THE ETIQUETTE OF BOWLS
There is an etiquette of bowling which needs to be understood by all new bowlers. These are simple courtesies which should be observed at all times so that the sport may be enjoyed in the most friendly manner possible. It's a good idea for well established bowlers to also refresh these simple rules from time to time as they can tend to be forgotten on occasions.
• Always be on time to start your game and be ready to play.
• According to your position, be ready with coin, pen, pencil, measure, chalk.
• It is helpful to others to wear your name badge.
During the Game:
• All players should share in the returning of the bowls behind the mat at the conclusion of the end.
• Leads should help each other. When your opposing lead is placing the mat, hand them the jack and see that their first bowl is ready for them.
• Stand still and silent behind your opponent when they are delivering their bowl.
• Be ready to play when your turn arrives. Have your bowl in hand and advance to the mat as soon as possible - this avoids lost time and ensures continuous play.
• After delivery of your bowl, remain within your rink.
• All players on or behind the head must keep still and not make any movement that could distract the player at the other end while delivering their bowl.
• Make sure the correct skip’s bowl is placed on the mat at the time of changeover.
• Walk up the centre of the rink when changing ends. Do not obstruct the view of the player who has just delivered their bowl.
• A Skip should remember that they have been chosen to lead and encourage, and not become so engrossed in conversation with the opposing skip that they forget this function.
• Only the 3’s are responsible for measuring. Do not crowd them and only assist if invited to do so.
• The 2’s are responsible for updating the scoreboard
• Warn players if a drive is about to be played on your rink and try to protect bowls on any adjoining rink.
• Be aware of players on other rinks, talk quietly and do not distract their attention.
• If an umpire is called, remove all bowls except the bowls in question and stand clear while they adjudicate.
• Singles players should thank their marker at the end of the game.
• Stay calm and never use strong language or display signs of ill temper.
• Show good sportsmanship at all times. Praise a good shot by your opponent. Win with modesty, lose with grace.