The etiquette of the game of bowls is a combination of good manners, sportsmanship and sociability. The following is a list which may assist;
•Be conversant with the Laws of the Game (Crystal Mark Third Edition) and any Rules of the competition and observe them.
•Be punctual to commence play at all matches and be properly attired.
•Introduce yourself and shake hands with your opponent(s) both before play commences and after the game is complete.
•Always stand still at the head and keep quiet when a player is about to bowl-movement at the head or talking at the mat end is very distracting. At the moment of delivery of the jack or bowl, a player must have all or part of one foot on or above the mat. (Law 7.1)
•Never deliver your bowl before the previous bowl has come to rest. (Law 11.2)
•Players at the mat end who are not delivering a bowl must stand at least 1 metre behind the mat and away from the head but between the markers. (Law 12.1.1) and (Law 126.96.36.199).
•Always acknowledge your opponent’s right to the head. Possession of the rink shall belong to the team whose bowl is being played. (Law.13.1)
•As soon as the delivered bowl comes to rest, possession of the rink will transfer to the opposing player or team, after allowing for marking a toucher, (Law.13.2)
•The players in possession of the rink shall not be interfered with, annoyed or distracted in any way by their opponents, (Law 13.3) thus any comments must wait until your team next has possession of the mat i.e. when the next player is on the mat and ready to bowl.
•Every player, except the lead, should assist in collecting bowls when the end is complete.
•Do not delay play; keep track of play and have your bowl in hand and ready to play immediately the previous player steps off the mat.
•Walk close to the centre of the rink with minimum delay when changing ends; you could distract play on the next rink. Do not stop and chat in the middle of the rink!
•Any player intending to “fire” should inform the players at the head.
•“Touchers” must be chalked as soon as it comes to rest or before the next bowl stops.(Law 15.1)
•No bowls must be moved until the opponents have agreed the shots. (Law. 22.2)
•Always inform your opponent when you wish to leave the green. (Law 33.1)
•When deciding shots on completion of an end, it is the player conceding the shots that should take out the bowls and place them on a cloth. If either wants a measure, then either or both can do so.
•The skip will have sole charge of the team and all players in the team must follow the skip’s instructions. Thus await instructions regarding playing the next bowl. (Law 40.1.1)
•Never applaud lucky bowls, just accept them graciously and even apologise to the opposition.
•Respect the green at all times. Do NOT:
a.Drop bowls onto the green.
b.Stand on the bank.
c.Wear bowls shoes coming to the club. Always change into bowls shoes on arrival.
•Win or lose, always shake hands with your opponent and thank them for the game. It is usual for the winning team to offer to buy a drink for the losing team.
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