Constitution, Rules and Byelaws of the Association

Constitution

  1. The Association shall be called "Kirkintilloch & District Bowling Association"

  2. The object of the Association shall be to foster and promote Bowling within Kirkintilloch and District by Promoting, Conducting and Controlling, various inter-club competitions, matches, leagues and Inter-Association Matches.

  3. The Association shall consist of Bowling Clubs in Kirkintilloch and District already admitted to membership, with the addition of any club within Kirkintilloch and District, which may apply for admission and receive support of two thirds of the representatives present at an Annual General Meeting or by admission of the elected Committee.

  4. The management of the Association shall be vested in a Committee consisting of President, Vice-President, Secretary / Treasurer, Honorary President, Honorary Vice-President, Past President ExOfficio and Three Committee Members who shall be elected annually at the Annual General Meeting. Any three shall form a quorum. The president shall have both a deliberative and a casting vote at all meetings. In the absence of the President and Vice-President the meeting shall elect their own chairman.

  5. Any club wishing to join the Association must be a member of the Scottish Bowling Association. Their application should be forwarded to the Secretary no later than one month prior to the Annual General Meeting

Rules

  1. Clubs who are successful in their application for membership will be entitled to all privileges of the Association and shall be subject to its Rules and Bye-Laws.

  2. All applications for membership shall be made to the Secretary in writing.

  3. The annual subscription shall be fixed at the Annual General Meeting and shall then become due and payable at the meeting.

  4. No club shall be entered in a competition, unless the appropriate Competition form has been duly completed, signed by the Club or Match Secretary and returned at least 14 days before the Annual General Meeting

  5. Membership shall cease only by: - a) Resignation intimated to the secretary in writing, before the Annual General Meeting.; or b) Exclusion voted for by three fourths of the club representatives present at any General Meeting.
    Fourteen days notice of a meeting at which exclusion is to be proposed shall be sent to each constituent club. Any club ceasing membership shall forfeit all right to and interest in the assets of the Association.

  6. The Association will arrange a meeting (to be known as the Pre-AGM) with all clubs and will be held on the first Sunday in November.
    The purpose of this meeting is to allow Members Clubs an opportunity to put forward discussion points and proposals they wish to be included in the AGM agenda. Minutes taken from this meeting will be circulated to all clubs.
    Points included in the AGM agenda will be eligible for acceptance, unless otherwise stated, by Member Clubs at the Annual General Meeting.

  7. The Annual General Meeting shall be held on the first Sunday in March, at which meeting the Secretary shall submit a report of the business for the year, and a Treasurer's financial statement, duly audited.

  8. It will be necessary for each Constituent Club to appoint a delegate to represent them at the Annual General Meeting and any Business Meetings of the Association.

  9. The Office Bearers shall retire annually at the Annual General Meeting all being eligible for Reelection.

  10. Two Auditors shall be elected annually at the Annual General Meeting and their duties shall be to audit and certify the Treasurer's Financial Statement. The Committee will have the power to co-opt any member of the association to fill any vacancy, which may arise in that capacity.

  11. Special Meetings of the Association may be convened by the committee at any time, or upon receipt of a requisition addressed to the Secretary from three constituent clubs, signed by the President and Secretary of the respective Clubs.

  12. The Secretary shall give at least twenty-one days notice in writing of the Annual General and Special Meetings of the Association and the circular calling the meeting shall state clearly the business to be transacted at such meeting.

  13. The Association funds shall be lodged in a Bank, in an account in the name of the Association. To be operated upon by the Treasurer and shall be applied in defraying the necessary expenses of the management, provision of prizes, or in any other manner as the Association direct. At least two authorised signatures are required on all payments.

  14. It shall be competent at any General Meeting of the Association to elect as Honorary Life Members those who, in the opinion of the meeting, have, by personal services or otherwise, contributed to the success or propriety of the Association. Such Honorary Members shall be free from all financial responsibility and participation in the management of the Association, but, with these exceptions, shall have all the privileges of ordinary members.

  15. Notice of any proposed alteration to the Constitution and Rules must be sent, by the Club proposing the same, to the Secretary not later than the first day of January but alterations may be proposed by the Committee, without notice to the Secretary, provided intimation is given on the circular calling the Annual General Meeting.

