In order to make the game of bowls as enjoyable as possible bowling green etiquette should be demonstrated by members old and new. Much of this is common sense but here are some of the main rules …
• Show respect for your opponents by not arriving late, ensuring that you have sufficient time to change before the game. If you are the host you should be at the Green at least half hour before the start of a match.
• Dress appropriately and ensure that you know the dress code for each game or match in which you are participating.
• Introduce yourself and shake hands with your opponent(s) both before play commences and after the game is complete.
• ‘POSSESSION OF THE RINK’
- Do not move around the head when your opponent is about to deliver their bowl. Stand well back from the head, keep quiet and do not do anything that would distract your opponent. Wait until the bowl has been delivered before moving. This includes the opposite Number Three. It is not your head.
- Bear in mind that some players like to see the rink boundary markers or centre mark when delivering their wood so make sure you are not obscuring them.
- If you are at the same end as the player delivering their bowl you must be behind the back of the mat, thus staying out of the player’s line of vision. Don’t be a distraction.
- You must stay behind the mat until your opponents bowl has come to rest or they start to walk up the green. The person delivering the wood has ownership of the green until their wood comes to rest. Observe the rules.
- After you have delivered your wood and before it comes to rest, you have two options. If you want to track your bowls progress you must be behind the head as it comes to rest, i.e. beat your bowl to the head. If you don’t track your wood you must be behind the mat before your wood stops. Unless you are the Skip you must deliver two woods before you can track a wood up the green i.e. Front end bowlers in Pairs, Triples and Rinks team or during a Singles match.
- When your opponent has ‘possession of the rink’ and is on the mat waiting to bowl they should not have to wait for you to stroll up the rink or get behind the mat. If your opponent remains to discuss the head and then wanders down you can ask them to stop when you are in possession of the rink.
- When you are in possession of the rink you can ask them to step back from the head.
• It is not acceptable behaviour to wave your opponents bowl away from the head.
• Don’t criticise a fellow bowler.
Encourage and respect good shots and accept that flukes and lucky wicks are part of the game. Sometimes they go for you and sometimes against.