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February 2005

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift, that’ why it’ s s called “the present”
As we approach Provincial month and the three host districts namely Gauteng North Border and Southern Free State and the hosts for the open Masters Eastern Gauteng let me take this opportunity to thank the umpires and markers who will be doing many duties for the duration of the tournaments. Without your services the tournament will not be the same. One distinct disadvantage of the tournaments all being held at the same time, is the shortage of officials left in the districts to do the work. However with the quality of officials left in the districts I am sure the four districts will again put the best level 2 umpires on duty as after all it is the inter-provincials, and 100 % knowledge of the new laws is a pre requisite. Let’ keep the standard at the highest s level. Bouquets for the umpires? Many players appreciate what you are doing even if at times you think you are standing alone. A warning to all players, who decide during a game, to change the playing order of players. If this is not clearly stated in the conditions of play you are doing this under a penalty of disqualification. For the provincials no such condition is applicable and you may not change the playing order during a game. Let’ use this, this month as whatever was s done yesterday/yesteryear is gone, we have no idea what tomorrow brings as it stays a mystery, TODAY ----- The Present ----------

- is all that should count and lets give of our best.

I was fortunate to have been given a copy of a record of the Southampton green 12991946, apparently one of the oldest greens in the world. Very interesting was the LAWS OF BOWLS and stated “laws settled by His Most Excellent Majesty King Charles II.” It states that the laws of bowls have altered but little during the last 200 or 300 years. The club possesses a copy of “rules for the game of Bowls, as settled by His Most Excellent Majestic King Charles II, His Royal Highness James Duke of York, and His Grace George Duke of Buckingham, in the year 1670. The game to consist of five or seven points, as may be agreed upon by the party engaged. Four or six bowlers constitute a set.” The rules are as follows--- we will this month look at a few. And they only had 20 laws 1. The party who hath the highest die shall lead the jack, keeping his foot on the trig, which must be placed one yard from the verge of the green. No cast shall be less than thirty yards. Interesting that the winner of the previous end shall deliver the jack----- keeping his foot on the mat (trig) and must be placed one yard from the verge and no cast (end) shall be less than thirty yards. 20. Keep your temper! And remember he who plays Bowls must take Rubbers! I assume a rubber would be a beating? 5. if a bowl, whilst running, be stopped by the adverse party, it shall be laid close behind the Jack------ what a

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penalty and today players complain about penalties? 16. No cast shall be measured before all bowls are bowled -----looks as this law has never been changed. 4. If the jack be bowled off the green, there shall be a fresh cast, and the same party again lead-----dead end Continue next month Before they were getting ducks at cricket, Drake was playing bowls at Plymouth.

dilemma then don’ do it – but, allow your t opponent the right to do so. It looks like there will be a tidal wave of change sweeping through bowls... hopefully making the law book, in two years time, much more "user friendly" for ALL concerned!! Remember change IS good! Progress, being a slow process? Hardly likely since WE have got our opinions through the door and it’ now taking up s residence!
TO THE POINT- “Back to Basics” This newsletter focuses as a handy resource for the want to be and don’ wanna be t umpire of the sport of bowls… .… these are: ? Players who are keen to expand their knowledge of the umpiring process and the repertoire of services that they can offer fellow members and the champions of tomorrow. ? Keen bowlers who might not now have the time as they are concentrating on playing the game but need a resource to guide their efforts in doing the right thing at the right time and knowing the difference between gamesmanship and sportsmanship.

By the end of 2004, the majority of players had received the new 'Laws of the Sport of Bowls'. The most visible change is that of allowing the skip who wins an end to nominate that the opposing team have the mat and Jack and be the first to bowl on the next end. This is the first fundamental rule change in our sport for 100 years, as it changes the entire strategy of the game. Do YOU think it will make for a better game of bowls? Would giving the mat away be a good tactic or a bad one?. Should be an interesting year while people get used to this new rule. Many say “by taking the mat and delivering the jack you can control the length of the end and the one time you would make an exception would be an extra end in a game so giving you the last bowl” Well, you play the game the way you want- that’ Strategy s is’ it? nt The appeal of bowls is that physically, one deals with situations left to us by opponents. Mentally, how one applies pressure, or responds to it, is what makes the game interesting. Personally we fully expect competent bowlers to execute last shots, and by them abandoning the mat early, it signals confidence. Better bowlers recognize weaknesses and adjust strategies to either apply or relieve pressure. Change is good, this is an interesting quirk but if mulling over whether or not to keep the mat is going to be a

Services available from the Technical Official Standing Committees: ? Information about every aspect of The Laws of the sport of bowls, skill in measuring and all related situations. ? Courses to achieve a greater depth of information and expertise to specialize in areas of marking, umpiring, facilitating and being a recognised font of information at your club. ? Forums held during general meetings that enable individuals with shared interests, whether Technical Officials or not, to pursue a dialogue about almost any aspect of bowling performance. ? E-mail feedback about impressions of what appears in our newsletters by sending questions on particular aspects of bowling and umpiring performance, and

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Answers to frequently asked questions. "Geen groot prestasie is ooit sonder entoesiasme behaal nie".


