Sussex County Indoor Bowls Association

The Rules for County Competition are classified as follows: -


GENERAL RULES

ALL SCIBA COUNTY COMPETITIONS ARE OPEN INCLUDING THE SCIBA MEN'S SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP

INTER - CLUB COMPETITIONS
ALL DAY COMPETITIONS
SUSSEX COUNTY LEAGUE
SUSSEX COUNTY INTER-AREA ANNUAL PATRONS LEAGUE

INTER - COUNTY COMPETITIONS
HOME COUNTIES LEAGUE
NATIONAL LIBERTY TROPHY

NATIONAL OVER 60 KNOCK OUT COMPETITION
UNDER 25 NATIONAL DOUBLE RINK


AWARD OF THE COUNTY BLAZER BADGE

1. ELIGIBILITY

(a) Competitions shall be confined to full playing members of clubs Affiliated to this Association.

(b) A Competitor may only enter County Competitions, County League and play in County matches through one Affiliated Club, (even though he may be an eligible member of more than one club). Particular attention is drawn to the fact that members should enter Club Championships at only one club with that one club being the same one as defined earlier.

2. CONDITIONS

(a) All competitions shall be played under World Indoor Bowls Council Laws of the Game and the Rules of the English Indoor Bowling Association Limited. The governing body shall be the Sussex County Indoor Bowls Association Executive Committee and shall be administered by the County Competitions Secretary appointed by the SCIBA Executive Committee.

(b) Entries will only be accepted when submitted on behalf of the club on the forms provided by the County by the closing date stipulated or as may be directed from time to time by the Sussex County Indoor Bowls Association and on the understanding that facilities will be provided by the clubs when their representatives are drawn at home.

(c) All entry fees to be paid with entry. Competitors in all rounds up to the Finals shall pay their own rink fees.

(d) Any tie before the final may be played on a neutral green of an affiliated club should the competitors mutually agree to do so. Finals shall be played on a designated date and venue. However, if a competitor in these matches is drawn to play in the National Finals or Home County IBA finals on the same date the County Competition Secretary MUST be informed immediately and notwithstanding the ‘substitute’ rule which must be strictly observed, an alternative date shall be arranged.

(e) On the day of a competition no player shall play on the same rink of the green before such competition starts.

(f) Special attention is drawn to the current requirements for the stamping of bowls. Whites, with club ties shall be worn in the final of competitions Whites with either club or County ties, as appropriate shall be worn in the all-day competitions and Sussex County League. Those clubs with EIBA and County approved coloured shirts may wear these provided that in a team situation all wear the same coloured shirt. Players must adhere to host club rules as to dress at meals.

3. QUESTIONS AND DISPUTES

The home club or club on whose green the competition is being played prior to the finals should ensure that a competent observer is present to fulfill the role of umpire. A qualified Umpire will be arranged by the County for the finals.

The Competitions Secretary shall determine all questions and/or disputes that may arise.

Disputes shall be referred to the County Competitions Secretary within 48 hours of the playing of the game together with a clear statement in writing (email is acceptable) of the point or points at issue and a decision will be made by the Competition Secretary which shall binding on all parties. In the event of an appeal against the County Competition Secretary’s decision this must be sent to the Competition Secretary in writing within 48 hours. He shall then contact the Hon. Secretary (or Senior County Officer) if he is not available who will convene an independent Appeals committee the decision of which shall be final.

4. DRAW AND PLAY

(a) The Competitions Secretary shall be responsible in accord with current SCIBA directives, for organizing the draw and fixing the closing dates and times for playing each round.

(b) Leading up to the final the draw may be divided into TWO (2) sections so as to mitigate traveling distances for competitors.

(c) No extension beyond the dates fixed will be considered by the County Competition Secretary unless exceptional climatic conditions prevent a match being played.

(d) The Challenger shall have the choice of green except in the final and MUST, not less than FOURTEEN (14) days before the final closing date of the round, offer the Opponent or Opponents the choice of TWO (2) dates, one of which must be a weekend. The match must be played not later than the last day of each round. The Challenger is responsible for ensuring dates offered to his opponent fall within the published parameters of that particular round. The Opponent or Opponents MUST within THREE (3) days of receipt of the challenge, accept one of the dates offered. If the Challenger fails to offer his Opponent dates within the prescribed time scale he forfeits the game and the Opponent will be awarded a walkover. If an Opponent fails to accept a date to play offered by the Challenger in accord with the rules, the Opponent forfeits the game and a walkover will be awarded to the Challenger. If a walkover is being claimed for any reason the competitor MUST phone the County Competition Secretary as soon as the walkover becomes due providing the reason for claiming the game and sending a card to him by first class post clearly showing the names of the whole team that would have played.

(e) Matches shall commence no later than 6.30pm.

(f) If any player or team is not ready to play within 30 minutes of the scheduled start time the opposing player or team may claim a walkover. Such a claim MUST be made to the County Competition Secretary within 48 hours.

