|Essex County Indoor Bowling Association
Men's Competition Regulations
ECIBA Competition and League Rules
1. In these Rules the abbreviations and/or expressions where the context so admits shall have the same
meanings / titles as those employed in the CONSTITUTION. Words importing the singular number
shall include the plural number and vice versa.
2. All competitions shall be played on an annual basis under the Laws and Rules of the WIBC, EIBA and
3. Annually, the GPC shall appoint Officers and Assistants to assist the COMP SEC if necessary.
1. All competitions shall be confined to those CLUBS which are affiliated to the EIBA and the ECIBA.
2. No player shall represent or allow his name to be submitted in any County Competition or County
League team for more than one CLUB in any one season.
3. Players under suspension or expulsion from an EIBA CLUB shall not participate in any ECIBA
Competition or League.
4. Apart from Singles and Pairs competitions one additional (and the same player) of the same CLUB may
be used as a substitute at any time provided they have not already played in the same competition and
provided they are eligible competitors.
5. Competitors who have entered a Competition and are the named entrant cannot afterwards play in
another team in the same competition, irrespective of whether or not they have actually played in their
6. If a player becomes aware that he will not be available on Finals Day he should withdraw from all
competitions at the earliest opportunity. If a player fails to appear for a Final on Finals day he may be
excluded from future competitions for a period of two seasons
3. Competition and League Entry Fees
1. CLUB secretaries shall send their Competition entries and fees to the HON SEC annually not later than
30th April using the official forms provided for the purpose.
4. Rink Fees
1. All ties shall be played on CLUB greens. The green fees payable shall be those applicable to the CLUB
at which the tie is played.
5. Playing Arrangements
1. All rounds shall be played on or before the Closing Dates fixed by the COMP SEC and published in the
current ECIBA Handbook.
2. All ties shall commence; at 6.30 pm on Monday to Friday inclusive and between the hours of 10.00 am
and 6.30 pm on Saturdays and Sundays excluding Bank and Public Holidays and Liberty Trophy and
O’60s Inter County games. These times may be varied by mutual consent.
3. All score cards shall be signed by both players/team captains and sent immediately by the winning
player/team to the COMP SEC, as described in the current ECIBA Handbook. Failure to comply with
this rule may result in disqualification.
4. On completion of each competition the COMP SEC is to be advised of the result within 24 hours by
telephone, text or e-mail and all of the signed scorecards forwarded to him posted within 24 hours of the
5. There is no time limit for any ECIBA Competitions or League games.
6. All semi final games will be played at neutral venues.
6. Offering Dates for Competitions
1. A challenge will not be effective until after 14th October in each season. Competitors may arrange
matches before 14th October by mutual agreement.
2. The straight draw shall apply to all rounds and the player/team appearing first shall be the challenger
who shall within 36 hours after receiving notification offer his opponent two dates from which to select
which must include a weekend and a weekday. Unless mutually agreed to the contrary these should not
include Bank Holidays or the Saturday or Sunday preceding any Bank Holiday and dates of Liberty
Trophy, O’60s Inter County and Inter club League games .
3. The challenged competitor shall accept one of the dates offered within 72 hours of the receipt of the
challenge. If, 10 days before the Closing Date, a choice of dates has not been received, the first named
player/team in the Draw shall cease to be the Challenger, and the second named player/team will become
4. The second named player/team shall contact the first named player/team in the Draw and offer, two
dates, and shall choose the venue. In the event of the first named player/team not accepting the challenge,
the game shall be awarded to the second named player/team. If no challenge is made both competitors
will be eliminated.
5. If the challenger’s CLUB green is not available for play the tie shall revert to the opponent’s Green. If
neither green is available for play the game shall, by mutual agreement, be played on a neutral green,
failing which the COMP SEC shall determine the green on which the tie shall be played.
6. Extensions, which must be agreed by the COMP SEC, shall only be allowed when players/teams are
engaged in EIBA, EAST CIBA and ECIBA matches, commitments or duties.
7. The responsibility for providing a marker for each round of a single-handed competition shall fall upon
the challenger except in the case of the semi-final and final, for which umpires and markers shall be
arranged by the COMP SEC.
7. Code of Conduct
1. All players/teams must comply with the Code of Conduct published in the current ECIBA Handbook.
2. A Player shall not abuse in any way whatsoever, any other person during the course of a game.
3. A player shall not cause wilful damage to any equipment whatsoever during the course of a game.
4. No player shall cause himself to be unfit to play through either drug or alcohol abuse before or during a
1. All protests concerning the green and/or venue, shall be identified to the opponents, the club, and if
present, the representative of the ECIBA before the sixth end and the tie must be completed.
2. Protests against a player may only be identified to the player immediately following the end of the tie.
3. Any CLUB or competitor shall refer such protests within three days after the tie in writing to the COMP
SEC together with a complaint fee (as fixed from time to time by the GPC) which may be forfeited or
returned as the GPC may determine after considering and disposing of such protest. Protests shall not
be withdrawn except by leave of the GPC.
9. Dress Code
1. Dress for early rounds of competitions shall be white above the waist or registered CLUB shirts and
2. Dress for semi finals and finals will be white above waist or registered CLUB shirts and white below the
10. General Matters
1. All trophies shall be presented at the Finals Day, and may be retained by the recipient. Such trophies
shall be returned to the COMP SEC not less than 28 days before the next Finals Day.
