OUTDOOR COMPETITION RULES
All London and Southern Counties Bowling Association trophies being
Challenge Trophies, shall not be won outright.
1. All competitions will be played under the Current “Laws of the Sport”
as laid down by the World Bowls Board . (Bowls England ) and in
accordance with these Rules and Conditions and any regulations made by
the Executive Committee which must be strictly observed.
2. A player being a member of more than one club must elect to play for one
club only in all L & S C BA competitions and no player may take part in
more than one competition, other than the Challenge Shield.
NOTE:
A TEAM DISQUALIFICATION In the case of a Team that wins a draw
and is then disqualified for fielding an ineligible player, the losing Team
will go though to the next round.
3. The draw for the various competitions is made in sections
geographically grouped as far as possible or on such other convenient lines
as may be determined by the Honorary Competitions Secretary (Outdoor)
if the number of entrants necessitates such a course.
Where clubs are drawn to play and they are more than 50 miles apart the
game can be played on a neutral green. The Opponent makes the request
and the home team organises the venue. If a satisfactory venue can not be
agreed on the game will be played on the green of the Challenger.
4. In the case of a tie an extra end shall be played to determine the result. The
captains or skips shall toss a coin and the winner has the right to decide
who shall play first.
5. a) In accordance with these Rules and Regulations the Outdoor
competitions shall be under the management of the Competition Section
Secretaries. The Section Secretaries shall be responsible to the Honorary
Competition Secretary (Outdoor) for the conduct of the competitions in
their respective sections up to and including the Section Finals.
b) The Section Secretary shall send by FIRST CLASS POST the
Official Notification Card/Score card within three days of the previous
round date. If the card is not received by either the Challenger or
Opponent within five days of the previous round date the
Challenger/Opponent must phone the Section Secretary for details of
the next tie.
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6.0 Questions and Disputes
All protests appertaining to the conditions and fitness of a green must be
made before the commencement of the sixth head of a tie. The playing
of the tie must cease and the Section Secretary notified immediately by
telephone. He will then arrange for an inspection of the green. If it is
certified that the green is unfit for play the home club will be notified
immediately and arrangements will be made for the tie to be played on
the opponents green or on a neutral green at the discretion of the
Section Secretary. The tie will be resumed with the scores as they were
when the game stopped, and an end commenced but not completed shall
be declared null.The decision of the Section Secretary relating to all
protests under this Rule shall be final.
The Executive Committee or an Emergency Committee appointed by
Executive Committee , committee to include the Honorary Competitions
Secretary(Outdoors) shall determine all appeals relating to the
interpretation and operation of these Rules and Regulations. The
decision of the Executive Committee or such Emergency Committee
shall be final and binding on all parties.
7.0 Duties of the Challenger and Opponent
7.1Challenge Shield (See Also : Competitions General Conditions)
a) The Club appearing first in the draw shall be the Challenger and
the Club appearing second the Opponent.
b) All rounds to be played on or before the closing date stated, with
the exception of the Final which is to be played on a date/venue and
at a Time fixed by the Association.
c) On receipt of the Official Notification Cards/Score cards of the tie
from the Section Secretary the Challenger shall at once offer two
dates. The dates offered to be either a Saturday or Sunday. (but not
two Saturdays nor two Sundays) One of which to commence at
10.00am, the other by mutual arrangement. Clubs are requested
to avoid offering dates that clash with National Competitions .
E.g. Middleton Cup.
d) The Opponent must accept one of the two dates offered within
three days of the receipt of the Challenge. If a choice of dates is
not received within three days of the receipt of the Official
Notification Cards/Score cards it shall be the duty of the Opponent
to contact the Challenger in order to arrange the game.
e) By mutual agreement Clubs may play on any other day prior to the
Closing Date of the Round, in which case matches should not
commence later than 6.00pm on a week day.
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f) The results of ties shall be telephoned or reported to the
Section Secretary immediately after the game and no later
than 10.15pm on the day the tie is played. The Official
Notification Cards/Score cards, signed by both skips and showing
the total result for both the Home and Away venues, shall be
completed by the Winners and immediately posted FIRST CLASS
POST to the Section Secretary. THE OFFICIAL NOTIFICATION
CARDS / SCORE CARDS WILL BE THE ONLY RESULTS
CARDS ACCEPTED BY THE SECTION SECRETARIES.
g) The combined Notification Cards/Score cards must bear the correct
Names and Initials of all the competitors concerned and shall be
signed by the losing contestant or losing Skip.
h) Competitors who fail to appear and be ready to play within 30
minutes of the agreed time for the tie shall forfeit the tie and the
opponents may claim a walkover. If a single player is absent from
one or more teams , the game shall proceed , but in the defaulting
team the number of bowls shall be made up by the Lead and Second
players playing three bowls each, but one fourth of the total shots
scored by each team comprising of three men shall be deducted from
their score at the end of the game. Fractions shall be taken into
account.
i) If either the Challenger or the Opponent fail to comply with these
Rules and Conditions they shall be “scratched” at the request of the
opposing competitors. Or Club
j) No alteration of an accepted date shall be made unless mutually
agreed. Failing such agreement the club desiring such alteration must
give their opponent a walkover.
