Preston Brighton Indoor & Outdoor Bowls Club
Indoor & Outdoor Bowling in Brighton

Good practice




The lead of the team plays first they deliver the jack and centre before  delivering the first bowl of the end. Then they retire behind the mat whilst the next players deliver their bowls.



The second player in responsible for the score card. Enter the names of both teams on the score card; record, on the score card, all shots scored for and against the team as the end is completed.

Compare the score card with that of the opposing second as each end is completed. At the end of the game hand the score card to the skip who should record the time that the game finished.



The third player takes control of the head when the Skips are playing their bowls. They can measure any disputed shots.



The skip shall have sole charge of the team and all players in the team and all players in the team should follow the skip’s instructions.   The skip should decide all disputed points with the opposing skip, making sure that any decision reached is in line with the Laws of the Sport of Bowls.

The skip in a Pairs game should perform the duties of the second.

Skips can, at any time delegate their own powers and any of their duties to any other members of the team as long as they tell the opposing skip.


In A Triples game the second player must have the score card, at the end where  the measuring is being done.





What is meant by ‘bowls etiquette’ is difficult to define.

The dictionary says:- The conventional code of good manners which governs behaviour in society; professional and business life;  formal ceremonies prescribed by authority.

Most examples you will hear and see that are thought of as bad etiquette are quite simply not abiding to Laws 35 & 36.

35.  Possession of the rink.
Possession of the rink will belong to the player or team whose bowl is being played.  As soon as each bowl comes to rest, possession of the rink will transfer to the opposing player or team after allowing time for marking a toucher as soon as it comes to rest.

If the Umpire, either by their own observation or an appeal by one of the skips or opponents in Singles, decides that the players in possession of the rink are being interfered with, annoyed or distracted in any way by their opponents, the Umpire should, on the first occasion, warn the offending player in the presence of the skip and advise the manager or the coach when they are present, that a warning has been given.

On each occasion after this, the umpire should have the bowl last played by the offending player or team declared dead.  If that bowl has disturbed the head, the opponent should choose whether to:

Replace the head.  Leave the head as altered;  or declare the end dead.

36.  Position of players.
In relation to the rink of play:

Players at the mat end of the rink who are not delivering a bowl should stand at least 1 metre behind the mat.

Players at the head-end of the rink who are not controlling the play should stand, behind the jack and away from the head;  on the surrounds of the green if the jack is in the ditch;  or well clear of the head if it is not possible to stand on the surrounds.

As soon as a bowl is delivered, a player who is controlling play, if they are in front of the jack, should take their position as described in paragragraph above.

If a player does not meet the terms of the law, Law 35 will apply.


(Reproduced by kind permission of Tricia Fry, Senior Coach, Sussex County Bowls Coaching Scheme, National Umpire, English Women's Umpires Association (Bowling))

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