Lawn Bowls Nova Scotia

Communities, Culture & Heritage

2017 General Conditions of Play for
Canadian Championships/Atlantic Bowls Playdowns

May 26, 2017

By order of the LBNS Executive, the following changes are made for the 2017 LBNS Season:

  • Pairs (3 bowls per player, 2.5 hour time limit)
  • Fours (2 bowls per player, 2.75 hour time limit)
  • Mixed Pairs (3 bowls per player, 2.5 hour time limit)
  • The re-spot rule shall be in place for all LBNS National Playdowns.  If the jack comes to rest outside the boundaries of the rink, it shall be replaced on the two metre mark and play shall continue.
  • NS Triples will not represent Nova Scotia at a National Championship event.  Registration fees will go to the first place (60%), second place (30%) and third place (10%) teams).


1) A singles, pairs, triples, fours, mixed pairs, and senior triples Provincial Championship competition shall be played each year.

2) The players of the Provincial Championships shall be registered players of a club, which is a member of the Provincial Association, prior to the start of the competition. Current Membership cards must be presented to the Match Chair (or designate) when the entry fee is paid prior to the beginning of the Provincial event. Players without cards will be permitted to begin the competition but will be required to present his/her membership card, or proof of current membership, prior to the start of the second scheduled game. Otherwise he/she will be ineligible to continue. Said player's team must either acquire a substitute player, or withdraw from further play. The result of the offending team's first game is recorded as a loss, while the team they played is credited with a win.

3) Any player participating in Provincial Playdowns must attend the Canadian Championships in the event they are on the winning team, barring an injury, illness or bona-fide emergency that has been accepted by the executive committee and the match chairman. Failure to attend the national event may result in the forfeiture of the opportunity to participate in the same event in the following year. The provincial singles is excluded.

4) Members shall have their principal residence in the province of Nova Scotia as of January 1st of the year of the play downs.

5) The winners of the Provincial Championship shall represent Nova Scotia at the Canadian Championships the year following the Provincial competition. The exceptions being Senior Triples, Atlantic Pairs and Atlantic Triples which are played off the same year as the Canadian Senior Championships.

6) All games shall be played under the laws of the World Bowls Board as adopted by Bowls Canada Boulingrin.

7) Singles matches shall be matches of two sets of nine ends each. In case of a tie a three end tie-breaker shall be played. If tied after the third end of the tie-breaker, the players shall play a fourth tie-breaker end to decide the winner. Junior singles matches shall be matches to 21 points.

8) Pairs, fours, and mixed pairs matches shall be 18 ends. Triples shall be 16 ends, while Senior Triples shall be 14 ends. In the event of a tie match an extra end shall be played to determine the winner of a match.

9) Two Trial ends may be played prior to the game. Four bowls per player will be played each direction for singles and pairs. Two bowls per player each direction in fours, and three bowls per player each direction in triples. Trial ends are to commence fifteen minutes prior to the official start time of the match.

10) Any player arriving more than twenty minutes after the official start time of the game, shall cause that player in singles, or their team in pairs, triples or fours to forfeit that game to the competition.

11) A maximum of three games per day shall be scheduled for any team or individual during the competition.

12) TIMES FOR PLAYDOWNS OF PROVINCIAL TOURNAMENTS

Playing of Provincial tournaments will be played on consecutive days at the following consecutive times:

Fours: Friday night 7:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am, 1:30 pm and 6:00 pm.

Triples: Friday night 7:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am, 1:30 pm and 6:00 pm.

Pairs (Sr. Triples): Friday night 7:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am, 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm.

Singles: Friday night 7:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm.

In Singles Play Format only, and at the discretion of both the event chair and umpire on duty, scheduled game times may be altered.

13) FORMAT FOR PLAY

The format and time for play in the Provincial Championships shall be determined by the number of entries in each event. The number of entries in each event is not restricted. Six or more teams entered shall play a modified double knock-out to determine a winner. Four to five entries shall play a double knock-out. If there are three teams in an event, a double round-robin shall be used. If there are two teams, it will be a best two out of three games.

For provincial men’s and women’s singles – draw format and draw times to be determined by provincial match chair based on allowed time frame and amount of entries.

