Crystal Bowls Club


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The Privacy Policy

The Constitution      (Tap or click title to go to document)



Crystal Bowls Club – Privacy Policy

Your Personal Data:

For the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998 and the new Data Protection Regulations 2018 we are the data controller responsible for your personal data.

Our full details are;


Crystal Bowls Club.

c/o Paul Grainger

Tel; 07969 795429



What information we collect;

 We may collect, use and store the following information or ‘personal data’;

  • Name, address, e-mail address and telephone numbers.
  • Any record of correspondence that has passed between us.

How do we collect this information;

 All information we hold about you will have been provided to us by past records and from you when you joined the club.

 Why do we need this information and how we use it;

  •  We need this information to contact you to notify you about all aspects of club matters including meetings, friendly matches and internal competitions.
  • We need it to keep your records up to date.

 Who we share this information with;

 We do not sell, share or distribute your personal information to or with anyone unless we have your express permission to do so.We are required, from time to time, to send abbreviated details to the Worcestershire Bowling Association who in turn may forward this to Bowls England. We cannot be held responsible for their systems of control but are reassured by their own Privacy Policy, a copy of which can be examined upon request. We have, with your permission, given an abbreviated copy of your name, address, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses to all fellow members of the club. This is to assist you in arranging transport for matches that you nominate for and also to enable you to arrange dates and times for internal competitions.

Where your information is stored;

 In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place secure physical, electronic and administrative procedures to safe guard the information we collect.

All information you provide to us is stored on our secure servers. Physical documents are kept in secure and locked storage systems which are accessible only by authorised committee members.

The transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we do our very best to protect your personal data we cannot guarantee absolutely its security and any transmission is at your own risk. Once we hold your information we use strict procedures and security systems to reduce the risk of unauthorised access

 How long we hold your data for;

 We keep personal data in accordance with GDPR. We will retain this information for as long as you are members plus one year after which it will be destroyed. Any information we no longer required is deleted from our computers and any hard copy is shredded.

 Your rights

You have a right to consult your personal data, to correct it if you think it necessary, and to withdraw your consent to the use of your personal data.

If you wish to opt out of any communications, of whatever sort,please let us know and we will ensure that you do not receive any more.


 If you need to contact us about anything connected to this Privacy Statement or any other matter, please write to the address or e-mail to the person shown in the our full details section shown above.


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Crystal Bowls Club Constitution


(Amended at a Pre-Summer Season Meeting held on Tuesday March 6th 2018)

 Section 1:  Name and Objectives.

 Section 2:  Officers of the

 Section 3:  Membership

Section 4:  Management Committee

 Section 5:  Annual General Meeting

Section 6:  Dissolution of the Club

 Section 7:  Miscellaneous

 Section 8:  Club Rules

Section 9:   Officers Duties

 Section10:  Members Support of the Constitution       


Section1: Name and Objectives

1.1       The name of the Club shall be CRYSTAL BOWLS CLUB (hereinafter referred to within this constitution as the ‘Club’).

1.2       The Club shall be affiliated to Bowls England and the WORCESTERSHIRE BOWLING ASSOCIATION.

1.3       The objectives of the Club are to provide facilities for, and to promote participation in,the amateur sport of outdoor flat green bowlsin West Midlands and Worcestershire Area.

1.4       The Club shall adopt and conform to Bowls England Rules & Regulations and the current Laws of the Sport of Bowls.

Section 2: Officers of the Club

2.1       The Officers of the Club shall be Full Members of the Club unless otherwise agreed by Members at an AGM, or at a specially convened meeting of the club.The Officers shall consist of President, Chairperson, Secretary,Treasurer, Club Captain, Fixtures Secretary and one elected lay member.

Officers shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting and shall hold office for the period of election, retiring at the end of the period of election. All Officers of the Club shall be eligible for re-election to the same office or another office at the end of their current period of election.

Section3: Membership

3.1       Categories and votes of Membership.

3.1.1    The club may have different classes of membership and subscription on a non-discriminatory and fair basis.

There shall be the following categories of membership with power to vote at all relevant meetings of the Club as indicated hereunder.

