Andrew Hamilton Trophy









1. The 1st Stage of the Competition will be played in a League format, each side with 6 teams of 4

2. Games will be 21 ends. The highest total score over the 6 rinks will decide the winner. 2 points will be awarded to the winning side and in a drawn match 1 point to each Side

3. The qualifiers from each section will be the 2 Association teams which have gained the highest number of points and aggregate shots.

4.1 Should 2 or more Associations finish with equal points and equal in aggregate shots up, the winner will be the Association that won the league game between the 2 or the best aggregate score in the games played between the equal Associations. In the event of a further tie, the winner will be decided on the number of winning fours.

4.2 In the event of a tie in the aggregate score in the knock out stage then all six fours will play an extra end or ends on the same rinks, with the aggregate score of the extra end deciding the winner. Should there still be a tie then a further extra end(s) will be played to decide the winner.

5.1 If due to weather conditions, the start of a game is delayed then a review will take place after 1 hour by the Umpire(s) and Bowls Scotland official if present with the option to;
(a) Agree a further delay to the start or
(b) Agree to cancel the game.

5.2 In the event that the game is cancelled a new date should be agreed by mutual consent at a meeting called by the Bowls Scotland Official(s) or Umpire on duty.

5.3 The following officials only should be in attendance the President and Secretary of each Association, or their representatives, the Bowls Scotland Official(s), if present and the Umpire(s) on duty.

5.4 If amicable agreement cannot be agreed by the Associations the Bowls Scotland Official(s), if present will fix a date, time and venue, if not present the Umpire(s) will relay the options to Bowls Scotland Competition and Events Committee, who will decide when the tie is played.

5.5 The game must take place within the following 8 days.

6.1 If a game is stopped during play, either by mutual agreement or by the official Umpires and cannot be resumed within 1 hour, a review will take place by the Umpire(s) and Bowls Scotland Official(s), if present with the option to
(a) agree a further delay to the restart
(b) resume the game or
(c) stop the game.

6.2 A resumed game shall be resumed with the scores as they were when the game was stopped. There will be no trial ends if the game is resumed on the same day.

6.3 If 11 or more ends have been played by the competing sides, the results of the game will be decided on the scores, as at the 11th or subsequent end, all fours to complete the same number of ends.

6.4 If 2 or more players are not available from the same rink in a resumed game, substitutes will be allowed.

7. In deciding the results of a match in which the player(s) may fail to appear. Law 39.2 of Laws of the Sport Crystal Mark third Edition whatever is applicable, will be used in calculating the aggregate score of a defaulting side.

8. Coloured discs will be issued to all Associations and these should be retained for the full series of League Games. Sponsors discs are permitted. (Opponents should be advised when these are to be used).

9. Once the score sheets have been signed, they should be forwarded immediately, after conclusion of the game, by telephone or email as per the instructions on the score sheet.

10. General

10.1 Clubs who are members of more than 1 Association must nominate which Association they wish their players to represent in the event of selection. Such nomination shall be binding for a minimum period of 5 years.

10.2 A County entering 2 sides must continue on this basis for a minimum of 5 years.

10.3 Associations which have more than 1 side in the Competition must not transfer players between teams.

10.4 Players of the same Club may play for different sides within the same Association.

10.5 The side first played for commits the players for the remainder of the season.

10.6 All Association must register their players with the Bowls Scotland office before the 1st game in stage 1 (Full names for all players and D. O. B. for the under 25’s), extra players may be added as required.

10.7 All fours must commence play simultaneously.

10.8 Players must only be selected from Clubs in Full Membership of their Association and of Bowls Scotland.

10.9 Any Association breaking the rules will be severely dealt with, either by fine or suspension. Points gained will be deducted.

11 Draw for the Second Stage Quarter Final on Saturday 8th July 2017 at 2 pm

1. Winner (North) v Runner up (East) Parkview, Brechin.
2. Winner (South) v Runner up (West) Quarter Boolin Club.
3. Winner (West) v Runner up (South) Victoria Coatbridge B.C.
4. Winner (East) v Runner up (North) Carron & Carronshore

Semi - finals to be played on Saturday 15th July - (No. 1 v 2) (No. 3 v 4) at East Lothian Cooperative B.C. and Garrowhill B.C. at 2pm. Venues will be allocated after Quarter Finals.

The Final will be played on Saturday 22nd July 2017 at Crieff B.C. at 2 pm.

12. Greens used for Andrew Hamilton Trophy 1st stage games are limited to a maximum of twice per season.

13 ALCOHOL - The presence of alcohol within the parameters of the greens is not permitted.


The following officials should be in attendance at the Draw:

1. Home Secretary conducts the draw
2. Two officials from each County/City.
3. Bowls Scotland Official(s), if present.
4. One umpire must be in attendance to observe the draw being made.
5. Skips names must be written on the cards used for the draw, skips must play on the rinks as they are drawn.


15.1 All players in the same side must be dressed alike there is no restriction on waterproofs or headgear.
15.2 There is no requirement to register colours
15.3 All players and Umpires must wear flat soled heel-less footwear.
15.4 No restriction on size of Sponsors logo.

16 Stamping of Bowls -

For the A. H. Hamilton Trophy, bowls will only require to be re-tested and re-stamped if the date stamp or the serial number is not clearly legible on all bowls (IBB, WBB and WB stamps only) .Bowls with ONLY the BIBC Stamp are ineligible.

17 Green sizes - refer to Laws of the Sport Crystal Mark Third Edition (Bowls Scotland Variations)

Any player who, subjects their opponent or any official to physical or verbal abuse will be warned by the umpire. Failure to adhere to the warning will be reported to the controlling body for consideration of what action to take, including the players disqualification.



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