Sides Play Basics

By convention in Chartroom two sides play a match.

In a match each team in side A plays the corresponding team in side B in the same round of the competition.

Thus if a side comprises a single, pair and fours team, all 3 game scores will be available together as a match score, e.g. 25-24,10-20,18-18. Not all sides competitions are like this, see Sides Playing as Teams.

Our example is loosely based on Bowls Wellington Premier Interclub, where club sides comprise a singele, pair, and a fours team.

Match points accrue as follows:

  • a game win is worth 7 points
  • a draw 4 points
  • 1 bonus point for a win by 11 or more shots
  • 1 bonus point for a loss by 1 or 2 shots

Wellington Premier Interclub chart

Chartroom handles the scoring in accordance with the sheet's Sides Policy, with the rest of the chart's operation left to formulas under your control.

If column A is set to pool rank you can sort the pool using Pool play > Sort pool by column A.

To initialise Lives Play ensure your lives policy is set and the qualifiers are identified (by a Q in the Q column), then go Lives play > Initialise qualifiers above.

Typical sides policy json for lives play would be {"sidesPolicy":{"sidesOf":3,"livesPlay":{"wldField":"gamesFor"}}}.

For more information on Sides policy contact your Chartroom technical support.

As with all charts entering scores is very convenient on a mobile device using the Sheets app. Be sure to "Freeze" columns 1–4.

Chartroom's random scoring is not possible for Sides Play.


A forfeited game can be entered in the usual way as "F" or "WF", e.g. 25-10,f,17-13 or wf,14-14,12-22.

Be sure to specify the default score for a forfeit in the sides policy, e.g. "forfeit":"0-10".

Initialising sides play

In Settings > Scoring policy set the format to Sides.

You can initialise sides lives play from sides pool play, just ensure qualifiers are marked by a Q in the Q column.