(g) Score cards with all competitors' names clearly thereon showing the result of each match must be signed by both competitors or skips and forwarded to the County Competition Secretary by first class post. The onus for making such returns shall be with the winner(s) and they must be received not later than 48 hours after the game. The winner(s) MUST telephone, text or email the result and score to the County Competition Secretary immediately after the game in order he can update the SCIBA website without unnecessary delay.

OPEN COMPETITIONS

ALL County Competitions are OPEN events and Affiliated members may enter them subject to any specific within the rules below.

1.  FOURS CHAMPIONSHIP

(a) The Fours Championship is OPEN to any number of fours composed of members from the same affiliated club. Each game shall consist of 21 ends or FOUR (4) hours whichever is shortest (excluding trial ends & dead ends).

      In the event of a tie Rule (8) of The National Championship Rules shall apply...notwithstanding local SCIBA rules on ends and time permitted.

(b) The FOUR (4) players taking part in the first game shall constitute the original team and will usually play together throughout the Competition. One additional and the same player may be used as a substitute. The substitute may play in any position.

(c) In the event of a draw after 21 ends a tie breaker extra end shall be played. Teams will toss for jack with the winning side having the choice of starting or giving away the jack to their opponents.

(d) An unbadged player provided he has played in at least four rounds of the competition including the final shall be awarded his County Blazer Badge. The winning team will each receive  a Gold Distinction Blazer Badge and a “Winners” flash.

(e) The winning club shall hold the Charles Gulliver Memorial Trophy originally presented by G. Marchant Esq. A commemorative pennant will be awarded.

2. UNDER-25 SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP

(a) OPEN to all players who have not attained the age of 25 on the 30th April in the year in which the final is played and who are members of a Sussex County affiliated indoor club.

(b) The competition shall be organized by the County Competition Secretary.

(c) The winner to receive the Jesse Norris Trophy and be awarded a SCIBA Gold Distinction Blazer Badge if not already badged subject to his playing in at least four rounds of the competition including the final. A commemorative pennant will also be awarded.

     The runner-up to be awarded one (1) credit towards his SCIBA Merited Blazer Badge provided he has played in at least four rounds of the competition including the final.

3. UNBADGED SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP

The rules and conditions of play for the Unbadged Singles Championship are the same as for all SCIBA competitions but with the following additions: -

(a) Only unbadged players...those who have not been awarded their SCIBA Merited or Gold Distinction Blazer Badge through another recognized route/competition will be eligible to play. All players entered must be Affiliated to SCIBA during the year the competition is played.

(b) A County Badged player from another EIBA affiliated County who has or is about to transfer to Sussex County IBA is ineligible to enter this competition.

(c) Competitors must be unbadged by SCIBA at the closing date for entries, however, competitors shall NOT be disqualified from continuing in the competition if they are awarded their SCIBA Blazer Badge through another recognized route during the current year of this competition provided it was awarded after the closing date for entries.

(d) Entry will be by way of all other County Competitions through individual Club Secretaries or Men’s playing Secretaries and in line with local arrangements or as may be directed from time to time by the Sussex County Indoor Bowls Association.

(e) Notwithstanding the circumstances in sub para.(c) only an unbadged player can win this competition. The winner shall hold The Rod Jamieson Memorial Trophy, be presented at The County Finals with his Sussex County IBA Blazer Badge {subject to playing in at least four rounds of the competition including the final}, a commemorative pennant for his club to display and shall be known as The Sussex County IBA Unbadged Singles Champion for that year. The losing finalist will hold The Sussex County IBA Unbadged Singles Championship Shield and be awarded TWO (2) credits towards his county badge {subject to playing in at least four rounds of the competition including the final}. These will be additional to any credit previously awarded that season and not dependent on the "one credit in a season" ruling.

4. SINGLES, PAIRS AND TRIPLES CHAMPIONSHIPS

(a) The Competitions played in accordance with SCIBA rules and held each year, shall be OPEN to every SCIBA Affiliated member. They must all be members of and entered by the same club.

(b) The competitions shall be played as Singles v Singles, Pairs v Pairs, & Triples v Triples on a knockout basis. The draw and procedures are as set out in General Rules.

(c) Match formats shall be: Singles -21 shots, Pairs -21 ends, Triples -18 ends. In rounds up to the County final play will be to completion of the game or to the maximum playing time available under the Home Club Rules. The time to be agreed and written on the scorecard before play commences. In County finals play will be to completion of the game with no imposed time limit.

(d) In the event of a tie and extra end shall be played. The teams will toss for jack with the winning player/side having the choice of starting or giving away the jack to his/their opponent/s.

(e) In singles matches up to and including the semi-final stage the Challenger shall be responsible for providing a competent marker. A marker will be arranged by the County in the finals.

(f) The awards shall be as follows: -

Singles Championship

The winner shall be a warded the SCIBA Cup, the title of SCIBA SINGLES CHAMPION (for the year in which the Championship is played) an individual trophy or prize and a commemorative pennant. In addition if unbadged on the day of the final the winner will receive a Gold Distinction Badge and the losing finalist will be awarded a SCIBA Merit Blazer Badge provided they have played in at least four rounds of the competition including the final.