(a) A FULL MEMBER – Member being a person who, at the date of election,             shall have attained the age of eighteen years shall have one vote.

(b)  A MEMBER ELECT – being a person, who at the date of joining, shall have             attained the age of 18 years, who joins the Club in their first year during             the bowling season, normally April to September of that year.

(c)  A JUNIOR MEMBER – being a person who, at the date of election, is under             the age ofeighteen shall have no vote.Such a member shall be one who at             the commencementofthe subscription year joins the Club other than as a             full member or family member.

(d)AN HONORARY/LIFE MEMBER – who shall have shall no vote.

(e)A SOCIAL MEMBER – who shall have no vote.

3.1.2    No member may use the Club premises, or any of the facilities of the Club, until forty-eight hours have elapsed from the date of posting of notice of election.

3.2       Rights and privileges of members

3.2.1    The rights and privileges of each category of membership shall be as follows:-

(a)       A FULL MEMBER/LIFE MEMBER shall have the full use of all Club facilities. Affiliation Fees shall be paid to the Worcestershire Bowling Association and Bowls England.

(b)       A JUNIOR MEMBER shall have the full use of all Club facilities subject only to 8.4of this Constitution. Affiliation Fees shall be payable to Worcestershire Bowling Association and Bowls England.

(c)       AN HONORARY/LIFE MEMBER shall have the full use of all the Club facilities. Affiliation No Fees shall be payable to Worcestershire Bowling Associationor Bowls England.

(d)       A SOCIAL MEMBER shall have the full use of the Club-house facilities.

3.2.2    Candidates for membership shall have no privileges whatsoever in relation to the use of the Club or premises until they have become a member.

3.3       Membership Joining Fee& Subscription Fee

3.3.1    The rate of Joining Fee (if any) and Subscription Fee for each category of Membership shall be proposed by the Committee to the members at the Annual General Meeting in each year. Any proposed changes shall be approved by a majority of those present and entitled to vote and shall become operative from the date of the AGM.

(a)       Membership of the Club shall be open to anyone interested in the sport of outdoor flat green bowls on application,regardless of sex, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion or other beliefs. Membership may however be limited according to available facilities on a non-discriminatory basis.

(b)       Membership subscriptions will be kept at levels that will not pose a significant obstacle to people participating.

(c)       Club Committee may refuse membership or remove it, only for good cause such as conduct likely to bring the Club or sport into disrepute. Appeal against refusal or removal may be made to the members. If consideration of removal of membership is as a result of a discrepancy issue, the procedure to be adopted shall be that as set out at point 3.6.2 of this Constitution.

3.3.2    All members shall pay the Joining Fee (if applicable) and their first annual subscription fee upon election to the Club and thereafter within one month of the date of the Pre-Summer Season Meeting.

3.4       Members’ duty to provide contact details

3.4.1    Every member shall furnish the Honorary Secretary with up-to-date contact details that shall be recorded in the Register of Members and any notice sent to such address/es,either by post or electronically,shall be deemed to have been duly delivered.

3.5       Election and retirement of members

3.5.1    Application for membership

(a)       An application for membership shall be in the form prescribed by the Committee and shall include the name, address and contact details of the candidate.

3.5.2    Election of Members

(a)       Upon receipt of an application for membership, there shall be an interval of at least two days before the meeting of the Committee at which such application for membership shall be considered. The election of all classes of members is vested in the Committee and shall be a simple majority vote of those of the Committee. The Committee may refuse applications only for good cause such as conduct likely to bring the Club into disrepute. TheHonorary Secretary shall inform each candidate in writing of the candidate's election or non-election. The Honorary Secretary shall furnish an elected candidate with a copy of the Rules and Byelaws of the Club and make request for such payments as are necessary.

3.5.3    Payment of Fees upon Election

(a)       Upon election, a candidate shall pay, within one calendar month, fees as shall be requested. In default of such payment, the election shall be void unless sufficient cause for delay can be shown.

