Everyone knows the basic rules of lawn bowling. Each player must throw a bowl and try to get as close as possible to the jack. Yes, those are the basic rules. But there are even more detailed rules that not everyone might realize. We’ve laid them out for you here so that you can get a really good idea of what to do the next time you step out onto that green.
- When an opponent is on the mat, it’s most courteous to be as quiet as possible. Jeering, insults, and anything else that could be considered to be derogatory are definitely not permitted. But even talking and light conversation should be saved until after the opponent has finished his throw.
- Players at the head should always stand at least two feet behind the mat. Players too, should also stand at least two feet behind the mat. This isn’t just lawn bowling etiquette, it’s actually a rule.
- As players are traveling from the mat to the head, they should never interfere with another rink or its players.
- Running commentary while the bowl is traveling across the green is not only annoying, it’s also improper etiquette.
- At certain times during the game, an umpire might need to come out and measure the distance between the bowls. Should this happen, all players are to leave the head until the umpire has finished measuring. Once that is done, the umpire will make his ruling and this ruling is final.
- No game should be raked until both teams have agreed to how many bowls were conceded.
Adhering to the rules of etiquette is not only a polite thing to do but it also makes the game of lawn bowling much more fun. No one wants their opponents calling out to them and interfering with their play. Just as you want people respecting your play, they do too. And lawn bowling is so much more exciting when the game doesn’t need to always be stopped so that the rules of etiquette can be abided by.