2. The holders shall be responsible for the safe custody of trophies, but not for their insurance. The winner’s
CLUB shall be presented with a plaque indicating the year and title of the event.
3. In all ties other than Singles the two skips shall be the judges of all disputed points and when they agree
their decision shall be final. If they cannot agree, the points shall be decided by the appointed Umpire,
or by a neutral person mutually chosen to decide.
4. Bowls shall comply with the ‘Laws of the Sport of Indoor Bowls’. The COMP SEC may at his discretion
supply coloured bowls discs.
5. The COMP SEC and O60’s LEAGUE SEC shall have power to deal with any matter not provided for in
these Rules and may report his action to the GPC.
11. Additional Rules for Competitions
Champion of Champions – John Rodwell Trophy
1. Entry shall be limited to bona fide CLUB Singles Champions. No substitutes will be allowed in this
Unbadged – Ken Clarke Shield
2. Every competitor shall be unbadged i.e. he has not been awarded an ECIBA cloth badge on the date the
entry is submitted to the HON SEC by the CLUB. There shall be no restriction to the number of entries
submitted by a CLUB.
Pairs – David Mitchell-Gears Trophy
3. Entry shall be limited to bona fide CLUB Pairs Champions. No substitutes will be allowed in this
Triples – Frank Patten Memorial Trophy
4. There shall be no restriction to the number of entries submitted by a CLUB.
5. The three players taking part in the first game shall constitute the team and should normally play together
throughout the competition.
Fours – Frank Hawkes Memorial Trophy
6. There shall be no restriction to the number of entries submitted by a CLUB.
7. The four players taking part in the first game shall constitute the team and should normally play together
throughout the competition.
Under 25s Singles
8. Entry shall be limited to CLUB members who have not attained the age of 25 on 30th April in the year
the final is played.
9. There shall be no restriction to the number of entries submitted by a CLUB.
12. Additional Rules for Over 60s Double Rink Championship
1. Each CLUB may enter a single entry of two ‘fours’ comprising of players, who have attained the age of
60 years on 1st October in the season of competition
2. Matches are to be played on a ‘knock-out’ principle, with both ‘fours’ playing on the Challenger’s green
at the same time.
3. All ties, excepting the Final, are to be played on a week-day (Monday to Friday) excluding Bank and
Public Holidays and Liberty Trophy and O’60s Inter County games. Ties are to start not before 10.00 am
and not after 2.30 pm. Games may be played on weekends but only by mutual consent.
4. The Challenger, being the first named CLUB in each draw pairing, shall offer their opponents a choice
of two dates at least fourteen days prior to the closing dates of each round. Acceptance of one of the
dates offered to be made within 72 hours of receipt. If, fourteen days before the Closing Date, a choice
of dates has not been received the second named team shall contact the first named team in the Draw
and offer two dates, and shall choose the venue.
5. If within a period of thirty minutes from the time fixed for the game to commence one player is absent,
without having given reasonable prior notice, in the defaulting team the number of bowls shall be made
up by the lead and second players playing three bowls each. One fourth of the total shots scored by the
team comprising three players shall be deducted from the score, fractions taken into account.
6. If within thirty minutes from the time fixed for the game to commence more than one player is absent
without having given reasonable prior notice the game will be conceded to their opponents.
7. Each game shall be of 21 ends: the challenger shall nominate one designated rink to play an extra end
before the draw is made for rinks. The extra end should only be played if the game is a draw. The
Challenger has the right to nominate the rinks to be used but the draw for rinks and opponents shall be
made by the skips or umpire, if present.
13. Additional Rules for Inter Club Leagues
1. Entry shall normally be limited to one team from each CLUB.
2. Teams shall consist of six fours, three rinks to play at home and three to play away on the same day,
starting times shall coincide. The match shall be of 21 ends.
3. Inter-Club League shall be run as two Divisions. Annually, the top two teams from Division 2 shall be
promoted and the bottom two teams from Division 1 shall be relegated.
4. Matches to be played on a Saturday commencing at 10 a.m. on fixed dates arranged by the COMP SEC.
5. Matches may only be rearranged by mutual agreement and with the consent of the COMP SEC, if a
CLUB is involved in the National Inter-Club Championship or the London & Southern Counties Indoor
6. Competition Points.
• Scoring shall be one (1) point for each winning rink, two (2) points for the overall winning score at
each venue and three (3) points for the overall winning match score: Total - Thirteen (13) points per
match. In the event of equality in any part, points awarded shall be shared.
• In the event of any CLUB failing to honour a fixture, their opponents may be awarded thirteen (13)
points and six (6) shots.
• If at the end of the competition two or more teams have equal points, then shot difference will
determine league position. If still equal then total shots scored will determine league position.
7. On completion of each match the COMP SEC is to be advised of the result by the first named CLUB
within 24 hours by telephone, text message or e-mail and the signed scorecards and Result Card forwarded
to him by post within 24 hours of the match.
8. Wherever possible an umpire is to be present at each venue, the arrangement for which is to be made by
the host CLUB.
14. Additional Rules for Over 60’s Inter-Club Leagues