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LAWS OF WORLD BOWLS (Crystal Mark Third Edition)




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




1. Rule 1 : Amend to :-


All participants in the competitions listed below should enter from the Club where they are a Member and where their Federation Membership is registered.


2. Competitions co-ordinated by the F.A.B. Malaga Delegation are :-

Summer and Winter Leagues, Summer Championships, Malaga Provincial, Ladies & Gents 2 Wood Pairs, Champion of Champions, League Cup and President’s Fours.


3. Rule 3 : Amend to :-


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, and the Chairman of the F.A.B. Malaga Delegation, of their intentions 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, no mobiles.


7. Dress code for F.A.B. Malaga Delegation (Malaga Province) 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:-

a). 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 33.7 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 33.4).

b). 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.

c). During the tournament or competition, the original team is only allowed ONE change of player, be it a substitute or replacement.

d). 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). Each Club participating will enter one side in the Tigers’ League and one, or more, in the Lions’ League.

d). Amend Section 1 d). to the following :-

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). ). Also refer to Rule 11 relating to the eligibility of players for re-scheduled Matches.

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.. 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 F.A.B. Malaga Delegation (Malaga Province). 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 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.

d). Any player participating in a re-scheduled League match must have been a Member of the Club at the time of the original fixture.


Add the following sections as follows :-


e). In the event of a Club having more than one side in the League ( i.e. sides in both the Tigers and Lions Leagues ), the Club must nominate its 6 “top ranked” players who will only be eligible to represent the Club in the Tigers’ League side.

f). If a Club has more than two sides in the Lions’ League, it must nominate a further 6 players for its second ranked side. These players are eligible to play for the Club’s Tigers’ League side but may not play for its third ranked side.

g). The names of the nominees must be on the Federation’s list of eligible players and must be submitted to the League Co-ordinator at least 7 days prior to the first League fixture. A full list will then be circulated to all Clubs.

h). Clubs reserve the right to amend their “Nomination List” after the opening series of Matches ( i.e. when each Club in a League has played each other once ).


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. 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.


Add an additional paragraph to Rule 6 b). as follows :-


In the event of a Match being postponed in the pre-Christmas period, the 28 day clause applies up to the final League Fixture date in December in the Tigers’ League Calendar and from the opening Fixture in the post-Christmas Tigers’ League Calendar.


Example : If a Fixture scheduled for 11 November is postponed and the final League Fixture in the Tigers’ League is 2 December, this constitutes 21 days. If the opening post-Christmas Fixture is 13 January, the re-scheduled fixture must be played on, or before 20 January.


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 F.A.B. Malaga Provincial 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 32 ).

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 F.A.B. Malaga Delegation 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 32.


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 32.4.


Amend Rule 9 b). as follows :-


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. ( see also League Rule 11 : Re-scheduled Matches & eligibility of players ). 


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.


Amend Rule 10 b). as follows :-


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 and a shot difference of +15 ( i.e. 15-0 ) will be awarded to their opponents which will be the score recorded for that Rink in the overall result.


Amend Rule 10 c). as follows :-


c). The remaining Triples will play for the 2 points awarded for each remaining game.


Amend Rule 10 d). as follows :-


d). After all adjustments have been made, the side with the highest number of shots will be awarded the 2 points for the highest aggregate score.


Add Rule 10 e). to read as follows :-


e). In the event of a Club fielding an ineligible player in a re-scheduled fixture, the defaulting side with forfeit the 2 points as per Rule 10 b). and Rules 10 c). and 10 d). will apply. In the event of both Clubs fielding ineligible players on the same Rink, that Rink will be void and NO points will be awarded and a 0-0 score will appear in the overall Match score.  


11 : Re-scheduled Matches & eligibility of players :-


This is a NEW Rule which covers the eligibility of players for any re-scheduled fixture and covers the issues of players playing in two or more Matches originally scheduled for the same day


a). NO player can play for two Teams when the dates of the original Matches were scheduled to be played on the same day, or within the same week i.e. w/e Friday of the same week.   

b). When the date for the re-scheduled Match has been established, NO player can play for a Lions' League Team if they played in the Tigers' League fixture which took place on the same day or in the same week. The reverse also applies.

c). Where a re-scheduled fixture is played in the same week as an originally scheduled fixture ( e.g. a re-scheduled Match is played on a Wednesday and an original League Match is to be played on the following Friday ), ALL eligible players can play in the two Matches as there is NO conflict.

d). Any Club Member participating in re-scheduled Matches MUST have been a fully paid up Member of the Club they are representing, and MUST have been a fully Federated Member of the F.A.B., on the date of the original fixture.


N.B. This addition results in the current Rules 11 and 12 becoming 12 and 13 respectively.


12 : 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 F.A.B. Malaga Delegation 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.   


13 : Reporting Results :-

a). The designated contact of BOTH TEAMS 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 are :-

Murray Johns : ringobells130@hotmail.com ( Tel : 952 930 242 or 671 958 429 )

b). The Team Captain of each side should ensure the score cards contain the Team Names, Surnames of their players and, o completion of the game, are signed by both “Skips”. The competed score cards should then be delivered to the League Co-ordinator as soon as is reasonably practicable.


Add Rule 13 c). as follows :-


c). In a re-scheduled fixture please ensure the date for the original Match is clearly displayed on the Scorecards.



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

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

8. Players may be required to play up to TWO 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 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 32 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 F.A.B. Malaga Delegation 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:-


Amend Rule 4 a). as follows :-


a). At least 8 bona-fide, F.A.B. Federated Club Members are required to enter and play in a Club’s Singles Championship to produce the Club Champion. The Winner will then represent their Club in the Champion of Champions’ Competition.


Amend Rule 4 b). as follows :-


b). All entrants to the Singles’ Championship to identify the Club’s representative must, at the time of entry, be a fully paid up Member of the Provincial Federation and 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 organize 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.

3. 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. 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.

7. If a side does not have 6 teams due to circumstances Law 39 will apply.

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.


Add the following :-


All Pairs must contain players from the same Club and must, at the time of entry, be fully paid up Members of the Federation and the Club they are representing.


Murray Johns                                     Issue 4                            9 March, 2017