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IOMFGBC | Club Constitution

1. Name


The Club/Organisation will be called Lawn Bowls Isle of Man

2. Aims and Objectives


To promote, foster and encourage the game of bowls and such other activities as may be deemed appropriate for the furtherance of bowling and such social activities as may arise therefrom.

3. Management


The Club business will be transacted by a Committee of management appointed annually at the Club general meeting. The Management Committee will consist of:
  • President (Chair)
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Member
  • Member
  • Member

Officers will be elected annually at the Annual General Meeting. Only these posts will have the right to vote at meetings of the Management Committee. The term of office for the post of President shall be a maximum of 3 consecutive years. The management Committee will meet at least once a month during the bowling season on such days and at such hours, and during the remainder of the year, at such times as shall be fixed by the Committee. A meeting may be convened at any time by the President, or by any two Committee members, with at least 24 hours notice of the meeting being given.

The Management Committee will be responsible for adopting new policy, codes of conduct and rules that affect the organisation of the Club. The Management Committee will have powers to appoint sub-committees as necessary and appoint advisers to the Management Committee as necessary to fulfil its business.

Should a member of the Management Committee resign the remaining members may appoint a replacement who shall continue until the next Annual General Meeting.

The quorum required for business to be agreed at Management Committee meetings will be 3:

At all Committee and general meetings, the chairperson will have a casting as well as a deliberative vote.

4. Membership


Membership should consist of officers and members of the Club. All members will be subject to the regulations of the constitution and by joining the Club will be deemed to accept these regulations and codes of conduct that the Club has adopted and the policies and rules of Lawn Bowls Isle of Man. Members will be enrolled in one of the following categories:
  • Ordinary Member
  • Junior Member
  • Life Member
  • Other Category

Anyone having attained the age of 18 years wishing to take up ordinary membership of the Club shall be deemed a provisional member on completion of an application form. And election to full member completed once Club/Commissioners fees paid and applicant has played twice on Club days, unless an objection has been lodged with a Committee member . In such an event the matter will be considered by the Management Committee.

In recognition of services to the Club, a member may be elected a Life Member at an AGM. They will be exempt from further subscription and will have full privileges of ordinary membership. At no time shall the number of life members exceed two.

Children of at least 10 years of age may be invited to join the Club subject to approval by Management Committee and on receipt of approval by Parent/Guardian and subject to the standard procedure for ordinary membership.

Members of visiting teams, officials and bona fide supporters invited to the Club on behalf of members of the Club shall be deemed members of the Club for the day of the visit.

5. Membership Fees


Membership fees will be set annually and determined at the Annual General Meeting. Fees will be paid by annual subscription. Subscriptions for 16 and 17 year olds will be 50% of that of ordinary members. Members in this category must be 16 years old prior to April 1st of their admission year. Junior members subscriptions will be 50% of that of ordinary members.

6. Finance

  • All Club monies will be banked in an account held in the name of the Club.
  • The Club Treasurer will be responsible for the finances of the Club.
  • The financial year of the Club will end on: 31st October.
  • An auditor will be elected annually at the Annual General Meeting (A.G.M.).
  • An audited statement of annual accounts will be presented by the Treasurer at the A.G.M.
  • Any cheques drawn against Club funds should hold the signatures of the Treasurer plus one other designated signatory/officer.

7. Property


The whole property of the Club shall be vested in the Committee and their successors in office, as trustees on behalf of the Club. An annual inventory of property / equipment will be conducted by at least 2 Committee members at end of each season and such inventory checked at start of each season. 1 Copy of inventory to be kept by Secretary and 1 copy to be kept in Clubhouse.

