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Conditions of Play

Controlling body: Bowls Victoria

Event: Steller Victorian Open 2018

Dates: Friday 16th – Friday 23rd November 2018

Venue: Host venue: Shepparton park BC & various Clubs in Goulburn Valley

1. Entry conditions

Open to all bowlers affiliated with a State or Territory Association that is affiliated to Bowls Australia, or affiliated to an international body that is a member of World Bowls.


1.1 Steller Victorian Open: Bowlers wishing to enter the event must do so by application electronically or through hard copy entry to be accompanied with payment of entry feesfor each event to be contested.

1.2 Late entries The controlling body at its total discretion may consider late entries and include them in the order received if there are late withdrawals from the event either before or after the draw is published.

2. Eligibility

As a condition of entry to compete in a Bowls Victoria event, all competitors must:

2.1 Not are currently under disqualification or suspension by their state/territory association or their national authority.

2.2 Satisfy the eligibility criteria of the member state/territory association;

2.3 Comply with all applicable laws of the sport, domestic regulations and policies of Bowls Australia & Bowls Victoria.

3. Format

All events will be played in a modified traditional format, mirroring that played at Commonwealth Games and World Championships.

3.1  Singles Four Bowls per athlete, 21 shots up, in excess of 21 shots shall not count, with a time limit of two and a quarter hours per match (not including trial ends).

3.2  Pairs Three Bowls per athlete, 15 ends, with a time limit of two and a quarter hours per match (not including trial ends).

3.3  Triples Two Bowls per athlete, 15 ends, with a time limit of two and a quarter hours per match (not including trial ends).

3.4  Time limits will apply to all games for all disciplines, with the exception of the final in each discipline. Should a match be stopped due to extreme weather, the time limit will be extended by the equivalent amount of the time for the delay.

3.5  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.

4. Sectional play

Game points will be awarded as follows:

4.1  Win – 3 points

4.2  Tie – 1 point.

4.3  Loss – no points

4.4  Bye – no points – note if a player/team withdraws from a section prior to commencement of play in round 1 it will be treated a bye.

4.5  Forfeit – 3 points & the net total of shots that is equal to the average net of shots scored by the winners of the other games played in all sections in the same round at the same venue.

The winner of the section will be the player/team with the most game points. If game points are equal, they will be ranked by:

4.6  Highest net total shots (shots for minus shots against).

4.7  If net total shots are equal, then the total shots for will be divided by the total shots against to calculate a percentage.

4.8  The side with the highest percentage will be ranked higher (law 27.4).

4.9  If the percentage is equal then the player or team that won the game between the player or team that are equal will be the winner of the section.

In Singles sectional play, players who are not actually participating will act as *marker for the other game in their three-player section.

A two bowl trial end in each direction will be played prior to the start of every singles game – for other games refer to cop 11, the fixture for the singles sectional play will be:

Round 1      Player 1 v Player 2        Player 3 marks the game

Round 2      Loser R1 v Player 3       Winner R1 marks the game

Round 3      Winner R1 v Player 3   Loser R1 marks this game

*Special conditions of play:

1. It is mandatory that all Singles entrants mark all games required in their sections irrespective of the outcome or round results in the respective section.

2. The same conditions apply to both players and markers insofar as being present a minimum of 30 minutes prior to the scheduled starting time and being in attendance until the completion of R3 –offenders who do not fulfil their commitment to mark may face disqualification and exclusion from any future BV championships & events, fines or other sanctions.

5. The Vic Medal

Winner to be calculated as per the following:

1 point for any player/s that reaches the last 16 of each discipline (4 events) 2 points for the last 16 in each discipline

Last 16 – Winners 2 points plus shots up in each discipline

Last 8 – Winners 2 points plus shots up in each discipline

Last 4 – Winners 2 points plus shots up in each discipline

Last 2 – Winner 2 points plus shots up in each discipline

Winner calculated by:
If equal shots up
If equal ends won

If still equal split prize

If there is a bye or forfeit the player/team will receive the 2 points plus the average of the shots up in that round in that discipline.

6. 2018 Steller Victorian Open heat policy

The following heat policy will apply at all venues hosting the 2018 Steller Victorian Open matches.

If the actual dry bulb temperature recorded at the venue club has reached 38 degrees celsius then any matches in progress will be suspended until such time as the temperature falls back below 38 degrees celsius, every effort must be made to complete the ends in progress prior to leaving the green for the temporary suspension of play.

Umpires are not required to monitor the temperature but simply to make a determination if an appeal is made in relation to the heat/temperature.

7. Other inclement weather

Each club upon whose green a match is to be played will appoint a greens director who will be present to act in the event of other (non-heat related) inclement weather. If a decision in relation to an interruption is to be made by the players who cannot agree as to if play should continue will refer the matter to the umpire for a determination.

The controlling body may call a suspension of play if the circumstances require it is the interest of players’safety (e.g. Lateral water on the green, danger of slipping, lightening in the vicinity etc).

8. Procedure for applying time limits

8.1  Start of play – play will commence with the venue manager signalling the start time by a bell, horn, etc.

8.2  End of play – at the completion of the allocated time, the venue manager 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).

9. Sectional play:

Should a match not be completed as per the laws of the sport, then the score stands as at the completion of the end in play and the player with the highest number of shots for that match will be declared the winner.
In the event that the scores are tied then the tie stands and each player receives one point.

10. Knockout play:

Should a match not be completed as per the laws of the sport, then the score stands as at the completion of the end in play and the player with the highest number of shots will be winner.
In the event that the scores are tied, an additional end will be played to determine the winner (as per law 28.1).

