Devizes & District Skittles League Rules as at 7 August 1996 (Amended 7 July 2008)
1. The League Headquarters shall be situated at the The Conservative Club,30 Long Street, Devizes.
2a. The General Management of the League shall be conducted by a Committee
comprising of: Chairman
& Seven Committee Men
b. All Officers & Committee members are to be elected annually at The League Annual General Meeting (AGM).
c. The Decision of the Committee will be final & binding in all League business.
d. Five Committee Members, (inclusive of Office Bearers) shall constitute a Quorum for the holding of Meetings.
e. A written summary of the business resolved by the Committee to be circulated by the Secretary to all member teams.
f. Any dispute which may arise concerning League Rules shall be settled by the Committee, whose decision shall be final.
g. Should a team have any complaints for settlement by the Committee, details of same must be submitted in precise terms in writing to the League Secretary by 19:00hrs on the Saturday prior to the meeting.
3a. The League shall hold an AGM on a date to be stipulated by the Committee.
This date to be published at least Six Weeks in advance of the same.
b. All resolutions for discussion at the AGM are to be received by the League Secretary
at least twenty-one days before the date fixed for the AGM, and must be seconded.
c. All applications for discussion at the AGM are to be received by the League Secretary on or before 31 May. All applicants must be represented on the night of the AGM. The representative should report to the League Secretary upon arriving and then will be invited to join the meeting if the application is successful.
d. The League Secretary shall publish and circulate to all Member Teams an agenda on the night of the AGM.
4a. An Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of this League may be called by the Committee or if a letter signed by a minimum of 6 Team Captains is given to
the League Secretary, stating in precise terms the Matter or Matters that are to be discussed and resolved at the EGM.
b. The Secretary shall convene the requested Meeting in writing to all Member Teams, stating the Matter(s) at issue, on a date which is as near as possible, three weeks from the date of such request being received.
5. At AGM’s and EGM’s of this League, all Registered Players in the League are entitled to attend. Each Member Team shall appoint two players, each of who are allowed to vote, and who must be Registered Players for their relative Teams.
6a. The League is to consist of Three Divisions (Premier Division, Divisions 1 & 2 ).
b. Each Division is to consist of the same number of Teams. Should there be one odd Team, the Premier Division is to accommodate the same. If two odd teams, Division 1
is to accommodate the same number of teams as the Premier Division, and if three
odd teams, Division 2 is to accommodate the same number of teams as the Premier Division and Division 1.
c. All new teams accepted will commence in Division 2.
d. Promotion and Relegation will apply. The two top teams in Divisions 1 & 2 (as appropriate to Final League Tables) shall be promoted to their respective immediate higher Divisions. The bottom two teams in the Premier Division and Division 1
(as appropriate to the Final League Tables) shall be relegated to their respective immediate lower Divisions. The question of Promotion and Relegation (No. of Teams)
to be reviewed at each AGM.
e. Positions within each Division to be decided by the following criteria in descending order: -
Total Points, Aggregate Points, Legs Won.
f. If a position within a Division that wins a trophy or that earns Automatic Promotion or Relegation can still not be decided, the League Management Committee will arrange a play-off, on a neutral Alley.
g. Teams may not change Home Alleys during the season unless approved by the League Management Committee.
7a. League matches are to be played on the Wednesday of each week during the season on a home and away basis.
b. The number of players per Team shall be nine plus reserves.
c. Scoring in League matches is as follows: -
Two Points per Leg & Two Points for Aggregate Pins.
d. League matches shall be played over four legs. Each leg must be played individually; i.e. players MUST NOT play four legs straight off unless permission to do so is obtained from the opposing Team Captain.
e. All League Matches in the Premier Division ONLY are to be played to Front Pin
First Rules, viz.: that the Front Pin MUST be struck first by the Ball and fall before any other knocked down Pins count. In the case of a Spare, ONLY the
Pins that were legally knocked down are to be set up again.
f. All Players must stand behind the line when bowling their balls. If a Player is seen to be standing on or over the line when bowling his balls, he may be given a score of Zero for that leg.
