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Bowls In Focus : November 2011
Bowls In Focus 37 The pennant season is off and running and there has been no major issues reported with the new updated 2011 Bowls Victoria Rules for Competition that now incorporates the Tuesday Pennant. The BV Laws & Rules Committee has had many queries from bowlers that have all been responded to with the appropriate answers to the queries. I would encourage that if you have any queries on the Laws and the interpretations that you first contact your local Regional Umpires Chairman in the first instance, as they will usually respond immediately. Several BV Victorian Umpires who hold International Technical Officials (ITO) accreditation from World Bowls have been appointed to officiate at the 2011 Asia Pacific Bowls Championships at Lockleys Bowls Club in Adelaide, as a test event prior to next year’s 2012 World Bowls to be held also at Lockleys. I would like to congratulate them and wish them well, it’s a great honour for Bowls Victoria to have some of the world’s elite technical officials, who are appointed for major WB international events around the world, right here in Victoria. No laws governing sport can cope with every situation, and the Laws governing the sport of bowls are no exception. Unusual situations not covered within the laws can often arise. The laws of the sport of bowls have been drawn up in the spirit of true sportsmanship. So, if a situation arises that is clearly not covered by the laws, players, markers and umpires should use their common sense and the spirit of fair play to decide on the appropriate course of action. This month I have selected queries and the responses I have given that may extend your knowledge of the laws of our great game. For reasons of privacy I have withheld the full names and clubs of these enquiries, I hope you benefit from these interesting scenarios Stop the dump Dear Sir, I was the umpire at a pennant round last week at my club, we had very soft greens after five days of torrential rain and our club’s Greens Director asked me to ensure that there were no players dumping their bowls and causing damage to the greens. I advised the side managers of both our home side teams and the visiting side managers to seek their co-operation and understanding. On the third end I was summoned by the side manager of one of the home sides who he had observed a visiting player delivering his bowls from hip level and delivering them approximately 1.5 metres down the green, on the full creating divots in the green, when a player approached the player and advised him of what he was doing he reacted in an angry, threatening and intimidating manner. I approached the player and advised him I was the umpire and had observed him dumping his bowls and I directed him to immediately use a dump mat to protect the green. He refused and reacted as he did previously in an aggressive manner towards me. I was quite frightened by him and withdrew, as I was not sure what I should have done in the circumstances. Can you please inform me what actions were available to me? John, Glen Waverley Hi John, I am very disappointed to hear of your experience, a combination of Bowls Victoria Rules for Competition Rule 5A (i) and the Laws below provide you with a strong and decisive outcome you may invoke next time around. Once the matter has been reported to you, you need to warn the side manager and/or the skip depending on the match in progress. If the dumping continues you direct the offender to use a dump mat each and every time he delivers his bowl (the mat must be removed when his direct opponent delivers his bowl then placed down once again for the offender to deliver his second bowl). If in the circumstances you describe he refuses, you simply give him one more chance to comply in the presence of the side manager or skipper. If he still refuses, the match is over and you award the game to their opponents. The offender would be deemed to be a ‘defaulting player’ under Law 1.3 .3 as he did not meet the requirements of specific Laws or Rules, and as such under Law 1.3 .10 the game is forfeited as the team/side contains a defaulting player. How far do you go? Hi Peter I play at a small metropolitan club and regretfully we do not have an umpire and we had an interesting situation arise on Saturday during pennant. Our leader rolled a short jack, his opponent rolled the jack into the ditch, the skip placed the jack on the 2-metre point and our leader placed the mat on the green to play a minimum length. The opposing skip challenged the length even though the mat had been placed by hand - there was total confusion as to what should happen next - could you please advise the correct procedure to deal this unusual scenario please. Marko, Swan Hill Hello Marko, Thanks for your emailed question. Here in Australia as you are no doubt aware we use 21metres not 23 as per the international minimum distance (refer Law 23.5). In this scenario the jack cannot be re-delivered; the opponent should place the mat in any lawful position on the centre-line of the rink but shall not play first. Struck out Dear Rules Chairman, I enjoyed your last article in relation to the interruptions of the Laws, I found it very informative but I have a query I would appreciate your comments on. We had a dispute during pennant this weekend just passed, the opposing skip player a fast drive, struck the jack, it flew through the air and struck the rink number dislodging it. The rink number was located behind the edge of the rink by six inches and rebounded back into the ditch, the duty umpire who did not witness the event was called and there was an argument between the parties as to whether it hit the bank or the number - can you advise what should have happened here, thank you. Reg, Wonga Park Hello Reg, Thanks for your letter Reg, simple determination here; as the Jack hit the number and dislodged it, the end should have been declared dead. Law 30.1.1 is the appropriate reference that covers the situation raised: ‘If the Jack is moved by a bowl in play, it is a dead Jack if it passes above the face of the bank’. Rules Peter Delaney Laws & Rules Some interesting letters