WORLD BOWLS REGULATIONS (adopted 2 May 2018)

These are the Regulations of World Bowls, a Company registered under the Companies Acts of the United Kingdom under No. SC222522 and having its Registered Office at 1 Rutland Square, Edinburgh EH1 2AS (‘World Bowls’).

Part I – Interpretation and definitions

1. Definitions
1.1 In these Regulations unless the contrary intention appears:

  • words and phrases shall have the meanings given to them in the Articles; and
  • the following words and phrases shall have the following meanings:“Anti Doping Regulations” means the World Bowls Anti Doping Regulations, compliantwith WADA requirements, adopted by World Bowls on 26th March 2004, as the same may be amended from time to time.“Articles” means the Articles of Association of World Bowls, as amended from time to time.”Associate” of a person means a Bowler playing in the same Game as that person.

    “Bet” means to stake money on the outcome of a Game, generally but not necessarily for the purpose of securing a pecuniary gain.

    “Board” means the board of World Bowls.

    “Bowler” means a person affiliated to a National Authority.

    “Bulletin” means a bulletin issued in terms of Regulation 2.2.

    “Conditions of Play” means the entry conditions governing a participant in a WorldBowls Event which must be approved in advance by World Bowls.

    “Controlling Body” means the body having immediate control of the conditions under which a Game is played, in the order of precedence set out in the Laws of the Sport.

    “Council Meeting” means an Annual Council Meeting, a Biennial Council Meeting or a Special Council Meeting, all as defined in the Articles.

    “Disciplinary Committee” means a disciplinary committee convened for that purpose byWorld Bowls.

    “Disciplinary Hearing” means a hearing before a Disciplinary Committee.
    “Event” means any International Event or national competition or tournament in the

sport of bowls or such other competition or tournament including a World Bowls Event.“Financial year” means the year ending 31st December in each year.
“Game” means a game of bowls played at or as part of an Event.

“International Event” means an international competition, event or tournament in the sport of bowls in which two or more countries participate but excluding a World Bowls Event.

“Jury of Appeal” means a disciplinary body convened for the purpose of Part XI of these Regulations.

“Laws of the Sport” means the laws of the game for the sport of Bowls, governing the playing of Bowls.

“Match Fixing” means offering or receiving a bribe, inducement or otherwise to cause or attempt to cause a Game to be determined otherwise than on its merits.

“Memorandum” means the Memorandum of Association of World Bowls, as amended from time to time.

“Member” means a member of World Bowls as defined by the Articles.

“National Authority” means a nation which is a Member.

“National Delegate” means a delegate of a National Authority.

“Offence of Betting or Match Fixing” means the commission of prohibited conduct interms of Regulation 13.

“Official” means any Board or Council member, member of the board, council or executive of any National Authority, coach, umpire, team or squad manager, official bowls tester, authorised bowl inspector, promoter, match committee member or representative or medical officer or responsible official associated with a Game.

“Part” means a part of this Regulation.

“Player” means a person who is a member of a National Authority or a member of a Clubaffiliated to a National Authority (provided that, in each case, such person has paid their subscription or affiliation fees to such National Authority or Club).

“President” means the President for the time being of World Bowls.“Regulations” means these regulations.

“Statistical Return” means the return to be made by each Member National Authority in terms of Regulation 3.1.4 hereof (a) in the form prescribed by the Executive Officer and stating inter alia the latest figures available (and the date thereof) of the clubs and members thereof affiliated to or under the control of that National Authority and (b) containing a certificate as to the correctness thereof, signed by the president and

secretary/executive officer of the National Authority.

“Statutes” means, together, the Memorandum, the Articles, the Regulations and anyBulletins issued in terms thereof.

“Testing Regulations” means the Regulations adopted on 21 November 2004, as the same may be amended from time to time.

“Tournament Director” means the person appointed by the Board in accordance with Regulation 22.1.

“Voting Majority” means the votes of such number of voting Members.

“World Bowls Events” means any event, tournament or competition controlled and governed by World Bowls and means the period of time from the opening ceremony to the closing ceremony of the event, tournament or competition.

