BYE-LAWS of the NORTH LANCASHIRE & FYLDE COUNTY BOWLING ASSOCIATION

1. The name of the Association shall be: The North Lancashire & Fylde County Bowling Association.

2. The objectives of the Association are to organise, encourage and govern Crown Green Bowling within our designated boundary

3. The designated boundary will be sub-divided into 5 Districts; each District having its own Committee, a Chairman and three Representatives. All positions in the five Districts will be elected at the A.G.M.

4. The Association shall be administered by an Executive Committee consisting of the President, Vice-President, Chairman, the 5 District Chairmen, County Secretary, Competition Secretary, Financial Officer, Chairman of the N.L.&F. Junior Committee, B.C.G.B.A. Representative, Development Officer, Past Presidents, Life Members; and a Management Committee consisting of the above, PLUS up to three Representatives from each District, a Representative from the North Lancashire & Fylde Bowling Referees Association and the County Registrar. There shall be a minimum of 7 Committee Members of the Management Committee present to form a quorum.

5. All members of the Management Committee shall be elected annually, except the President, Vice-President and Chairman, who should be appointed to serve two years in each office. Ex Officio members of the Executive i.e. Past Presidents and Life Members of the Association, will retain power to vote so long as they take an active part in the administration of the Association. Any elected Member of the Management Committee who fails to attend three consecutive Management Meetings without a reasonable excuse and fails to inform the County Secretary, will be deemed to have stepped down.

6. The Annual General Meeting will take place not later than January 31st each year. Any nominations for Management Committee, OR alterations to Rule, MUST be in the hands of the Secretary by 30th November each year.

7. Registered Clubs shall be entitled to send TWO Representatives to any General Meeting, in addition to any Representative(s) they may have on the Management Committee; each shall have the power to vote together with Past Presidents and Life Members of the Association who are Ex Officio Members of the Management Committee.

8. The accounts of the Association shall be audited annually; the financial period being November 1st – October 31st  annually; and a copy of the Balance Sheet sent to the Secretary of each Club or Organisation in membership, together with a notice of the Annual General Meeting, at least 14 days prior to the Annual General Meeting (see bye-law 6).

9. The Annual Subscription for each Affiliated Club shall be decided at the A.G.M. and this will include a County Handbook and the County Magazine ‘In Focus’. District Leagues and Associations must become members on an annual payment of £5.00, after which they shall be deemed Honorary Members of the Association; but members of these Organisations shall not be eligible to take part in the various County Competitions and Inter-County Matches unless they are members of a Club in DIRECT membership with the North Lancs & Fylde C.B.A. All competitions organised by the Association shall be open only to male members of Clubs in direct membership with the Association, with the exception of the Champion of League Champions Competition and the County Team K/O.. The Junior Merit shall be open to players under 18 years of age on the 1st January each year.

10. ALL Subscriptions, including appropriate B.C.G.B.A. Fees, are due by 30th April and no Club or member of any such Club shall be permitted to take part in any County Competition unless subscriptions for the current year have been paid. Any Club not adhering to this Bye-Law shall be subject to a fine of £20 and/or a suspension.

11. All affiliated Clubs must supply an annual list of all their registered members to the County Registrar by 30th April each year. They may register new players then, or at any time thereafter throughout the year. Any Club not adhering to this Bye-Law shall be subject to a fine of £10 and/or a suspension.

12. In all competitions run by the County, a player receiving a bye in the first round may have a practice (4 ends) with the Referee’s permission.

13. Any Club playing in a League which is affiliated to a County other than its own must also affiliate to that County.

14. Member or Affiliated Clubs or Associations, organising competitions and inviting entries from outside the County, must notify the County Secretary BEFORE the event is advertised in any way. Further they must send a remittance of the current BCGBA Fee which will be forwarded to the BCGBA. Any advertising literature MUST state “Approved by NL&F CBA and Affiliated to the BCGBA”.

15. 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 20 of the Clubs in Membership of the Association at that time.

16. No Bye-Law shall be altered, rescinded or added to without the consent of at least 2/3rds of those present who are eligible to vote at a General Meeting.

17. Official representatives of the Press shall be allowed to attend all of the Associations General Meetings and Committee Meetings, providing that previous notice is given to the Secretary; except Appeals and Disciplinary meetings.

18. The Executive Committee shall have the power to deal with any matter not provided for in these Bye-Laws.

19. Any bank charges incurred by the County through the fault of a debtor to the County shall be reimbursed by the said debtor.

20. Any player declining to play for the N.L. & F C.B.A. County Team when selected shall not be allowed to enter any competitions promoted by the County, unless the reasons submitted for declining to play are considered to be acceptable by the Management Committee.

21. Should the Management Committee, by a majority, decide on grounds of expediency or otherwise, to dissolve the Association, it shall call a meeting of all member Clubs giving 21 days notice. At this meeting, if a 2/3rds majority of those present and eligible to vote decide to dissolve the Association, the Management Committee shall have the power to dispose of the assets of the Association after all liabilities and debts have been cleared. The beneficiaries of such assets shall be the member Clubs, or such charities as decided by a majority of the member Clubs.

DISCIPLINARY AND APPEALS’ PROCEDURE

1. The Disciplinary and Appeals’ Procedure for the sport of Crown Green Bowls is outlined in the BCGBA handbook. North Lancs & Fylde CBA, as a member of BCGBA, subscribes to this procedure. A copy is available on application to the County Secretary.

2. Any individual, club or league affiliated to North Lancs & Fylde and wishing to appeal against a decision made by the CBA or at a lower level must write to the County Secretary.

3.  A hearing shall be convened at the earliest time convenient to all parties. The Appeals’ Committee of the County shall consist of some or all of the following: President, Vice-President, Chairman and the District Chairmen (excepting from the area concerned in the complaint). The Committee shall have a quorum of three.

COUNTY COMPETITIONS

1. All County Competitions, with the exception of the Champion of League Champions the Mixed Pairs,and the County Team Knockout are open to male Members only.