8. Annual General Meetings

  • The Annual General Meeting (A.G.M.) will be held in November unless the absence of at least 2 Principal members of the Management Committee (President/Secretary/Treasurer) prevents this occurring. In this instance all members of the Club shall be informed of change of date and Annual General Meeting rescheduled within 30 days of original date. The Secretary will give 14 days notice to all members.
  • The A.G.M. will receive a report from officers of the Management Committee and a statement of the audited accounts.
  • Elections of officers are to take place at the A.G.M.
  • All members have the right to vote at the A.G.M.
  • The quorum for A.G.Ms. will be 25% of the membership.

9. Extraordinary General Meetings

  • The Management Committee has the right to call Extraordinary General Meetings (E.G.Ms.) outside the A.G.M.
  • The President shall also be bound to call an E.G.M. within 14 days after receipt of a requisition to do so signed by at least 25% of the members and containing the purpose of the business.
  • Procedures for E.G.M’s. will be the same as for the A.G.M.

10. Discipline and Appeals


All complaints regarding the behaviour of members should be submitted in writing to the Secretary. In the event of any member acting in a manner which contravenes the rules and constitution of the Club, or whose conduct is of an offensive or disagreeable nature, the offending member will be requested, by letter, to appear before the Management Committee. The Management Committee will have the power, by ballot vote, to suspend or, in extreme cases, to expel the offending member. The member concerned will be notified by letter of the Committee decision.

Should the Management Committee decide to expel a member, the facts will be reported to the members at the next annual general meeting. However, if the member concerned wishes to appeal the expulsion they may do so by requesting the Committee to arrange an E.G.M. the sole purpose of which will be to hear the appeal and the member concerned will be given the opportunity to address the meeting. A ballot vote at the meeting will be taken and a simple majority will be necessary to confirm or reject the Committee decision on expulsion of the member.

11. Visitors


Members have the privilege of bringing a visitor to the Club occasionally and they may be invited to play in Club tournaments, but only at the discretion of the Committee. Regular visitors shall be encouraged to join the Club.

12. Amendments To The Constitution


The constitution will only be changed through agreement by majority vote at an A.G.M. or E.G.M.

13. Non Discrimination Clause


Membership of the Club is open to all in the community and without discrimination on the grounds of ethnic origin, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, sex, age or disability except as a necessary consequence of the requirements of our sport.

14. Dissolution


A resolution to dissolve the Club can only be passed at an A.G.M. or E.G.M. through a majority vote of the membership. In the event of dissolution, any assets of the Club that remain will become the property of NAME OF GOVERNING BODY OR SOME OTHER CLUB WITH SIMILAR OBJECTIVES TO THOSE OF THE CLUB.

15. Data Protection Act


Under the provisions of the Data Protection Act, all members are advised that personal membership data is held on computer records. Individual objections to these arrangements must be made to the Secretary in writing.

16. Play On Green


Play on the green will be subject to the rules of the game as published by World Bowls Ltd. The Management Committee shall have the power to make bye-laws consistent with these rules.

The Club shall adopt and members shall comply with any rule relating to the taking of drugs which may be agreed and adopted by the Manx Bowls Council to which the Club is affiliated.

17. Other


The Management Committee shall have the power to decide on matters not covered within these rules.

Club Rules

  1. The Laws of World Bowls Ltd. Shall apply to all games except as may be varied or extended by local law.
  2. The Club shall adopt and members shall comply with any rule relating to the taking of drugs which may be agreed and adopted by World Bowls Ltd. to which the Club is affiliated.
  3. Dress code for competition finals and representative matches shall be white top and white or grey skirt or trousers or official club colours. Players may use their discretion at all other times.
  4. The entry list for competitions will be posted on the notice board and members should record their interest by the closing date. Dates shall be set for the completion of rounds and permission must be sought from the Committee if these dates cannot be met by competitors.
  5. The first competitors name on the draw shall be deemed the challenger and they must submit 3 alternative match dates for their opponents to choose.
  6. The times and dates of finals will be fixed by the Committee with reasonable consultation with the finalists. Non attendance will result in the tie being awarded to the opposition.
  7. No play will take place during the finals of the Singles competitions.
  8. Members shall refrain from smoking convential cigarettes, cigars, pipes and e-cigarettes/vapes in the Club hut or veranda, or on the green. Food/drinks if required to be kept to side of green and not taken onto the green during play. During league matches/competitions members on green to have mobile phones on silent. In event of contact being essential members to where possible ask non playing member/guest to hold mobile phone or have phone on vibrate mode.

