Cheltenham Skittles League
The League shall
be called “Cheltenham Skittles League” and any skittles club using a
home alley within six miles radius of Cheltenham shall be eligible
to apply for membership. The accepted teams will be grouped into
divisions not exceeding fourteen in each division.
General meeting will be held before the end of June each year to
receive and approve
an Audited Balance Sheet and Accounts Statement made up to the end of
the Financial year, (which is the 31st
to elect the
Executive Committee Officers as detailed below, to approve any changes
to these Rules and approve the constitution of the League for the
One member of each
registered team shall be entitled to attend an Annual General Meeting
and Notice of such meetings will be given to the registered contact of
each team not less than fourteen days prior to the Meeting.
Committee will consist of the following Honorary Officers: Chairman,
Vice Chairman, League Secretary, Assistant League Secretary,
Treasurer and not more than six representatives of the competing
teams. Three Trustees shall be elected from the Officers by the
Committee will be empowered to administer the affairs of the League,
to call a General Meeting as and when it is deemed necessary and to
require any team representatives to attend their meetings if
required. A General Meeting may also be called at the signed request
of not less than twenty four registered teams stating the business
to be transacted.
B Team and Player Registration
All teams will
be required to register for membership each season. Applications for
Registration and applications to join the League from new teams must
be made in writing, on the official Application Form, together with
the Registration Fee as detailed in Appendix A, to the League
Secretary not later than the first Saturday in May.
register to play on a Home Alley and this cannot be changed once the
Constitution of the League has been set. In exceptional
circumstances application must be made to the League secretary if a
Home Alley closes.
3. All registered players must be at
least sixteen years of age, and be registered with the League Secretary not less
than five clear days before being eligible to play in any fixture. The date of
the postmark or the date the registration form is received by the League
secretary shall count as the first day.
There should be a maximum of 2
players aged 16-18 in any one team.
An appropriate Family Member must
be named who is deemed to be the ‘guardian’ of the young player during skittles
games. This Adult will be named on the Registration Form.
No attempt to Purchase alcohol by,
or on behalf of any young person aged 16-or 17 should be made.
Team Members are reminded that
Rule E1 applies.
A player may not
sign a registration form to play for more than one team in any
season. The penalty for doing so is set out in Appendix A and
the player will be suspended from playing in any fixture
until payment is made. The earliest dated signature will be treated
as valid. A player wishing to transfer from one team to another
after registration must apply to the League Secretary for an
official transfer form. This form must be completed and signed by
the Secretaries of both teams and returned to the League Secretary,
together with payment of a fee equal to the player’s registration
fee, for approval by not less than 2 Members of the Executive
Committee. The Executive Committee may refuse the transfer
if there is any objection made but will not do so unreasonably. No
transfers will be permitted after 31st. January.
Registrations received by the League Secretary after the main issue
of Handbooks and initial confirmation of players must
be accompanied by a suitably stamped and addressed envelope.
Teams with the
same names are required to add ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’ and so on to their name
to differentiate between them.
Any team failing
to settle monies due to the League by the end of the League’s
Financial Year, for whatever reason, shall not be eligible to
register for membership in the following season.
Teams wishing to
change their name from that registered in the previous season and to
retain their League division status must request their change, in
writing, to the League Secretary not less than fourteen days prior
to the Annual General Meeting at which their request will be
withdrawing from membership after the fixtures for the season have
been approved or which fails to complete their fixtures during the
season may be refused future membership at the discretion of the
will be arranged by the League Secretary and each registered team
will be provided with a Fixture Card prior to the start of the
season. Men’s matches will be on Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays and
Ladies matches will be on Wednesdays or Thursdays.
changes to the constitution of the League be necessary, for whatever
reason, after it has been approved at the Annual General Meeting the
League Secretary will officially notify those teams affected by any
Each Team will
play the other Teams in their Division both at Home and Away. The
winning Team at each match will be awarded two points in the League
Table and if the match results in a draw each team will be awarded
one point. At the end of the season the Team scoring the highest
number of points will be declared the Champions of their Division.
If the total points awarded to Teams are equal at the end of the
season a mini league will be calculated for those Teams and the
points they scored when they played each other will decide their
League positions. If their points are still equal then the
difference between the totals of the pins scored in their matches
will decide their positions. If the positions can still not be
determined then a play off match will be arranged and controlled by
the Executive Committee.
