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Bowls Quiz, think you know all the rules?

By Mike Russell Bovey Tracey Bowling Club

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

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I am indebted to Devon County Bowls Coaching Association and their Coaching Newsletter for the quiz reproduced below. Answers are at the bottom of the page.

Question 1

A bowl belonging to player A falls shortly before you are about to measure for shot.

Do you?

a. leave it where it has fallen and continue to measure

b. restore the bowl and wedge in position before measuring

c. ask player A to restore the bowl and wedge in position

d. ask player B to restore the bowl and wedge in position

Question 2

A short jack is delivered, but both players agree to play to it.

Do you?

a. allow them to continue

b. centre the jack and then measure it to ensure it is 23 metres from the mat

c. call the umpire

d. return the jack for recasting

Question 3

You, as a marker, accidentally move the jack slightly whilst measuring.

Do you?

a. leave the jack where it is and continue to measure

b. ask the players if they can agree where the jack should be; if they cannot agree replace the jack and continue to measure

c. replace the jack and continue to measure

d. call a dead end

Question 4

When should you tell the players the score?

a. never

b. when they ask

c. at the completion of each end

d. at the completion of the match

Question 5

At the completion of an end both players have a bowl resting on the jack.

Do you?

a. score one shot each

b. score half a shot each

c. count the end as dead and replay it

d. count the end as played with no score to either player

Question 6

Player B has the last bowl. Whilst standing on the mat they ask you to confirm that they are holding shot and then state that they are not going to bowl the last bowl. On inspecting the head they change their mind and go back to bowl.

Do you?

a. allow them to bowl

b. not allow them to bowl

c. ask their opponent if they are happy for them to bowl

d. call the end dead

Question 7

Two touchers have entered the ditch. Do you use indicators to mark the position of?

a. both

b. neither

c. the first toucher

d. the shot bowl

Question 8

After playing for an hour, with the score at 11 shots to player A and 8 to player B, heavy rain forces play to stop before completion of an end. Player A is holding two shots, with one bowl each left to bowl. The match is resumed the following day.

Do you?

a. start with the score as 11 - 8 to A

b. start with the score as 13 – 8 to A

c. start again with the score 0 – 0

d. ask the players

Question 9

After one player fires, the jack rebounds off a bowl and travels several metres up the green. You suspect the jack may now be short.

Do you?

a. centre the jack and ensure that it is at least 23 metres from the front of the mat

b. centre the jack and make sure that it is at least 20 metres from the front of the mat

c. leave the jack where it rests and make sure that it is at least 20 metres from the front of the mat

d. do nothing unless one of the players queries the jack length

Question 10

A bowl hits the jack and it moves to within a foot of the ditch.

Do you?

a. stand on the bank

b. stand at the side of the jack, level with it

c. stand in front of the jack to one side

d. re-spot the jack on the 2 metre mark

Question 11

Bowl A, not being a toucher, comes to rest. Later, bowl B pushes bowl A onto the jack and the jack and bowl A enter the ditch.

Do you?

a. mark bowl A as a toucher

b. mark bowl B as a toucher

c. remove bowl A from the ditch and indicate the jack position

d. replace the jack on the two metre mark, having been displaced by a non-toucher

Question 12

A jack in the ditch is hit by a toucher entering the ditch. The jack then rebounds back onto the rink of play.

Do you?

a. return it to the ditch in the position shown by the white indicator

b. centre it 2 metres from the ditch edge

c. leave it where it rests

d. call the end dead

Question 13

What is the minimum distance of a live bowl from the mat?

A – 23 metres

B – 20 metres

C - 14 metres

D – no minimum

Question 14

A player fires, hits the jack and the jack hits the markers leg. What happens next?

A – The marker leaves it where it stops

B – The opposing player decides where it goes

C – Both players agree where it should go and if they cannot agree they play the end again

D – The marker puts it where he thinks it would have gone

Answers

  1. A (Law. 23.6.3)
  2. B or C (Law. 42.2.2 and/or 10.1.3)
  3. B (Law. 38.4.2)
  4. C (Law. 42.3.2)
  5. D (Law. 24.1.1 & 24.2)
  6. B (Law. 25)
  7. A (Law. 14.4 and/or 42.2.12)
  8. A (Law. 32.1 & 32.2)
  9. C (Law. 19.1.4)
  10. A
  11. C (Law. 17.1.1 & 18.2 (14.1)
  12. C Law. 21.2 and/or 18.3.1
  13. C (Law 17.1.3) (14 Metres measured from the centre line of the mat to the nearest point of the bowl)
  14. C (Law 38.3.2)

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