Abandonment of games due to inclement weather – Bowls Tasmania South
22-Nov-2018 Clubs are reminded of relevant Conditions of Play in regard to abandonment of games due to inclement weather.
Conditions of Play 3.10 provide that a decision against the commencement of play must not be made prior to two hours before the scheduled start of play.
Condition of Play 3.12 to 3.16 outlines actions to be taken in the event of inclement weather. The Conditions provides the following:
3.12 At the scheduled time for commencement of play, if the Greens Superintendent, his Deputy or his nominated representative has not ruled to the contrary, the commencement of play is in the hands of the side captains of the respective sides. In the event that the side captains cannot agree the Umpire’s decision shall prevail.
3.13 (a) If the weather is inclement, before play commences, the side captains should confer and decide whether or not the commencement of play should be delayed until the situation improves or the green becomes unserviceable. Play should normally not be abandoned at this stage and such a decision should be delayed whilst there is still a reasonable prospect for the weather to improve sufficiently to allow the game to be completed.
(b) If, owing to inclement weather, play has not commenced two hours after the normal scheduled time for the commencement of play, the game should be abandoned.
(c) If, owing to inclement weather, play has been delayed and the game is unlikely to be finished within two hours of the normal finish of play, the game should be abandoned.
(d) In the event of a disagreement between the side captains, the Umpire will decide. The Umpire’s decision should reflect the opinion of the majority of players and the duty of care.
3.14 In the event of adverse weather conditions (including extreme heat as defined in Condition 1.14) after play has commenced, the side captains should confer to decide whether the game should be postponed and, if so, for how long. Postponement should take precedence over abandonment whilst the time remaining to play is sufficient to allow for the match to be completed. In the event of a disagreement between the side captains as to stopping or resuming play, the Umpire will decide.
3.15 Should play be postponed, it should be recommenced at the earliest possible time, having regard to playing conditions. If the Greens Superintendent, his appointed Deputy, or his nominated Representative, considers that continuation or recommencement of play will have an adverse effect on the green, he may close the green.
3.16 In the event of a game being affected or interrupted by a natural or civil disaster, the game will be abandoned and points shall be shared except if a game is abandoned after sufficient ends have been played to constitute a match, when the game will be deemed to be complete with the match result determined by the scores as at the abandonment.
Play should not normally be abandoned immediately in the event of inclement weather – it is reasonable to expect players to wait for up to two hours to see if the weather will improve sufficiently to allow the game to be completed.