1 The League shall be called the Swindon & District 4-Rink League.
2 All games shall be played under Bowls England Rules except as amended below.
3 All games must be played.
4 Each Team shall play their opponents on a home-and-away basis.
5 Games shall commence at no later than 6.15pm.
6 Games should generally be played by four rinks of four players on each side (16 players per
Team). In the event that less than 16 players are available rinks may be converted to triples, the first two bowlers having three woods each and the skip 2 woods. Any rink playing as a triple shall be penalised 25% of shots scored.
7 All players must be members of a fully S&D affiliated club.
7.1 All players can only play for one Team during a season, except as modified by Rule 7.2.
7.2 If a player leaves a Club and becomes a fully paid up member of another Club during the
season he may play in League games in his new Club.
7.3 For the avoidance of doubt, where a Club has more than one Team then members of that
Club can only play for one Team and having played for one Team then transfer to the other Team during the season is not allowed.
To Note: If the player concerned has already played for their old Club in any S&D Competitions during their transfer season they may not represent their new Club in these Competitions.
7 Games should normally consist of 21 ends, 2 bowls per player. However, if it is not possible to
complete a fixture due to inclement weather then either:
a provided a minimum of 48 ends in total have been played (ie an average of 12 ends per rink) then
the result at the time of the cessation of the game (all ends actually played) shall stand; or
b if less than 20 ends in total have been played (ie an average of less than 5 ends per rink) then the
result shall be declared null and void and the game shall be re-arranged to a date mutually agreed by both clubs; or
c in the event that more than 20 ends, but less than 48 ends, in total have been played the scores
from the completed ends shall be carried forward and the game resumed and played to a conclusion (with, to the extent possible, the same players in the same positions in their rinks, the same direction of play and rink settings) on a date mutually agreed by both Teams.
8 If the green is unfit, or the game cannot be completed on the fixture date the Teams shall mutually
agree a revised fixture date. The League Secretary must be notified, in writing or by email, of the revised date within 21 days of the original fixture date. Failure to do so will result in both Teams being deducted 6 points from their accumulated league totals.
9 If a green is unavailable for reasons other than due to the weather then the home team
must first ascertain whether their opponents green is available before re-arranging the fixture.
10  14 points shall be awarded for each game as follows:
a The overall shot winning Team shall be awarded 6 points, or in the event of a tie each Team shall be awarded 3 points; and
b  Teams shall be awarded 2 points for each winning rink; and
c  Teams shall be awarded 1 point for each tied rink.
11 The home Team shall send the result, or notification explaining the reason that the game
was not played or completed, to reach the League Secretary within 7 days of the fixture date. Failure to observe this rule will result in a deduction of 6 points from the home Team’s accumulated league total.
12 Fixture dates will initially be allocated by the League Secretary. Any required changes to
these dates, agreed by both Teams, must be notified to the League Secretary by no later than the 31st of March. No alteration will be allowed after this date, except as may become necessary in accordance with Rule 9.  In the event of a game being re-arranged for any reason other than in accordance with Rule 9, the team causing the re-arrangement will be penalised by a deduction of 6 points from its accumulated total.
13 Any dispute or query arising in connection with this competition shall be made in writing
to the League Secretary who shall decide.  Teams shall be informed, in writing, of decisions made by the League Secretary. Appeals against any decisions made by the League Secretary must be made within 7 days from receipt of the decision in writing to the Association Secretary and the matter shall be considered at the next Delegates Council Meeting, or if more urgent action is required by the Emergency Committee of the Swindon & District Bowling Association, whose decision shall be final.
14 Any alterations to these Rules must be carried by two thirds majority voting at a Delegates Council Meeting.
 May 2016
Tom Hinde
League Secretary
Email: tom.hinde@btinternet.com