3.5.4    Retirement of a member

(a)       A member wishing to resign their membership shall give notice in writing to the Honorary Secretary at any time and shall not then be liable to pay the subscription for the following year.

(b)       A member who retires in accordance with this Rule shall not be entitled to have any part of the annual membership fee or any other fees refunded.

3.5.5    Arrears of Subscription

a)       The Committee may cancel, without notice being given, the membership of any member whose annual subscription and other annual fees are more than one month in arrears provided that the Committee may, at its absolute discretion, re-instate such member upon payment of arrears. No member whose annual payment is in arrears may use the Club premises or vote at any meeting.

3.6       Conduct of Members

3.6.1    Under-taking by members to comply with rules

(a)       Every member, upon election and thereafter, is deemed to have notice of, and undertakes to comply with, the Club Rules and any Byelaws and Regulations of the Club.

3.6.2    Disciplinary action against members

(a)       All disciplinary matters will be dealt with in accordance with Bowls England Regulation 9 (Misconduct)

(b)       Should any member be expelled, the former member shall not be entitled to have any part of the annual membership fee refunded and must return any property belonging to the Club.

3.6.3    Complaints

(a)       Complaints of any nature shall be addressed in writing to the Honorary Secretary.

3.6.4    Members of other Bowls England Affiliated Clubs.

(a)       A member of any Club affiliated to Bowls England (a list whereof is published by Bowls England annually) may be authorised to use the premises of the Club.

3.7       Limitation of Club liability

3.7.1    All references to the Club in this Section shall mean each and every individual member of the Club from time to time.

3.7.2    Members are bound by the following Rule which shall also be exhibited in a prominent place within the Club premises:

“Members of the Club may use the Club premises, and any other facilities of the Club, entirely at their own risk and impliedly accept:

 (a) The Club will not accept any liability for any damage to or loss of property belonging to members.

 (b) The Club will not accept any liability for personal injury arising out of the use of the Club premises, any other facilities of the Club either sustained by members or caused by the said members whether or not such damage or injury could have been attributed to or was occasioned by the neglect, default or negligence of any of them, the Officers, Committee, Trustees or Servants of the Club.”

3.7.3    Membership of the Club and acceptance of these Rules by the member will be deemed to constitute consent to the holding of relevant personal data for the purposes of the Data Protection Act.

Section 4: Management Committee

4.1       Composition of Committee

4.1.1    The Committee shall consist of the Officers, ex officio, and not less than FIVE or more than NINE Members (who have attained the age of eighteen years)] elected at the Annual General Meeting to hold office for the term of their elected period.

4.1.2    Candidates for election to the Committeeshall be those members of the retiring Committee eligible to offer themselves for re-election and such other full members whose nominations (duly proposed and seconded in writing by Full members of the Club) with their consent shall have been received by the Honorary Secretary at least twenty eight days before the date of the Annual General Meeting in each year. Such nominations, together with the names of the Proposer and Seconder shall be posted to the Club premises at least fourteen days prior to the date of the Annual General Meeting.

4.1.3    If the number of candidates for election is greater than the number of vacancies to be filled then there shall be a ballot of those members present and entitled to vote at the Annual General Meeting.

4.1.4    If the number of candidates for election is equal to or less than the number of  vacancies to be filled then all candidates shall be deemed to be elected if a  majority of those present at the Annual General Meeting, and entitled to vote, vote in favour of such election.

4.1.5    In the event of the ballot failing to determine the members of the Committee because of an equality of votes the candidate or candidates to be elected from those having an equal number of votes shall be determined by lot or previously nominated person.

4.1.6    If, for any reason, a casual vacancy shall occur, the Committee may co-opt another person to fill such a vacancy until the next following Annual General Meeting. Co-opted Members will beentitled to vote.

4.2       Committee Meetings

4.2.1    The Committee shall endeavour to meet as and when deemed necessary, making such arrangements as to the conduct, place of assembly and holding of such meetings as it may wish.

