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ETIQUETTE OF BOWLS

ETIQUETTE OF BOWLS

Friendships made on the Bowling Green are sincere and enduring.  This is what gives our game the special charm.

The code of etiquette observed by all bowlers ensures that no circumstances will give one bowler an unfair advantage over another.  On the green all bowlers are regarded as equal.

A guiding principle is also never engage in anything either on or off the green that does not uphold tradition, or the dignity of the game.

  • Be punctual and always dress correctly for all games.
  • Greet your own team members & opponents at the start of the game & congratulate them at the end of the game.
  • Stand still and keep quiet when a player on the mat and about to deliver.  Compliment your opponent on a good shot.
  • Remain behind the mat or head when it is not your turn to play.  Always remember that as soon as your bowl comes to rest, possession of the rink passes to your opponent.
  • Keep to your own rink, don’t wander and distract other bowlers and be aware of your shadow on sunny days.  Walk down the centre of the rink when changing ends.
  • Avoid obscuring boundary pegs, rink plates and markers. 
  • Pay attention to the game.  Nothing is more frustrating to your team mates than to have them feel you are not giving your full attention and best efforts to the game by your lack of concentration.  Save your socialising until after the game. 
  • Have a wood in your hand ready to bowl when it’s your turn to play.
  • Admit to a fluke with good grace.
  • Stand well back from the head when drive shots are being played and warn others on adjacent rinks of this fact.
  • Never move in to see who holds shot until asked.
  • Never move any bowls until the score has been agreed, then help kick the woods back or use the 'Pusher'
  • Never criticise your opponent, the green or your own team members.  If you cannot say anything positive don’t say anything at all.  Always appear to be enjoying the game whatever the fortunes.
  • A good sportsman is a gracious winner and a good looser and has a positive philosophy in realising that he or she cannot win every game and losses are mere water under the bridge.  Such players are tough to play against, because with such a temperament they are doubly difficult to beat!

Learn the laws of the game and abide by them.

   

The committee and members welcome you to Enderby Bowls Club.

Bowls is an exciting and skillful game encouraging comradeship, friendship and gives reward to the player from the enjoyment of individual play to the team involvement in competition.  Members of this club will try to ensure you enjoy bowling with us and invite you to join in our other activities.  In return we hope you will feel able to support your club as often as possible.

CLUB  MANAGEMENT

Members elect committees to oversee the functions of the Club, plan its activities and its future expansion and development. They are responsible for ensuring the buildings and facilities are maintained and the bowling green kept in excellent condition and the surrounds neat and colourful.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS Ladies and Men have separate Spring Meetings before the bowling season starts and also separate A.G.M’s in October.  These meetings bring members up-to-date with matters which may have arisen over the winter and to outline club plans for the forthcoming season.  The meetings in autumn review the seasons activities of the two sections.

A Club Annual General Meeting is held in November.  At this meeting the annual report is discussed, Committee members selected and a general discussion conducted where members may ask questions and voice any concerns or suggestions on the running of the club.

CLUB REPRESENTATIVES.  The club sends delegates to Bowls Leicester and various inter-club meetings, to gather information, discuss bowling matters giving our views and suggestions.

 

Club Facilities.

INSIDE   The Clubhouse has a lounge & games area, dance floor with stage and sound system and a licensed bar and restaurant area.  A modern well equipped kitchen enables the club to cater for all members and guests.

OUTSIDE   Club members look after the colourful flower beds and conifer hedge which provides shelter and privacy around the green.  A raised paved terrace surrounds the bowling green fitted with ample seating for spectators.  A separate store, handily situated, houses equipment necessary for the conduct of the game.

BOWLING INFORMATION

Bowling activities are divided into two sections, Ladies and Men, although there are some mixed matches.  Each section looks after its own bowling fixtures and team selection, but share the same green and bowling equipment. 

DRESS CODE  The standard of dress expected when members are on the Bowling Green is detailed in the “Fixtures Handbook”.

All games are open to members regardless of their playing ability.

