Norfolk Bowls Association.


1. Administration


(a) The Ladies’ affairs of the Association shall be conducted by the Officers of the Council consisting of President, Senior Vice-President, Junior Vice-President. Hon Secretary, Hon Assistant Secretary. Hon Treasurer, Hon Competition Secretary, Benevolent Secretary, Immediate Past President and Bowls England Delegate.


(b) Each affiliated club shall be entitled to send to any Council and General Meeting, including the Annual General Meeting two voting representatives and all major decisions shall be decided by ballot.   The President shall have the casting vote at all meetings.


(c) The Council shall consist of the Officers of the Council plus two voting members from each affiliated club and shall meet as often as the business of the Ladies’ Section requires.  The Secretary, after consultation with the President, shall notify all members concerned.


(d) Fourteen days notice of any Council or General Meeting, including the Annual General Meeting shall be given by the Hon Secretary to all persons entitled to vote, except in the case of urgency. 


(e) Any affiliated club may send a requisition to the Hon Secretary to call a special meeting.  Such requisition shall state the nature of the business to be brought before the Council which, if they consider the matter of sufficient importance, shall instruct the Hon Secretary to call an Extraordinary General Meeting.  The notice of the meeting shall state the business for which it has been called and no other business shall be transacted at that meeting.


(f) All Past Presidents to be appointed Honorary Life Members. Other members may also be appointed for special services rendered to the game.    Honorary Life Members shall be entitled to attend General and Special Meeting without a vote unless acting as delegates.


(g) The financial year shall end on 30th September. 


(h) Where a rule refers to nominations these are required to be forwarded by the due date to Hon Secretary by the secretary of the nominee’s club, to be signed by her, her club secretary and club President or other club official.   Propositions from clubs are required to be forwarded by the due date to Hon Secretary by the secretary of the club and the club President or other club official.


 (i) At the Annual General Meeting the Senior Vice-President and the Junior Vice-President shall automatically be elected as President and Senior Vice-President respectively.  Nominations for Junior Vice-President shall be submitted and be received by the Hon Secretary not later than September 30th 


(j) Nominations for Hon Secretary, Hon Treasurer, Hon Assistant Secretary, Competition Secretary, Benevolent Secretary, Press Officer and Bowls England Delegate must be received by Hon Secretary not later than 30th September, together with any propositions from clubs to be placed before the Annual General Meeting. Any officer, who wishes to resign her post, depending upon the circumstances of her decision, is required to give reasonable notice of her intentions to the Executive,


(k) The Executive shall have the power to fill any vacancy on the Executive by co-option to be ratified at the Annual General Meeting.

(l) The Hon Secretary shall conduct the business affairs of the Ladies’ Section under the direction of the Officers of the Council.

(m) The Hon Treasurer shall receive all monies on behalf of the Ladies’ Section and shall pay such monies into the Section’s Bank Account.  All accounts, where possible, shall be paid by cheque, and signed by two of the four designated signatories.  If paid by cash, receipts to be obtained.  The Hon Treasurer shall produce for distribution at the Annual General Meeting a balance sheet for the previous year duly audited by an approved experienced person appointed for the purpose.

(n) The Hon Secretary shall keep a record of all business transacted at General, Council and Executive Meetings and at each such meeting shall submit a report of the proceedings of the previous meeting.

(o) Allowances for the forthcoming year to be decided upon at the Annual General Meeting and paid by the 29th September.  Any officer being considered for such payment must withdraw from the meeting whilst discussion takes place.  The Treasurer to be informed of the decision.

(p) The Executive shall be empowered to adjudicate upon any disputes referred to it arising between or amongst affiliated clubs or any members thereof as to the meaning or interpretation of the laws of the game or any of the rules, bye-laws, regulations and conditions or any point not covered by the laws, rules, bye-laws regulations or conditions or any matter of practice policy or complaint which it shall hold to be within its jurisdiction. The subject of reference or appeal must be stated in writing to the Honorary Secretary who shall call either a Special Executive Meeting to discuss it or postpone its consideration until the next Executive Meeting.    Parties may be heard on each side and the decision of the Executive shall be final.

2. County and National Team Selection


 (a) Inter County Friendly Matches.


County Friendly Games – Selection open to all badged players and players with points towards their badge may be considered.  It is not necessary for players to have entered a county competition.  Club Secretaries to send names and playing positions to Assistant County Secretary on prescribed form issued at the appropriate time. 


The selection committee will consist of the President, Hon Competition Secretary (Hon Secretary and Hon Assistant Secretary with no vote), Immediate Past President plus one Council Member from each zone, with a second-named person to take her place if the elected delegate is unable to attend. 


National Team Selection.

A selection committee for the Johns Trophy and Walker Cup competitions to consist of President and Hon Secretary (with no vote), the Competition Secretary and Team Captain plus four experienced bowlers who may also be part of the team but non-players must be prepared to attend all Johns Trophy and Walker Cup games.  Nominations to be received by Hon Secretary no later than 30th September.


3. Competition Rules.


(a) The Laws of the game as laid down by Bowls England to be enforced.


