason) in a semi-final or final will forfeit the game
All games are to be played in accordance with the rules of the English Indoor Bowling Association (EIBA)
League games are not to be started until the bell is sounded. When the finishing bell sounds, an end in play may be completed providing the jack has been set.
Players at the head are to stand back from the jack and not stand in the sight line of the bowler and jack.
The head may only be inspected prior to each team's last bowl of the game.
Games will be 18 ends (or up to the finish bell)
If, for reason of illness, a game cannot be completed, with agreement of all players, the game shall be deemed to have been played and the score stands provided at least 11 ends have been played. If 11 ends have not been played then the game must be replayed and will be classed as a cancelled game.
Two points will be awarded for a win and one point for a draw. League tables will be based upon points together with “for” and “against” bowls.
Should a team fail to attend a game within 30 minutes of the start time the opposing team will be awarded the game (2 points and 10 shots). The defaulting team will pay both rink fees. Should neither team attend, no points will be awarded and the game considered void. Each team to pay rink fees.
Any team unable to field three players in a triples game may play two players but no extra bowls will be played. A third player may not join in a game so started without the approval of the opposing skip. Full rink fees are to be paid.
Scorecards must be fully completed and noted at the bottom if it is a cancelled catch-up game or double header. Failure to do so will result in the game not being entered correctly on the system and penalty points not being removed..
Every effort should be made by the team captain to obtain a substitute rather than cancel a game.
In the event that a game has to be cancelled it is the responsibility of the cancelling team captain to notify the opposition. The team captain is to notify the office and complete a cancellation slip. If the other team and club are not notified the game will be considered as “fail to attend”.
When a game is cancelled, the team cancelling will incur a penalty of 2 points. These points will be reinstated when the game is subsequently played.
Games played ahead of due dates will not incur penalties.
Cancelled games must be played within 4 weeks. Failure to do so will result in the game being forfeited and awarded to the non-cancelling team (2 points and 10 shots). Rink fees are payable by each team. If for any reason a game cannot be re-arranged then the Fixtures Secretary must be notified who will then decide on a result.
Evening games are exempt from the 4 week criteria owing to rink availability.
HEALTH & SAFETY It is the responsibility of all members to act in a manner as not to put themselves or others at risk of injury. Should a member notice anything that is likely to be a hazard they are to bring it to the notice of a committee member.