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 The etiquette of the game of bowls is a combination of good manners, sportsmanship and sociability.

These courtesies are best described as the unwritten Laws of the Game.

 They are extras and designed to promote social ability and the excellent reputation for friendliness and

sportsmanship the game of bowls has rightly earned.

  1. Be conversant with the Laws of the Game and observe them.
  2. Aim to arrive 30 mins. before the match and be ready to start the game properly equipped and attired.
  3. Switch off your mobile phone, or set it for silent. Do not use it during a game except in an emergency.
  4. Do not smoke on the green. Observe any restricted smoking areas off the green.
  1. Keep quiet and refrain from moving when players are on the mat and about to bowl.
  2. Stand behind the mat while your opponent bowls.
  3. Always stand still at the head when a bowler is about to bowl.
  4. As far as possible keep your shadow off the jack and away from bowls.
  5. Always allow your opponent the right to visit the head as per the Laws of the Game,
  6. Walk close to the centre of the rink quickly when changing ends, to avoid distracting other players.
  7. Play your bowl with minimum delay, but never bowl before the previous bowl has come to rest.
  8. Keep track of the play; be ready to bowl when it is your turn and to carry out your specific duties.
  9. Every player at the mat end should assist the losing No.1 to collect bowls when the end is completed.
  10. Don't step onto the mat and indicate which way you intend playing, wait for the skip's instruction.
  11. Never applaud or complain about lucky bowls, accept them graciously, they do tend to equal out.
  12. At the end of the match, help to collect and store any equipment.
  13. Always take care to protect and conserve the green surface at all times.  


1. Drop bowls onto the green.

2. Deliver your bowl “bouncing” from more than 1 foot above the green. (Aim for 6 inches maximum!)

3. Stand on the edge of the green or sit on the bank with your feet on the edge of the green.

4. Often move from bank to green as this can cause undue wear to the green.

5. Walk in the ditches.

6. Run on the green.

19. Always inform your opponent if you wish to leave the green foe any reason.

20. If you lose, be a good loser, don't blame your loss on other people, the green, weather conditions etc.

21. Always shake hands with your opponents and thank them for the game.

22. Offer your visiting opposite number a drink after a home game.

23. When playing a singles match, whether you have won or lost, always thank the marker and offer them a drink. Remember that they have given their time to assist in your game.

24. Learn to be a good marker, when offering your services, remember a marker can make or break a
game. Obtain a copy of the 'Duties of a Marker'.


Bill Dowling 18.05.14

N.B..  This is a slightly adapted form of an original produced by Val Howley of Suttons BC, a Senior EBCA coach. I am extremely grateful for her permission to distribute it to our members.