The Conditions of Play have been updated to give teams more time to complete trial ends. We had granted the extended time at the fours championships anyway, so we have updated the published version to reflect the change. You can find the COP by clicking below or by clicking the link in the sidebar.
We have put together an interim policy to formally define who is certified to act as an umpire. It does not appear that any written policy had previously been in place. You can find the interim policy in the menu to the right, or by following this link.
With all the wet weather this weekend, many district events are likely to be using groundsheets. BCB issued a new domestic regulation on groundsheets in 2015:
Use of Groundsheets
For outdoors play, portable groundsheets do not need to be fastened to the green, and may be temporarily removed upon completion of an end. The groundsheet may be placed at a different position at the start of each end, unless otherwise directed by the Controlling Body or greenkeeper, but always at least 2 metres from the rear ditch and at least 23 metres from the front ditch. The groundsheets must remain in use until the end of the game or until the Controlling Body decides that they are no longer needed.
We have prepared a memo addressing some of the issues for which we have received the most questions as well as significant changes from previous years. We have also prepared a short guide on umpire duties during provincial events and created a chart to assist in determining the pace of the green.
(This was cross-posted to the OLBA Facebook group).
I've been receiving questions from people regarding the application of the OLBA Conditions of Play (COP) to their club events. The COP are only mandatory for district playdowns and provincial championships. Club championships and tournaments hosted by clubs can be organized however you want. Want to play sets? Go for it. Jack Attack? No problem. Sides competition between clubs? I have been pestering people for that for a few years. Power play ends? We've had some fun with that out here on the frontier. There are no rules requiring that tournaments be three games in one day. I would encourage clubs to look at the variations that have been tried out in different places and try something new.
The COP were drafted with a focus on developing competitive players for provincial and national competition. They mirror how the game is being played at the highest levels. Many of these things might not make sense for recreational or district tournament bowlers. If these things don't make sense in your club or for the people who come to your tournaments, please feel free to do something different.