11. Trial ends

For all pairs & triples games one trial end in each direction will be allowed prior to the commencement of the first round only in sectional play. 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.

Trial ends will commence prior to the official starting time of each match/round. The venue manager will signal when players can take to the green for trial ends. In relation to the sectional play for singles a 2 bowl trial end will be permitted in each direction prior to the start of each match.

For all knock-out rounds one trial end in each direction will be permitted using the number of Bowls for each discipline before the starting time of each game

12. Re-spotting of the jack

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 18 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 a spot on the rink which is two metres from the front ditch and on the centre line and play should continue.

If the spot mentioned in paragraph one 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.

13. Footwear and attire

As per the Laws of the Sport of Bowls, including domestic regulation 5. Footwear must adhere to appendix a2. Attire must adhere to appendix a3 and the BA logo policy.
This policy is available on the Bowls Australia web site The new attire policy is effective as of February, 2015.

Failure to adhere to the BA logo policy will result in the offending player being given a verbal warning by the convening match umpire which will be lodged and recorded with the tournament director. The offending player will then be provided up until the forfeit time of their subsequent game to comply with the BA logo policy. Failure to comply by this deadline will result in the offending player being disqualified and the game forfeited to their opponent.

14. Stamp on Bowls

All Bowls used during the event must carry a registered world Bowls stamp. Random checking of Bowls may occur prior to the commencement of games. Bowls Australia’s Bowls testing policy is available on the Bowls Australia web site

15. Alterations to the format & length of games (law 55.3.4)

a. 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.

b. 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.

16. Arrangement for practice

No practice is permitted whilst the event is in progress.

17. Replacement / substitute players

Steller Victorian Open

Substitutes’ will be permitted in a team (Pairs and Triples) in accordance with the 2015 BA domestic regulations 2.1.7 and 2.1.8 and the Bowls Australia domestic regulation 2 but must be referred to and approved by the umpire or the controlling body prior to the introduction of the substitute.

18. Delaying play

If the umpire, either by their own observation or on appeal from one of the skips or the opponent insingles, decides that a player is deliberately delaying the delivery of the player’s bowl:

18.1  On the first occasion the umpire will warn the player.

18.2  If the player commits the same offence a second time the end will be regarded as complete and the opponents of the offender will score as many shots as there are bowls in use by such opponent.

18.3  If the player offends a third time the game will be forfeited to the opponent.


19. Restricting movement of players during play

After delivering their first bowl, players will only be allowed to walk up to the head under the following circumstances.

19.1  Singles game the opponents: after delivery of their third and fourth bowls.

19.2  Pairs game (each player playing three bowls)
The leads: after delivery of their third bowl; and
The skips: after delivery of their second and third bowls.

19.3  Triples game (each player playing two bowls)
The leads: after delivery of their second bowl;
The seconds: after delivery of their second bowl;
The skips: after delivery of each of their bowls.


At the start of each end, the lead and second in Triples will be at the mat end and on changeovers the Skips (in Pairs and Triples) will move to the mat end together.
In exceptional and limited circumstances, a skip can ask that a player walks up to the head, or a player to the marker in singles, earlier than described above. If a player does not meet the terms of this law, then Law 13 will apply.

20. Drug testing

Bowls Australia’s anti-doping policy shall apply. See for details.

21. Jury of appeal

A Jury of Appeal shall be appointed for deciding upon any points not provided in the Conditions of Play, for dealing with any appeals in relation to the interpretation or meaning of any law as described in Law 43.2.6 made by umpires and/or the tournament committee, and generally for the purpose of exercising overall authority on behalf of Bowls Victoria.

In the event of an appeal during the playing of the event, such appeals shall be made in accordance with the Laws of the Sport of Bowls, and shall be directed to a Jury of Appeal which shall consist of four persons from the list of those nominated below:

Victorian Open:

Graeme Bridge – Bowls Victoria Chief Executive or nominee
Sean O’Kane – Bowls Victoria Operations Manager or nominee
Barbara Gilbert – Tournament Director or nominee
John Roberts – Chairman of BV Umpires Committee or nominee
Robert Carlson – Chairman of BV Laws & Rules Committee or nominee

22. Prize money

Prize money of $50,080 will be available for the event.
Distribution of the prize money will be as allocated on the Bowls Victoria website – Any player or team that is disqualified or forfeits a prize money round is ineligible to receive their prize money. Limited exceptional circumstances (forfeits only), can be applied for through written application to the Jury of Appeal.

23. Greens

All greens to be used in the conduct of this event have been officially approved for play. Matches will be conducted on a combination of natural grass & synthetic surfaces.

24. Other laws, regulations & policies

All other laws, regulations & policies other than stated above shall conform to the 2015 Laws of the Sport of Bowls cm3 and Domestic Regulations for Australia, as published in January 2015 including amendments (located at

25. Sectional play – commencement times of games

All competitors must arrive at the venue no later than 8:00am, trial ends will commence at 8:15am sharp, games will all commence at 8:30am sharp.

26. Leaving the venue

Players must not leave the venue until they are eliminated from the competition as game times may be moved forward by the controlling body as required to keep the event flowing.

27. Bowls rings

All players playing in team events (pairs & triples) have two options with their Bowls rings, you must either have:

1. All team members must the same identical rings on all Bowls in use, or
2. No rings at all on any of the Bowls in use

Please note if you are using rings you cannot put new rings over old – under the laws you may only have one layer of rings (refer law