INDOOR COMPETITION RULES
1. The competitions are limited to playing members of the Indoor Clubs
affiliated to the London & Southern Counties Bowling Association. No
player shall represent more than one Club in any one season
2. Clubs shall be entitled to submit ONE entry in the Challenge Shield and
up to THREE entries in the Fours competition. Completed entry forms ,
together with the appropriate entry fees shall be forwarded to the
General Secretary of the L&SC.BA. The name, address and telephone
number of one of the participants in the team (usually the Captain) who
will act as “contact” shall be forwarded with the entry form. The Team
drawn first-in both competitions-will be the Challengers and should
make all necessary arrangements for the match.
3. The competitions shall be played on the knockout principle and shall
conform to the Latest Edition of the “Laws of the Sport” for Indoor
Bowls as published by the World Indoor Bowls Council ( English
Indoor Bowling Association Ltd version) and byelaws as laid down by
the L&SC BA.
The L & S C BA Bye Law “No running on the green” will be strictly
enforced and the officiating umpire is authorised to issue a warning in
any round where he judges a player to be running. If the player repeats
the offence the umpire shall have the authority to deduct one shot from
the team involved.
4. The draw for the competitions shall be geographically grouped as far as
possible in order to minimize travelling, or on such other convenient
lines as may be determined by the Hon. Competitions Secretary (Indoor)
if the number of entrants necessitates such a course.
5. The games shall consist of 4 hours (Excluding Trial Ends) or 21 ends,
whichever is the sooner. The home club shall have the right to choose
the rinks to be used.
6. The score cards showing the names of the Clubs and all players and
signed by both Skips, must be forwarded by the winning Club to the
Hon.Competitions Secretary (Indoor) by First Class Post within 24
hours of the completion of the game. It will also be the responsibility of
the winning club to telephone or email the result to the Hon.
Competition Secretary(Indoor) immediately after the game (Telephone
calls before 10.30pm)
8. All questions and disputes shall be referred to the Hon.Competitions
Secretary (Indoor) and if he deems it necessary will refer these matters
to the Emergency Sub-Committee (See Constitution) or the Executive
whose decision shall be final. Any objections must be made in writing
within 24 hours of the game and shall accompany the Score-Card.
9. The Finals of the Challenge Shield and Fours competitions will be
played on the same date and at the same time, upon a green
arranged by the L&SC BA , who will also arrange for the
appointment of a registered Umpire.
Indoor Challenge Shield
1. Matches will be played on the same day and at the same time , on a two
Fours home and two Fours away basis. The home team will each be
responsible for their own and opponents green fees and also for
appointing a registered umpire to officiate
2. Dress code: In all rounds up to the Finals , White Trousers , White shirts
(Coloured Shirts provided all the players are similarly dressed) and
regulation bowling shoes shall be worn.
3. All rounds to be played on a fixed date Saturday morning, the game to
commence at 10.00am (or before the fixed date by mutual consent)
4. The Challenger will nominate one home Four to play one extra end
(22nd) before the draw is made for rinks and opponents. This extra
end to be played at the completion of the 4 hour period or 21 ends,
whichever is the sooner.. In the Final, where the scores are level at the
completion of 4 hours or 21 ends, all Fours will play extra ends until a
result is achieved. The accredited Umpire in attendance shall make the
draw for rinks and opponents. Club “Stickers” will be used in all
matches. If both sides have the same coloured “stickers” the non
challengers shall remove or change their “stickers”.
5. If within a period of 30 minutes from the time fixed for the game a
single player is absent from one or more teams in a sides game of f our
players in each rink, the game shall proceed in accordance with the Laws
of the Sport.
6. The winning club shall hold for one year the silver “Challenge Shield”
whilst the runners-up shall hold for one year the silver “Eric J Crosby
Trophy”. Both of these Trophies remain the property of the
Association. Suitable mementoes will be awarded to both winners and
Failure to comply with the foregoing could lead
Indoor Fours Championship
1. The four players taking part in the first game shall constitute the four and
should normally play together throughout the competition. One
additional player and the same player may however be used as a
substitute at any time, provided he has not already played in the
2.The Challenger will play at home and must not later than 10 days before
the latest date for the Round offer their opponents the choice of two dates,
one of which shall be a Saturday or Sunday (but not two Saturday’s or two
Sunday’s). The opponent shall, within three days after receiving receipt
of the challenge, accept one of the dates offered .
Failure to offer two 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
Hon. Competition Secretary (Indoor). If no action is taken by either
competitor then both parties may be “scratched” from the
competition. Teams may vary dates and / or times games take place,by
mutual consent but the game must be played not later than the date given
for the closing of the round. The home team will each be responsible for
their own and opponents green fees. A registered umpire is not required
for this competition
3. In all rounds up to the Finals ,Grey trousers ,White Shirts and regulation
bowling shoes may be worn (coloured shirts may be worn provided all
players are dressed similarly) In the Finals white trousers and regulation
bowling shoes will be worn. (Coloured Shirts may be worn provided all
players are dressed similarly) Club “stickers” will be used in all matches.
If both clubs have the same coloured stickers the non-challengers shall
remove or change their stickers.
4. Each game shall consist of : 4 hours, excluding trial ends or 21 ends
(whichever is the sooner). In the event of a tie an extra end must be
played. The points scored in the extra end to count in the final score.
5. The failure of a player or players to appear after a maximum waiting
period of 30 minutes ( except in exceptional circumstances) from the
time fixed for the start of the game, shall forfeit the game to their
6. The winning club shall hold for one year the silver “Mackman Trophy”
whilst the runners-up shall hold for one year the silver “Jessie Norris
Trophy”. Both of these Trophies remain the property of the Association.
Suitable mementoes will be awarded to both winners and runners-up
7. The draw for both competitions will be posted on the Associations web
site. In order to save time(and costs) for both sides Notification Forms,
(for each and every round), showing the Challengers and Opponents,
together with contact details will be emailed to both clubs or contacts in
each competition. The Association would be very happy to accept results
and copies of the score cards to be submitted by email in lieu of the
procedure set out above. The email address to which results should be
sent will be on the Notification Form. If a club or contact in the Fours is
not able to accept emails-please make this clear on the entry form. It
would be appreciated if all clubs could name a contact who will be able to
accept (or send) emails for the club or Four, even if this is not the person
who would normally be the nominated contact.
Failure to comply with the foregoing could lead
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