TEAM BOWLING   Includes Interclub friendlies. League bowling, County trophy competitions, Internal competitions, Charity matches, Open Club Galas and special invitation matches.

INTERCLUB FRIENDLY MATCHES.  Men’s matches are played on Thursday and Saturday afternoons with a mixed game on a Sunday afternoon.  Ladies play friendly afternoon matches on various days during the week.

LEAGUE BOWLING & TROPHY COMPETITIONS.  This club has several men’s teams entered in local leagues playing on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. The Ladies have two teams in the Ladies Friday afternoon Triple League. 

Both Ladies and Men enter teams in various League & County Competitions throughout the season.

REFRESHMENTS During most afternoon matches there will be a meal provided.  After evening matches refreshments, if provided, will be filled cobs.

INTERNAL CLUB COMPETITIONS  The club runs several open entry bowling competitions.  Entry forms are available early in the season and when completed should be returned with entry fee to the Competitions Secretary.

BOWLING TUITION.

COACHING.  This club has three qualified English Bowling Coaches, Geof. Pearce, Ken Werry & George Sim.  Their knowledge and experience is available on request.  If you are having difficulties with your game, looking to develop your bowling skills or just want a few tips, why not contact one of them.  Geof, Ken and George are there and willing to help you improve and progress with your game.

CHUMMY MORNINGS”.   Held on the Bowling Green on Mondays at 10.00 am.  These mixed games are popular, fostering camaraderie and fun giving bowling practice with tuition in a friendly and informal atmosphere.

ROLL-UPS”.  The Bowling Green is available to members most days during the season after 10am.for team, or individual practice.  Use the “Rink Diary” to book a rink first ensuring one is available.

BOWLING TEAM SELECTION.  You are invited to play in all matches whatever your standard of play.

AVAILABILITY SHEETS.  These sheets give details of forthcoming matches and are posted in a display cabinet outside at the end of the Clubhouse.  You may sign up for any match you would like to play in.  When the team is selected, a list of bowlers and reserves is posted in a second outside cabinet.  If you are selected, please confirm you are able to play by “ticking” the box opposite your name.  At the same time, indicate if you are travelling to “away” matches in your own transport by writing “OT” (Own transport) in the box opposite your name.

UNABLE TO PLAY.  If, you find you cannot play advise the team captain immediately.

CAR SHARING is strongly encouraged to reduce cost and parking space.  Drivers giving lifts meet players at the Club Gate at the appointed time.  Drivers giving lifts appreciate voluntary contributions towards transport costs by passengers.

GENERAL INFORMATION

BOWLS CLUB SECURITY.  Club premises are alarmed and the gate to the Green and doors of the Club House and Equipment Store are padlocked.  New members will be given the padlock code so they can access the Green and the Equipment Store.  During the second year new members can  request a key to the Club House.

EQUIPMENT STORE.  The equipment needed to play the game is housed in this separate shed.  All equipment to be returned tidily after use.

LETTER RACK.  This is a pigeon hole rack situated inside the Club House outside the changing room.  The pigeon holes are lettered and members are advised to check their slot regularly for personal mail and notices.

RINK BOOKING DIARY  Kept under the Letter Rack. Used by members to pre-book rinks.

Members must check rink availability before making personal bowls game plans.  

MATCH AND COMPETITION JACKS.  Kept in a box under the Letter Rack.

MAPS OF BOWLING CLUB LOCATIONS.  Kept under the Letter Rack.  This is a book of maps showing the detailed location of local Bowling Clubs.  These maps are not to be removed from Club premises.

MEMBERS CONTACT LIST.  Contains contact details of all members, type of membership and position they hold if on a committee.

NOTICE BOARDS.  Inside the club house are several notice boards displaying bowls related information, notices of social events and items of general interest.

NOTE   Members are asked to check these boards regularly to keep up-to-date with events.

VOUCHER SCHEME.  This is a scheme where participating members buy a card giving discount to the club on their purchases at certain supermarkets.  Members benefit by obtaining a percentage of this discount.

