Etiquette for Markers on the Bowling Green

"So if you would a marker be, then make it worth your while;
To do the job quite capably, and do it with a smile."

During the season, when we are heavily involved in singles ties, markers are required every evening. Consider making yourself available as a marker whenever you can. We all know that there is nothing worse than playing an important tie without a marker. It is not good etiquette to watch games from the sidelines or from the clubhouse while there are people playing without markers. If you have the time get out there and mark.

  • When a player has delivered the jack the marker should centre it then stand back and to one side, ensuring that all rink markers are visible to the players.
  • He should answer any specific question (from the player in possession of the rink) about the state of the head. He should not offer any additional information that has not been requested. For example if someone asks, "Which is shot?" You should just answer that question, eg. Indicate the bowl and say whose it is. You should not say anything like, "You are lying two shots".
  • If you are unsure of the situation, for example you cannot decide which is shot, don't guess. You can offer an opinion but make sure that the player who is asking the question is made aware of this.
  • The marker should mark all touchers immediately they come to rest and remove chalk marks from non-touchers. He should also remove all dead bowls from the rink with the players' agreement. He should also mark the position of touchers and/or the jack which are in the ditch, using the yellow/white discs or other markings as appropriate.
  • The marker should not move any bowls until the end is complete and the players have agreed the number of shots.
  • He shall measure disputed shots when required but once again he should not move the bowls until the players agree. If an umpire is available then he may be called upon for a decision. Where no umpire is available both players may also agree that the marker should make the decision. This is acceptable at local level.
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