Knowledge

This page is to help newcomers or any bowler wanting to learn more about how to play the game, Laws (EBA   & EBF), Markers and Umpires. It also contains the latest details about safeguarding children and vulnerable adults in a bowls environment

A Bit of History, click here
How to Play Lawn Bowls, click here
Laws of the Game - English Bowling Association
these laws are subject to copyright, see World Bowls site, click here
Laws of the Game - English Bowling Federation, click here
Role of a Marker - short version, click here
Role of an Umpire - short version, click here
The English Bowls Umpires Association - Laws of the Sport of Bowls, click here
Safeguarding Bowls, click here


Background - Bowls England, originally EBA, is the largest governing body for bowls in England and is played in most if not all counties. EBF is only played in 13 counties running down the East Coast from Durham to North Essex and in the East Midlands such as Derbyshire, Notts & Northants. Both laws can be played within the same county.
Although the concept is the same the main differences are in the way shots are scored, live woods and number of woods used e.g. : 

  • in EBA all woods on the green count but in EBF only woods within 2m of the jack count. 
  • in EBA if a wood touches the jack and goes into the ditch it is still 'live' but in EBF it is 'dead' and removed from play. in EBA if a wood touches the jack and goes into the ditch it is still 'live' but in EBF it is 'dead' and removed from play. 
  • in EBA 3 woods are used in Triples but in EBF 2 woods are normally usedin EBA 3 woods are used in Triples but in EBF 2 woods are normally used
  • in EBA the mat can be positioned as far up the green as possible provided there is a 23m gap to the tee but in EBF it can only be placed between the 2 and 4 m markin EBA the mat can be positioned as far up the green as possible provided there is a 23m gap to the tee but in EBF it can only be placed between the 2 and 4 m mark

The complete Laws of the Game and other information can be accessed from the links above