Your online guide to indoor bowls, lawn bowls and crown green.
It doesn’t matter what variation of bowls you play, whether its indoor carpet bowls, outdoor lawn bowls or crown green bowls, the fundamentals of how you play bowls and win the game is exactly the same. Simply get your bowls as close as physically possibile to a smaller white ball known as the “jack”.
In the UK bowls is played both indoors and outdoors, but the rules of the game remain the same. These rules include:
Like most games, bowls offers the opportunity for players to perform the best of their potential, and provides a source of great enjoyment for each player.
It appears to be a game that can be played in a calm and quiet way, where there does not seem to be too great a physical demand made upon any participant. It seems to be measured and methodical, deliberate and disciplined, as befits a game of great skill.
But this description can be misleading because, in the heat of competitive play, players will demonstrate a wide range of emotions. The game can provide moments of great joy or deep disappointment, euphoria or despair.
Bowls demands concentration and control, courage and caution, decisiveness and a delicacy of touch. It requests true sportsmanship and an honest appreciation of an opponent’s skill, without losing belief in oneself and the determination to win. It needs strict mental application with a tight control over any negative thoughts, and the physical and emotional strength to with withstand the pressure of a 3 to 4 hour game. It demands compatibility among players as well as trust and confidence in others’ directions and decisions. Finally, it requires total involvement.
It provides comradeship, friendship and a better understanding and acceptance of others. It can teach players to lose well and win well, and to be genuine in their congratulations, regardless of whether a winner or a loser. It can offer contact over a wide age range and promote a greater acceptance of individuals of different age groups. It can offer gentle relaxation or the excitement of intense rivalry.
Of course, other sports could lay claim to such advantages, but bowls has its own particular rewards, from the enjoyment of playing as an individual to the team involvement of the rink. It is recognised as one of the fastest-growing games in Britain, and perhaps that fact is the best advertisement for what the game has to offer.