2. All County Competitions are to be played annually.

3. North Lancashire & Fylde Bowling Referee’s Association shall be invited to provide Referees on all County Final Days.

4. County teams will be selected by a process approved by the Management Committee annually. The Selection Panel shall have the power to co-opt as deemed necessary.

5. The Selection Panel shall also be responsible for checking all greens which are to be used for County Matches.

6. Players dress in all Association Final Days and County Matches. Players shall wear conventional clothing as defined in B.C.G.B.A. Bye-Law 25.

7. Any player/s withdrawing themselves from any Competition/s shall be liable to forfeit any prize which they would otherwise be entitled to at the time of withdrawal.

8. Prize money for winners and beaten Finalists / Semi-Finalists in all Competitions promoted by the County will be paid out as decided by the County Management Committee. Any player/s failing to attend a Presentation  without submitting a reasonable explanation to the Management Committee, shall be liable to forfeit any such prize money.

9. The qualifiers for all County final days should be put into a hat and drawn out successively.

COUNTY MERIT COMPETITION

1. Qualification to the BCGBA Merit Final Day shall be in accordance with the decisions of the BCGBA Management Committee. Should any of the qualifiers be unable to attend the BCGBA Merit, the best loser in the previous round shall be invited to substitute.

2. Any male member of Affiliated Clubs shall be entitled to enter, except any bowler selected to play for a County Association other than NL&F CBA. “No player is entitled to play in more than one County Association Merit”, “Any violation of this Rule will entail disqualification”.

3. Qualifying Rounds shall be played off by Districts. The numbers qualifying shall be at the discretion of the Competition Secretary and be dependent on the number of entries.

COUNTY VETERANS MERIT COMPETITION

1. All competitors must be members of a club affiliated to the county.

2. All competitors must be aged 60 years or over on 1 January preceding the competition

TEAM COMPETITION RULES

1. A competition known as the North Lancs & Fylde Teams Championship shall be played for annually,but only if a minimum of eight teams are entered. If not the team(s) to represent the County, will be selected by the ‘Management Committee.

2. Entrance fee for the competition to be decided annually.

3. Players can only register with one team, and registration forms must be in the hands of the Competition Secretary no later then the date set for the first matches; after that, no further additions will be accepted.

4. The competing teams shall number 8 players each, playing on a neutral green basis up to and including the Semi-Final and Final, and who shall be ‘bona-fide’ registered ‘League Team’ playing Members of the Club represented by such team and must have played at least 3 times for the team in the League or Cup. Registered players should also reside within the North Lancs & Fylde designated boundary, except in special circumstances i.e. Clubs on the very extreme of the boundary. All Players must have played for the ‘Club’ in the ‘Qualifying Season’ and the current season.

N.B: The special conditions of the Rule are meant to protect the Competition from ‘outside’ infiltration, to the benefit of all teams competing. Any complaints made in relation to this rule will be decided by the Management Committee.

5. All games will commence on the dates and times specified in the County Handbook.

6. All games shall be played under B.C.G.B.A. rules. The Captains will act as joint Referees. Result of the match to be decided by aggregate scores.

7. On Qualifying Day/s standard jacks provided by the host Club will be used. On Final Day/s, the County will provide the jacks and scoreboards. All jacks to comply with B.C.G.B.A. standards.

8. The first throw of the jack will alternate between the two teams concerned.

9. No practice is allowed prior to the commencement of the game.

10. Selection of opponents will be made by ballot conducted by the two Captains.

11. In all matches only 5 minutes grace may be allowed any competitor after being called upon to play, unless mutually agreed by the two Captains.

12. In the event of a ‘tied’ game, the winners will be decided on the number of individual winners by each side. In the event of a match still ending in a tie, one game shall take place of 11-up. The competing players in such a situation will be selected by the Captains.

13. The winning Club shall be responsible for sending the official result sheet to the Competition Secretary by 1st Class Mail, to reach him by first post on the Wednesday morning following the date of the match. Defaulting Clubs may be fined the sum of £5.00 and may be scratched from the Competition.
The final four teams will play for the Championship on a neutral green i.e. two Semi-Finals and the Final – the two Semi-Finals to be played concurrently. The order of the draw will be the order of play and the first throw of the jack will alternate between the two teams concerned.

15. That in the Semi-Finals, teams to play as submitted to the Secretary before the Final Day, and played in order as on the programme. In the Final, team Captains may alter the order of play if they so wish.

16. Should any Club raising an objection under these Rules have any Member/s on the Management Committee, the said Member/s shall not be eligible to sit on the Committee whilst such a dispute or protest is being considered.

17. Any Club raising any objection under these Rules shall do so within 48 hours after the match, and shall lodge £10 with the Secretary, which shall be forfeited should the Management Committee consider the objection frivolous or groundless. The decision of the Committee, in all cases, shall be final.

18. The winners of the North Lancs & Fylde Team Championship shall have their entry fee to the B.C.G.B.A. Club Championship paid for by the County Association.

19. Prize money for the winning team, beaten finalists and the semi-finalists shall be paid out as decided by the Management Committee. If at a County Presentation Night, the winning team and beaten finalists will be expected to purchase a minimum of 10 (ten) tickets each, and the semi-finalists 6 (six) tickets each before the Presentation Night.

20. The Management Committee are the sole interpreters of these Rules and from their decision there shall be no appeal, either at law or otherwise.

COUNTY PAIRS COMPETITION

 

1. Players must be members of an Affiliated Club, although not necessarily the same Club.

 

2. Qualifying Rounds may be played on neutral greens at the discretion of the County Secretary/Competitions Secretary.

 

 

CHAMPION of LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

1. Qualifiers must be members of an Affiliated Club.

2. League Secretaries should notify the Competition Secretary of their nominated player by the A.G.M. The following criteria is given as a guide:-
*(League Secretaries should be aware of the qualifying criteria)*

a) League Merit Competition Winner
b) Senior Division Average / Merit Winner
c) President’s Day Winner
i.e. the qualifier MUST be a recognised Champion from the above criteria.

