Thornbury & District Skittles League

Founded 1955


Section 1: League Formation and Management

  1. That the league be called "The Thornbury & District Skittles League"
  2. That the league shall consist of 6 divisions with 16 teams in each division. Division 1 & 2 shall play their games on a front-pin-first basis and all others divisions shall play all-in.
  3. That there shall be 3 teams promoted and 3 teams relegated from each division. In the event of a team or teams resigning from the league, then the committee have the right to adjust the divisions accordingly.
  4. That the officers of the league consist of a President, Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, General Secretary, Treasurer, Fixtures Secretary, Paris Secretary and a committee of 8, all of whom must be registered members of the league. Committee members may be voted into office en bloc.
  5. That all monies due to the league be paid to the Treasurer who will keep records thereof.
  6. The General Secretary keep full records of all business done by the League Management.
  7. That all disputes affecting any teams or registered members shall be submitted in writing for consideration by the League Management Committee, whose decision shall be final. A personal hearing is available if requested.
  8. That the League Management Committee may, out of league funds, provide any cups, trophies or prizes, to be awarded to the winners of the League Championship and such tournaments and competitions that may occur. All such cups and trophies shall be insured by the League and shall be held by the winners for one league season and be returned to the league at a venue and date to be decided by the committee. Winners of all cups and trophies are totally responsible for any loss or damage.
  9. All meetings, unless otherwise arranged, will be at League Headquarters.
  10. That the Annual General Meeting will be held at the Management Committee's discretion.

Section 2: Registration and Conditions of Play

  1. That each skittles team wishing to be a member of the League shall give notice in writing to the Fixtures Secretary (forms will be provided). These forms to be in the Fixtures Secretary's hands by the 30th April, or a £5.00 fine will be imposed on those teams the Fixture Secretary has to remind. Teams who do not return the Registration Forms by this date may be replaced by new teams where applicable, at the committee's discretion. Teams will have the right to appeal.
  2. That every Secretary or appointed delegate shall represent their team at all meetings. For non-attendance or representation of the team, that team to be fined £5.00.
  3. That a team shall score 2 points for a win and 1 point for a tie.
  4. No member to be registered for more than one club during the season, but transfers will be allowed. Players wishing to transfer from one team to another must send a written request along with £2.00 transfer fee, to be in the hands of the Fixtures Secretary at least 3 days before the match. No transfers allowed after the 28th February.
  5. That all teams must consist of no more than six players.
  6. That each team will pay an annual fee of £45.00 to be paid at a pre-season meeting. This includes all match and cup fees, excluding the Pairs Competition. All Registration Fees shall go to the League, the fund to be administered by the Management Committee. NB: Revenue accruing from Registration Fees will be used as and when appropriate for the benefit of the Benevolent Fund. This Fund operates to provide donations following the death of a Registered member of the League. To initiate action, contact the Treasurer or and Committee Member.
  7. That each member of the League shall be registered by name to a single team at the pre-season meeting.
  8. That any new player not covered by Rule 17 shall be registered with the Fixtures Secretary 48 hours before their first game. Final date for Registration is 28th February. In exceptional circumstances, Management Committee may exercise discretion.
  9. All League teams to pay monies due to the League by cheque, with name of team and division written on the back of the cheque. No cash will be accepted.
  10. That the Home Team will be responsible for sticker-up fees in all League matches and sticker-up fees to be shared by Home and Away teams in all Cup Competitions. The Home team to pay alley fees.
  11. The Management Committee may, at its discretion, refuse to allow any teams from outside an approximate 5½ mile radius of the League Headquarters. The Committee may also, at its discretion, refuse to allow existing teams to move outside this area.
  12. That both teams to play with the balls supplied by the home team. Only three balls to be in the chute at any one time, the balls being of laminate or composite material or of wooden variety, except apple wood.
  13. The Home team to be responsible for sending the score sheet to the Fixtures Secretary, that date of the postmark to be within 3 days of the game being played. Failure to comply will result in a £5.00 fine.
  14. Any team playing an ineligible player, the score will be deducted from the score sheet and a £5.00 fine imposed. The score sheet must show full names of that team's players. Teams failing to provide this information shall be fined £5.00 every time they fail to comply with this rule.
  15. All team secretaries must be on the telephone at home.
  16. All League matches must be played in accordance with fixture list as printed. The Fixtures Secretary and all other parties involved with any particular match must be informed 24 hours prior to any postponement by the Secretary of the team postponing the match. Any postponed matches must be played with 28 days of the original date or in any event by the end of the season if sooner. Failure to comply will result in a £5.00 fine for the defaulting team. Any team not completing their fixture programme by the end of the season will be referred to the Management Committee. All matches to start at 8:30pm unless by prior arrangement. Games not in progress by 9:00pm to be referred to the Management Committee. Defaulting team to be fined £5.00. All points to be played for at the discretion of the Committee.
  17. Teams who have not played their Cup ties on or before the appointed time by the committee, the defaulting team will be eliminated.
  18. Should two or more teams finish the season tied on points at the top or bottom of the division, the points gained between the teams concerned in home and away fixtures will decide the placing. If still equal, the aggregate pins floored between the teams concerned will decide the placing.
  19. Any team or individual not represented at the Annual Presentation to collect awards will forfeit the money and the full cash sum will be credited to the League Fund.
  20. Any pin knocked through the horizontal plane by ball or another pin, during a match and then rights itself on the diamond, the pin is deemed to be dead and must be taken from the diamond.
  21. Any pin knocked down by another pin rebounding off the side of the alley shall be deemed as scored.
  22. If a ball rebounds off the side of the alley after first striking a pin in the frame and knocks down pins, the pins shall be deemed as scored.
  23. If a pin is knocked down by a ball or another pin rebounding off the rear wall of the alley, the pin shall be deemed as not scored and shall be replaced in its original position on the diamond.
  24. No player taking part in a game is allowed to practice on the alley prior to the game starting. If, due to fixture congestion, it is necessary to play more than one game on the same night, this must be by mutual agreement of the captains of all teams concerned. This agreement must be obtained prior to the night of the match.
  25. Any Player(s) arriving late on the alley after the last pair has started shall not take any part in the game.
  26. Players must have both feet behind the line furthest from the pins at the time the ball is delivered. Where the second line exists, approximately 6 feet nearer the pins, then the ball must pitch on the alley before it reaches that line.
  27. Each team Secretary to provide 10 self-addressed, stamped, 110 x 220mm envelopes for the use of the Fixture Secretary during the season. These to be handed in at the pre-season meeting. Teams who fail to supply stamped addressed envelopes will be fined £5.00.
  28. Any team wishing to change alley, night of play, telephone number, must seek permission from the committee before doing so. It will be the teams responsibility to notify all teams within their division with written confirmation at least 14 days before the proposed change, a copy of which must be send to the Fixtures Secretary. Failure to comply will result in a £30.00 fine.
  29. Notice of at least 7 days is required of an inability to produce a full team for either a Semi-final or Final of a Cup competition to allow the previous losing team to be prepared to play instead. Any team that fails to give this notice and not provide a full team will incur a £30.00 fine.
  30. Any team resigning from the League during the playing season, for whatever reason, then the record of that team will be expunged.
  31. Any team not completing their full fixture programme due to their cancelling a match or matches shall be fined £10.00 for each match not played unless otherwise agreed by the Management Committee.
  32. Any teams not attending the Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be fined £10.00 and have 2 points deducted. This also applies even if apologies have been given prior to the AGM.
  33. That the foregoing rules may be altered, amended, deleted or added to by a vote of a Special General Meeting called for that purpose, or at the Annual General Meeting. Voting to be on the basis of one vote per team. Any proposed alteration to these rules shall be in the hands of the General Secretary at least 14 days before such meetings. The Committee will enforce rules and the decision in any matter not covered by these rules to be binding.