  16. No alteration shall be made on the foregoing Constitution and Rules unless at the Annual General Meeting or at a Special General Meeting called for the purpose, but the Committee shall have the power to make Byelaws not inconsistent with the foregoing Constitution and Rules.

  17. Any major constitutional change should remain unchallenged for a period of no less than three years, unless one third of member clubs support a review prior to the three year expiry. Requests for review within that three year period must be supported in writing to the Association Secretary by challenging clubs.

  18. At a meeting to be called for the special purpose, the Association can be dissolved by the vote of three fourths of the delegates of the Constituent Clubs present, but, at any meeting called for the purpose, there must be present at least three fourths of the delegates of all the Constituent Clubs on the roll of membership of the Association at the date of the said meeting.

Bye-Laws: - Championship

  1. Singles. Each Club is entitled to enter one player. The game will consist of 21 shots in each round. This also applies to Junior Singles and Champion of Champions.

  2. Pairs. Each Club is entitled to enter two players. The game will consist of 17 ends in each round.

  3. Triples. Each Club is entitled to enter three players. Each player shall play three bowls. The game will consist of 15 ends in each round.

  4. Fours. Each Club is entitled to enter four players. The game will consist of 17 ends each round.

  5. Champion of Champions. Only the Club Champion is entitled to be entered for this competition, with the following exceptions:- The demise of the Champion. - When the Champion is no longer a member of the club. - When the Champion cannot play due to serious illness. In all the foregoing cases the runner up or the previous year's Champion are the only players eligible. The Association Secretary must be notified of any substitution prior to any game being played.

  6. Junior Singles. Each club is entitled to enter one player who must be under 25 years of age on April 1st of the year in which they participate in this competition. The game shall consist of 21 Shots.

  7. Senior Fours. Each Club is entitled to enter four players, who must not be less than 60 years of age on April 1st of the year in which they participate in this competition. The game will consist of 15 ends in each round.

  8. No player shall be selected for more than one of the foregoing competitions.

  9. In event of a tie in any of these games, other than singles, an extra end shall be played to ascertain the winner.

  10. The draw for the above competitions shall be made by ballot, by the committee and worked through until the various winners have been ascertained.

  11. The Committee shall select greens for playing games and the dates these games will be played. The Committee shall leave out, where possible, greens in poor playing condition.

  12. Greens selected to host championship games will provide umpires and markers.

  13. Substitutions
    Definitions:
    a) Substitute: a player who takes the place of another player and must continue throughout the remainder of the competition.
    b) Replacement: a replacement player may be used to replace a player necessitated by immediate family bereavement, for one round only. The player who was replaced may return and play subsequent rounds.

    Rules of substitutions are as follows.-
    Singles - One Substitute
    Pairs - Two Substitutes
    Triples - Three Substitutes
    Fours - Four Substitutes

  14. Substitutes will be allowed, as Paragraph 13, up to and including the semi-final. No substitutes will be allowed in the final except in the event of the death of a player or immediate family bereavement.

  15. No player, having already taken part in any stage of the competition, can be used as a replacement or substitute.

  16. Notice of substitutions must be given to the opposing skips before the tie is played and intimation given to the Secretary of the Association in writing, by the Club or Match Secretary as soon as possible, stating the reason for the substitution.

Points Fours Competition.

  1. Each competing Club will enter 4 rinks of four players. The competition shall consist of 17 ends plus one extra end, making a total of 18 ends. The extra end will only be taken into account when two or more Clubs have the same points and the same shots-up difference at 17 ends.

  2. Fours from the same club will not be matched against each other. In event of withdrawals, the Secretary will be empowered to re-organise matches without recourse to the original draw.

  3. Winning rinks will receive two points. Rinks in drawn games will receive one point each.

  4. The winner of the competition will be decided as follows:

    a) The Club with highest up points.
    b) If two or more Clubs are equal, then the highest up shots difference will determine the winner.
    c) If two or more Clubs are still equal, the highest up shots difference, including the 18th end will determine the winner.
    d) If two or more Clubs are still equal, the club with the highest number of winning ends of the first 17 ends will be the winner.
    e) If two or more Clubs are still equal, the 18th end will be taken into account for winning ends.

