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LAWS OF WORLD BOWLS (Crystal Mark Third Edition)



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






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


3  Competitions co-ordinated by the FAB Malaga Delegation are:

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


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 FAB Malaga Delegation, of their intentions before entering any other competition. Only one change is allowed during each season.



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

These must not be used by players, markers or umpires on, or adjacent to, the green.


7  Dress Code for FAB Malaga Delegation (Malaga Province) Events

All players must wear the same 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 (ie pairs, triples or fours), or side event, each player in the team or side must be dressed the same.


All Players, Umpires and Markers must wear flat-soled (heel-less) footwear when they play on the green or act as Umpires or Markers (World 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 WB Law 33.2 or 33.7 applies. In a team or side game the substitute must play in any position other than skip, and the other members of the team can rearrange their positions as necessary (WB 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 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 2 Divisions.

(b) Each League match will consist of Club sides of 4 teams of triples for both the Tigers and Lions Leagues. The triples can be ladies, gents or mixed.

(c) Each Club participating must enter one side in the Tigers League and can enter one or more sides in the Lions League.

(d) Players will be allowed to play for any of their Club sides, subject to conditions stipulated in section 4(c) below, but for only one side in matches scheduled for the same day or week. If a match is postponed to another day, or is to be resumed on another day, a player shall not play in the postponed or resumed match if having already played in another side on the day, or in the week, that the postponed or resumed match that was to have been played or completed (see Condition 4(c)). Also refer to Condition 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 sides in any League, those sides will play each other before they play against other Club sides in both halves of the season.

(f) The starting dates and times will be as per the published Fixture List.

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

(h) Each Club will designate a contact who will be responsible for liaising with the League Co-ordinator at all times on matters relating to League affairs.


2  Match Schedule

Matches must be played at the venue, and on the day scheduled on the Fixture List, as determined by the FAB Malaga Delegation (Malaga Province). All League matches must commence at 1400 hours unless, in exceptional circumstances, it is mutually agreed by the captains of the 2 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 must be paid up members of the Club they are representing. Clubs must ensure players are eligible. Failure to comply incurs a penalty of 2 points per offence.

(b) Where a Club has 2 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.

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


5  Changing Clubs

See Regulation A4 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 and exceptional circumstances. 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 must, within 48 hours, offer the designated contact of the away side a minimum of 3 dates within the next 28 days when the venue is available and they are prepared to play.

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 must respond within 48 hours of receipt of the offer accepting one of the dates offered.

(d) Failure to comply with section (4(b)) above will result in the forfeiture of the match by the home side and 10 points will be awarded to the away side. Failure to comply with section (4(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 away side.

(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 FAB Malaga Provincial or Open Tournament, and that Tournament overruns due to inclement weather, the 2 teams may further re-arrange the fixture in line with sections (b) and (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 side captains, it must 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 Condition 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 (14 ends constitutes a game). If it is agreed to abandon a match it will not be resumed, and the scores at the time of the match being abandoned, will be the final score and result. This decision of the captains will be final and must 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 2 neutral FAB 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 resumed match, if any of the 3 original players in a team of triples is not available, one substitute will be allowed as stated in WB Law 32.4.

(b) Substitutes must not 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 Condition 11: Re-scheduled matches and eligibility of players.)

(c) In the side requiring a substitute, no players must 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. If the away team defaults, green fees must be paid.

(b) If a side does not have 4 complete teams of triples within 30 minutes of a scheduled start time, the match must continue with the complete teams of triples present. The defaulting side will forfeit 2 points for each team not present and a shot difference of +15 (ie 15-0) will be awarded to their opponents which will be the score recorded for that rink in the overall result.

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

(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.

(e) In the event of a Club fielding an ineligible player in a re-scheduled fixture, the defaulting side will forfeit the 2 points and 10(b), 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 and Eligibility of Players

(This is a NEW Condition which covers the eligibility of players for any re-scheduled fixture and covers the issues of players playing in 2 or more matches originally scheduled for the same day.)

(a) NO player can play for 2 sides when the dates of the original matches were scheduled to be played on the same day. 

(b) When the date for the re-scheduled match has been established, NO player can play for a Lions League side 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 (eg 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 2 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 FAB, on the date of the original fixture.



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 FAB 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 SIDES 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 must ensure the score cards contain the side names, surnames of their players and, on completion of the game, are signed by both ‘skips’. The completed score cards must be scanned or photographed and sent electronically to the League Co-ordinator (see 13(a)).

(c) In a re-scheduled match please ensure the date for the original match is clearly displayed on the scorecards.



1  Qualifications for entry into both Championships are that participants must have spent 2 months of the previous bowling season in the Malaga Province, or be resident for one month before the commencement of the Championships.

2  Summer Championships and Malaga Provincial Championships: Clubs are responsible for collecting entry fees and handing them to the Federation Treasurer 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 Championships: These may consist of Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours games as determined by the Controlling Body. Singles will be 21 shots and team events played over 18 ends unless decided otherwise by the Controlling Body before commencement of the Championships.

4  Summer Championships and Malaga Provincial Championships will be organized as ‘knock-out’ Competitions.

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

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

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

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

9  If a player, or team, is not present and ready to play within 30 minutes of their scheduled start time the player, or team, will forfeit the game.

10  All participants at the time of entry must 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 for any reason is unable to continue in any of the competitions, he/she must arrange a substitute/replacement or forfeit their game(s). 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 must 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 FAB Malaga Delegation Club can organize separate Singles competitions for ladies and gentlemen to determine their Club champions.

3  The Club must decide in advance which of their ‘4-bowl’ Singles competitions

(21 shots and not handicaps) will be played to determine their Club champions. Such competitions are to be completed at least 7 days before the scheduled date for the Champion of Champions Competition.

4  Qualification for the Champion of Champions:

(a) At least 8 bona-fide, FAB 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.

(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 Regional 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.

(d) If any Club Champion fails to present themselves, for any reason, then a 1-year penalty will be considered by the Committee after the Champion of Champions has ended.



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 must consist of 6 teams of triples who will play 3 teams at home and 3 teams away on the same day and at the same time. Each team will play 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 2 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 must 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 Dates and Venues section of the Handbook.

7  If a side does not have 6 teams due to unavoidable circumstances, a shot difference of +15 is awarded to the opposition (see 10(b) Penalty for Non-appearance).

8  The competition will be played in line with World Bowls Laws.



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

2   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.