“World Bowls Misconduct” means any misconduct at a World Bowls Event in accordance with Part XI of these Regulations.

1.2 In these Regulations:

  1. 1.2.1  a reference to a function includes a reference to a power, authority and duty;
  2. 1.2.2  a reference to the exercise of a function includes, where the function is a power, authority or duty, a reference to the exercise of the power or authority or the performance of the duty;
  3. 1.2.3  words importing the singular include the plural and vice versa;
  4. 1.2.4  words importing the gender include the other gender;
  5. 1.2.5  references to persons include corporations and bodies politic;
  6. 1.2.6  references to a person include the legal personal representatives, successors and permitted assigns of that person;
  7. 1.2.7  a reference to a statute, ordinance, code or other law includes regulations and other statutory instruments under it and consolidations, amendments, re-enactments or replacements of any of them (whether of the same or any legislative authority having jurisdiction); and
  8. 1.2.8  a reference to “writing” shall unless the contrary intention appears, be construed asincluding references to printing, lithography, photography and other modes or representing or reproducing words in a visible form, including messages sent by electronic mail.

1.3 If any provision of these Regulations or any phrase contained in them is invalid or unenforceable in any jurisdiction, the phrase or provision is to be read down for the purpose of that jurisdiction, if possible, so as to be valid and enforceable, and otherwise

shall be severed to the extent of the invalidity or unenforceability, without affecting the remaining provisions of these Regulations or affecting the validity or enforceability of that provision in any other jurisdiction.

Part II – Effect and Extent

  1. 2.1  The Regulations shall be binding on World Bowls, Members, National Delegates, Officials and Bowlers and in so far as they are not inconsistent with the terms of the Memorandum and Articles.
  2. 2.2  Amendments, alterations, interpretations or other changes to the Regulations shall be advised to Members by means of Bulletins. Bulletins will be approved by the Board and issued by the Executive Officer. Bulletins are binding on World Bowls, Members, National Delegates, Officials and Bowlers.
  3. 2.3  The Board shall promulgate Regulations in respect of such matters as may from time to time be required.Part III – Obligations of Member National Authorities and Members

3 Member National Authorities

3.1 Member National Authorities shall:

  1. 3.1.1  conduct and administer Bowls in their particular country in accordance with theStatutes;
  2. 3.1.2  maintain a register of all Bowlers in the country for which it is the National Authority;
  3. 3.1.3  comply with other reasonable requests of or directions by the Board; and
  4. 3.1.4  reconcile their membership and forward an annual Statistical Return to the Executive Officer so as to reach the Executive Officer by 31st December in each year.

4 Members

4.1 Members acknowledge and agree that:

  1. 4.1.1  they shall comply with and observe the Statutes, and any determination, resolution or policy that may be made or passed by the Council, the Board or any duly authorised committee; and
  2. 4.1.2  the Statutes are necessary and reasonable for promoting the objects of World Bowls and particularly the advancement and protection of Bowls.

4.2 Recognised and Associated Organisations

4.2.1 World Bowls recognises the following organisations as being representative of the people they respectively purport to represent:


  • Asia Lawn Bowls Federation;
  • European Bowls Union;
  • British Isles Bowls Council and British Isles Women’s Bowls Council;
  • African States-Zone VI;
  • Professional Bowls Association;
  • Internationals Bowls for the Disabled;
  • International Deaf Bowls Federation
  1. 4.2.3  These organisations are not members of World Bowls, but World Bowls and its Members shall co-operate and use their best efforts with such organisations to promote their mutual interest in the Sport of Bowls.
  2. 4.2.4  Other Organisations: World Bowls may from time to time, in its discretion, give appropriate recognition to any other organisation upon being satisfied that such organisation was established wholly or in part to promote the Sport of Bowls amongst special interest groups it purports to represent.
  3. 4.2.5  Provision of Assistance: The Board of World Bowls may from time to time take whatever action the Board, in its discretion, deems appropriate to assist recognised representative organisations in increasing the participation of their respective members in the Sport of Bowls.

