Women - Rules


(i) Competitions will be conducted in accordance with Rule 50 of the Bowls England Championship/Competition rules and Regulations, laws of the sport of bowls Crystal mark second Edition, I>B>B laws of the sport Bowls England Plus Northumberland Domestic rules
(ii) All competitors must have paid affiliation fees through their club for the current year.
(iii) Play to be on a set day at the venue(s) of the home drawn club unless specified. Time of play will be 6 pm unless an earlier time has been mutually agreed.
(iv) All finalist shall represent Bowls Northumberland at the Bowls England Finals at Royal Leamington Spa

(i) Games played on a ‘Home’ venue may be rescheduled to an early date if mutually agreed but must played before the closing date of the round.
(ii) For cancellations due to adverse weather conditions as determined by the green keeper/ Challenger the tie must be played before the next round commences.
(iii) New dates should not be offered on County match days or any other County Competition days (see calendar).
In the event of a rearranged match winners to notify the results by phone, text or e-mail to the Competitions Secretary no later than 10 pm on the day of play.
(iv) Any cancelled game must be reported to the competition Secretary the same day.
(v) Winners’ scorecard signed by both skips must be submitted by the winners to the Competition Secretary within 72 hours of the end of play.
This can be via post, e-mailing a scanned copy or photograph.
(vi) Any cases of dispute should be referred to the Competition Secretary.

Dress Code 

(i) Qualifying rounds/ Benevolent/ Norris/ Double Rinks Final.
All competitors must play in regulation shoes and grey trousers/ skirt/ crops/ Bowls England (BE) shorts and registered club tops. If there is no club top registered to the BNWS then you must wear plain white/ cream polo-shirt.
All members of the side must wear the same tops.

(ii) County Finals
Dress for all county finals is white skirt/trouser/crops/ BE shorts plus your white/ cream or registered top.
Any competitors not compliant may be disqualified.

(iii) Royal Leamington Spa Championships
Northumberland County regulation tops, white regulation skirts/trousers/crops/ BE shorts and regulation shoes.
(iv) For other dress code refer to Bowls England Regulation No 51. 5.1

Undrawn Competitions
Benevolent, Norris, 2 Wood & 4 Wood Champion of Champions
(i) Arrive at the venue no later than 9.45am. Draw will take place at 10am.
(ii) Competitors in the undrawn competitions as described above must give prior notice of withdrawal or incur green fees

County Double Rinks & Senior Rinks
(i) 3 Dates to be given, one of which must be a one must be a weekend or evening
(ii) Round to be played on a play by date except the Semi-final and final which will be on a set day.

Format of Play
(i) 2 Wood Singles – 2 bowls, 21 ends
(ii) 4 Wood Singles – 4 bowls, first player to reach 21 shots
(iii) Pairs – 2 players per side, 4 bowls each, 18 ends
(iv) Triples – 3 players per side, 3 bowls each, 18 ends
(v) Rinks – 4 players per side, 2 bowls each, 18 ends
(vi) Senior Rinks – 4 players per side aged over 55, 2 bowls each, 18 ends
(vii) Junior Singles – player aged 25 or under, 4 bowls, first player to reach 21
(viii) Junior Pairs – 2 players per side aged 25 or under, 4 bowls each, 18 ends
(ix) Double Rinks – 8 players (2 rinks of 4), 2 bowls each, 18 ends

(i) Current trophy holders to deliver all trophies to their respective finals.
(ii) Competition’s Secretary to take all trophies to be engraved by the County approved engraver and redistributed to this season’s holders at the County Luncheon.

Green blazer, (Only badges relating to Bowls England or National Competition to be worn) Bowls Northumberland County shirt, white or cream regulation skirt/trousers/crops (skirt length at least 2 inches below the knee) and regulation bowls shoes. Tights or stockings when worn MUST be of shades of tan.