Lawn Bowling Etiquette

Etiquette is about the customs, rules, and behaviour both on the green, and around the club. These are the "the unwritten or conventional laws of courtesy between players."

Some of the unwritten guidelines are:

Be ready - always be on time for the start of play and for the start of each game. (15 MINUTES BEFORE BOWLING TIME)

  • Bowlers tend to start and end games with a handshake. 

  • Visitors are always made welcome. 

  • First names are used on the scoreboard, club names if playing a visiting team.

  •  On sunny days, be aware of your shadow. Do not let it fall in front of the mat when a player is about to bowl.

  •  Try to avoid obscuring boundary pegs, rink plates or rink markers.

  • When ready to bowl, check with next rinks to see if another player is ready to bowl, so that you don't bowl at the same time.

  • Make sure the path of the bowl is clear to avoid hitting another bowl in the adjacent rink.

  • Do not talk, or cause a distraction when another player is about to deliver a bowl. (This includes cell phones & pagers)

  • Do not criticize bowls - either from your own team or the other. Compliment good shots.

  • Admit flukes with grace.  Avoid the desire to verbally encourage bowls to give your team desired results.

  • Remain behind the mat or behind the head when it is not your turn.

  • Remember that your opponent has possession of the rink as soon as your bowl comes to rest; do not linger in the head or on the mat to allow your opposition to bowl. (Walk off mat forwards and turn to right)

  • Take an interest in the game; follow how the head is building up so you don't have to ask other team players.

  • Stand well back from the head when drive shots are being played and warn others on adjacent rinks of the fact.

  • Do not walk around talking to bowlers participating in other games; allow them to concentrate on their own game.

  • Do not pass or walk in front of the player who was last to play - they have the right to see how their bowl progresses. Help clear the head after the result has been determined.

  • Walk quickly when changing ends, and walk within the confines of the rink on which you are playing. 

  • Learn the laws of the game and abide by them.

  • Show good spirit - be a gracious winner  and a good loser.