Rules for B&DBA Competitions



a) All the following championships are knock-out competitions and open to all members of clubs affiliated to the association.

b) Singles Championship

Four bowls each player - 21 points up.

The winner to hold the Wardlow Binns trophy for one year.

c) Pairs Championship

Four bowls each player - 21 ends (not points).

The winners to hold the ABBO trophy for one year.

d) Triples Championship

Three bowls each player - 18 ends (not points).

The winners to hold the E Hibberd challenge cup for one year.

e) Fours (Rink) Championship

Two bowls each player - 21 ends (not points).

The winners to hold the Hudson Brothers Trophy for one year.


a) Champion of Champions Singles  (Four bowls each player to 21 points.)

Only for the previous season's champions of affiliated clubs and the previous season's Champion of Champions. Each competitor must still be a member of an affiliated club. The entry must certify that the name submitted is that of the singles champion of the club for the previous year. (The singles championship is regarded as the qualifying event for the Champion of Champion competition.) The player concerned must have been available to play in the leagues or competitions as per the regulation which states any member may compete for only one and the same club in any season. Where a player has changed clubs during the close season, dispensation may be granted by the club for the player to represent his former club in this competition.

The winner to hold the Reg Angel Cup for one year.

b) Officers Singles Competition (Four bowls each player to 21 points.)

Open to affiliated clubs to nominate two members to compete, each nominee to hold office at the club. Additionally, to include any member holding office as an association secretary in any capacity.

The winner to hold the Secretaries Challenge Cup for one year.

c) Over 65s Pairs Competition

Open to any two members of the any one club who are both over 65 on 1st January in the year in which the competition is played. Four bowls each player 21 ends (not points).

The winners to hold the Bob Harris Trophy for one year.


a) Entry Qualifications: Except for circumstances described in Regulation 2(a) regarding  the Champion of Champions competition, competitors may only enter the association championships from a single affiliated club.

b) Entry Fees: The AGM will agree the entry fees on the recommendation of the Executive and Treasurer (as per rule 4(c) above. The entry fees must be set at rates that are no lower than required to cover the anticipate cost of the competitions.

c) Entry Applications:  Affiliated clubs must submit to the competitions secretary the names and contact telephone numbers of their entries to all competitions together with the appropriate entry fees by 30th April. The competitions secretary shall have the discretion to accept entries made directly to him by members of affiliated clubs.

d) Withdrawals: In the event that any team withdraw from a competition prior to playing its first game, no named member of that team can play in any other team except at the discretion of the competitions secretary.

e) Change of Clubs: A player who changes clubs subsequent to entering a competition or during the course of a season may continue to play in the competition providing he is a member  of an affiliated club on the day a match is played.  In the  case of team events, all members  of the team must be members of the same club on the day of the match. In the Champion of Champions, the club of which the player is champion must give its consent to the player continuing in the competition.


a) General: All competitions will be played on outdoor greens and according to the laws  of the sport. The dress for rounds up to and including the semi-finals is to be white or  club colours above the waist and grey below the waist. Bowling shoes must conform to the appropriate law in the laws of the sport. If club colours are worn, all members of the  side must wear the same.

b) The Draw: The executive will determine the method of the draw for all competitions. The competitions secretary will fix the closing date or fixed date for each competition round.

c) Green Fees: Green fees are not payable for the finals. Green fees payable in the other rounds will be borne by the home competitors.

d) Use of Substitutes: In the pairs, triples and fours championships, the players taking part in the first game will constitute the team and should normally play together throughout a competition.  However, one named substitute will be allowed in a team throughout a competition . The competitions secretary must be advised of any team changes as named on the entry sheets.

