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Malaga Province

Regulations and Conditions of Play


All Games Will be Played In Line With the

Laws Of World Bowls ( Crystal Mark Second Edition )

Which Include Domestic Regulations For The

Federacion Española De Bolos


Please note that under the Laws of World Bowls any reference to “must” and “will” means that action is compulsory. Reference to “can” means the action is optional.




1. All participants in the competitions listed below should enter from a Club of which they are a Member. Players who are Members of two Clubs at the commencement of the Season ( i.e. September ) should nominate which Club they wish to play for throughout the Season. ( N.B. : entry into the first event will determine the nomination ).


2. Competitions co-ordinated by the Costa Del Sol Owners and Managers are :-


Summer and Winter Leagues, Summer and Winter Championships, Ladies & Gents Annual Triples, Ladies 2-Bowl Pairs, Champion of Champions, the League Cup and

President’s Fours.


3. If during the Season a player joins another Club, and wishes to play for the new Club for the remainder of the Season, they will inform the President of the new Club of their intentions and commitment before entering any other event.




5. Players are asked to note that, at some Clubs, RUNNING ON THE GREEN IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN. Where a Club has this policy, players are asked to respect this at all times.


6. Mobile Telephones :-


a). These should not be used by players on, or adjacent, to the green.

b). With regards to their use by spectators, World Bowls Law 58 will apply.


7. Dress code for Costa Del Sol Lawn Bowls ( Malaga Province ) organised events :-


All players should wear white or club colours above the waist and white below the waist. In finals of competitions, the dress colour code is the same except ladies may wear skirts, tailored trousers, culottes or tailored shorts. Gents may wear tailored shorts or trousers. In a team event ( i.e. pairs, triples or fours ), each player in the team should be dressed the same.


All Players, Umpires and Markers should wear flat-soled ( heel-less ) Footwear when they play on the Green or act as Umpires or Markers ( Laws of Bowls Appendix A.2.1 ).


8. Substitutes and Replacements :-





1. Substitutes : If a player has to leave the green during the course of a game in play and

    cannot return within 10 minutes, then LSB Law 51 applies. The substitute should play

    in any position other than skip, and the other members of the team can rearrange their

    positions as necessary ( Law 51.4 ).


2. Replacements : If, before the start of play in an ensuing game, a replacement is

    required to take the place of one of the original team, the replacement may play in any

    position including skip.


3. During the tournament or competition, the original team is only allowed ONE change

    of player, be it a substitute or replacement.


4. The original team player who was substituted or replaced can rejoin the team in place

    of the substitute or replacement providing the substitute or replacement has only

    played in one game.




1. Participation :-


a). The League will consist of two Divisions.

b). Each League match will consist of Club sides of 4 x teams of triples for both the

     Tigers and Lions Leagues. The triples can be ladies, gents or mixed.

c). The Tigers’ League will be classed as the top division and, with effect from 2014/15 

     Season, will consist of NINE sides. The side finishing at the bottom will be relegated

     to the Lions’ League with the Champions of the Lions’ League being promoted.

     In the event of any side withdrawing from the Tigers’ League, the side which finishes

     bottom of the League will retain its place and the Lions’ League Champions will be

     promoted to maintain the maximum of nine sides. Any new Club, or Side joining the

     League will play in the Lions’ League.

d). Players will be allowed to play for any of their Club sides, subject to conditions

     stipulated in section 4.c). below, but for only one side in matches scheduled for the

     same day or week. If a match is postponed to another day, or is to be resumed on

     another day, a player shall not play in the postponed or resumed match if having

     already played in another side on the day, or in the week, that the postponed or

     resumed match that was to have been played or completed ( see section : 4.d). ).

e). Each side will play one another twice during the season, once at home and once

     away. In the event of a Club having two or more teams in any League, those teams

     will play each other in the opening game before they play against other Club Teams.

f). The starting dates and times will be as per the published fixture list.

g). A match will be any one scheduled game between two sides.

h). Each Club will designate a contact who will be responsible for liaising with the

     League Co-ordinator at all times on matters relating to League affairs.


2. Match Schedule :-


Matches should be played at the venue, and on the day scheduled on the fixture list, as determined by the Costa Del Sol Lawn Bowls ( Malaga Province ) Committee. All League matches should commence at 14.00 unless, in exceptional circumstances, it is mutually agreed by the Captains of the two sides.


3. Scoring :-


a). A winning team of triples will gain 2 points. If a team draws it will gain 1 point.

b). The side with the highest overall shot difference will gain 2 points. In the event of 

      the total overall shots scored by each side being equal, each side will gain 1 point.

c). The total number of points available for each match is 10 points.


4. Players :-


a). All players in League matches are to be paid up members of the Club they are

     representing. Clubs are to ensure players are eligible. Failure to comply incurs a

     penalty of 2 points per offence.

b). A player who is a permanent resident ( 12 months ) in Spain and goes on holiday

      during the League season, is exempt from the two month rule covered in 4.a).

c). Where a Club has two participating sides in the League it must nominate its 6 “top

     ranked” players who will only be eligible to represent the Club in its “top rated side”.