Singles League Rules

  1. The format will be 1 hour plus 1 end. When the whistle sounds, if the jack has not been centred, then an extra end will be played.
  2. 3 points will be awarded for a win, 1 for a draw and 0 point for a loss.
  3. Matches shall commence at 6.30pm sharp and players must be on the green ready to start their match by this time.
  4. The names of players shall be registered on the entry form at the beginning of the season. Players must be registered members of the Club and be season ticket holders.
  5. Match forms should be filled out by players prior to matches and the scores recorded and verified by the signatures of both players.
  6. Rinks will be allocated on the night and a toss of coin will decide who has the jack or choice to give it away.
  7. Matches shall be played in accordance with World Bowls Ltd. rules.
  8. World Bowls Ltd has accepted the World Anti-Doping Code and all players must comply with these rules. A copy is displayed on the club notice board and is available on request from the secretary. The prohibited drugs list can be found at the following web address: Click Here
  9. If a dispute arises during a match, the 2 skips shall reach agreement in accordance with World Bowls Ltd. rules. If no agreement can be reached then the end must be re-played.
  10. If a player does not turn up for a fixture or re-arrange their match in agreement with their opposition then a score of 3-0 with 20 chalks shall be awarded to the other player.
  11. Players wishing to re-arrange a match must seek agreement from the opposition and fill in the “Match Rearrangement Form” signed by both players. Matches should be played before, or a maximum of 3 weeks after the scheduled date. Failure to do so will result in the match being awarded against the player who sought the rearrangement.
  12. Any matter not covered in these rules shall be decided on by the Committee.

Pairs League Rules

  1. The pair’s league shall consist of teams comprising of 2 or more registered players.
  2. The format shall be 15 ends, with all ends played.
  3. 3 points shall be awarded for a win, 1 for a draw and 0 for a loss.
  4. Matches shall commence at 6.30pm sharp and players must be on the green ready to start their match by this time.
  5. The names of teams and players shall be registered on the team entry form at the beginning of the season. Players must be registered members of the Club and be season ticket holders.
  6. Match forms should be filled out by skips prior to matches and the scores recorded and verified by the signatures of both skips.
  7. A member having played 3 times for a team is restricted to that team for the remainder of the season.
  8. Rinks will be allocated on the fixture list and a toss of coin will decide who has the jack or choice to give it away.
  9. Matches shall be played in accordance with World Bowls Ltd. rules.
  10. World Bowls Ltd has accepted the World Anti-Doping Code and all players must comply with these rules. A copy is displayed on the club notice board and is available on request from the secretary. The prohibited drugs list can be found at the following web address: Click Here
  11. If a dispute arises during a match, the 2 skips shall reach agreement in accordance with World Bowls Ltd. rules. If no agreement can be reached then the end must be re-played.
  12. If a team does not turn up for a fixture or re-arrange their match in agreement with their opposition then a score of 3-0 with 20 chalks shall be awarded to the other team.
  13. Teams wishing to re-arrange a match must seek agreement from the opposition and fill in the “Match Rearrangement Form” signed by both skips. Matches should be played before, or a maximum of 3 weeks after the scheduled date. Failure to do so will result in the match being awarded against the team who sought the rearrangement. Where possible, re-arranged matches should be played on the original allocated rink.
  14. To enable matches to be played in the event of absence or injury, substitutes may be allowed who are not registered members of any team. A substitute can only play 3 times for the same team and must play lead.
  15. Any matter not covered in these rules shall be decided on by the Committee.