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Presented by Linton Coulton
for and on behalf of the State Umpires' Committee
Two urgent messages for
all bowlers and umpires
1. Any enquiries or queries regard-
ing Laws of Bowls should be
directed to your own District
Umpires Committee for clarifica-
tion. If the Level 2 Umpires on
your Committee cannot reach a
decision, then that Committee
will forward the problem to the
State Committee. Should the State
Panel not be able to assist, the
problem will be forwarded to
the Law Committee of Bowls
Australia. This is the protocol
to be followed in ALL instances,
2. There have been NO CHANGES
to the Laws of the Game of
Bowls. Your current Law Book
is still valid. USE IT.
In response to a question sent by a
District Committee regarding Practice
Prior to Pennant Play, we offer the
It appears that the whole question
is raised because the person who is
the Controlling Body on the day of
play has not fully carried out his duty.
It states clearly in COP Law 4.7.13,
that players may practice up to the
commencement of trial ends, provided
that rink space is available, AND THE
CONTROLLING BODY APPROVES.
Also, the Controlling Body shall
advise the rinks allocated to each
grade not less than one hour before
the starting time of the event. This is
stated clearly on Page 30, dot point 4,
in the Duties of the Controlling Body.
All Committee members of each
participating club should take time
to read this page and be conversant
with its implications regarding the
conduct of competitions.
This is a new section of the Condi-
tions of Play, 2010-2011 edition, and
no doubt has been included because
of difficulties being experienced similar
to the questions asked of the Umpires
It also states that both sides com-
peting should be given equal oppor-
tunity to practice. This would depend
on how much rink space is available,
and it follows that if there is insuf-
ficient room for all participants to
practice, no practice other than trial
ends should be held.
Any appeal on this matter should
be directed to the next higher author-
ity, and ultimately to the State Match
Committee if the matter cannot be
settled at an earlier hearing.
The question of practice is also
covered in Law 13 of the Crystal
Mark Edition of the Laws of the
Sport of Bowls. In Law 13.1 dot point
3, where it states that another rink
should be available apart from the
one a particular team is drawn to
play on, it follows that, once again,
the controlling body is responsible
for allocating rinks to play on, and
any team, whether home or visiting,
should be directed where to practice
by the Controlling Body of the home
club, or any presiding official who may
be appointed to control proceedings
for a particular occasion.
• The Crystal Mark Edition of the
Laws of the Sport of Bowls does
not include mention of conditions
for a side, other than to give a
definition of a side (Law 14.5, Page
27). In Appendix A on Page 73, it
states in Law A. 1.4, If appropriate,
details of the following should also
be included in the Conditions of
Play (Dot Point 3) Arrangements
for practice. This is also endorsed
in Law 12.4 of the Crystal Mark
edition (For domestic play, Member
National Authorities can decide the
requirements for playing on the same
rink on the day of a competition
It appears from this argument that
if there is any doubt of procedure
to follow, the laws as stated in the
Conditions of Play are the ones to
be followed, as the Crystal Mark
Edition gives this option to member
authorities, which includes RNSWBA,
and the Crystal Mark Edition is not
specifically drawn up for pennant
play, unlike the Conditions of Play.
• We draw attention to introduction
of the 2010-2011 Conditions of Play,
which is also endorsed in the Crystal
Mark Laws of the Sport of Bowls,
which states: 'Inevitably situations
will arise that are not specifically
covered by these Conditions of
Play. It is expected that in such
circumstances any decision taken
will reflect the spirit of these con-
ditions, and embody the ideals of
fair play and good sportsmanship
supported by good commonsense'.
We advise you to refer to Page 30
of the Conditions of Play - 2010-2011.
Test your knowledge of
Domestic Regulation 4
Q1. What is an "eligible member"?
Q2. What is a substitute?
Q3. What is a replacement player?
Q4. A skip becomes ill and cannot
continue to complete the match.
Can a substitute take his place?
Q5. Can a replacement player and
a substitute be used in the
same team in a triples game?
Q6. A team withdraws prior to the
first round of a championship.
During that competition a
member of that team acts as a
substitute. Is this within the law?
Q7. At the completion of the third
round of a club championship,
the skip wishes the third and
second to change positions.
Is this permitted?
Q8. A substitute played in team A
until the original player arrived.
At that time a second in team
C twisted an ankle and was
unable to continue playing. May
the substitute from team A
act as substitute for team C?
1. A player who could have
been included in the
original team. DR4-1.1
2. Is a member who acts as a proxy
for an intended member or a
constituted player. DR4-1.4
3. One who is appointed to
take the place of a member
who is unable or unwilling to
continue in the competition,
subject to DR4-1.3(a)(b).
4. Yes, but the substitute
cannot play skip. The team is
re-arranged with a constituted
player as skip. DR4-1.14
5. No. D.R.4.1.9(v)
6. Yes. The team or player had
not been constituted. DR4-1.22
7. Yes. Prior to the start of any
subsequent game in the same
competition the playing positions
of the constituted personal may
be changed. DR4-1.1 8(u)
8. Yes, if he/she remains
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