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I.  The gender, forename and surnames and full home address details, including post codes, of all team members must be registered on the League’s website. A minimum of 14 players must be registered and all players must be a minimum age of 16 years. If possible, telephone and email address details, where applicable, should also be recorded for each player. Each team playing in the Gloucester Charity Skittles League must keep their player database records on the website up-to-date at all times.

2.  A new player may however play in any match for a team without having been previously registered provided that player was not registered with any other team in the League and their details, as itemised in League Rule 1 above, were subsequently registered on the League's website in a timely manner after the game.

The breach of this rule shall result in the offending team forfeiting 6 points and the team in addition shall be deemed to have lost the match and gained no points. The opposing team shall be deemed to have won the game and shall be awarded 6 points.

3.  For Summer Competitions, except where the League's Executive Committee has agreed otherwise, all teams/players must have been registered in the previous Winter’s games. The rules of the Summer competitions shall be generally accepted as for the Winter competitions save where Front Pin Rules are applicable.

4.  No player(s) already registered for a team in this League shall be allowed to compete for any other team also playing in this League unless he/she shall have been transferred to that team. A player may be transferred before December 31st in any season by one team to another but 7 days notice must be given in writing or by e-mail to the General Admin/Website Manager before such a transfer can be accepted and the player able to play for the other team.

5.  No alteration to the Fixture List shall be allowed except

      a.  In the case of an emergency, as determined, if necessary by the League’s Executive Committee OR

      b.  A fixture having been scheduled over a Bank Holiday date OR

      c.  By mutual agreement by both teams to re-schedule a game in compliance with the following........

Postponed games may be played at any time, subject to alley availability BUT a postponed game from the first part of the season must be played before the second half of the season begins and any postponed game during the second half of the season must be played within fourteen days of the close of the season. In the event that the original alley is unavailable, the fixture must be arranged on a neutral alley. If this is not done both teams will be deemed not to have played the fixture and no claim to points by either team shall be allowed. Details of all re-arranged games must be advised to the appropriate Divisional Secretary of the League by both teams within fourteen days of the date the game was originally scheduled.

6.  In the event of a game being cancelled, the team cancelling the game must notify the appropriate Divisional Secretary and the opposing team’s Secretary by telephone at least 48 hours before the date that the match is to be cancelled. In addition, BOTH TEAMS must record  the points allocation on the Results Submission Section of the League's website within 48 hours of the cancellation date. Any team cancelling a match shall be deemed to forfeit the game and to concede all six points to their opponents.

7.  Games shall be between teams of 10 players playing 2 halves of 5 players, playing 10 hands of 3 balls each. Six points per game will be awarded, 2 for a win and 2 for a lead in each half. If the game is drawn 1 point each will be given and if a first or second half is drawn each team will receive 1 point.

8.  All games shall commence at 7:30pm where a single alley is used and 8:00pm where two alleys are used. An offending team shall be liable to forfeit the first half points. The break between the two halves shall not exceed 20 minutes on a double alley and 10 minutes on a single alley.

9.  Each alley shall be clearly marked with a “No-ball line” and if a ball first strikes the alley on or over this line it shall be a “No-ball”. A ball touching the side of the alley is a “No-ball”. No player shall touch or go beyond this line whilst in possession of the ball and he/she shall deliver his/her ball so that it reaches the ground before it touches the line. A “No-ball” shall be lost to the player and all pins knocked down by a “No-ball” re-set.

10.  Should a team commence a game, one or more players short, the late player(s) shall not be admitted to the game after 2 legs have been bowled by each team. This shall apply to both halves of the game.

11.  Balls must be wooden or composite and not exceed 5” in diameter. No other type of balls will be permitted. The Home team is to supply the balls which are to be used by both teams. No more than 3 balls are to be in the chute(s) at any one time. All 9 pins must be of the standard League size and may be wooden or plastic but mixed sets will not be permitted. The front pin shall be painted black and white.