e) Challenger - Responsibilities: The first named in the draw is the challenger. He will have the choice of green and in singles competitions will provide the marker. He must contact his opponent and issue challenge by the date specified on the draw sheet. For competitions with closing dates, he must offer the opponent two dates on which to play the tie within the period allowed (but excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and the last day of the round). However, ties may be played on Sundays if mutually agreed and the original dates offered are unsuitable. Should the challenger have immediate difficulty making an offer of two dates, he must within three days, communicate with his opponent stating the problem and endeavour to reach a mutual agreement. The default starting time for all competitions is 6.00 pm but competitors may play at any other time by mutual consent. Matches may only be played before the date of the previous round by mutual consent. For the earliest round of the competition, challengers may not offer dates more than three weeks before the closing date but matches can be played earlier than this by mutual consent.

f) Challenger - Penalties:  Should the challenger fail to comply with his responsibilities, he will forfeit all privileges as challenger and the opponent will then become  the challenger.

g) Opponent - Responsibilities: The opponent must accept one of the dates offered or communicate with the challenger within two days of the receipt of the challenge and endeavour to reach a mutual agreement. Any dispute regarding arrangements for playing a tie must be referred to the competitions secretary whose decision will be final.

h) Failure to appear for an arranged game: If a player or players fail(s) to appear within half-an-hour of the appointed time, their opponent(s) will be declared the winner(s).

i) Completion Date: No extension of time beyond the official completion date will be granted for playing the tie, except at the discretion of the competition secretary.

j) Failure to notify opponents: Failure to notify the opponent(s) of the concession of matches in advance of the arranged date (or due dates in the case of fixed dates without good reason, may result in suspension from competitions in future seasons. Such action will be taken only after the executive has had the opportunity to consider submissions from the offending player(s), their opponents and the competition secretary.


a) Notification of Results: If the winner(s) fail(s) to notify the result of the game or to claim the tie by telephone by 11.00 am of the day following the completion date of the round, the competitions secretary may strike the winner(s) from the competition. Score cards must be signed by both competitors in the singles and by the skips in the team games. The winner's (s') card may be posted to the competitions secretary or held until a time prior to the quarter-final, by which time all quarter-finalists will have sent in their card(s) for scrutiny. Failure to produce ail cards at this stage will result in disqualification.

b) Ties Not Played or Uncompleted:  Where, due to weather or other problems, a tie is either not played or is not completed and there are no grounds for either player or team to claim the tie, the result is to be determined by the toss of a coin.


Competitors who know, or have reason to believe, that they will not be able to play on finals day must concede prior to quarter-finals. Failure to comply will result in exclusion from competitions for the two seasons following the season in which this rule was breached. The executive may rescind this penalty if it considers there are mitigating circumstances.


a) Semi-Finals: A semi-final is to be played on a neutral green on or before the stated completion date; all arrangements to be mutually agreed.

b) Finals: The final of each competition will be played at a venue to be decided by the executive on a Saturday or Sunday following the final league match. Dress for finals is to be white or club colours (all members of the side must wear the same colours).

c) Competitor in more than one final: If a competitor is involved in three or more competitions on finals day the order of play, number of ends and time of play will be determined by the executive.

d) Wet Weather: As far as possible all finals will be played to a finish but if the weather on finals day prevents the completion of the finals day programme, those members of the executive present will make such revision to the programme as they see fit to ensure that all competitions are completed as fairly as possible.


These regulations are subject to alteration temporarily as necessary by the executive to deal with any unforeseen circumstances that occur during the competitions. Any alterations must be communicated to member clubs as soon as possible. Any alterations will cease to have effect after completion of the competitions unless made permanent at the AGM.


a) There is no need for the home team to issue a challenge but if they wish, they can contact their opponents to agree a time of play. Should there be no contact by the home team then the away side must report for play at 6.00 pm.

b) Games may be conceded by a walk-over or, alternatively, a game may be claimed if the opponents have not arrived within thirty minutes of the arranged time of play, providing the team making the claim was at the venue at the agreed time.

c) No fixed dates shall be set during the Poole and Bournemouth Open Tournaments.

d) In all competitions where fixed dates apply, players may agree to play on a date and at a time before the fixed date. If the players cannot agree on a time and date they must play on the fixed date, subject to Regulation 9(a).