  5. A minimum of nine ends constitutes a game in the event of the game being stopped due to inclement weather, darkness or any other valid reason.

  6. In the event of the non-appearance of a complete four within 30 minutes after the time fixed for the start of the Competition, the opposing four will receive 2 points, 9 shots and 9 winning ends, plus 1 shot and 1 end for the 18th end.

750th Celebration Trophy.

  1. Each Club is entitled to enter 2 rinks of four players. The competition shall consist of 17ends; an extra end must be played making a total of 18 ends. The extra end will only be taken into consideration when two or more Clubs return the same number of shots up after 17ends played.

  2. The winner of the competition will be decided as follows:
    a) The Club with the highest number of shots over their opponents, for both fours in their 17 ends.
    b) If two or more Clubs return an equal number of shots up after 17 ends, then the shots scored in the 18th end will be counted to decide the winner.
    c) If two or more Clubs are still equal, the club with the highest number of winning ends over the first 17 ends played will be the winner.
    d) If two or more Clubs are still equal, after winning ends have been counted, the 18th end will be taken into account for winning ends.

  3. A minimum of nine ends constitutes a game in the event of the game being stopped due to inclement weather, darkness or any other valid reason.

  4. In event of non appearance of a complete four within 30 minutes after the time fixed for the start of the competition, the opposing four will receive 9 shots and 9 winning ends plus 1 shot and 1 end for the 18th extra end.

Top Ten Cup

  1. Each club may enter a team of ten players.

  2. The competition will be played as a knockout tournament, to be played over two rounds, home and away. The committee will circulate dates when each round should be played. Clubs may, by mutual agreement, play matches earlier than the date posted.

  3. All matches will consist of four games: - Singles, Pairs, Triples, and Fours.
    Singles - 21 Shots,
    Pairs - 17 Ends,
    Triples - 15 Ends,
    Fours - 17 Ends.

  4. Two points will be awarded to the winner of each game, one point to each opponent in a drawn game.

  5. Each club will keep a record of scores, shots etc. from games played in the first round. This record will be carried forward to the second round.

  6. The winner will be decided over both home and away fixtures as follows:
    a) The team with the highest number of points.
    b) If the match is equal on points, the team with the highest number of shots difference.
    c) If still equal, then the team with the highest number of winning ends.
    d) If still equal, the team with the highest points in the singles games.
    e) If still equal, the singles players will compete in one additional end. The team scoring in that end will be the winner. Should the additional end finish in a 'no-shot' or 'burnt end', it will be replayed until there is a winner.

  7. If after 30 minutes of the scheduled start time of a game, one or more players are absent from a game the defaulting team will forfeit the game. Their opponents will be awarded 2 Points, 8 Shots and 8 Ends.

  8. The Committee will select the greens on which the Semi-finals and Final are to be played.

League Matches

  1. Clubs desiring to be included in the League Competitions must complete Competition form prior to the Annual General Meeting. (as per Rule 4)

  2. League teams consist of two Fours, one Four playing on the home green, the other Four playing on the away green. Two points will be awarded for each winning four and one point for a draw. The Club with the most points when the league is complete will be declared the winner. Should two or more Clubs return an equal number of points, then the total number of shots scored over the league table will decide the winner and if still equal in shots, the winning ends over the matches played in the league will decide the winner.

  3. In leagues with two or more divisions e.g. Friday Night League, four clubs will move up from the lower division and four will move down from the higher division. However, the Association Committee may, if necessary, adjust the numbers of clubs moving up or down to ensure where possible each division has an equal number of clubs.

  4. It will be the responsibility of the Secretary or Match secretary of the home club to ensure that league score cards are forwarded to the Association Secretary, complete with names of participating clubs, signed by both skips and the date. Score cards are to be forwarded within 7 days of the match being played and, in the event of failure to return score cards, the visiting team will receive the two points. (see also General rule 7)

  5. All League Matches shall consist of 15 ends. (9 ends will constitute a game in inclement weather.)

  6. In event of the non-appearance of a complete four within 30 minutes after the time fixed for the start of any match, the opposing four will receive 2 points, 8 shots and 8 winning ends.

  7. In the event of any Club, for whatever reason, having only one four available to play, they must play on the away green.

