CONTROLLING BODY: Bowls Cyprus
EVENT: Atlantic Senior Fours Championships 2020
DATE: December 2020
VENUE: Constantinou Bros Athena Beach & Athena Royal Hotels, Paphos
Tournament Directors: Graham & Viv Tomlinson
Chief Technical Official: Allan Thornhill (England)
Host Authority Event Managers: Hazel Bagshaw, Ann Allman, Martin McMillan
1. ENTRY CONDITIONS
1.1. All Member National Authorities that are eligible to participate in the World Bowls Atlantic Championships may enter teams.
1.2. All bowlers must be affiliated with their National Authority that is a member of World Bowls.
1.3. All players must be aged 55 of over as of 1st April 2020
1.4. Each MNA can enter a maximum of two men’s teams, two ladies teams, and two mixed teams
2. FORMAT OF PLAY
2.1. FOURS: Two bowls per athlete, 15 ends, with a time limit of two hours 30 minutes per match (not including trial ends).
2.2. TEAMS: 4 men, 4 ladies and mixed teams of 2 men and 2 ladies. Players in the mixed teams may also play in the Men’s/ladies teams
2.3. Men’s and ladies Teams will be divided into 4 sections in each discipline with countries being drawn to determine their position in each section.
2.4. Mixed teams will play in a knockout format throughout, following a random draw.
2.5. Post sectional play will be determined as follows:
2.5.1. QF1 – winner of Section 1 versus runner-up of Section 2
2.5.2. QF2 – winner of Section 2 versus runner-up of Section 1
2.5.3. QF3 – winner of Section 3 versus runner-up of Section 4
2.5.4. QF4 – winner of Section 4 versus runner-up Section 3
2.5.5. SF1 – winner of QF1 versus winner of QF2
2.5.6. SF2 – winner of QF3 versus winner of QF4
2.5.7. Final – winner of SF1 versus winner of SF2
2.6. In each competition, Gold Medals shall be presented to the winners, Silver Medals to the runners-up and Bronze Medals to the losing semi-finalists
2.7. Time limits will apply to all games in sectional play only. All finals will not be time limited.
2.8. A signal will be given five minutes before the time fixed for starting each session. Any player/team arriving after the official start time, shall lose the right to play trial ends. Any player/team arriving at the green more than 15 minutes after the official starting time shall forfeit the game and the points for that game/or not progress through to the next round.
2.9. The competitions shall be played throughout by the competitors, whose names appear on the scorecard of the first game. There will be no movement of players between teams from the same MNA
2.10. During the playing of the competition, changes in the player positions shall be permitted before the commencement of each game and the tournament director notified.
2.11. Floodlights will be turned on prior to the start of play in the last session of each day.
3. PROCEDURE FOR APPLYING TIME LIMITS
3.1. Timing of games is the responsibility of the CTO and will be delegated as necessary.
3.2. Start of Play – Play will commence with the appointed official signalling the start time by a bell, horn, etc.
3.3. End of Play – At the completion of the allocated time, the appointed official will signal the end time of play by a bell, horn, etc. At this time players will complete the current end they are playing. (The start of an end is determined by the delivery of the jack by the first player in that end).
3.4. Should a game be stopped due to extreme weather, the time limit will be extended by the equivalent amount of the time for the delay.
4.1. Sectional play (men’s and ladies fours only)
4.1.1. The team with the greatest number of games won is the winner of the section. All other teams will be ranked accordingly.
4.1.2. If games won are equal, then the team with the highest number of points will be ranked higher (three points will be awarded for a win, one point for a draw).
4.1.3. If games won and points are equal, then the team with the highest net total of shots (‘shots for, minus ‘shots against’) will be ranked higher.
4.1.4. If games won, points, and net total of shots are all equal, then the team with the lowest number of ‘shots against’ will be ranked higher.
4.1.5. If there is still equality having applied the criteria described in points 1) to 4) above, then the team that won the game between the teams that are equal will be ranked higher.
4.1.6. If the game between the teams that are equal is drawn, then the first team in the drawn game to win an end will be ranked higher.
4.2. Post Sectional & Mixed Fours
4.2.1. All games will be played in knockout format.
5. ALTERATIONS TO THE FORMAT & LENGTH OF GAMES
5.1. The Controlling Body reserves the right to alter the format, times of play and greens to suit local unforeseen circumstances, giving as much notice as practical.
5.2. Where a program is interrupted or cannot be completed due to inclement weather or local conditions, the Jury of Appeal may amend the format and length of games to achieve a result or postpone the event where an outcome cannot be achieved.
5.3. If in the event of inclement weather any game that cannot be completed with be considered a result if 8 or more ends have been completed.
