Deepings Bowling Association
Lawn Bowls in Deeping St James Lincs
SELECTION POLICY FOR TEAMS AND CAPTAINS
The aim of this policy is to outline the process for the selection of league teams and election of Captains. It should be read in conjunction with our New Members Policy.
The club enters teams in the following Leagues:
At the end of each season all current members will be contacted to ascertain whether
they will be re-
Players will also be able to indicate whether they wish to take part in the club’s friendly matches which take place on Wednesday afternoon’s and are not regulated by this policy. New members joining before the start of the next season need to be guided initially by the new members policy. However, it should be noted that, whilst competitive bowls may in time be accessed by any member, selection for any squad is not automatic. At the same time, however, any member who shows a commitment to practice and improve is entitled to transparency and fairness in our selection process.
At the Annual General Meeting, if there is more than one nominated Captain for any team the Captains for those teams will be elected by a secret ballot. The nominated Captains for all other teams will be declared elected.
If any team has no nomination for a Captain in the returns submitted by members, the Committee will ask the previous Captain if he/she is willing to remain, the Committee will appoint a Captain [ after prior consultation with the individual concerned ] who will be elected at the AGM.
At the earliest possible opportunity and prior to the Pre-
Team Captains should assess the abilities of the previous season’s team members and decide whether any of them ought to be considered for inclusion in a team in either a higher or lower division. The names of players who it is considered should play in a higher or lower division should be made known to the Captains of the relevant teams so that they may include them in their selection process.
Any player identified to play in a team in a higher division should be asked if he/she is willing to move to that team by its Captain.
The Captains of each team will organise playing/selection arrangements in a manner
best suited to their squad. E.G. players could be arranged in groups of four or five
[ depending on the number in the squad ], allowing 3 to play in each game on a rota
basis. If this method is used the Captain may want to reconsider the groupings part-
Alternatively a Captain may choose to select their team, on a game by game basis, from the team members posting themselves as “ Available for selection “ on the team sheet.
Players who indicated a wish to play league bowls, but not initially selected for
a squad, would need to be kept under consideration and included where the need required
it and should they wish ,E.G. if any squad became permanently or temporarily depleted.
In the meantime, such players would have opportunities to play competitively in friendly
matches, drives and club competitions. Should there be sufficient interest and numbers,
it would be possible to organise an in-
For external cup competitions, a Captain and Vice Captain will be appointed by the Committee.
The timing of the election of team officers and the selection of playing squads must be such that it will enable the club secretary to have the requisite information to pass to the leagues in good time for registration.
1. This policy is designed to give guidance on the approach to the integration of new members into the Club. It is key to remember that the Club is traditionally a combination of a Bowls Club and a Social club. Whilst the aspirations of every individual member may not be achieved the overall objective is to maintain a cohesive and pleasant social environment within the club.
2. Where a new member has previous bowling experience they will be invited to join League teams. The actual team to which the member is allocated will be commensurate with their ability as assessed by the relevant Team captains. This would not normally be the ‘A’ team in the first year of membership, but in exceptional circumstances and with the approval of the Club Committee this convention may be overruled.
3. Where new members are joining without previous bowling experience it is recommended that they do not take part in league teams in their first season of membership. Instead they should be encouraged to build their experience by the following
a. Taking part in Club Night Bowling roll-
b. Entering the Sunday Drives
c. Taking the opportunity to have practice roll-
d. Gaining team experience by playing in the Friendly matches arranged most weeks.
It is the responsibility of the club to support and encourage these new members.
This can be achieved by ensuring that attendance and support is available for Club
Nights. Where and when practical the club should have a senior member nominated as
‘Mentor to New Members’ to co-