The Hertfordshire league is split over two divisions where each team plays the other home and away usually during the winter months September - May. Promotion and relegation is in place and usually the top two teams from the second division are prompted at the end of the season with the bottom two teams from division one dropping down to the second tier (depending on number of participants).
The current format sees 8-12 players picked for a team. Four matches are played, this consists of two games of fours and two games of pairs. if a team has less than 12 players, all players names are placed in a hat and a name(s) are drawn to determine who will play twice. If playing twice you are not permitted to play skip twice or on the same carpet twice. All games are played over 9 ends, players in the fours have two bowls each and players in the pairs have four bowls each. Two points are awarded to the winning team. This means that there are 8 points played out for during a match.
The team with the most points at the end of the season are crowned the champions. In the event of two teams finishing level on points then shot difference is used as a deciding factor. This is a combined total of all the shots that are scored and conceded throughout the course of the season.
A cup competition is also run alongside the two leagues. This sees both divisions pitted together and an open draw is made. The match is played over two legs (home and away). The format is slightly different to that of the league. The match consists of 10 players per side. A singles, pairs, triples and fours. Players have two bowls each in ever discipline apart from the singles who have four bowls each.
Click on the links below for current league tables, fixtures & results and list of previous winners.