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Intermediate Training Sessions

We offer basic and/or intermediate coaching/drills on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9:30 am.

If you require training outside of these morning sessions, please contact Wayne at 514-505-1186 and he will arrange a free private coaching with one of the following coaches:

Heather MacIntosh

Nasir Asghar

Steve Mariano

Chris Hoodspith

Tony Fox

Nancy Lord

Bowler's Handbook


Rules of the Game

Familiarize yourself with some of these simply rules.

Player Responsibilities


The skip has sole charge of the team and all players on the team should follow his/her instructions. The skip will decide all disputed points with the opposing skip within the Laws of the Sport of Bowls. The skip is responsible for the score card and to enter the names of all players on the card.


When playing fours, the third will measure any disputed shots and tell the skip the number of shots scored for and against their team as each end is completed. When playing triples, the second will measure.


The lead of the team to play first in an end should deliver the jack and make sure it is centered before delivering the first bowl of the end. In conjunction with the opposing lead, arrange to clear the head by raking bowls at the end of each end.

In addition to the above, players can carry out any other duties assigned to them by their skip. (Except completing the scorecard).

Player Etiquette

Lawn bowling should be played in a spirit of good sportsmanship with common courtesy. Teams begin and end each game with a friendly handshake to all members of both teams.

As soon as each bowl comes to rest, possession of the rink is transferred to the other team. By the time a player's bowl comes to rest, he/she should be behind the mat or behind the head. Players of each team not in the act of playing or controlling play should stand well behind the head or mat.

A player on the mat should not be interfered with, or have his/her attention distracted in any way by an opponent. Players behind the mat should not talk while a player is on the mat.

If you are counting, your opponent will do the measuring and both must agree on the outcome. No bowls should be disturbed or kicked away without the agreement from both sides. Do not dwell too long on the mat or in protracted conferences.

All players must ensure that the greens are not damaged. Make use of screens, if necessary, to protect the playing surface.


Mat Placement

The mat must be placed at least 2 meters from the back ditch, and at least 23 meters to the front ditch.

Jack Initial Placement

The jack must be at least 2 meters from the front ditch and must be past the hog line. If a jack ends up in between 2 meters from the front ditch, it is placed 2 meters from the front ditch. The jack must be at least 21 meters from the mat.

Bowl and Jack Delivery

One foot must be entirely on the mat during delivery. If the first lead throws the jack out of bounds, then the opposing team lead throws the jack. If both leads throw the jack out of bounds, the jack is placed 2 meters from front ditch.

Bowl in Play

The bowl must be within the rink boundary and not in the front ditch unless it has been touched by the jack. If a bowl ends up out of bounds, it is removed from play. Any bowl that goes into the front ditch that has been touched by the jack remains in play.


If two counting bowls from opposing teams are equal distance from the jack, then the end is blanked. If a bowl hits the jack out of the lane, the re-spotting rule applies (2 metres/centered from the front ditch).

Dress Code


Men - slacks or walking shorts (shorts not more than three inches above the knee). Women - dresses, skirts, slacks, culottes, Capri pants or walking shorts provided the apparel is not more than three inches above the knee. A team may wear any combination of the apparel mentioned. For club competitions, wear white tops and bottoms or club colours except for St. Jean Baptiste, when you may wear blue tops, and Canada Day, when you may wear red tops. For invitational, teams may wear their club colours so long as all members of a team are wearing the same colours Club crests are permitted. Subtle crests of a sponsor are permitted subject to prior approval of the Federation.


Team members should wear regulation footwear according to WBB regulations. Soles should be flat. Sandals can be used but must have a strap around the heel. Open toed or heeled shoes should not be worn.

Hats and Visors

Hats and visors may be any color and need not be uniform for all members of a team.


There are no restrictions with respect to color and type of additional clothing that a player may choose to wear during inclement weather.


Umpires wear red shirts, there is no code requirement for outerwear.