BYE-LAWS of the NORTH LANCASHIRE & FYLDE COUNTY BOWLING ASSOCIATION

1. The name of the Association shall be: The North Lancashire & Fylde County Bowling Association.

2. The objectives of the Association are to organise, encourage and govern Crown Green Bowling within our designated boundary.

3. The designated boundary will be sub-divided into 5 Districts; each District having its own Committee, a Chairman and three Representatives. All positions in the five Districts will be elected at the A.G.M.

4. The Association shall be administered by an Executive Committee consisting of the President, Vice-President, Chairman, the 5 District Chairmen, County Secretary, Competition Secretary, Financial Officer, Chairman of the N.L.&F. Junior Committee, B.C.G.B.A. Representative, Development Officer, Past Presidents, Life Members; and a Management Committee consisting of the above, PLUS up to three Representatives from each District, a Representative from the North Lancashire & Fylde Bowling Referees Association and the County Registrar. There shall be a minimum of 7 Committee Members of the Management Committee present to form a quorum.

5. All members of the Management Committee shall be elected annually, except the President, Vice-President and Chairman, who should be appointed to serve two years in each office. Ex Officio members of the Executive i.e. Past Presidents and Life Members of the Association, will retain power to vote so long as they take an active part in the administration of the Association. Any elected Member of the Management Committee who fails to attend three consecutive Management Meetings without a reasonable excuse and fails to inform the County Secretary, will be deemed to have stepped down.

6. The Annual General Meeting will take place not later than January 31st each year. Any nominations for Management Committee, OR alterations to Rule, MUST be in the hands of the Secretary by 30th November each year.

7. Registered Clubs shall be entitled to send TWO Representatives to any General Meeting, in addition to any Representative(s) they may have on the Management Committee; each shall have the power to vote together with Past Presidents and Life Members of the Association who are Ex Officio Members of the Management Committee.

8. The accounts of the Association shall be audited annually; the financial period being November 1st – October 31st  annually; and a copy of the Balance Sheet sent to the Secretary of each Club or Organisation in membership, together with a notice of the Annual General Meeting, at least 14 days prior to the Annual General Meeting (see bye-law 6).

9. The Annual Subscription for each Affiliated Club shall be decided at the A.G.M. and this will include a County Handbook and the County Magazine ‘In Focus’. District Leagues and Associations must become members on an annual payment of £5.00, after which they shall be deemed Honorary Members of the Association; but members of these Organisations shall not be eligible to take part in the various County Competitions and Inter-County Matches unless they are members of a Club in DIRECT membership with the North Lancs & Fylde C.B.A. All competitions organised by the Association shall be open only to male members of Clubs in direct membership with the Association, with the exception of the Champion of League Champions Competition and the County Team K/O.. The Junior Merit shall be open to players under 18 years of age on the 1st January each year.

10. ALL Subscriptions, including appropriate B.C.G.B.A. Fees, are due by 30th April and no Club or member of any such Club shall be permitted to take part in any County Competition unless subscriptions for the current year have been paid. Any Club not adhering to this Bye-Law shall be subject to a fine of £20 and/or a suspension.

11. All affiliated Clubs must supply an annual list of all their registered members to the County Registrar by 30th April each year. They may register new players then, or at any time thereafter throughout the year. Any Club not adhering to this Bye-Law shall be subject to a fine of £10 and/or a suspension.

12. In all competitions run by the County, a player receiving a bye in the first round may have a practice (4 ends) with the Referee’s permission.

13. Any Club playing in a League which is affiliated to a County other than its own must also affiliate to that County.

14. Member or Affiliated Clubs or Associations, organising competitions and inviting entries from outside the County, must notify the County Secretary BEFORE the event is advertised in any way. Further they must send a remittance of the current BCGBA Fee which will be forwarded to the BCGBA. Any advertising literature MUST state “Approved by NL&F CBA and Affiliated to the BCGBA”.

15. 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 20 of the Clubs in Membership of the Association at that time.

16. No Bye-Law shall be altered, rescinded or added to without the consent of at least 2/3rds of those present who are eligible to vote at a General Meeting.

17. Official representatives of the Press shall be allowed to attend all of the Associations General Meetings and Committee Meetings, providing that previous notice is given to the Secretary; except Appeals and Disciplinary meetings.

18. The Executive Committee shall have the power to deal with any matter not provided for in these Bye-Laws.

19. Any bank charges incurred by the County through the fault of a debtor to the County shall be reimbursed by the said debtor.

20. Any player declining to play for the N.L. & F C.B.A. County Team when selected shall not be allowed to enter any competitions promoted by the County, unless the reasons submitted for declining to play are considered to be acceptable by the Management Committee.

21. Should the Management Committee, by a majority, decide on grounds of expediency or otherwise, to dissolve the Association, it shall call a meeting of all member Clubs giving 21 days notice. At this meeting, if a 2/3rds majority of those present and eligible to vote decide to dissolve the Association, the Management Committee shall have the power to dispose of the assets of the Association after all liabilities and debts have been cleared. The beneficiaries of such assets shall be the member Clubs, or such charities as decided by a majority of the member Clubs.

DISCIPLINARY AND APPEALS’ PROCEDURE

1. The Disciplinary and Appeals’ Procedure for the sport of Crown Green Bowls is outlined in the BCGBA handbook. North Lancs & Fylde CBA, as a member of BCGBA, subscribes to this procedure. A copy is available on application to the County Secretary.

2. Any individual, club or league affiliated to North Lancs & Fylde and wishing to appeal against a decision made by the CBA or at a lower level must write to the County Secretary.

3.  A hearing shall be convened at the earliest time convenient to all parties. The Appeals’ Committee of the County shall consist of some or all of the following: President, Vice-President, Chairman and the District Chairmen (excepting from the area concerned in the complaint). The Committee shall have a quorum of three.

COUNTY COMPETITIONS

1. All County Competitions, with the exception of the Champion of League Champions the Mixed Pairs,and the County Team Knockout are open to male Members only.

