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The etiquette of the game of bowls is a combination of good manners, sportsmanship and sociability.
Be conversant with the Laws of the Game and observe them.
Respect the decision of the Umpire.
Be punctual to commence play at all matches and come to each game correctly attired.
Laws of the Game demand that you inform your opponent if you wish to leave the green.
Always allow your opponent the right to the head as spelt out in the Rule Book. Failure to do so decreases the enjoyment of the game.
Walk close to the centre of the rink with minimum delay when changing ends as you could distract play on the next rink.
Keep quiet and still when players are on the mat.
Stand well back while your opponent bowls.
Delaying play – players must play their shot with minimum delay.
It is courtesy to 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.
Always pay your skip the respect of waiting for directions before stepping onto the mat. Don’t step onto the mat and indicate which way you intend playing – wait for skip’s instructions.
Don’t deliver your bowl until the previous bowl has come to rest (playing prematurely).
Keep your mind on the game and be ready with your bowl in hand when it is your turn to bowl.
Everyone at the mat end should assist in moving bowls after the end is declared (behind and to the left side of the mat).
Never applaud unlucky bowls.
Respect the green surface and always bend to straighten the mat. Don’t drop bowls from the bank onto the green. Be careful not to walk in the ditch etc. Take care to protect and conserve our expensive greens.
LAWS OF THE GAME
The skips shall toss for possession of the mat on the first end.
The winner of each subsequent end takes possession of the mat.
The mat shall be placed on the centre line in front of the 2 metre mark.
One foot shall be on or above the mat at time of delivery, otherwise a foot fault may be called.
The Jack must be rolled a minimum of 21 metres from the front edge of the mat to the nearest part of the Jack. If not, the Jack is then re-rolled by the opponent without affecting the order of play.
If a Jack is rolled out of bounds or into the front ditch by a player, it is improperly rolled and the right to re-roll it goes to the opponent without affecting the order of play.
A Bowl must be delivered a minimum of 14 metres.
A Bowl or Jack is out of bounds when ALL of it is outside the line between the outside edges of the boundary pegs.
A bowl is “Dead” if it stops out of bounds when first rolled, or is moved out of bounds, or enters the ditch, unless it has first touched the Jack before entering your rink’s ditch.
COMMON BOWLING TERMS
END – You have completed one end of a bowls game when the jack has been rolled and all the bowls from both teams have been played in the same direction on a rink. The next end is then played in the opposite direction.
GAME – A game of bowls consists of a nominated number of ends. The team with the highest score at the completion of the set number of ends is the winner of the game.
HEAD – This means the jack and such live bowls that have come to rest within the boundary of the rink.
LIVE BOWL – This is a bowl that has come to rest within the boundary of the rink or if it is a toucher it is in the ditch within the boundary pegs.
DEAD BOWL – This is a bowl that is outside the boundary of the rink including being in the ditch without being a toucher or which has not traveled 14 metres from the mat when delivered. All dead bowls are removed from play.
TOUCHER – A bowl that touches the jack in its original course on the green. Even if the bowl goes into the ditch within the boundaries of the rink it is called a toucher and is considered to be a live bowl. To identify it as such, it is marked with a chalk mark.
JACK HIGH – This means the front of a bowl (the surface nearest to the mat) and the front of the jack are level.
YOU’RE NARROW – This means that your bowl will cross the centre line.
YOU’RE TOO WIDE – This means that your bowl will not come back to the centre line.
TAKE MORE GRASS – This means that you should aim wider on your aiming line.
DON’T CROSS THE HEAD – This means don’t bowl narrow.
CHANGE YOUR HAND – Means to bowl on the other side of the centre line to your last bowl. If your last bowl was played on the forehand then your next bowl is to be played on the backhand. It does not mean put the bowl in the other hand.
WRONG BIAS – This is a bowl with the bias side away from the centre line. The bowl will curve away from the centre line and usually finish out of bounds.
Timing of the Draw Delivery
As the bowling arm straightens next to the non-stepping leg the step should commence – the step should complete when the bowl reaches the back of the backswing.
Length of Step
This will affect the timing of the draw delivery. Step too short is a fixed stance. Step too long is a lunge. The length of the step is not varied to suit the length of the end – the step length varies as a result of good delivery method. For a ¾ length end the step length should be your normal walking step. The reason for the step length varying is that for a short end the knees are bent more – ¾ end the knees are bent less – full length end the knees are slightly flexed. As you swing the bowl allowing the weight of the bowl to do the work you will need a bigger pendulum for a long end – this is conjunction with your knee position will create a longer step. The upper body position does not vary at all. The amount of knee bend will also vary due to the speed of the green eg a full length end on 18 second grass will require a lot more knee bend than full length on a 10 second green.
Speed of Delivery
This is the speed at which the bowl moves the arm NOT the speed at which the arm moves the bowl.
Step with stepping foot directly in line with back foot to prevent dragging your bowl off line towards the stepping foot causing wide bowling on backhand and narrow on forehand. Step with heel to prevent stepping foot turning.
When Positioning Guide Foot
Place right foot (left for left handers) across the centerline of the mat about 2” – 4” from the front of the mat. The angle between the foot and the centerline of the mat (this gives you your green) will not change during the course of a game unless the wind changes. It is also constant wherever the mat is placed. All you need to concentrate on is your weight.
Use two jacks (one at minimum length and one at maximum length) and bowl two bowls to each jack (to maximum jack first).
Use four jacks (Spaced equidistant from minimum to maximum) and bowl one bowl to each (to maximum jack first). It there is a shortage of jacks at your club use cotton balls in lieu of jacks.
Use no jacks. Try to roll four bowls to the same length, varying the length each end. This teaches you to repeat a good bowl.
Close your eyes on delivery (place your feet correctly and then close your eyes to bowl). Proves your line bowling from your feet and allows total concentration on weight control without outside influences.
Visualise Every Shot Before You Play It.