Communication from CEO and Fixture Sec YCCGBA      

Date   6th June 21 

Audience : All                               Very Important

YCCGBA Cup Competitions


Regretfully we have cancelled all YCCGBA team competitions for 2021 (Yorkshire Cup Hutchinson Cup etc)

There are several reasons for this : 

Teams not wishing to travel into Kirklees area to play at greens in the area

Reluctance to play against clubs travelling from the area.

Clubs not adhering to current guidance for Track and Trace (QR Codes and collecting contact information) * see below

‘Covid Police’ visiting venues and issuing guidance for non compliance which may result in clubs leagues being closed down.

On balance it was felt it was not in the majorities interest to continue and therefore all entries will be carried over to 2022.

Yorkshire Merit

We are now aiming to run this over the August Bank Holiday weekend when it is hoped local restrictions are lifted.

We will open up entries again and the draw will be redone with qualifiers on either the Friday or Saturday evenings at different venues.  The fixture secretary will communicate further details in the coming weeks.  (Any entries that have been paid and participants are unable to play on the new date will be refunded)

*(QR codes and Track and Trace)

The link below will allow you to make your own QR code for your venue

It is a requirement that all players and spectators must either scan the QR code or leave contact details which need to be retained for 21 days as per guidance issued previously

In the last few days there has been incidents involving the ‘Covid Police’ who have visited clubs in the Yorkshire region and found several breeches of the guidelines, with the clear outcome that clubs and leagues will be shut down if this persists.

For the avoidance of doubt if your venue serves drinks be it alcohol or non alcoholic and or food then this must be table service and the drinks consumed at a table.  It is not permitted for these drinks to be consumed around the green.   Take-away drinks are permitted and should be in disposable containers.

In one of the instances reported above it was suggested by  the ’Covid Police’ that the players own drinks must be consumed at a table, this is not our understanding and we are seeking further guidance on this.

Other helpful links

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on the phased return of elite sport - GOV.UK (

 Coronavirus (COVID-19): grassroots sports guidance for the public and sport providers - GOV.UK (

