25 March, 2017. From Ken Simpson
Lots of change happening.
The spring general meeting is fast approaching. All OLBA lawn bowlers are invited to attend in Woodstock Saturday the 22nd. of April . There will be vendors and demonstration areas for you to enjoy. This is also a chance to renew your acquaintance with bowlers from across the province.
Delegates need to register now. Please go to the website and register it is easy.
NEW THIS YEAR at the General Meeting
Friday evening April 21st. Ontario Bowers are invited to attend a meet and greet hospitality room at the the hotel from 7 pm to 9 pm. This is a chance for all bowers to meet with the directors and appointees one on one in a pleasant social atmosphere the night before the general meeting.
The hospitality suite is open to official delegates and all Ontario Bowlers who are able to attend.
The OLBA Championship committee has finalized their report concerning the proposed BCB changes for 2018 going forward. The Championship committee received input from many Ontario Bowlers. A copy of the report which has been forwarded to BCB is attached. BCB will take into consideration the input from Ontario and the other provinces and make a final decision concerning the program for 2018 going forward. Report: report to BCB *See Below*
Conditions of play
The championship committee have completed a huge undertaking in redoing the Conditions of play. Hats off to Tom Roth and his committee for the many hours that they have worked on this. The 2017 conditions of play may be seen in detail on the OLBA website. Please note that the Championship committee will be undertaking a complete review of Conditions of play for 2018 to address participation issues and the expected changes for championships coming from BCB. The championship committee will start this process immediately following the Spring general meeting and will be looking for input from Ontario Bowlers at that time. The 2017 conditions of play are posted on the OLBA website.
The new conditions of play have many changes to bring them into line with the BCB conditions of play which are in force at the Nationals. These changes provide two advantages for our athletes. a) they get experience with the rules they will face at the Nationals and b) conforming to BCB officiating and conditions of play helps us qualify for Government grants.
The Ontario conditions of play have been altered to allow TEAM sponsors to have advertising on team clothing. This initiative is designed help Ontario athletes secure sponsors to help defray the cost of competing.
The grants process in Ontario has evolved and required a number of changes and documentation had to be developed and approved by the board. Hats off to Phillip Francis and his committee for working their way through the mountain of paper work and finally achieving this years approval for our organization and member clubs.
The director for Greens Steve St. Pierre and his committee headed by Charlie Roach have set up a seminar for greens keepers to be held April 29 at the Burlington Lawn bowls Club. Please check out the article on our website for more information.
OLBA CHAMPIONSHIP COMMITTEE REPORT BCB CHAMPIONSHIP REVIEW
After having very limited response from our competitive players in Ontario the OLBA
Championship Committee has the following recommendations:
We support option #1
1) Elimination of the triples
2) Fours and Pairs for the National Championships with the National Singles at the same venue
following the Fours/Pairs event.
3) Random draw for “wild card teams” from all Provinces
4) Players competing in the National Fours, Pairs and Singles will not be allowed to play in the
Senior and Mixed Pairs events.
5) Multi province teams allowed for the smaller Provinces
6) Age restrictions for all Youth events
Our Concerns and consideration for change:
1) Seniors age limit should be a shorter time to get to age 65, “Grandfather” in those already
playing and get the age up to 65 over 5 years instead of 10.
2) Schedule of events. We feel it is better the leave the Championships where they are in the “calendar
year” to accommodate the weather, teacher and student players.
3) Senior and Mixed Pairs should be held on different dates and kept separateas these are very
popular events in Ontario and gives Players more of a chance to get to the Nationals.
4) BCB should establish a minimum green condition and speed for holding a National Championship and
have available a qualified person to give advice on getting a Host club greens up to the target criteria.
5) BCB should develop a plan for training and compensating umpires for National events.
OLBA Championship Chair