Etiquette is a fundamental part of the game of bowls. Your experience on the green is made more enjoyable by practising the rules of etiquette and being respectful to other players.
• Dress correctly for all games, including flat-soled shoes. Coloured clothing is acceptable in most social clubs.
• Compliment your opponent on a good shot.
• Admit a fluke with grace.
• Stand still when a player is on the mat.
• Do not talk or make a noise behind the mat when a player is about to deliver a bowl.
• Keep to your own rink. Do not become a wanderer and distract other bowlers. Walk down the center of your rink when you are changing ends.
• On sunny days be aware of your shadow. Do not let it mask the jack nor permit it to fall in front of the mat when a player is about to bowl.
• Try to avoid obscuring boundary pegs, rink plates or rink markers.
• Never criticize your opponent, the greens, or your own team members. If you cannot say something positive, don’t say anything at all.
• Pay attention to the game. Nothing can be more frustrating to your teammates than to have them feel that you are not giving your full attention and best efforts to the game by your lack of concentration. Save your socializing until after the game.
• Always appear to be enjoying the game.
• Stand well back from the head when drive shots are about to be played and warn others on adjacent rinks.
• Greet your own team members and opponents at the start of the game and congratulate or compliment them at the end of play. Shaking hands before a match and at its conclusion is part of the fine tradition of the game.
• Learn the Joint Laws of the Game and abide by them.
• Be a gracious winner and a good loser.
Source: The Lawn Bowler’s Handbook, Bowls Canada Boulingrin