Bowler’s Responsibilities

Etiquette is a code of behaviour whereby individuals treat one another the way they would like to be treated. Thoughtfulness and common sense are the keys to etiquette.

Etiquette is an important part of Lawn Bowls and our members should not only practice it, but inform new members of what is proper and expected behaviour on the green and in the clubhouse.

General Behaviour

  • Protect the green; always wear the correct footwear: flat, smooth-soled shoes and when preparing to play, do not drop your bowls onto the green.
  • Punctuality for all games is a courtesy to the other players.
  • When in a Pennant Match always wear a clean well-presented Clearview Uniform.
  • Wear your name tag.
  • Greet your opponents and attempt to remember their names.
  • If at Clearview, make sure your immediate opponent knows where the toilets, bar, water dispensers and smoking points are and, if necessary, the location of the sunscreen lotion.
  • If appropriate, make your opponent aware of the location of disabled toilet and how to access the greens via wheelchair.
  • If playing a game at Clearview that is catered, place the cost of food for yourself AND YOUR OPPONENT in the jar before leaving the table.
  • If you are at Clearview, offer to buy a drink after the game especially in hot weather.
  • Follow the smoking policy guidelines of the hosting club and encourage your opponent to follow suit (if applicable).
  • Pay attention to the game at all times. If leaving the rink temporarily, let your teammates know.
  • Be encouraging to your teammates and respectful of your opposition at all times.
  • Refrain from unnecessary movement and talking when an opponent is on the mat.
  • Mobile telephones should be turned-off or muted though-out the games and NEVER answered on the green.

Planned Absences

If you are unavailable to play one of more matches, please add your name to the list of unavailabilities as soon as possible but before the day of match selection.  Pennant Teams are selected on:

                                 Match Day                                  Selection Day

                                 Saturday                                     Tuesday evening

                                 Wednesday                                 Friday evening

                                 Thursday                                     Tuesday morning

Unplanned Absences

The Bowls Committee and the Director of Selectors request that if you are ill or need to with draw from pennants on a Saturday or Wednesday for any reason you do so BEFORE 9.30am.

You can do this by notifying the Club, Director of Selectors or your respective selector.

Travelling Away

Ultimately it is the responsibility of each bowler to arrange his/her own transport to an away venue. However, if this is not possible, you should approach your Selector, Team Manager or Skipper for assistance.

The ideal arrangement is for all members of a rink to meet at the Club and travel together. The driving duties can be shared, where possible each week amongst those in a rink.

If bowlers do meet at the Club before travelling, please alert the Team Manager for that side before you leave.

Some bowlers choose to travel direct to an away venue. When this is the case, it is the responsibility of that bowler to put his/her name on the board specifically provided for this purpose located by the water cooler; outside the selector room.  It would also be helpful if he/she would notify the Selector, Team Manager or the rink Skipper if this occurs.

When reaching an away venue, you should notify your Team Manager of your arrival.


Metropolitan Bowls Association (MBA) has made the following changes to the conditions of play for 2017/18.

  • 21 ends for all Saturday pennants.
  • Cards drawn 15 mins before the game starts.
  • Practice on any rink until that time.
  • Afternoon tea as usual – limit to 20 mins – Premier 1, Div 1 & 2 no break.
  • Thursday pennants 10 min break after 11 ends – lunch after the game.
  • Hot weather. 36C is the trigger for early starts for all pennants.

For more information, go to the MBA site


Dear Skip, (Please share this with your rink members)

Following a recommendation from the Selection Panel, the Bowls Committee has agreed to reinstate the use of the Pennant Assessment sheets.

The Selection Panel felt this was best to aid in their selection of the very best teams available. While recording a team or rinks form line is relatively simple in the current process, an individual bowlers form is more difficult.

While the selectors were doing their utmost to communicate with as many players as possible and indeed the skippers of each rink, it was felt that some players form and abilities may be overlooked unless the assessment sheets were reinstated.

It is important for the selectors to have a clear indication of all players form, not only each week but for a period of weeks in succession to gauge their possible ability to be promoted or indeed if they are struggling and in need of assistance.

While the Selection Committee realizes that a grading system is not always popular amongst all members, it does, when used correctly give the selectors a handy tool to use when selecting teams and individual bowlers.

To help selectors assess the performances of each rink member the skip of each rink is asked to complete the attached assessment sheet

The following observations may be helpful:

  1. Did your rink win or lose the game?
  2. Did your team members beat their direct opponents?
  3. Was your rink compatible?
  4. Did bowlers follow the skips directions?
  5. What affect did each member have on the result of the game?
  6. Did each member bowl at the standard required for this pennant level?
  7. Did each rink member have bowls in the head or position bowls that were useful?
  8. What percentage of bowls were good?
  9. What percentage of bowls was not so good? And did the bowler correct with his/her second bowl?


The Bowls Committee & The Selection Panel.