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The BowlsChat Scramble is a series of Outdoor, Indoor and Short Mat Events with Prizes and Ranking Points for each Tournament in an event as well as Prizes and Qualification Places in the Outdoor, Indoor, Short Mat and Overall Ranking Lists.

Free, Special and Associate Events will also be included in the Scramble for the benefit of bowlers and the sport.

The first Season runs from 1st October 2019 to 30th September 2020.

All tournaments are open to anyone who pays the entry fee and agrees to abide by the rules with any combination of entry allowed (All Male, All Female or Mixed) and players in the same team may be from one or more clubs.

Events

There are 3 Events with multiple tournaments:

Outdoor Scramble
Indoor Scramble
Short Mat Scramble

All events may include one or more of the following types of tournament - Singles, Pairs, Triples, Fours, Top 5, Top 10.

The number of tournaments for each type will depend on the level of entries and schedule for the season.

All tournaments except for Grand Finals will have a round-robin Group Stage followed by a Knockout Stage (Cup and Plate) at their venue with optional Qualifying Stages played at any Outdoor, Indoor or Short Mat bowling club.

A Live Stream of part or all of each event, including the Grand Finals, will be available on the website, social media and the BowlsChat Network and a link to everything in the Scramble is available in the Blue BowlsChat Scramble Box on the Home Page.

Grand Finals

The free Grand Finals are extra 'Winner Take All' tournaments in each event and will all be a straight 32 entry Knockout Tournament. There is no Plate Knockout in the Grand Finals.

The Grand Finals take place towards the end of each Outdoor, Indoor or Short Mat event (March for Indoor/Short Mat and September for Outdoor).

There must be two or more tournaments of one type in an event for an extra free Grand Final of that type to be available.

The Last 4 in the Cup and Last 2 in the Plate in each type of tournament will take part in their Grand Final with the remaining entrants coming from the top players in the relevant Ranking Table who have not already qualified.

The Grand Final Prize Pools for each type of tournament are a minimum of 5% of all Entry Fees for that type of tournament in an Indoor, Outdoor or Short Mat Event.

Prizes

There are prizes for the following places in each tournament:

Winner and Runner Up in each tournament
Losing Semi Finalists and Quarter Finalists in each tournament (depends on entries, see table below)
Winner and Runner Up in the Plate in each tournament (except a Grand Final)
Winner of any Grand Final
Top 3 Places in all Ranking Tables
The Short Mat Winners also receive an entry voucher for any SMPT event
The Last 4 in the Cup and Last 2 in the Plate in each type of tournament also qualify for their Grand Final

The value of Prizes will depend on the level of entries and additional sponsorship received for the Prize Pool.

The table guide below shows the prizes available (excluding any additional sponsorship) for 8/16/32/64/128 entries in all types of tournaments:

Notes

TE = Free Tournament Entry
Prizes other than Singles are for each Pair, Triple, Rink, Top 5, Top 10, not each player

Ranking Tables and Prize Pools

There are Ranking Points Tables in 3 Levels - Overall, Event and Tournament Type with Prize Pools split 50/30/20 for the top 3 places in each table:

The Overall Ranking Points Prize Pool is a minimum of 1% of all entry fees in the BowlsChat Scramble during the 2019/20 season
The Event Ranking Points Prize Pools are a minimum of 1% of all entry fees in the Outdoor, Indoor or Short Mat Events
The Tournament Ranking Table Prize Pools are a minimum of 5% of all Entry Fees for that type of tournament in the Indoor, Outdoor or Short Mat Events

Ranking Points

All players receive Ranking Points depending on where they finish in each tournament during the season and total entries for a Tournament are split between Cup and Plate before Ranking Points are allocated.

Ranking Points in the Overall Table are a total of the average Ranking Points per player in each Event Ranking Table (Total Points divided by the total number of tournaments in the event).

First 32 Promotion

The first 32 players that enter a Singles, Pairs, Triples, Fours, Top 5 or Top 10 tournament (except a Grand Final) will receive a 25% discount on their next entry to any tournament.

