Salisbury Bowling Club provides free coaching for beginners, club bowlers and juniors up to the age of 18.
Coaches are qualified and licensed by the English Bowls Coaching Scheme.
English Bowls Coaching Scheme is totally dedicated to providing the best opportunity for bowlers to learn and improve their game so they may enjoy and play it to the best of their ability.
Each individual is different and a Coach can help with all aspects of the game as individuals develop their skills and knowledge.
Coaching has been provided for many years by Barry Folland who is now joined by (alphabetically):
Home Office and N.S.P.C.C. guidelines are practiced to ensure the safety and protection of children and vulnerable people.
In addition to the coaching provided by the club, arrangements may be made for the County Coaching Team to visit he club.
This team work on the green with members, activities being designed for improvers and experienced bowlers.
We of course want you to enjoy the sport but good manners and etiquette play a part.
Bowling Green Etiquette - Good Manners
(Bowlers and spectators)
You are representing your club - You are an ambassador for your Club.
Behave appropriately - Show respect
Do not distract bowlers who are bowling towards you, by moving or walking across the end of the rink. Wait until the bowl has been delivered, then move.
Do not interrupt players on the green, particularly during competitive matches. If you need to speak to players do it before or after their game.
Spectators who are in the player's line of vision should keep still while bowls are being delivered.
Before the Game
Make sure you know the rules of the game or competition you are playing.
Be correctly dressed. Punctuality for all games is a courtesy to the other players.
Ensure that jacks, mats, scoreboards and other equipment are ready for the beginning of the game.
During the Game
Introduce yourself and shake hands with your opponent
Players should use the steps provided (if any) when going on or off the bowling green – do not walk across other players’ rinks.
Don’t drop your bowls onto the green and ensure that your delivery is not damaging the green.
Introduce yourself and shake hands with your opponent(s) both before play commences and after the game is complete.
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.
Don’t sit on the bank with feet on the green – it can cause unwanted wear on the edge of the green.
Always help to clear the bowls, except the lead, who will be placing the mat.
Do not smoke on the green. Do not use mobile phones on the green.
Do not move around the head when your opponent is about to deliver his bowl.
Stand well back from the head, keep quiet and do not do anything that would distract your opponent. Wait until the bowl has been delivered before moving.
Observe the rules for possession of the rink - Possession of the rink (Laws of the Sport of Bowls Crystal Mark Third Edition)
13.1 Possession of the rink will belong to the player or team whose bowl is being played.
13.2 As soon as each bowl comes to rest, possession of the rink will transfer to the opposing player or team after allowing time for marking a toucher as soon as it comes to rest.
Players at the mat end of the rink who are not delivering a bowl should stand at least 1 metre behind the mat.
After you have delivered a bowl and before it has come to rest you have two options. If you want to track your bowl’s progress you must be behind the head as it stops.
If you don’t go to the head you must be behind the mat as your bowl stops.
Avoid delaying play by leaving the rink without the knowledge of the other players.
On sunny days ensure that your shadow does not fall on the jack or allow it to fall in front of the mat when a player is about to bowl.
Standing directly behind a white jack in white shoes can make the jack difficult to see.
Do not disturb the head until the result of the end has been agreed.
Encourage, rather than criticise – no one delivers a bad bowl intentionally. Admit a fluke gracefully.
Commend good shots. Don’t applaud a team member who has outrageous luck. Learn to accept lucky shots, both for and against you – they will balance out in the long run.
After the Game
Shake hands. Congratulate and compliment the opposing team and offer to buy your opposite number a drink (after singles matches, your ‘marker’ should be included in the invitation).
Remember that your opponent is a guest of the Club.
Ensure that jacks, mats, scoreboards and other equipment are returned to the store.
Avoid making excuses for your lack of success the topic of conversation.
Following the above guidance will make you a better respected bowler, and will contribute towards the enjoyment of the game for everyone involved, both on and off the green.
Bowling is a friendly game and all players should show courtesy and good sportsmanship.