4.3 Reciprocity of Membership

  1. 4.3.1  A player who is affiliated to a member National Authority should be granted reciprocalrights when visiting another Member National Authority.
  2. 4.3.2  Visiting players who are currently affiliated and in good standing with their home National Authority should obtain a letter or a similar form of introduction from their home Association to present to the visited Association. The letter etc. should be sent or presented initially to the Head Quarters of the visited Association and a copy carried to present to each club etc. that is visited.Part IV – Financial Matters

5 Records and Accounts

  1. 5.1  The Executive Officer shall establish and maintain proper records and minutes concerning all transactions, business, meetings and dealings of World Bowls, the Council and the Board and shall produce these as appropriate at meetings of Council.
  2. 5.2  Proper accounting and other records shall be kept in accordance with the laws of Scotland. The books of account shall be kept in the care and control of the Executive



5.3 The Board shall forward to the Members the statements of account of World Bowls as required by the Statutes.

6 Funds

  1. 6.1  The funds of World Bowls shall be derived from Members’ fees, levies, subscriptions,donations, grants, sponsorship and such other sources as are determined by the Board.
  2. 6.2  All money received by World Bowls shall be deposited as soon as practicable to the credit of World Bowls bank account. An appropriate receipt shall be issued as soon as practicable after receiving any money.

7 Subscriptions

7.1 Subscriptions shall be:

  1. 7.1.1  fixed by the Board;
  2. 7.1.2  payable in respect of each Financial Year; and
  3. 7.1.3  due and payable at the office of World Bowls on a date not later than that determined by the Board.
  1. 7.2  The Executive Officer shall notify every Member National Authority of the amount of the subscription due, but failure of the Executive Officer to do so, or any non-receipts of such notice, shall not exempt a National Authority that is a Member from the obligations to pay.
  2. 7.3  Should any National Authority that is a Member fail to pay its annual subscription by the due date, it shall be precluded from exercising any rights under the Memorandum and Articles and shall be debarred from entering its members in any international or world competition under the auspices of World Bowls. No National Delegate or alternate National Delegate representing such National Authority that is a Member shall be entitled to exercise any vote at any Council Meeting or at any election or to take part in any discussion at a Council Meeting of World Bowls.Part V – Laws of the Sport

8 Laws of the Sport

  1. 8.1  The Laws of the Sport for the time being promulgated by the Board shall be observed in all international games and matches and in Commonwealth Games and World Bowls Events.
  2. 8.2  No alteration to the Laws of the Sport shall be approved unless it is passed by a two- thirds majority at a Council Meeting (provided always that the two-thirds majority constitutes a Voting Majority).
  1. 8.3  Member National Authorities shall observe the Laws of the Sport in force under previous sub-clauses hereof in all games played by the clubs and members thereof affiliated to it or under its control.
  2. 8.4  Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this clause, Member National Authorities may adopt Domestic Regulations under the Laws of the Sport for use in their domestic play, but such Regulations must only cover the specific aspects of the sport listed in the Laws of the Sport in force under previous sub-clauses hereof.
  3. 8.5  Notwithstanding the Laws of the Sport for the time being promulgated, the Board may, at its discretion, permit Member National Authorities to experiment with what it considers to be innovative changes to the way in which the sport is played. Such changes can apply to domestic play and will be subject to review by the Board. In addition the Board will consider applications from Member National Authorities to incorporate experimental changes in one off International invitation competitions on a case by case basis.

9 International Tours and Competitions

  1. 9.1  Any International Event shall require approval from the Board. The host National Authority or organisation must make a written application to the Board in due time for authorisation to stage the event, enclosing the proposed Conditions of Play for theevent. Wherever possible, the application must be made to the Board, and the Board’sapproval be received, before the formal invitations to participate in the event are issued.
  2. 9.2  The Board shall not unreasonably withhold approval for any proposed International Event, however without limitation to the forgoing generality, the Board shall be entitled (but not bound) to withhold approval of the proposed International Event where there is a clash of dates with major World Bowls Council meetings, with a World Bowls Event, or with an event meant for the same category of players in the same geographical area.
  3. 9.3  The Board shall issue a formal written notice of approval to the relevant host National Authority and upon receipt of this written notice the National Authority shall be permitted to disclose a copy of such written approval to any country invited to participate in the International Event or any other third party wishing to confirm that the International Event is officially approved by World Bowls.
  4. 9.4  World Bowls via the Board shall be entitled to levy a fee for granting approval of any proposed International Event as considered appropriate.
  5. 9.5  Member National Authorities will be subject to sanctions (including fines) as considered appropriate by the Board for non-compliance with this Regulation. This shall apply to Member National Authorities either hosting or participating in non-approved events.
  6. 9.6  The approval shall be granted only if the participating players are Affiliated to the National Authority.