Pairs Championship

The winners shall be awarded the JACK HENDY SHIELD, the title of SCIBA PAIRS CHAMPIONS (for the year in which the Championship is played) individual trophies and a commemorative pennant. In addition both winners will be awarded the SCIBA Gold Distinction Blazer Badge provided he has played in at least four rounds of the competition including the final. The losing finalists, if unbadged shall also be awarded a SCIBA Merited Blazer Badge provided they have played in at least four rounds of the competition including the final.

Triples Championship

The winners shall be awarded the R.D. GREEN TROPHY, the title of SCIBA TRIPLES CHAMPIONS (for the year in which the Championship is played), individual trophies and a commemorative pennant. In addition winners will be awarded a SCIBA Gold Distinction Blazer Badge provided he has played in at least four rounds of the competition including the final. The losing finalists if unbadged shall be awarded a SCIBA Merit Blazer Badge provide they have played in at least four rounds of the competition including the final.

(g) All trophies shall remain the property of SCIBA.

INTER-CLUB COMPETITIONS

There are THREE (3) types of Inter-Club Competition.... SPONSORED ONE-DAY Competitions; the SUSSEX COUNTY LEAGUE and the SUSSEX COUNTY ANNUAL PATRONS LEAGUE.

ALL-DAY COMPETITIONS

With effect from season 2016/17 the County is involved in a single "ONE-DAY“ competition generously sponsored by The Grattons IBC -  This is The County Fives Competition.

Rules for the Over 65 Challenge Cup, The John Bates Challenge Cup and the County Annual Patrons Competitions are as below but remain suspended from use with effect from season 2016/17.

(a) Teams submitted by invitation from affiliated clubs for each competition shall be identified by an alphabetical code and drawn to play in arranged programs.

(b) The number of places available depends on the venue but is always less than the maximum of 18 eligible Clubs. A system of selection deemed to be fair will operate. The winner from the previous season is automatically invited to defend the title. The host club is invited. If you are not invited in any one season you are automatically invited the following season. The remaining places are chosen in a draw organized by the Competition Secretary.

(c) The playing schedule shall provide for each team to play FOUR (4) games each limited to NINE (9) ends in a period of 75 minutes. TWO (2) games to be played in the morning and TWO (2) in the afternoon with a lunch break in between.

(d) The Hon. Competition Secretary must be notified of team changes before the commencement of the competition. Changing of team positions or substitution during a game (except as provided in WIBC laws 61(b) and 62) shall not be permitted.

(e) A bell, whistle or other indication will be sounded to commence each game and again FIVE (5) minutes before the end of a game. The jack may not be delivered after the second bell or whistle. An end in progress shall be completed.

(f) Trial ends shall not be permitted. The first end score in the first game of the day shall not exceed ONE (1) shot. In every other end all shots count.

(g) Skips shall toss for the jack at the start of each game and the mat placed in accordance with WIBC Laws 22(b) and 23.

(h) In all games played a NO END shall count as a PLAYED END with ONE (1) shot to the opponents.

(i) In all games played a TIED END shall count as a PLAYED END and a zero score recorded by both teams. No points will be awarded in the ENDS WON score.

(j) The points to be awarded on the conclusion of each game are as follows: -WIN = TEN (10) points; TIE = FIVE (5) points; EACH END WON = ONE (1) point

(k) The total of points awarded to each team shall determine the winner and runner up. In the event of a tie on points the placing will be determined by the shot difference and should the differences be equal the placings will be decided by shot average.

(l) Inspection of the head is not permitted. Skips will leave the head together when the threes have delivered their bowls.

(m) Teams denied a game as a result of an opposing team failing to report at the stated time in the program shall be awarded TWO (2) points and the average of shots they score in all games they play.

(n) It is the responsibility of each club to ensure that the members of the team they submit are duly notified so they arrive on time to compete in the competition.

(o) Teams reporting with one player short may play as a triple but will have their shot total in each game played reduced by 25%. Teams are not permitted to play as a pair.

(p) There is no age limit for these competitions but all players must be fully paid up County Annual Patrons.

(q) Attention is drawn to the Annual Patrons competition where entry is now open to badged as well as unbadged SCIBA affiliated members.

(r) The winners of the one day competitions shall be awarded the appropriate trophy.


RULES FOR THE COUNTY FIVES COMPETITION

(a) Teams submitted on invitation by affiliated Clubs for this competition shall be identified by an alphabetical code and drawn to play in arranged programs of Fours, Triples, Pairs and Singles.

(b) Not all Clubs are able to play in any one season. The number of places depends upon the venue but is always less than the maximum of 18 eligible Clubs. A system deemed to be fair will operate. If you are not invited in any one season your invitation is guaranteed the next season.

The winner is automatically invited to defend the title. The host club is guaranteed one place. The remaining places are chosen in a draw organized by the Hon. Competition Secretary.

(c) The program shall provide for each team to play FOUR (4) games, each for a period of TWO (2) hours or as designated below.

