World Indoor Bowls Council :  Second edition  :   October 2016

Laws revised:

Law 1D -  Bowls                                (ii)       A set of bowls

Law 5  -  Division of the Green    (xiii)    Deleted

Law 9  -  Bowls  9A                          (i)       Specification

Law 32C  -  Displacement by a wheelchair

Details of the above revisions are  displayed on the club notice board.

Playing Rules

The Brecks Indoor Bowls Club Rules:

These Club Rules will apply to ALL Domestic Leagues.


(a) All Rules will be in accordance with the Publication “Laws of The Sport of Indoor Bowls” published by the World Indoor Bowls Council (Green Book). Only the modifications outlined below will be incorporated for the club’s domestic requirements otherwise WIBC RULES APPLY.
(b) The Committee shall be responsible for reviewing these club rules as and when deemed necessary. ANY amendments can only be considered and implemented at the Annual General Meeting of the club or ANY Extraordinary Meeting called to consider any such amendments.
(c) The minimum number of members of any league team shall be the number of players required for that leagues format (e.g. Triples – 3 players registered). The MAXIMUM number of members will be 4 in the case of PAIRS and 6 in the case of TRIPLES and FOURS.
(d) Each Player shall pay a REGISTRATION FEE of £3.00 for each team of which they are a registered member. These fees shall be reviewed as and when deemed necessary. ANY amendments can only be considered and implemented at the Annual General Meeting of the Club. In addition to the registration fee, the normal RINK FEE shall be payable by each individual player at the
prevailing rate at the time of play.

Two Points for a win and one point for a draw. In the event of a tie at the end of the league season, the winning team will be decided by the highest margin of shots difference.

Each Team will have a nominated captain. The captain or a nominated team member shall be responsible for the following:-
(a) Ensuring that ALL team members are registered to that team, and that team only, upon the outset of that league or, in certain circumstances, as soon as possible after the league has commenced. (For un-registered members joining at a later date -please refer to Rule 4g )
(b) Ensuring each match is played ON or BEFORE the scheduled date of the round.
(c) Upon publication of the league fixtures, notify the opponents captain if a fixture cannot be fulfilled.
(d) Ensuring that each team member receives a fair number of games.
(e) Ensuring that a score card is completed and is submitted immediately after the completion of each league round. That the score card contains the team name; playing members’ names; each end’s score; date; the round number. After the completion of the match the score card must be signed by one member from each team. The completed score card must then be placed in the score
card box.
(f) It is the captain’s responsibility to ensure their team members follow the club dress code.
(g) The captain or their nominated team member is responsible for their team and their observance of the Rules of Play.

A Reserve can play for any team ….. however…..
(a) A reserve cannot be a registered player of any other team which is competing in that particular league.
(b) A reserve cannot play for the same team more than three times in any one season.
(c) A reserve cannot skip.
(d) For Pairs, only one reserve can play in the game.
(e) For Triples and Fours, no more than two reserves can play at any one time.
(f) The score card must clearly show that a Reserve has played (R).
(g) A reserve can join a team at any time during the season by paying the relevant Registration Fee (£3-00) as long as they have not been registered to another team in that league.

(a) ALL Matches MUST be played on or before the date scheduled in the fixture list. If a team wishes to play before the designated date, the captain must contact the opponent’s captain and agree a mutually convenient date. The result of that fixture, should it be played before the given date, will only appear on the league table on or after the original date of play.
(b) If, prior to the date of play, a team cannot fulfil a fixture then the captain of that team will notify the opponent’s captain and agree a revised date. The date agreed must occur within four weeks from the date of the original fixture. In any event ALL POSTPONED games MUST be played not later than one week after the date set for the final round of that league. In the event of the team captains, both
parties having taken all reasonable steps, failing to agree a revised date within the set time scale as outlined above, the captain cancelling the original fixture will concede the match and the points will be awarded to the opposing team. A score card recording a nominal score of 1 – 0 has to be submitted as per Rule 3(e).
(c) If a Single or Pairs fixture is due to be played and a team cannot field the correct number of players, their opponents will grant them a period not exceeding 30 minutes to present a full complement of players. If at the expiry of this period the team are still unable to field the correct number of players, the defaulting team will forfeit the game and the match be awarded to their opponents. A score card recording a nominal result of 1 – 0 must be submitted as per Rule 3(e).
(d) However in the event that a Triples team cannot field the required number of players the match can still be played at the sole discretion of the opponents. The format of play is displayed over-page.
(e) Games will only be re-arranged in exceptional circumstances. National competitions and county duties will generally be the only exceptions.
(f) In the event of severe adverse weather conditions which affects the safety of team members, the captain of the team which is unable to travel to the club has the following obligations:
(i) Telephone and inform in person the opposition captain or nominated team member.
(ii) Telephone and inform in person the Domestic League Secretary.
(iii) If after negotiations between team captains, any matter still remains unresolved it MUST be brought to the attention of the Domestic League Secretary as soon as possible and then only by the captain of the offended team.

(a) All domestic league matches will be of two hours and fifteen minutes duration.
(b) Pairs, Triples and Fours shall not exceed 18 ends.
(c) Skips may only visit the Head on the last end. Remaining at the Head whilst the opposing skip bowls, constitutes a visit for that end.
(d) In the interests of safety and politeness, adjacent rinks and those at the Head must be warned when a player intends to deliver a firing shot.
(d) A bell will ring for the start of a session. No game shall commence before this bell rings.
(e) A bell will sound five minutes before the end of each “two hour fifteen minute” session. After the bell has sounded, NO JACK SHALL BE CAST. To avoid misunderstanding or doubt at the ringing of the bell, the mat must have been correctly positioned and subsequently, the jack must have left the player’s hand.
(f) The End is live even if the jack has been mis-cast and the End must continue.
(g) The score will stand at the completion of the end being played when the bell sounded.

(a) Prior to the start of each season, the committee will publish on the club’s website and the club’s notice boards, details of the various leagues to be played. In general the existing leagues will continue from year to year and, when it is deemed necessary, adjusted to suit the needs of all the club members.
(b) The teams in leagues described as “Mixed,” shall, when playing, contain BOTH Ladies and Men.
(c) Leagues described as “Open” shall comprise of either all ladies, all men or ladies and men. When playing in external league matches or competitions (home or away), the rules for that particular league or competition will apply.

It must be born in mind that the laws governing the sport of bowls have been drawn up in the spirit of true sportsmanship but cannot cope with every situation. It is therefore imperative that all players use their common sense and adopt a spirit of fair play when deciding the appropriate course of action.

The Brecks IBC - September 2015

Bowls for Five Players

“Side A” : Two players have FOUR woods : 8 woods in total
“Side B” : Three players have THREE woods : 9 woods in total.

Format: The winning side plays the jack first but Side A Lead always plays first.

Playing sequence:


At this point, Leads and Seconds move towards the Head, Skips move towards the Mat.


This sequence ensures the side with fewer woods, always plays last.