- Greet and shake hands with team members and opponents at the start of the game and shake hands, congratulate or compliment them at the end of play.
- Dress correctly for all games. Incorrect clothing may result in deduction of points.
- Stand still when a player is on the mat and be ready to bowl when it is your turn.
- Do not talk or make a noise behind the mat or move at the head when a player is preparing to bowl.
- Remain behind the mat or behind the head when it is not your team’s turn to play.
- Always remember that,
as soon as your bowl has come to rest, possession of the rink passes to your opponent and you should not communicate with your skip until you have regained possession of the mat.
- Keep to your own rink. Don’t become a wanderer and distract other bowlers. Walk down the centre of your rink when you are changing ends. Walk around the head to ensure you don’t displace any
bowls. Be aware of players on the next rink.
- Stand well back from the head when drive shots are played and warn others
on adjacent rinks.
- Always help to clear the bowls, except the lead, who will be placing the mat.
- Outdoors, on sunny days, be aware of your shadow. Don’t let it mask the jack or allow it to fall in front of the mat when a player is about
to bowl. Never criticise your opponent, the green or your own team. If you cannot say something positive , don’t say anything at all.
- Avoid obscuring any of the rink markers or the jack.
- Don’t applaud a team member who has outrageous luck.
- Don’t wave opponents’ bowls through the head. Don’t make comments like - through the gap, or, stop etc.
- Don’t walk past the end of the rink when a player is about to bowl towards you.
- Encourage and praise your team. Always appear to be enjoying the game and remember it’s a team game.
- Compliment your opponent on a good shot.
a fluke with grace.
- Be a gracious winner and a good loser.
AND FINALLY - ON THE MAT:-
- Finally, remember to take your time on the mat.
- Remember the ‘3 C’s’ : CONCENTRATION - CONSISTENCY - CONFIDENCE
Position of the bowl in your hand.
- Is the bowl's running surface in line with your arm and pointing towards the line you wish your bowl to travel? Have you got
the right bias?
- Does your grip feel comfortable? Are your feet, shoulders and head facing the intended bowl line at the time of delivery?
- Are your feet positioned comfortably and not too close together?
- Do you need to place your non bowling hand
on your knee of your forward leg to remain balanced?
- Step forward - not too long.
- Are you staying down for 2 or 3 seconds, still focusing, after delivering the bowl?
Smooth release of the bowl.
- Are you bending
your back knee low enough?
- Are you using an even pendulum action (back-swing is important) and a good follow-through?
- Have you made sure that your hand isn’t cupped?