FOURS 15 ENDS - or 2 HOURS
SINGLES 21 SHOTS - or 2 HOURS
PAIRS 15 ENDS - or 2 HOURS
TRIPLES 15 ENDS - or 2 HOURS

(d) Each team member must play in TWO (2) games.

(e) The Hon. Competition Secretary or the Organizer must be notified of team changes before the commencement of the competition. The changing of team positions or substitution during a game except as provided in WIBC Laws 61(b) and 62 shall not be allowed.

(f) A bell or whistle shall be sounded at the hour to commence each game and again FIVE (5) minutes before the end of the TWO (2) hour session. The jack may not be delivered after the second bell or whistle has sounded. An end in progress shall be completed.

(g) Trial ends shall not be permitted. The first end score in each game shall not exceed one (1) shot.

(h) Skips toss for the jack for the first end of each game, and the mat shall be placed according to W.I.B.C. Laws 22(b) and 23.

(i)  A "NO END" shall count as a "PLAYED END" with TWO (2) shots awarded to the opposing team or  opponent.

(j) The points to be allocated on the conclusion of each game are as follows: - WIN = TWO (2) POINTS; TIE = ONE (1) POINT

(k) The total of the points awarded to all of the participating teams shall determine the winner and runner-up. In the event of a tie on points the placings shall be decided by shot difference and should the shot difference be equal, the placing shall be decided by shot average. Inspection of the head is not permitted except in singles games where only one visit per end will be allowed. The skips shall leave the head together after the other members of their team have delivered their bowls.

(l) Teams denied a game as the result of an opposing team (or opponent) failing to report at the stated time on the program shall be awarded TWO (2) points together with the average of shots they score in games they actually play.

(m) It is the responsibility of each club to ensure that the members of the team they submit are duly notified so they arrive on time to take part in the competition.

(n) The winning team shall be awarded The County Fives Trophy. The winners shall be responsible for it’s safekeeping, the engraving of the trophy and it’s return to the County Competition Secretary no later than the 31st January the following year.

SUSSEX COUNTY LEAGUE - RULES

The League will be divided into Division 1 and Division 2.

(a) The competition shall be open to all clubs affiliated to the Sussex County Indoor Bowls Association {S.C.I.B.A.} who have paid an entry fee previously determined by the Executive Committee.

(b) Administration of the League will be controlled by the Sussex County Indoor Bowls "County League Manager."

(c) The competition will be played in two divisions. At the end of the season, the bottom two teams from Division 1 will be demoted to Division 2 and the top TWO (2) Teams from Division 2 will be promoted to Division 1. However, should this result in an imbalance of two teams in each division the following method will be used to ensure as far as possible an equal number of teams in each division. If there are two more teams in Division 1 than in Division 2 then at the end of that season two teams will be relegated and one promoted. If there is two more teams in Division 2 than Division 1 then at the end of that season TWO (2) teams will be promoted and one relegated.

(d) Each club will play all other clubs in its division on a home and away basis. EIGHT (8) points are available for each game, allocated as follows: -

      At a Six rink venue - ONE (1) point for each winning rink and TWO (2) points for the overall match winner. Tied Rink 0.5 points each. Effective from 2018/19 season.

      At a Five rink venue = 1.2 points each winning rink and TWO (2) points for the overall match winner. Tied Rink 0.6 points each. Effective from 2018/19 season.

(e) Should a match be called off due to inclement weather every effort must be made to rearrange the fixture and to play it before the end of the season. The new play date is to be notified to the County League Manager within two weeks of the original date. If no date is forthcoming within that two weeks the points shall be shared between the two clubs involved.

(f) Should any club fail to field a team OR field a team with more than four players absent OR play an ineligible player at the end of the season that club shall be deducted 8 points and 20 shots. The opposing club shall be awarded the number of points at the end of the season that is the average number of points received by that club in league matches played that season. The opposing club shall also receive 20 shots. A club that contravenes this rule will receive a formal letter of reprimand. A club contravening this rule on two occasions shall immediately be disqualified and have their county league records expunged for that season. A club due to play a disqualified club shall receive points and shots as detailed above. If one player is absent in a rink the lead and second player in the defaulting side in that rink will each play three bowls and 25% of that rinks‘ total score will be deducted. If two three or four players are absent the match will continue with one rink less and the defaulting team shall be deducted 4 points and 10 shots. The opposing team shall immediately be awarded the 1 point {1.2 points at a five rink venue} and 10 shots for that rink. Any club failing to fulfill it’s commitment shall pay the appropriate match fees to the opposing club unless the latter determines otherwise.

(g) The total points awarded to each team in each division shall determine the winner. In the event of a tie the placing shall be decided by shot difference. Should the differences be equal the winner shall   be decided by points awarded for away games.

(h) Matches shall consist of 21 ends where local playing time permits. If there is a known reason why sufficient time may not be available this should be made clear to the visiting team prior to commencement of the game and agreement should be reached at that time as to the exact finishing time or method of finishing.

(i) All rinks and opponents to be drawn in the presence of both clubs and not allocated by the home club.

(j) Matches will be played on SIX (6) rinks except those clubs that do not have six rinks will play their home games on the maximum number of rinks they have available.

