5.7 OFFERING DATES
(i) In all individual competitions (singles, pairs, triples, fours) the challenger shall offer their
opponent the choice of two dates, one weekday evening and one weekend (excluding
Bank Holidays). Ties at weekends shall not commence before 9.30 am and ties on
weekdays shall commence at a stipulated time between 6pm and 7pm, other times may
be offered if agreed by both players/teams. Dates for the opening round must be offered
at least 14 days before the closing date of that round. Thereafter, dates must be offered
within 5 days after the closing date of the previous round. Competitors not in the first round
of the draw may agree to play their first game in advance of the previous round date. If
the challenger does not offer dates within the required time period, the opponent becomes
the challenger and shall offer dates as above at their own club. When dates are offered,
the arrangement must be confirmed within 72 hours, verbal agreement should be followed
by written confirmation and any arrangements made must be adhered to. If the opponent
has previously arranged to play another National Indoor Championship on one or both of
the two dates offered or is on Indoor International duty or on EIBA Ltd business, the
Challenger is required to offer alternative dates. If the Opponent is a named player in a
National Team Championship match and is offered that same date to play another
National Championship the Challenger must offer an alternative date.
(ii) When challenged, being on holiday, playing a County or Club game is not sufficient reason
for demanding alternative dates. If an agreement cannot be reached on a date and time,
then the tie will be arranged by the Area Coordinator
5.8 A competitor who is challenging the result of a game should contact the Area Coordinator within
24 Hours of the conclusion of that game with the nature of the grievance. If the Area
Coordinator cannot resolve the issue to the satisfaction of both competitors, then the issue will
be escalated to the Regional Coordinator. If the issue still cannot be resolved, then this will be
escalated to the Director of Competitions whose decision will be final. The competitor will have
the right of appeal as defined in the EIBA Ltd’s appeals procedure.
5.9 The failure of a player or players to appear after a maximum waiting period of 30 minutes
(except in exceptional circumstances) from the time fixed for the start of the game, shall cause
the player(s) to forfeit the game to their opponent.
5.10 The winning team to advise the Area Coordinator of the result within 24 hours of the game
followed by an email or posted copy of the scorecards if required.
5.11 Champion of Champions. The Championship will be open to the current male and female
Singles Champion entered by a Member Club, who is a full playing member of that club
throughout the Championship. No substitution is permissible. In the event of a member being
the Singles Champion of more than one Member Club in the same season, only one entry for
that player will be accepted. Preference will be given to the Club from where the player entered
the National Championships in the same season in which he/she won the club singles. If a
Club Champion moves to another Club, they may still represent their previous club as
Champion of Champions entrant for the next season.
5.12 In all Championships, Competitors Clubs more than 100 miles apart by road (50 miles apart
for Under 18 Singles) will play on a neutral green as near as possible half way between the
two. Players to make their own arrangements and share the costs.
5.13 No extension will be granted beyond the closing date of the round unless exceptional
circumstances arise. Only then an extension may be given by the Area Coordinator in
agreement with the Regional Coordinator or Director of Competitions.