Some Basic Rules

Some Basic Rules

Underneath the answer is the specific law reference (WB – World Bowls, outdoor; WIBC – World Indoor Bowls Council, indoor).

Position of players
Players should stand behind the jack or well clear of the head (i.e. on the bank if there is no stand-off room).

At the mat end, players should stand at least one metre behind the mat. Failure to comply constitutes a breach of rink possession.
WB Law 36.1 WIBC Law 42

Playing the last bowl
It is not mandatory for the last player to deliver the last bowl. Once this intention is declared, it cannot be changed.
WB Law 42 WIBC Law 47

Short bowl
If a bowls finishes at a distance of less than 14 metres, measured in a direct line from the center of the mat line, it is a ‘dead’ bowl and should be removed from the rink.
WB Law 27.1 WIBC Law 27

Inspecting the head
Carrying a bowl to the head whilst inspecting it does not render the bowl dead. Just don’t drop it into the head! WB Law 27.2 WIBC Law 30

Length of jack: Yes, it is the duty of the marker to ensure that the jack is up to the minimum length, i.e. 23 metres. WB Law 55.2 WIBC Law 58

Tied end: An end declared tied shall be counted as a played end.
WB Law 41.2 WIBC Law 46

Dead end: A dead end shall not be counted as played. The jack is then delivered by the person who first delivered the jack in the dead end.
WB Law 31.1 WIBC Law 35A

Nomination of touchers: This should only take place if there is the likelihood of moving the bowl or disturbing the head. Always have your chalk ready or preferably a spray. Not having chalk is no excuse for nominating a toucher. WB Law 25.2 WIBC Law 28

The manager, or coach of a team or side or, in the absence of both, the manager’s delegated deputy, may give advice from beyond the boundaries of the green.

The World Bowls version of the law (outdoor):

Either the manager or the coach of a player, team or side or, in their absence, the manager’s delegated deputy, can give advice to a player during the course of play as long as:

57.1 the umpire is given the names of the manager, the coach or the manager’s delegated deputy as appropriate before the game starts;

57.2 only one person gives advice at any one time; and

57.3 the person giving the advice does so from outside the boundaries of the green.

So, as you can see from both versions of the laws, it is perfectly legal for the team manager, coach or their delegated deputies to give advice to the players, provided it is from beyond the boundaries of the green (i.e. from the bank).

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