(k) The home club shall be responsible for forwarding to the County League Manager the SCIBA approved results card (downloadable from the County League page) which must be signed by both team Captains and sent within 24 hours of completion of the match... however, an e.mailed result is acceptable but must be sent to the County League Manager immediately following the match and in any event within 24 hours. The County League Manager's email address is shown in the Officers list on the home page of this website. The published League tables will be updated by the County League Manager as soon as possible following receipt of individual results.

The scorecards correctly signed by each Skip must be posted by the Team Captain to the County League Manager by first class post as soon as possible following the match. He will retain them until the next SCIBA AGM in order they remain available for scrutiny in the event of a dispute. The County League Manager's home address is shown in the Officers list on the home page of this website.

(l)   The winning club in Division 1 shall be the Champion Club and hold the Sussex County Indoor Bowls League Cup for the ensuing season.

       A Commemorative Salver will be awarded to the winners of each division.

(m) It is the responsibility of the winning club to have the League Cup engraved at their own cost.

(n) A Sussex County League fixture shall take preference over all friendly matches and competitions except National Competitions. In the event of a postponement becoming necessary the Match Secretary of the Home Club MUST try to arrange an alternative date to enable the fixture to be played before the end of the season.

The County League Manager must be notified of the revised date within two weeks of the original date. If, after every possibility has been explored a date cannot be mutually agreed the Match Secretary of the Home Club MUST inform the County League Manager in writing (or confirmed email) immediately. Points will be shared unless otherwise determined by the County League Manager. The County League Manager will have the authority to void a match (award no points to either club) if in his opinion after studying the evidence, both clubs failed to agree a new date when there were clear opportunities open to them. The decision of the County League Manager will be final.

(o)    Unless previously agreed by the clubs involved and the County League Manager all Sussex County league matches will commence at either 2.00pm, 2.15pm or 2.30pm.

INTER-AREA ANNUAL PATRONS LEAGUE {Revised for 2018/19}

An Annual Patrons League was introduced some 15 years ago in order to give variety to the season and introduce a more competitive element. With the loss of King Alfred IBC in 2017 it was necessary to reconcile the clubs into two distinct Areas as opposed to three.

Henceforth in administrative terms from season 2018/19 the Indoor County Annual Patrons will be divided into TWO (2) Areas with the previous Central Area distilled into the new East and West Areas. Consolidated into two separate Areas it is expected that a greater competitive and sporting spirit will be engendered between the clubs whilst at the same time provide some relief in the gathering and selecting of full six rink teams to compete.

EAST  will comprise of the following clubs:   Denton Island; Eastbourne; Egerton Park; Falaise; Gullivers; Langney Sports; Wealden (7 Clubs).
WEST will comprise of the following clubs:  Adur; Arun District; The Grattons; Horsham & District; Preston; Worthing; Worthing Pavilion (7 Clubs).

COUNTY ANNUAL PATRON RULES

(a) Every season representative sides from each Area will play each other on a home and away basis.

(b) The date and venue for each game will replace an existing normal club versus County Annual Patron game so no club loses a fixture.

(c) The venues will be the clubs of the county in their turn. Not every club will host such a game every season.

(d) The Hon. County Assistant Secretary will administer the League. The Hon. County Match Secretary will liaise with the club Match Secretaries in advance of the season to inform a club that it will be a host and to confirm dates and arrangements. The Hon. County Match Secretary will also request contributions of players to make up the representative sides.

(e) The games themselves will be played according to the Rules of Play for the Sussex County League and points awarded accordingly.

(f) The Winning area will be awarded the FRED BROCK TROPHY.

(g) The Officer in charge of the HOME area team will be responsible for forwarding the result within 48 hours of completion of the game to the Hon. County Assistant Secretary.

(h) Only FULLY SUBSCRIBED COUNTY ANNUAL PATRONS may play in these games. A County affiliated member may join the County Annual Patrons on payment of the current subscription to the Officer of the Day prior to a match and that subscription will remain valid for the current season's year.

(i) Area Officer rinks at each match will wherever possible contain two or more County Officers.

(j) THE GAY KNIGHT TROPHY used to be played for in a one off match between the West and East Areas of Sussex County IBA usually SIX {6} Rinks of men but EIGHT {8} is permitted if achievable and at the discretion of the Hon. SCIBA Assistant Secretary. The match is traditionally played at Adur IBC. In succeeding years the holders will be the finalists and the Area accumulating the highest points score in the Fred Brock Trophy Annual Patrons League and will play the previous Gay Knight Trophy holders in the final. The match will be played towards the end of the season but in any event after all the Fred Brock County Annual Patron League matches have been completed.


INTER-COUNTY COMPETITIONS

There are FOUR (4) Inter-County Events three of which are National Competitions; the Home Counties I.B.A League; the Under-25 National Double Rink; The National Liberty Trophy and the Over 60 National Knock Out Competition.

