Club Rules

Club Rules
BLI Rules

Overview of the Game of Bowls


  • Bowls is truly the sport for all - all ages, all sexes and all abilities. People of ALL AGES all over the world enjoy lawn bowling. You can start at any age in life, but the sooner you start the more you are going to enjoy the game. It doesn't take long to learn the basics and there are a substantial number of our members who are more than happy to teach and coach new members in our sport. In fact our members include one Senior BLI coach and 3 assistant coaches. The game takes only a few minutes to learn but a lifetime to master. In relation to a lot of other sports it is relatively cheap to play. The following is a very brief introduction to the game.

  • Like many games, the object of bowls is essentially simple. It can be played by anyone, but to play consistently well demands determination, concentration, and practice.

  • The game is played on a Green. The green is further subdivided into playing areas called 'rinks'. Normally a green will have 6 rinks. The green is surrounded by a small ditch to catch any bowls which may leave the playing surface. There is also a bank upon which markers indicate the corners and centre lines of each rink

  • Players take turns to deliver their bowls from a mat at one end of the rink to a small white ball called the 'jack'at the other end. The bowls are shaped so that they take a curved path towards the jack. This is referred to as the 'Bias'. To be successful the bowl must be delivered with the correct weight along the correct line.

  • The object of the game is to get one or more of your bowls closer to the jack then your opponents. After all bowls have been played one point is scored for each bowl that is nearer the jack then your opponents nearest bowl.

  • There are many different formats of the game. The most common are singles, pairs, triples, or fours. In a singles match the winner is the first to score 21 points. In the other three formats the winner is the team that scores the most shots over a set number of ends .

  • The length of time to play a match can vary but typically will take between 2.5 and 3 hours.



Local Rules

  • No smoking while on the green, we have provided ash trays at the side of the green and would appreciate if members and visitors help keep our green looking as good as it does by abiding by this.

  • Only flat footwear at all times on the green.

  • Please refrain from dropping bowls from a height onto the green.

  • Please respect other players and keep the game friendly at all times.