a.  All Rules will be in accordance with the Publication “Laws of The Sport of Indoor Bowls,” published by the World Indoor Bowls Council (WIBC). Only the modifications outlined below will be incorporated for the Clubs 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 (i.e. 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 that they are a Registered Member of. 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 REGISTRATION FEE Normal RINK FEE shall be payable for 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 with 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 (Un-Registered Members joining at a later date (Please see Rule 4f))

b. Ensuring each Match is played ON or BEFORE the Scheduled date of the Round.

c. Upon Publication of the League Fixture 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 Ends 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 Captains responsibility to ensure that their Team Members follow the Clubs 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.


a. A Reserve cannot be a Registered Player of any other Team that 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. No more than two Reserves can play at any one time (In the case ofTriples and Fours) only one Reserve can play in a game of Pairs

e) The SCORE CARD must clearly show that a Reserve has played (R)

fA Reserve can join a Team at any time during the Season by paying the relevant Registration Fee (£3) as long as they have not been registered to another Team in that League and that the number of registered players does not exceed that stated in paragraph 1 (c) above.


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 shall contact the Opponent’s Captain and agree on 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. This date has to be within six 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 in that League. In the event of 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 must concede the Match and the points be awarded to the opposing team (A Score Card recording a nominal score of 1 – 0 to be submitted as per Rule 3(d))

c.  If, at the time a fixture is due to be played, a Team cannot field the correct number of Players then their Opponents will grant them a period, not exceeding 30 minutes, to present a full compliment of Players. If at the expiry of this period the Team are unable to field the correct number of Players then this defaulting Team will forfeit the game and the Match be awarded to their Opponents. (A Score Card recording a nominal score of 1 – 0 to be submitted as per Rule 3 (d))

d. Games will only be re-arranged in exceptional circumstances. National Competitions and County Duties will generally be the only exceptions.

e.  In the event of severe adverse weather conditions which affects the safety of Team Members the Captain of the Team who is unable to travel to the Club has the following obligations

(i)  Telephone and inform in person the Opposition Captain and/ or Nominated Team Member.

(ii) Telephone and inform in person The Domestic League Secretary.

f.   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.


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 participants use their common sense and a spirit of fair play to decide on the appropriate course of action



a)  All Domestic League Matches shall be of Two Hours Fifteen Minutes duration.

(i)  Pairs, Triples and Fours shall not exceed 18 ends.

b.  Skips may only visit the Head once in each End. Remaining at the Head whilst the Opposing Skip bowls counts as one visit for that end.

c.  In the interests of safety and politeness adjacent Rinks and the Head must be warned when someone is about to “Fire”

d.  A Bell will ring for the start of a Session. No game shall commence before this bell rings

e.  A Bell shall sound 5 minutes before the end of each Two Hour 15 minute session. After the Bell has sounded :NO JACK SHALL BE CAST. For the avoidance of doubt the Jack must have left the hand with the mat in a correct position. The End is live even if the Jack has been mis-cast and the End must continue.

f)  The score shall stand as at the completion of the End being played when the Bell sounded.


The Committee will, prior to the start of each Season, publish on the Clubs Website and Notice Board 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.

The Teams in Leagues described as “Mixed,” shall, when playing contain BOTH Ladies and Men.

Those described as “Open” shall comprise of either all ladies, all men or ladies and men.


Should the jack be improperly delivered, the opposing player may then move the mat in the line of play and also place the jack at any point in the line of play ensuring that it is centred providing it complies with the minimum distance a jack should be cast but shall not play first.


a.  Should the jack be driven by a bowl in play - so that:

(i)    It passes beyond the confines of the rink in play.

(ii)   It passes wholly beyond the boundary of the rink.

(iii)  It rebounds to a distance of less than 20 metres in a direct line from the centre of the mat line,

the jack shall be placed on the nearest of the two side spots either side of the “T".

See explanatory diagrams below.


If a player is unable to complete the match due to injury or illness - the match score will stand if more than 12 ends have been completed.  If less than 12 ends have been played - the match can be rescheduled and beginning again at the end the game was stopped with the score being carried forward.  This applies to 'Pairs' but in the case of Triples or Fours the match can be continued with one less player i.e. Triples = 2 players and Fours = 3 players using the prescribed format.

  • *In the event of any ambiguity reference can be made to:

  • World Bowls   “Laws of the Sport of Bowls”

  • Crystal Mark - Third Edition

  • The Playing Rules were revised in March 2018

Thanks to club coach Cliff Goddard for guidance and the  illustrations.