7.2 Gold Badge, Fours, Triples, Pairs and Lonsdale
a) The Club appearing first in the draw shall be the Challenger, who
shall provide a rink, and the Club appearing second the Opponent.
In a Singles competition the Challenger is responsible for providing
a Marker. (With the exception of the Final)
b) The ties in all Rounds up to and including the Section Final shall be
played on the green of the Challenger. The Semi-Finals of the
competitions shall be played on neutral Greens to be selected by the
Association’s Honorary Competitions Secretary(Outdoor).The
Greens selected to be as near as possible equi-distant to the two
participating clubs whilst the Finals shall be played on a date/venue
and at a Time fixed by the Association..
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c) If the contact Name, Address and Telephone Number of a player
participating in the Competition was not on the Original
Competition Entry Form, then by the closing date of the first
game the Honorary Secretary of the Club will forward this
information to the Honorary Competition Secretary (Outdoor)
or to the Section Secretary.(This contact will be used for all future
correspondence)
d) On receipt from the Section Secretary of the Official Notification
Card/Score card of the tie the Challenger shall at once offer his
opponent the choice of three dates, one of which shall be either a
Saturday or Sunday. (For the Gold Badge and Lonsdale, this is sent
direct to the contestants). For the rest of the competitions, after the
first game and for the remainder of the Competition this is sent to the
respective contact who must be a member of the competing team.
No competitor shall be compelled to accept a start time on a weekday
before 6.00pm or after 6.30pm. Ties played on Saturdays and
Sundays shall start at no earlier than 10am, or if later, then at a time
mutually agreed.
e) The Opponent must accept one of the three dates offered within three
days of receipt of the challenge. Failure to offer three dates within
the prescribed period shall result in the Opponent taking the rights
of the Challenger and the Opponent will offer a similar choice of
dates for the game to be played on his (the Opponents) Green. Where
a Challenger has been unable to contact his Opponent within the
prescribed period he shall immediately inform the Honorary
Competition Secretary(Outdoor). If no action is taken by either
competitor then both parties may be “Scratched” from the competition.
f) The results of ties shall be telephoned to the Section Secretary
immediately after the game and no later than 10.15pm on the
day the tie is played. The Official Notification Cards/Score cards
showing the total result shall be completed by the Winners and posted
FIRST CLASS POST as directed within two days of the tie being
played.
THE OFFICIAL NOTIFICATION CARDS/SCORE CARDS
WILL BE THE ONLY RESULTS CARDS ACCEPTED BY THE
SECTION SECRETARIES.
g) The combined Notification Cards/Score cards must bear the
correct Names and Initials of all the competitors concerned and
shall be signed by the losing contestant or losing skip.
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h) Competitors who fail to appear and be ready to play within 30
minutes of the agreed time for the tie shall forfeit the tie and the
opponents may claim a walkover.
i) If a single player is absent from one or more teams in a side game,
the game shall proceed , but in the defaulting team the number of
bowls shall be made up by the Lead and Second players playing
three bowls each, but one fourth of the total shots scored by each
team comprising of three men shall be deducted from their score at
the end of the game. Fractions shall be taken into account.
j) If either the Challenger or the Opponent fail to comply with these
Rules and Conditions they shall be “scratched” at the request of the
opposing competitors.
k) No alteration of an accepted date shall be made unless mutually
agreed. Failing such agreement the competitor desiring such
alteration must give their opponent a walk-over.
8. Dress
Competitors in all competitions may wear Bowls England Registered
Coloured Club Team shirts in all rounds up to and including the Finals.
Grey trousers and regulation bowling shoes may be worn up to and
including the Semi Finals. In the Finals white trousers and regulation
bowling shoes will be worn. Note: When Coloured Club Team shirts are
worn instead of white shirts all participating members of the team should
be similarly dressed.
White waterproof clothing to be worn if required.
9. Extensions of Time
No extensions of the closing date of the Round as specified in the Year
Book can or will be granted.
10. Penalties
a) FAILURE TO NOTIFY THE SECTION SECRETARY OF A
RESULT WITHIN TWO DAYS OF THE CLOSING DATE OF
THE ROUND WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION.
b) FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THESE RULES AND
CONDITIONS WILL RESULT IN THE DEFAULTING
COMPETITOR OR TEAM BEING “SCRATCHED”
11. Availability
Competitors are reminded that when selected to represent their Club in
the foregoing Competitions, (subject to Law 51 Substitution) they are to
make themselves available for every Round up to and including the Final.
12. Flashes
L&SC BA Flashes will be awarded to the winners of the Gold Badge,
Fours, Triples, Pairs and Lonsdale Competitions.
13. Green Fees and Hospitality for Competitors
GREEN FEES are a matter between the players concerned. As fee levels
vary between clubs and counties it is recommended that when arranging
the competition day of play you ascertain the fees required.
HOSPITALITY is an unwritten law, a matter of being courteous. If for
any reason whatsoever you find you cannot offer your opponents some
sustenance at the end of the game it would be courteous to say so when
making the initial arrangements.
Note: The Section Secretaries for the various Sections, to whom all results up
to the Section Semi-Finals must be posted and to whom all
communications and queries in connection with the competitions must be
referred, are set out on page 12 of this Year Book.
The Results of the Section Semi-Final and Finals are to be sent to
the Honorary Competition Secretary (Outdoor) who will deal with
all communications and queries in respect of these two Rounds.


