Today saw the start of this years National Scratch Championships with the Mixed Doubles event. Taking part were 9 teams bowling 4 games. Included in tonight’s play was a perfect game bowled by Eoghain Lebioda in his third game. For full results from both tonight’s play and over the weekend (runs Thursday evening thru Sunday evening), visit the Team Ireland Results page.
On Friday May 28th the Government announced a further easing of Restrictions for June and July.
Key Highlights relating to sport and physical activity are summarised below.
From 7 June
- Outdoor sports matches & competition can recommence.
- The numbers permitted at organised outdoor events is a maximum of 100 for the majority of venues, with a maximum of 200 for outdoor venues with a minimum accredited capacity of 5,000.
- Indoor facilities such as gyms, swimming pools, leisure centres and sports clubs can reopen for individual training. Sport Ireland has previously provided guidance to the sector on the delivery of individual indoor sport. This Guidance is reattached for convenience.
- Swimming lessons and classes can also resume.
From 5 July (Subject to Public Health)
- The numbers permitted at outdoor organised events can further increase to a maximum of 200 for the majority of venues, with a maximum of 500 for outdoor stadia/venues with a minimum accredited capacity of 5,000
- Indoor sports training, exercise and dance activities can recommence in pods of up to 6
- Additional indoor facilities such as bowling alleys, snooker halls, ice-skating/roller skating rinks and waterparks can reopen in line with appropriate sectoral guidance
Please find some additional information / reminders in relation to the resumption of sport and physical activity during the current June phase.
‘The numbers permitted at organised outdoor events is a maximum of 100 for the majority of venues, with a maximum of 200 for outdoor venues with a minimum accredited capacity of 5,000.’
These figures 100/200 relate to the number of spectators that will now be permitted to attend an event. These figures are independent of participants, officials and coaches.
Sport Ireland has previously distributed guidance to individual / non team sports in relation to delivering competition. NGBs are encouraged to continue to take a prudent approach to overall capacities in the initial return and are encouraged to discuss competition plans and needs with Sport Ireland.
While the return to outdoor Competition can return, the Pods of 15 concept are still maintained for training purposes. In line with previous phases, multiple pods can be used during training sessions however these pods should not mix.
Indoor Individual Training Capacities:
Indoor training activity (no indoor Games, matches or competitions) is currently permitted.
Detailed Guidance on the return to Individual indoor Training specifically for NGBs and LSPs has been previously distributed by Sport Ireland and continues to apply.
The total numbers permitted in an indoor facility will be determined by the overall size of the venue.
When finalising capacity numbers sports should ensure that all relevant protocols in particular physical distancing can be fully implemented.
Other indoor leisure facilities, including gyms, are reopen for people to take part in individual exercise, including 1 to 1 training. It is important to note that indoor Group exercise classes are not permitted in those facilities at this point.
Managing Overall Capacities:
In addition to the gradual return to sporting activity, June & July will see a broader re-opening of society. Sporting Bodies should consider the return of multiple elements of activity such as competition, spectators, hospitality etc. at venues and plan accordingly.
Participation in Sporting Activity during COVID 19:
As with all activity during COVID 19 the return to training and competition should be on an opt-in basis, with participants taking personal responsibility to decide whether they are happy to return. It is important that participants are not be penalised if they wish to opt-out of activity.
Participants should be encouraged to communicate any concerns to their club and/or National Governing Body so that they can be addressed accordingly.
The ITBA Executive wish to advise that due to current COVID-19 restrictions it has been deemed necessary to postpone the 2021 Annual General Meeting scheduled for April 27th 2021.
As soon as restrictions allow, the Executive will reschedule the meeting and advise all members.
It is with regret that the ITBA Executive have advised that the 2021 National Scratch Championships scheduled for February 25th have been postponed. It is hoped, COVID permitting, to reschedule at a later date.
As the stream of COVID-19 bad news continues to flow, it has been advised that the 2021 Senior Triple Crown originally scheduled for this April has now been cancelled.
The following communication from Leisureplex:
It is with regret to inform you all of the Cancellation of the 2021 Irish Open Championships.
We have been holding out cancelling the Irish Open, with the hope of things getting better but with the uncertain times we are all living in, and the uncertainty around travel and all the restrictions that comes with it, we have been left with no choice.
The Irish Open has a massive following of loyal athletes and we can only thank you for your continued support!
We hope to run a local tournament in Dublin the normal week the Irish Open would normally be on, we will keep our local bowlers informed and if travel restrictions are somewhat lifted at that point it may be possible for some of our European Bowlers to join us! Fingers Crossed!
To finish on a positive note, The Irish Open will be back in January 2022!!
January just won’t be the same without you all! We will miss you!
Stay safe everyone!
Sean, Lorraine & Sarah ???
Roll on 2022!!!
The ITBA in conjunction with Sport Ireland and Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport (DTTS) have finalised a protocol for the Return to Bowling.
This document should be reviewed by all ITBA Members and adhered to with regard to all ITBA official sessions whether be Practice, Training or Competition as and when they are organised.
Other documents you will become familiar with when attending ITBA official sessions are as follows. These documents will by provided by your Sub-Committee COVID-19 Officer:
Safe Reopening Plan – League Bowlers – from 06/JUL/2020
From all of us here at ALSAA we are delighted to welcome you back !!
The centre has undergone a major facelift with creating space and easy clean surfaces at the forefront of our thinking, including floor coverings that suppress viruses and lots of space in the bowlers area.
In addition we will have the following protocols in place to make the Bowl as safe as possible for all.
- Sanitisier stations at entrance and key areas throughout the centre
- Temperature checks for all staff and customers on arrival
- Enhanced cleaning of all surfaces and touch points through the day
- Cleaning of Bowlers area, and ball return after each group
- Bowlers can use one or two lanes. ( max 4 per pair) for practice and Drop in’s.
- Please keep any towels, Rosin bags etc. in your own tray on table at rear of lanes.
- Cleaning of balls during a game with alcohol cleaners is permissible
In line with current Government guidelines please maintain social distancing. If you feel unwell please do not visit the centre. If you become unwell whist here please let us know.
Further guidelines will be issued in relation to the starting of our leagues closer to the time. We do hope you like the new look and can’t wait to see you on the lanes soon.
Please note that the linked COVID-19 Awareness eLearning Course has now been updated to include COVID-19 Officer training. This will be completed by Officers appointed by each Sub-Committee to manage their bowling activities.
With bowling centers reopening over the coming weeks, we are continuing to work with Sport Ireland, the Federation Of Irish Sport and the Centers in planning for a safe return for all our bowlers.
As further details become available we will be providing information here so that all Bowlers, Coaches and Officials are aware of the protocols that must be adhered to. To prepare you for what is coming, please follow this link to a COVID-19 Awareness eLearning Course provided by Sport Ireland.
If you want further information it can be found on the Sport Ireland COVID-19 site.
We look forward to seeing you all back on the lanes in the near future.
In the best interests of our Members, the ITBA has made the decision to postpone our upcoming AGM. The event was due to be held in the Irish Sports HQ (NGB Building), on Tuesday, 28th April.
This is to ensure the safety of our Members and your families at this difficult time, which is our primary consideration.
Alternative arrangements for this event will be shared in due course.