SELECTION POLICY 2021/22
The selection committee are responsible for selecting the club’s pennant teams.
The selection committee for 2021/22 season will consist of:
• Chair of Selectors: Tom Steele
• Selectors: Glen Lewis, Martin Galbreath, Steve Stone and Barry Seaman
• Advisor to Selectors: Stuart Paul.
Para Hills Bowls Club would like to be known as an inclusive and well respected club. We aim to be professional and competitive in all teams. Players will be selected and promoted, where possible, based upon selection criteria and standards. The Selection Committee will remain impartial at all times.
• Must remain impartial.
• Are required to attend weekly selection meetings.
• Must be available to liaise with Skippers verbally or electronically each week.
• Shall be conversant with Bowls SA and Metro Bowls Rules and Conditions of Play, in particular rules relating to player movement.
Selection Criteria or Standards.
The following factors will be taken into account when selecting teams:
Individual Performance – Focus on all-round performance and all aspects of play will be taken into consideration when considering team positions: forehand, backhand, conversion, defence and attack.
Benchmarking – Players will be selected based on their ability to perform during club events not limited to:
• Training days – Fridays each week (or at another time agreed by player and Club Coach)
• Club trial games – scheduled pre season
• Club championships and previous pennant performances – from the previous season
• Social bowls’ events (e.g. turkey triples, jackpot pairs, past presidents days etc.).
New members will be assessed on previous club playing history and current form.
Attitude – This includes players’ attitude towards the club, fellow players, opposition players and members of the club. This will focus on the effort at training and match days, concentration during match play, the timeliness of attendance and their contribution to team/spirit performance.
Team Balance – Efforts will be made to field balanced teams and this may mean selection changes that may appear, at the individual level, to be unwarranted.
Fitness – Players should maintain an appropriate level of fitness relative to the level of bowls they are playing. A particular consideration when moving from a 4 rink game to a 5 rink game, fours to pairs etc.
Training Attendance – At least one training session per week is seen as a minimum requirement. The number one pennant team should train three times per fortnight. Lower teams should train at least once per week. If players cannot attend due to work or study commitments they need to advise their skip at least one day before the scheduled training.
Financial Status – Those players who have not paid their membership fees will not be selected.
Unavailability – If a player is unable to play, they may not be automatically re selected in that side or position. The player who has taken their spot, if warranted, may retain that spot. Players shall post any known unavailability dates on the “Unavailable Sheets” as early as possible prior to selection days (Monday each week). Any player who is unavailable for two weeks or more, MAY be required to come back through a lower division
In the event a selected player becomes unavailable after selection, replacement players will be decided upon by the Chair of Selectors, the appropriate Selector and Skipper.
Injured or unfit players will be replaced as necessary.
A player making themselves unavailable after selection, without good reason, may be demoted.
Players may be replaced in a team for disciplinary reasons as provided in the club’s Code of Conduct.
NOTE: Every endeavour will be made to give all available full members at least one game per week using the current members list. Surplus players shall be rotated through the lower sides.
Skippers are the pivotal source of communication. Following each pennant game:
• Skippers need to appraise their players, providing a balanced critique of each players
performance and giving feedback on any areas of the game that may need attention.
• Skippers need to liaise with players that are being promoted/demoted or shifted in a team position.
• Skippers need to touch base with the selectors with a team report and if necessary identify players that need attention. Any team changes being recommended need to be discussed at this point for presentation to the Selection Committee.
Should a Skipper fail to appraise their team members after each pennant game, the Skipper(s) may be replaced.
Players should approach their Skipper with any queries relating to selection. Where a player is unsatisfied with a Skippers appraisal they should consult with the Chair of Selectors or seek a discussion with a Selector.
All appraisals should reach Selectors by the Sunday evening following the weeks play. Selectors can be contacted verbally, by text or via email.
The Para Hills Bowling Club Membership Fees have not changed for the 2021 / 2022 season. They remain the same as last season.
Membership Fees (Including Pennant Player Membership)
As members are aware Club membership payments are now due for the 2021 / 2022 season.
