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The association was formed in 1991 with the aim of promoting and encouraging short mat bowls within the county of Somerset and there are now over 1000 players registered with the Association. The association has committee members who are willing to visit and advise new and existing clubs on all aspects of the game and has two County teams in the Inter County winter League.  The Association is affiliated to the English Short Mat Bowling Association (E.S.M.B.A.) who are the governing body for the game of Short Mat Bowls in England.

To be able to play in a league, in competitions, for the county team or at a national level all players need to be registered/affiliated through their respective clubs to both the SSMBA and the ESMBA.  This is done annually and costs just £6.00 for the year.   A proportion of this money is allocated to the SSMBA and the remainder to the ESMBA.  Players receive a registration card and are also covered by the ESMBA Insurance Scheme.

There are a large number of clubs that prefer to play socially and regretfully these club players miss out.  They cannot play in competition and they do not get the benefit of the insurance cover that is available from the ESMBA.   

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Local affiliated leagues include:-

Mendip Short Bowls League
Yeovil Short Mat Bowls League
Taunton Short Mat Bowls League
Blackmore Vale Short Mat Bowls League

West Country County and National organisations include:-

Dorset SMBA
Cornwall CCSMBA
English Short Mat Bowls Association

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Somerset Short Mat Bowls Association

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The Premier Team are in action this coming weekend (Saturday 29th February 2020) in Solihull and are playing in the ICC knockout competition against Herefordshire.   Players need to be at the venue between 9.15 and 9.30am for a 10.00am start .  Click the ICC Tab above for team details.

TRIPLES LEAGUE - There have been changes to the fixtures list.  Please check and reprint the list CLICK HERE

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