World Bowls Is the recognised International Federation for the Sport of Bowls. There are 59 Member National Authorities in 57 countries worldwide.

Bowls Canada Boulingrin (BCB) is the governing body responsible for lawn bowls in Canada.

Bowls Alberta is the provincial organization whose mission is to advance and enhance the sport of bowls in Alberta.


Mat Placement:
The first to play places the mat on the centre line at least 2 metres from the ditch and up to the hog line if desired.

Foot Faulting:
Before delivery a player must have one foot fully on the mat and at delivery all or part of one foot on or above the mat.

Jack / Bowl Length:
A jack must travel 21 metres to be legal while a bowl must travel14 metres to be in play.

Jack Delivery:
If the jack is improperly delivered the opposition may reposition the mat and deliver the jack but not play first. If the jack is delivered improperly by both leads the jack is placed at the 2 metre mark and the first to play may reposition the mat.

Only the delivered bowl may be a toucher even if it deflects off other bowls before touching the jack.

Position on Rink:
Players at the mat end who are not delivering a bowl should stand at least 1 metre behind the mat. Players at the head end who are not controlling play should stand behind the jack.

Playing Wrong Bowl:
Replace with correct bowl

Playing out of Turn:
Opposition skip has choice:
   a) may stop the bowl,
   b) leave it and have two bowls played to restore proper sequence,
   c) reset disturbed head and restore proper sequence,
   d) leave disturbed head and play two bowls,
   e) declare a dead end.

Bowl & Jack Displacement:
Numerous scenarios can arise. The skips have options which depend upon the cause and timing of the displacement.

Rink Possession:
Possession of the rink belongs to the player or team whose bowl is being played.

Determining score:
Bowls should not be moved until the number of shots has been agreed upon by the vice or skip.

Objects on the green:
No objects should be placed on the bank, the green or in the ditch to help a player.

Game stoppage:
If a game has been stop for a valid reason and all bowls have not been played, the end is declared dead

All lawn bowlers should familiarize themselves with “Laws of the Sport of Bowls Crystal
Mark 3rd Edition, 2015”.