4.2.2    Voting shall be by show of hands. In the case of equality of votes the Chairman (or other nominated person) shall be entitled to a second and casting vote.

4.2.3    Three Executive Committee Members personally present shall form a quorum at a meeting of the Committee.

4.2.4    Any conflict of interest must be declared to the Chairman (or other nominated person) prior to the start of the meeting. The Chairman (or other nominated person) will determine if the person may remain in the meeting and/or vote when the item is discussed.

4.3       Powers of the Committee

4.3.1    The Committee shall manage the affairs of the Club according to the Rules and shall cause the funds of the Club to be applied solely to the objects of the Club.

4.3.2    In particular the Committee shall ensure that the property and funds of the Club will not be used for the direct or indirect private benefit of Members other than as reasonably allowed by the Rules. No surpluses or assets will be distributed to members or third parties and all surplus income or profits will be re-invested in the Club.

4.4       Appointment of Sub-Committees

4.4.1    The Committee may appoint such sub-committees as it may deem necessary and may delegate such of its powers as it may think fit upon such terms and conditions as shall be deemed expedient and/or required by the law.

4.5       Disclosure of Interest to Third Parties

4.5.1    A member of the Committee, of a sub-committee or any member of the Club, in transacting business for the Club, shall disclose to third parties that they are so acting.

4.6       Limitation of Committee's authority

4.6.1    The Committee, or any person or sub-committee delegated by the Committee to act as agent for the Club or its members, shall enter into contracts only as far as expressly authorised, or authorised by implication, by the Committee. No one shall, without the express authority of the Committee, borrow money or incur debts on behalf of the Club or its membership.

4.7       Members Indemnification of Committee

4.7.1    In pursuance of the authority vested in the Committee by members of the Club, members of the Committee are entitled to be indemnified by the members of the Club against any liabilities properly incurred by them or any one of them on behalf of the Club wherever the contract is of a duly authorised nature or could be assumed to be of a duly authorised nature and entered into on behalf of the Club.

(a)       Indemnity Clause

“Each member of the Club shall, to the extent that such person is not entitled to recover under any policy of insurance, be entitled to be indemnified out of all funds available to the Club which may lawfully be so applied against all costs, expenses and liabilities whatsoever, reasonably incurred by such person in the proper execution and discharge of duties undertaken on behalf of the Club arising there from, or incurred in good faith in the purported discharge of such duties.”

(b)       Save in any such case where such costs, expenses and liabilities arise in connection with any negligence, default, breach of duty or breach of trust,provided that any such member, so indemnified, has been properly authorised, in relation to the duties undertaken by him or her on behalf of the Club, by the Club’s General Committee.

The limit of any individual member's indemnity in this respect shall be a sum equal to one year's subscription at the then current rate of that category of membership unless the Committee has been authorised to exceed such limit by a General Meeting of the Club.

4.8       Contractual Liability

4.8.1    The Committee shall endeavour to ensure that the following clause is incorporated in every contract, lease, licence or other agreement entered into by the Committee and/or Trustees of the Club, as appropriate.

“The liability of the Committee for the performance of any contractual or other obligation undertaken by them on behalf of the Club shall be limited to the assets of the Club from time to time.”

4.9       Nomination of Honorary Members/Life Members by the Committee.

4.9.1    The Committee may nominate for election at an Annual General Meeting such Honorary/Life Members as the Committee may think fit.

4.9.2    The election of Honorary/Life Members shall be placed before the Annual General Meeting each year and such Honorary Members shall be duly elected if two thirds of those present, and entitled to vote, vote in favour of election.

Section 5:Annual General Meeting

5.1       An Annual General Meeting of the Club shall be held each year in the month of NOVEMBER on a date to be fixed by the Committee. The Honorary Secretary shall at least fourteen days before the date of such meeting circulate to each member notice hereof and of the business to be brought forward thereat. This may be either by post or electronically.

5.2       No business, except the passing of the Accounts and the election of the Officers, Committee, Trustees and Honorary Auditors, and any business that the Committee may order to be inserted in the notice convening the meeting shall be discussed at such meeting unless notice thereof be given in writing by a member entitled to vote to the Honorary Secretary at least 28 days before the date of the Annual General Meeting.

