NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RULES
The Laws of the Sport of Indoor Bowls shall apply in all circumstances not covered by these
National Championship Rules.
1.1 The National Championships are open to playing members of Clubs in membership of the
1.2 Area Coordinators administer the Championships within designated areas under the guidance
of 4 Regional Coordinators, who ultimately report to the Director of Competitions.
1.3 The Association will issue official entry forms to each Club who will be advised of the closing
date for entries. The submission of any entry on behalf of a competitor shall imply acceptance
of these Rules, with one name only being listed for Pairs, Triples and Fours. Fees shall be
determined by the Association and published with the entry forms in February/March of each
1.4 In submitting a National Championship entry, Clubs undertake to accept that International
Duties, National Events and Championships shall take precedence over any domestic
arrangements that Clubs might have.
1.5 In submitting a National Championship entry on behalf of its members Clubs agree that entries
are accepted on the understanding that adequate playing space will be provided to the
competitor to play their Championship ties to completion when competitors are playing at
1.6 No National Championship tie shall take place before 1st day of October in each season.
2.1 All National Championship ties shall be played on approved greens belonging to Member Clubs
with regulation banks and ditches, and be a minimum rink width of 4 metres, provided that all
outside rinks have a distance of at least 300mm between it and the boundary of the green.
Single rink greens must be at least 4 metres wide with 300mm on each side. A rink of 3.65
metres in width may also be used provided it is not a rink immediately adjoining the side
boundary of the green.
2.2 Competitors must play on their home green unless exceptional circumstances prevent them
from doing so. Then with the agreement of their Area Coordinator they may play on another
green in the Competition Area.
3. RINK FEES
3.1 Method of payment of rink fees will be agreed within individual Areas. The majority of clubs in
the Area must agree with the method to be adopted.
3.2 Where competitors are members of the same club or where an Area Final or Inter Area Final
that is organised by the Area Coordinator and is on a neutral green then rink fees will be shared.
4.1. Unless otherwise provided in these Rules all competitors entered by a Member Club shall be
full playing members of that club.
4.2. With the exception of the Champion of Champions and Family Pairs a competitor may only
enter or play in all National Championships through one Member Club, (even though he or she
may be an eligible member of more than one club). Players under suspension or expulsion
from a Member Club shall not participate in National Championships through that club, subject
to the ‘right of appeal’ under the EIBA Ltd Appeals Procedure. If a competitor having entered
the Championships from one club changes clubs before the 1st September prior to the start of
the season (written confirmation is required) then that competitor shall be eligible to play in
Team Championships for his/her new club providing that he/she has not, and does not, play in
any Championship for his/her original club. If this is not adhered to then the club playing an
ineligible player in a Team Championship will be disqualified from that Team Championship.