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 times)

  • Bowlers tend to start and end games with a handshake.  (except during Covid)

  • Visitors are always made welcome. (no visitors during Covid)

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

  • 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 when another player is about to deliver a bowl.

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • Show good spirit - win well and lose well.