Club Competition Rules


The Laws of the Sport of Bowls Crystal Mark 4th Edition (including any amendments) shall apply in all circumstance not covered by these rules. In the event of any dispute the Competitions Committee’s decision is final.


1. Availability to Play on Finals Day


The dates on which the finals will be played will be stated on the entry form. ALL PLAYERS ENTERING THE COMPETITIONS MUST BE AVAILABLE TO PLAY ON ALL THESE DAYS. If a player or team withdraws at any stage they will be replaced by the player or team they beat in the previous round.


2. Programme


The Competitions Committee will make the draw (which any member may attend and observe) from the entries submitted and the result of the draw will be displayed on the Competitions Notice Board. The schedule will show a date for the completion of each round and all games must be played prior to or on the completion date. No extensions to this deadline will be permitted except in the following two very exceptional circumstances, serious illness or bereavement, with the agreement of the Competitions Committee. The Committee’s decision will be final.


3. Arranging the Game


The top name is the challenger and should contact the opponent to arrange the game. In pairs and triples matches the last name is the contact and should make the arrangements. Dates must be offered at least 2 weeks before the play by date. Failure to do this will result in the opponents becoming the challengers. In singles competitions the challenger should arrange a marker.


Players are reminded that they must book sufficient rink space in order to complete the game without interfering with other bookings.


Games shall be arranged with a mutually agreed start time. Play will commence when the required number of players from both sides are on the green. See also Section 15 below.


4. Arranging Rinks on Bowlr


The challenger must book a rink on Bowlr at “My Club Competition Matches”. Booking your rink on Bowlr will give you the time slot for your chosen game.


At the end of the game the winner must log in the result on Bowlr


5. Duration of each Game


The duration of each game is stated in the Information About Club Competitions – Winter 2023-24. These are as follows:



Singles – 21 shots or 2 hours (except Champion of Champions)

Clyno – 55 points or 2 hours

Pairs – 18 ends or 2 hours

Triples – 18 ends or 2 hours



Singles – 21 shots (no time limit)

Clyno – 55 points (no time limit)

Pairs and Triples - 18 ends (no time limit)



1) Champion of Champions – 21 shots

2) Generation Pairs - 2 sets of 6 ends (If a draw, play a deciding end).


Generation Pairs – the Club Junior Member plays skip, the Club Adult Member plays lead.


6. Clyno Rules and Scoring


The Clyno is a singles competition with each player having 3 bowls and the winner being the first player to reach 55 points.


On the completion of each end the bowl nearest the jack scores 3 points, the second bowl scores 2 points and the third bowl scores 1 point. In the event of two counting bowls being equidistant from the jack each player will receive the same points, for example:


Each player equidistant from the jack will score 3 points each. The next nearest wood, if equidistant will score 2 points each and similarly if the 3rd wood is equidistant each player will receive 1 point each.


7. Australian Pairs Rules and Scoring


The Australian Pairs follows the normal rules and scoring as for the standard pair’s game. It is only the order of play that is different as described below:-


On the first end the Lead bowler delivers 2 of their 4 bowls. This is then followed by the Skip bowling all 4 of their bowls. Finally the Lead bowls their remaining 2 bowls to complete the end.


On the second end the order of play is reversed. The Skip now plays the Lead position and bowls 2 of their 4 bowls. The Lead player has now moved to being Skip and bowls their 4 bowls. Finally the Skip, who is still playing the Lead on this end, bowls their remaining 2 bowls.


The format of reversing the playing positions is then continued throughout the game.


8. Trial Ends


In the Men’s and Ladies Champion of Champions competitions, 2 trial ends of 2 woods are permitted.


Trial ends are NOT permitted in any other matches EXCEPT on FINALS DAY - 2 trial ends of 2 woods per player.


9. Visits to the Head


Visits to the head are allowed in all singles matches after the bowler has bowled their 2nd wood.

Visits to the head are NOT permitted in any other matches except in finals, when the Skip may visit the head after their 2nd wood.


10. Dead Ends and Re-Spotting


Outdoors – Where the Jack comes to rest outside of the rink boundary, a dead end is declared.

Indoors – Where the Jack comes to rest outside of the rink boundary, the Jack is to be re-spotted on the nearest re-spot position.


11. Equal Scores (Excluding Clyno)


If at the end of the prescribed number of ends/time the scores are equal, an extra end shall be played. Before the extra end, players will toss a coin to decide the order of play. The player/team with the bowl nearest the Jack will be declared the winner.


12. Score Cards


All score cards must be completed and signed by both Players/Skips and placed at the end of the game in the Competitions Completed Scorecards holder. The signatory/ies of the card shall ensure that they annotate the card with any changes e.g. revised dates, times, late start, substitutes etc. The correct name of the competition being played must be written clearly at the top of the scorecard.


13. Substitutes


Drawn Pairs and Triples: If a substitute is required (at the discretion of the Competitions Committee) in a drawn pairs or triples competition, the Committee must be informed and they will try to provide a substitute. No substitutions are allowed unless approved by the Committee. If a substitution is made in round one it will be deemed to be permanent. If a substitution is made in subsequent rounds this will be deemed as a “One off” and the original player is allowed to return, if the team wishes. Once drawn, a player cannot play in another Team in the Drawn Pairs/Triples Competitions.


14. Markers


The challenger in any Singles Game (the first name on the draw sheet) must obtain a marker as the game cannot be played without one. Markers must wear regulation bowling clothes and shoes. Guidelines for Markers are available; please ask the Competitions Committee if you cannot see them on the Competitions notice board.


15. Disqualification


Any Competitor or Team not appearing for an arranged game within 15 minutes of the start time will automatically be eliminated from the Competition and be responsible for paying full rink fees of both teams.


16. New Bowlers’ Singles – Eligibility Criteria


The New Bowlers’ Singles Competitions is open to bowlers who are new to bowling in any club in the last 2 years, ie for Winter 2023/4 since 30 September 2021.


17. Mixed Pairs


Men who were not selected for the mixed pairs competition in the previous year will be put in the bag for selection for this competition first. Previous year refers to the previous year season, ie Winter 2022/3 for Winter 2023/4 competition and Summer 2023 for Summer 2024 competition. After this all others including new members and first time entrants will be added. Once the pairs are selected the competition will be drawn on Bowlr.




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