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Bowls In Focus : January 2011
Bowls In Focus 21 Understanding The Laws Playing One Player Short Although we frequently hear that the tutorial course for accrediting or re-accrediting umpires is too time consuming, and in the case of re-accreditations amounts to teaching to the converted, we still find that there are a great number of umpires who have no understanding of certain Laws that were introduced in Septem- ber 2006 with the Crystal Mark Edition of The Laws of the Sport of Bowls. Perhaps the greatest example of a misunder- stood law is in a pennant game when a team has been reduced to only three players. In this situation the umpire is required to understand and administer several Laws and Domestic Regulations, they are Law 51, Law 46.2 .2 and Domestic Regulation 4.1 . Law 51.2: If a player has to leave the green during the course of a team or side game due to illness or some other reasonable cause, and they cannot return within 10 minutes, the umpire or the Controlling Body can approve the introduction of a substitute. Law 51.6.2: If no eligible substitute is avail- able in a side game, Law 46.2 .2 will apply from the end in which the substitution became necessary. Law 46.2.2: If, 30 minutes after the scheduled start time for a game, or sooner if the Control- ling Body decides, one player is absent from one or more teams in a side, the game should continue but: Law 46.2.2 .1: the number of bowls played by each defaulting team should be made up by the lead and second, both playing three bowls; and Law 46.2.2 .2: one fourth of the total shots scored (including decimal places) by each defaulting team should be deducted from their score after the game has finished. Domestic Regulation 4.1 .5: If an original team member is unable to play at any time, including the first end of the first game, for a reason ac- cepted by the Controlling Body, then a substitute shall be permitted under the provisions of Law 51 and their name shall be recorded as a substitute for the team member. (Note: Domestic Regulation No. will change after 1 January 2011 Firstly, in a pennant game where a player is absent at the scheduled starting time, the game may commence if there is a substitute available (Domestic Regulation 4.1.5), if no substitute is available play may be delayed for up to 30 minutes (Law 46.2 .2) to allow the absent player time to arrive, if this does not occur Law 46.2 .2 points 1 and 2 will take effect. This means that the lead and the second will each play three bowls and the skip will have the usual two bowls, and a deduction of 25% of the team’s total score is then made at the comple- tion of the game. In a pennant game when a player has to leave the green due to illness or some other reasonable cause, and they cannot return within 10 minutes, the umpire can approve the use of a substitute, however, if a substitute is not available then again Law 51.6 .2 and Law 46.2 .2 will apply. In either situation once a team is reduced to three players a line shall be drawn across the scorecard and a 25% deduction is made at the completion of the game. Domestic Regulation In any pennant game, after a team has been reduced to three players there is NO PROVISION in the Laws that allows the re-introduction of a fourth player. It is imperative that at all times when called upon for a decision relating to the Laws, the umpire should point out to the team managers the relevant Laws on which he bases his ruling.