New Player Promotion 

If it is the first time a player has entered the Scramble, they will receive a 25% discount on their next entry to any Scramble tournament. If they are a new player and one of the first 32 players in a tournament, the discount will be 50% (25% + 25% for both promotions).

Draws and Discounts

The following benefits will be available for players:

A free Prize Draw
A New Entrants Prize Draw
Bar and/or Catering Discount
20% Discount and Free Shipping on BowlsChat Products in our store during the Scramble Season

Format

Groups - All players/teams will be drawn in Groups of 4 at the start of a tournament and play round-robin matches (3 points for a win, 1 point each for a draw) to decide the final places in the Group Table, based on (in order) Points, Shot Difference and Shots For. A two bowl playoff will decide any placings that are still equal.

Knockout Draw - There is no open draw for the Knockout Stage, the top two in each group go through to the cup, bottom two go through to the plate and there is an automatic process for fixtures/mats/rinks (Winner of Group 1 v Runner Up in Group 2, Winner of Group 2 v Runner Up in Group 1, 3rd Place in Group 1 v 4th Place in Group 2 etc).

Continuous Play - A match may start as soon as the mat/rink is available, there is no need to wait as all mats/rinks are allocated for matches through to the final in advance of a tournament and all players will be aware of where their next match is to be played.

Matches - All matches will be one or more sets with shots used to decide the winner of each set:

Qualifying Stage – All matches will be a single set of 7 ends
Group Stage – All matches will be 1 set*
Knockout Stage up to Quarter Final – All matches will be 1 set or best of 3 sets*
Semi Final – All matches will be 1 set or best of 3 sets*
Final – All matches will be 1 set or best of 3 or 5 sets*

*The number and/or length of sets in each stage will depend on the type of tournament and event.

Extra Ends and Final Set (Tie Breaks)
A tied set will be decided by an Extra End
A tied match will be decided by a single end Final Set
In both cases toss to start and the winner of the toss has choice of taking the jack
The closest bowl to the jack wins the Extra End/Final Set
Touchers are not marked and any bowl entering the ditch area will be removed
The closest bowl to the jack wins the Extra End/Final Set
Extra End - No dead ends allowed, a Player/Team causing a dead end will automatically lose the Extra End
Final Set - Each Player/Team are allowed one dead end without penalty and the end will be replayed
Final Set - Each Player/Team causing a 2nd dead end will automatically lose the Set and Match

Note - A new Sets and Tie Break format was tested in the first Scramble tournament and may (or may not) be changed in future tournaments, depending on player feedback. A decision will be made before the Pairs tournament on 24th November.

Time

The schedule below is a guide to the timings we will use in all Scramble events during the 2019/20 season:

Registration/Practice - Sat/Sun 9am - 9.45am, starting 10am and Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri 6pm - 6.45pm, starting 7pm
Sessions - Morning 10am - 1pm, Afternoon 1.30pm - 5.30pm, Evening 7pm - 11pm
Breaks - 1pm - 1.30pm and 5.30pm - 6pm (Bar/Catering available throughout the day)
Group and 1st KO Game - Short Mat all 9 ends, Indoor/Outdoor all 6 ends (max 1 hour)

Therefore all players will be able to complete their 4 guaranteed games within 4 hours and know if they are still in or out of the tournament. The remaining games in the Knockout Stage will be completed during the afternoon (Sat/Sun) or on another evening (Mon - Fri).

Direct Entry

​The standard fee for Direct Entry to any tournament is £12 per player with reduced fees available through the First 32 Promotion, New Player Promotion, Coupons and the Qualifying Stage, but only one entry per person is allowed in each tournament (either through Direct Entry or a Qualifying Section).

A player choosing Direct Entry does not need to qualify for a tournament.

All players may enter any type of tournament direct using any of the methods in the Registration Section below and the fee is always paid at the venue on the day of the tournament.

Qualifying Stage

The Qualifying Stage is an alternative to Direct Entry, allowing players to enter a tournament for a reduced fee by playing extra knockout matches in a Qualifying Section at a club.

