Basic Rules of Bowling Etiquette
Respect the dress code and dress correctly.
Do not distract a player who is about to bowl.
Stay behind the mat or behind the head when it is not your turn to play.
Do not criticise your playing partners, it will reduce their confidence whereas praise will increase it (if you cannot say anything good about a player bowls, silence is golden, nobody plays a bad bowl deliberately.)
Remember as soon your bowl comes to rest, possession of the rink passes to your opposition.
Be prepared to move away from rink markers. Some players use these as a guide to how much green to take.
Pay attention to the game, maintain your concentration and encourage those who may be having a bad game.
Stand back from the head when firing shots are played.
At your own discretion compliment your opponent if he/she plays a particularly good shot, (remember to praise your opponent will increase his/her confidence)
Be a good ambassador to the game.
Do not interrupt the players responsible for deciding who has won the end.
At the end of the game be magnanimous if lost and humble if you have won. Whatever the result congratulate your opponents on a game well played.
When a team visits us for a game they are our guest for the afternoon so by association the player we play against is your guest.
At the end of the game and before we sit down to tea it is normal practice to offer to buy a drink from the bar.
Should you find that you cannot stay for the traditional tea it is still good manners to apologise for not stopping but still offer to buy your opponent a drink.
This same arrangement applies when you are playing away and you are unable to stop for tea.
This principle also applies when playing in competitions be they club or county.
Mobile phones should not be taken onto the green. It can be very distracting to have a ring tone sound off when you or an opponent is about to bowl.
As a private club, dress standards are strictly observed when on the green.
For roll ups and practice smart casual wear is acceptable.
Correct bowling shoes should be worn at all times.
Ladies mid-week & evening games.
Grey skirt or trousers with club shirt and jumper (if required).
Ladies weekend matches.
Club shirt with White trousers or skirt.
Weekend mixed games
Club shirt with White trousers or skirt
Men’s midweek games.
Club shirt grey trousers.
Men’s weekend games.
Club shirt & white trousers
Should you not have a club shirt then a white shirt/blouse will suffice until the club can supply you.
Correct bowling shoes should be worn at all times. The only exception to this rule is if a guest is playing and the green is dry, in which case flat soled trainers would then suffice.