In the Atlantic bowls where two winners are determined with six teams or more the format shall be a double-knockout. In the Atlantic bowls the undefeated team shall be team #1.

14) ROUND ROBIN DRAW

The following applies when a round robin draw is used. If two teams are tied at the end of the round robin a single ten end game will be played to determine the winner. If three teams are tied, then a Differential Point System (points for, minus points against) in all games played by each team will be used to determine each team’s position. Team #1 will be the team with the greatest positive differential. Team #1 would get a bye to the final and teams #2 and #3 would play with the winner advancing to play team #1. The winner of that game will be the provincial champion.

15) PLAYOFF GAMES

All playoff games will be played at the club that hosted the competition and will commence either immediately following the completion of the event or the next day. The only exception would be suspension of play due to inclement weather, in which case games would be resumed, at the same venue, as soon as weather conditions permit.

16) INCLEMENT WEATHER

a) Players must report to, and register at greens, on the day they are scheduled to start Provincial play. If due to inclement weather or other circumstances, it should become unlikely that the tournament can be completed within the allotted time, the Emergency Committee (as described in item 24) shall have the authority to shorten the length of the matches, to rearrange times, to amend the playoff format, and take any other measures necessary to ensure the successful conclusion of the championship.

b) The Umpire in Charge of the Provincial Tournament in question can postpone play due to inclement weather.

c) Players registered for the Provincial tournament must make themselves available at each scheduled play time, unless otherwise notified, prior to game start time, by the Umpire in Charge.

d) Should Provincial play be delayed due to inclement weather, any decisions regarding rescheduling will be the responsibility of the Emergency Committee (Item 24), and communicated by the same.

e) Provincial play should take place over consecutive days, and only interrupted due to inclement weather or a medical emergency on the greens. When Provincial Play resumes, it should be held the next day, at the Host Club, at times determined by the Emergency Committee.

17) HOST /ALTERNATE CLUB AVAILABILITY

a) The Host Club is the club which has agreed to host the Provincial tournament as determined at the Provincial Match Meeting.

b) The Alternate Club is the club that has agreed to be the back up to the host club of the Provincial tournament as determined at the Provincial Match Meeting.

c) During a Provincial tournament the Host Club must make itself available for provincial play Friday evening if required. If necessary due to inclement weather, extreme weather, or unforeseen circumstances, the Host Club should maintain its availability until the completion of the tournament.

d) The Alternate Club will only be used if the number of teams entered in the provincial tournament requires a second venue, or if there is a greens emergency as determined by Provincial Greens and/or Host Club Greens keeper.

18) SUBSTITUTION – PROVINCIAL COMPETITION

A) If prior to the start of the provincial competition a substitute is required the substitute will play the entire competition and the following will apply:

In pairs and triples one substitute will be allowed, and in fours two substitutes will be allowed. The substitute may be from any club.

If a substitute is needed in singles, or more than one substitute is required in pairs or triples, or more than two substitutes in fours, the team will be disqualified from play.

A substitution will not be permitted for any player who knowingly enters an event aware of being unable to play all dates and times scheduled for that event.

B) If during the provincial competition a player is unable to participate due to injury, illness, or a bona-fide emergency, the following will apply:

In pairs and triples one substitute will be allowed, and in fours two substitutes will be allowed. The substitute may be from any club. A substitute may not play in the skip position, but they may play in any other position. The original player may return to the competition provided not more than two full games have been missed. After that, the substitute becomes a member of the team and may play in any position.

In the event that a singles player is unable to compete, or more than one substitute is required in pairs or triples, and more than two in fours, the team will be disqualified from play, and all of its points will be eliminated.

19)

A) SUBSTITUTIONS – AFTER COMPLETION OF PROVINCIAL PLAY AND

PRIOR TO CANADIAN COMPETITION (BEFORE NAMES SUBMITTED)

After completion of Provincial play, and prior to Canadian competition (before names have been submitted to the Bowls Canada) substitution of any nature shall only be permitted following an application for same to LBNS, and approval of that authority.

The circumstances and reasons for substitutions will be provided to LBNS by the team concerned.