2. All County Competitions are to be played annually.

3. North Lancashire & Fylde Bowling Referee’s Association shall be invited to provide Referees on all County Final Days.

4. County teams will be selected by a process approved by the Management Committee annually. The Selection Panel shall have the power to co-opt as deemed necessary.

5. The Selection Panel shall also be responsible for checking all greens which are to be used for County Matches.

6. Players dress in all Association Final Days and County Matches. Players shall wear conventional clothing as defined in B.C.G.B.A. Bye-Law 25.

7. Any player/s withdrawing themselves from any Competition/s shall be liable to forfeit any prize which they would otherwise be entitled to at the time of withdrawal.

8. Prize money for winners and beaten Finalists / Semi-Finalists in all Competitions promoted by the County will be paid out as decided by the County Management Committee. Any player/s failing to attend a Presentation  without submitting a reasonable explanation to the Management Committee, shall be liable to forfeit any such prize money.

9. The qualifiers for all County final days should be put into a hat and drawn out successively.

COUNTY MERIT COMPETITION

1. Qualification to the BCGBA Merit Final Day shall be in accordance with the decisions of the BCGBA Management Committee. Should any of the qualifiers be unable to attend the BCGBA Merit, the best loser in the previous round shall be invited to substitute.

2. Any male member of Affiliated Clubs shall be entitled to enter, except any bowler selected to play for a County Association other than NL&F CBA. “No player is entitled to play in more than one County Association Merit”, “Any violation of this Rule will entail disqualification”.

3. Qualifying Rounds shall be played off by Districts. The numbers qualifying shall be at the discretion of the Competition Secretary and be dependent on the number of entries.

COUNTY VETERANS MERIT COMPETITION

1. All competitors must be members of a club affiliated to the county.

2. All competitors must be aged 60 years or over on 1 January preceding the competition.

TEAM COMPETITION RULES

1. A competition known as the North Lancs & Fylde Teams Championship shall be played for annually, but only if a minimum of eight teams are entered. If not the team(s) to represent the County, will be selected by the ‘Management Committee.

2. Entrance fee for the competition to be decided annually.

3. Players can only register with one team, and registration forms must be in the hands of the Competition Secretary no later then the date set for the first matches; after that, no further additions will be accepted.

4. The competing teams shall number 8 players each, playing on a neutral green basis up to and including the Semi-Final and Final, and who shall be ‘bona-fide’ registered ‘League Team’ playing Members of the Club represented by such team and must have played at least 3 times for the team in the League or Cup. Registered players should also reside within the North Lancs & Fylde designated boundary, except in special circumstances i.e. Clubs on the very extreme of the boundary. All Players must have played for the ‘Club’ in the ‘Qualifying Season’ and the current season.

N.B: The special conditions of the Rule are meant to protect the Competition from ‘outside’ infiltration, to the benefit of all teams competing. Any complaints made in relation to this rule will be decided by the Management Committee.

5. All games will commence on the dates and times specified in the County Handbook.

6. All games shall be played under B.C.G.B.A. rules. The Captains will act as joint Referees. Result of the match to be decided by aggregate scores.

7. On Qualifying Day/s standard jacks provided by the host Club will be used. On Final Day/s, the County will provide the jacks and scoreboards. All jacks to comply with B.C.G.B.A. standards.

8. The first throw of the jack will alternate between the two teams concerned.

9. No practice is allowed prior to the commencement of the game.

10. Selection of opponents will be made by ballot conducted by the two Captains.

11. In all matches only 5 minutes grace may be allowed any competitor after being called upon to play, unless mutually agreed by the two Captains.

12. In the event of a ‘tied’ game, the winners will be decided on the number of individual winners by each side. In the event of a match still ending in a tie, one game shall take place of 11-up. The competing players in such a situation will be selected by the Captains.

13. The winning Club shall be responsible for sending the official result sheet to the Competition Secretary by 1st Class Mail, to reach him by first post on the Wednesday morning following the date of the match. Defaulting Clubs may be fined the sum of £5.00 and may be scratched from the Competition.

The final four teams will play for the Championship on a neutral green i.e. two Semi-Finals and the Final – the two Semi-Finals to be played concurrently. The order of the draw will be the order of play and the first throw of the jack will alternate between the two teams concerned.

15. That in the Semi-Finals, teams to play as submitted to the Secretary before the Final Day, and played in order as on the programme. In the Final, team Captains may alter the order of play if they so wish.

16. Should any Club raising an objection under these Rules have any Member/s on the Management Committee, the said Member/s shall not be eligible to sit on the Committee whilst such a dispute or protest is being considered.

17. Any Club raising any objection under these Rules shall do so within 48 hours after the match, and shall lodge £10 with the Secretary, which shall be forfeited should the Management Committee consider the objection frivolous or groundless. The decision of the Committee, in all cases, shall be final.

18. The winners of the North Lancs & Fylde Team Championship shall have their entry fee to the B.C.G.B.A. Club Championship paid for by the County Association.

19. Prize money for the winning team, beaten finalists and the semi-finalists shall be paid out as decided by the Management Committee. If at a County Presentation Night, the winning team and beaten finalists will be expected to purchase a minimum of 10 (ten) tickets each, and the semi-finalists 6 (six) tickets each before the Presentation Night.

20. The Management Committee are the sole interpreters of these Rules and from their decision there shall be no appeal, either at law or otherwise.

COUNTY PAIRS COMPETITION

1. Players must be members of an Affiliated Club, although not necessarily the same Club.

2. Qualifying Rounds may be played on neutral greens at the discretion of the County Secretary/Competitions Secretary

CHAMPION of LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

1. Qualifiers must be members of an Affiliated Club.

2. League Secretaries should notify the Competition Secretary of their nominated player by the A.G.M. The following criteria is given as a guide:-

*(League Secretaries should be aware of the qualifying criteria)*

a) League Merit Competition Winner
b) Senior Division Average / Merit Winner
c) President’s Day Winner

i.e. the qualifier MUST be a recognised Champion from the above criteria.