If a National Authority that is Affiliated competes against a National Authority that is not

Affiliated, the Board shall impose such reasonable sanction against the National Authority that is Affiliated (including disqualification from a subsequent international event) as the Board considers appropriate in the circumstances.

Eligibility of Players

9.8 Subject to Regulation 9.9, no player shall be qualified to represent a country competing in any World Bowls sanctioned international event (including all International Events and Events) unless he or she:

  1. 9.8.1  is not currently under disqualification or suspension by World Bowls or the National Authority of the country they are representing;
  2. 9.8.2  satisfies the eligibility criteria of the member National Authority of the country they are representing;
  3. 9.8.3  complies with all applicable rules and regulations of World Bowls, their member National Authority and the World Anti Doping Code as may be applied by World Bowls to ensure that the overriding principles of World Bowls are observed.

9.9 A player is qualified to represent a country competing in any World Bowls sanctioned international event (including all International Events and Events) if:

  1. 9.9.1  he or she was born in the country; or
  2. 9.9.2  he or she is a citizen of the country, or
  3. 9.9.3  he or she has been a permanent resident of the country for a period of twenty four months immediately prior to the event.
  1. 9.10  A player who is eligible to represent two or more countries competing in any World Bowls sanctioned international event (including all International Events and Events) in terms of Regulation 9.8 and 9.9, may upon notice being given to the World Bowls Board elect to represent either country.
  2. 9.11  A player who is eligible to represent two or more countries competing in any World Bowls sanctioned international event (including all International Events and Events) in terms of Regulation 9.8 and 9.9, who has previously represented a country in a World Bowls sanctioned event (including all International Events and Events) may not represent another country:
  1. 9.11.1  for a period of at least twenty four months; and
  2. 9.11.2  without the approval of the National Authorities of both countries that the player iseligible to represent; and
  3. 9.11.3  without the approval of the Board of World Bowls.



The Board of World Bowls shall have the power to alter or waive the provisions of

Regulation 9.10 and 9.11 in any case for good reason or if circumstances warrant.

9.13 Athletes selected to represent National Authorities at the Commonwealth Games must comply with Article 24 of the Commonwealth Games Federation Constitution relating to eligibility.

Part VI – Appeals Procedure

10 Appeals

10.1 The Board shall adjudicate upon and determine:

  1. 10.1.1  any difference or controversy that may arise between one National Authority and another; and
  2. 10.1.2  any questions as to the meaning or interpretation of any provision of these Regulations.
  1. 10.2  The subject matter for adjudication shall be stated fully in writing to the Executive Officer who shall forthwith send a copy to each Director. If the Board cannot reach a decision by correspondence, the Board may defer the matter until its next Board meeting. The Board may call for such further information, and take such advice and other measures, as it deems necessary to enable it to reach a decision.
  2. 10.3  Either party to the difference or any person aggrieved by the decision of the Board may appeal to the Council. The decision of the Council shall be final and binding.Part VII – Child Protection and Bowls testing matters

11 Child Protection

11.1 Each Member National Authority shall introduce appropriate child protection measures in order to comply with the legislation of the jurisdiction in which the Member National Authority is located.

12 Bowls Testing
12.1 The Testing Regulations shall apply.

Part VIII – Betting and match fixing 13 Offence of Betting and Match Fixing

13.1 A Bowler or an Official shall not directly or indirectly (through an Associate or otherwise), alone or in conjunction with another:

  1. 13.1.1  Bet on any Game in which he or she, or any Associate or Official, is involved; or
  2. 13.1.2  Participate (whether by act or omission) in Match Fixing.