S N Cochrane  Mark Waite YCCGBA


From Bowls England & BCGBA

 Return To Play 📣

BCGBA– Return to Play Guidance for Affiliated Clubs, Counties and Associate Members Step Three – Issued 12 May 2021 Page 1 of 4 Return to Play: Step Three - English Clubs only Issued: 12 May 2021 The key changes for our sport at Step 3 are: • All restrictions on formats and numbers for organised activity under the jurisdiction of British Crown Green Bowling Association will be removed. • Car sharing will be permitted. • Indoor hospitality can resume. • Spectators can return. The return of sport and physical activity is vital to the physical and mental health of the nation, and we know our sport has a big role to play in providing an opportunity for outdoor activity as the lockdown restrictions ease. The guidance we have developed below for our affiliated clubs supplements the Government guidance by covering situations specific to the sport of bowls. In accordance with its roadmap, the government has now announced its plans to move to Step 3 from Monday 17 May, and in line with the government’s announcement we are delighted to confirm the following: 1. All restrictions on formats and numbers for organised activity under the jurisdiction of BCGBA will be removed. 2. Car sharing, spectators and indoor hospitality will be permitted This latest announcement is a great step forward for our sport, as we expect the majority of clubs to be able to operate in a fairly normal manner from Monday 17 May. We recognise that the restrictions on car sharing and spectators in particular have presented challenges for some clubs and players and, like other sports, made representation to government on behalf of our affiliated clubs. We are therefore delighted that these will be permitted from Monday 17 May. BCGBA– Return to Play Guidance for Affiliated Clubs, Counties and Associate Members Step Three – Issued 12 May 2021 Page 2 of 4 With growing confidence among players returning to the sport and a high number of participants vaccinated, we are also pleased to confirm that all restrictions regarding the number of players on green at any one time will be removed from Monday 17 May. We would encourage clubs to plan sessions with reduced capacity for those who may still be building their confidence in returning to the club environment. This latest ‘return to play’ guide will be valid until Step 4 (no earlier than Monday 21 June). We recommend that all clubs consider this document together with the government guidance. All items may be adapted as necessary to meet your club’s specific circumstances, so long as your actions remain consistent with government advice and social distancing requirements. If your club is not affiliated to BCGBA, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we can take you through the affiliation process, including connecting you with your County Association. This guidance is applicable from Monday 17 May and replaces all previous guidance that we have issued. At Step 4 (Monday 21 June at the earliest) we expect all restrictions to be lifted. We shall update our guidance to affiliated clubs once the government has confirmed the country is moving to Step 4 (a decision is expected on Monday 14 June). Step 3: Monday 17 May – Key points From Monday 17 May until Step 4, the following applies to outdoor bowls: • Play is permitted in accordance with the format of play below • Bowls coaching and other curriculum-based activity is permitted • Greens maintenance is permitted • Car sharing is permitted in accordance with government guidance • Spectators are permitted in accordance with social distancing rules and social gathering limits (no more than group of 30 outdoors) • Clubhouses and facilities that serve both indoor and outdoor hospitality are permitted in accordance with government guidance. Social distancing rules and social gathering limits must be strictly adhered to. • Changing rooms can be opened in accordance with the guidance on page 5 • Clubs are advised to continue with pre-booking systems BCGBA– Return to Play Guidance for Affiliated Clubs, Counties and Associate Members Step Three – Issued 12 May 2021 Page 3 of 4 Format of Play Any combination of formats may be played under the ‘organised sport’ exemption. Social Interaction Social interaction before and after play should only take place in separate and distinct groups consisting of up to 30 people. We recognise that each club is different and may wish to set its own limit for numbers of people off the green at any one time. Equipment We would advise players to avoid using shared equipment whenever If you are sharing equipment, for example jacks/mats, practise strict hand hygiene including sanitisation after using any shared equipment. Spectators Spectators for all outdoor sports are permitted at Step 3, but need to adhere to social distancing rules and social gathering limits (groups of 30 outdoors). This number is in addition to those who are participating on the green. Travel Car sharing will be permitted in Step 3 for all sports. Changing rooms Changing rooms can be opened, but participants should be encouraged to avoid or minimise use where possible. Participants should socially distance whilst in changing rooms. Subject to available space, more than one household can use changing facilities at one time but they must not mix and must adhere to capacity limits set by the club. Face coverings should be worn at all times when indoors. Use of these areas for essential activity, such as provision of first aid or access to essential equipment for training and matches, is allowed. Toilet facilities can also open. Coaching Bowls coaching and other curriculum-based activity is permitted. Hygiene We recommend using hand sanitiser at regular intervals, especially if you have to touch communal surfaces or equipment. Once you are home, remember to wash your hands thoroughly. Hospitality Clubhouses and facilities that serve food and drink can open. In Step 3, both indoor and outdoor hospitality will be permitted. The guidance on hospitality settings will be updated ahead of Step 3 to provide further information about this. People using clubhouses and hospitality facilities must adhere to legal gathering limits and wider government guidance for hospitality. (Rule of 6 applies for groups indoors).BCGBA– Return to Play Guidance for Affiliated Clubs, Counties and Associate Members Step Three – Issued 12 May 2021 Page 4 of 4 The future Step 3 (Monday 17 May at the earliest) • Larger groups able to gather at clubs • Inside catering permitted with restrictions • Overnight stays allowed Step 4 (Monday 21 June at the earliest) • All restrictions are expected to be lifted Useful Links Guidance for the public and sport providers on how to participate in grassroots sport and physical activity during COVID restrictions Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services Sport England – Return to Play Guidance and Club Resources Activity Alliance – Specialist support for disabled people
  • Yorkshire Senior Men’s Merit 

    • The competition will be restricted to 64 players.
    • No regional qualifying from districts required.
    • The draw will be played right through.
    • All Merit rules will still be applicable.
    • All entrants to be advised that prize money will be significantly reduced.
    • Entry Fee £10 paid in advance of the day.
    • The event will take place on Monday, 31st May on two greens.
    • The venue is Cleckheaton Sports Club.
    • No home bowlers allowed.
    • The two finalists will gain entry to the BCGBA event this year.
    • Entry to the competition will be by email only – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Entry for this event will open from Wednesday, 5th May at 9am, any entries before this time will not be accepted.
    • Entry is only valid upon receipt of the entry fee and you will be allowed 7 days to pay.

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Association and Leagues, which are qualifying events will not require any payment on the day (one day events we will be able to collect payments). The payments will be collected via the Post season levies,
all club secretaries will receive a list of competition entries made by
their members prior to the end of the season.
Can all competitors ensure that they pay the secretaries prior to the end of the season.