The three top
Teams in each Division (except for the Premier ‘A’ division) will be
promoted to the next higher Division and the three bottom Teams will
be relegated to the next lower Division for the following season
unless the Executive Committee decides otherwise. The three bottom
Teams in the lowest Division must seek re-election to the League.
trophies will be awarded to the winners and runners up in each
Division and the Teams who receive these trophies will be required
to ensure their safe return to the Hon. Secretary by April of the
year after they have been won or as determined by the Executive
Committee. In addition the Champions of each
Division will receive fourteen mementoes to be provided by the
breaking a fixture shall be fined according to Appendix A although a
satisfactory explanation in exceptional circumstances may be
accepted by the Executive Committee in which case the fine will be
circumstances arise whereby a fixture has to be changed, the
Secretary of the team requiring the change must inform and obtain
the agreement of their opponents at least fourteen days prior to the
fixture date and agree a new date, within twenty eight days of the
original date or before the final day of the season whichever is the
shorter, for the fixture to be played. The League Secretary must be
informed, in writing, giving the revised date of the fixture before
the date of the original fixture. Should this Rule not be met the
offending team shall be deemed to have broken the fixture and shall
be fined according to Appendix A.
If bad weather
conditions cause the postponement of a fixture the team requiring
the postponement, whether the Home Team or the Away Team, must give
as much notice as possible to their opponents. It is the
responsibility of that Team to arrange a new date for the fixture
within twenty eight days or before the final day of the season,
whichever is the shorter period, at the original venue. The League
Secretary must be notified of the postponement, in writing, and of
the rearranged date not more than seventy two hours after the
original fixture date.
Should this Rule
not be met, the offending team shall be deemed to have broken the
fixture and shall be fined according to Appendix A.
matches need not be held on normal match nights.
In the event of
a dispute between the two Teams over a changed fixture the League
Secretary will rearrange the fixture and the date given will be
final and shall not be subject to alteration.
ALL MATCHES MUST
Points cannot be claimed for unfulfilled fixtures.
D Before the match
The Home Team is
responsible for providing a set of balls and pins, in compliance
with the rules, and for settling all costs related to the use of the
The Front Pin
must be clearly marked with a white band around it. The two Front
Quarter Pins must also be marked in a way to distinguish them from
the Front Pin.
shall be drawn on the alley. The first line, which can be a wall or
an imaginary line, represents the back of the alley. The second line
must be drawn at least eight feet in front of the back line to
provide for the players’ run up. The third line must be drawn eight
feet in front of the second line. The player’s feet must be behind
the second line when releasing the ball and the ball must touch the
alley before it crosses the third line.
The home team
may appoint an Oche Judge and, if so, they must notify the name of
the person appointed to the opposing captain before the start of the
match. The Oche Judge shall call “No Ball” if the Rule above is
breached and that decision shall be final. Any pins floored by a “No
Ball” shall not count and will be reset.
A ball touching
the cush on either side of the alley before striking the pins will
be a “No Ball” and all pins floored by that ball will be reset.
All pins must be
down FLAT to count towards the score.
Cheltenham League matches on alleys side by side are not permitted.
To protect alley
surfaces all players must ensure that their footwear will not
damage the surface of the Alley.
E Playing the Match
Skittles League expects matches to be played in an enjoyable and
sportsmanlike atmosphere. Team support for their own members is
encouraged but, personal abuse, intimidation or gestures to their
opposition which can be termed ‘personal barracking’ WILL NOT BE
TOLERATED. These are reportable offences and
representatives of Teams reported for these offences,
will be required to attend a meeting of the
Executive Committee at which their case will be
considered. Complaints or protests must be made in writing
to the League Secretary within seven days of the incident. The
Executive Committee may monitor future matches involving Teams
against whom complaints have been made. Any Team found guilty of
misconduct or conduct which, in the opinion of the Executive
Committee, will bring the match or the League into disrepute will be
fined in accordance with Appendix A, League points may be deducted
or their membership of the League may be terminated immediately.
Players from Teams whose membership is terminated in this way may
not transfer to another Team without the specific permission of the
Each Team shall
consist of 12 players, and shall be divided into 4 sets of 3, each
set to bowl 3 balls (1 hand) alternately with their opponents until
18 balls (6 hands) are completed. At the end of the match the team
flooring the highest total number of pins shall be the winners.
shall commence at 8.00pm and the three players for the next set must
be on the alley ready to play as soon as the previous set has been
completed unless mutually agreed between the two captains.
Once a match has
started it will count as a League fixture and if any Team is
incomplete they shall be reported to the League Secretary for the
first offence and for any subsequent offence they shall be fined in
accordance with Appendix A.
It is the
responsibility of the Home Team to ensure that each player, before
commencing to play, personally signs the Official Result Card, in
ink, with their normal signatures which will be the only signatures
accepted. Failure to do this will render the home Team liable to a
fine in accordance with Appendix A.