All Outdoor, Indoor and Short Mat bowling clubs may run Open or Members Only Qualifying Sections for Scramble tournaments as often as they wish during their season and enter the qualifiers using any of the methods in the Registration Section below.

Qualifying Section must have an entry fee per player/team LESS than the full entry fee per player/team for the relevant Scramble tournament AND state the number of qualifying places available. The club sets the limit on the number of entries and price per entry, allowing it to make a profit (after giving qualifiers their entry fees) from a qualifying section if they wish to do so.

A group of bowlers may also decide to run a Members Only Qualifying Section for a Scramble tournament at their own club (for example during outdoor practice or on a rinks night).

Qualifying Section Format

Once the Entry List for a Qualifying Section has closed, a Knockout Competition draw is made for the number of players/teams in the Qualifying Section and matches of 7 ends are played until the number of qualifiers for the Scramble tournament has been reached in the section competition.

All matches are decided by shots and if a match is tied after 7 ends, an Extra End is played to decide the winner (see rules for Extra Ends above).

Entry List Forms

A PDF version of the Entry List Form is available for download from the Scramble Forms menu and may be used (for example on club noticeboards) for Direct Entry by one or more players. There is also a similar form for a Qualifying Section.

Direct Entry - An authorised person (eg club sec) will enter all the players on a Direct Entry List form into the tournament using any of the methods in the Registration Section below (payment is made by players at the venue on the day of the tournament).

Qualifying SectionAn authorised person (eg club sec) will enter all the qualifiers on a Qualifying Section Entry List form into the tournament using any of the methods in the Registration Section below (payment is made by players at the venue on the day of the tournament).

Registration

There are a number of different ways to enter a tournament with you name, club and a contact number or email address:

1.Text or Call BowlsChat on 07719343661
2. Send a message on the BowlsChat Facebook Page
3. Leave your details as a comment in any post on our Facebook page
4. Send an email to [email protected]
5. Register Online at https://www.bowlschat.com/events and select Offline Payment*
6. Click on the Sign Up Button on our Facebook Page and follow Step 5*

All fees are paid at the venue on the day of the tournament (see Offline Payment Section below), not during registration.

*Online Entry for a tournament is through the Individual Player or Group (Multiple Players) Registration process on the website. A Group Registration allows one person to enter any number of players (the person making the registration does not need to enter a tournament unless they wish to do so).

Waiting Lists

If the maximum number of entries has been reached, any additional entries will be automatically placed on a Waiting List until a vacancy is available (no payment is required to join a Waiting List).

Offline Payment

All Scramble tournaments have an option to pay at the venue on or before the day of the tournament - select Offline Payments during the Online Registration prcoess.

Coupons

​There are a number of ways to receive coupons for entry into a tournament or discount off an entry fee:

Prizes in an Associate Tournament
Prize Draws in an Associate Event
Special Offers from BowlsChat

Invitations

Anyone may use the Invite Button in the Details section of a tournament to ask any number of people to take a look at the event and register if they wish to do so - add names, email addresses and a personal message in the text boxes and click submit.

Sponsorship

All Scramble Tournaments are eligible for additional sponsorship and any funds received will be added to the prize pool for the benefit of the players.

BowlsChat will also be looking at opportunities for direct sponsorship in the sport in future seasons.

Associate Events

Any external event may send a request to [email protected] to be included as an Associate Event of the Scramble and will have one of more of the following:

Scramble Tournament with Scramble Prizes and Ranking Points
Associate Tournament with Associate Prizes and Scramble Ranking Points
Scramble Coupons in Prizes for any of the Associate Tournaments
Scramble Coupons in Prize Draws for the Associate Event

Special Events

A number of special events will be held during the season to encourage people to play bowls and increase awareness of the sport with full details available on the website and social media. 

Summary

​The BowlsChat Scramble provides an opportunity for any bowler to take part in one or more Outdoor, Indoor and/or Short Mat tournaments and compete for a wide range of prizes through direct entry or local qualification for as little as £1.

We will provide full details of all events from September 2019 onwards, stay tuned for the next update!