New Westminster Lawn Bowling Club
Webmaster: Robert Ascroft
The Basics of Lawn Bowling
Playing Area: The game of lawn bowls (also called BOWLS) is played on a RINK (lane) within the GREEN. A green is a 40 m (130 ft.) square of perfectly flat grass (or artificial turf) with markers used to define the active rinks. Each rink is approximately 4.5 m (15 ft.) wide and are laid out in different directions on different days to even the wear on the grass. Multiple rinks can have games going on simultaneously. The grass is cut very short and rolled to make it a hard surface so that the bowls roll easily.
Bowls: Bowls are perfectly smooth and flatter on one side and slightly tapered on the other side. The tapered side (called the BIAS) causes the bowl to travel in an slight arc in the direction it is rolled. Bowls come in sets of four in different weights, biases and colours. Each set has its own unique emblem engraved on the sides. First year bowlers may use the club bowls to experiment with different weights and find what suits them.
Teams: The game can be played by two competing players (Singles), or in teams of competing Pairs, Triples or Fours. Club level games are usually with two competing teams of three players (Triples) each player throwing 3 bowls or "Pairs" - competing teams of two players using 4 bowls each.
Game: A game consists of a predetermined number of ENDS. The end begins with the team that wins the toss throwing a small white ball (no bias, so it is a ball!), called a JACK, into the active play area of the rink. Each player takes turns throwing their bowls. An end is finished when all players have thrown their bowls. The team with one or more bowls closer to the jack than the opposition, scores a point for each bowl. Highest score at game end wins.
Equipment & Clothing: The only special equipment required is flat soled shoes to protect the greens. Club members will visit other clubs so lawn bowling shoes are recommended. For daily club play no special clothes are required. However, it is traditional for club events, like holidays, visits to or from other clubs, and regional tournaments, that players wear white pants and tops.
Competitive or Social? This game appeals to both types of players. The club holds weekly fun games where players of various abilities can play and hone their skills. An introductory program for new bowlers of delivering the bowl and some basic rules and etiquette of the game.
For more competitive types, opportunities exist to compete in inter-club, district and some provincial tournaments. First, second and third year bowlers have their own singles, pairs and triples competitions at the district level.
Introductory "try-it" sessions and "Learning to Bowl" session will be held in May 2014. Watch our home page for dates and times.