  8. Each Club on whose green play has to take place shall appoint an Umpire, and a deputy, to act in his absence, one or other of whom must be present during the whole of the game and take charge of the proceedings and whose decision in the case of dispute shall be final.

  9. If an Umpire decides the green is unplayable, or, if weather conditions are unfavourable, he shall abandon or postpone the game to a date to be agreed by both teams. The date agreed should be within 14 days of postponement. In all cases of abandoned or postponed games the Association Secretary should be informed as soon as possible.

  10. Club Commitment
    If a club expects that it will be unable to fulfil its commitments in a competition, it must notify the Secretary of the Association no later than 48 Hours before the Date of the Competition. If no such notification is received and the club fails to fulfil its commitments, that Club will not be permitted to enter the same competition the following season. It will also be required to re-imburse the host club in respect of any expenditure incurred in preparations for the aborted game.

General

  1. It will be the duty of the club on whose green a singles tie is being played to appoint a marker for the tie.

  2. Boundary threads may be dispensed with at the option of the Club on whose Green the game is being played.

  3. Should any club have reason to doubt the condition of their green for the playing of any of the Association Competition's, it will be the duty of the Secretary of that Club concerned to make this known to the Association Secretary, in writing, at least 7 days prior to the date of the Competition. Any complaints concerning the playing condition of any green received from a constituent club shall be investigated by the committee, whose decision shall be final in the event of any dispute.

  4. The compulsory dress code for all Competitions is as follows:-

    General:- Grey or black trousers with predominately white top with a collar. (white dressed shirt with tie)

    Tops:- In addition to white dressed shirt and tie, registered colour polo shirts and or a manufacturers white polo shirt, with small logo, may be worn. However, when playing in pairs, triples or rinks, ALL players must conform to the same attire. This also applies when playing as a team and includes any singles game, e.g. top ten. Coloured clothing should be registered with Bowls Scotland by submitting an image and description to Bowls Scotland and Kirkintilloch & District Bowling Association.

    Trousers:- Grey or Black.

    All players must wear smooth, heel-less shoes. Colours: Brown, Black, Grey or White

    It is the responsibility of an appointed official or home club official controlling a game, to make sure the dress code is strictly adhered to.

    It is also the responsibility of all clubs to ensure their players are appropriately dressed.

    Players failing to comply with the dress code may be reported to the Association Secretary who will consider what action to be taken. This may include disqualification from any competition.

  5. Prizes as fixed by the Annual General Meeting will be presented at a date to be fixed during the year.
    No monetary prizes will be paid to winning clubs.
    The association will supply the amount of medals required for competition. Any additional medals required will be supplied to clubs at cost price.

  6. The name of the winning Club shall be inscribed on each Trophy by the Association, and the President of the winning Club shall be the custodian of each Trophy for the year and be personally responsible for its safe custody. All trophies should be returned to the Association Secretary no later than 28 days before the date of any final.

  7. On completion of any tie, the cards should be checked for correctness: - name of clubs, names of players, date and competition played. The Umpire will ensure that the score cards are signed by both skips or in a singles tie, by both contestants and posted immediately to the Association Secretary . (This does not apply to league games, where purpose designed result cards are issued, by the Association, to each club and must be completed after each match and posted immediately to the Association Secretary. If the result card is not available, post the match score cards.)

  8. Alterations to these Bye-Laws must be made only at a meeting of the Committee of which at least fourteen days notice, stating the proposed alterations, shall have been given to all the Committee.

  9. In all other matters: The Rules of Sport as per the Laws of the Sport of Bowls, as in the Current edition of World Bowls will apply.

As revised in March 1993
Andrew Lawson - President
James Taylor - Secretary

Amended in February 1995
David Boyle - President
James Taylor - Secretary

Amended in February 1998
James McNeill - President
Harry Erentz - Secretary

Amended in February 2004
James Dalziel - President
Tom Gallagher - Secretary

Amended in May 2009
John Cowie - Vice President
James Dalziel - Past President
Pat Johnstone - Past President

Amended in March 2012
(Approved at the AGM 04/03/2012)
John Cowie - President
Vice President - M. Maclean
Secretary - A. Critchel

Instituted 1909