Etiquette on the Green
Notes On Bowling Etiquette
Clubs aim is to provide a playing environment which is friendly, competitive
and enjoyed by all. This list which is by no means exhaustive is a guide to
good conduct on the green.
bowling is a friendly game and all players should show courtesy and good
sportsmanship. Shake hands before a match and at its conclusion. Be gracious
whether you win or lose and compliment your opponent on a good shot.
criticise your opponents the green or your own team. If you cannot say
something positive say nothing.
and praise the rest of your team. Bowls is a team game and everyone should be
applaud a team member who has outrageous luck and admit a fluke with grace.
Refrain from talking opponents woods out of the head or ill-wishing an
opponent's bowl (think it if you must, but never say it out loud).
dropping bowls onto the green, or delivering bowls from a height as this can
damage the playing surface.
not start breaking up the head until the score for the end has been agreed.
it's only one person's job to agree the score with his or her opposite
number the rest of the team should stand well back.
Firing! if you are about to deliver a
heavy wood, please ensure that the teams at the head on both your rink
and adjacent rinks are aware so that they can take appropriate action
to prevent injury to themselves and/or damage to the heads on other
the mat end, when not occupying the mat, players should stand at least a
metre behind the mat, being careful not to distract the player about to bowl,
by moving about or talking. Always make sure that bowls are kept well behind
the mat so that people cannot fall over them when stepping back off the map.
When you have delivered your bowl and it has come to rest the possession of
the mat passes to your opponent so move away quickly.
you are behind the head, stand still and do not stand where you obscure the
boundary or rink markers.
should remember that when your teams bowl comes to a halt then possession of
the rink passes to your opponent, so step back out of the way.
changing ends, players should walk quickly down the centre of the rink
(but don't run). In a league game, skips should leave the head together and,
to avoid interfering with play on an adjacent rink, should not stop and speak
to their teams half way down the rink.
do not walk behind a rink (i.e. on the Green's external surrounds) when a
bowler on that rink is about to bowl.
Phones must be switched off if taken on the green or surrounds.
drinking or carrying drinks on the green or surrounds is not allowed.
- Only bowling shoes with smooth, flat surfaces may be worn on the green. Do
not wear bowling shoes anywhere outside the Club as they could transfer dirt
or grit on to the bowling surface when returning to the green.
the Rules of the Sport of Indoor Bowls and Club Bye-Laws and observe them.
foul and or abusive language on the green is contrary to the laws and spirit
of the game. Please remember good etiquette and manners make for a pleasant
game and cost nothing. If someone else makes a mistake, don't react badly but
have a quiet word politely!
of misconduct on the green should be made in writing to the Rink Committee
who will consider if there is a case for a member to answer. The Committee
will make known its findings to the relevant parties and if necessary include
these in the minutes of the meeting.