GAMES, SOCIAL NIGHTS AND OTHER FUNCTIONS.  Wednesday night is games night with Crib, Snooker and Table Tennis.  Friday is Bingo night.  A “Bonus Ball” competition operates each week.

Saturday Evening entertainments, including a Quiz night, are organized about once a month during the winter.

ANNUAL DINNER & PRESENTATION NIGHT Once a year, the Club has a formal function when we all dress up and enjoy an evening meal followed by the presentation of competition trophies won during the year.

CLUB FIXTURE HANDBOOK   Contains this season’s bowling fixtures, important diary dates. the Club’s appointed officers, their jobs and the committees on which they serve, so members can contact the relevant person should they need help or information. 

 

REFRESHMENTS During most afternoon matches there will be a meal provided.  After evening matches refreshments, if provided, will be filled cobs.

INTERNAL CLUB COMPETITIONS  The club runs several open entry bowling competitions.  Entry forms are available early in the season and when completed should be returned with entry fee to the Competitions Secretary.

BOWLING TUITION.

COACHING.  This club has three qualified English Bowling Coaches, Geof. Pearce, Ken Werry & George Sim.  Their knowledge and experience is available on request.  If you are having difficulties with your game, looking to develop your bowling skills or just want a few tips, why not contact one of them.  Geof, Ken and George are there and willing to help you improve and progress with your game.

CHUMMY MORNINGS”.   Held on the Bowling Green on Mondays at 10.00 am.  These mixed games are popular, fostering camaraderie and fun giving bowling practice with tuition in a friendly and informal atmosphere.

ROLL-UPS”.  The Bowling Green is available to members most days during the season after 10am.for team, or individual practice.  Use the “Rink Diary” to book a rink first ensuring one is available.

BOWLING TEAM SELECTION.  You are invited to play in all matches whatever your standard of play.

AVAILABILITY SHEETS.  These sheets give details of forthcoming matches and are posted in a display cabinet outside at the end of the Clubhouse.  You may sign up for any match you would like to play in.  When the team is selected, a list of bowlers and reserves is posted in a second outside cabinet.  If you are selected, please confirm you are able to play by “ticking” the box opposite your name.  At the same time, indicate if you are travelling to “away” matches in your own transport by writing “OT” (Own transport) in the box opposite your name.

UNABLE TO PLAY.  If, you find you cannot play advise the team captain immediately.

CAR SHARING is strongly encouraged to reduce cost and parking space.  Drivers giving lifts meet players at the Club Gate at the appointed time.  Drivers giving lifts appreciate voluntary contributions towards transport costs by passengers.

GENERAL INFORMATION

BOWLS CLUB SECURITY.  Club premises are alarmed and the gate to the Green and doors of the Club House and Equipment Store are padlocked.  New members will be given the padlock code so they can access the Green and the Equipment Store.  During the second year new members can  request a key to the Club House.

EQUIPMENT STORE.  The equipment needed to play the game is housed in this separate shed.  All equipment to be returned tidily after use.

LETTER RACK.  This is a pigeon hole rack situated inside the Club House outside the changing room.  The pigeon holes are lettered and members are advised to check their slot regularly for personal mail and notices.

RINK BOOKING DIARY  Kept under the Letter Rack. Used by members to pre-book rinks.

Members must check rink availability before making personal bowls game plans.  

MATCH AND COMPETITION JACKS.  Kept in a box under the Letter Rack.

MAPS OF BOWLING CLUB LOCATIONS.  Kept under the Letter Rack.  This is a book of maps showing the detailed location of local Bowling Clubs.  These maps are not to be removed from Club premises.

MEMBERS CONTACT LIST.  Contains contact details of all members, type of membership and position they hold if on a committee.

NOTICE BOARDS.  Inside the club house are several notice boards displaying bowls related information, notices of social events and items of general interest.

NOTE   Members are asked to check these boards regularly to keep up-to-date with events.