HOME COUNTIES I.B.A. LEAGUE

PLEASE SEE HOME COUNTIES IBA WEBSITE (www.hciba.com/) FOR VERY RECENT AMENDMENTS AND UP TO DATE INFORMATION. League Rules (Revised July 2015)

LEAGUE RULES

1. Each county shall be represented by six fours, all of which shall be full playing members of the clubs of counties affiliated to the Home Counties Indoor Bowling Association. No player shall play for more than one county in any one season.

2. The league shall be played as six rinks all at the same venue.  All matches to start at 10.00am. Counties to reciprocate the venue on the following year.

Unless mutually agreed otherwise, on a Saturday: or Sunday, in whites, coloured shirts as approved by the E.I.B.A. may be worn.

3. All bowls to bear the appropriate county stickers.

4.The match shall be of 21 ends, subject to a four-hour time limit as per E.I.B.A. laws of the game, and points awarded as follows: -

Two points for a rink win, one point for a drawn rink ten points for winning the match.

Total points to be awarded between the two counties are twenty two.

All six rinks are to play. But where there are player short-falls for any reason, the following priorities are to be used to ensure the maximum number of individual matches are played.

(1) Where there are between one and four players short , then that County shall turn out that same number of triples to play against their opponents, each triple having to reduce their shot tally scored by a 25% reduction to ascertain their final score. It shall not be permitted to omit and concede a whole rink.

(2) If more than four players are short, as many triples as possible must be formed in order that the maximum number of matches are playable prior to the concession of any individual matches. The short side cannot then reform rinks as a means of limiting their penalty.

(3) Where a county does then becomes one rink short, they shall concede those rink points to the opposition along with a 10 shots deduction contributing to the overall score between the two counties.

The points total shall be shared equally between the two sides involved if a match is cancelled and cannot for any reason be re-arranged. Subject to provision of Rule 6 of the Constitution.

5. After each match the Secretary of each participating county shall complete the match result sheet. The Secretary will list the twenty four players, in the match, starring the Liberty Trophy players (Limited to 9 of the 24 players).  The match result sheet and copies of the scorecards shall be posted to the Association Secretary within 48 hours of the match. ln order to ensure quick publication of the results bulletin, the result shall be communicated by phone, fax or Email as soon as possible after the match, preferably on the same day.

6. A qualified umpire to be appointed to all matches by mutual arrangement between the counties and the E.B.U.A.

7. The home county to have the right to choose the rinks to be used. The draw for rinks and opponents to be made by the umpire.

8. If any meals are required after the match, the visiting County shall give the home County's club 7 days notice in advance. Generally, snacks are to be made available before and after the match if possible.

9. Should there be a tie on points between two or more counties to win the league, or to determine final placing, this will be decided on shot difference total for all matches.

If still level shots scored in all matches to be the deciding factor.

10. After the final group matches have been played and the top two places in each group determined there shall be semi-final matches to procure a grand final. The winner of each group being paired against the second placed County in the other group.

UNDER-25 NATIONAL DOUBLE RINK COMPETITION

(a) Players may wear coloured shirts chosen by the County and approved by EIBA Limited.

(b) All members of the team must wear the same chosen shirt. Players must adhere to host club rules as to dress code at meals.

(c) A Player is awarded ONE (1) credit towards the County Blazer Badge. {but see Rule 3}

NATIONAL LIBERTY TROPHY COMPETITION

(a)  The RULES for this competition are to be found in the EIBA Ltd yearbook.

(b)  Players may wear colored shirts chosen by the county and approved by EIBA Limited. All members of the team must wear the same colored shirt. Players must adhere to the host club rules as to dress code at meals.

(c)  An unbadged player completing a Liberty Trophy match shall be awarded his SCIBA Merited Blazer Badge.

(d)  A player completing a Liberty Trophy match is awarded ONE (1) credit towards the Liberty Trophy Blazer Flash.

     Three (3) credits are required for a Liberty Trophy blazer flash.

(e)  The SCIBA National Team Manager is responsible for selecting the Sussex team but in his absence the County Selection Committee or SCIBA specifically appointed Selectors will take charge.

NATIONAL OVER 60 INTER - COUNTY KNOCK OUT COMPETITION

(a) The RULES for this competition are to be found in the EIBA Ltd yearbook.

(b) Players may wear colored shirts chosen by the county and approved by EIBA Limited.

All members of the team must wear the same colored shirt. Players must adhere to the host club rules as to dress code at meals.

(c) The SCIBA National Team Manager is responsible for selecting the Sussex team but in his absence the County Selection Committee or SCIBA specifically appointed Selectors will take charge.

SUSSEX COUNTY IBA BLAZER BADGE AWARD

Methods by which a player might obtain the SCIBA Gold or Merited blazer badge are scattered among the Rules for County Competitions but the following brings them together. There are two main routes to the award: -

(1) Direct through competition. A SCIBA Gold Distinction Blazer Badge is available (W.E.F. Season 2015/16) to individual players winning a county competition. It signifies that player attained his distinction by directly winning a SCIBA competition and cannot be awarded under any other circumstance.
(2) Accumulation of credits. The SCIBA Merited blazer badge will be presented to players who have satisfactorily completed FIVE (5) representative matches for Sussex County Indoor B.A. (see below).
(3) Executive Committee Award (see para: 9).
(4) A Member of an affiliated club shall be eligible for a SCIBA Merited Blazer Badge provided that player: -

(a) Has played in FIVE (5) Badge matches (against county sides) TWO (2) of which must be away (out of county) matches over a minimum period of five indoor seasons calculated from the date of the first qualifying match.