5.3       The Committee may at any time, upon giving twenty one day’s notice in writing, call a Special General Meeting of the Club for any special business, thenature of which shall be stated in the summons convening the meeting, and the discussion at such meeting shall be confined to the business stated in the notice sent to members. In March each year a PRE-SUMMER SEASON MEETING shall be called to discuss all matters relating to the forthcoming playing season.

5.4       The Committee shall call a Special General Meeting upon a written request addressed to the Honorary Secretary signed by at least 10% of the members. The Committee shall meet withinSEVEN days of the request in order to call a SGM. The Committee shall give twenty one day’s notice in writing of any such Special General Meeting. The discussionat such meeting shall be confined to the business stated in the notice sent to members.

5.5       At every meeting of the Club the President will preside, or in their absence, a Chair elected by a majority of those present shall preside.

5.6       TWO THIRDS of members entitled to vote at the relevant meeting and personally present shall form a quorum at any General Meeting of the Club.

5.7       Only Full Membersshall vote at any General Meeting of the Club. Other members may attend and speak but are not entitled to vote.

5.8       Voting, except upon the election of members of the Committee, shall be by show of hands.

5.9       In the case of an equality of votes the Chairman (or other nominated person) shall have a second or casting vote, on any matter.

5.10     On any resolution properly put to a meeting of the Club relating to the creation, repeal or amendment of any Rule, Byelaw or Regulation of the Club such Rule, Byelaw or Regulation shall not be created, repealed or amended except by a majority vote of at least two-thirds of those present and entitled to vote.

Section 6: Dissolution of the Club

6.1       If, at any General Meeting of the Club, a resolution be passed calling for the dissolution of the Club, the Secretary shall immediately convene a Special General Meeting to be held not less than one month thereafter to discuss and vote on the resolution.

6.2       If, at that Special General Meeting, the resolution is carried by at least two-thirds of the Members present, the Committee shall thereupon, or at such date as shall have been specified in the resolution, proceed to realise the assets of the Club and discharge all debts and liabilities of the Club.

6.3       If, upon the winding up or dissolution of the Club, there remains after the satisfaction of all its debts and liabilities any property,of whatever nature, the same shall not be paid to or distributed amongst the members of the Club.

6.4       Upon dissolution of the Club the Committee shall give or transfer the net assets remaining to Charities recommended by the Committee, and endorsed by Members, preferably to other clubs for the furtherance of Flat Green Bowls.

Section 7: Miscellaneous

7.1       Opening of Club Premises

The Club premises shall be open to members at such times as the Committee shall direct and those times will be posted on the club notice board or in the Current Season’s Fixture List.

7.2       Safeguarding

The club shall adhere to the Safeguarding Policy of Bowls England and will ensure that all the contents are communicated to members and clearly displayed within the club premises for Members and Visitors.

7.3       Equalities

The club shall adhere to the Equality Policy of Bowls England.

7.4       The Members acknowledge this document constitutes a legally binding contract to regulate the relationship of the members with each other and the Club.

Section 8: Club Rules

 Guests in the Club

Members shall enter the names of all guests in the Diary that lists all the Club’s Fixtures for the current season. This does not apply to members from other clubs who are playing in organised matches, or their guests.

 Damage to Club property

A member shall not knowingly remove, injure, destroy or damage any property of the  Club and shall make restitution for the same, if called upon to do so by the Committee or by the Honorary Secretary, upon receiving the instructions of the Committee to do so.

Exhibiting of notices

A member shall not cause any communication in whatever form to be exhibited on Club  notice boardsor premises without prior written permission of the Honorary Secretary on instruction from the members of the Committee.


All suggestions shall be entered in the Suggestion Book or placed in the Suggestion Box  and signed by the Member.



The Club may adopt such Bylaws or Regulations as it considers appropriate for the good

management of the Club and its facilities.

