Crawford Cup Competition Rules Oswy Street Memorial Cup Contest Rules

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    Rules for the Crawford Cup Competition
    As last amended and confirmed at the Guild Annual General Meeting 17th May 2014

       General

      1. The aim of the competition is to encourage good striking in Service bands, and to promote this through a friendly competition on six bells

      2. The cup shall never become the absolute property of any team.

      The Final

      1. The Final shall be arranged by each district in rotation and shall be held in that district on a Saturday in May, at a tower not represented in the final.

      2. No prior practice by any team ringing as a team shall be allowed on the bells once the venue of the contest has been decided.

      3. All teams competing shall have the opportunity to be represented at the draw, at the appointed time as advised to the district secretaries at least 6 weeks prior to the day of the final.  Should the host district wish to carry out the draw before the day of the contest this must be not less than two weeks prior to the contest date. Any team not ready to take their place as drawn shall ring after the team drawn last.

      4. Teams shall be entered by towers and at least four of the bells shall be rung by ringers who regularly ring as members of that tower’s band. All ringers must be members of the Guild.

      5. No ringer shall ring for more than one team.

      6. The test piece shall be a true 360 of Minor or Doubles in any method(s). The 360 changes of the test piece shall be judged.

      7. Each team competing shall be accompanied in the tower by another ringer not associated with the team to see that the test piece is rung true.

      8. A practice piece lasting not more than two minutes of ringing shall be allowed, after which the bells shall be stood. Then up to two minutes of rounds shall be allowed before going into changes for the test piece.

      9. Not more than 15 minutes should elapse between a team finishing their ringing and the next starting.

      10. No team member shall communicate with the Judge(s) during the competition and at each contest the decision of the Judge(s) shall be final.

      District Heats

      1. Each district shall hold a competition to decide which tower(s) shall represent their district in the final.

      2. Notwithstanding the rules outlined within this section, each district should use the rules for the final as a guide but may depart from these rules in order that the competition has as wide appeal as possible, encouraging involvement and the betterment of ringing in their area.  Any departures from the rules used for the final shall be notified by an officer of the district concerned to competing bands in advance of the competition.

      3. Each team competing shall pay a fee per ringer that is current at that time to the District Secretary.  If only one entry is received for the district contest, the team shall pass to the final on payment of the fee to the District Secretary. Any future revision of this sum shall be at the discretion of the Guild Committee. [Present fee set by the Guild Committee is £6 per team.]

      4. A team shall be eligible to progress to the Final if it complies with rule 4 of the Final. No ringer may be included within the ringers from a tower, as prescribed by rule 4 of the Final, for more than one team in the heat.

      5. The highest placed eligible team shall progress to the Final from each district heat.  If there are six or more eligible teams in a district heat, the team placed second may also progress.

      6. A band from the winning tower from the previous year’s final shall be eligible to compete in the final, irrespective of whether they enter the district heat, on the payment of the fee detailed in rule 3 above. If this band enters the district heat, it shall not count towards the number of eligible bands in rule 5 above.


      Rules for the Oswy Street Memorial Cup Contest
      As amended August 2015

       A national contest held by the North Notts District annually on the 2nd Saturday in October.

      1. The contest is one on six bells for teams ringing Minor methods.

      2. The entrance fee is three pounds per team.

      3. Each team must have at least four members from their home tower or organisation.

      4. No one person shall ring for more than one team.

      5. The draw for the order of ringing to take place at the time advertised.  Any team not ready to take their place as drawn shall ring after the team drawn last.

      6. Every ringer from treble to tenor shall strike three whole pulls consecutively to try for length.  Any ringer failing to set his bell at the third whole pull will incur a penalty of 5 faults for each whole pull thereafter.  A time limit of five minutes is allowed for the exercise and if exceeded a penalty of 10 faults will be incurred.

      7. Each team will be allowed a practice piece of not more than 120 changes.  The practice must not occupy more than 5 minutes or a penalty of 10 faults will be incurred.

      8. The test piece to consist of 720 changes in any true method up to 4 teams competing or 360 changes if more than 4 teams competing.

      9. Two minutes rounds are allowed before going into changes in the test piece; if exceeded a penalty of 10 faults will be incurred. Each team must stand the bells at the first whole pull after rounds in both the practice and test pieces or a penalty of 10 faults will be incurred for each bell not setting.

      10. Each team shall be accompanied in the tower by a conductor of another team to see that the test piece is rung true.

      11. The team winning the cup shall ring a different method in the next contest.

      12. The contest shall be decided by a single judge who may request the assistance of a time-keeper.  The judge's decision is final.

      13. The Cup shall not become the absolute property of any team. It shall be returned to the Secretary after being held for one year.  Ample security and safe custody shall be given.  It is requested that the winning team have the name and date placed on a small shield by a firm of repute.

      14. The District Committee reserves the right to alter or amend any of the above rules.

       

      Official Guild Meetings

      Rotation of Meetings Half Yearly Meeting Crawford Cup
      Year November May
      2010 2016 2022 Nottingham Mansfield
      2011 2017 2023 South Notts Newark
      2012 2018 2024 Bingham North Notts
      2013 2019 2025 Mansfield Nottingham
      2014 2020 2026 Newark South Notts
      2015 2021 2027 North Notts Bingham

       For an update on the Guild fees see the latest Guild Annual Report.


      Last updated : 05 February 2011