The Laws of the Sport of Bowls

New Member Practice Games

Mary Thompson has offered to run special Practice Games starting Tuesday September 3rd at 9:00am for those new members who can attend. Everyone will pretty much be in the same boat as far as expertise and understanding of the game is concerned. You don't even have to sign up. Just show up at 8:45. The games will start at 9:00am and go to about 11:00am.

She'll also be running another one on Tuesday October 1st at the same time.

Note that the normal Tuesday morning social bowls will be going on at the same time. 

Coaches Corner

LBLBC Bowls Instructors

All of the following coaches are available for training prospective, new, and current members in the sport of bowls on behalf of the Laguna Beach Lawn Bowling Club. Each instructor adheres to the LBLBC Coaching Session Planner which standardizes the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd new member lessons. The idea here is that it doesn't matter who is training you, if you're on your 2nd lesson, you'll be taught the same thing.

  • Bowls USA Certified Coaches have attended a Bowls USA Coaching Clinic and received a Bowls USA Coaching credential.
  • LBLBC Club Instructors have taken a training class from our Bowls USA Certified Coaches.
  • Bowls USA Umpires serve a term of 5 years and have passed 3 Bowls USA Umpire exams.

Coaches Corner

When you're at the club, take advantage of our "Coaches Corner" for the latest training material and information. (It's not really a corner. It's on the left as you walk into the clubhouse.)

Practice Drills


Code of Bowling Etiquette

Bowls' Etiquette, proudly observed and honored by lawn bowlers over time as the nwritten laws of the sport, is foundational to the game's legendary sociability. The canons of etiquette are a combination of good sportsmanship and good manners. They are not optional.

  1. Be conversant with the laws of the sport of bowls and observe them at all times.

  2. When bowls need to be measured, the team or singles player that will probably or certainly concede a shot or shots should do the measuring and place identified counters together.

  3. Be punctual in come to each game properly attired.

  4. The player whose turn it is should step onto the map from its left side and exit to the right.

  5. Keep quiet and refrain from moving when players are on the mat.

  6. Stand behind the mat while your opponent is delivering a bowl.

  7. The team or singles player that rakes the bowls should mark the scoreboard if one is being used.

  8. Always stand still at the head when a player is about to bowl. Movement, talking or gesturing at the head is very distracting and is considered gamesmanship. Do not use gamesmanship to beat your opponent. Win your matches on the green.

  9. Always pay your skip the respect of waiting for his/her instructions.

  10. Keep track of play and be ready with bowl in hand to step on the mat when it is your turn.

  11. Be sure that complete access to the head is accorded to the team with possession of the rink.

  12. Neither applaud nor complain about lucky results. Accept them graciously, knowing that they equal out over time.

  13. Never say "thanks" for a bad shot that goes your way.

  14. Never shout instructions for you opponent's bowl to miss its target or fail in its intended task.

  15. Admit a "fluke" in good spirit.

  16. Learn to be a good marker. markers can make or break a game. Obtain a current copy of the Laws of the Sport of Bowls to learn the duties of a marker.
  17. Compliment a team member or an opponent for a good shot.

  18. When an umpire is called, retire away from the head as you no longer are part of the decision making. Respect the decision made.

  19. Players should assist in collecting bowls when the end is complete. The lead who will roll the jack should hasten to gather and place the mat in preparation for the next end.

  20. Walk close to the center of the rink with minimum delay when changing ends as you could distract play on adjacent rinks.

  21. Respect the green at all times. Do not drop or loft bowls. Walk on greens only when playing.
  22. Always inform your opponent if you wish to leave the green.

  23. If you lose, be a good loser. Don't blame your loss on other people, the green, weather conditions, etc.
  24. After each game, congratulate the winners and shake hands with all. Don't be too impressed with your win today as positions could reverse tomorrow.
  25. Be a bowler who is renowned for always helping put the equipment away.
  26. When playing singles, whether you have won or lost, but sure to thank the marker. Remember that markers are volunteers and have given their time to assist you in your game. Your courtesy is their only payment.

  27. It is always gracious and appropriate to thank event administrators and the umpire(s) before leaving the green.
  28. Skips should always remember that the players on their team are doing their best.

  29. Above all, enjoy the game of bowls for the fun, fitness, pleasure and the lasting friendships it provides. 

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