13.2 Reporting and confidentiality


  1. 13.2.1  A Bowler or an Official must report any actual, possible or attempted Offence of Betting and Match Fixing to their National Authority and/or World Bowls but shall not otherwise report or discuss the alleged Offence of Betting and Match Fixing except in accordance with this Regulation.
  2. 13.2.2  The National Authority and/or World Bowls may request any person making a report in accordance with Regulation 13.2.1 to provide particulars in writing. If so requested, the Bowler or the Official involved shall provide such written responses within the time period specified by the National Authority and/or World Bowls.
  3. 13.2.3  Any report made in accordance with Regulation 13.2.1 shall be dealt with confidentially by the National Authority and/or World Bowls unless otherwise required or permitted under the Regulations, the Laws of the Sport or at law, or unless already in the public domain.
  4. 13.2.4  Any statement or media release regarding any alleged Offence of Betting or Match Fixing shall only be made following determination of the matter in accordance with this Regulation, except as is deemed appropriate or necessary to protect or preserve the reputation and goodwill of the sport of bowls.

13.3 Disciplinary procedure

13.3.1 If a report of an alleged Offence of Betting or Match Fixing is made under Regulation 13.2, the matter shall be dealt with in terms of Part X of these Regulations whether or not it occurred at a World Bowls Event or otherwise

Part IX – Doping

  1. 14  The Anti Doping Regulations shall apply to any allegation of doping but shall not apply toMisconduct under Part X and Part XI.Part X – Discipline for matters other than at World Bowls Events
  2. 15  Disciplinary Committee

15.1 Purpose

15.1.1 The purpose of Part X of the World Bowls Regulations is to maintain fair and reasonable standards of conduct by Bowlers, Officials and Members outside of World Bowls Events but it is not intended to cover Misconduct arising out of national events or International Events.

15.2 Composition

15.2.1 The Board shall appoint a Disciplinary Committee prior to the start of each Financial Year to serve for that Financial Year, which may consist of one or more divisions. The Disciplinary Committee shall be responsible for ensuring the observance of the Statutes and the Regulations by all the Members and by Bowlers.


15.2.2 The Board shall exclude from the Disciplinary Committee any person who:

  1.  is involved in or is connected with a Disciplinary Hearing relating to the case currentlybefore the Disciplinary Committee; or
  2.  declares conflicting interest in any matter before a Disciplinary Committee.

15.3 The Disciplinary Committee shall:

  1. 15.3.1  not conduct any business unless a quorum is present (by telephone or video conference, or any combination of the above or otherwise as determined by the Disciplinary Committee) and unless otherwise provided in this Regulation, the quorum of the Disciplinary Committee shall be 3; and
  2. 15.3.2  comprise such number of members as is determined from time to time by the Board, subject to a valid quorum.
  1. 15.4  In an emergency situation any two members of the Disciplinary Committee may constitute a quorum.
  2. 15.5  If a member of the Disciplinary Committee resigns or otherwise becomes unable to complete his or her term of office World Bowls shall have the power to appoint another person in his or her place.
  3. 15.6  The Chief Executive Officer shall appoint a Chairperson on each occasion when the Disciplinary Committee is to be convened from one of the members appointed to the Disciplinary Committee.
  4. 15.7  Functions
    The functions of the Disciplinary Committee shall be to:
  1. 15.7.1  hear and determine any allegation of Misconduct made under this Part X of the Regulations provided it does not fall within the jurisdiction of the Jury of Appeal under Part XI of these Regulations;
  2. 15.7.2  hear and determine any alleged Offence of Betting or Match Fixing made under Part VIII of these Regulations;
  3. 15.7.3  peruse, comment on and where necessary amend notices of motion submitted for consideration at a Council Meeting; and
  4. 15.7.4  if delegated by the Board, undertake any inquiry or investigation, on behalf of World Bowls.

16 Misconduct other than at a World Bowls Events 16.1 Statements



Critical or derogatory statements about World Bowls’ affairs shall not be made by any

Bowler or Member through the media or to any third party.