Outdoor Competitions: General Conditions
(See “Important Dates Page” for Competition Dates)
CHALLENGE SHIELD
1. In addition to the foregoing Competition Rules the following will
apply to the Challenge Shield.
2. The winning club will hold the silver Challenge Shield for one year.
3. The runners-up will hold the silver Andrews Shield for one year.
4. Each Club is to be represented by any 8 players in each round. One
Four to play at Home and One Four on the Opponents green and all to
play on the same day and at the same time. The game shall consist of
21 ends for each Four. Where clubs have entered two teams “ A & B”
players can only play for A or B not both
5. One extra end shall be played by the one original Home Four on the
green of the Home Club, the resultant score only to be counted in the
event of a tie after 21 ends.
In the event of a tie after 21 ends in the Final, both Fours to play extra
ends until a winner is proved.
ZONE ‘B’ VERSUS ZONE ‘A

GOLD BADGE
1. In addition to the foregoing Competition Rules the following will
apply to the Gold Badge
2. The winner will hold the gold Weir Trophy for one year.
3. The runner-up will hold the silver Tom Rolfe Trophy for one year.
4. Each game shall consist of 21 shots,(shots in excess of 21 shall not
count) four bowls each player played alternately.
5. To be competed for by one representative, preferably the Club
Champion from each affiliated Club. The player selected not being
able to participate in any other L & S C BA Competition in the same
year other than the Challenge Shield.
Any previous Gold Badge winner is eligible to compete providing
that the Gold Badge Rules are adhered to .ie, one representative from
each affiliated Club.
Semi Finals Area ‘A’ VERSUS ‘B’ and Area ‘D’ VERSUS ‘C’

FOURS
1. In addition to the foregoing Competition Rules the following will apply
to the Fours Championship
2. The winning Four will hold the silver Star Trophy for one year,
3. The runners-up will hold the silver Association Trophy for one year.
4. One team only of four players to be entered by each Club. The four
players selected not being able to participate in any other L & S C BA
Competition in the same year other than the Challenge Shield.
5. The game shall be 21 ends, two bowls each player, played alternately. In
the case of a tie an extra end must be played, the shots of this extra end
to count in the final score.
6. The four players taking part in the first game shall constitute the Four
and should normally play throughout the competition. One additional
and the same player may however be used as a substitute at any time
provided he has not already played in the Gold Badge, Triples, Pairs or
Lonsdale Competitions of the same year. He may play in any position
except in the circumstances governed by Law of the Sport of Bowls 57
Semi Finals
Area ‘C’ VERSUS ‘A’ and ‘Area D’ VERSUS ‘B’

