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Knott End & District Bowling League

League Rules & Bye Laws


1. The League shall be known as The Knott End & District Mixed Bowling League and shall be open to all bowling clubs on acceptance of application by existing members at the AGM.

2. The affairs of the league shall be governed by the Committee of the league whose decision will be final. No Committee member will be permitted to vote on matters affecting their club.

3. The Committee of the league shall be the President, Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and six members elected at the AGM.

4. The AGM shall be held in January/February and all member clubs shall receive a minimum of14 days’ notice of this meeting. Each member team is entitled to one vote in respect of adoption of the balance sheet, election of officers of the league and acceptance of clubs into the league for ensuing season. Notice of motion put forward by any club, the transaction of any other relevant business.

5. The league secretary shall convene a special meeting at any time on receiving a requisition to that effect signed by the secretaries of no less than 3-member clubs.

6. Notice of any proposed amendments or alteration of rules & bye-laws, or notice of any motion to be proposed by any club, must be sent to the secretary together with the names of the proposer and seconder a minimum of 21 days prior to AGM. The Secretary shall notify all clubs in the league of the matter to be dealt with at a meeting and no other business should be discussed other than listed on the agenda.

7. No bye-law or rule of the league shall be altered, rescinded or added to, nor shall any notice of motion be passed without two thirds of the members voting in favour at any meeting.

8. The annual membership subscription which must be paid on or before 1st May each year shall be decided at the AGM.

9. All Matches or competitions organised by the league shall be played strictly under the rules laid down by the BCGBA together with such additional rules as may from time to time be adopted by the league and be bound thereby. In case of any infringement thereof by any club shall be liable to expulsion from the league, or if offence is found to affect the result of a league match points shall be deducted from the offending club if the league so decides. In case of a cup competition match the league shall have the power to award the match to the offending clubs opponent in that match.

10. All clubs in the league shall play home & away matches each season according to the official fixture list and no alterations shall take place other than postponements due to green conditions, except by agreement of the captains of the respective clubs. Where such agreement exists, the match must be played before the final match of the season and the home club to notify the league secretary in advance. The secretary shall have the powers to refuse any such alterations and report any infringement of the rules to the league committee. Any club failing to comply with this regulation shall automatically be fined £10 for each offence and where it is proved that the other club involved has contributed to the offence they may also be fined a similar amount at the discretion of the league committee.

11. The number of players constituting a league team shall be eight. Each game shall be 21 up and visiting players shall have first lead of the jack at initial end.

12. Matches shall commence at 7.30pm except where stated on fixture list. Visiting teams shall be allowed a quarter of and hours practise immediately preceding the commencement time. Home team shall be allowed practise immediately before the visitors practise time. Home club must make blocks available for the visiting team.

13. The detailed results of each match shall be sent to the secretary by the home team to arrive by Tuesday of the following week. In case of any offence against this rule the home, club shall be fined £2. The home captain may use the web site www.online-bowls.com selecting Knott End & District Bowling League to record the result of the match. Rules governing late results still apply.

14. In the case of a team failing to fulfil a fixture the secretary of the other competing club shall forthwith report to the league secretary.

15. No match may be postponed due to inclement weather unless both captains agree that the green is unfit to play. Any postponement on these grounds must be notified to the league secretary and the game played before the final match of the season. In the event of the captains being unable to agree this must be reported to the league secretary and if the league committee rule that a club has contravened this rule that club will automatically be fined £10 and may be expelled from the league at the committee discretion.

16. If any match is unfinished due to weather it must be replayed in its entirety. In the event of wet weather making the home game unplayable the home captain must notify the visiting team captain no later than one hour before the match is due to commence. All postponed matches must be replayed two weeks before the end of the season.

17. Any matches not played before the final match of the season will be null and void and a fine of £10 or points deduction of 5 points may apply to the offending team(s) to be decided on by the Committee. In the event one of the last 2 games of the season is postponed due to inclement weather only then they will have until 7 days after the end of the season to play the match in question.

18. The order of play for each league match shall be decided on the draw of the cards. Any team not fielding a full side will be liable to a £2 fine in respect to each absent player. Any match involving absent players shall be counted as 21-0 for the team aggregate.

19. For purpose of the league merit any player having a walkover due to the opposing team being a man short will score a 21-11 win.

20. In the event of a dispute over the score of the game which is to be marked by a representative of each competing club, the score on the card when last checked will be deemed correct. Cards to be checked every 5 ends.

21. During a season a club member may play for either of the club’s A or B team (even if in the same division). No player having played in one team shall play in a fixture from the same “week”. The “week” being Monday to the following Sunday. Once a player has played 6 league games for one team they must then only play for that team. During the last 4 scheduled weeks of the season a player shall only play for one of the club’s teams even if they have not played 6 games.

I.          If a player plays in a match contravening this rule, then the result of the game played by said player will be given as 21-0 to the opposing team and the team being given a two-point deduction.

II.         This rule will not apply for cup games; a player must only play cup games for the first club team they play for in the cup. If a team contravene this rule the result of the game played will be 21-0 to the opposing team.

22. A player may only play for one club during a season unless:

I.          Their original club have withdrawn from the league after the commencement of the season

II.         Exceptionally, and only before 1st June, a club can apply to the league secretary, with a letter of agreement from the other club, to transfer a player who has played not more than three league matches for the other club.

