All players are reminded of the following points of etiquette:

  • When at the head, bear in mind that some bowlers like a clear view of the rink markers. Stand behind the head, inside the rink markers, but not obscuring the central rink number.
  • Do not place your bowls at the end of a rink if it is still being played on. Wait until the previous game has finished before entering rink side.
  • Standing directly behind the jack in white shoes can make the jack difficult to see.
  • Questions, information and instructions should only be shouted while you have ‘possession of the rink’ – as soon as your bowl comes to rest ‘possession’ is transferred to the opposing player.
  • Players at the mat-end of the rink who are not delivering a bowl should stand at least 1 metre behind the mat.
  • Call or shout at your own bowls by all means – but do not ‘call’ your opponents bowls to go through gaps, get ‘wrecked’, or to promote your bowls.
  • Do not applaud or cheer an unintended bowl from the opposition which results in an advantage to your team.
  • Wishing misfortune on your opponents bowls is unsporting.
  • Further points of Etiquette can be viewed by clicking on Membership and then Etiquette.
  • The Rules of the Game are clearly defined in the ‘Laws of the Sport of Bowls’ (Crystal Mark 4 Edition) and can be viewed on
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