Thoughts on the Laws of Lawn Bowling

Denise's Team won the 2022 St Patrick's Day Tournament
Denise's Team won the 2022 St Patrick's Day Tournament

SOME OF LAWN BOWLING’S LAWS
By Mary Blake

NEXT DEMO DAY MONDAY MAY 23
Contact Mark if you can help.

SONOMA WINE COUNTRY GAMES JUNE 10 and 11
The Club could use volunteers to help with the games. Please contact Steve Pickell if you can help – or would like to play. Besides having fun and being truly appreciated, you’ll get a cool T-shirt.

THE LAWS OF LAWN BOWLING
Bob Dodd has shared his thoughts about the “Laws of Lawn Bowling”. Because of space requirements, this is just the beginning. We’ll print more over time and have them all available on the website.

From Bob:
The Laws of the Sport of Lawn Bowls are prescribed by the World Lawn Bowls Association. Outside world competitions, the Laws can and are altered by national, regional, local and even by individual clubs for club sponsored competitions or for everyday recreation bowling.
There are numerous Laws. Find them at “worldbowls.com”. Many are for rare events. Some are such fine detail they are hard to remember. And some change over time – this may have happened to you. So, review the Laws to stay familiar with them. If you have questions about them, ask a player who may be familiar with them.

Besides the Laws are PROTOCOLS and COURTESIES to keep the game smooth and enjoyable.

PROTOCOLS
As you bowl more and learn the Laws, you may find events that aren’t covered by any Law. Over the years, many procedures have been used and accepted as conventional solutions that do no harm to the sport. These can be rules or acceptable solutions that an individual Club has set out to help the enjoyment of the game.

Example: When a Lead delivers the Jack out of bounds and the other Lead does the same thing, the Skips can decide where to center the Jack – not necessarily 2m from the front of the ditch. If 2m from the front of the ditch is a distance not easily reached by most bowlers, what is the point of bowling against a player that cannot reach the Jack?

These decisions can vary from club to club so If you visit another club, watch, ask and learn their rules. If you respect their choices, you will fit right in. But also read the Laws so you know what may be expected.

NEXT TIME: COURTESIES
This is a difficult topic – but very important for all to observe. Many of us must focus very hard on delivering our bowl and a distraction can spoil our success. Distractions can include noise and movement. We’ll talk about this more in the next issue.

Find links, photos, and our calendar at www.OakmontLawnBowling.com.

Photos:
Denise and team.jpg Caption: Denise (skip), Pam, and Marilyn won the St. Patrick’s Day tournament
Bonnie’s team.jpg Caption: Barbara, Bonnie (skip), and Greg at the St. Patrick’s Day tournament

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