Section 9:  Officers Duties



1 a) to act as titular head of the club

2. b) to undertake such duties as are  deemed to be of a  Presidential  nature

3. c) to use his/her personal contacts  to enhance the good name of the Club.




  1. a) to safeguard the application of the Constitution and its policies
  2. b) to guide the division of duties amongst Officers of the Club
  3. c) to Chair all Meetings of whatsoever nature.




  1. a) to provide the Secretarial and Administrative for the effective running of the Club
  2. b) to maintain the Club’s administrative records
  3. c) to carry out special projects that may be required as necessary.




  1. a) to receive and safeguard all monies and funds of the Club
  2. b) to maintain effective control and recording of all the monies, funds and assets  placed inher/his care
  3. c) to arrange an Annual Audit of the Club’s financial reords.


                        FIXTURE SECRETARY


  1. a) to promote the improvement of bowls play by members by arranging, each  season,continuing and challenging Match Fixtures with other Clubs
  2. b) to provide each member with a Fixture Card.


                        CLUB CAPTAIN


  1. a) The Club Captain or his or her nominated Captain of the Day is ultimately responsible forand in control of Crystal Bowls Club members on the bowling  green when it is occupied by members or when play is in progress whether home or away.
  2. b) the Captain or his or her nominated representative shall ensure that the correct  etiquette is observed  on or around the green
  3. c) the Captain or his or her nominated representative shall select the teams for each  match  from a list which will be displayed on the Club Notice Board. The list to be posted at least three weeks before each match and the players selected will be shown on the list oneweek before the match.
  4. d) the Captain shall liase with the Fixture Secretary regarding planned and potential matches for the forthcoming season.


                                WINDING UP PROCEDURES


In the event of the dissolution of the Club, all the Assets remaining would be donated to Charities recommended by the Committee and endorsed by the Members at a meeting convened for such purpose. The preference will always be, but not absolutely essential, for the furtherance of Flat Green Bowls.




Amendments to the foregoing Constitution shall only be made at the AGM or

a Special General Meeting convened for that purpose. Twenty eight notice of

all amendments must be given to the Secretary in writing by post or e-mail.


Section 10:  Members support of the Constitution


                                These form the basis of promoting involvement of the game, assessing the quality of our play to identify areas of improvement and to safeguard the future of the Club.

Members support of Fixtures is a demonstration of their commitment to the Club and its future.

Match Fixture Nomination Lists shall be displayed on the Club Notice Board for several matches ahead. It is the responsibility of Members to nominate for selection for each match as soon as possible and, if unavailable, state  this on the nomination list. Please be sure to nominate even if the list is full up.     If you nominate, but are then unable to play, you must notify the Captain of the Day as soon as possible so that he/or she can arrange for a replacement. Team Sheets will be displayed on the Notice Board at least 4 days before the match.  Players will be asked for their preferred positions but, in the true spirit of the game, it iexpected that they will play in the position for which they have been selected.  Players must report to the Captain of the Day no later than 15 minutes before the official Starting time.


 All competitors must be registered club members.

The draw for Competitions shall be notified to Members before 1st May each year.

All ties in any round must be played by the dates specified by the Competition Secretary a as shown on the Draw Sheets displayed on the club Notice Board. It is the  responsibility of

ALL ENTRANTS to contact each other to arrange matches. Extensions of deadlines will only  be allowed in exceptional circumstances. If one, or both, parties have failed to make arrangements to play a match by the deadline date the Competition Secretary may disqualift  one or both of the defaulting parties.

The Competition Secretary shall be responsible for the successful running of the Competitions  and shall have sole jurisdiction in any dispute that may arise.




Rink Skips are the nominated representatives of the CaptaIn and shall support him/her by ensuring that the correct etiquette and standards displayed on individual rinks.


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Crystal Bowls Club  -  Club Etiquette

  • Lawn Bowls is a courteous game and courtesy towards one’s team-mates and opponents is to be maintained at all times.
  • In addition to the rules, a certain amount of etiquette is followed. Etiquette refers to the way in which we play the game to ensure the enjoyment for everyone and so that all have the chance to play their best.
  • The etiquette guidelines offered here should be noted by beginners and experienced bowlers alike. They are all based on common courtesy which will make them easy to remember.


