ALL MATCHES BE PLAYED IN ACCORDANCE WITH ESMBA RULES
ARRANGING A MATCH WITHIN YOUR OWN CLUB
Clubs with more than one team in the same division must always play all teams home and away matches before the end of January
PRIOR TO A MATCH IN BOTH LEAGUE AND KNOCKOUT CUP
The ‘home’ Fixtures Secretary must contact the ‘visitors’ Fixtures secretary to offer date, venue and time; i.e. ‘away’ teams cannot dictate dates.
All players participating in a match:
Must be NSMBA registered for a minimum period of one week and carry a current registration card; also;
Must conform to the NSMBA dress code.
Players may play for one team only in each NSMBA competition, i.e. one team in the Day League, one in the Evening League and one in each section (Day and Evening) of the Knockout Cup.
Mats and ancillary equipment must comply fully with ESMBA rules. Clubs experiencing difficulties in complying with the rules should contact the NSMBA League Coordinator for advice.
POSTPONEMENT OF A MATCH i.e. one that is to be re-arranged
All postponed matches must be reported at once by phone and email to the League Coordinator.
Other than under very exceptional circumstances, a minimum of 24 hours notice must be given to opposing teams before any postponement. A shortage of players, i.e. less than 6 in league matches, will not be regarded as exceptional circumstances.
ANY POSTPONED MATCHES TO BE REARRANGED BY THE HOME TEAM WITHIN TWO WEEKS AND MUST BE PLAYED WITHIN FOUR WEEKS OF THE REARRANGEMENT, BUT NO LATER THAN THE END OF FEBRUARY
CANCELLATION OF A MATCH i.e. one that is not going to be played.
ANY TEAMS THAT CANCEL THROUGH A SHORTAGE OF PLAYERS WILL RECEIVE PENALTIES AS DEEMED APPROPRIATE BY THE NSMBA COMMITTEE
STARTING A MATCH
Mats must be set out prior to the start of all proceedings. Once set, neither mat be moved unless both team captains agree. Captains will complete their scorecards and include the player’s first name (or name usually known as) and last name. The home captain will hand their completed scorecards, face down, to their opposite number, who will place one card, face down, on each mat. This will be repeated with the visitors’ captain handing over their cards. The NSMBA recognizes no other method of mat selection and Fours may not choose which mat they play on.
The captains shall toss a coin for the option of taking possession of the delivery mat. The captain who wins the toss has the choice of taking possession, or not. The captain’s decision applies to both mats. A roll-up will take place before the match. This will be two woods up the mat and two down for each player. Home teams must wait until their opponents arrive before rolling up.
RESULTS of all LEAGUE and CUP MATCHES
Please ensure accuracy when submitting results. All results must reach the NSMBA League/Knockout Cup Coordinator within 7 days of the match being played, either by Web site ‘Send Results’ or by return of the supplied ‘results post card’. At the conclusion of a match both skips MUST check and agree the score before signing. ALL SCORECARDS must be retained until the end of the season.
All league matches will be played over 16 ends. The home team, after 8 ends have been played, shall supply free of charge to their opponents, a minimum of tea, coffee and biscuits. This rule may only be varied with the prior agreement of both teams. In the event of unforeseen factors (e.g. power failure etc.) causing the abandonment of a match, the following will apply: Any match that is abandoned before ten ends have been completed on both mats will be re-arranged. For matches abandoned after ten ends have been completed on both mats the scores at the time of abandonment shall count as the result of the match.
Finals. The top 3 teams will play Home and Away matches to determine the Winner. Only players that have previously played in at least 1 day match may play in the final matches. All finals matches MUST be arranged by the 14th March and the fixture sent to the League Coordinator.
LEAGUE MATCH SCORING
The team shall receive 1 point for each mat that it wins. In the event of a drawn mat, each team on that mat will receive ½ a point. The team with the highest number of shots gained over the two mats shall also receive another 3 points.
In the event of a tie on the overall score each team shall receive 2 ½ points. (5 points in total will be awarded for each match).
KNOCKOUT CUP MATCHES
All KO Cup matches, including the Final, will be played on a home and away basis. Matches may be played at any time to suit both clubs; however, each match MUST be completed by the end of the week specified as ‘KO Cup Week’ for that round. In exceptional circumstances please contact the Coordinator immediately any difficulty or situation arises. Any outstanding KO Cup ‘legs’ MUST take priority over league matches during specified KO Cup Weeks in order to complete the round on time –
i.e. NO league games should be played in any specified ‘KO Cup Weeks’ at the expense of outstanding KO Cup games.
Each leg will consist of a singles game (15 ends) a fours game (8 ends) a pairs game (15 ends) and a triples game (11 ends) Each game will be worth two points to the winner (one each in the event of a draw). The team accruing the highest number of points over the home and away legs will be the winner of the round. If at the conclusion of both legs the points are equal, aggregate shots scored – then ends won – will be used to decide the winners; and, if all are equal, then the match will be decided as follows:
‘The triples will play one extra end. A coin toss will give the option of placing the jack OR playing the first wood; and the extra end will be in the same direction as the first end of that Triples leg’.
In the event of unforeseen factors (e.g. power failure) causing an abandonment of a leg, any unfinished disciplines will be replayed.
All rounds of the Knock Out Cup Competition must be completed by the end of a specified week. Failure to meet this deadline will result in both teams being eliminated from the competition – and their scheduled opponents in the next round will receive a bye into the following round. Any team that feels they have been or may be denied the opportunity to complete their fixtures due to the fault of another team may appeal the imposition of this penalty. This appeal, as specified above, must be made as soon as it becomes apparent that the deadline will be missed. If the final is not played within the deadline, the two losing semi-final teams will be invited to play each other for the title. All Knock Out Games must be played by the end of April.
ALL MATCHES MUST BE PLAYED
Any home or away team failing to rearrange or complete all league matches by the end of February will automatically be subject to the following sanctions:
Deductions of 5 points and 10 shots in the current season table FOR EACH FIXTURE NOT COMPLETED. Any team that feels they have been, or may be, denied the opportunity to complete their fixtures due to the fault of another team may appeal the imposition of the above penalties. This appeal must be made:
Immediately on the 1st of March by phone . . . . . . to the League Secretary and/or the Chairman (*contact numbers are shown below); and also
The committee will invite 2 appropriate representatives from both teams to attend a specially convened meeting, which will take place within 10 days of the initial phone call. A sub-committee will be in place to handle such situations and will mediate at that meeting.
If any team fails to attend the meeting, the committee will consider the appeal to have failed and confirm the above sanctions and may apply any additional sanctions they may see fit.
TEAMS NOT COMPLYING WITH ANY OTHER MATCHPLAY RULES OR CONDUCTING THEMSELVES
INNAPPROPRIATELY MAY INCUR SANCTIONS AS DEEMED APPROPRIATE BY THE COMMITTEE
GENERAL INFORMATION FOR PLAYERS
The NSMBA Dress Code
Ladies: Plain white, collared blouse; white jumper if worn; mid-grey skirt not above the knee’ cropped or tailored trousers.
Gentlemen: Plain white, collared shirt; white jumper if worn; mid-grey trousers.
All players: Proprietary bowling shoes/sandals in brown, black or grey. These must be changed into at the venue. Tops must be plain white (cream is not acceptable). Trousers must be mid grey (not light grey or charcoal); and ladies trousers must also be tailored.
NB: Teams may play in club colours, but only if all of the players on a mat are dressed alike at the start of the match.
This replaces all previous rule sheets
`Any queries or clarifications should be addressed to a member of the NSMBA Committee a.s.a.p.