Tournament Rules

Hong Kong International Bowls Classic 2012

Tournament Rules

(as at October 5, 2012)

The Hong Kong Lawn Bowls Association, the “Controlling Body”, has appointed a “Panel of Umpires” and all decisions by this Panel on the tournament and actual match play shall be final.


The tournament shall be conducted in accordance with the “Laws of the Sport of Bowls, Crystal Mark Second Edition” of World Bowls.

Team members should be wearing matching uniform. Unless with prior approval from the Controlling Body, cream or white trousers/skirts shall be worn – no shorts or jeans. Belts will be white or cream – not black.  Proper bowling shoes should be worn.



In the first two rounds, each match will comprise two sets of seven ends.  From the third round onward, the match will comprise two sets of nine ends. The winner of the game shall be the player who wins both sets or wins a set and ties a set.


In the event of a tie, when each player has won a set or both sets are drawn, a tie-break of three additional ends will be played. The player who gains the most shots will be the winner of the match. If the shot scores are tied after the third end of the tie-breaker, the players should play a fourth tie-breaker end to decide the winner.


  1. Not more than two bowls per trial end.
  2. In the first set the players shall toss a coin before the start of the game; the winner of the toss shall have the option to either take the mat and have the jack and first bowl or allow the opponent to have the mat, jack and first bowl in the first set.

    The winner of first set has to deliver the jack and the first bowl in the first end of the second set. If the first set is a draw, the winner of the last scoring end in that set should place the mat and then deliver the jack and the first bowl.

    During the tie-breaker, the opponents should toss a coin and the winner of the toss has the options described above.

  3. No visit to head until the player has delivered his/her third bowl.
  4. Re-spotting the Jack: If a jack in motion passes completely outside the boundaries of the rink of play, or rebounds to a distance of less than 20 meters from the mat line, the end should not be declared dead. Instead, the jack should be placed with the nearest point of the jack to the mat line at the appropriate spot according to World Bowls Laws, and the game continues until the end.
  5. A set is decided when a player is unable to win or draw in the ends left.
  6. All players are required to arrive for the game before the scheduled time. Should any player not turn up by the specified competition time, the game will be forfeited to the opposition.


The competition will be in a format of round-robin and single elimination in play-offs, semi-finals and final. For the round-robin stage, two set of nine ends each will be played.  During the knock-out stage, an additional three ends will be played when the set are tied.

  1. Not more than two bowls per trial end.
  2. No visit to the head before the team has delivered the sixth bowl.
  3. All players are required to arrive for the game before the scheduled time. Should any player not turn up by the specified competition time, the team will forfeit the game to the opposition, with a score of losing two sets and total nine shots.
  4. With the approval from the Panel of Umpires, substitute players will only be allowed when an original player is deemed unable to play due to injury / sickness.
  5. In the round-robin stage, all nine ends in the two sets should be played to complete the game.
  6. In the beginning of the second set, the team who won the first set should deliver the jack.
  7. Section winners will be decided as follows:
  8. In the round-robin stage, two points will be awarded for a win and one point for a tie. An additional point will also be awarded to the team with the most aggregate shot after the two sets.  If the shot are tied, each team will awarded 0.5 point.
  9. The top two teams will be qualified for the semi-finals while the second and third placed teams will be drawn to play in the play-offs.

a)     Highest points won;

b)     Highest number of sets won;

c)      Highest net total of shots score;

d)     The team that won the game played between the two teams,

e)     If still equal, the toss of a coin will decide the winner.

10. The second and third placed teams from each Section will be drawn to pair up for the play-offs. The draw will be conducted when the results of the round-robin games are finalized.

PO1        2nd/3rd of Section A/B    vs   2nd/3rd of Section A/B

PO2        2nd/3rd of Section A/B    vs   2nd/3rd of Section A/B

11. The line up of the semi-finals will be as follows:

SF1 1st of Section A      vs    Winner of PO1

SF2 Winner of PO2       vs    1st of Section B

12. Play-offs, Semi-Finals and Final: In the event of a tie after the two sets has been completed, three extra ends shall be played and the result will be decided by the number of shots accumulated. Should there be a tie after the three ends, an extra end will be played to decide the winner.


The Controlling Body reserves the right to disqualify from the Tournament any participant for misconduct or non-compliance with these Tournament Rules.

Hong Kong Lawn Bowls Association