VOUCHER SCHEME.  This is a scheme where participating members buy a card giving discount to the club on their purchases at certain supermarkets.  Members benefit by obtaining a percentage of this discount.

GAMES, SOCIAL NIGHTS AND OTHER FUNCTIONS.  Wednesday night is games night with Crib, Snooker and Table Tennis.  Friday is Bingo night.  A “Bonus Ball” competition operates each week.

Saturday Evening entertainments, including a Quiz night, are organized about once a month during the winter.

ANNUAL DINNER & PRESENTATION NIGHT Once a year, the Club has a formal function when we all dress up and enjoy an evening meal followed by the presentation of competition trophies won during the year.

CLUB FIXTURE HANDBOOK   Contains this season’s bowling fixtures, important diary dates. the Club’s appointed officers, their jobs and the committees on which they serve, so members can contact the relevant person should they need help or information. 

 

CAR SHARING is strongly encouraged to reduce cost and parking space.  Drivers giving lifts meet players at the Club Gate at the appointed time.  Drivers giving lifts appreciate voluntary contributions towards transport costs by passengers.

GENERAL INFORMATION

BOWLS CLUB SECURITY.  Club premises are alarmed and the gate to the Green and doors of the Club House and Equipment Store are padlocked.  New members will be given the padlock code so they can access the Green and the Equipment Store.  During the second year new members can  request a key to the Club House.

EQUIPMENT STORE.  The equipment needed to play the game is housed in this separate shed.  All equipment to be returned tidily after use.

LETTER RACK.  This is a pigeon hole rack situated inside the Club House outside the changing room.  The pigeon holes are lettered and members are advised to check their slot regularly for personal mail and notices.

RINK BOOKING DIARY  Kept under the Letter Rack. Used by members to pre-book rinks.

Members must check rink availability before making personal bowls game plans.  

MATCH AND COMPETITION JACKS.  Kept in a box under the Letter Rack.

MAPS OF BOWLING CLUB LOCATIONS.  Kept under the Letter Rack.  This is a book of maps showing the detailed location of local Bowling Clubs.  These maps are not to be removed from Club premises.

MEMBERS CONTACT LIST.  Contains contact details of all members, type of membership and position they hold if on a committee.

NOTICE BOARDS.  Inside the club house are several notice boards displaying bowls related information, notices of social events and items of general interest.

NOTE   Members are asked to check these boards regularly to keep up-to-date with events.

VOUCHER SCHEME.  This is a scheme where participating members buy a card giving discount to the club on their purchases at certain supermarkets.  Members benefit by obtaining a percentage of this discount.

GAMES, SOCIAL NIGHTS AND OTHER FUNCTIONS.  Wednesday night is games night with Crib, Snooker and Table Tennis.  Friday is Bingo night.  A “Bonus Ball” competition operates each week.

Saturday Evening entertainments, including a Quiz night, are organized about once a month during the winter.

ANNUAL DINNER & PRESENTATION NIGHT Once a year, the Club has a formal function when we all dress up and enjoy an evening meal followed by the presentation of competition trophies won during the year.

CLUB FIXTURE HANDBOOK   Contains this season’s bowling fixtures, important diary dates. the Club’s appointed officers, their jobs and the committees on which they serve, so members can contact the relevant person should they need help or information. 

 NOTE   Members are asked to check these boards regularly to keep up-to-date with events.

VOUCHER SCHEME.  This is a scheme where participating members buy a card giving discount to the club on their purchases at certain supermarkets.  Members benefit by obtaining a percentage of this discount.

GAMES, SOCIAL NIGHTS AND OTHER FUNCTIONS.  Wednesday night is games night with Crib, Snooker and Table Tennis.  Friday is Bingo night.  A “Bonus Ball” competition operates each week.

Saturday Evening entertainments, including a Quiz night, are organized about once a month during the winter.

ANNUAL DINNER & PRESENTATION NIGHT Once a year, the Club has a formal function when we all dress up and enjoy an evening meal followed by the presentation of competition trophies won during the year.