Once a match has
started the pins and balls may not be changed unless
exceptional circumstances arise, in which case the opposing
captain must agree to such change.
If a match,
after it has started, has to be abandoned for any reason it must be
rearranged and played within twenty eight days or the final day of
the season whichever is the shorter period.
If a player,
through genuine accident resulting in injury or sudden illness, is
unable to complete their hands, that player may be substituted by
another Registered player from the reserves for the
remainder of the match subject to the agreement of both captains. A
report of this occurrence must be sent, in writing, to the League
Secretary within seven days of the match.
A Team that
knowingly plays an ineligible player or players will be
Fined in accordance with Appendix A.
points shall be deducted from the offending team’s total points, and, in
addition, both points for the match shall be awarded to their opponents.
F After the match
The Home team is
responsible for correctly completing the Official Result Card and
ensuring that it is approved and countersigned by the Captain or
Secretary of both Teams in the appropriate place. Captains or
Secretaries signing their approval of the result shown must ensure
that the Card is completed correctly and fully before signing. Any
alterations to entries on the Card must be initialled by the Away
Team Captain. The total scores shown and signed for on the Result
Card will stand.
Should a genuine
error occur and be discovered after the Result card has been
received by the League Secretary both teams may appeal to have the
result corrected. Such appeals must be made in writing to the League
Secretary explaining the reasons for the error. Both teams concerned
will be required to attend a meeting of the Executive Committee and,
if the error is ratified, both Teams will be fined in accordance
with Appendix A and the result will be amended.
The Home Team is
also responsible for ensuring that the Result Card is received by
the League Secretary before 10.00pm within three days of the match.
For Ladies matches played on Wednesdays the Cards are to be received
by the Saturday following the match, and for matches played on
Thursdays the Cards are to be received by the Monday following the
match. Teams in default of these deadlines will be fined in
accordance with Appendix A.
If a Team wishes
to make a complaint of a Rule infringement which may affect the
result the match, the Captain or Secretary should not sign their
approval on the Card, should advise the opposing Captain or
Secretary of their reason for not doing so and that a complaint will
be made. Their complaint must then be made, in writing, to the
League Secretary within seven days of the match.
G Charities Cup
League Rules will apply to all Charities Cup matches except as
It is a
condition of membership of the League that every Registered Team
will participate in the Charities Cup Knock-Out Competition. A draw
will be made before the start of each season to determine which
Teams will play each other and which Team shall be the Home Team.
The Home Team
will make a collection of money for the benefit of the Charities
Fund. The amount collected must be received by the Assistant League
Secretary, together with the correctly completed Result Card, within
three days of the match. If a Team fails to make a collection the
Executive Committee may impose a fine equal to the average amount of
collections made during the previous season. Such fines will be put
into the Charities Fund. Alley and Sticker costs should not be
taken from the Charity Cup Collection.
In the event of
a drawn match, at ant time during this knock out competition, the
result will be determined by a sudden death play-off. Both Captains
will select three of their players to participate in this play off.
Each player will bowl three balls until the total of one leg exceeds
The dates for the semi-finals and
the final matches will be published at the start of the season and
will not be subject to alteration. Should the Final result in a tie
the result will be determined by a sudden death play off between
three players from each side as in Rule G4.
Any player who
has played in a cup game, and then has a transfer into a new Team,
is not eligible to play in Cup Matches.
Clubs must reply
to official correspondence from the League within fourteen days of
the date of that correspondence. Failure to do so will result in a
fine in accordance with Appendix A being imposed.
All fines must
be paid within fourteen days of notification. Fines unpaid within
this time will be doubled. If the increased fine is not paid within
twenty eight days of the original notification the matter will be
dealt with by the Executive Committee.
Any matters not
covered by these Rules will be dealt with by the Executive Committee
and their decision shall be final.
Fines and Penalties
Fee (per team) Rule B1
Registration Sheet (up to 20 players)
| Player signing
Registration forms for more than one
team in a season. Rule B4
breaking a fixture. Rule C6 and C7.
Rule E1 not less than
| Failing to obtain
signatures on Official Result Card
| Rule E5 First offence
result card Rule F1 First Offence
| Incomplete Team.
first offence per player short.
| For playing
ineligible players. Rule E9
Per ineligible player
| Late Result
Cards. Rule F3
| Correction of errors
on Result Card. Rule F2
Both Teams each
reply to League correspondence. Rule H1
Note that all
fines imposed are to be settled within fourteen days of notification
after which they are doubled. The increased fine is payable within
twenty eight days of the original notification. Rule H2.