Lawn Bowls – Played between April to Sept Outdoor
Lawn bowls is played on a large, rectangular precisely levelled and manicured grass surface. An “end” is started by placing the mat and rolling the jack to the other end of the green to serve as a target. The jack is aligned to the centre of the rink and the players take turns to roll their bowls from the mat towards the jack. Once all the players have finished delivering all of their bowls the distance of the closest bowls to the jack is determined and points, called “shorts” are awarded for each bowl which a competitor has closer than the opponent’s nearest to the jack.
This game can be played in singles, pairs and triples
Indoor Bowls - Played throughout the year
The game is played in a similar way to lawn bowls and although there are slight differences between the two, it is essentially an indoor version of the outdoor game.
Short Mat Bowls – Played indoor throughout the year
Short mat bowls is based on the outdoor sport of lawn bowls so many of the rules are adaptations of the rules of the outdoor games with the basic aim being to deliver as many woods (bowls) as possible nearer to the smaller target bowl (the jack) than any of the opposition’s woods. This game can be played in singles, pairs and triples.
The mat is 6 feet wide and 40 – 45 feet long. A white wooden block is placed on the line across the centre of the mat. This block prevents direct firing shots down the middle of the mat and forces the use of a wood’s bias. This game can be played in singles, pairs and triples.
Divisioning for all of the above games of bowls is done on skills level of the athlete, athletes are assessed before a competition and entered into a division within their ability level.