12.  All pins knocked down by a striking ball must be removed by the “Sticker- up” including pins standing outside the “Diamond” but if a pin or part of a pin after being struck should stand up again within the “Diamond” of the alley it shall be deemed not to have been knocked down and shall remain in the position in which it re-stood.

13.  The Home team shall be responsible for the expenses of the game, the appointment of “Stickers-up” of legal age and the marking of the scoreboard. BOTH TEAMS are responsible for recording  the result of the game on the Results Submission Section of the League's website within 48 hours of the game being played.

14.  If a player falls sick or is injured during a game his place may be filled by another player for the remainder of the game and the score on the scoreboard shall stand. The player introduced cannot have played any previous part in the game and such substitution shall be to the accord of both Captains.

15.  No team shall be permitted to change their alley during the Winter playing season unless permission of the appropriate Divisional Secretary  be obtained first. The administration fee where a change is allowed will be charged. It shall be the team’s responsibility to notify all other teams in the Division of such alteration immediately.

16.  The conduct of the Game shall be the responsibility of the Captains of both teams.

17.  Challenge Cups shall be awarded for all competitions and to the winners and runners-up of each League Division at the discretion of the Executive Committee. The Challenge Cups shall be held by the winners from the date of presentation and must be returned in good condition to the Cups &Trophies Secretary no later than the following April 1st. Any damage to the Cups will be repaired and the actual cost plus 10% re-charged to the team concerned. Any loss will be the full responsibility of the team holding the Cups.

18.  The three teams with the most points at the end of the season, as determined by the Executive Committee, in Divisions 2 and below, will be promoted to the next division, and the three lowest teams in each division, save for the last division, will be relegated to the division below it. The Executive Committee also have the power to promote or relegate other teams and to direct a play off in the event of a tie. If at the end of the season the points total of 2 or more teams are equal, then for promotion or relegation, their relative positions will be determined by the aggregate of pins scored by the teams concerned when they met in League games home and away, and should these be equal, then their positions shall be determined by reference to the aggregate total points won between the two teams when they met in League games, and should these be equal, the appropriate Divisional Secretary will arrange a match on a neutral alley to decide the winners.

19.  Any team not submitting to the Treasurer its Entry Form with the Application Fee by April 30th will, subject to the discretion of the Executive Committee, be expelled and have to seek re-election to the League.

20.  Should a team fail to complete its fixtures by virtue of being expelled from the League during the playing season, or withdrawing from the League during the playing season, and before the completion of all its fixtures, then that team shall be excluded from membership of the League for the following season, and all games played by that team to the date of expulsion or date of withdrawal from the League shall be deemed void and no points awarded.

21.  The Executive Committee shall at the Annual General Meeting each year present for approval a list of fines to be imposed on the breaking of any of these rules. The breach of any rule shall render a team liable to a fine whether or not the rule in question specifically refers to the imposition of a fine.

22.  Any proposed amendments to these rules shall be submitted in writing to the Chairman before the end of May for consideration by the Executive Committee before inclusion in the agenda for the next Annual General Meeting.

23.  Any protest or complaint of whatever nature concerning the League or any of the teams or team members must be sent to the appropriate Divisional Secretary in writing within 6 days of the completion of any game or incident complained about. No telephoned or verbal complaints will be accepted.

24.  Disputes arising on these Rules or in respect of the League shall be referred to the Executive Committee whose decision shall be final in all matters. This Executive Committee with its necessary ex-officio Officers shall be appointed at each Annual General Meeting.

25.  These Rules may be amended by the Executive Committee at their absolute discretion subject only to approval at the next following Annual General Meeting.

26.  Where a player or team is suspended by the Gloucester City Skittles League or Gloucester Ladies Skittles League, as a matter of discipline, this League will automatically do likewise and vice-versa. The Executive Committee shall have power to impose a fine and suspend any player.

 

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