If, on completion of the Provincial Championships, one of the players entitled to represent the province cannot participate in the Canadian Championship, the following will apply with respect to a substitute:

No substitute will be allowed in singles. In pairs and triples one substitute will be allowed, and in fours two will be allowed, with approval as above.

If a substitute is required in singles, and more than one substitute is required in pairs and triples, and more than two in fours, the runner-up singles, pairs, triples, and fours entry shall represent the province in the event concerned, once confirmed by the Provincial Body.

B) SUBSTITUTION – AFTER COMPLETION OF PROVINCIAL PLAY AND PRIOR TO CANADIAN COMPETITION (AFTER NAMES SUBMITTED)

After completion of Provincial play, and prior to Canadian competition (after names have been submitted to Bowls Canada) substitutions of any nature shall only be permitted following an application for same to Bowls Canada and approval of that authority. The circumstances and reasons for substitution will be provided to Bowls Canada by the province.

If, on completion of the Provincial Championships, one of the players entitled to represent the province cannot participate in the Canadian Championship, the following will apply with respect to a substitute:

No substitute will be allowed in singles. In pairs and triples, one substitute will be allowed, and in fours two will be allowed.

If a substitute is required in singles, and more than one substitute is required in pairs and triples, or more than two in fours, the runner-up singles, pairs, triples or fours entry shall represent the province in the event concerned, once confirmed by Bowls Canada.

C) PLAYER SUBSTITUTION

Any player substitutions are to be chosen from players who played in any provincial event the same year, and after that, any other member may be chosen.  The substitute must be approved by the provincial executive. (5/17)

20) DRESS CODE

All players shall adhere to the dress code laid down by LBNS.

Team members are to wear similarly colored shirts, and similarly colored pants, shorts, or skirts. Collared shirts, (can't be sleeveless) with white, black, beige, or navy bottoms. No short shorts. Flat (heel-less) shoes. All elements of dress, where questionable, shall be governed by the judgment of the Umpire in charge.

21) EQUIPMENT

Players are expected to have all the equipment that may be required (measuring tape, chalk, rain gear) with them during play.

22) LEAVING PLAYING AREA

Players are required to inform their opponent if leaving the playing area, or in the case of a medical situation, shall also inform the umpire on duty.

23) SMOKING/ALCOHOL

Smoking by the competitors and officials anywhere on the playing area is prohibited. No alcoholic beverages are to be consumed by the competitors and officials during play.

24) EMERGENCY COMMITTEE

The Emergency Committee will consist of the Umpire in Charge (who will serve as the chairperson of the committee), the event chair, host club President, the host club Provincial Match Chair, the Provincial Match Chairman, and the host club Greens Chairman (inclement weather only). Any three may act, of which the Umpire in Charge must be one.

25) PROTESTS

Protests will be considered only if received from the contesting skip in writing by the Chairperson of the Emergency Committee (Item 24) within two hours of the completion of a Provincial Competition leading to the Canadian Championships. No protests will be accepted after the two hours have elapsed. The Emergency Committee will review any input regarding the protest and come to a decision within 24 hours of the initial incident.

26) APPEALS

A player or a team represented by its skip has the right to appeal the Emergency Committee's decision, but must do so within 72 hours of the initial incident. The written appeal (along with a deposit cheque of $100) should be directed to LBNS President and Executive. Once the Executive and its review committee has come to a decision on the appeal the skip will be notified. If the appeal has been successful the cheque will be returned; otherwise, it is forfeited to LBNS.

BCB Laws of the Sport of Bowls

No laws governing sport can cope with every situation, and the laws governing the sport of bowls are no exception. Unusual situations not covered within the laws can often arise. The Laws of the Sport of Bowls (“the laws”) have been drawn up in the spirit of true sportsmanship. So, if a situation arises that is not covered by these laws, players, markers, and umpires, should use their common sense and a spirit of fair play to decide on the appropriate course of action.

Lawn Bowls Nova Scotia

Revised: May 2017

Note: In the event that LBNS has a Chief Umpire, any responsibilities given in these Conditions of Play to the Umpire in Charge will become the responsibility of the Chief Umpire.

**A COPY OF THE CONDITIONS OF PLAY SHOULD BE POSTED IN EACH CLUB. **