23. The Merit prize for the league shall be awarded to the player with the greatest number of points, providing they have missed no more than 3 games. Points shall be awarded 1 point for a home win and 2 points for an away win. If there is a tie for points, then Average will determine winner.

24. The championship shall be awarded to the team obtaining the greatest number of points. Matches to be decided on the points progress system; one point shall be given for each individual win, four points shall be given to the visiting team winning the aggregate at the end of the game, and two points shall be given to the home team winning the aggregate at the end of the game. Maximum points to be collected are twelve points by the visiting team and ten points by the home team. If there is a tie on the aggregate score the visiting team shall receive three points and the home team one point.

In the case of a tie, League positions will be decided as follows: -

I.          The team with the most games won

II.         The team with the most games drawn

III.        Greatest number of points in games between the teams concerned

IV.        Better aggregate points difference in games between the teams concerned

V.         The Team with the highest number of total winners

VI.        The team with the highest individual aggregate difference

VII.       In the unlikely event of the teams still being level, a play-off will take place between the teams concerned.

25. It was passed at the AGM that if any more teams drop out of any division it must be two up two down weather, they finish one, two, three or so on from the bottom.

26. All teams with floodlights, matches start at 7.30pm.

27. All players must present no more than 30 minutes after the official start time.

28. Number cards will be used with the home team putting their number 1 to 4 which go on first half with 4 to 8 going on second half.

29. Any team receiving prizes at the Presentation Night must have a member of the team present to receive prize money. For individual Prizes then an arrangement can, be made for somebody else to collect prizes but must inform the league secretary beforehand who is collecting the prize.

30. A team that fails to give apologies for Higham Cup or Presidents Day will be given a £10 payable within 4 weeks of the competition date, failure to do so will result in a 5-point deduction (the fine will still also be owed). Teams failing to give apologies at the AGM will be fined £10 and this will be payable by the registration evening, failure to do so will result in a 5-point deduction for the start of the season.



Rules of Team Cup Competitions

1.         Open only to clubs of the KNOTT END & DISTRICT BOWLING LEAGUE

2.         Teams to be drawn in pairs; Match on green of first team drawn of each pair, except the finals; venue of these to be fixed at AGM.

3.         Teams to decide at the AGM if they would like to enter the cup

4.         Players eligible for the League are eligible for this competition, but a player must not play for more than one cup team during the same year.

5.         All teams shall consist ONLY of players who have taken part in a League fixture for that Team, prior to the cup game being played. This rule shall apply only to the 2nd and subsequent rounds of the cup competition.

6.         Players to be handicapped as per table on handicap page; handicap points to be placed on score cards at BEGINNING of each game; games to be 21 up; and a practice to be allowed as in league rules, away team to have first throw of jack. Note: In the event where both teams play on the same green, or both teams are playing on a neutral green, then the handicap will be determined by the highest section team v the lower section team, irrespective of which team comes out first in the draw. If both teams are in the same section, then they will play off scratch.

7.         A team entering the competition for the first time shall be allocated a C section handicap for the first year of entry, unless due to the known standard of the team it is determined otherwise by the Committee

8.         The home captain must offer the away team captain 2 separate dates which must also be different days of the week to play the cup game. If neither side can agree on a date to play the match then a date will be set by the committee which will be final, if a team doesn’t turn up on the date provided then they will be kicked out of the cup and their opposition advanced to the next round.

9.         Winning team to hold the Cup for twelve months, which must be returned to the League when requested. The winning team and runner-up.

10.       In the event of a player being absent from a Cup match the game shall be awarded 21-0 to his opponent. No handicap score shall be credited to the absent player.

11.       The winning side in all rounds shall be determined on total aggregate score alone.

12.       A tie shall be replayed within 7 days on green of visiting club, handicap allowance altered accordingly. if a tie in replay, the second replay to be on a neutral green to be decided by the Committee, with the handicap as per table.

13.       The Laws of the Game as adopted by the BCGBA and the Rules of the KE&DBL to apply to this Competition on all points not specifically covered by these Rules, and the Emergency Committee of the KE&DBL are empowered to adjudicate upon all matters of dispute in connection with the competition.

14.       The order of play in the qualifying rounds, prior to the Finals, shall be drawn by the committee. In the final:


I.          Team Captains should be there at least 10 minutes before start so that the draw can be made

II.         A coin is to be tossed by one of the captains, the opposing captain choosing heads or tails. The captain who wins the toss choses weather they want to start with the blocks first half or second half.


15.       The date for the final is set at the AGM, any team unable to play the specified date will be fined £10 which if not paid within 4 weeks there will be deducted 5 points from their league total.




1. Doubles Competition played over one day at the green of the following year president

2. £5 Entry per pair

3. Each Team must send a pair or a £10 will be issued

4. Division 2 pairs get +3 aggregates unless on home green

5. Previous year winner enters for free

6. Teams can send extra pairs if they wish to do so.



1. Each team must field one player for Presidents Day. Failure to do so will result in a £10 fine. Teams may give 10 days’ notice for absence to avoid a fine.

2. At president’s day, any player wishing to enter as an extra to fill spaces in the draw will be put into a hat and drawn out as each match with a space comes along.


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