8a. No League Match is to be started unless a minimum of Seven Players is present from each Team.
b. All games must start NO later than 8:45pm, with the required number of Players present.
c. Any Team failing to arrive with the required number of Players by 8:45pm shall forfeit three points in a League Match, or twenty Pins in a Cup Match.
d. Any Player or Players shall be ineligible for play if they arrive after the Second Leg has been played.
e. A Score Sheet must be compiled by each Team in respect of each fixture played and signed by both Captains. The home Team Captain shall be responsible for sending in both sheets to the League Secretary. If no match has been played (for whatever reason other than a Bye), the Home Team Captain must notify the League Secretary, in writing, the reason(s) why no match was played. The score sheets or “written reasons” must be in the possession of the Fixtures Secretary no later than noon on the Saturday following each League fixture; failure to do so will result in a fine of £1.00 for each offence.
9a. The appropriate main income, for the following season, at the current rate, and any other monies owing to the League are to be paid by all Teams on or before 31 May each year. Any Team failing to comply will be deemed non-members for the new season.
b. The amount of any increase in League Fees as passed at the Annual General Meeting, will be payable by all Teams before 31 December of that year.
e. Any Team applying to join the League must deposit with the Treasurer, funds
to cover the Main income, at the current rate, prior to the start of the Annual
f. Any fines incurred as a result of late return of score sheets, must be notified to the
team A.S.A.P after being imposed. The fine must be paid within one calendar month
of receipt of notification.
e. If a Team leaves the League owing monies, NO member of that Team will be eligible to play in the League until he has paid his share of the outstanding monies.
10a. A Team may register any number of Players.
b. Membership of the League is restricted to men ONLY. Teams may register TWO juniors between the ages of 16 – 18 years, if desired. Team Captains shall be responsible for ensuring that all players are of the required age, and that any juniors in the team abide
by Licensing Laws.
c. No player shall be registered for more than one Team.
d. Should it be proved that a Player has played for more than one Team in any One Season, he shall be banned from the League for the remainder of it, with the exception of section (f).
e. Registration of a new Player MUST be in the hands of the Fixtures Secretary
48 hours before he becomes eligible for play.
f. All transfers for residential reasons shall be subject to League Committee approval.
11a. In the case of a Team being unable to play a League Fixture on the allocated date, forty-eight Hours notice of cancellation MUST be given to the opposing Team Captain. Failing to do so, the offending team may be fined £10 and/or 10 points and reasonable expenses re-imbursed to the opposing team, at the discretion of the League Committee. Team Captains of both teams must submit blank score sheets to the Fixtures Secretary with the words “POSTPONED” written across the Sheet. The Fixtures Secretary must receive these sheets by the normal deadline.
b. Any League fixture not played on the allocated date must be played within One Calendar Month or by the Wednesday following the Last League Fixture of the Season, whichever is sooner. Any Fixtures not played within these time limits will incur a fine of £5 on the Home Team, at the discretion of the League Committee. The Fixtures Secretary will then arrange a date and venue for the Fixture to be played. Any Team failing to play on a date set by the League Secretary will be fined £10.
c. Any fine that is NOT paid to the League Treasurer under this Rule within One Calendar Month of the Committee Ruling will result in automatic expulsion from League Membership.
12a. If a player knocks down a Pin and it stands up again, that Pin shall be deemed to be knocked down and shall be removed from the frame. The Sticker-up shall be responsible for giving the number of Pins knocked down. His decision shall be final.
b. Should a Pin slide outside the frame to a distance of Three Inches from the centre of any outside Pin positions, that Pin is deemed to be down and added to the score.
13. At the end of each League Season, Team Captains shall be responsible for submitting to the Fixtures Secretary, the Two Highest Individual Averages in Home Games, Away Games and All Games, who have played the minimum of two thirds of the Season’s fixtures in each case. All averages sheets should be
In the possession of the Fixtures Secretary by the second Saturday following the last fixture of the season. Team members could miss a prize if this schedule is not adhered to.
