Games will be played in accordance with EIBA Ltd rules unless amended by the rules set out below.


The following competitions are open to full members of Wealden I.B.C.

Men's/Ladies Singles      21 shots Mixed Pairs      21 ends
Men's/Ladies Pairs      21 ends Mixed Fours      21 ends
Men's/Ladies Triples      18 ends Married Pairs      21 ends
Men's/Ladies Fours      21 ends Monday Night Mixed Triples      18 ends

The following drawn competitions are open to full members of Wealden I.B.C. who have not previously won a W.I.B.C. club competition and whose names do not appear as winners on any Honours Board at W.I.B.C..

Backbone (Pairs) Trophy   100 shots (1st bowl 4pts, 2nd bowl 3 pts etc.)
Drawn Fours   21 ends
Drawn Triples   18 ends


The Singles Plate is for first game losers in both Men’s and Ladies’ Singles Competitions.

The game is played as 3 sets of 7 ends, with the winner winning 2 of the sets.

Players giving a walkover in the Singles Competitions do not qualify for the Singles Plate.

Two trial ends are allowed except for the Backbone in which there shall be no trial ends.

The Monday Night Mixed Triples competition is played on Monday evenings. Teams must be mixed and consist of 3 members who will play every game, although the rules do allow for a substitute if required(see Rule 6). If a sufficient number of teams enter, this competition will be played in 2 drawn groups with the winners of each group playing the runners up of the other group to decide who will play in the Final on Finals Weekend. Points will be scored as follows: 2 points for a win, 1 for a draw with overall shot difference determining who plays the Final in the event of a tie.

Two trial ends are allowed for every competition except for the Backbone, in which there shall be no trial ends.

In the event of a tie an extra end will be played except in Monday Night Mixed Triples group games.  In all competitions including the Backbone the player holding shot at the conclusion of the extra end wins the game.


Match timetables will be posted on the Competition Notice Board at the end of rink 1.

For all competitions the first named is the Challenger and is responsible for providing a marker where applicable.

All rounds will be played on fixed dates (subject to Rule 4) with the exception of the Singles Plate where the challenger shall offer the opponent a choice of two dates, at least one to be at a weekend.

All games commence at the time shown on the displayed sheet. If all players are ready to play earlier they may do so provided that they mark the scorecard with the start time.

The failure of a player to appear after a maximum waiting period of 15 minutes from the time fixed for the start of the game, shall cause the player(s) to forfeit the game to their opponent(s).

Rinks are to be drawn at the time of the competition.  If any player has played on a rink earlier in the day that rink shall be excluded from the draw.  When games are arranged (the Singles Plate) or re-arranged per rule 4 on or to a time when league games are being played the draw shall be made from any rinks not allocated to leagues,

There is a time limit of 2 hours for the Backbone and the Singles Plate and 4 hours for all other competitions including trial ends if playable.


In any competition a game may be re-arranged to any day before the original date subject to the agreement of both teams and rink availability.  Saturday games may be re-arranged to the Sunday of the same weekend.

Monday Night Mixed Triples games may be re-arranged to any day to suit up to two weeks beyond the last arranged group game of the season.  If a Monday Night Mixed Triples game is conceded the team to whom it is conceded will receive the winner’s 2 points.  The shot difference applicable shall be the difference at the point of concession plus (for the winning team) or minus (for the conceding team) a 5 shot difference penalty. If a game remains un-played no points will be awarded to either side.

Players who have been asked to represent the County or Club or players competing in a zone semi final or final of a National competition on the date they are due to play a club competition, or are asked to surrender their rink to allow such a game to be played, will be allowed to re-arrange to a date no later than 14 days after the original date.

In all cases those seeking a re-arrangement shall advise their opponent immediately the opposition is known. The opponent shall offer the team seeking the re-arragement at least three reasonable alternative date/times of which one must be a week-end. The team seeking the re-arrangement must accept one of these dates, using the substitution rule (Rule 6) if necessary, or concede the match.

ALL RE-ARRANGEMENTS must be recorded on a yellow form from the Green steward to allow the booking sheets to be amended and the Competition Secretary to be informed.


At the end of each game a member of each team should sign the scorecard and note the completion time.  The scorecard should then be placed in the Completed Scorecards box by rink 1.  In the event of a walkover the team giving the walkover must complete the card and the Green Steward must be advised to re-allocate the rink.

Players should NOT enter the result on  the draw sheets.


Background - Members entering club competitions can have an expectation of getting to one or more finals, the dates of which are published on the Competitions Entry Form in the W.I.B.C. fixture lists.  The dates of each round are posted on the notice board early in the season and it is reasonable to expect that these would be entered in competitors' diaries.  The following rules permitting substitutes is intended to cover emergencies and the re-arrangement rules (see Rule 4)  should be sufficient to meet other situations. It is not in the spirit of the competitions to take advantage of these substitution rules to cover loss of form or social engagements.  Competitors should organise their outside interests and commitments to give priority to their Finals Weekend matches.  Where circumstances change competitors should withdraw from competitions as soon as they know they will not be available on Finals weekend.


For the Monday Night Mixed Triples the team will be that named on the entry form. For all other competitions the first team that plays will be the team regardless of the names on the entry form, except that at least one member of the team must have been named on the entry form.

Competition Rule
 Singles/Singles Plate  No substitute allowed
 Married Pairs  No substitute allowed
 Men's/Ladies' Pairs/Triples/Fours  One and the same substitute
 Mixed Pairs  One and the same man and lady but at no time together
 Mixed Fours  One and the same man and lady who may play at the same time
 Monday Night Triples  One and the same man and lady who may play at the same time
 Backbone  One and the same substitute provided by the Competition Secretary
 Drawn Triples  One and the same substitute provided by the Competition Secretary
 Drawn Fours  One and the same substitute provided by the Competition Secretary

Substitutes must not have played for another team in the same competition, but may play in any position.



 Players should endeavour to resolve any dispute in the friendly spirit in which club competitions should be played.  Failing this all disputes or questions of the interpretation of these rules must be referred to the Competition Secretaries (David Lewis and Susan Lewis 01892 653620) whose decision will be final.






Wealden Indoor Bowls Club

Competitions Rules 2017/18