Conditions of Play

CONTROLLING BODY: World Bowls

International Federation

– Tournament Director – Gary Smith (World Bowls CEO)

– Technical Delegate – Kerry Clark CNZM, OBE

– Chief Technical Official – Mark Cowan (Australia)

Organising Committee

– Bowls Australia Competition Manager – Andrew Howie

ENTRY CONDITIONS AND ELIGIBILITY

All Players are to be affiliated with their National Authority that is a member of World Bowls.

Players need to meet the requirements of World Bowls Regulations 9,8 to 9.12 as set out in the World Bowls Regulation adopted 2 May 2018 and available on the World Bowls website www.worldbowls.com.

ENTRIES, REPLACEMENTS AND SUBSTITUTE PLAYERS

Individual entries, containing the names of Players and the events in which they have been selected to compete, shall be received by World Bowls no later than 10th February 2020. No late entries will be accepted.

Like for like Player replacements (i.e. discipline and event) can be accepted on limited grounds following the entry deadline and up to the time of the Manager/Coach meeting.

The only grounds permitted will be medical, appeals and extenuating circumstances. In all instances, evidence and supplementary documentation will be required.

A substitute shall be utilised in the following manner:

a) The Coach (provided they are an eligible affiliated player) of the team shall herself/himself substitute or call upon an eligible affiliated player from her/his National Authority to substitute

b) Where an accredited player in a Singles event is unable to play in any round subsequent to the first round in which they are accredited owing to illness, sudden indisposition, or reason acceptable to the Jury of Appeal, their place shall then be taken by an alternative player from the Side, playing in the same series. The replacement Singles player to be replaced in the team affected, by a substitute player as set out in a) or b) above.

c) The Singles player may resume in his/her original position when deemed fit.

d) If a competitor in a Singles game is unable to complete any game already commenced, their opponent shall be awarded maximum match points for that game. The opponent shall also be awarded the average net shots margin of all matches completed in that round of the competition in that section.

e) It is understood, however, that a substitute in terms of the foregoing, may only be utilised if the Jury of Appeal is satisfied that the player to be substituted is genuinely unable to play. The substitute player shall not be permitted to play in the position of Skip. The team/player receiving the points for the walk over shall also be awarded the average net shots margin of all matches completed in that round of the competition in that section.

TEAM COMPOSITION

Entered players must remain in the disciplines as confirmed at the Manager/ Coach Meeting on 24th May 2020. After this time, changes will only be allowed relating to the team order within each team, between rounds. This must be submitted to the Competition Manager at least 30 minutes before the respective round.

FORMATS OF PLAY

Traditional Play (Maximum 5 athletes per team)

SINGLES: Four bowls, 21 shots up, in excess of 21 shots shall not count, with a time limit of two hours 15 minutes per match (not including trial ends).

PAIRS: Three bowls per athlete, 18 ends, with a time limit of two hours 15 minutes per match (not including trial ends).

TRIPLES: Two bowls per athlete, 18 ends, with a time limit of two hours 15 minutes per match (not including trial ends).

FOURS: Two bowls per athlete, 15 ends, with a time limit of two hours 15 minutes per match (not including trial ends).

Teams will be divided into two sections in each discipline with countries being placed into sections based on the finishing positions at the Atlantic Championships and Asia Pacific Championships 2019 in the relevant discipline. The top 12 qualifiers from each discipline in the respective Championships have qualified for World Bowls 2020.

A= Atlantic, AP= Asia Pacific

The winner of section 1 will progress to semi final 1, the winner of section 2 will progress to semi final 2.

The second and third placed teams from each section will be randomly drawn into two post-sectional play off matches, game A and game B. The random draw for the play offs will be undertaken in a manner to ensure that not all countries from the same qualifying section are placed in the same side of the knockout rounds draw. The winner of game A will progress to semi final 1, the winner of game B will progress to semi final 2. The winners of each semi final will play off in the final for the gold and silver medals. The losers of both semi finals will be awarded bronze medals.

