Pershore Bowling Club

Information for new Bowlers

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1. How To Join or ask for advice / help
Please ring Alison Cartwright on 01386 552161 or
2. Equipment
We are very fortunate to have one of the countries best bowls test centre's situated in Pershore , for excellent advice on all aspects
of bowls equipment, please contact Jean or Maurice at Pershore Bowling Centre on 01386 552411 or email
3. Dress Code
Normal roll-up wear is white shirt, white sweater if it is cold, and grey Tousers.
Bowls shoes have absolutely flat soles with no grips/ markings on them - this is to ensure the playing surfaces are protected. Shoes are
available in White, Brown and Grey
For league games the dress code is Club Shirt & either white or grey trousers.
For mixed games against other clubs we play in all white.
4. Rules
For a very comprehensive set of international rules please see information available at the club.
5. Etiquette
Some Notes on Etiquette
•You are there to enjoy yourself, and so are the people you are playing with. Do your best to help them do that.
• Introduce yourself and shake hands with your opponents both before playing and after the game is finished.
• Do not walk across rinks that other people are using and do not stand or sit on the banks while waiting to play.
• During the game do not move around the head when your opponent is about to deliver his bowl. Stand well back from the head, keep quiet and do not do anything that could distract your opponent . Wait until the bowl has been delivered before moving. If you are at the same end as the player delivering a bowl you must stand behind the mat, staying out of the bowler's sight.
• Some bowlers like to see the rink markers and the centre number while playing so make sure that you are not obscuring them.
• When it is sunny make sure that your shadow does not fall on the jack. Don’t drop your bowls on the green and ensure that your delivery
is not causing damage to the green.
•Observe the rules for possession of the rink! Possession of the rink belongs to the team whose bowl is being played. The players in possession of the rink for the time being should not be distracted in any way by their opponents. As soon as each bowl has come to rest, possession of the rink is transferred to the other team with time being allowed for marking a toucher.
Bowling Etiquette Hints For Beginners
1. Bowls should not be dropped on the Green.
2. Do not stand on the edges of the green.
3. Bowls should not be moved until the shot has been decided.
4. After delivering a Bowl, a bowler should stand behind the mat or behind the head. They should not take up a position in between them.
5. Don’t delay the game.
6. Don’t wander around or move about the head when a player is about to deliver a bowl.
7. Mobile Phones should not be used on or around the green.
After the Game you should once again shake hands with your opponent(s) and congratulate or commiserate them appropriately. It is
also tradition to offer to buy them a drink if you have won the game.
Where a marker has been involved in a singles game you should also offer them a drink. Knowing the above will keep things friendly and will
contribute towards the enjoyment of the game for everyone involved, both on and off the green.
Roles in Team Games
In all team games it is the skip’s job to direct the play. Other players should play the shot directed by the skip even if they don’t agree with it . In fours games the number three should direct the skip when required or when they feel that the skip is going to play the incorrect shot.. In triples or pairs the number two or lead may do this.
Other players should not interfere unless invited to do so.
The head must not be disturbed by any player until the shots have been finally agreed. When the number threes or skips are deciding the
shots the other player should stand well back from the head and give them space.
During the game encourage your team mates, do not criticise them.
Congratulate good shots and learn to accept that flukes are a part of the game. Sometimes they go for you, sometimes against.
Etiquette for Markers
During the season, we are always involved in single ties, so markers are generally required every evening. Please make yourself available as a marker whenever you can. If you have the time get out there and mark.
Here is some guidance on what a marker should and should not do:
•A marker is always serving two people.
• When a player has delivered the jack the marker should centre it and then stand back to one side of the rink, making sure that all rink
markers are visible to the players.
• They should answer any specific questions from the players about the situation at the head. They shouldn't offer any additional
information that has not been asked for.
•If they are unsure of the situation, don’t guess. You can offer an opinion but make sure that the player who is asking the question is made
aware of this.
•The marker should mark all touchers immediately after they come to rest. They should also remove any chalk on touchers that players have
forgotten to remove.
•They should remove dead bowls from the rink with the player's agreement. They should also mark the position of touchers and the jack,
if they are in the ditch.
•The marker should not move any bowls until the end is complete and the players have agreed the number of shots.
•They must measure disputed shots when required but once again they should not move the bowls until the players have agreed the shots

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