Indoor Bowls - Rules & Safeguarding
Please see the full rules/regulation for members during this indoor season:
ESSEX COUNTY INDOOR BOWLING CLUB
COVID PROTOCOLS – SEPT 2020
Find below a final update of the essential details you need to know regarding the safety measures that will be in place from the planned opening day - Monday 28th September
Volunteer Club Stewards will be available during all sessions for the first 3 weeks of the season, please follow their instructions where necessary and don’t hesitate to ask for their help.
- You should not visit the club if you have :-
- A fever or chills
- Temperature in excess of 37.8c
- New Cough
- Sore Throat
- Before entering the club, use the sanitiser provided at the entrance door
- Everyone entering the club should sign the ‘Track & Trace’ register, located by the new entrance door.
- After signing the ‘Track & Trace’ register, please use the sanitiser provide inside the entrance door.
- Members/Visitors who have the NHS Track & Trace APP on their phone should scan the QR code located above the track & trace table, everyone entering the club should sign the ‘Track & Trace’ register.
- Observe the One-Way System operating around the club
- A 2 metre Social Distance must be observed in ALL area’s of the club at ALL times
- Face Coverings are optional when bowling or seated in the bar area (they can be worn in these two areas’ as a personal choice). However; they are MANDATORY in ALL other area’s of the club, EXCEPT for:-
- If you suffer from a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability (please inform the admin office if this applies to you)
- Children under the age of 11
- If possible, come ready to bowl, bring your bowls with you and a change of shoes and use the overflow changing room, this will save you time, possibly queuing for the regular changing room.
- Bowlers should not change their shoes at the two chairs at the end of each rink, they must use the changing area’s.
- Maximum occupancy of the Men’s toilets of 4 persons at any one time
- Maximum occupancy of the Ladies toilets of 4 persons at any one time
- Maximum occupancy of the Ladies changing room of 9 persons at any one time
- Maximum occupancy of the Men’s changing room of 18 persons at any one time
- Use the Hand Sanitiser provided and wash your hands after bowling
- For the first week of the season (roll-ups), rinks fees (correct cash if possible) should be placed in the envelopes provided at the end of each rink, these will be collected by the volunteer stewards.
- From week 2 of the season (and the remainder of the season) rink fees (correct cash if possible) should be paid to the session steward at the session desk, now located in the bar area.
- Bowlers should not step onto the playing area until ALL the bowlers from the previous session have left the arena.
- Spectators are NOT ALLOWED in the arena AT ANY TIME, except for Cadets relatives/guardians on Cadet night(s) or Stroke Club carers at Stroke Club sessions, on these occasions a MAXIMUM of 10 persons allowed in the designated seating on the far side of the arena.
- A minimum number of seats are provided at the end of each rink for bowlers only.
- Each session has been reduced to 1 hour 45 minutes
- The session buzzer will sound after 1hr 40 mins of bowling, allowing 5 minutes to finish playing the end
- Please leave the arena as quickly as possible, and leave the club as quickly as possible unless you have reason to stay, this will avoid congestion with bowlers from the next session.
- Make yourself familiar with the revised COVID bowling rules applicable to all roll-ups and league games.
SAFETY is the All-important word during the first few weeks of the season, members will be reminded constantly by the volunteer stewards, that the 2-metre social distance must be observed at all times and face coverings must be worn when moving around the club.
If some members repeatedly refuse to observe these two very simple rules, they will be putting the health of their fellow members at risk and in the worst case, could be asked to leave the building, please don’t let this be you.
The club reserves the right to cancel sessions or as a last resort close the club should members fail to observe and respect the new COVID rules. Your health and the clubs future depends on your co-operation.
RETURNING TO INDOOR BOWLS
Under guidance from our sport’s governing body, the English Indoor Bowls Association (EIBA), your Indoor and Management committee have worked together in developing a set of rules and guidelines enabling ECBC to return to bowling for the 2020/2021 Indoor Winter season.
The safety and well-being of our membership have been paramount in our deliberations in producing a comprehensive set of guidelines/rules to safely enable bowls throughout the 2020/21 Indoor season.
Every effort has been made in developing these rules etc to allow games to be played as close to they would be under normal circumstances whilst maintaining the regulation Social Distancing (SD) rulings of 2 metres.
After much deliberation and taking into consideration the safety of the players on the green and the space available, the committee recommend that we only play a pairs format (maximum 4 players per rinks) allowing the games to be played as near to normal whilst maintaining the health and Safety of the membership.
The game as we know it would remain mainly unchanged but with the following changes: -
- A one-way system when changing ends
- 2 metre SD at all times
- The wearing of Face Coverings is not mandatory on the rink but left up to individual members personal choice.
- Face Coverings MUST be worn before you step onto the rink and immediately you leave the rink, this is mandatory.
- League games will be played with 4 Woods. This could be reviewed by the Indoor Committee and reduced to 2 Woods if significant negative feedback is received from the members.
Playing the game
The following rules apply to Roll-Ups and League Games only.
IT IS ESSENTIAL that every player sanitises their hands immediately prior to starting the game using the sanitiser stations located at the end of each rink – irrespective if they have already done this upon entry to the club.
- The jacks are located in a box behind the screens located at the end of rink 6
- The Home lead to sanitise the jack at the start of the game
- The Home team Skip to keep the card – if used.
- Scoreboards will not be used under any circumstances.
- The two bowlers at each end MUST stand at least 2 metres apart
- When three bowlers are playing in a roll-up, one bowler must stand at the jack end.
- Toss for jack as normal (each lead using a separate jack is a matter of personal choice)
- The Home lead will place the mat for every end, even when the away team have won the previous end (the Away lead to determine the position)
- The jack to be cast as normal but centred by the Home skip ONLY
- When changing ends, keep to the LEFT whilst observing SD
- Throughout the game, ONLY the Home team Lead and Skip are permitted to handle the mat
- ONLY handle your own bowls i.e. under no circumstance touch/pick up anyone else’s bowl
- Non touchers entering the ditch are to remain until the completion of the end – only the owner to pick it out of the ditch
- ALL touchers to be chalked by using a spray to avoid touching the bowl
- Ditch markers NOT to be used for touchers or jacks in the ditch
- Burnt/dead ends – jack to be placed on the appropriate re-spot, by the Home Lead or Skip
- Completed scorecards do NOT have to be signed
- At the end of the game replace the jack in the box located behind the screens on the table behind Rink 6
- The IPAD’s will not be available for entering league results – cards to be left in League box adjacent to the IPAD’s
- At the end of the game, either sanitise or wash your hands
- If a bowler wants to smoke during a game, they must leave the club at the exit, putting plastic overshoes over their bowls shoes (located at the exit), then re-enter the club at the entrance.