Time limits will apply to all games for all disciplines in sectional play only. All finals will have no time limit. Should a match be stopped due to extreme weather, the time limit will be extended by the equivalent amount of the time for the delay.

A signal will be given five minutes before the time fixed for starting each session. Any player/team arriving after the official start time, shall lose the right to play trial ends. Any player/team arriving at the green more than 15 minutes after the official starting time shall forfeit the game and the points for that game/or not progress through to the next round.

During sectional play, matches must be played to the completion of the required number of ends or the time limit. During knockout stages, once a winner is determined (that is, it is mathematically impossible for the opponent to win or draw the match), the match will finish regardless of the number of ends played.

RINK ALLOCATIONS

Rink allocations are subject to change at any time prior to the trial ends for a specific round, at the discretion of the controlling body.

SCORING

Sectional play

1. The player or team with the greatest number of games won is the winner of the section. All other players or teams will be ranked accordingly.

2. If games won are equal, then the player or team with the highest number of points will be ranked higher (three points will be awarded for a win, one point for a draw).

3. If games won and points are equal, then the player or team with the highest net total of shots (‘shots for’ minus ‘shots against’) will be ranked higher.

4. If games won, points, and net total of shots are all equal, then the player or team with the lowest number of ‘shots against’ will be ranked higher.

5. If there is still equality having applied the criteria described in points 1) to 4) above, then the player or team that won the game between the players or teams that are equal will be ranked higher.

6. If the game between the players or teams that are equal is drawn, then the first player or team in the drawn game to win an end will be ranked higher.

Post Sectional

 All games will be played in knockout format.

Overall Team Championship

The overall team winner in both the men’s and women’s championships will be declared as the country gaining the most points in the four competitions. In determining the winners, points shall be awarded on the following basis:

 The winner in each discipline shall score points equivalent to the total number of teams competing.

 Subsequent placings in each event shall be reduced by one point for each placing.

 Additional points will be awarded to those countries that compete in the finals of each discipline:

o 3 points for gold medal

o 2 points for silver medal

o 1 point for bronze medal (losing semi finalists)

 If points are equal, then the country with the highest net total of shots will rank higher.

 If positions are still equal, the Controlling Body will divide the total of shots scored against each country into the total shots it has scored. The country with the highest result will be declared the winner.

ALTERATIONS TO THE FORMAT & LENGTH OF GAMES

a. The Controlling Body reserves the right to alter the format, times of play and greens to suit local unforeseen circumstances, giving as much notice as practical.

b. Where a program is interrupted or cannot be completed due to inclement weather or local conditions, the Jury of Appeal may amend the format and length of games to achieve a result or postpone the event where an outcome cannot be achieved.

PROCEDURE FOR APPLYING TIME LIMITS

 Start of Play – Play will commence with the appointed official signalling the start time by a bell, horn, etc.

 End of Play – At the completion of the allocated time, the appointed official will signal the end time of play by a bell, horn, etc. At this time players will complete the current end they are playing. (The start of an end is determined by the delivery of the jack by the first player in that end).

TRIAL ENDS

One trial end in each direction will be allowed for all games in accordance with Law 5.1. In trial ends players can use any combination of bowls taken from different sets so long as all bowls carry a registered World Bowls stamp of either the current year or a future year.

Trial ends will commence fifteen minutes prior to the official starting time.

RE-SPOTTING THE JACK

1 If a jack in motion passes completely outside the boundaries of the rink of play, comes to rest in any hollow in the face of the bank, or rebounds to less than 20 metres from the mat line, the end should not be declared dead. Instead, the jack should be placed with the nearest point of the jack to the mat line at the central 2 metre spot.

2 If the spot is partly or completely covered by a bowl, the jack should be placed as close as possible to the covered spot, in line with that spot and the corresponding spot at the opposite end of the rink, without touching a bowl. Law 56.5.4.

