New National Competitions Set for 2018

Ottawa, Ontario | May 19th, 2017

The Canadian national lawn bowling championships will take on a new look in 2018 following two years of extensive review.

The Canadian Lawn Bowling Championships will consist of provincial men and women representatives playing three-bowl pairs and two-bowl-fours in round robin competition, followed by 21-up singles from a capped entry of 24 men and 24 women in sectional play.

The Senior Triples will become a two-bowl format and the Mixed Pairs a three-bowl format to be run concurrently.

The Canadian Youth Championships will see the U18 and U25 competition held concurrently in morning competition, while the Open pairs games will be played in the afternoon.

The Canadian Indoor remains the same.

Players who qualify for CLBC Pairs or Fours, or either Singles, or U18 or U25 events may not compete nationally in Senior Triples or Mixed Pairs in the same year or vice versa.

The change in formats were set to accommodate three games a day, in order to reduce the cost for all involved.

Entry per event will be $100; all formats will include the single respot rule; a championship rotation will be addressed by the President’s Council and the dates for competition have been pushed a little later to allow provinces more time to set qualifiers and for greens to be at their peak.

The extensive review process was conducted over two years including collection of participation data, interviews with provincial association representatives, surveys of bowlers, examination of best practices of international bowls federations and similar Canadian sport associations. A national summit with designated provincial representatives was hosted to review and consider this data.

Using all of this information, the BCB Board of Directors made the final decisions based on what they believed to be the best overall fit for the sport of bowls with respect to developmental appropriateness and sport sustainability at all levels.

To view the Executive Summary of the Competition Review and Restructuring Final Report, please click here.

The decisions outlined in the Competition Review and Restructuring Final Report will be implemented starting in 2018. For a full copy of the Competition Review and Restructuring Final Report, please contact BCB.


For more information, please contact:
Anna Mees, Executive Director, Bowls Canada Boulingrin 

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