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  • Bowls should not be dropped on the green.

  • Do not stand on the verges.

  • Matches, cigarette ends, etc., should be placed in the litter-baskets and not in the ditches.

  • Bowls should not be kicked in until the shot has been decided.

  • After delivering a bowl, a player should either retire behind the mat or advance to the head. He should not take up a position in between.

  • Don't delay the game.

  • Don't wander around or move about the head when a player is about to deliver a bowl.

  • The 'Skip' keeps the score for all games from 2011 season.

  • Bowling is a friendly game and all players should show courtesy and good sportsmanship.

  • All bowlers should know the rules as laid down by the World Bowls Board.

  • Mobile phones should not be used on or around the green.


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(for bowlers and spectators)

  • Dress appropriately and ensure that you know the dress code for each game or match in which you are participating.

  • Do not show disrespect for your opponent(s) by arriving late, ensure that you leave sufficient time to change before the game.

  • Do not walk across rinks that other people are using and do not stand or sit on the banks while waiting to play.

  • Introduce yourself and shake hands with your opponent(s) both before play commences and after the game is complete.

  • During the game do not move around the head when your opponent is about to deliver his bowl. Stand well back from the head, keep quiet and do not do anything that would distract your opponent. Wait until the bowl has been delivered before moving.

  • If you are at the same end as the player delivering a bowl you must stand behind the mat thus staying out of the player's line of vision. Here is what the SBA rule says about this. "Players of each team not in the act of playing or controlling play shall stand behind the Jack and away from the head or 1m behind the mat. "

  • Bear in mind that some people like to see the rink boundary markers and the centre pin while playing so make sure that you are not obscuring them.

  • On sunny days you must also ensure that your shadow does not fall on the jack.

  • Spectators who are in the player's line of vision should also keep still while bowls are being delivered and they should not distract players on the green.

  • Don't drop your bowls onto the green and ensure that your delivery is not causing scuff marks or otherwise damaging the green.

  • Place litter and cigarette ends in the bins and ashtrays provided for this and do not spit on the green.

  • After you have delivered a bowl and before it has come to rest you have two options. If you want to track your bowl's progress you must be behind the head as it stops. In other words you must beat it to the head. If you don't go to the head you must be behind the mat as your bowl stops.

  • After the Game you should once again shake hands with your opponent(s) and congratulate or commiserate with them appropriately.

  • It is also customary to offer to buy them a drink if you have won the game. Where a marker has been involved in a singles game you should also offer him a drink.


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In all team games it is the Skip's job to direct the play. Other players should play the shot directed by the Skip even if they don't agree with it. In fours games the 'Third' should direct the Skip when required to do so. In Triples or Pairs the Second or Lead may do this. Other players should not interfere unless invited to do so.

The Skip

  • The Skip shall have sole charge of his team, and his instructions shall be observed by his players. With the opposing Skip he shall decide all disputed points, and when both agree, their decision shall be final.

  • If both Skips cannot agree, the point in dispute shall be referred to, and considered by, an Umpire whose decision shall be final.

  • A Skip may at any time delegate his powers or any of his duties to other members of his team provided that such delegation is notified to the opposing Skip.

  • The Skip also keeps the score of all shots as from 2011.

The Third

  • The third player may have deputed to him the duty of measuring any and all disputed shots.

The Second

  • The Second player shall NO LONGER keep a record of all shots scored for and against his team and shall at all times retain possession of the score card whilst play is in progress. He shall see that the names of all the players are entered on the score card; shall compare his record of the game with that of the opposing Second player as each end is declared, and at the close of the game shall hand his score card to his Skip. This function is transferred to the Skip as of 2011.

The Lead

  • The Lead shall place the mat and shall deliver the Jack ensuring that the Jack is properly centred before playing his first bowl.

  • In addition to the duties specified in the preceding clauses any player may undertake such duties as may be assigned to him by the Skip.

  • It is also worth emphasising that the head must not be disturbed by any player until the shots have been finally agreed. When the Thirds or Skips are deciding the shots the other players should stand well back from the head and give them the space to do so.

  • During the game encourage your team mates, do not criticize them. Commend good shots and learn to accept that flukes are a part of the game. Sometimes they go for you, sometimes against.


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  • A marker is serving two people.
  • When a player has delivered the jack the marker should centre it then stand back and to one side, ensuring that all rink markers are visible to the players.
  • He should answer any specific question (from the player in possession of the rink) about the state of the head. He should not offer any additional information that has not been requested. For example if someone asks, "Who lays the shot?", you should just answer that question, e.g. "You are" or "He is". You should not say anything like, "You are laying two shots".
  • If you are unsure of the situation, for example you cannot decide who is lying, don't guess. You can offer an opinion but make sure that the player who is asking the question is made aware of this.
  • The marker should mark all touchers immediately they come to rest and remove chalk marks from non touchers. He should also remove all dead bowls from the rink with the players' agreement. He should also mark the position of touchers and or the Jack which are in the ditch.
  • The marker should not move any bowls until the end is complete and the players have agreed the number of shots.
  • He shall measure disputed shots when required but once again he should not move the bowls until the players agree. If an Umpire is available then he may be called upon for a decision. Where no Umpire is available the marker may select one. Both players may also agree that the marker should make the decision.


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