BYE-LAWS of the NORTH LANCASHIRE & FYLDE COUNTY BOWLING ASSOCIATION

1. The name of the Association shall be: The North Lancashire & Fylde County Bowling Association.

2. The objectives of the Association are to organise, encourage and govern Crown Green Bowling within our designated boundary.

3. The designated boundary will be sub-divided into 5 Districts; each District having its own Committee, a Chairman and three Representatives. All positions in the five Districts will be elected at the A.G.M.

4. The Association shall be administered by an Executive Committee consisting of the President, Vice-President, Chairman, the 5 District Chairmen, County Secretary, Competition Secretary, Financial Officer, Chairman of the N.L.&F. Junior Committee, B.C.G.B.A. Representative, Development Officer, Past Presidents, Life Members; and a Management Committee consisting of the above, PLUS up to three Representatives from each District, a Representative from the North Lancashire & Fylde Bowling Referees Association and the County Registrar. There shall be a minimum of 7 Committee Members of the Management Committee present to form a quorum.

5. All members of the Management Committee shall be elected annually, except the President, Vice-President and Chairman, who should be appointed to serve two years in each office. Ex Officio members of the Executive i.e. Past Presidents and Life Members of the Association, will retain power to vote so long as they take an active part in the administration of the Association. Any elected Member of the Management Committee who fails to attend three consecutive Management Meetings without a reasonable excuse and fails to inform the County Secretary, will be deemed to have stepped down.

6. The Annual General Meeting will take place not later than January 31st each year. Any nominations for Management Committee, OR alterations to Rule, MUST be in the hands of the Secretary by 30th November each year.

7. Registered Clubs shall be entitled to send TWO Representatives to any General Meeting, in addition to any Representative(s) they may have on the Management Committee; each shall have the power to vote together with Past Presidents and Life Members of the Association who are Ex Officio Members of the Management Committee

8. The accounts of the Association shall be audited annually; the financial period being November 1st – October 31st  annually; and a copy of the Balance Sheet sent to the Secretary of each Club or Organisation in membership, together with a notice of the Annual General Meeting, at least 14 days prior to the Annual General Meeting (see bye-law 6)

9. The Annual Subscription for each Affiliated Club shall be decided at the A.G.M. and this will include a County Handbook and the County Magazine ‘In Focus’. District Leagues and Associations must become members on an annual payment of £5.00, after which they shall be deemed Honorary Members of the Association; but members of these Organisations shall not be eligible to take part in the various County Competitions and Inter-County Matches unless they are members of a Club in DIRECT membership with the North Lancs & Fylde C.B.A. All competitions organised by the Association shall be open only to male members of Clubs in direct membership with the Association, with the exception of the Champion of League Champions Competition and the County Team K/O.. The Junior Merit shall be open to players under 18 years of age on the 1st January each year.

10. ALL Subscriptions, including appropriate B.C.G.B.A. Fees, are due by 30th April and no Club or member of any such Club shall be permitted to take part in any County Competition unless subscriptions for the current year have been paid. Any Club not adhering to this Bye-Law shall be subject to a fine of £20 and/or a suspension.

11. All affiliated Clubs must supply an annual list of all their registered members to the County Registrar by 30th April each year. They may register new players then, or at any time thereafter throughout the year. Any Club not adhering to this Bye-Law shall be subject to a fine of £10 and/or a suspension.

12. In all competitions run by the County, a player receiving a bye in the first round may have a practice (4 ends) with the Referee’s permission.

13. Any Club playing in a League which is affiliated to a County other than its own must also affiliate to that County.

14. Member or Affiliated Clubs or Associations, organising competitions and inviting entries from outside the County, must notify the County Secretary BEFORE the event is advertised in any way. Further they must send a remittance of the current BCGBA Fee which will be forwarded to the BCGBA. Any advertising literature MUST state “Approved by NL&F CBA and Affiliated to the BCGBA”.

15. 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 20 of the Clubs in Membership of the Association at that time.

16. No Bye-Law shall be altered, rescinded or added to without the consent of at least 2/3rds of those present who are eligible to vote at a General Meeting.

17. Official representatives of the Press shall be allowed to attend all of the Associations General Meetings and Committee Meetings, providing that previous notice is given to the Secretary; except Appeals and Disciplinary meetings.

18. The Executive Committee shall have the power to deal with any matter not provided for in these Bye-Laws.

19. Any bank charges incurred by the County through the fault of a debtor to the County shall be reimbursed by the said debtor.

20. Any player declining to play for the N.L. & F C.B.A. County Team when selected shall not be allowed to enter any competitions promoted by the County, unless the reasons submitted for declining to play are considered to be acceptable by the Management Committee.

21. Should the Management Committee, by a majority, decide on grounds of expediency or otherwise, to dissolve the Association, it shall call a meeting of all member Clubs giving 21 days notice. At this meeting, if a 2/3rds majority of those present and eligible to vote decide to dissolve the Association, the Management Committee shall have the power to dispose of the assets of the Association after all liabilities and debts have been cleared. The beneficiaries of such assets shall be the member Clubs, or such charities as decided by a majority of the member Clubs.

DISCIPLINARY AND APPEALS’ PROCEDURE

1. The Disciplinary and Appeals’ Procedure for the sport of Crown Green Bowls is outlined in the BCGBA handbook. North Lancs & Fylde CBA, as a member of BCGBA, subscribes to this procedure. A copy is available on application to the County Secretary.

2. Any individual, club or league affiliated to North Lancs & Fylde and wishing to appeal against a decision made by the CBA or at a lower level must write to the County Secretary.

3.  A hearing shall be convened at the earliest time convenient to all parties. The Appeals’ Committee of the County shall consist of some or all of the following: President, Vice-President, Chairman and the District Chairmen (excepting from the area concerned in the complaint). The Committee shall have a quorum of three.

COUNTY COMPETITIONS

1. All County Competitions, with the exception of the Champion of League Champions the Mixed Pairs,and the County Team Knockout are open to male Members only.