     If a Club has three participating sides it must nominate a further 6 players for its

     “second rated side”. These players may play for the “top rated side” but may not play

     for the “third rated side” at any time. These nominations must be submitted to the 

     League Co-ordinator at least 7 days prior to the first League fixture.

d). Where a Club has two or more sides, in the event of a match being started, and

     subsequently abandoned, any participating player is not eligible to play for another of

     the Club’s sides where the match was originally scheduled for the same date.

e). Any player participating in a re-scheduled League match must have been a Member

     of the Club at the time of the original fixture.


5. Changing Clubs : See Regulation A.3. above.


6. Postponed Match :-


a). A match can be postponed prior to the bowling of the first bowl by mutual agreement

     of the captains of both sides, on account of weather conditions or any other valid

     reason. The designated contact of each Club must advise the League Co-ordinator

     within 24 hours, by e-mail or telephone, of their agreement to take this action.

b). When a match is postponed, the designated contact of the HOME side should, within

     48 hours, offer the designated contact of the away side a minimum of three dates

     within the next 28 days when the venue is available and they are prepared to play.

c). The designated contact of the AWAY side should respond within 48 hours of receipt

     of the offer accepting one of the dates offered.

d). Failure to comply with either paragraph b) or c) above will result in the forfeiture of

     the match by the away side and 10 points will be awarded to the home side with

     green fees being paid by the defaulting Club.

e). The designated contact of the HOME side is responsible for informing the League

     Co-ordinator of the date and time of the re-arranged match. It is recommended that

     the League Co-ordinator is copied on all communication covered by b) and c) above.

f). In the event of a postponed Match being re-arranged within the 2 days allocated as 

     “fall-back” days for a Costa Del Sol or Open Tournament, and that Tournament

     overruns due to inclement weather, the two Teams may further re-arrange the fixture

     in line with sections b) & c) to avoid any possible conflict and section e) also applies.


7. Game Stoppages :-


a). If a match is stopped by the mutual agreement of both team captains, it should be

     resumed with the score as it was when the match stopped ( WB Law 50 ).

b). If each team in the side has completed at least 14 ends, the side captains have the

     option of considering Rule 8 below.


8. Abandoned Match :-


a). A match can be abandoned after play has commenced with the mutual agreement of

     both side captains on account of darkness, weather conditions, or any other valid

     reason, providing each team in the side has completed at least 14 ends. If it is agreed

     to abandon a match it will not be resumed, and the scores at the time of match

     being abandoned, will be the final score and result. This decision of the captains

     will be final and shall not be reversed.

b). If there is no agreement between the captains, the abandoned match will be deemed

     to be a game stoppage and Rule 7 above will apply.

c). If one side’s captain abandons a match without mutual agreement, the match will be

     deemed to have been forfeited by that side’s captain. The scores will be cancelled and

     10 points will be awarded to the opposing side. Unless on appeal to the League Co-

     Ordinator, together with two neutral Costa Del Sol Committee members, the

     Committee considered that the action of the side captain abandoning the match was

     reasonable in the circumstances, the match will be resumed in accordance with WB

     Law 50.


9. Substitutes :-


a). In a re-arranged postponed match, or in a resumed match, if any of the three original

     players in a team of triples is not available, one substitute will be permitted as stated

     in WB Law 50.

b). Substitutes are not to have played in any game, or match, in either division of the

     League that was played on the original date of the postponed or stopped match or any

     other postponed, re-arranged or resumed match that was to have been played on the

     original date and has since been played. ( Also see 4.d) and 4.e) ).

c). In the side requiring a substitute, no players should be transferred from one team of

     triples to another.


10. Penalty for non-appearance :-


a). If a side is not present, and ready to play, within 30 minutes of a scheduled start

     time that side will forfeit the match and 10 points awarded to the non-defaulting side.

b). If a side does not have 4 complete teams of triples within 30 minutes of a scheduled

     start time, the match should continue with the complete teams of triples present. The

     defaulting side will forfeit 2 points for each of the triples not present.

c). They remaining triples will play for the 2 points awarded for each remaining game  

     but the defaulting side will be deducted 25% of the total shots they have scored.

d). Once this shot adjustment has been made, the side with the highest number of shots  

     will be awarded the 2 points for the highest aggregate score.

e). If, during the course of a Match, injury/illness forces a player to withdraw and NO

     substitute is available the side in question will forfeit the points for that Rink and  

     the Rules in sections c). and d). above will be applied. 


11. Club or Side leaving the League :-


a). If a Club, or a side of a Club, withdraws from the League for any reason or, as

     determined by the Costa Del Sol Committee for a breach of World Bowls Laws, local    

     Rules and Conditions of Play, or for any other disciplinary reasons, then all matches

     played by that Club or side in the League season will be null and void.

b). Shots and points of the sides that have played against the withdrawn Club or side will

     be adjusted accordingly.


