Rink Etiquette

A Forgotten Part of the Game

copied from Bowls International

1. Be conversant with the Laws of the Game and observe them

2. Respect the decision of the umpire

3. Be punctual to commence play at all matches and come to each game correctly attired

4. Keep quiet and refrain from moving when players are on the mat

5. Stand behind the mat while your opponent bowls

6. Always 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

7. 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

8. Walk close to the centre of the rink with minimum delay when changing ends, you could distract play on the next rink

9. Do not delay play, always bowl your next bowl with minimum delay

10. Never deliver your bowl before the previous bowl has come to rest

11. Keep track of play, be ready to bowl when its your turn

12. Every player at the mat end should assist in collecting bowls when the end is completed

13. Always pay your skip the respect of waiting for their decision. Don’t step onto the mat and indicate which way you intend to bowl – wait for the skip’s instructions

14 Never appluad lucky bowls – accept them graciously

15. Never complain about lucky bowls – they tend to equal each other out over the season

16. Respect the green surface at all times

Do Not a. Drop bowls onto the green

              b. Stand on the edge of the green

              c. Stand on the bank

              d. Walk in the ditches

Always take care to protect and conserve the green at all times

17 Alwasy inform your opponent if you wish to leave the green

18. If you lose, be a good loser, don’t blame your loss on other people, the green, weather condiiotns etc

19. 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 reversed

20. Offer your opponents a drink after the game

21. When playing singles, whether you have won or lost, be sure to thank the marker and offer him or her a drink. Remember that they have given their time to assist in your game. You can repay them by being courteous in return

22 It is polite to thank the umpire of the day before leaving the club

23 Learn to be a good marker. When offering your services, remember 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 its pleasure and the lasting friendship it provides.

For a beginner’s guide to the rules of Bowls, please visit the BBC Sport website at; http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/bowls/4747148.stm