This week, we take a look at the conditions of play for the World's Biggest Bowls Festival. While this summary will be handy in getting an overarching view of the event, it is by no means comprehensive and bowlers are encouraged to read the full document, which can be found here.
Entries, Withdrawals and Clashes (Section 1)
While entries for the event have closed, bowlers should be aware that any withdrawn entries will be filled by late entry requests on a first come, first serve basis.
The schedule of play has been designed to limit the chance of clashes in every discipline, however there is a small chance of clashes late in the event (particularly with Bowlers with a Disability and Under-18 entrants). The controlling body will endeavour to amend the schedule to accommodate these bowlers, however if this is not possible section 1.2.8 will apply.
Event Structure (Section 2)
In most disciplines, sections contain four entries each, meaning three sectional matches. All section winners will qualify for knockout rounds, as well as a number of next-best-qualifiers for each discipline. We touched on time limits and match formats in last week's newsletter; click here for a refresher on these matters.
If the schedule is interrupted for any reason (including weather), the controlling body may amend the length, format and scheduled time of matches to achieve a result. This will be communicated primarily by email.
Players, Subsitutes and Replacements (Section 3)
Players within a team discipline may be amended up until the first match of a given discipline, at which point they become constituted. Any team amendments should be sent in writing to email@example.com, noting the outgoing player/s and the full name, nominated club, date of birth, mobile number and postcode of the replacement player.
Replacements and subsitutes may be allowed in some instances, however must be approved by the Tournament Director or their delegate at your host club. If required, please speak to an umpire at your club.
Movement of players and delaying play (Section 4 and 5)
The conditions of play outline the regulations around approaching a head in all disciplines. If an umpire deems that a player is deliberately delaying play, they will be warned in the first instance and any subsequent breaches will incur the penalties under sections 5.2 and 5.3.
Points, forfeits and ladders (Sections 6 and 7)
Players/teams will be awarded 3 points for a sectional win, 1 for a tie and 0 for a loss. In the case of a forfeit, points and shots will be distributed based on the average shots for each discipline during last year's Australian Open - this can be found under sections 6.1.3 and 6.1.4.
Please make sure that you check that scores are correct on scorecards prior to signing them - all signed scorecards will be taken as final. Errors in the result of any signed scorecard will not be corrected due to its' affect on sectional winners and next-best-qualifiers.
Ladder ranking methods are outlined in section 7.1 and 7.2 for next best qualifiers, and teams are ranked by points in the first instance followed by net total shots (shot difference) and shots percentage (shots for/shots against).
Next week, we will bring you details about uniform, bowls legality and how to claim your prize money!