ENTACO BOWLS CLUB
The etiquette of the game of bowls is a combination of good manners, sportsmanship and sociability, these courtesies are best described as the unwritten Laws of the Game.
They are extras and designed to promote social ability and the excellent reputation for friendliness and sportsmanship the game of bowls has rightly earned.
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 the game properly attired.
Switch off your mobile phone. Do not use it during a game.
Do not smoke on the green. Observe any restricted smoking areas off the green.
Keep quiet and refrain from moving when players are on the mat.
Stand behind the mat while your opponent bowls.
Always stand still at the head when a bowler is about to bowl, movement at the head or talking at the mat is very distracting. As far as possible keep your shadow off the jack and close bowls.
Always allow your opponent the right to visit 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, to avoid distracting players on the next rink.
Do not delay play, always play your bowl with minimum delay.
Never deliver your bowl before the previous bowl has come to rest.
Keep track of the play; be ready to bowl when it is your turn. Be prepared to carry out your duty as required in the team; be this casting the jack, keeping the score, measuring etc.
Every player at the mat end should assist in collecting bowls when the end is completed. At the end of the game help collect and store any equipment.
Always pay your skip the respect of waiting for their decision.
Don’t step onto the mat and indicate which way you intend playing, wait for the skip’s instruction.
Never applaud lucky bowls, accept them graciously.
Never complain about lucky bowls they tend to equal each other out over the season.
Always take care to protect and conserve the green surface at all times.
Drop bowls onto the green.
Stand on the edge of the green or sit on the bank with your feet on the edge of the green.
Often move from bank to green as this can cause undue wear to the green.
Walk in the ditches.
Run on the green.
Always inform your opponent lf you wish to leave the green.
If you lose, be a good loser, don’t blame your loss on other people, the green, weather conditions 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 reversed tomorrow.
Offer your opponents a drink after the game.
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 him or her by being courteous in return.
It is polite to thank the umpire of the day before leaving the club.
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 FRIENDSHIPS IT PROVIDES ‘