Bowling Green Etiquette

The game of lawn bowls, whether competitive or social, is to be played in an atmosphere of fellowship and socialbility, with its roots in common courtesy.

Always wear correct footwear - flat, smooth-soled, heelless shoes.

Pay attention during the game. Socialize after the game and not during it.

Always stand still when a player is about to bowl – movement at the head end and talking at the mat end is very distracting.

Don’t carry on a running commentary as each bowl makes its way to the head.

Compliment your opponent as well as your teammate on a good shot.

Do not say "thank you " if your opponent gives the shot away. If you must say anything, say " bad luck"

Do not grumble, but keep quiet if your opponent gets a good result from a fluke shot.

Remain behind the mat or behind the head when it is not your turn to play. Always remember as soon as your bowl has come to rest possession of the rink passes to your opponent.

Walk down the centre of your rink when changing ends, for good of the green and in order not to be a distraction to other players on the green.

The thirds in triples or in fours are the two players that should alternate in the head to determine points and advise the skips. They also do the counting. The other players should stand well back from the head.

The team conceding the shots should measure and remove shot(s) when the count is clearly more than one shot. A small towel should be carried so that the measured bowl(s) can be placed upon it.

Be a gracious winner.

Be a good loser.

Enjoy the game and attempt your best shot every time.