National Competitions Propositions Votes

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29th February 2024

Bowls England AGM 2024
National Competitions Propositions Votes

At the AGM, Counties were asked to vote on nineteen Propositions from Bowls England and three Propositions from Counties.  All Propositions, except Bowls Hampshire's, are to have effect for the 2025 Season.  Bowls Dorset attended and the results of that voting is below.


BE Proposition 1 - Carried (Unanimous)

To elevate Blue Riband and Performance events at the Aviva National Finals

What this means

  • Retain current formats in all rounds of Blue Riband events.
  • Singles – Four bowls per player; 21 shots
  • Pairs – Four bowls per player; 18 ends
  • Triples – Three bowls per player; 18 ends
  • Fours – Two bowls per player; 18 ends
  • Retain current Aviva National Finals qualifier numbers – 62 in Championship events.
  • Adopt current approach to qualifier allocations by county per event.
  • Play in qualifying rounds to be evenings and weekends – daytime by mutual agreement.
  • Qualifying for all four events to be managed by Counties.
  • Greater investment in these events.

BE Proposition 2 - Carried (By ballot 53 votes for - 40 votes against)

To elevate top-level county competition consistent with international level

What this means

  • Balcomb Trophy & Walker Cup played by 10 players per county. 
  • Matches played in four disciplines – singles; pairs; triples and fours. 
  • Formats to mirror international events – currently: 
    • Singles – Four bowls per player; 21 shots 
    • Pairs – Three bowls per player; 18 ends 
    • Triples – Two bowls per player; 18 ends 
    • Fours – Two bowls per player; 15 ends

BE Proposition 3 - Carried (By majority show of voting cards)

To amend playing numbers and formats in White Rose Trophy & Amy Rose Bowl

What this means

  • Shorter matches played in four disciplines and world formats. 
    • Session 1: Singles and Fours
    • Session 2: Pairs and Triples 
  • Maximum of two entries per county; 48 nationally. 
  • Counties may merge with other counties for participation, not performance, reasons subject to: 
    • Prior agreement of Bowls England 
    • Agreed plan to develop more junior players over course of three years. 
  • No Senior Internationals permitted in White Rose Trophy and Amy Rose Bowl.

BE Proposition 4 - Carried (By majority show of voting cards)

To standardise the age in all junior events to under 24 on 1 April annually for both genders 

What this means

  • Applies to: 
    • White Rose Trophy 
    • Amy Rose Bowl 
    • Junior Singles 
    • Junior Pairs 
  • Some players who have been eligible will not be. 
  • Qualifying for Junior Singles and Junior Pairs to be managed by counties as current. 

BE Proposition 5 - Carried (Unanimous)

To introduce under 17 singles events for both genders

What this means

  • Under 17 on 1 April annually 
  • Managed as a National Competition by Bowls England 

BE Proposition 6 - Carried (By majority show of voting cards)

To create multi-county regional events 

What this means

  • Applies to: 
    • Balcomb Trophy 
    • Walker Cup 
    • White Rose Trophy 
    • Amy Rose Bowl 
  • Events take place at eight single green venues, which are geographically accessible. 
  • Four or five counties at each venue over a weekend 
    • Exception is Amy Rose which will work on six teams at each venue. 
  • Current regional groups reviewed to reduce travel. 
  • All eight venue winners in each event to Aviva National Finals 

BE Proposition 7 - Format to be Round Robin (By ballot 53 votes for RR - 40 votes for KO)

To retain Middleton Cup and Johns Trophy in agreed format 

What this means

  • Counties to have open vote between KO with Plate OR Round Robin 
  • Following vote Implementation Group to review regulations in conjunction with counties to consider logistics based on feedback including: 
    • Draw 
    • Venues for fixtures 
  • Semi-Final and Final of Middleton Cup and Johns trophy to be played during Aviva National Finals 

BE Proposition 8 - Carried (By majority show of voting cards)

To introduce a Mixed Over 60 Inter-County event

What this means

  • Played as straight knock-out. 
  • All players 60 and over on 1 April annually 
  • 24 players per county (12 men and 12 women playing as six mixed rinks) 
  • All fixtures midweek/daytime on set dates 
  • Semi-Final and Final played during Aviva National Finals. 
  • Following vote Implementation Group to review regulations in conjunction with counties to consider: 
    • Draw 
    • Venues for fixtures 

BE Proposition 9 - Rejected (By majority show of voting cards)

To revamp the Top Club event to attract more clubs 

This means the changes below will NOT be made. Men's and Women's Top Club will retain their current formats.

