The object of the game is to get as many of your bowls (or your teams bowls) nearer the little
white ball (called the Jack) than your opponent(s). The game can be played as singles (one
against one), pairs, triples, or fours (four players against four). In each game, the number of
bowls played by each bowler participating varies -, in singles and pairs, four for each player;
triples usually three; and fours, two bowls.
A game lasts about one and half hours (although there are shorter versions) and consists of a
pre-determined number of ends, (the delivery of all bowls from one end of a rink to the other).
The green or playing area is a level surface of carefully maintained close cut grass measuring
a minimum of 31 metres (102 feet) in each direction. Up to 8 games can be played on the one
green at the same time.
The game can be played in numerous different formats which you will get to experience as you
progress in the sport.
Both men and women are equally welcome in the world of bowls. There are many married
couples involved, but it is also a great game for singles. While there are separate men’s and
women’s competitions, both genders share the same club facilities and many participate in
mixed bowls events.
You can never be too young to start. Many of the top bowlers are now young people and
performing at National and International level.
A team of four consists of a skip (or captain), a third (in charge of the head while the skipper is
bowling), the second and the lead (who delivers the jack and the first bowls). The bowls are
delivered alternately by the players in each team.
It is normal for new players to start as leads. You will get the chance to play in other positions
but remember, a good lead is very important. Some bowlers specialise in this position.