RESTRICTING MOVEMENT OF PLAYERS DURING PLAY

Prior to the start of each end, the following players will take their position at the mat-end of the green:

– Pairs game: the leads

– Triples game: the leads and the seconds

– Fours game: the leads and the seconds. The thirds, however, may elect to take their position either at the mat end or alongside the skip at the head.

After delivering their first bowl, players will only be allowed to walk up to the head under the following circumstances.

Singles game

 the opponents: after delivery of their third and fourth bowls.

Pairs game (each player playing three bowls)

 the leads: after delivery of their third bowl; and

 the skips: after delivery of their second and third bowls.

Triples game (each player playing two bowls)

 the leads: after the second player in their team has delivered their second bowl;

 the seconds: after delivery of their second bowl; and

 the skips: after delivery of each of their bowls.

Fours game (each player playing two bowls)

 the leads: after the second player in their team has delivered their second bowl;

 the seconds: after delivery of their second bowl;

 the thirds: after delivery of their second bowl; and

 the skips: after delivery of each of their bowls

In exceptional and limited circumstances, a skip can ask that a player walks up to the head, or a Singles Player can ask the marker for permission to walk up to the head, earlier than described above. If a player does not meet the terms of this law, Law 13 will apply.

DELAYING (SLOW) PLAY

The Controlling Body are empowered to invoke regulations for dealing with slow play as it considers appropriate.

Players are required to play without undue delay and in a manner, which does not prevent their opponents from being able to complete the requisite number of ends within the time limit prescribed by the Controlling Body. The following conditions will apply in cases where players fail to meet this requirement.

The umpire, on appeal by one of the skips or one of the team coaches that their team is being prevented from playing all their bowls within the two hours and fifteen minutes time limit due to the actions of their opponents, or on appeal by the Controlling Body as a result of its own observation, will notify the offending team that they are being ‘put on the stopwatch’ on completion of any end in progress.

When notification has been given, the offending team will be required to deliver all their bowls in each of the remaining ends within a two-minute time period (Singles, Pairs and Triples games) or a two-minutes-and-fifteen-seconds time period (Four games). Timing will be undertaken by a technical official specifically allocated for that purpose.

In each end, timing will start as soon as the jack has been properly delivered and centered (if the offending team is the first to play in an end) or as soon as the non-offending team’s first bowl has come to rest (if the non-offending team is the first to play in an end). Thereafter, timing will start when each of the non-offending team’s bowls has come to rest and will stop when each of the offending team’s bowls has been delivered.

No timing will occur during any interventions by the umpire (for example, to check a short jack or a line bowl).

The timing official will advise the offending team when the time remaining in any end reaches one minute.

At the end of the two-minute time period (Singles, Pairs and Triples games) or the two-minutes-and-fifteen-seconds time period (Four games) the offending team will forfeit any bowls remaining to be delivered in that end. The non-offending team will, however, deliver their remaining bowls to complete the end.

When play has been underway for one hour and ten minutes, the umpire will advise teams which have either not completed nine ends or are not currently playing their ninth end (Singles, Pairs and Triples games) or not completed eight ends or are not currently playing their eighth end (Fours games) that they risk being unable to complete their game within the time limit. The umpire will also pass to the Controlling Body details of the games affected.

On being notified by the umpire as described in paragraph 8, the Controlling Body will decide whether any action needs to be taken. This may include, for example, putting the offending teams on the stopwatch during the game in progress and / or putting the offending teams on the stopwatch from the start of their succeeding game should all ends in the game in progress remain uncompleted.

If, during the end which is in progress immediately before the end time of play is signaled or on completion of that end and before the start of any subsequent end, the umpire as a result of their own observation or on appeal by one of the skips, one of the team coaches or the Controlling Body, decides that a team is being prevented from playing a further end due to the actions of their opponents, they will notify the teams that they must play one more end even though the end time of play may have been signaled when such notification is given.