(b) Unbadged players shall not be credited with more than one badge credit in any one indoor season no matter how many additional qualifying matches they play within that period.

(c) A player on an approved waiting list asked to be a substitute before the day of the game may also obtain a credit on a ‘like for like’ basis only. (ie: a Colt may be replaced by a Colt; a second credit by a second credit; a badge by a badge).

(d) A player brought in at random at the last minute as a substitute cannot receive a credit.

(e) A metal Colts lapel badge is awarded for the first credit match a person plays in.

(f) A county badge credit is awarded to a person playing in the Under 25 National Double Rink competition. Only one credit per indoor season is allowable.

(g) Has completed at least ONE (1) Liberty Trophy Match.

(h) Has achieved the title of County Champion in one of the four SCIBA Championships. As a winner individual players will be presented with the SCIBA Gold Distinction Blazer Badge.

(i) Unbadged Members playing in the National Over 60 Inter-County Knock Out competition will be entitled to an extra county badge credit in the same season provided they play in at least two rounds of the competiton in any three (3) consecutive seasons. This revision is effective from season 2017/18 onwards. The County Team Secretary will be responsible for recording the individual's entitlement in his playing records.

Badge/Credits shall be awarded on the following scale and rate equivalent to ONE (1) full Inter-County Representation: -

County Singles:
Winner: Badge (Gold Distinction)
Finalist: Badge (Merited)
Semi-Finalist: Credit x (1)

County Unbadged Singles:
Winner: Badge (Gold Distinction)
Finalist: Credit x (2)
Semi-Finalist: Nil

County U25 Singles:
Winner: Badge (Gold Distinction)
Finalist: Credit x (1)
Semi-Finalist: Nil

County Pairs:
Winners: Badge (Gold Distinction)
Finalists: Badge (Merited)
Semi-Finalist: Credit x (1)

County Triples:
Winners: Badge (Gold Distinction)
Finalists: Badge (Merited)
Semi-Finalist: Credit x (1)

County Fours:
Winners: Badge (Gold Distinction)
Finalists: Badge (Merited)
Semi-Finalist: Credit x (1)

(i)  A credit shall be awarded to competitors who reach and play in the semi-finals of the Singles, Pairs, Triples & Fours competitions. An unbadged player must have played in at least FOUR (4) rounds of the same competition including the semi-final to qualify for a credit.  

Competition credit(s) are earned in addition to any awarded in the usual course of selection for a badge match during the season.

(j)  A player may be awarded (at SCIBA cost) a distinguishing cloth flash once he has represented SCIBA on THREE (3) playing occasions over a minimum of three seasons in the Home Counties League.

(k) An “Executive” County Badge will be awarded on appointment to the office of Sussex County IBA Deputy Vice President if at the time of taking up the position the appointee is unbadged.

 To retain the badge the appointee must complete his full presidential term in office. (eg: 3 years)

(l)   Has been awarded a badge by another EIBA affiliated member county (validated in writing by the Secretary of that County) and has played satisfactorily in at least TWO (2) full inter-county badge matches.

(m)  Has provided outstanding service to SCIBA. On recommendation and subsequent approval of the Executive Committee (subject to any playing restriction in force).

(n)  A special Under 25 flash shall be awarded to the winner and losing finalist of the Under 25 County Singles Competition.

(o)  The Executive may also approve the award of a County Under 25 flash to a player who has not attained the age of 25 years and has played and completed FIVE (5) Under 25 representative matches over a minimum period of THREE (3) years.

(p)  In the event of an unbadged player being selected in The Liberty Trophy he will be deemed to have qualified for a County Badge on completion of playing his first Liberty Trophy match.

(q)  In the event of an unbadged player being selected for a Home Counties League match he will be deemed to have qualified for a County Badge provided he has completed at least THREE (3) Home Counties League matches over a minimum period of THREE (3) indoor seasons.

 (NB: Rule 1(b) applies).

(r)  The Executive Committee may also approve the award of a County Badge to an affiliated member who in the opinion of the Executive Committee has supported and played for the County when called upon over an extended period of service.

(s) An affiliated member who has proven his eligibility through his bowling prowess outside of county competitions by reaching the final of the Singles, Pairs, Triples or Fours National competitions (excluding mixed competitions).

(t) A special commemorative flash will be commissioned and awarded to all members of The Liberty Trophy Squad on each occasion Sussex win the competition.

(u) A metallic Colts badge shall be awarded to affiliated members playing in their first county indoor badge match. Players awarded a Colts badge should not consider themselves automatically eligible for a badge credit in successive seasons. Individual players will continue to be selected on playing ability alone. No affiliated player has an assured right to receive playing credits or a SCIBA County Blazer Badge.