14a. All Skittles pins used in the League must have the Front Pin clearly marked with a band (at least one-inch wide) painted around the Top and Bottom of the same. If the Centre Pin is to be larger than the other pins then it must be clearly marked with a band (at least two inches wide) around the middle of the same.
b. The Dimensions of Skittle Diamonds i.e.: the distance between the centres of
Pin positions, shall NOT be less than Three Feet and Eleven inches and
Not more than Four Feet and One Inch.
c. No Pins or Balls shall be changed during the League Season without the approval of the League Committee.
d. Any change of Pins or Balls between League Seasons must be notified to the Fixtures Secretary and the Old and New Pins must be made available for inspection by at least three officers of the League.
e. All New Pins for use in League must either be of similar size as the Pins they are replacing, or conform to the following dimensions: -
Height Maximum Ten and a Half Inches
Minimum Nine and a Half Inches
Diameter Ends Maximum Three Inches
Minimum Two Inches
Middle Maximum Five and a Half Inches
Minimum Four and a Half Inches
f. A KINGPIN may be used for the Centre Pin as long as it is no more than One inch larger in all dimensions than the other pins being used.
g. All Balls for use in League Games must have a diameter of at least Four Inches but not greater than Five Inches.
15a. Any competition winners or runners-up (Kemp-Nomination-Novices-TSB-Jubilee
Eric Wheeler-Mixed Pairs.) who fail to attend the AGM, will forfeit their wings.
b. League Trophies CANNOT be won outright.
c. Trophies shall be held by the winner(s) for approximately One Year, and then returned to the Fixtures Secretary by the second Saturday following the last fixture of the season. If any trophy is not returned by this day, a fine of £10 will be levied on theTeam/Individual per trophy. Furthermore, if the trophy is not returned in a suitably clean condition, a fine of £10 will be imposed.
d. Any dispute that may arise in relation to League Trophies shall be settled by the League Committee.
e. The Engraving of Winners names on all League Perpetual Trophies shall be the sole responsibility of the Fixtures Secretary. NO team or player is permitted to execute or order any engraving whatsoever to any of the same.
f. Individual Trophies will not be awarded to winners of the Captain’s Cup.
LEAGUE WINNERS AND RUNNERS-UP IN ALL DIVISIONS
16. Trophies shall be presented annually to the Teams that finish first and second in each Division at the end of each Season.
17a. The following Trophies shall be presented to the Player gaining the highest average number of Pins in League fixtures ONLY in the respective Divisions: -
The Tigwell Cup Straight Skittles Divisions
The Premier Division Trophy Premier Division only
The Captain’s Cup Straight Skittles Division
The Captain’s Cup (Premier Division) Premier Division only
b. In order to qualify for these Awards, Players MUST have played in a minimum of Two Thirds of the Season’s League Fixtures.
c. Any necessary play-off shall be arranged by the League Committee.
HIGHEST SCORE TROPHIES
18a. The following trophies shall be presented to the player attaining the highest individual score with Twelve balls in a League Match only on the respective alleys: - The Wakeman Trophy. - Neutral Alley
- Home Alley
b. Any necessary play-off shall be arranged by the League Committee.
TSB GROUP TYPE COMPETITION
19a. This competition is to be played for annually as ordinary skittles.
b. Each Team to consist of Three Players who MUST all be registered members of the same League Team.
c. The Three top scoring Teams in the final group will receive awards.
d. A fee of £3.00 per Team is payable with the entries.
e. All Players must be present at the published starting time for the group. Late Arrivals will not be allowed to play.
f. All other details are to be resolved by the League Committee.
g. The value of the prizes will be dependent on the number of entries and will be self- financing.
MIXED PAIRS COMPETITION
20a. This Competition to be played for annually as ordinary skittles.
b. This Competition to be played as a knock-out competition with all games to be played over Three Legs with, in the event of a tie resulting, one extra Leg being played until a winner is resolved.
c. One of the players MUST be a Registered Member of the Men’s or Ladies Skittles League.
d. A fee of £3.00 per Pair is payable with the entries.
e. All Players must be present at the start time given on the published schedule of play. Late arrivals will NOT be allowed to play.
f. All other details are to be resolved by the League Committee.
g. No substitutes are allowed once a Pair has played a game in this competition.
h. The value of the prizes will be dependent on the number of entries and will be self-financing
JUBILEE CUP COMPETITION.
