Welsh Bowling Association Code of Conduct
ALL MEMBERS OF MEMBER CLUBS AND COUNTY ASSOCIATIONS OF THE WELSH BOWLING ASSOCIATION ARE, AT ALL TIMES, SUBJECT TO THIS CODE OF CONDUCT AND THE DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES SET OUT BELOW.
Members are expected to conduct themselves in ways which display the following:
- Standards of good behaviour, both on and off the green.
- A sportsmanlike approach to team colleagues, opponents, officials and spectators.
- Behaviour befitting good ambassadors for the Welsh Bowling Association, its Clubs, and County Associations, and the game of bowls.
Any member of the Association's Clubs and County Associations who falls below these standards, thereby bringing himself and/or the Welsh Bowling Association into disrepute, shall be subject to disciplinary action.
At W.B.A. events, players and officials are expected to be punctual and to meet organisational requests promptly, so helping the event run smoothly.
Players and Officials who represent their Country are in favoured and privileged positions, and have the responsibility of performing to the best of their ability. This assumes a mature and sensible approach, especially in relation to personal fitness and condition, and requires good preparation, sensible enjoyment and recreation and proper rest.
A. SUBMISSION Of COMPLAINTS
- Any complaint which is made directly to the W.B.A. should be lodged in writing with the W.B.A. Secretary within 14 days of the incident which gave rise to the complaint. If a complaint has been made to a Club or a County Association, but it is felt necessary to refer this to the W.B.A. for further consideration, this referral should be lodged in writing with the W.B.A. Secretary within 28 days of the incident.
- A date for a Complaints Hearing will be set by the Secretary. Written notice of this meeting, showing the date, time and venue of the meeting and indicating the matter to be discussed, accompanied by copies of the complaint and any response, will be sent by the Secretary to all members of the Complaints Sub-Committee, the complainant and the person complained against, no later than 7 days prior to the date of the meeting.
B. COMPLAINTS HEARINGS
- A complaint will be heard by a Complaints Sub-Committee comprised of 3 members of the Executive Committee, one of whom shall be appointed Chairman of the meeting. The meeting will be attended by the Secretary (or an Assistant Secretary) to record the proceedings; he will not be entitled to vote.
- Individual members, Clubs or County Associations presenting the complaint or being complained against may be represented at the hearing. Both parties to the complaint shall be present while the complaint and response are being heard by the Sub-Committee.
- A written report on the incident which gave rise to the complaint shall be submitted to the Complaints Sub-Committee by the person or organisation initiating the complaint, or their representative. Members of the Sub-Committee may then ask any questions relevant to the issue in order to clarify any point in the report.
- Following this report, the party complained against or their representative may present their view of the events to the Complaints Sub-Committee. Members of the Sub-Committee may then ask any questions relevant to the issue in order to clarify any point in the report.
- Witnesses shall be limited to one on either side.
- Following clarification of all necessary points, both parties to the complaint shall be asked to leave the room while the complaint is discussed by the Complaints Sub-Committee, but may be recalled for further clarification if necessary.
When the Complaints Sub-Committee has discussed the matter and reached a decision, the Secretary shall, in writing and within 7 days of the meeting, advise both parties to the complaint of the decision reached.