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IOMFGBC | Etiquette Of The Game

Bowling remains one of the few sports where common courtesy and etiquette is still prevalent and there is general acceptance of a common set of unwritten guidelines. The following is a brief summary:

  • Be on time for your match.
  • Shake hands with your opponent before and after a game.
  • Respect the playing surface, do not drop bowls onto the green and wear the correct footwear.
  • Switch off your mobile phone.
  • Stand behind the player on the mat out of their eye line and stay still so as not to distract them.
  • Stay on your own rink and support your team.
  • Do not obscure the rink boundary markers or the centre line markers.
  • Stand well back from the head when an opponent is delivering his bowl and be aware of any heavy shots that may send bowls in your direction.
  • Do not remove bowls from the head until the outcome has been agreed.
  • Wait until your opponents bowl has come to rest before taking control of the rink.
  • After delivering a Bowl, a player should either retire behind the Mat or advance to the head. He should not take up a position in between.
  • If an umpire is called to measure a shot stand well away from the head until a decision is given.

These guidelines are mostly common sense but they contribute to the enjoyment of the game for all.