  1. 16.1.2  The writer of any article shall submit the same for approval, through the Chief Executive Officer, in order that the accuracy of any information given in the article may be established.
  2. 16.1.3  Any Member and/or any Bowler who makes a statement that, in the opinion of World Bowls constitutes a breach of this requirement, is liable to disciplinary action by World Bowls as a breach of Regulation below.
  3. 16.1.4  Members and/or Bowlers will not make reference to their elected or appointed position or office within World Bowls in the endorsement or promotion of any product or service without the specific written approval of World Bowls. Failure to obtain such written approval may result in the Member or Bowler being liable to disciplinary action by World Bowls as a breach of Regulation below.

16.2 Misconduct

For the purpose of Part X of these Regulations, the definition of “Misconduct” shallinclude conduct under Regulation 13.1 and, but shall not be restricted to, situations where any Bowler, Member or Official, as the case may be:

  1. 16.2.1  Commits an Offence of Betting or Match Fixing;
  2. 16.2.2  At any event, function or activity of World Bowls, or whilst on the property of WorldBowls, uses any profane, indecent or improper language;
  3. 16.2.3  At any time or place engages in offensive or insulting behaviour towards World Bowls, or any person acting for or on behalf of World Bowls;
  4. 16.2.4  Breaches any provision of:
  1.  these Regulations or any other World Bowls Regulations (other than the World BowlsAnti-Doping Regulations);
  2.  any policies of World Bowls;
  3.  any reasonable direction of World Bowls (or person authorised on its behalf);
  4.  any decision of a Council Meeting, the Board or the Disciplinary Committee;
  1. 16.2.5  Acts in a manner which brought, or could bring, World Bowls into disrepute;
  2. 16.2.6  Acts in a manner unbecoming of a Bowler, Official or a Member or which is prejudicial to the objects of World Bowls;
  3. 16.2.7  Fails or refuses, for a period of one calendar month to pay any fine or monetary penalty imposed by World Bowls; or
  4. 16.2.8  Aids or abets any of the conduct specified in 16.2.1 to 16.2.7 above.


16.3 Procedure for Misconduct


The Disciplinary Committee may take action for any alleged Misconduct under this Part X of these Regulations upon receiving details of the allegation in writing from any person or organisation and as otherwise set out in this Part X of the Regulations, whether or not that person or organisation is a Member.

17 Disciplinary Procedure

In performing its functions, the Disciplinary Committee shall follow the procedures set out in these Regulations.

  1. 17.1  DecisionsAll decisions of the Disciplinary Committee shall be final and binding on all Members, Bowlers or Officials. The failure to adhere to a decision of the Disciplinary Committee may result in the affected Member, Bowler or Official being suspended or expelled from the Member and/or World Bowls, and/or such other steps being taken as set out in these Regulations or the regulations of the relevant Member.
  2. 17.2  Commencement of Proceedings
  1. 17.2.1  Where any person, Member or organisation considers that a Bowler, Member or Official of World Bowls has engaged in Misconduct under this Part X of these Regulations, they may refer the allegation of Misconduct to the Chief Executive Officer of World Bowls for determination by the Disciplinary Committee.
  2. 17.2.2  An allegation in Regulation 17.2.1 shall be submitted in writing in the prescribed form set out in Annexure A and must be submitted as soon as possible and, no later than 14 days after the alleged incident or incidents of Misconduct occurred. The Disciplinary Committee in its discretion may accept an allegation after 14 days if exceptional circumstances exist.
  3. 17.2.3  Where an allegation is made under Regulation 17.2.1 the Chief Executive Officer may take the steps set out in Regulations 17.3 to 17.5.

17.3 Preliminary Procedure

17.3.1 If the alleged Misconduct is sufficiently serious, the Disciplinary Committee shall have the power to suspend the Member, Bowler or Official forthwith and as soon as a complaint is received from any event or activity organised or authorised or held under the Regulations of World Bowls or any affiliated body whenever held from time to time where a prima facie case of the Member, Bowler or Official having committed the Misconduct is reported to World Bowls. Such suspension shall:

  1.  be notified in writing to the Member, Bowler or Official concerned as soon as reasonably possible; and
  2.  last until the decision of the Disciplinary Committee at, or following, the hearing of the