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Presented by Linton Coulton
for and on behalf of the State Umpires' Committee
AMEMO from Bowls Aus-
tralia has been sent to all
Districts/Zones asking for
submissions in regard to
any alterations or amendments to
the Domestic Regulations section
of the current Crystal Mark Laws
of the Game.
This is an opportunity for the
National Umpires Liaison Officer in
every club to hold a meeting of
Umpires and submit on the form
enclosed any recommendations for
changes to Domestic Regulations.
There has been a great deal
of controversy over this section
of the Law Book, and this is your
opportunity to suggest any changes
that are appropriate.
Remember, always to supply
an alternative for any suggested
Certificates of Merit have been
awarded to the following long-
serving Umpires, and we thank
them all for their contributions
and dedication to our great game:
Phil Glendenning, 38 years (Forster
BC); Les Moysten, 21 years (Forster
BC); Jim Sauter, 25 years (Guyra
BC); Herbert Jackson, 20 years
(Guyra BC); George Sokol, 20 years
(Crescent Head BC).
It has been most disconcerting
to receive letters from around the
State by bowlers who have been
asked to show approval certificates
permitting them to use a Walking
Stick whilst participating in the
game of bowls.
This is an issue that raises several
1. Why was this confrontation
2. When was it made and by
3. Who supplied the information
leading to the question?
4. Was the question asked as an
harassment, or in a deliberate
attempt to gain an unfair
advantage over a disabled
How do we solve these unwanted
Open the Crystal Mark Laws
of the Game of Bowls, Page 58,
which contains law 38 -- Players
with Disabilities: Law 38.2 states:
"A player who has a physical
disability will be allowed to use
a support or an artificial limb (or
both) when delivering the Jack
or Bowl, or when walking on
the green. The support should
have a base covered with rubber
or a similar material. This base
should measure at least 76mm
across, and it can be placed on
or next to the mat."
This, of course, poses the
question: What was the intention
of the person who challenged not
only the player using a support to
assist in the playing of the game,
and I stress the word GAME, and
at the same time challenged directly
the written Law.
Was the reason to gain an
unfair advantage by harassing the
player. Surely not! Where did the
challenger find the "information"
to make such a challenge?
We already know it is covered
in the Law Book, see above, so it
appears that nobody has consulted
the Law Book, so where did it
It must have come from
somewhere else, "...heard it at
the club" ... "somebody told me"
It does appear that prudence
and good sense should be used
before taking it for granted any
solution to any problem given by
an unauthorised party.
Be aware that as no approval
is necessary for the use of
such a support (walking stick),
it is anticipated that no future
applications will be forthcoming.
However, Law 38.5 is still applicable.
Problem: Skip in a Triples Compe-
tition (Club Championship?) arrived
to play having only two (2) bowls.
The Umpire of the day could find
nothing in the Law covering this
situation and asks for a solution.
Firstly, he should have put the
problem where it really belongs
... The Controlling Body.
Secondly, he should have applied
to his local Umpires Committee
But perhaps these avenues have
already been explored, it might be
time to look up Law 14.3 on Page
26 of Laws of the Game, where
"Players should play single and
in turn two or three of a set
of bowls as decided by the
If this match is boarded as 3-Bowl
Triples, and you have only two
bowls, and are unable to borrow
another complete set of bowls,
then you forfeit the match.
Problem: Is a player permitted
to use two (2) bowls from dif-
ferent sets of bowls to establish
his preference as to which set of
bowls to use on that rink, on that
day, in the practice ends? (Com-
monly referred to as the Roll Up,
or Trial Ends.)
The answer to this problem is
set out on Page 35 of the Law
Book, Law 18.1 TRIAL ENDS.
"Each player can use any com-
bination of bowls taken from
different sets of bowls."
As you can readily understand,
the three problems above were all
dealt with within the Law Book,
where most of the problems asso-
ciated with every day situations
If you are unable to arrive at
a definitive solution yourself, why
not approach your Local Umpires
Thank you for your interest,
and don't forget to have your say
regarding Domestic Regulations,
and why not consider becoming
an Umpire yourself?
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