Do you mark your own Toucher or do you allow the opposition player to do it for you? Are you not in control of your game? This, now accepted, courtesy backfired in the following incident related to me. Skip A was in the process of marking his opponents bowl, which had come to rest at an angle near the jack, when the bowl fell over -away from the jack. The Opposing skip claimed the bowl had been disturbed and exercised his right to replace it, leaving it at such a severe angle towards the jack that it became the shot. It was in the opinion of skip A, who caused this to happen, that it had not been the shot and that it would have fallen over anyway, away from the jack of it's own accord if left alone. He allowed the opponent to get away with it but vowed never to mark an opponents toucher again. Law 30 (i) clearly states A Toucher sha1l be marked BY A MEMBER OF THE PLAYER'S

The umpire of the day ruled that measuring had commenced and the last bowl could not be played. There was no dispute about the decision of the umpire on duty.” unquote No dispute because the umpire was 100% correct, Law 46 (v) the head was broken with the removal of 2 shot bowls “by agreement with the opposing third” Who was the guilty party ---- 3rd of skip A ( see Law 32(iv) What is the penalty ----shall allow the 2 shots and any other Team B may have - And bowl not played?---it is forfeited! Law 55D(i)
Brawn plays a very small part in this ancient game. The weakest, skinniest, most insignificant-looking individual has an equal chance with the giants of the flesh and muscle. UNMARKED TOUCHER

During a recent finals a bowl, which had touched the jack, was not marked as a toucher before the next bowl came to rest. The players in charge then wanted to mark the bowl, this was overruled by the umpire. This led to some heated comments, mainly from the bank. Let us look at the relevant Laws. Law 30 (iii) Marking a toucher. "If a bowl is not so marked or not so indicated BEFORE the succeeding bowl has come to rest, it ceases to become a toucher!" There has also been some heated discussion on the duties of an umpire, as opposed to the duties of a Skip. Again the best thing to do is to refer to the Laws. Skip - Law 45A (ii) "with the opposing skip he shall decide all disputed points, and when both agree their decision shall be final. Law 45A (iii) If both skips cannot agree, the point in dispute shall be referred to, and considered by, an umpire whose decision shall be final”. For example if a player impedes a bowl, the umpire will explain the options , but cannot make the decision for the skip. But, in the case of the unmarked toucher, the skips have

To prevent this from happening, inform your opponent, before start of play, that YOU prefer marking your own touchers.

Skip A has one bowl to play. Skip B has delivered all her bowls. The third in side A goes to the head and removes the two bowls of the opposition lying shot and second from the head when the Skip of side A calls, “ I still have a bowl to play. At no stage had skip of side A conceded her last bowl. Law 49a Question:-May Skip A ask for the bowls to be replaced and then deliver her last bowl, surely good sportsmanship should have prevailed? i.e.34B(iii)

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no say in the matter, and the Law must be adhered to.

By Good Umpiring!! If the Umpire is alert and watching the rinks he will notice that a bowl has moved over to the boundary and shall make his way to that rink where he will stand at the peg. The umpire may not intervene unless asked to do so by both players. If he does, and the bowl IS in, he will be extremely embarrassed.

Reader’ comment: “Surely it is up to the s skips to agree if a bowl at the boundary line is in or out and even if they agree to a dead bowl being “live”, the game should continue as in Law 32 (v) Once the skips attention has been drawn to a possible dead bowl they must agree and that decision will be final?” This is an excellent question made even more interesting since the change in the Laws. The bowl outside the boundary, uncontested by the Skips, is wrong. Let me guide you through this one. The applicable Law is 32 - Dead Bowl. I don't particularly want to type the whole Law so please follow this with a Law book. 32(iii) states that skip shall immediately agree on whether a bowl is dead or not. Obviously if they can't agree then they should call an Umpire - more on the role of the Umpire in a moment. If this means holding the game up for a short while, then so be it. However, if they both ‘ AGREE’ it is in, then it will probably only be taken into account when measuring begins but will the thirds get the umpire to check it?. (vi) As soon as they agree the bowl is dead it must be removed. If it is left on the rink it becomes a neutral object. OK, now for the controversial bit. If both skips have agreed that the bowl should remain in play but then they ask an Umpire for a measure to that bowl, then the Umpire has the right to determine if that bowl is live or not. Law 61(d). The reason he has been called is to determine the shot but he cannot measure to a dead bowl so he must determine this first even if the skips have agreed to allow the bowl to stay on the rink. Now you are going to say that this is not fair and that this will cause some problems. So how do we get around this –

Be visible Be alert Be active Be prepared

All he needs to do is make his presence felt and hopefully the players will ask him. In reality the players tend to ask for your opinion so they can get on with the game. The key points are, both sides must agree whether it is in or out as soon as their attention is drawn to it, once the head is handed over to the Umpire to determine shot he must determine first if the bowl is in or out as he can't measure to a dead bowl.

A dead bowl remains a dead bowl!

It is mainly a code of behaviour whereby individuals treat one another the way they expect to be treated themselves. Breaches of etiquette are sometimes wilful, and sometimes inadvertent. Particularly in the latter case, injured parties should avoid overreacting, otherwise a breach of etiquette more objectionable than the original transgression could occur.
As a group of dedicated bowlers and administrator and very armature editors we do not profess to have got all the grammar or even all the spelling 100%correct----- enjoy it.

Any comment preferably positive, or if negative, with the solution, may be E-mailed to me Trevor Any bowler who would like to get a copy of this news letter sent directly to them just let us have your e-mail address, Club and Bowls S.A. Membership Number.

“The greater the challenge, the greater the reward”

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