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Etiquette in the Game of Bowls


  • Hand the Jack and the Mat to your opponent if it’s his /her mat.
  • Keep quiet and out of sight-line when your opponent is bowling, and do not walk across rink if a bowler at the other end is preparing to bowl.
  • Give praise to your opponent for a shot well played.
  • Help to kick the bowls back behind the mat on each end – after the No3’s have decided the score.
  • Acknowledge a ‘fluke’ or lucky shot.
  • Don’t argue with your Skip.
  • Don’t criticise (or make excuses about) the Green, the weather, other Team members, the skip, the Butcher or the Baker or the Candlestick Maker.- Bowl up and shut up!
  • One of the team members usually places the bowl of their Skip onto the mat (if it is the Skips turn to play next) before going down to the ‘head’.
  • Be a GENEROUS winner.
  • Be a GRACIOUS Loser.
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