2. All County Competitions are to be played annually.

3. North Lancashire & Fylde Bowling Referee’s Association shall be invited to provide Referees on all County Final Days.

4. County teams will be selected by a process approved by the Management Committee annually. The Selection Panel shall have the power to co-opt as deemed necessary.

5. The Selection Panel shall also be responsible for checking all greens which are to be used for County Matches.

6. Players dress in all Association Final Days and County Matches. Players shall wear conventional clothing as defined in B.C.G.B.A. Bye-Law 25

7. Any player/s withdrawing themselves from any Competition/s shall be liable to forfeit any prize which they would otherwise be entitled to at the time of withdrawal.

8. Prize money for winners and beaten Finalists / Semi-Finalists in all Competitions promoted by the County will be paid out as decided by the County Management Committee. Any player/s failing to attend a Presentation  without submitting a reasonable explanation to the Management Committee, shall be liable to forfeit any such prize money.

9. The qualifiers for all County final days should be put into a hat and drawn out successively.

COUNTY MERIT COMPETITION

1. Qualification to the BCGBA Merit Final Day shall be in accordance with the decisions of the BCGBA Management Committee. Should any of the qualifiers be unable to attend the BCGBA Merit, the best loser in the previous round shall be invited to substitute.

2. Any male member of Affiliated Clubs shall be entitled to enter, except any bowler selected to play for a County Association other than NL&F CBA. “No player is entitled to play in more than one County Association Merit”, “Any violation of this Rule will entail disqualification”.

3. Qualifying Rounds shall be played off by Districts. The numbers qualifying shall be at the discretion of the Competition Secretary and be dependent on the number of entries.

COUNTY VETERANS MERIT COMPETITION

1. All competitors must be members of a club affiliated to the county.

2. All competitors must be aged 60 years or over on 1 January preceding the competition.

TEAM COMPETITION RULES

1. A competition known as the North Lancs & Fylde Teams Championship shall be played for annually,but only if a minimum of eight teams are entered. If not the team(s) to represent the County, will be selected by the ‘Management Committee.

2. Entrance fee for the competition to be decided annually.

3. Players can only register with one team, and registration forms must be in the hands of the Competition Secretary no later then the date set for the first matches; after that, no further additions will be accepted.

4. The competing teams shall number 8 players each, playing on a neutral green basis up to and including the Semi-Final and Final, and who shall be ‘bona-fide’ registered ‘League Team’ playing Members of the Club represented by such team and must have played at least 3 times for the team in the League or Cup. Registered players should also reside within the North Lancs & Fylde designated boundary, except in special circumstances i.e. Clubs on the very extreme of the boundary. All Players must have played for the ‘Club’ in the ‘Qualifying Season’ and the current season.

N.B: The special conditions of the Rule are meant to protect the Competition from ‘outside’ infiltration, to the benefit of all teams competing. Any complaints made in relation to this rule will be decided by the Management Committee.

5. All games will commence on the dates and times specified in the County Handbook.

6. All games shall be played under B.C.G.B.A. rules. The Captains will act as joint Referees. Result of the match to be decided by aggregate scores.

7. On Qualifying Day/s standard jacks provided by the host Club will be used. On Final Day/s, the County will provide the jacks and scoreboards. All jacks to comply with B.C.G.B.A. standards.

8. The first throw of the jack will alternate between the two teams concerned.

9. No practice is allowed prior to the commencement of the game.

10. Selection of opponents will be made by ballot conducted by the two Captains.

11. In all matches only 5 minutes grace may be allowed any competitor after being called upon to play, unless mutually agreed by the two Captains

12. In the event of a ‘tied’ game, the winners will be decided on the number of individual winners by each side. In the event of a match still ending in a tie, one game shall take place of 11-up. The competing players in such a situation will be selected by the Captains.

13. The winning Club shall be responsible for sending the official result sheet to the Competition Secretary by 1st Class Mail, to reach him by first post on the Wednesday morning following the date of the match. Defaulting Clubs may be fined the sum of £5.00 and may be scratched from the Competition.

The final four teams will play for the Championship on a neutral green i.e. two Semi-Finals and the Final – the two Semi-Finals to be played concurrently. The order of the draw will be the order of play and the first throw of the jack will alternate between the two teams concerned.

15. That in the Semi-Finals, teams to play as submitted to the Secretary before the Final Day, and played in order as on the programme. In the Final, team Captains may alter the order of play if they so wish.

16. Should any Club raising an objection under these Rules have any Member/s on the Management Committee, the said Member/s shall not be eligible to sit on the Committee whilst such a dispute or protest is being considered.

17. Any Club raising any objection under these Rules shall do so within 48 hours after the match, and shall lodge £10 with the Secretary, which shall be forfeited should the Management Committee consider the objection frivolous or groundless. The decision of the Committee, in all cases, shall be final.

18. The winners of the North Lancs & Fylde Team Championship shall have their entry fee to the B.C.G.B.A. Club Championship paid for by the County Association.

19. Prize money for the winning team, beaten finalists and the semi-finalists shall be paid out as decided by the Management Committee. If at a County Presentation Night, the winning team and beaten finalists will be expected to purchase a minimum of 10 (ten) tickets each, and the semi-finalists 6 (six) tickets each before the Presentation Night.

20. The Management Committee are the sole interpreters of these Rules and from their decision there shall be no appeal, either at law or otherwise.

COUNTY PAIRS COMPETITION

1. Players must be members of an Affiliated Club, although not necessarily the same Club.

2. Qualifying Rounds may be played on neutral greens at the discretion of the County Secretary/Competitions Secretary.

CHAMPION of LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

1. Qualifiers must be members of an Affiliated Club.

2. League Secretaries should notify the Competition Secretary of their nominated player by the A.G.M. The following criteria is given as a guide:-

*(League Secretaries should be aware of the qualifying criteria)*

a) League Merit Competition Winner
b) Senior Division Average / Merit Winner
c) President’s Day Winner

i.e. the qualifier MUST be a recognised Champion from the above criteria.

