Lawn Bowls Etiquette and Basic Rules posted 26 June 2019
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Quite often, during play, the head is allowed to build without any real thought being given to the necessity of strategic placement of bowls, to either maximise the number of shots gained or to reduce the score that one’s opponent may achieve.
Obviously, you should not take unnecessary risks in directing your team’s shots, or play into your opponents hands, by underestimating their ability to take advantage of a dangerous situation that you may have created by careless head building.
Perhaps a golden rule to bear in mind when building a head, is that if if you cannot win an end, then the main aim is to lose by the least number of shots.
NEVER be afraid to let your opponent have one shot when your risky “saving” bowl may mean going down four or five.
If you are holding shots don’t be too greedy, but look for adverse positions in the head, where a movement of the jack could result in a big score against you, and play to cover that possibility with a position bowl.
1. When holding shots – never be narrow.
2. When down – never be wide.
3. Every player’s bowls are part of the head building process.
T.E.A.M. – Together Everyone Achieves More
To succeed at the task in hand everyone involved needs to combine their efforts. If everyone does their job well, then it increases what the team can accomplish. This teamwork has to be recognised by everyone and know that great things can happen if individuals master the fundamentals and work together as one unit. Everyone has their own unique role, but each person’s individual role must be recognised and appreciated.
Teamwork is something that must be a high priority and given constant attention. Every player needs to understand how important it is for them to work smoothly together if they want to be successful. Each player must be dedicated to the whole team. When challenges arise (as they always do), the players must have the commitment to deal with them in a constructive and positive manner. A sense of teamwork will play an integral part in this.
If each player aspires to play 2 better bowls during the game than last week that equates to 8 better bowls per rink and 32 better bowls per Side – imagine the difference that could make!!
1. BEING ON TIME
2. WORK ETHIC
4. BODY LANGUAGE
8. BEING COACHABLE
9. DOING EXTRA
10. BEING PREPARED
The following information can assist in reducing the heat risk associated with playing in hot weather.
DEDICATION – CONCENTRATION – DETERMINATION plus the will to win at all times.
For Pennant Players – Percentage of Bowls expected from the following:-
Lead – 50% = 21 bowls / ticks
Second – 45% = 18/19 bowls / ticks
Third – 40% = 16/17 bowls / ticks
Skip – 33% = 14 bowls / ticks
1. Once on the mat, look at your Skip for guidance or information about the head.
2. Stay on the mat and follow the path of your bowl until it comes to rest. You can learn something from every delivery – line, length, the amount of draw and any irregularities on the rink that day.
3. Once your bowl has stopped, you must relinquish the mat to the opposition and no further discussion can take place with your skip until you next are back on the mat.
4. When back on the mat, look at your skip to see if he /she has any specific directions to give you regarding your next delivery, then proceed as above.
1. Every person from lead to skip is of equal importance. No matter how good the skip might be, he/she is dependent on the abilities of his / her teammates.
2. Consistency is impossible without a smooth delivery.
3. As the lead goes, so the game goes, is very often true. So remember, the lead’s job is to consistently “draw” as close to the jack as possible.
4. A bowl at the back is worth ten in the way.
5. Too many players look at the jack, rather than a definite point of aim. Look and aim at the line along which you want the bowl to travel. How many times do your bowls end up narrow? Too often for many. This usually happens because you are over anxious to see where your bowl is going, so you look up towards the jack before your bowl is fully rolling along the aiming line. This causes your arm to pull across your body in the direction of the target, and the bowl will almost always finish narrow!
The remedy is to consciously keep your head down and your eyes focused on the chosen delivery line for a few extra seconds before you look up.
Here are a few tips from top professional New Zealand bowler for all skips to note (yours truly included).
Peter Bellis says, however good skips are, they should regard themselves as being on a permanent learning curve along with every other player. A good skip should be a statesman as well as an expert shot maker. Confident, respectful of team members, supportive, and a good communicator! The skip doesn’t put up with negative talk or unconstructive criticism and is guilty of neither.
A skip generally gets the kudos when the team wins, so be sure to spread the credit around to other players. If the team loses, however, the skip should take full responsibility, regardless of the other team members’ performance.
To be a skip is a privilege, show confidence in your team through your bearing and body language.
Oh, to have all those good qualities! We all have our faults, and this is a reminder to work on correcting them. Other team members will appreciate it.
LEADS – Key word: OBSERVANT
1. Never attack a close opposition shot – take good green to make the head wider.
2. Be prepared, though, to attack your own first bowl if it is ‘Jack level’ otherwise your opponent(s) may make use of it instead.
3. If conditions are changing (change of wind, temperature, speed of green) you should be the first to notice it – and quietly pass it on to your team mates.
4. Do not let your opponents dictate the pace of play.
SECONDS – Key word: SUPPORTIVE
1. Double your efforts if your lead or third is struggling. Take responsibility of holding the team together until they pick up their game.
2. NEVER play two short bowls on an end – make sure your first bowl reaches the head – particularly when your team is holding shot.
3. Look upon your position as a most rewarding one – many great skips regard it as the most important position in the team.
THIRDS – Key word: CONFIDENT
1. A confident and smiling third is a ‘team plus’ and a worry to the opposition, particularly when the pressure is on.
2. NEVER play a variation on the shot your skip has called for. Your genuine attempt can educate your skip better than words will ever do.
3. You are in a unique position in the team to quietly encourage all of your team mates to play well around you – look upon that as one of your tasks during the game.
SKIPS – Key word: POSITIVE
1. Know the shot your team mate (or you) needs to play. Treat it as an interesting challenge or opportunity for him/her (or yourself) rather than a difficulty or a problem.
2. ALWAYS think ahead. Concentration is living one bowl into the future (whether it is your bowl or theirs).
3. Speak slowly, loudly and clearly towards the other end. It indicates that you are in control of the situation, both to your team and the opposition.
SOURCE: SOUTH TWEED HEADS BOWLS CLUB