  • 6 players per team 
  • Updated format 
    • Session 1: 2 x two-bowl triples (two sets of six ends) 
    • Session 2: 3 x three-bowl pairs (two sets of six ends) 
    • Each match to a conclusion to determine winner 
    • One end tie-break if required in each match should the score be one set each, therefore any match will be won 3-2; 4-1 or 5-0 
  • Multiple entries permitted per club. 
  • An individual player may only represent one team in any season. 
  • Separate events for each gender 
  • Final stages played during Aviva National Finals 

BE Proposition 10 - Carried (By majority show of voting cards)

To amend the Club Two Fours to an open event 

What this means

  •  Event open to every member of club regardless of gender 
  • 8 players per team 
  • Multiple entries permitted per club 
  • Individual player may only represent one team in any season 
  • Two rinks
  • Final stages played during Aviva National Finals. 

BE Proposition 11 - Carried (Unanimous)

To restrict entry in the Champion of Champions to ‘Club Champions ONLY’ 

What this means

  • Entry in the ‘Champion of Champions’ to be the previous year’s Club Championship Winner only. 
  • Removes current allowance for following to enter: 
    • County singles champion 
    • County u25 singles champion 
    • Senior singles area winner 

BE Proposition 12 - Rejected (By majority show of voting cards)

To remove the Two-Bowl Singles Championship from the Aviva National Finals programme 

This means the Two-Bowl Singles Championship should remain and be played through Counties with qualifiers proceeding to the National Finals.


BE Proposition 13 - Carried (By majority show of voting cards)

To set the age limit for all senior events (excluding Senior Fours) to players aged over 60 on 1 April annually and permit daytime play in those events 

What this means

  • Applies to: 
    • Senior Singles 
    • Senior Pairs 
    • Tony Allcock Trophy 
  • Those aged under 60 on 1 April, who may have competed previously, will not be eligible.  These players are likely to be playing in other events. 
  • Play to be weekday, daytime. 

BE Proposition 14 - Carried (By majority show of voting cards)

To retain the Senior Fours age limit in line with British Isles qualification requirements 

What this means

  • Currently over 55 on 1 April annually 
  • Consistent with British Isles entry criteria. 
  • Play to be evenings and weekends – daytime by mutual agreement. 
  • Qualifying rounds to be managed by Counties as current

BE Proposition 15 - Carried (By majority show of voting cards)

To introduce ‘Novice Pairs’ for new and less experienced players 

What this means

  • One player in the pair ‘not badged’ i.e. not qualified for the National Finals. 
  • One player no more than three years’ playing experience (both could have less than three years’ experience) 
  • All players under 17 eligible regardless of playing experience. 
  • Entry policed at ‘point of entry’. 
  • Further work by Implementation Group to clearly define entry criteria. 
  • Managed by Bowls England as a National Competition 

BE Proposition 16 - Carried (By ballot 59 votes for - 34 votes against)

To change eligibility to the Family Pairs to anyone who has not played international or county level (Balcomb and Walker) representative bowls in the last 5 years

What this means

  • Recent international and leading County players are no longer eligible. 
  • Further work by Implementation Group to clearly define entry criteria, including for players outside England 

BE Proposition 17 - Carried (By majority show of voting cards)

To further investigate how to consolidate the administration for the benefit of players and administrators as part of implementation plan, taking into account the array of systems already in place at county level 

What this means

  • Single point of entry through an online competition 
  • management system. 
  • One place to manage and view competitions activity. 
  • Consistent dates nationwide for entry to enable national marketing campaign to drive entries. 
  • Important piece of work for the Implementation Group with no set timescale at this stage 

BE Proposition 18 - Carried (Unanimous)

County Associations to continue to manage Championship events 

What this means

  • This applies to: 
    • Singles 
    • Pairs 
    • Triples 
    • Fours 
    • U24 Singles 
    • U24 Pairs 
    • Senior Fours 

BE Proposition 19 - Carried (By majority show of voting cards)

To introduce set dates in the later rounds of the Top Club as a trial for 2025 as part of national calendar 

What this means

  • Set date for later stages will be included in the 2025 annual calendar. 
  • Implementation Group to consider logistics. 

Bowls Hampshire Proposition - Withdrawn

That the Junior Men's Competition "The White Rose" allow Counties to put forward two teams each year, with effect from 2024.


Bowls Devon Proposition - Carried (By majority show of voting cards) 

QUALIFIERS FOR NATIONAL FINALS - The Counties with TWO entrants (A & B) shall be shown in the Championship draw to be in separate halves. Therefore, removing the "OPEN" draw that is now in place.


Bowls Cornwall Proposition - Carried (By majority show of voting cards)

That the Area Final stage of the Tony Allcock, Men's and Ladies Top Club and the Men's Club Two Fours to be played on a neutral green.


 

 

 

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