21a. This Competition is to be played for annually as an Individual Nomination knockout with all games being played over Three Legs with, in case of a tie
resulting, one extra Leg being played until a winner is resolved.
b. A fee of £2.00 per Player is payable with the entries.
c. The number of entries allowed per League Team is to be decided each year by the League Committee.
d. In all other matters, the appropriate rules of the League shall govern this Competition.
e. All Players must be present at the start time given on the published schedule of play. Late Arrivals will NOT be allowed to play.
f. The value of the prizes will be dependent on the number of entries and will be self-financing
TEAM KNOCK-OUT COMPETITIONS
22a. Each Team is to consist of nine Players.
b. All games in these Competitions are to be played over five legs with the result being decided on Total Pins scored at the end of the fifth leg. If there is a draw after five legs, one extra leg will be played until there is a winner.
c. In Competitions where home dates are to be given by Team Captains, the League Committee shall decide the Closing and submittal dates for each round in the game. Home Team Captains shall submit to the Away Team Captains two alternate dates of play by the dates set by the Committee. Unless both teams concerned agree NO Saturdays or Sundays shall be included in the two alternative dates submitted to the Away Team from the Home Team Captain.
d. When a Team reaches the Semi-Final or Final of any Team Knockout Competition, the Captain shall at once inform the Fixtures Secretary, as to the most convenient days of the week, (other than Wednesdays) on which he could raise a Team to play the game. Failing to do so, the date and venue decided by the Committee for the playing of the pairing MUST be strictly adhered to.
e. The Semi-Finals and Finals are to be played on a neutral alley and date arranged by the League Committee.
NOMINATION KNOCK-OUT COMPETITION
23a. Each team must apply to enter this competition.
b. An umpire (agreeable to both teams) will officiate at each match.
c. The Game shall be that before each ball is bowled the player shall nominate the pin he intends to strike. Should a ball NOT hit the nominated pin but clears other pins on the frame, those pins to remain down for the remainder of that person’s leg and NOT count and NOT be set up again in the case of a Spare.
d. The rear wall behind the frame is to be clearly marked in white letters, a minimum of nine inches high, with the letters L and R on the Left and Right hand sides respectively, as seen from the point where the bowler stands when bowling.
e. In all other matters, the appropriate Rules of the League apply.
KEMP SHIELD KNOCK-OUT COMPETITION
24a. Each team must apply to enter this Competition.
b. This Competition is to be played as Ordinary Skittles.
c. In all other matters, the appropriate Rules of the League apply.
NOVICES CUP KNOCK-OUT COMPETITION
25a. This Competition to be played for Annually on a knockout basis.
b. All games must be played over five Legs of Ordinary Skittles with the result decided on total pins at the end of the game. In the case of a tie, an extra leg will be played until a result is achieved.
c. Entry to be restricted to teams that have been beaten in the preliminary and first Rounds of both the Nomination Cup and Kemp Shield Competitions. Conceding a game in either of the above competitions forfeits entry into this competition.
d. In all other matters, the general rules of the League apply.
ERIC WHEELER 6-A-SIDE COMPETITION
26a. This competition to be played for annually on a knockout basis.
b. Teams must consist of three Men and three Women, of which at least three Team Members must be “Registered” Players with either the “Devizes or District Skittles League” or the “Devizes and District Ladies Skittles League”. “Registered”, players
need not come from the same League Team.
c. All games to be played over four legs or Ordinary Skittles with the result decided on total pins at the end of the game. In the case of a tie, extra leg(s) will be played to achieve a result.
d. An entry fee of £9.00 per team is payable with entries.
e. The team drawn “Home” may choose which alley the game is to be played on. The “Home” Team Captain must give the opposing Team 2 alternative dates on which to play the game.
f. In all other matters, the general rules of the League apply.
A:\ Skittles Rules.98 (amended 8/2010)