TRIPLES
1. In addition to the foregoing Competition Rules the following will apply
to the Triples Competition
2. The winning Triple will hold the silver Crosier Trophy for one year.
3. The runners-up will hold the silver Colyer Trophy for one year.
4. One team only of three players to be entered by each Club. The three
players selected not being able to participate in any other L & S C BA
Competition in the same year other than the Challenge Shield.
5. The game shall be 18 ends, three bowls each player, played alternately.
In the case of a tie an extra end must be played, the shots of this extra
end to count in the final score.
6. The three players taking part in the first game shall constitute the Triple
and should normally play throughout the competition. One additional
and the same player may however be used as a substitute at any time
provided he has not already played in the Gold Badge, Fours, Pairs or
Lonsdale Competitions of the same year. He may play in any position
except in the circumstances governed by Law of the Sport of Bowls 5
Semi Finals Area ‘B’ VERSUS ‘A’ and Area C’ VERSUS ‘D’
 
PAIRS
1. In addition to the foregoing Competition Rules the following will
apply to the Pairs Competition
2. The winning Pair will hold the silver Woollacott Trophy for one year.
3. The runners-up will hold the silver Hayden Jones Memorial Trophy
for one year.
4. One team only of two players to be entered by each Club. The two
players selected not being able to participate in any other L & S C
BA Competition in the same year other than the Challenge Shield.
5. The game shall be 21 ends, four bowls each player, played alternately.
In the case of a tie an extra end must be played, the shots of this extra
end to count in the final score.
6. The two players taking part in the first game shall constitute the Pair
and should normally play throughout the competition. One additional
and the same player may however be used as a substitute at any time
provided he has not already played in the Gold Badge, Fours, Triples
or Lonsdale Competitions of the same year. He may play in any
position except in the circumstances governed by Law of the Sport of
Bowls 57.
Semi Final Area ‘A’ VERSUS ‘D’ and Area ‘C’ VERSUS ‘B’

LONSDALE
1. In addition to the foregoing Competition Rules the following will
apply to the Lonsdale Competition
2. The winner will hold the silver Gilt Lonsdale Trophy for one year.
3. The runner-up will hold the silver Walter Cross & Lloyd Post Trophy
for one year.
4. The game shall be 21 shots up (shots in excess of 21 shall not count),
four bowls each player, played alternately.
5. To be competed for by one representative, preferably the Runner-up
to the Club Championship or the winner of the Club Handicap
Competition, from each affiliated Club. The player selected not being
able to participate in any other L & S C BA Competition in the same
year other than the Challenge Shield.
6. Any previous Lonsdale winner is eligible to compete providing that
the Lonsdale Rules are adhered to. ie, one representative from each
affiliated Club.
Semi Finals Area ‘B’ VERSUS ‘A’ and Area ‘C’ VERSUS’ D’
 

PROVISIONAL COMPETITION DATES FOR 2017
The Challenge Shield
First Round to be played on or before 14thMay 2017
Second Round to be played on or before 28th May 2017
Third Round to be played on or before 25th June 2017
Fourth Round to be played on or before 9th July 2017
Fifth Round to be played on or before 23rdJuly 2017
Semi-Final to be played on or before 13th August 2017

Gold Badge, Fours, Triples, Pairs and Lonsdale
Preliminary Round to be played on or before 8th May 2017
First Round to be played on or before 22nd May 2017
Second Round to be played on or before 12th June 2017
Third Round to be played on or before 26th June 2017
Fourth Round to be played on or before 10th July 2017
Area Final to be played on or before 24th July 2017
Semi-Final to be played on or before 13th August 2017

Last day for Outdoor Competition Entries for 2018 :1st Nov 2017

Finals to be played on 3rd September 2017
at Bounds Green B.C.Brownlow Road. London N1 2BS
Challenge Shield to commence 11.0am
Fours, Triples and Pairs 2.30pm
Gold Badge and Lonsdale 3.30pm


Please Note

In addition to the Various Cups etc presented to the
Clubs of the Winners and Runners-ups there will be
a Presentation in the form of a cash prize .
The amount of these prizes to be decided each year
by the Executive Committee .and presented in the
form of a cheque made out in the club’s name