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2024 Bowls Etiquette

By The Secretary Cardiff Athletic Bowls Club

Friday, 17 May 2024


Cardiff Athletic Bowls Club Contributor


Cardiff Athletic Bowls

Please find attached a list of Bowls Etiquette drawn up by Mr D Phillips and passed by the Club Committee.

Bowls Etiquette

1 – Don’t move (opposite end) when a player is on the mat.

2 – Do not walk past the rink when a player is on the mat.

3 – Stand behind the mat when not bowling.

4 – When changing ends, walk as close to the centre as possible to avoid putting off bowlers on the next rink.

5 – When opponents head, stand behind their skip (it’s the opponents head as soon as your teams bowl has stopped).

6 – NEVER applaud lucky bowls. Player bowling a “lucky bowl” should acknowledge to opponents.

7 – Do not complain about lucky bowls – they equal out over the season.

8 – Never call an opponent’s bowl. “go on, knock us up” should never be said!

9 – Leave the head to the thirds to decide number of shots (unless help requested by third)

10 – Skips - Involve the whole rink.

11 – Be vocal when a team member has bowled a good wood.

12 – NO-ONE EVER comes to bowls with the intention of bowling badly. BE SUPPORTIVE.

13 – Don’t be afraid to ask questions (time the questions right) we are all here to enjoy the day and take part. Help the less experienced bowlers to understand building a head.

14 – Be courteous to everyone.

15 –Be careful with your language, particularly when Ladies are playing.

There are a lot more – Experienced bowlers should be passing these on during a game. We are all here to have fun. This is a gentleman’s / lady’s game. BE A GENTLEMAN / LADY

Contact Information

The Secretary

Find Cardiff Athletic Bowls Club

Cardiff Arms Park, Westgate Street, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, CF10 1JA


Additional Information

Cardiff Athletic Club is the owner of the Cardiff RFC ground. Our nearest neighbour is the WRU at the Principality Stadium.