Bowls Etiquette

 

  1. Be conversant with the Laws of the Sport of Bowls, and observe them.
  2. Be punctual to commence play at all matches, and come to each game correctly attired.
  3. Keep quiet, and refrain from moving when players are on the mat.
  4. Stand BEHIND the mat while your opponent bowls.
  5. ALWAYS STAND STILL AT THE HEAD when a player is about to bowl. Movement at the head or TALKING at the mat end is very distracting
  6. Walk alongside the carpet with minimum delay when changing ends as you could distract play on the next rink.
  7. DO NOT DELAY PLAY Always play your bowl with minimum delay.
  8. NEVER deliver your bowl before the previous bowl has come to rest.
  9. KEEP TRACK OF PLAY Be ready to play when it is your turn. 
  10. Every player should assist in collecting bowls when the head is completed.
  11. Always pay your skip the respect of waiting for their decision. Do not step onto the mat and indicate which way YOU intend playing. Wait for the skips instructions.
  12. NEVER applaud lucky bowls-Accept them graciously.
  13. NEVER complain about lucky bowls- they equal each other out in the long run
  14. Respect the carpet at all times. DO NOT drop bowls onto the carpet.
  15. ALWAYS inform your opponent if you wish to leave the carpet.
  16. If you lose. BE A GOOD LOSER.
  17. Win or lose. ALWAYS shake hands with your opponents and thank them for the game.
  18. Offer your opponent or opposite number a drink after the game.

Above all – enjoy the game of bowls for its pleasure and the friendship it provides

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5 responses to “Bowls Etiquette

  1. miss v. l. temple

    IN SHORT MAT BOWLS BEING PLAYED IN A PAVILION WHEN A SMALL WOODEN BLOCK IN PLACED IN THE MIDDLE, SHOULD FIRING BE ACCEPTABLE OR IS THIS INCORRECT.

  2. Have replied via email.

  3. what are the duties of secound skip i was told they r not to advise leads or skip what to do unless they ask thank you for your help

    • Hi Helen, not quite sure what you mean by second skip? The second players duties are well defined in the rules of the game of bowls, depending on whether you are playing pairs, triples or fours.

  4. playing fours second skips duties thank you

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