Rules of Association

  1. The Association shall be known as ‘The North Midlands Bowling Association’ and affiliated to the BCGBA. They recognise that Association as the ruling body and will promote and further its interests.
  2. The Officers of the Association shall consist of a President, Deputy President, Secretary, Assistant Secretary and Treasurer, Competition Secretary, Junior Secretary and two Trustees. These shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting.
  3. The business of the Association shall be conducted by the Officers of the Association and a Management Committee who shall meet on the last Monday, in each month. A quorum shall be formed when SIX or more members are present.
  4. The Management Committee shall consist of two Representatives appointed by each affiliated League together with the County Selection Committee which shall consist of THREE members(Chairman and two selectors). The Chairman shall be elected for a term of three years, the other members for one year. On conclusion of their term of office they shall be eligible for re-selection. They shall be responsible for the selection of the County teams and greens for County matches. Nomination for vacancies on the Selection Committee duly proposed and seconded and with written consent of the nominee to be sent to the County Secretary by the 30th November and shall be notified on the Agenda for the Annual General Meeting at which meeting the elections shall be held. In the event of insufficient nominations being received, nominations to make up the shortfall will be accepted at the A.G.M. Delegates will be asked to vote on the basis of nominations received to make up the shortfall. The Secretary to be ex-officio member of the Selection Committee with no voting power.
  5. The Annual General Meeting shall be held during the close season at such time and place as shall be determined by the Management Committee. Each club in membership shall be entitled to send TWO delegates who must be registered members of the association in addition to any member of the Management Committee. Officers, Management Committee members, Life Members of the Association and TWO delegates per club shall have the power to vote. The Secretary shall give 28 days notice of any AGM. The accounts shall be audited and a printed Balance Sheet shall be sent to each club in membership. Any club not represented shall be fined £25.
  6. The Secretary shall convene a Special General Meeting at any time on receiving a requisition to that effect signed by the Secretaries of not less than THREE leagues in membership of the association.
  7. No rule shall be altered, rescinded or added to without the consent of the majority of delegates present and voting at a General Meeting.
  8. Any amendment to these rules or notices of motion must be submitted in writing to the Secretary by the 30th November who shall include such items on the Agenda of the Annual General Meeting which will be circulated together with the Balance Sheet to each club in membership. Any Club wishing to move an amendment to a Notice of Motion shall notify the Secretary 14 days prior to the date of the A.G.M. at which the motion is to be considered.
  9. No registration will be accepted or transfer granted to a person owing money to another club.
  10. All players must be registered by name and B.C.G.B.A. Registration Number before playing in an Association competition and such registrations to be forwarded to the County Secretary. The playing of an unregistered player shall be deemed an offence by the club concerned. The penalty shall be disqualification from the competition if committed by the winning club or a fine of £10 for a losing club.
  11. All Male and Mixed Leagues, Associations and Clubs playing competitive Crown Green Bowls under the rules of the British Crown Green Bowling Association within the North Midlands area shall be directly affiliated to the North Midlands Bowling Association.
  12. All male members of affiliated clubs shall pay an annual individual registration fee to the Association, the fee to be set at the AGM. Each League shall pay an annual Affiliation Fee of £10.00, and each club shall pay an annual Affiliation Fee of £6-50p. All dues including Registrations and Handbooks shall be paid for by 31st May. Balance of accounts (Competitions) to be paid in full on or before 31st October. Any club not paying by said date will be fined £10.00. Appeals will be heard by the Management Committee.
  13. No League or Open competitions to be played on the afternoon of a Senior County Match.
  14. Any Club or individual wishing to promote a Bowling contest should apply in writing to the Association and the application will be considered at a Monthly Management meeting. Urgent applications to be considered by Officers of the Association.
  15. Nominations for Life Membership of the North Midlands Bowling Association will only be discussed if addressed to the Management Committee and if granted will be for administrative services to the Association.
  16. The holders of any Association trophy shall give satisfactory security to the Association for its safe custody. Clubs will be liable to cover the cost of any insurance policy excess and engraving costs for new trophies in the event of loss or theft.
  17. Each club shall be furnished with a copy of these Rules and be bound thereby and no club shall be absolved through a plea of ignorance of these RULES.
  18. No complaint or appeal shall be considered unless the complainant / appellant has deposited the sum of £10.00 with the Association Secretary, together with the written complaint or appeal. Deposit to be refunded if the complaint/appeal is upheld. An ad-hoc committee consisting of at least three Management Committee Members of the Association shall be appointed to deal with such complaints/appeals.
  19. The Management Committee shall have the powers to apply and act upon and enforce the Rules of the Association and shall also have jurisdiction over all matters affecting the Association, including any not provided for by the Rules.
  20. In all Association Final days and County Matches players are to wear the correct attire, full length single coloured trousers (grey or black only for County Matches), shirts with sleeves and a collar. For all day Association Competitions and County Cup preliminary rounds, players must wear full length single coloured trousers, jeans or tracksuit bottoms. Shell suits, shorts, sleeveless shirts or sleeveless tops are not allowed.
  21. Any affiliated club entering players or teams into any Association competition will make their green(s) available as nominated by the competition secretary if required for any stage of the competition. Any affiliated club will make their green(s) available for county matches.
  22. All Clubs in membership shall contribute the sum of £3.00 annually towards the cost of raffle prizes at the Association events.
  23. All affiliated Clubs must ensure that they have Public LIability Insurance cover in respect of death of, injury to, damage to the property of : club members, opponents, members of the public, arising from playing in officiating at, or attending games of bowlsat the club’s premises or green. The insurance may be through the bowls club or parent club whoever applies. Proof to be forwarded to the County Treasurer. Non observance will result in immediate suspension of that Club and its registered members from the Association until cover has been affected.


