The aim of the Inspection Programme is to
endeavour to bring the greens of affiliated clubs to an acceptable standard.
This should enable all club members to play National, County and Club
competitions on equal terms.
METHOD OF INSPECTION
It is hoped in each case that the Inspection
Team will consist of 2 members of the menís Association and one from the
ladies Association. The Inspection Visit will either be in the morning or
afternoon. Usually a morning Inspection will start at 10am and an afternoon
Inspection at 2pm.
The Criteria for arranging green inspections
will either be on the basis of routine inspection or as a result of
complaints. The Inspection Team will consist of a combination of officers,
selectors, umpires a representative of the Berkshire County Womenís B.A and
the Greens Maintenance Representative if he is available.
Routine inspection visits will be made
during the first few weeks of the season, visits resulting from matters of
complaint will be at any time during the season, the same Inspection Team
may not visit every club.
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Clubs will be required to advise the County
Hon. General Secretary prior to an inspection of their rink markings or
settings for National and County Competitions and other information
regarding the green to assist the inspection team. Once the green has been
inspected, rink markings or settings must not be changed without prior
approval, any change may require a further inspection. Prior to the
inspection the County Hon General Secretary will send a form to each Club
Secretary whose green is to be inspected. This form will require rink
markings or settings to be shown on a fact sheet along with other details of
dimensions relating to the length of the green, banks, ditches and ditch
Every rink marker or setting used for
National and County Competitions will be tested in both directions of play.
It will be necessary for a club official or
the green keeper to be present whilst the inspection is in progress, Mats
and Jacks will be required. Depending on the rink settings used by the club,
the green inspectors will discuss with the club representative their
requirements to conduct the inspection.
The Inspection Team will check all the
measurements and dimensions, (other than the playing area), previously
provided to the County Hon. General Secretary by the club.
The banks and ditches must comply with World
Bowls Board Rules 3 and 4, i.e. the ditch must have a holding surface in the
bottom, both Bank and Ditches must not be injurious to Jack or Bowls.
It shall not be less than 200mm nor more than 380mm wide and it shall not be
less than 50mm nor more than 200mm deep. The Bank shall not be less than
230mm above the level of the green, preferably upright, or alternatively at
an angle of not more than 35 degrees from the perpendicular.
The width of each rink should also comply
with 5 & 6b of the Laws of the Game.
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They will look to see if there are any turf
problems. Bowls will be rolled both ways on each rink mark or setting to
ascertain whether the green surface is flat and allowing the bowls to run
(a) Without bounce.
(b) Without running against the bias.
(c) That there is no slope of the surface
close to the ditches.
When the inspection has been completed a
member of the Inspection Team will give a verbal report to the club
representative. A certificate will be forwarded from the County General
Secretary within 14 days, this will be based on the Inspection Teams
findings, the certificate will indicate if there are any problems existing
and if any Rink(s) or settings require work or are not to be used for
National and County Competitions.
If a club for any reason feel the Inspection
Report is not factual, is unfair, or the green or some of the rinks have
been closed for competition play unjustifiably then the club may make an
appeal in writing to the County General Secretary. In such circumstances the
County General Secretary will arrange for another Inspection to be carried
out, In the case of an appeal the decision of the first Inspection Team will
stand until a further inspection has been carried out.
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