LEAVING THE RINK OF PLAY

If a Player wishes to leave the rink of play, Law 33.1 will apply. However, if on more than one occasion, then on each occasion after the first they can do so only with their opponent’s and the Umpire’s permission. The umpire’s permission will be granted in consultation with the Player’s team Manager or Coach when they are present.

ARRANGEMENT FOR PRACTICE

Law 4 of the Laws of the Sport of Bowls will apply. All requests to be made to the Competition Manager.

COACHES

Only coaches appointed by their national authority to act in this capacity for this event will be

accredited and they must be registered with World Bowls and the Tournament Director prior to

the commencement of the event. A player selected for the event cannot also be appointed as

a Coach for the event during the period of their involvement as a player in the event.

CODE OF CONDUCT

All competitors and coaches will be required to complete and sign the World Bowls Code of

Conduct.

Signed forms must be returned to the Tournament Director prior to the Manager/Coach Meeting

on 24th May 2020.

FOOTWEAR AND ATTIRE

As per the Laws of the Sport of Bowls.

STAMP ON BOWLS

All bowls used during the event must carry a legible 20 or later official World Bowls stamp..

All bowls will be inspected on the first day of each competition and then randomly on one rink per green per session during section play. All bowls will be inspected for all knockout (finals) games.

MARKING TOUCHERS

“Spray chalk” will be used to mark touchers for all singles matches and is the preferred method to be used in all team matches.

DRUG TESTING

Drug testing may take place in accordance with the World Bowls Anti-Doping Regulations.

SMOKING POLICY

The following policy will apply at all Clubs being used.

The following areas shall always be smoke-free:

1. the green;

2. the bank;

3. all indoor areas;

4. all enclosed outdoor areas;

5. all outdoor dining areas;

6. all al-fresco dining areas; and

7. within seven (7) metres of any building entrance, or in accordance with Federal, State or Local Government Legislation.

Smoking is only permitted in each host venues designated smoking areas, these areas will always be signposted throughout the Championships.

ALCOHOL POLICY

At all venue’s alcohol must be served in accordance with the relevant Federal, State/Territory or Local Government Legislation.

All playing areas will be alcohol free. All other areas will be subject to the venue’s licence conditions.

While any match is in progress participating Players, Team Managers and Coaches should refrain from drinking alcohol.

MOBILE DEVICES

The use of mobile phones and other electronic/communication devices on the green and surrounds during play is not permitted. Arrangements for the use of electronic/communication devices by a player with a hearing disability, and for any other necessary communication requirement, will be made at the discretion of the Controlling Body.

JURY OF APPEAL

A jury of appeal of three people has been appointed for the purpose of deciding upon any points not provided in the Conditions of Play and/or for dealing with any referrals or appeals from decisions made by Umpires and/or the Controlling Body. In the event of a referral or appeal such referrals or appeals shall be made in accordance with the Laws of the Sport of Bowls, Crystal Mark Third Edition and any World Bowls Regulations.

The Jury of Appeal is –

John Bell, World Bowls President (Chair)

Gary Smith, World Bowls Chief Executive

Kerry Clark, CNZM, OBE – World Bowls Technical Delegate and Chair, World Bowls Laws Committee

If a Member of the Jury of Appeal resigns or otherwise becomes unable to complete his role on the Jury of Appeal the World Bowls Board shall have the power to immediately appoint another person in his place.

The functions of the Jury of Appeal shall be to:

Hear and determine any allegation of misconduct properly made under the Conditions of Play, Laws of the Sport of Bowls or the World Bowls Articles of Association and Regulations.

Hear and determine any Disputes

Hear and determine any Appeals.

OTHER LAWS, REGULATIONS & POLICIES

All other Laws, Regulations & Policies other than stated above shall conform to the Laws of the Sport of Bowls Crystal Mark Third Edition as approved by World Bowls.