(b) All competitions shall be confined to those clubs, which are affiliated to the Norfolk Bowls Association and Bowls England.   No competitor shall allow her name to be submitted for entry in the Junior Singles, Junior Pairs, Singles, Pairs, Triples,  Fours and Senior Fours competitions by more than one club in any one year. The County to which her one club is affiliated is the only County for which a competitor may compete in the National Championships or Inter-County Championships.


(c) No Club affiliated to the Norfolk Bowls Association shall play a person in a National Competition who has already played in a National Competition in any other County affiliated to Bowls England in the same season.


Players who join from another County and are badged in that county will receive four points towards their Norfolk badge. They may not enter the Unbadged competitions.


(d) For the purposes of the Competitions the County may be divided into Zones to be decided upon from time to time.


(e) All competition entries for the following season must be sent to the Competition Secretary by club secretaries on the prescribed forms, together with the current entry fees to arrive not later than 1st November.


Fours (2 bowls) to consist of 18 ends;   Triples (3 bowls) to consist of 18 ends;  Pairs (4 bowls) to consist of 18 ends; Unbadged Pairs (4 bowls) to consist of 18 ends.  In Singles (4 bowls) the winner will be the first to score 21 shots.  2-Wood Singles to consist of 21 ends – game to cease when one player cannot win.


Junior Singles (4 bowls) the winner will be the first to score 21 shots. Pairs (4 bowls) to consist of 18 ends. Competitions open to members of clubs affiliated to the Norfolk Bowls Association who have not attained the age of 25 on the 1st April in the year of the competition.


(f) The draw for all Competitions shall be made by a sub-committee consisting of the President, Hon Secretary, Hon Competition Secretary and Hon Assistant Secretary.


(g) Players may only enter county competitions and the Norfolk Champion of Champions from one club, with the exception of the Benevolent Triples – see (r).


(h) No county competitions to be played on indoor rinks or on greens that do not comply with Bowls England Rules.

(i) Challengers to give two dates and different days of the week at least fourteen days before the date of the first game and thereafter within three days of the end of each successive round.  Opponents shall reply within three days accepting one of the dates offered unless already playing another B.E. competition, when a further date must be given.  Fixed date games may be played before the specified date by mutual agreement between the parties. 

Games can be played at any time up to 6 p.m. start Monday to Friday where the distance of the away team is not over 50 miles and a weekend date must be offered if requested.


Challengers to find suitable markers (no relatives) for singles competition games.

Challengers to provide refreshments if possible.


(j) No extension of time set for the various rounds of county competitions will be allowed unless special permission has been given by the Competition Secretary. Officers and players selected for International, Walker Cup (Double Rink) and Johns Trophy games must be allowed to play all county competitions.


Entrants to the county competitions who concede a competition game (give a walk-over) may be excluded from entering that competition for the following season at the discretion of the Executive.


(k) Competitors who have to give a game for any valid reason must inform their County Competition Secretary and also their Club Secretary.


(l). Competition score cards, complete with names of all players must be sent to the Competition Secretary by the winner/s immediately after the match by first or second class post having first telephoned her with the result and such cards must be signed by the losers. 


(m) Competition Challengers to play on their home green if available, otherwise an alternative affiliated green may be used.


(n) If one side is more than thirty minutes late after the time fixed for the game, the game may be claimed by the opponents.


(o) In Pairs, Triples and Fours the players taking part in the first game shall constitute the team and shall normally play together throughout the competition.  One additional and the same player may, however, be used as a substitute at any time, provided she has not already played in the competition.  She may play in any position.


(p) In the event of a tie, an extra end shall be played.  The skips to toss and the winner has the right to decide who shall play first.


(q)  Semi-Finals and Finals to be played on greens chosen by the Executive.


(r) The Benevolent Triples (2 woods/15 ends) to be played up to the quarter finals on one day. Triples may consist of players from more than one club.


(s) Fours, Triples, and Pairs competitions to be played on fixed dates. 


(t) Webb Trophy.  This is a double fours competition – 8 ladies who must be bona fide playing members of the same club.  The game shall consist of 18 ends, one four to play at home and the other away at the same time on the same day in all rounds.  Games to be played on the dates stipulated but may be played before the fixed date by mutual agreement.  The final shall be played at the County Arts Club on the date stipulated and arrangements for playing the final shall be made by the Competition Secretary.


A club is allowed to make any number of entries in this competition and shall have the option of substituting players and of altering the position of players for the second or succeeding rounds but a player may only play for one team in her club.  An extra end shall be played on the green of the club of the challengers.


There shall be no telephones on the green.  Contact with the opposing club shall be made ONLY by the club official and the score should be made known to BOTH teams.


If the green of one of the contestants should be unfit for play due to inclement weather or other circumstances, the game shall be played, if practicable, on a neutral affiliated green by mutual agreement or the green of their opponents if fit for play.


(u) Norfolk Top Club   Players are required to play from the club in which they play their county competitions.  Two clubs with insufficient members to enter a team may join together to make up a team.   To be played at times agreed by both sides and including evenings if required.


