1          The following competitions shall be run by the BCGBA Ladies Competitions Committee – Dorothy Piearce Memorial Pairs Competition; Ladies Champion of Champions Competition; Ladies Senior Merit Competition; Ladies Junior Merit Competition; Ladies Senior County Championship and Presidents County Championship; Junior County Team Championship; Ladies Veterans County Championship; Ladies Club Championship; Ladies County Average Winners Classic Competition; Mavis Dearden Supplementary County Championship.

2          The BCGBA Ladies Competitions Committee (LCC) shall comprise of the following roles: The President and Deputy President, who shall be nominated by their respective Counties annually according to the Ladies Presidential Rota.  Ladies Chairman, Competitions Secretary, Treasurer and three committee members who shall be elected annually at the Annual Meeting.  In the event of the Chairman being unable to attend a meeting the President, or nominated person, will chair the meeting.  A quorum shall consist of at least 50% of the appointed committee for all meetings.

3          Only BCGBA County Associations that pay the correct entry fees and enter teams/players into BCGBA LCC run competitions shall be eligible to attend the LCC Secretaries Meeting; and attend and vote at the LCC Annual General Meeting.

4          The Annual General Meeting of the BCGBA Ladies Competitions Committee shall be held on the first Sunday in November each year.  Each Ladies County is eligible to bring three delegates but only one vote from each County Association shall be allowed.  A notice calling this meeting, together with notices of motion and a nominations sheet, shall be issued to each affiliated County Association at least twenty eight days prior to the date of the AGM.  Non attendance by a County incurs a fine of £40.00 for the first year; £80.00 for the second consecutive year together with  a 12 month suspension from the Senior County Championship and the Veteran’s Competition; £100.00 for the third consecutive year together with a full ban in all competitions and events run by the BCGBA Competitions Committee.

5          The BCGBA Ladies Competitions Committee Secretaries Meeting shall be held in March each year.  Non attendance  by a Ladies County incurs a fine of £40.00 for the first year; £80.00 for the second consecutive year; £100.00 for the third consecutive year.

6          Notices of any proposed alteration or addition to the rules, stating a reason for the proposition, must be in the hands of the Secretary not later than 1st September each year.

7          ALL players registered with a club which is affiliated to their County Association are eligible to play in a county match or any competition run by the BCGBA Ladies Competitions Committee.  Players who begin the season with a County can change their allegiance through the course of the year provided they have not been named or taken part in any BCGBA County games or competitions for the original County.

8          Any violation of rule 7 in either County Championships or Competitions will result in the game being awarded to their opponent 21-0 and a two season ban from either County Championship matches or all competitions dependant on where the violation occurred.

9          The BCGBA Ladies Competition Committee bye-laws and competition rules supersede any county and club bye-laws and rules.  Failure to adhere to this bye-law will incur £25 fine for every offence.

10        Each Ladies County Association to provide at least two raffle prizes, minimum combined value of £15.00, each season.  Any County Association failing to adhere shall be invoiced £15.00.

11        Competition entry fees to be sent to the BCGBA Competitions Committee Treasurer by 31st March each year.   All entry fees are non-returnable.

12        All Monies belonging to the Committee shall be deposited in either a current or deposit account and a competitions account statement shall be presented annually to the BCGBA Ladies Competitions Committee AGM.

13        Presentation of awards to be made annually at the Presentation Lunch which will be held on the first Sunday in December.  Prize winners should attend to collect their prizes as a matter of courtesy.

14        BCGBA Ladies Competitions Dress Code – as currently – with reference to BCGBA & BCGLBA insignia.

15        All prize winners to be responsible for the engraving of trophies.

16        Any fee or fines due to the BCGBA Ladies Competitions Committee still outstanding from a County Association on 30th September will result in suspension from the BCGBA Ladies Competitions for one year.

17        All Ladies Counties should submit an entry to the BCGBA Ladies Competitions Committee Secretary for all competitions by the given deadline, even if the entry is nil, penalty for non-notification will be £10 per competition.

18        Any matter not provided for in the foregoing rules shall be dealt with by the BCGBA Competitions Committee.

19        Ladies Competition Committee Dress Code

1        The following is the only permitted dress for all bowlers in competitions organised or run by the British Crown Green Bowling Association. 

2        (a) Shirts: Must be collared, with sleeves, and are to be worn for County representative games and finals days of all competitions.

2        (b) County Associations to determine the style and design of their county shirt, which must conform to 2a and may include the County’s insignia, player’s name, Club insignia, sponsor’s insignia and/or manufacturer’s insignia.

3        (a) Trousers: These shall be black or navy, single colour, full-length tailored trousers, tailored shorts (knee length), skirts (knee length), tailored cropped trousers and straight trousers.

3        (b) Nothing in the above rule shall be interpreted to allow the wearing of tracksuits, shell suits, denim, combat trousers, jeggings or skinny jeans. External pockets on the legs are not permissible.

4        Where necessary, and in accordance with the pertaining weather conditions, sweaters which conform to the above and/or wet weather gear may be worn (correct dress must be worn under wet gear).

5        In team contests uniform clothing must be worn by team members.

6        Where permitted practice on the day this will only be allowed to those conforming to this standard.  Any player failing to conform to this standard will be prevented from playing (or continuing) in the competition and may be liable to forfeit any entry fee for, or prize money earned in, the competition.

 7        In the case of team contests any offending player must be substituted before the commencement of the game. However, if the player’s game has commenced, the player shall score nil and the opponent shall receive the maximum score.

 8        Nothing in this rule shall prevent exceptions from being made for individuals with a relevant disability.

 9        It is strongly recommended that this be adopted by all subsidiary organisations and other organisers of competitions and that players’ notice be drawn to it on the entry forms for all such competitions.


LAST UPDATED – Saturday 21st January 2023