SUBSTITUTES OR REPLACMENTS If a team requires a Substitute or replacement please read the Bowls NZ Regulation seven below and follow the process flow of Bowls Southland as follows:
Prior to fixture - Team member to contact Bowls Southland - who will in turn contact either the Bowls Southland Match Committee Convenor or Umpire Representative
Day of fixture - Team member to contact Green Controller - who will in turn contact either the Bowls Southland Match Committee Convenor or Umpire Representative
BOWLS NZ DOMESTIC REGULATION - LAWS OF THE SPORT 7. Substitutes or Replacements: in accordance with Law 39.2.3 the following requirements apply to introducing a substitute player:
7.1 Composition of Teams: the Controlling Body may impose special conditions on the composition of Teams and the qualification of Team Members. Such information shall be stated in the Conditions of Play which shall be published at the time entries are requested.
7.2 Original Team: an Original Team shall consist of the players whose names are entered on the Score Card for the first game in a tournament. If an Original Team Member is unable to play at any time, including in the first end of the first game, for a reason accepted as valid by the Controlling Body, then a Substitute shall be permitted and their name shall be recorded as a Substitute for the absent Team Member.
7.3 Graded Team: a Graded Team means a Team in which every Team Member plays in the position in which they have been classified by their Club. The Controlling Body may give approval for a Team Member to play in a higher graded position, but under no circumstances shall a Team Member play in a lower graded position. In a Graded Triples tournament, the Second player may be a classified Lead Second or Third. In a Graded Pairs tournament, the Lead may be either a classified Lead or Second.
7.4 Changes to Original Team Members: if an Original Team Member is unable to continue playing in a tournament for a reason accepted as valid by the Controlling Body, and unable to return before the completion of the tournament, their place may be taken by a replacement player who may play in any position and shall have the same rights as an Original Team Member. The appointment shall be subject to approval by the Controlling Body, and the replacement player shall be:
(a) Wherever possible of playing ability equal to, or less than, the Original Team Member who is unable to continue; (b) Whenever possible, a player who has not already participated in the tournament; (c) A player who satisfies the eligibility requirements for Team Members stated in the Conditions of Play; (d) Only one replacement player per Team shall be permitted per tournament; (e) Players shall not be transferred from one Team to another.
7.5 Centre Champion of Champions Events: the Team Members of the Team that wins a Club Championship are the players who shall be nominated by the Club for entry to the Champion of Champions Event. Any change in playing personnel shall be subject to the prior approval of the Centre Controlling Body, and shall be limited to one Substitute and/or one replacement player.
7.6 Substitutes: a Substitute means a player temporarily filling a position for an absent Team Member. A Substitute may play in any position except that of Skip, except that in a Graded Event, a Substitute graded Skip shall play as Skip.
7.7 Substitute Approval:
(a) The use of a Substitute is subject to the prior approval of the Controlling Body for the tournament; (b) A substitute would normally be considered for a valid reason including (but not limited to): bereavement of a close family member, Jury Duty, Bowls NZ duty, illness, work commitments. Other exceptional circumstances may also be considered. However, a Substitute shall not be permitted if a Team Member enters another tournament scheduled to play at the same time; (c) Only a Fours Team may contain a Substitute and a replacement player simultaneously; (d) A Triples or Pairs Team shall be permitted one Substitute or one replacement player, but not both simultaneously; (e) If the player for whom a Substitute was approved later becomes available, the player shall, with the consent of the Controlling Body, rejoin the Team at the completion of any end; (f) No Substitute or change of personnel shall be permitted in any Singles game, except that in any Sides Match a Substitute or replacement player may be permitted to play in any Singles game; (g) A substitute Team Member must be approved when a player has qualified or been selected for a Centre or Bowls NZ tournament.
7.8 Qualifications of Appointees: A Substitute approved by the Controlling Body shall, where possible, be:
(a) Of playing ability equal to, or less than, the Team Member who is absent; (b) A player who has not already participated in the tournament; (c) A player who satisfies the eligibility requirements for Team Members stated in the Conditions of Play; (d) Where it is not possible to satisfy the above requirements, the Controlling Body may appoint any suitable player to act as Substitute; (e) Players shall not be transferred from one Team to another.