Regulations


2017 US OPEN CONDITIONS OF PLAY

Changes in Scheduling:  If an event cannot be conducted in accordance with the published schedule or if a special situation arises, the Tournament Committee may make whatever changes it deems appropriate.  In these Conditions of Play, Tournament Committee and Tournament Director are synonymous.

Guaranteed Games:  All players are guaranteed three games in each event.  One of them could be a bye.  A bye is considered to be a game played and won.

Awards:  Championship Flights will be played at the Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club prize money for all completed events will be handed out at the completion of the events.  All Championship Flight prize money and medals will be awarded at the Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club.

Date Stamps on Bowls:  Bowls USA approves the use of all sets of bowls that are obviously matched and have a clearly visible ALBA, IBB, WBB or WB stamp.  Date and serial number must be legible and approved by the Chief Umpire of the Event.

Dress Code:  Team members’ shirts and below-the-waist attire must be matching.  They may be white or colored.  Men’s shirts must have both collars and sleeves.  Women’s shirts must have collars.  Shorts worn by either men or women may be no shorter than three inches above the knee.  

Footwear:  Shoes must be flat-soled and heel-less.  This rule will be enforced.

Smoking:  Smoking is prohibited on any greens in Florida; neither is it permitted in the immediate environs.  Designated smoking areas, if any, will be identified during morning announcements.

Cell Phones and/or Sound-Emitting Devices:  Any such devices must be muted or turned down.  Violations shall be considered a violation of rink possession.  Law 41.7 is not superseded.

Umpires:  Prior to start of play, umpires, as available, will be introduced at each venue.  If an issue cannot be resolved at the venue, it should be referred to Melanie Vizenor, Bowls USA National Umpire in Chief.

No Rolling Before Trial Ends:  Practice immediately prior to each day’s play is prohibited.  You are invited to use the published practice times.

Substitutes:  Substitutes must be approved by the Tournament Director.  They may not have played in the same event, nor may they skip.  Teams are responsible to find their own substitute and are responsible for distribution of their prize money, if any, amongst their team if a substitute is used.

Late Arrivals:  A penalty of one point and one end played will be assessed for each ten minutes after the official start time.  A late arrival time of 30 minutes or more will result in forfeiture of that game.  Tournament Officials at the venue may waive this rule in extenuating circumstances.

Must Play:  All matches must be played and completed, unless winning is mathematically impossible.

Ties:  In the event of a tie, an extra end must be played to determine the winner.

Length of Matches

              Singles:             All games (including finals) = 18 points

              Pairs:                 All games (including finals) = 16 ends

              Fours:                All games (including finals) = 16 ends

Trial Ends:  Two bowls in each direction before the first game each day or when changing to a new green.  Singles players may roll four bowls in each direction if both players agree.

Movement of Players:  Appendix A, A.4, Restricting the movement of players during play, as written in the Laws of the Sport of Bowls, Crystal Mark Third Edition, is invoked for all matches.

No Burnt (Dead) Ends:  A jack in motion that passes completely outside the boundaries of the rink of play must be re-spotted at a position which is two meters from the front of the ditch and on the centre line as outlined in Law 56.53, Laws of the Sport of Bowls, Crystal Mark 3rd Edition. If that position is partially or completely occupied by a bowl, the jack will be placed between and in line with that spot and the corresponding spot at the other end of the rink without touching a bowl.

Starting Times and Time Limits:  Unless otherwise specified, each day’s announcements will be at 8:15 a.m. and play will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m.  In order to ensure that all participants are treated equally, time limits for each day’s rounds are imposed as noted below.  This schedule provides 2 hours and 45 minutes for a 16-end game (3 hours for the first game to allow for trial ends).

Round 1: starts at 8:30 a.m.   No jack after 11:30 a.m.*

Round 2: starts no later than 12 noon.  No jack after 2:45 p.m.*

Round 3: starts no later than 3:00 p.m.  No jack after 5:45 p.m.*

* A bell will ring to start play and end play.  Only ends that are in play when the bell rings may finish that end. In some cases a second game will be underway. These games will be treated as if they were a separate round and not subject to the constraints of the first original first round play. 

If needed, the Tournament Committee may start some games at 6:00 p.m.

Championship Finals for all Disciplines will be played at the Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club on the Second Day of the Event 

Schedule:  The Tournament Committee has the right to modify the start times of all Championship games and to impose time limits if, in the Tournament Committee’s judgment, that becomes necessary due to slow play.  If a time limit is imposed, both skips will be given not less than 10 minutes to complete the end.

Announcements:  8:00 a.m.

All games will start promptly at 8:30 a.m.  Trial ends at 8:15 a.m.

At the conclusion of tournament play awards, medals and prize monies will be handed out near or on the Center Green. 

REFUNDS:

No refunds of tournament fees or will be given after September 30th 2017. Competitors may make substitutions of players but they will be responsible for their own substitutions and settling of accounts between themselves.