Adherence to etiquette in lawn bowling transcends the mandatory rules and conditions of play, embodying civility, camaraderie, and genuine sportsmanship. It’s a reflection of your respect for the game and its participants. By embracing these simple guidelines, you contribute to the tradition of sportsmanship and courtesy that has been synonymous with bowls for generations. At its core, observing good etiquette is the essence of sportsmanship.

Pre-Game Conduct:

  • Stay informed about the current Laws of the Sport of Bowls.
  • Arrive at the club in time to prepare adequately for the game.
  • Adhere to the dress code and wear appropriate footwear for the green.
  • Initiate the game with a warm handshake to both teammates and opponents and conclude the match in the same manner.

In-Game Behavior:

  • Emphasize teamwork and support for all team members.
  • Remain attentive and fully engaged in the game, ensuring your efforts are focused on the match.
  • Refrain from criticizing the green, teammates, or opponents, especially when playing at another club. Opt for silence if positive feedback isn’t possible, and offer constructive criticism in private.
  • Avoid giving unsolicited advice during the match; coaching is reserved for designated coaches.
  • Demonstrate enjoyment of the game and appreciate good shots, whether by your team or opponents.
  • Acknowledge any lucky shots gracefully.
  • Maintain stillness and silence when someone is preparing to bowl and position yourself appropriately on the green to not obstruct views or markers.
  • Be mindful of your shadow, ensuring it doesn’t interfere with the player’s view of the jack or the mat.
  • Respect the green by handling bowls gently, without bouncing or throwing them.
  • Understand that once your bowl stops, it’s the opposing team’s turn to play.
  • As a Skip, lead positively without resorting to negative comments towards team members.
  • Signal to your team and adjacent rinks if planning a drive shot.
  • Stay out of the process of deciding the score unless assigned, maintaining silence and stillness until agreement is reached.
  • Compare scoring cards regularly if you’re keeping score, ensuring both teams’ and any scoreboard’s accuracy.
  • If an umpire is involved, respect their space and decision without question.

Post-Game Etiquette:

  • Be gracious in victory and dignified in defeat.
  • Congratulate your opponents sincerely if the game doesn’t go in your favor.
  • Help in tidying up the equipment and show consideration for others still engaged in play.

Observing these etiquette principles enhances the lawn bowling experience for everyone, reinforcing the game’s long-standing values of respect, sportsmanship, and enjoyment.