(v) Award of the County Badge is considered a SCIBA playing honor and badged players are expected to represent Sussex County IBA if selected. The County rely on their badged players to represent them in Inter- County matches and there is a reasonable assumption on their part that badged players will fulfil their playing obligations in that respect. Where there are no extenuating circumstances that would preclude a player from selection the county anticipate a newly badged bowler who has attained his badge through the credit system should if selected represent Sussex County IBA in a minimum of TWO (2) inter-county matches within the THREE (3) indoor seasons immediately following his award. (ie: badge awarded 2010 the player represents SCIBA in an inter-county match at least twice during the following three seasons - 2011-2013). If it is found that a badged player (credits award) is deliberately avoiding selection for county representative matches the Sussex County IBA Executive Committee may remove his entitlement to a Sussex County IBA badge and strike him from the County Roll. If such a player is unavailable for selection through no fault of his own he shall not be penalized. This rule cannot be applied retrospectively and came into effect in season 2010-11.

(w) The blazer badge is a SCIBA bowls honour and the rules seek to preserve it's integrity and foster the high esteem in which it is anticipated it will be held. If circumstances so dictate the Sussex County IBA Executive Committee after due consideration of all the evidence reserve the right to withdraw a player's County badge at any time. If so resolved the player concerned is no longer entitled to wear or display a Sussex County IBA badge and shall be removed from the County Roll.

(x) Players holding a county indoor badge cannot presume they will automatically be selected for inter-county or county club matches. Their individual selection will remain in the hands of county and club selectors who will consider a player’s suitability and current bowling standard prior to nomination in representative matches.

(y) For an unbadged player to be considered for team selection in the Liberty Trophy or Home Counties League he shall be deemed by the SCIBA Selectors and/or the SCIBA Team Manager to be playing at an exceptional level of competency.

(z) Members of Bowls Associations or other groups affiliated to SCIBA may not acquire a county badge through the credit system. Credits can only be awarded to members of recognized Affiliated bowls “Clubs.” This rule shall not be applied retrospectively but will be effective from season 2010/11. Players who hold credits accrued through membership of an association or group previously entitled to county badge credits shall be permitted to carry those credits forward without loss.

5. County Annual Patrons Special Recognition Flash

(a) A Sussex County IBA Patrons Flash shall be awarded to a fully subscribed County Annual Patron who plays in FIVE (5) County Annual Patrons matches in no less than two indoor seasons (calculated from the first qualifying game). All matches to count.

(b) A special signifying flash will be awarded to fully subscribed County Patrons who have played 10, 25, 50, 75 and 100 County Annual Patron matches.

(c)Revisions at (1) and (2) above shall be effective from the start of the 2010/11 indoor season.

6. Commencement of Revised Rules & Badge Costs

(a) The revised rules governing the award of a county badge and the additional provisions for County Annual Patrons come into effect from the start of SCIBA indoor season 2010/11. They are intended to enhance the reputation, credibility and integrity of the Sussex County Indoor Bowls Association blazer badge and raise the status of players who represent and support SCIBA as County Annual Patrons.

(b) Badge credits awarded up to the start of season 2010/11 will be accounted for in a players credit total.

(c) County badges will be supplied to recipients at no cost when won in competition or when presented on conclusion of a successful badge credit run. Additional badges must be individually purchased. SCIBA Merited Badge @ £6.00 and the Gold SCIBA Distinction Edition at £8.00.

(d) A Colts badge will be at no cost to the recipient.

(e) The cost of an Annual Patrons Flash will be borne by the County.

7. ANNUAL PATRONS INFORMATION

Sussex County Indoor Bowls Association relies on support wholly through Affiliation and County Annual Patron subscriptions. The former is a requirement of individual and club affiliation to SCIBA and EIBA Ltd. The latter is a voluntary annual subscription which provides for members to play in special Annual Patron matches staged throughout the indoor season, an Annual Patrons Area League as well as competitive one day events sponsored by individual clubs. These additional matches are ONLY for registered County Annual Patrons and are in recognition of the added support the County Association receives from their patronage. They are considered a good introduction to playing with and against other clubs and a precursor to being selected for County Club and County Badge matches for Sussex and often lay the foundations of individual player success at County and National level.

(a) An Affiliated member of the Sussex County Indoor Bowls Association may become a Sussex County Annual Patron on payment of an annual subscription through their Club Secretary. The subscription tariff is set at the Sussex County IBA AGM in June each year, collected AND paid to the Association no later than 31st, March each year. Club Secretaries display a list on the Members Noticeboard each year and interested players should add their names to it .

(b) Once registered as a County Annual Patron a member is entitled to be considered for selection in Annual Patron matches which are played throughout the season.

(c) Selection for Annual Patron matches rests with the individual clubs.

(d) A special Annual Patrons flash will be awarded to an Annual Patron who plays in Five (5) Patrons matches over a period of at least two indoor seasons calculated from the first qualifying match and subsequent recognition badge awards are presented for playing in 10, 25, 50, 75 and 100 Patron matches.