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Bye-law 19 – Players Dress – Page 49 2019 Handbook

1. Suitable footwear must be worn. Hard or block-heeled footwear, sandals or other open-toed footwear must not be worn whilst on the green in any match under the Association’s jurisdiction.

BCGBA Bye-law 19 – 1 “Suitable footwear must be worn Hard or block-heeled footwear, sandals or other open-toed footwear must not be worn whilst on the green in any match played under the Association’s jurisdiction.” 

This bye-law applies to ALL matches, not just those organized directly by BCGBA. Organisers of competitions, green managers, team captains and any other official responsible for matches, should prevent a player from commencing a match if they are not abiding by the byelaw. It is hoped that players will see the benefits of doing so and, therefore, there will not be any need for officials to prevent them from commencing their match. It is not a Law of the Game and, therefore, no punishment can be applied if a player is found not to be abiding by the byelaw during a game. 

A player with a medical condition that means they must wear open-toed footwear/sandals can apply for a medical dispensation to allow them to do so. They should apply in writing, including a letter from their doctor/consultant explaining the reasons for requesting the dispensation. This written request should be sent to the BCGRS secretary David Williams.