Welcome to the Dolphin Indoor Bowls Club. Now you are a Member there must be many questions you would like to ask and, based on previous entrants, this leaflet will endeavour to clarify the most common. Most Members play in Leagues at their chosen time, for a 2 hour session, although it is not essential; for if you wish to play a more relaxed game then Open Play, at times as stated in your Year Book, may be for you.
HOW DO I JOIN OPEN PLAY?
Contact the Dolphin Office and join in with all other Members who have made a reservation. If telephoning try to avoid the changeover session times when the Staff are very busy handling fees. Apart from the main Open Periods there is nearly always at least one rink available for Open Play – again contact the Dolphin Office for details.
Another form of relaxed bowling are the Spoons Matches held at 3.30 p.m. Thursday, and 6.00 p.m. Saturday, where a draw takes place for rink positions and rinks move to play different opposition every 5 ends. All very social and enjoyable with a chance to win a Spoon at the end of the Match for the most successful team.
HOW DO I JOIN SPOONS MATCHES?
Place your name on the list situated on the left of the double doors as you enter the lounge. The first 88 names play and then reserves in order.
HOW DO I JOIN A LEAGUE?
This is generally by invitation from the Team Secretary/Captain who can register whoever he/she wishes with the League Secretary. Contact the Men's League Secretary Brian Hobby, stating when you are available. Also write your name on the lists in the Bowls Hall, adjacent to the bar, for when you would like to play and scan the other lists where Team Secretaries are advertising for players.
If you wish to join a particular League it is recommended you include your name on the substitutes list, as you can play for every team in all Leagues, and this may provide an introduction. Of course if you are in a League you can’t substitute for other teams in that League when they are playing against your own team.
WHAT ABOUT COMPETITIONS?
National Competitions are entered and paid for in March of each year for the following season. Club Competition entry forms will be dispatched with Remittance Advices at the end of July/beginning of August and are to be returned by 1st September.
WHAT ABOUT FRIENDLY MATCHES?
To enter place your name on the coloured sheets in the foyer. Blue – Men's Matches, pink – Ladies Matches, and yellow – Mixed Matches. Selection takes place usually on a Thursday, generally allowing 9 days for those selected to tick name indicating availability on the sheets posted adjacent to the public telephone.
The Club is open from mid April to the end of August for Summer Leagues and Open Play. Sessions are Monday to Friday 10.00 a.m. – 12.00 midday and 7.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m.
Spoons are held on Monday and Friday evenings, and there is a Saturday morning Knock-out Competition which runs for the mid summer season.
Please see your Year Book, or contact the Dolphin Office, for more information.
It is hoped the above will help, but if you require any further information any Club Officer will be pleased to assist, or contact Club Secretary David Porter on 07713 003161.