  • Do support your club and put your name down on availability lists. (If unsure how to do this please refer to Club Captain or committee member)
  • If you have to withdraw please notify the Captain at the earliest opportunity.
  • Do play your part in assisting with the smooth running of the Club and offer to help with getting equipment ready and/or catering when necessary.



  • Do not distract bowlers who are bowling towards you, by moving or walking across the end of the rink. Wait until the bowl has been delivered, then move.
  • Do not interrupt other players when they are on the green, particularly during competitive matches. If you need to speak to players, it should be before or after their game.
  • Bad language shall not be addressed to fellow members or visitors at any time, nor any adverse comments made about their skill voiced in public. Everyone can have a bad day!
  • Smoking and vaping are not permitted in the clubhouse, changing rooms or ON the green.
  • Respect and protect the green – the club’s most important asset.



  • Make sure you know the rules of the game or competition you are playing.
  • Know the correct dress (it will differ for different venues and competitions)
  • Do not arrive in bowling shoes as you may carry harmful fungus on the soles of your shoes.
  • Be early enough to be able to welcome visitors and help get things out on the green and to ensure that jacks, mats, scoreboards and other equipment are in place ready for the start of the game.



  • Enter and leave the green by your rink number and use the footpaths – do not walk across the green.
  • Do not DROP your bowls on the green.
  • When you walk to the other end, move in the centre of the rink and do it quickly enough to maintain the continuity of the game. Do not ‘trespass’ on to other rinks in play.
  • If you have to leave the rink for any reason during the game, alert your team-mates/opponents, and do not delay the game any longer than necessary.
  • Never complain about any green, including yours!



  • ‘Possession of the rink shall belong to the team whose bowls are being played. The players in possession of the rink……shall not be interfered with, annoyed, or have their attention distracted in any way by their opponents’
  • Stand well behind the mat or head, keeping still and quiet while others are delivering their bowls.
  • Questions, information or instructions should only be exchanged while you have ‘possession of the rink’ – as soon as your bowl comes to rest, ‘possession of the rink’ is transferred to the opposing player or team.
  • Encourage, rather than criticize – no one delivers a bad bowl intentionally.
  • Commend good shots and learn to accept lucky shots, both for and against you – they will balance out in the long run.



  • When at the head, bear in mind that some bowlers like a clear view of the rink markers. Stand behind the head, inside the rink markers, but not obscuring the central rink marker.
  • Players at the mat- end of the rink who are not delivering a bowl should stand at least one metre behind the mat.



  • The captain has sole charge of the team. Skips have sole charge of their rink.
  • Follow the direction given by the Skip, no matter whether you agree or disagree.
  • The ‘lead’ shall place the mat and deliver the jack ensuring that the jack is properly centred before delivering the first bowl.
  • Remember that the directions for the Skip are only given by the number 3 in fours matches, or the number 2 in Triples. Other players should not interfere unless asked.
  • Never deliver your bowl before the previous bowl has come to rest.
  • Keep track of play, be ready to bowl when it is your
  • Questions to the skip and directions from the skip must only be made when you are on the mat and in possession of the rink.
  • The result of each end (including measuring when required) is determined by the number 3’s (in fours games) or number 2’s in Triples. Other players should not be involved.
  • Do not disturb the head until the result of the end has been agreed.
  • The lead player of the losing team then collects the bowls in readiness for the next end.
  • The number 2 (in Triples, 3 in Fours) or Skip of the ‘home’ team updates the scoreboard.



  • Win with modesty, Lose with grace!
  • Win or lose, always shake hands with your opponents and team players and thank them for the game.
  • Ensure that jacks, mats, scoreboards and other equipment is returned to the equipment shed.


A knowledge of the above will make you a more well-respected bowler and will contribute to the enjoyment of the game for everyone involved, both on and off the green.

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