Laws and Officiating

Laws of lawn bowls and accredited officials.


Laws are needed to ensure the smooth running of things in any system, and it isn’t limited to just human interactions. It also applies to games and sporting activities. They require rules almost as much as laws are needed in human societies. An absence of rules and regulations will lead to inequality. Not only that, games will be pointless because no rules or stipulations are guiding them. In a nutshell, rules are highly essential in games and sporting activities.

The laws of the game

Some of the laws of the game include but are not limited to the following.

Trial Ends

Trial ends are necessary to set the game in motion. You can play them immediately before or after the fixed time for the game.

Tossing to Start the Game

In determining which of the players goes first, someone from one of the teams should be selected to toss a coin. That person can be a coach or simply a supporting member of the team. Whoever wins the coin toss plays first.

The winner of the coin toss either positions the mat and rolls the jack or instructs the opponent to position the mat and roll the jack. The opponent cannot turn down this request. It has to be carried out.

Placing the Mat

The mat has to be placed along the centre of the rink on the bowling green. It has to be at least two metres from the rear ditch and twenty-five metres from the front ditch.

Position on the Mat

You have to stand on the mat with your whole foot on it or just a part of it. Once the jack is delivered, part of it, your entire foot has to be on the mat. Failure to comply with this rule will result in a warning from the umpire. Another caution would result in an offence known as foot-faulting.


The umpire either pays attention to the plays and looks out for a foul known as foot-faulting. If the umpire doesn’t notice this, anyone from the sidelines can draw his attention to it. So, he warns the violating player, and upon giving the second warning, if there is no change, the player’s bowl would be stopped and regarded as dead.

You can grab a complete copy of the rules of the sport of bowls. You get to learn about all the rules and regulations involved in the game of bowls. You could decide to opt for an eBook or a hard copy of the rules.

Accredited Officials

The National Officiating Accreditation Scheme (NAOS) is responsible for accrediting officials for lawn bowls games. Some of the officials include the marker, measurer, national umpire, and international technical official. You, as a bowler, can choose to get accredited as an official. You could choose to gain accreditation as a marker, measurer, national umpire, or international technical official.