6. TRIAL ENDS
6.1. One trial end in each direction will be allowed for all games in accordance with Law 5.1. In trial ends players can use any combination of bowls taken from different sets so long as all bowls carry a registered World Bowls stamp of either the current year or a future year.
6.2. Trial ends will commence fifteen minutes prior to the official starting time.
7. RE-SPOTTING THE JACK
7.1. If a jack in motion passes completely outside the boundaries of the rink of play, comes to rest in any hollow in the face of the bank, or rebounds to a distance of less than 20 metres from the mat line, the end should not be declared dead. Instead, the jack should be placed with the nearest point of the jack to the mat line at the central 2 metre spot.
7.2. If the spot is partly or completely covered by a bowl, the jack should be placed as close as possible to the covered spot, in line with that spot and the corresponding spot at the opposite end of the rink, without touching a bowl. Law 56.5.4.
8. RESTRICTING MOVEMENT OF PLAYERS DURING PLAY
8.1. Prior to the start of each end, the leads and the seconds will take their position at the mat end of the rink. The thirds, however, may elect to take their position either at the mat end or alongside the skip at the head.
8.2. After delivering their first bowl, players will only be allowed to walk up to the head under the following circumstances:
8.2.1. the leads: after the second player in their team has delivered their second bowl;
8.2.2. the seconds: after delivery of their second bowl;
8.2.3. the thirds: after delivery of their second bowl; and
8.2.4. the skips: after delivery of each of their bowls
8.3. In exceptional and limited circumstances, a skip can ask that a player walks up to the head, earlier than described above. If a player does not meet the terms of this law, Law 13 will apply.
9. DELAYING (SLOW) PLAY
9.1. The Controlling Body are empowered to invoke regulations for dealing with slow play as it considers appropriate.
9.2. Players are required to play without undue delay and in a manner which does not prevent their opponents from being able to complete the requisite number of ends within the 2 hour 30 minute time limit.
10. ARRANGEMENT FOR PRACTICE
10.1. See Law 4 of the Laws of the Sport of Bowls
10.2. Teams with byes in the first session will be entitled to practice on a spare rink in the same session only.
11. SUBSTITUTE PLAYERS
11.1. A substitute shall be utilised in the following manner:
11.1.1. The Coach (provided she/he is an eligible affiliated player) of the team shall herself/himself substitute or call upon an eligible affiliated player from her/his National Authority to substitute;
11.1.2. Each team may utilise a substitute but where an MNA has entered two men’s or two ladies teams, the same substitute cannot be utilised for both teams;
11.1.3. In the mixed competition one and the same male and/or one and the same female player may be used as a substitute at any time, providing that they have not already played or entered the same competition. However, at least one of the original men and one of the original women shall play in every round;
11.1.4. Where no suitable substitute from a competing MNA is available, the host nation will provide a pool of three players of each gender from their national squad who can act as substitute. The Coach or skip from the team requiring the substitute will draw from the pool;
11.1.5. It will be understood, however, that a substitute in terms of the foregoing, may only be utilised if the Tournament Director is satisfied that the player to be substituted is genuinely unable to play. The substitute will not be permitted to play in the position of skip;
11.1.6. A substitute can remain in the team up to and including the final if necessary, however after the first game when the substitution was made, the said substitute will become a replacement player and Condition e) above regarding not being permitted to skip will no longer apply;
11.1.7. Substituted players can return to their team in any following game in the sectional play or if the team progresses to the quarter finals or beyond if the reason for the substitution is overcome
12.1. Only coaches appointed by their national authority to act in this capacity for this event will be accredited and they must be registered with the Tournament Director prior to the commencement of the event.
12.2. A maximum of two coaches per MNA will be permitted
13. CODE OF CONDUCT
13.1. All competitors and coaches will be required to complete and sign the Event Code of Conduct. Signed forms must be returned to the Tournament Director prior to the commencement of the event.
14. FOOTWEAR AND ATTIRE
14.1. As per the Laws of the Sport of Bowls.
15. STAMP ON BOWLS
15.1. All bowls used during the event must carry a legible registered World Bowls stamp of either the current year or of a future year.
15.2. All bowls will be checked for compliance by ITO’s / Umpires prior to the start of the first session of each discipline. Thereafter, bowls will be check randomly in each session.
16. DRUG TESTING
16.1. Drug testing may take place in accordance with the Republic of Cyprus and World Bowls Anti-Doping Regulations.
17. JURY OF APPEAL
17.1. A jury of appeal will be appointed prior to the Event
18. OTHER LAWS, REGULATIONS & POLICIES
18.1. All other Laws, Regulations & Policies other than stated above shall conform to the Laws of the Sport of Bowls Crystal Mark Third Edition (3.1) as approved by World Bowls in April 2018.