Club Etiquette

Etiquette is simply good manners, treating others with respect and consideration at all times.

  • Always be on time and ready to start, dress correctly, shoes clean, measure, chalk, coin, etc.
  • Never walk up the green in front of a player on the mat.
  • Walk in the centre of own rink when changing ends-don’t stop. Stay at head if consultation is necessary.
  • Everyone gathers in bowls.
  • Be on good terms with opponent.
  • Always be ready to take your turn on the mat.
  • Always line bowl from behind rink peg.
  • Don’t talk when on bank-watch play at all times.
  • Be meticulous on etiquette and fair play.
  • Always encourage-never criticise.
  • Be ready to help opponent with a long measure.
  • Just prior to delivery of your bowl, make sure that the path is clear, check the next rink in case a player is about to deliver their bowl.
  • Do not talk or move about (if on the head) when a member of your team or the opposition is about to deliver their bowl.
  • Place the skips bowl on the mat prior to changeover.
  • Take an interest in the game-follow how the head is building up, you should not have to ask the skip the position of the head.
  • Do not walk round talking to other players on the green, they might not be interested, especially if they are concentrating on their own game.
  • Remember it is only a game and must be played in the best spirit of the game, this does not mean you should not have the determination to win.
  • If beaten, take it sportingly-congratulate the winner and really mean it.
  • Skips – all eyes are on you, do not become engrossed in conversation with the opposing Skip showing lack of interest in the game.
  • Only the No. 2 in triples and No. 3 in a fours game is responsible for measuring,
  • Let them do their job, do not crowd them.
  • Warn players on adjoining-rinks that a drive is about to be played on your rink with the risk of disturbing bowls on their head. Endeavour to prevent this happening by guarding the side boundaries.
  • There is no need for improper language. It is out of place on a bowling green.
  • Do your share of marking for singles matches as you will appreciate it when someone marks for you.
  • Thank the marker after a match-also thank the umpire after they have given a decision.
  • At the end of a game shake hands with the opponents.
  • Enjoy.