12. Reporting Results :-


a). The designated contact of each WINNING TEAM must notify the result of the

     match to the League Co-ordinator, by e-mail only, within 24 hours of the Match

     being played. ( Contact details – John Owen : john_g_owen@yahoo.co.uk ).


b). The Team Captain of each side should ensure the score cards contain the Surnames

     of their players and, on completion of the game, are signed by both “Skips”. The

     completed score cards should then be delivered to the League Co-ordinator as soon as

     is reasonably practicable.




1. Qualifications for entry into both Championships are that participants should have spent two months of the previous bowling season on the Costa Del Sol, or be resident for one month before the commencement of the Championships.


2. Summer and Winter Championships : Clubs are responsible for collecting entry fees and handing them to the Competition Secretary before the commencement of the Championships. Any entrant whose name has gone into the draw, and subsequently does not play, is still required to pay the entry fee.


3. Summer and Winter Championships : These may consist of Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours games as determined by the Controlling Body. Singles will be 21 shots and Team events played over 18 ends unless decided otherwise by the Controlling Body before commencement of the Championships.


4. Summer and Winter Championships will be organized as “knock-out” Competitions.


5. Summer Championships : The teams in Pairs and Triples can be all ladies, all men or mixed but the teams in Fours will be mixed. All players in a team must be from the same Club.


6. Winter Championships : There will be separate Competitions for ladies and gentlemen in all disciplines except the Fours which will be mixed. All players in a team must be from the same Club.


7. Summer and Winter Championships : These could be played at more than one venue if the Controlling Body so decides.


8. Players may be required to play up to three games in any one day.


9. If a player, or team, is not present and ready to play within thirty minutes of their scheduled start time the player, or team, will forfeit the game.


10. All participants at the time of entry should ensure that they are available throughout the Championships and play when, and as required, by the Controlling Body. If a competition is extended because of a large entry, adverse weather, or a competitor is involved in several semi-finals or finals or, if any competitor is so affected that for any reason is unable to continue in any of the competitions, he/she must arrange a substitute or forfeit their game or games. Substitutes are not allowed in Singles.


11. The scheduling and, if relevant, the re-scheduling of games is entirely the responsibility of the Controlling Body. Games should not be stopped, abandoned or postponed without the express approval of the Controlling Body. For game stoppages WB Law 50 applies.




1. The Champion of Champions Singles competition will be held each year to determine the Ladies and Gentlemen’s Singles Champion of Champions. In both competitions every player will play against all others.


2. Each Costa Del Sol ( Malaga Province ) Club can organize separate Singles competitions for ladies and gentlemen to determine their Club Champions.


3. The Club should decide in advance which of their “four bowl” Singles competitions

( 21 shots and not handicaps ) will be played to determine their Club Champions. Such competitions are to be completed at least seven days before the scheduled date for the Champion of Champions competition.


4. Qualification for the Champion of Champions :-


a). At least 8 bona-fide Club Members are required to enter and play in a Club’s Ladies

     and Gents Singles Championship to produce the Club Champion. The Winners will 

     then represent their Club in the Champion of Champions Competition.

b). All entrants to the Singles Championship to identify the Club’s representative must,

      at the time of entry, confirm they will be available to represent their Club in the

      Champion of Champions competition.

c). Where a Club has less than 8 entrants in a Competition to identify its representative

     for the Champion of Champions it may organise a “round-robin” Competition. The

     player winning this event will represent the Club in the Champion of Champions.




1. All members of the team must be members of the same Club.


2. It will be run on an eliminating, “knock-out” basis and each round will be drawn.


3. The first team to be drawn for a game will be designated as the HOME team.


4. Matches will be played on the dates specified in the Handbook, or before by mutual consent.


5. Competing teams will play once only in each month.


6. The first round will be played in November, or December, depending on the number of entries received.


7. The Semi-Finals and Final of the competition will be played on the same day on the date published in the Handbook. A neutral venue will be selected by the Controlling Body once the Semi-Finalists are known.


8. The competition will be played in line with WB Laws.




1. This will be an annual “knock-out” competition between Club sides. Each Club may enter only one side.


2. A side should consist of six ( 6 ) teams of triples who will play three ( 3 ) teams at home and three ( 3 ) teams away on the same day and at the same time. Each team will play eighteen ( 18 ) ends with no extra end being played if a team game is drawn.


3. The total number of shots scored by the teams playing at home, and the total number of shots scored playing away, will be added together to give the total number of shots scored by each side. The side with the highest number of shots will be the winner.


4. The top team of the two competing sides on the competition sheet is deemed to be the home side.


5. Before the start of the match, the side deemed to be the HOME side should nominate one team playing at HOME to play an extra end if the total number of shots scored by both sides, home and away, are equal. This nomination must be done prior to the score card draw taking place and their opponents will be as per the score card draw.


6. Preliminary, and first rounds, are to be completed in November and subsequent rounds in January, February and March as appropriate.


7. The Final will be one match and will be played on a neutral ground decided by the Controlling Body. The date will be that designated in the Fixtures section of the Handbook.


8. The competition will be played in line with WB Laws.





The Conditions of Play for the competitions will be published and circulated with the entry forms.


Murray Johns                                                                                     22 April, 2014


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