With the exception of Rule 2, this set of rules applies to all Competitions

  1. All matches to be drawn for pairs (by at least 3 Committee Members) and all byes to be made in the preliminary round. The first named team will be the home team. In the event of the match being tied, the result shall be decided on the same night by the same six players from each team that played that night, having another 3 balls each. If, after the play-off, the scores are still tied, then the same six players shall have another 3 balls each until a result is achieved. No postponements will be allowed.
  2. That the front pin must be knocked down before any score can count and if any other pin is hit first and front pin falls, then only the front pin must be reset. If any player should strike a pin or pins other than the front pin and then afterwards clear the frame by striking the front pin, this making a spare, then the pins knocked down by the second ball to be reset. After making any spare, any pins knocked down shall count. (NB: this rule also applies to divisions 1 & 2)
  3. That an umpire be appointed for the Semi-finals and Final by the Committee and take any position on the alley he or she may deem necessary. Each player will pay £1.00 sticker-up fees to the Umpire in charge.
  4. Semi-finals and Final matches to be played at the Black Horse, Thornbury, with balls and pins kept by the Fixtures Secretary for Cup use only.
  5. Winning team Secretaries must send the score sheet to the Fixtures Secretary immediately after the match (next day's postmark). Failure to do so will result in a £5.00 fine.
  6. Teams from all six divisions, if drawn, will play in the preliminary round of the Front-Pin-First and All-In Cup Competitions.
  7. The above Rules can be changed in accordance with Rule 43.


  1. That all players entering the competition shall be registered with the League.
  2. That Umpires be appointed for the whole of the competition.
  3. The draw be made by at least 3 Committee Members and all team Secretaries be notified of date and venue of matches.
  4. All players to be on the alley 5 minutes before the time appointed by the Pairs Secretary.
  5. Any player(s) not appearing on the decided date and time to forfeit the match.
  6. Each pair to pay £2.50 entry fee payable with entry form. Any pair defaulting on the night shall be fined £5.00 per pair through their team. The pair affected by the default must be in attendance on the night of play.
  7. Substitute(s) will be allowed up to the first match. This must be send in writing to the Pairs Secretary.
  8. All players must report to the Umpire immediately the arrive on the alley.
  9. In the event of a tie, one up extra will be played by each pair until a result is decided.
  10. The above Rules can be changed in accordance with Rule 43.
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