  1. All County entries to be sent to the Competition Secretary on the official entry form by the closing date. No other entries will be accepted.
  2. If a player qualifies for a final of an Association competition on his own green then his opponent will receive 2 shots and the opposing pair will receive 2 shots in Pairs competitions.
  3. Any player receiving a bye in a singles competition shall have 15 minutes practice prior to playing in the Competition when his opponent has played in the previous round. The same shall apply in Pairs competitions.
  4. Competitors who are members of more than one club must give full details to his club secretary on entering Association competitions. No player shall be eligible to play on the green of any other club of which he is a playing member. Club Secretaries must furnish such details on the official form when forwarding entries. Any player failing to furnish full details will be liable to disqualification from the competition.
  5. Eight players from each of the Premier 1 and Premier 2 teams shall be automatically entered into the North Midlands Senior Merit at a cost of £2.00 per player.


  1. There shall be a handicap competition for the County Cups, the winners shall receive the ‘Senior Cup’ and the runners up the ‘Kenilworth Cup’. Teams shall consist of eight players, matches to be played on neutral greens. All clubs affiliated to the County Association and playing in Leagues of eight or more players will have one team entered automatically in the competition. Clubs entering more than one team shall name them A, B, etc. Other clubs may enter a team voluntarily. Players may only play for a club with whom they are registered as per Rule 11.No player may play for more than one team in the competition. No player to play on his own green. Individual handicaps shall be totalled and entered on the result sheet, which shall be combined with the aggregate scores to decide the result of the match. The winner of each match shall forward the result sheet signed bt the captain of both teams to the County Competition secretary immediately after the match. County Cup games are to played on Friday evenings commencing at 6-30pm.
  2. Entrance fees are £5 per team for the Senior Cup.
  3. Any club not sending its complement of players shall forfeit 21 points for each absentee. The draw shall be made by each Captain placing their own cards. The matches must be played in the order of the draw. Any player failing to appear when called after the first end is off shall be substituted by a reserve, and if such reserve is not present then the opposing club shall be awarded 21 points.
  4. All matches except the final shall be played under the supervision of the Captains of the competing clubs, who shall observe the ‘Laws of the Game as published by the B.C.G.B.A. If at the commencement or during the progress of the game the green shall be considered unfit for play the captains shall have the power to adjourn the match. In the event of an adjournment the points already scored shall count. The final tie shall be played on a neutral green under the supervision of officials appointed by the Management Committee.
  5. All clubs on whose green a cup-tie is to be played shall provide not less than four STANDARD Jacks two full bias as approved by the B.C.G.B.A. In the final tie the Association officials will provide the Jacks. Clubs must also provide a tape measure not less than 19 metres in length.
  6. Players taking part in any County Handicap Competition shall be handicapped according to the current individual handicap published by the Association Secretary. In individual competitions the handicap will be entered on the score card before commencing play. In the County Cup competition each players handicap shall be totalled and added to the aggregate score.
  7. In all rounds, captains shall toss before the draw, the winner to choose whether his side shall lead the jack on odd or even games.
  8. In the case of a tie the following order of elimination shall apply:
  9. Tie on aggregate – team with most winners
    If still a tie – team with best winner
    if still a tie – team with second best winner
    if still a tie – team with third best winner
    if still a tie – team with fourth best winner
    And so on until the eighth match if so required.

  10. Any questions arising not provided for in the forgoing rules shall be dealt with by the Management Committee.


  1. The Individual Merit Competitions are open to all properly registered members of the Association. Entrants for the Junior Merit shall not have reached the age of 18 years on the 1st January of the year of the competition.
  2. Qualifiers for the British Crown Green Merit shall be determined at the County Merit Finals.
    The Referee appointed shall full control and shall see the ‘Laws of the Game’ as published by the B.C.G.B.A. are observed.
  3. For the Preliminary rounds the Roll Call shall be made by the green captain at the time appointed.
  4. The Senior Individual Merit Finals draw for play shall take place at a venue and time, which will be determined by the County Competition Secretary in conjunction with the Officers of the Association.
  5. Any Member practising a green 14 days previous to which he is due to play a merit shall be disqualified from any Association competition for that year.
  6. The number and value of prizes will be governed by the number of entries received.
  7. Any questions arising not provided for in these rules shall be dealt with by the Management Committee.


  1. Open to all clubs affiliated to North Midlands Bowling.
  2. Clubs may enter any number of Pairs provided that all players are registered with that club. Pairs entries made up of players from different clubs will ONLY be accepted for the County Mixed Pairs competition.
  3. Both players must be named on the entry form. One named player and A. N. Other or partner will not be accepted. Once the draw is made a substitute will be allowed but only if that substitute was not named in the published draw.
  4. When the competition is played on a single day, and the draw has not been made, new pairings will be allowed into the draw.
  5. All games to be played under B.C.G.B.A. Rules.’5′ will be added to the card for all Pairs and Mixed Pairs Competitions.
  6. All questions arising not provided for in these rules shall be dealt with by the Management Committee.


  1. The Senior Citizens competition is open to all registered members of the Association. Entrants must be at least 60 years of age on the 1st January of the year of the competition.
  2. All games to be played under B.C.G.B.A. rules and to be 21 up. Individual handicap to be entered on the score card before commencing play.
  3. The number and value of prizes will be governed by the number of entries received
  4. Any questions arising not provided for in these rules shall be dealt with by the Management Committee.