Axminster Outdoor Bowls Club

Guidelines for Competitors

1.        Grey trousers / skirts with white / club shirts are to be worn for all preliminary rounds and whites to be worn in the finals.

2.        By entering, all competitors have already agreed that they will be available to play in the Finals to be held over the ‘Club Finals Weekend’. Should either very bad weather or serious illness prevent this, then the Committee would, in the last resort, consider an alternative date.


3.        All matches are to be played by the dates indicated on the competition sheet. Failure to do so will result in the elimination of both parties unless representation is made to and upheld by the Competition Secretary.


4.        The first (top) named competitor / pair is considered to be the challenger and as such is responsible for organising the date of their match and arranging for any necessary marker (see item 5). In the event that this cannot be readily agreed, they must offer a choice of 3 reasonable occasions to play, one of which must be accepted by the opponent. They must ensure that the agreed date / time is booked into the rink booking schedule held inside the clubhouse.

NB        Club matches have precedence over competitions and only by prior agreement with the Competition Secretary, and in unusual circumstances, might be held at the same time.


5.        In all singles matches, the challenger must arrange for an independent marker to score, place jacks etc.. Every marker must have a minimum of 2 years bowling experience. Guidelines for markers are shown below.


6.        Once started, a game should be played to completion. If both parties agree to a temporary suspension in bad weather then the game should be continued as soon as possible.  In the event that the game has to be rescheduled, it will continue from the last end completed.


7.        After the game, please ensure that the completed card (one card per team in pairs) is signed by both parties and by any marker, and left in the competition box on the corner table in the clubroom. Each signature denotes agreement to the scores and cards cannot be amended subsequent to this agreement. Reasonable time (maximum 10 minutes), after the game, must be allowed for any competitor to check scores if they so request before signing.

Competition Formats

1.        Mens / Ladies / Open singles………………...……..first to score 21 shots

2.        Mens / Ladies / Mixed pairs………………………....18 ends to be played

3.        Mens / Ladies 101………………………………..first to score 101 points

The 101 competition is to be played as 4 wood singles and therefore each game will require a marker.

The bowl nearest the jack scores 4 points then the three next closest bowls score 3, 2 and 1 respectively.


On completion of eight bowls being played, the marker will then allocate the scores to the closest four, using the wooden pieces provided.  They will then agree the scores for that head with the players before any bowls shall be removed.  Once agreed, the marker can update the scorecard.


The bowler with the highest score in an end has the mat for the next end. If the score is drawn, 5 each on any end, then the bowler who led for that end will also lead for the next.


In the event of both players reaching 101 (or a higher equal score) in the same end, that end is to be disregarded and a further end played until one player has a greater score than the other.  In this occurrence, the lead will play lead again until the score line is resolved.

Guidelines for Markers

When playing in competitions at Axminster Outdoor Bowls Club, all markers for games prior to finals will be chosen by the challenger (first person named in the game). For finals, markers / umpires will be provided by the Competition Secretary.  The marker shall wear appropriate bowls clothing - greys for preliminary rounds, whites for the finals.

Marker’s Duties

1            In the absence of an umpire, the marker should:

1.1         make sure that all aspects of play are carried out in line with the Laws of the Sport of Bowls;

1.2         make sure, before the game starts, that:

1.2.1        all bowls have a clearly visible, valid World Bowls Stamp imprinted on them;

1.2.2          the rink of play is the correct width in line with law 5.1 by measuring it; and

1.2.3          the pegs or discs on the side banks in the direction of play are the correct distances in line with law 5.12 by measuring them.


2            The marker should:

2.1         centre the jack;

2.2         make sure that the jack is at least 23 metres from the mat line after it has been centred:

2.3         place a jack that comes to rest less than 2 metres from the front ditch as described in law 22 2·

2.4         stand to one side of the rink, behind the jack and away from the head;

2.5         answer any specific question about the state of the head which is asked by the player in possession of the rink;

2.6         when asked, tell or show the player in possession of the rink the position of the jack;

2.7         when asked, tell or show the player in possession of the rink which bowl or bowls the marker considers to be shot;

2.8         when authorised by the Controlling Body, signal to players and spectators (using the appropriate number and colour of shot indicators or some other suitable method) which player's bowl or bowls the marker considers to be shot·

2.9         mark all touchers with chalk and remove the chalk marks from non-touchers as soon as they come to rest;

2.10           stop any bowl that is from a neighbouring rink and could move a jack or bowl that is at rest;

2.11           if both players agree, remove all dead bowls from the rink of play;

2.12           mark the position of a jack and any touchers which are in the ditch as described in laws 24.4 and 29.2;

2.13           not move, or cause to be moved, either the jack or any bowls until the players have agreed the number of shots scored; and

2.14        measure any disputed shot or shots when asked to do so by either player. If the players are not satisfied with the markers decision, the marker should ask the umpire to do the measuring. If the Controlling Body has not appointed an umpire, the marker should choose a competent neutral person to act as the umpire. The umpire's decision is final.


3            When each end has been completed, the marker should:

3.1         record the score on the scorecard;

3.2         tell the players the running totals of the scores; and

3.3         remove from the rink the mat used during the previous end, if necessary.


4            When the game has been completed, the marker should make sure that the score card:

4.1         contains the names and signatures of the players;

4.2         contains the time at which the game was completed; and

4.3         is dealt with in line with the Conditions of Play.

Any queries, please contact the Competition Secretary or any other member of the Committee.