The government have changed the guidance for exercising outdoors.
The BCGBA have given no new information, except an instruction to follow the Government advice. Our interpretation of this guidance is that we can now allow doubles matches to be played, provided precautions and social distancing rules are followed.
In spite of the recent lockdown relaxations Covid virus is still with us, people are still catching it and dying, so caution is still needed. Pleas adhere to the 2 meter distancing rule. Be vigilant and back off if needed. Most of our members are unfortunately considered in the “at risk category”.
The green must be booked through John Fisher. All players must be listed on the booking. Only one doubles match allowed on the green.
Two other members may play singles at the same time.
If anyone using the green has Covid symptoms, or tests positive, they are obliged to tell us so we can contact other members with whom they may have been in contact.
The rules below must be followed to protect all members.
1) The green is open ONLY to paid up club members (BCGBA stipulation).
2) The green must be booked before playing and all players listed.
3) Singles games can be between members from the same or different households.
Individuals from different households playing singles against each other must obey the 2meter distancing rule at all times. This includes when sending / retrieving the jack and bowls and when judging / measuring the head. Players must not handle each other’s bowls. Each player should deliver their own jack ( not use a shared one). One player should be designated as “mat handler,” should use their own mat and should retrieve / place the mat each end.
4) Doubles games can be between pairs of players from the same or different households. Players from different households MUST social distance from each other at all times.
Each pair plays with their own jack ( no sharing). Each pair must have a single designated lead bowler, with no swapping allowed ( this avoids sharing of jack within pairs).
One player in the group is designated as mat handler, only that player picks up /places the mat each end
One player in the group to be designated as measurer, using their own measure. Only measure if social distancing can be adhered to, otherwise declare tied bowls.
Social distancing may make it more difficult to judge the jack line. A recommendation is that the jack is rotated between the two pairs irrespective of which pair won the previous point (odd ends, pair 1 has jack; even ends pair 2 has the jack).
5) Club equipment must NOT be used, so unless a player has their own long tape, jack distance cannot be measured. If there is doubt about jack length the end should be restarted with the original bowler retaining the jack.
6) If the jack is sent off the green the opposing lead delivers THEIR OWN jack.
7 ) Do not handle other players bowls or jack. Use your feet, do NOT be courteous and pick other persons bowls out of the ditch, or return their jack.
8) AT ALL TIMES SOCIAL DISTANCING ( 2 METERS) SHOULD BE ADHERED TO BETWEEN PLAYERS FROM DIFFERENT HOUSHOLDS.
THIS CAN BE REDUCED TO 1 METER IF BOTH / ALL PLAYERS AGREE TO WEAR A MASK.
9) Adhere to social distancing rules around the green and in the car park. Avoid handling any surfaces around the green.
10) Leave the green and surrounding area when you have finished playing to avoid overcrowding.
11) After playing wash sanitise your hands and wash as soon as possible to remain safe.
12) Club equipment must not be used.
13) The Club and Trustees agree that the pavilion / toilets remain closed, except for emergencies. Although the pavilion interior is cleaned there is no way the interior can be guaranteed to remain virus free. Anyone entering does so at their own risk.