Bowling Green Etiquette
Good Manners (for bowlers
Many of our older players will say
that twenty or thirty years ago much more attention was paid to bowling
green etiquette. In particular dress code on the green. In certain circumstances
this has become more relaxed, fortunately lawn bowls remains one of
the few sports where common courtesy and etiquette is still prevalent.
We should be proud of this and to make the game as enjoyable as possible,
bowling green etiquette should be promoted to all members old and new.
Much of this is common sense but here are some of the main rules of
Dress appropriately and ensure that you know the dress code for each
game or match in which you are participating. Sports shorts are not
considered acceptable, however tailored shorts are. Do not show disrespect
for your opponent(s) by arriving late. Ensure that you leave sufficient
time to change before the game. If you are representing the club on
another bowling green you should remember that you are an ambassador
for the Llanidloes Bowling Club so please behave appropriately.
Starting the Game:- Enter and leave
the bowling green taking care not to damage the edge of the green. Do
not walk across rinks that other people are using. Do not stand or sit
on the banks while waiting to play. People sitting on the banks tend
to place their feet on the edge of the green causing serious damage.
Introduce yourself (if necessary) and shake hands with your opponent(s)
both before play commences and after the game is complete.
During the Game:- During the game do not move around the head when your
opponent is about to deliver their bowl. Stand well back from the head,
keeping quiet and not doing 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 Bowls 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. For example; if you need to arrange a game with another
member don't try to do this while he is playing someone else!
At Llanidloes we are privileged to have one of the best bowling greens
in the area. Look after it! Don't drop your bowls onto the green and
ensure that your delivery is not causing scuff marks or otherwise damaging
Drinks and food are not to be taken on to the green, if you wish to
drink or eat during the game please stand off the green at the end of
your rink, being aware of other players or games in progress.
Place litter and cigarette ends in the bins and ashtrays provided for
Observe the rules for possession of the rink on the Bowling Green! Here
is the WBA ruling on this
"Possession of the rink shall belong to the team whose bowl is
being played. The players in Possession of the rink for the time being
shall not be interfered with, annoyed, or have their attention distracted
in any way by their opponents.
As soon as each bowl shall have come to rest, possession of the rink
shall be transferred to the other team, time being allowed for marking
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.
This ruling is quite clear but unfortunately
many players, including many of those who should know better, show disrespect
for their opponents by failing to observe it. How many times have you
been on the mat, ready to play your bowl, when you have had to wait
for your opponent to complete his stroll up the green or back to the
mat? If your opponent is guilty of this you should ask him to stop.
Remember that it's they that are in the wrong.
Bowling Green Etiquette Hints for Beginners:-
1.Players should take care when going on or off the Bowling Green.
2. Bowls should not be dropped on the Green.
3. Do not stand on the verges.
4. Matches, cigarette ends, etc., should be placed in the litter-baskets
and not in the Ditches.
5. Bowls should not be kicked in until the shot has been decided.
6. 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.
7. Don't delay the game.
8. Don't wander around or move about the head when a player is about
to deliver a Bowl.
9. In a Fours Game, the 'second' keeps the score; in a Pairs Game the
'Skip' keeps the score.
10. Bowling is a friendly game and all players should show courtesy
and good sportsmanship.
11. All Bowlers should know the Rules as laid down by the World Bowls
12. Mobile Phones should not be used on or around the green.
13. No Drinks or food to be taken on to the green.
After the Game you should once again shake hands with your opponent(s)
and congratulate/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.
Knowledge of the above will earn you
respect as a bowler. So keep things friendly and contribute towards
the enjoyment of the game for everyone involved, both on and off the
The Players' Roles in Team Games on the Bowling Green:- 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.
A summary of players' roles:- THE SKIP shall have sole charge of his
team, and their instructions shall be observed by their 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 their powers or any of their duties
to other members of their team provided that such delegation is notified
to the opposing Skip.
THE THIRD player may have deputized to them the duty of measuring any
and all disputed shots.
THE SECOND player shall keep a record of all shots scored for and against
their team and shall at all times retain possession of the score card
whilst play is in progress. They shall see that the names of all the
players are entered on the score card; shall compare their 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 their score card to their Skip.
THE LEAD shall place the mat and shall deliver the Jack ensuring that
the Jack is properly centred before playing their first bowl.
In addition to the duties specified
in the preceding clauses any player may undertake such duties as may
be assigned to them by the skip in clause 51(a) hereof.
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.
Etiquette for Markers on the Bowling Green:-
"So if you would a Marker be
Then make it worth your while
To do the job quite capably
And do it with a smile."
During the season, when we are involved in competitions, markers are
required for most games. Consider making yourself available as a marker
whenever you can. We all know that there is nothing worse than playing
an important game without a marker.
Traditionally, the Llanidloes Bowling
Club has been one of the clubs where markers were always available.
It is not good etiquette to watch games from the side lines or from
the clubhouse while there are people playing without markers. If you
have the time, offer to mark the game!
A marker is serving two people. If we all marked one game for every
two we played there would not be a problem. We are fortunate at the
Llanidloes Bowling Club to have a few people who happen to like marking
games and they are seen on the bowling green regularly.
If you are marking a game the following rules should be observed. (Note
that these are not the formal WBA rules related to official markers.
These rules are what is expected of a marker on the Llanidloes Green
in domestic tournaments.)
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. They should answer any specific questions (from the
player in possession of the rink) about the state of the head. They
should not offer any additional information that has not been requested.
When asked, they should tell or show the player in possession of the
rink which bowl or bowls the marker considers to be shot.
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. They should also remove all dead
bowls from the rink with the players' agreement. They 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. They shall measure disputed
shots when required but once again no bowls should be moved by the marker
until the players agree the shots for the end.
If an umpire is available then
they 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. This is acceptable at local level.
Clubhouse:- The club has a policy of NO Smoking within the club house.
This includes the locker rooms and the kitchen. This includes "e-cigarettes"
The use of drugs is strictly forbidden.
The club bar, is "self serve". The prices of drinks are displayed
on the bar tariff sheet. Please act as host/barman to visiting members
and guests to ensure they feel welcome. It is run based on trust of
Non-members must be "signed in" in to the club with the form
provided the on the notice board in the main room.
It is the responsibility of the last member to leave the club to ensure
that the club is left secure, with all windows & doors locked.