Etiquette plays a major part in the sport of bowls and has done since the game’s inception. Simply put, bowling etiquette is a code of behaviour that bowlers around the world adhere too, both on the green and in the clubhouse.
First and foremost bowlers should remember the old adage, “do unto others as you would like others to do unto you”.
Bowls is a friendly game and consideration for others, courtesy and good sportsmanship are a major part of its appeal. Thoughtfulness and common sense are the keys to acceptable standards.
Etiquette tips for players
- remain silent when officials are making announcements;
- be respectful to the administrators and appreciate the voluntary tasks they do on behalf of the club;
- fairly share the task of kicking bowls after completion of an end;
- give the skip loyal support and comply with directions;
- avoid inconsiderate distractions while a bowler is on the mat preparing for delivery;
- acknowledge displays of exceptional skill;
- collect and return mats and jacks to the usual distribution point;
- after domestic games, winners are normally the first to offer a refreshment;
- avoid making excuses for their lack of success on the day as a topic of conversation;
- make new players feel welcome and a valued member of the team;
- give support to teams representing the club by attending inter-club events;
- club coaches should act as mentors in game etiquette for new members.
Above are just a few basic pointers in bowling etiquette.
For a complete guide to bowling etiquette download a copy of Bowls Queensland’s;
» COACHING MANUAL and the Etiquette of Bowls