BYE-LAWS of the NORTH LANCASHIRE & FYLDE COUNTY BOWLING ASSOCIATION

1. The name of the Association shall be: The North Lancashire & Fylde County Bowling Association.

2. The objectives of the Association are to organise, encourage and govern Crown Green Bowling within our designated boundary.

3. The designated boundary will be sub-divided into 5 Districts; each District having its own Committee, a Chairman and three Representatives. All positions in the five Districts will be elected at the A.G.M.

4. The Association shall be administered by an Executive Committee consisting of the President, Vice-President, Chairman, the 5 District Chairmen, County Secretary, Competition Secretary, Financial Officer, Chairman of the N.L.&F. Junior Committee, B.C.G.B.A. Representative, Development Officer, Past Presidents, Life Members; and a Management Committee consisting of the above, PLUS up to three Representatives from each District, a Representative from the North Lancashire & Fylde Bowling Referees Association and the County Registrar. There shall be a minimum of 7 Committee Members of the Management Committee present to form a quorum.

5. All members of the Management Committee shall be elected annually, except the President, Vice-President and Chairman, who should be appointed to serve two years in each office. Ex Officio members of the Executive i.e. Past Presidents and Life Members of the Association, will retain power to vote so long as they take an active part in the administration of the Association. Any elected Member of the Management Committee who fails to attend three consecutive Management Meetings without a reasonable excuse and fails to inform the County Secretary, will be deemed to have stepped down.

6. The Annual General Meeting will take place not later than January 31st each year. Any nominations for Management Committee, OR alterations to Rule, MUST be in the hands of the Secretary by 30th November each year.

7. Registered Clubs shall be entitled to send TWO Representatives to any General Meeting, in addition to any Representative(s) they may have on the Management Committee; each shall have the power to vote together with Past Presidents and Life Members of the Association who are Ex Officio Members of the Management Committee.

8. The accounts of the Association shall be audited annually; the financial period being November 1st – October 31st annually; and a copy of the Balance Sheet sent to the Secretary of each Club or Organisation in membership, together with a notice of the Annual General Meeting, at least 14 days prior to the Annual General Meeting (see bye-law 6).

9. The Annual Subscription for each Affiliated Club shall be decided at the A.G.M. and this will include a County Handbook and the County Magazine ‘In Focus’. District Leagues and Associations must become members on an annual payment of £5.00, after which they shall be deemed Honorary Members of the Association; but members of these Organisations shall not be eligible to take part in the various County Competitions and Inter-County Matches unless they are members of a Club in DIRECT membership with the North Lancs & Fylde C.B.A. All competitions organised by the Association shall be open only to male members of Clubs in direct membership with the Association, with the exception of the Champion of League Champions Competition and the County Team K/O.. The Junior Merit shall be open to players under 18 years of age on the 1st January each year.

10. ALL Subscriptions, including appropriate B.C.G.B.A. Fees, are due by 30th April and no Club or member of any such Club shall be permitted to take part in any County Competition unless subscriptions for the current year have been paid. Any Club not adhering to this Bye-Law shall be subject to a fine of £20 and/or a suspension.

11. All affiliated Clubs must supply an annual list of all their registered members to the County Registrar by 30th April each year. They may register new players then, or at any time thereafter throughout the year. Any Club not adhering to this Bye-Law shall be subject to a fine of £10 and/or a suspension.

12. In all competitions run by the County, a player receiving a bye in the first round may have a practice (4 ends) with the Referee’s permission.

13. Any Club playing in a League which is affiliated to a County other than its own must also affiliate to that County.

14. Member or Affiliated Clubs or Associations, organising competitions and inviting entries from outside the County, must notify the County Secretary BEFORE the event is advertised in any way. Further they must send a remittance of the current BCGBA Fee which will be forwarded to the BCGBA. Any advertising literature MUST state “Approved by NL&F CBA and Affiliated to the BCGBA”.

15. 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 20 of the Clubs in Membership of the Association at that time.

16. No Bye-Law shall be altered, rescinded or added to without the consent of at least 2/3rds of those present who are eligible to vote at a General Meeting.

17. Official representatives of the Press shall be allowed to attend all of the Associations General Meetings and Committee Meetings, providing that previous notice is given to the Secretary; except Appeals and Disciplinary meetings.

18. The Executive Committee shall have the power to deal with any matter not provided for in these Bye-Laws.

19. Any bank charges incurred by the County through the fault of a debtor to the County shall be reimbursed by the said debtor.

20. Any player declining to play for the N.L. & F C.B.A. County Team when selected shall not be allowed to enter any competitions promoted by the County, unless the reasons submitted for declining to play are considered to be acceptable by the Management Committee.

21. Should the Management Committee, by a majority, decide on grounds of expediency or otherwise, to dissolve the Association, it shall call a meeting of all member Clubs giving 21 days notice. At this meeting, if a 2/3rds majority of those present and eligible to vote decide to dissolve the Association, the Management Committee shall have the power to dispose of the assets of the Association after all liabilities and debts have been cleared. The beneficiaries of such assets shall be the member Clubs, or such charities as decided by a majority of the member Clubs.

DISCIPLINARY AND APPEALS’ PROCEDURE

1. The Disciplinary and Appeals’ Procedure for the sport of Crown Green Bowls is outlined in the BCGBA handbook. North Lancs & Fylde CBA, as a member of BCGBA, subscribes to this procedure. A copy is available on application to the County Secretary.

2. Any individual, club or league affiliated to North Lancs & Fylde and wishing to appeal against a decision made by the CBA or at a lower level must write to the County Secretary.

3. A hearing shall be convened at the earliest time convenient to all parties. The Appeals’ Committee of the County shall consist of some or all of the following: President, Vice-President, Chairman and the District Chairmen (excepting from the area concerned in the complaint). The Committee shall have a quorum of three.

COUNTY COMPETITIONS

1. All County Competitions, with the exception of the Champion of League Champions the Mixed Pairs,and the County Team Knockout are open to male Members only.

