Etiquette of the
GAME OF BOWLS
The etiquette of the game of bowls is a combination of good manners, sportsmanship and sociability. These courtesies have been described as the unwritten rules of the game. They are extras and are designed to promote sociability and the excellent reputation for friendliness and sportsmanship the game of bowls has rightly earned.
Etiquette of the game of bowls
Be conversant with the laws of the game and observe them. Be punctual to commence play at all matches and come to each correctly attired.
Stand well behind the mat and out of a player’s eye line when he/she is on the mat.
Keep quiet and refrain from moving when players are on the mat.
Always stand still at the head when a player is about to bowl, movement at the head or talking at the mat end can be very distracting.
Always allow your opponent the right to the head as spelt out in the ‘laws of the game’, failure to do so decreases the enjoyment of the game.
Walk close to the centre of the rink with minimum delay when changing ends, you could distract play on an adjoining rink.
Do not delay play. Always play your bowl with the minimum of delay. Never deliver your bowl before the previous bowl has come to rest.
Keep track of play and be ready to play when it is your turn.
If you intend to play a heavy wood, make sure that players at the head are aware of this and are safely out of the way.
Every player at the head should assist in collecting bowls when the end is completed.
Always pay your Skip the respect of waiting for their decision.
Do not step onto the mat and indicate which way you intend to play – wait for the Skips instruction.
Never applaud lucky bowls – accept them graciously.
Never complain about lucky bowls – they tend to equal each other out over the season.
Respect the green surface at all times. DO NOT: Drop bowls onto the green, stand on the edge of the green or walk in the ditches.
Always inform your opponent if you wish to leave the green.
If you lose, BE A GOOD LOSER. Of course you are disappointed but do not display any anger or blame your loss on other people, the green etc.
Win or lose, always shake hands with your opponents and thank them for the game. Don’t be too taken with your win today, the position could be easily reversed tomorrow.
Offer your opponents a drink after the game, if you are offered a drink think twice about asking for anything expensive.
When playing singles, whether you have won or lost, be sure to thank the marker and offer him/her a drink. Remember they have given their time up to assist in your game. You can repay them by being courteous in return.
Learn to be a good marker. When offering your services, remember that a marker can make or break a game. Obtain a copy of the ‘Duties of a Marker’.
Above all, enjoy the game of bowls for the pleasure and lasting friendship it provides.
The use of liquids such as glycerine & rosewater cause damage to the green, therefore do not use these products whilst you are on the green. If you should wish to use anything of this nature then you must apply it prior to coming onto the green.
Respect the decisions of the Umpire. It is polite to thank the Umpire of the day before leaving the Club.