A team shall consist of 10 players.  The disciplines are Four-Wood Singles (21 shots), Four-Wood Pairs (18 ends), Three-Wood Triples (18 ends) and 2-Wood Fours (18 ends).   Failure to field 10 players will result in a walk-over.   Before the start of the match a coin will be tossed for the choice of the jack (first end), the winner having the choice of keeping or giving the jack away, and make the draw for rinks for each discipline.


  The format for the competition will be as follows :-

 1 point for every discipline won, a total of four points available.  In the event of a drawn discipline the point will be shared, i.e. ½ a point each.  After completion   of  the four disciplines the winning side will be decided by the highest number of points. In the case of a tie, the winner will be decided on the total number of shots scored from the four disciplines.  Should these be equal as well as the match score  extra ends in the pairs, triples and fours will be played to determine the result.  In  this event a further toss of the coin will be made, the winner having the choice of  keeping or giving the jack away.   Shots do not count on the extra ends – only the  result of the three disciplines, i.e,. 2-1 3-0.  All disciplines will be played simultaneously.


Between rounds substitutes/changes are allowed in the side and between disciplines provided the players are members of the same clubs and have not played for another side during the current competition.  For this competition only substitutes during play is allowed for the singles player in case of illness or injury, the score being resumed after interruption


(v) Any disputes involving competitions should be addressed to the Competition Secretary who, if necessary, will call a meeting of the Executive.


(w) Points System and County Badge


County Competitions leading to Nationals – Fours, Triples,Pairs, 4-Wood Singles and 2-Wood Singles

Finalists   12points

Semi-finalist   6 points

Quarter finalists 4 points


Junior Singles and Pairs.

 Winner  2 points                                                                               

 Runner-Up   1 point                                                                                                              

 Junior Singles and Pairs who play in the National Championships at  Leamington Spa will receive points  Quarter-Finalist   1 point

 Semi-Finalist    2 points

Finalist   3 points                                                                                

 Winner   4 points                  


Senior Fours.

 Quarter-Finalist    1 point

 Semi-finalists   2 points

 Finalist   3 points                                           

 Winner   4 points                                                                                                                                                                  

County Competitions NOT leading to Nationals

Coronation Triples and Benevolent Triples.


Winners          4 points

Runners-Up   2 points

Semi- finalists   1 points


4-Wood Unbadged Singles and Unbadged Pairs.

 Winner   8 points

 Runner-Up    4 points                                                                                            

 Semi-finalist   3 points

  Quarter-Finalist   1 point


Champion of Champions(Norfolk).

Winner            6 points                                                                                  

 Runner-Up   3 points

Semi- finalists    1 point.                                                                                                                                            

National Competitions administered by Bowls England –

Senior Singles, Senior Pairs Champion of Champions

and Tony Alcock Trophy.

Winner   4 points

Runner up   3 points

Semi finalist   2 points       Quarter finalist  1point

4. County Badges.

(a) Finalists in County Competitions be given County Badge on Finals Day, or


(b) To receive a County Badge 12 points must have been earned.  Badges to be presented at the first County Game played after earning points.


(c)  Players from other counties who have recently played for their county in the Johns Trophy and Walker Cup teams shall be awarded four points towards their county badge, at the discretion of the Executive.


5. Johns Trophy and Walker Cup (Double Rink).


(a) Johns Trophy and Walker Cup flashes to be awarded to players who have played in these competitions for three years, although not necessarily consecutively.


(b) Badged players will receive Johns points which will be valid for three years, as follows :-

Winners          4 points

Runners-Up   3 points

Semi-Finalist   2 points                                                                                  

Quarter Finalist   1 point                                                                                                                                                                    

 Johns Trophy and Walker Cup Teams will be selected from those players with Johns points and others who may be invited to play by the selectors.       


(c) Names of players nominated by their club secretary to be considered for the Johns Trophy and Walker Cup Competitions to be forwarded to the Competition Secretary by Club Secretaries NO LATER THAN MARCH 1st.


6. County Dress.




Whites/Club top; Club bowls stickers;  If jacket is worn it should be white or Club.


As for Open Day.



Whites/Club top; Club Bowls Stickers; If jacket is worn it should be white or club.


Whites; County Shirt; County Blazer/Approved Jacket. 


Whites and Club shirts.


Whites; County shirt and County approved jacket.



As for Open Day.    Triples can be made up from more than one club, white tops or Club shirts to be worn.



Greys with white or Club top.  Registered club clothing may be worn.

Club Bowls Stickers.



 Whites; County shirts and jacket.  Club Jacket/Blazer.  Others – Full County Uniform.



Whites/club Top.  If Jacket/Blazer is worn it should be Club.


Whites; County shirt and jacket.




County Officers, Past Presidents & Hon. Life Members to wear full County Uniform.  If bowling on Open Day, 2-Wood Singles, Benevolent Triples and County Finals, their club colours should be worn on the green, together with their club stickers.




Information available from the President.


Grey or white as appropriate may be worn.




Amendments to these rules took place at the Annual General Meeting of the Norfolk Bowls Association Ladies held on 8th November 2023