2. All County Competitions are to be played annually.

3. North Lancashire & Fylde Bowling Referee’s Association shall be invited to provide Referees on all County Final Days.

4. County teams will be selected by a process approved by the Management Committee annually. The Selection Panel shall have the power to co-opt as deemed necessary.

5. The Selection Panel shall also be responsible for checking all greens which are to be used for County Matches.

6. Players dress in all Association Final Days and County Matches. Players shall wear conventional clothing as defined in B.C.G.B.A. Bye-Law 25.

7. Any player/s withdrawing themselves from any Competition/s shall be liable to forfeit any prize which they would otherwise be entitled to at the time of withdrawal.

8. Prize money for winners and beaten Finalists / Semi-Finalists in all Competitions promoted by the County will be paid out as decided by the County Management Committee. Any player/s failing to attend a Presentation without submitting a reasonable explanation to the Management Committee, shall be liable to forfeit any such prize money.

9. The qualifiers for all County final days should be put into a hat and drawn out successively.

COUNTY MERIT COMPETITION

1. Qualification to the BCGBA Merit Final Day shall be in accordance with the decisions of the BCGBA Management Committee. Should any of the qualifiers be unable to attend the BCGBA Merit, the best loser in the previous round shall be invited to substitute.

2. Any male member of Affiliated Clubs shall be entitled to enter, except any bowler selected to play for a County Association other than NL&F CBA. “No player is entitled to play in more than one County Association Merit”, “Any violation of this Rule will entail disqualification”.

3. Qualifying Rounds shall be played off by Districts. The numbers qualifying shall be at the discretion of the Competition Secretary and be dependent on the number of entries.

COUNTY VETERANS MERIT COMPETITION

1. All competitors must be members of a club affiliated to the county.

2. All competitors must be aged 60 years or over on 1 January preceding the competition.
TEAM COMPETITION RULES

1. A competition known as the North Lancs & Fylde Teams Championship shall be played for annually,
but only if a minimum of eight teams are entered. If not the team(s) to represent the County, will be selected
by the ‘Management Committee.
2. Entrance fee for the competition to be decided annually.

3. Players can only register with one team, and registration forms must be in the hands of the Competition Secretary no later then the date set for the first matches; after that, no further additions will be accepted.

4. The competing teams shall number 8 players each, playing on a neutral green basis up to and including the Semi-Final and Final, and who shall be ‘bona-fide’ registered ‘League Team’ playing Members of the Club represented by such team and must have played at least 3 times for the team in the League or Cup. Registered players should also reside within the North Lancs & Fylde designated boundary, except in special circumstances i.e. Clubs on the very extreme of the boundary. All Players must have played for the ‘Club’ in the ‘Qualifying Season’ and the current season.
N.B: The special conditions of the Rule are meant to protect the Competition from ‘outside’ infiltration, to the benefit of all teams competing. Any complaints made in relation to this rule will be decided by the Management Committee.

5. All games will commence on the dates and times specified in the County Handbook.

6. All games shall be played under B.C.G.B.A. rules. The Captains will act as joint Referees. Result of the match to be decided by aggregate scores.

7. On Qualifying Day/s standard jacks provided by the host Club will be used. On Final Day/s, the County will provide the jacks and scoreboards. All jacks to comply with B.C.G.B.A. standards.

8. The first throw of the jack will alternate between the two teams concerned.

9. No practice is allowed prior to the commencement of the game.

10. Selection of opponents will be made by ballot conducted by the two Captains.

11. In all matches only 5 minutes grace may be allowed any competitor after being called upon to play, unless mutually agreed by the two Captains.

12. In the event of a ‘tied’ game, the winners will be decided on the number of individual winners by each side. In the event of a match still ending in a tie, one game shall take place of 11-up. The competing players in such a situation will be selected by the Captains.

13. The winning Club shall be responsible for sending the official result sheet to the Competition Secretary by 1st Class Mail, to reach him by first post on the Wednesday morning following the date of the match. Defaulting Clubs may be fined the sum of £5.00 and may be scratched from the Competition.

The final four teams will play for the Championship on a neutral green i.e. two Semi-Finals and the Final – the two Semi-Finals to be played concurrently. The order of the draw will be the order of play and the first throw of the jack will alternate between the two teams concerned.

15. That in the Semi-Finals, teams to play as submitted to the Secretary before the Final Day, and played in order as on the programme. In the Final, team Captains may alter the order of play if they so wish.

16. Should any Club raising an objection under these Rules have any Member/s on the Management Committee, the said Member/s shall not be eligible to sit on the Committee whilst such a dispute or protest is being considered.

17. Any Club raising any objection under these Rules shall do so within 48 hours after the match, and shall lodge £10 with the Secretary, which shall be forfeited should the Management Committee consider the objection frivolous or groundless. The decision of the Committee, in all cases, shall be final.

18. The winners of the North Lancs & Fylde Team Championship shall have their entry fee to the B.C.G.B.A. Club Championship paid for by the County Association.

19. Prize money for the winning team, beaten finalists and the semi-finalists shall be paid out as decided by the Management Committee. If at a County Presentation Night, the winning team and beaten finalists will be expected to purchase a minimum of 10 (ten) tickets each, and the semi-finalists 6 (six) tickets each before the Presentation Night.

20. The Management Committee are the sole interpreters of these Rules and from their decision there shall be no appeal, either at law or otherwise.

COUNTY PAIRS COMPETITION

1. Players must be members of an Affiliated Club, although not necessarily the same Club.

2. Qualifying Rounds may be played on neutral greens at the discretion of the County Secretary/Competitions Secretary.

CHAMPION of LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

1. Qualifiers must be members of an Affiliated Club.

2. League Secretaries should notify the Competition Secretary of their nominated player by the A.G.M. The following criteria is given as a guide:-

*(League Secretaries should be aware of the qualifying criteria)*

a) League Merit Competition Winner
b) Senior Division Average / Merit Winner
c) President’s Day Winner

i.e. the qualifier MUST be a recognised Champion from the above criteria.