Every bowler needs to know the rules of the game in order to experience maximum enjoyment of the sport. The Laws of the Sport of Bowls, Crystal Mark 3rd Edition 2015 is available from clubs and from Bowls Canada Boulingrin.
TEN BASIC RULES FOR LAWN BOWLING
This is just a little summary of some of the more disputed rules at the local level.
Everyone should have a rule book.
- Players should wear flat-soled shoes when they play on the Green.
- The mat should be placed smooth side down. The mat is placed at least 2 meters from the rear ditch and at least 25 meters from the front ditch. That is as far forward as the nearest hogline.
- At the moment of delivery of the jack or a bowl, all or part of one foot should be on or directly above the mat.
- The jack must be delivered to come to rest at least 21 meters from the front of the mat. If the jack is nearer than 2 metres from the front ditch it is placed at 2 metres. If the jack is delivered into the front ditch or outside the side boundaries of the rink or less than 21 metres from the front of the mat it is returned to be delivered by the opposite lead. If the jack is improperly delivered again it is placed at 2 metres from the front ditch. The first to play may then move the mat to their desired position.
- Touchers – If a bowl is delivered and rolls into the front ditch after touching the jack, it is a toucher and stays in the ditch and is in play and should be marked with a chalk mark. If a bowl is delivered and rolls into the front ditch but has not touched the jack it is a dead bowl and is removed from the game for that end.
- Dead bowls – If a bowl comes to rest outside the side boundaries of the rink it is a dead bowl and is removed from the game for that end.
- When all the bowls have been delivered by each side the vice skips (3rds) decide who has the shot (not the skips nor the leads nor the seconds if there are four on a team.)
- When the shot has been decided the winning team controls the mat and the lead of that team delivers the jack.
- If the jack is hit outside the boundaries of the rink during the course of play the end is dead and is replayed. There is no score for that end.
(Note: The end is often not replayed unless it is the last end. It is just counted as an end with no score. A dead end. The rule book says it is replayed but local tournament rules usually allow it not to be replayed for speed of play.)
- If the shots are close and must be measured the tape is set just 1/8 inch from the jack and drawn out to the farther of the two bowls being measured. Then reset 1/8 inch from the jack and measured to the other bowl. Lawn bowls measures have a stop so the distance on the tape is not changed.
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