Membership Fees (including capitation) For the 2021 – 2022 season are as follows;
- $180 to play Wednesday Mens Pennant Competition only
- $180 to play the Saturday Pennant Competition only
- $180 to play the Women’s Thursday Pennant Competition only
- $270 to play the Thursday Women’s and Saturday Pennant Competition
- $270 to play the Wednesday Men’s and Saturday Pennant Competition
- The fees listed above include Club Membership, Bowls SA capitation and a uniform for new members playing their initial pennant year.
- Life Member (capitation only): $60
- Associate / Social Bowler (Non Pennant) : $120
- Night Owls registration fee : $10 initial Registration Fee (a one a off fee unless otherwise stated) plus a weekly $5 Green Fee.
- Social Non Bowler : $40
All fees are to be paid to the Club Treasurer. Unless otherwise stated these fees include Capitation Fees where appropriate. Fees are due on the 1 April 2021. A reminder that only financial members will be permitted to vote at the Annual General Meeting.
The membership fees in full are also listed on the About Us Page.
Those who are unable to visit the club to pay their fees in cash or by card will still be able to pay by cheque or by an electronic bank transfer.
Paying by cheque
- All cheques are to be made payable to the Para Hills Bowling Club
- On a separate accompanying letter state the name/s on whose behalf the payment is made e.g. J. Smith or J and M Smith or J. Smith and B. Brown
- State what fee structure the payment is made for, e.g. Thursday and Saturday $270 or Wednesday only $180. If the payment is for more than one person show the fee structure for each person
- Please post cheques and accompanying correspondence to the following address,
Para Hills Bowling Club
PO Box 205
Para Hills SA 5096
If requested, membership cards and receipts can be returned by post, or collected at the Club. If membership cards and receipts are requested to be returned by post, please ensure to advise your current address in the correspondence accompanying the cheque.
Paying by Electronic Bank Transfer
The Club’s Banking Details are as follows:
ACC 039 911 640
Please put your first initial and Surname (or both names for two persons) and 202021 in the description. When using the direct bank transfer to the Club account, please send an email to the club administration at email@example.com or, contact the Club on 8285 6744 and advise the day or days that you have elected to play, e.g. J Smith – Thursday and Saturday – $270 or J. Smith – Saturday only – $180.
New and existing members are encouraged to pay, or re-new their membership fees by the methods previously mentioned.
Our greens are the Clubs most valuable asset and need to be protected from any damage. A major risk comes from bowls that are dropped from the bank or dumped during delivery from a height that has the potential to dent the green’s surface.
Dumped or Dropped Bowls Definition
Bowls that are dropped or dumped in the delivery, from a height of more than 15 cm (6 inches) are considered to have the potential to cause damage to the green.
The identification and available support for Para Hills Bowlers who are having difficulty complying with this definition is as follows;
- The Management Board has appointed Club Umpires and Coaches to identify members who appear to be having difficulty complying with the requirements of the definition. These members will be approached and requested to seek coaching assistance to correct their delivery.
- Various ways to rectify the problem of “dumping” may be tried and may include;
a. Videoing the delivery to identify the exact nature of the problem,
b. Changing the bowlers stance, at the point of delivery, so that the bowl is released low enough,
c. Using a supporting stick, with a 75 mm rubber base, to assist with balance,
Encouraging the bowler to obtain the temporary use (one month) of an approved bowling arm available at the club, before the bowler makes a personal purchase of a suitable bowling arm.
- Bowlers refusing to accept that they are “dumping” and refuse assistance as set out above will be denied access to the greens and advised of this by correspondence endorsed by the Club President.
- Bowlers who personally recognise they are having difficulty delivering their bowls smoothly from a height of less than 15 cm (6 inches) are urged to seek assistance from one of the Club Coaches.
All bowlers, including visiting bowlers, and social bowlers utilising the Para Hills Bowling Club’s greens are subject to the requirements of this policy. Those managing this policy are asked to adopt an emphatic common-sense approach when called upon to adjudicate. Seeking a solution to the issue is of most importance. Our intention is to strive to keep all bowlers on the green.