Vicki Stein, Jo-Ann Unwin (Capalaba(, Susan Mullen & Maureen Page (Wellington Point) working hard on their theory questions

Markers, Measurers & Umpires – courses available

by bqmedia on July 9, 2021

Umpire By Joan Brotherton

As we return to some kind of normal, it is very pleasing to note that many of our members are contacting their districts to enquire if there are any courses available covering marking, measuring and umpiring. My district, Gateway Ladies, has recently held courses covering these components with16 members attending across two days. After further discussions with various clubs, I thought that I would outline the accreditation assessment process for markers, measurers and national umpires.

What is a marker?

A marker is a crucial official with clearly defined duties listed under Law 42 – page 62 of the Law Book. As markers, you need to have a good understanding of that law. The primary duty of the marker is to assist players so the game can proceed within the laws. Marking is an art and, like other arts, takes time to master. A good marker can enhance a game, while a bad marker can ruin a game.

What is a measurer?

A measurer is extremely important to the game of bowls. Measurers need to know the laws relating to measuring. They need to know how to use standard measuring equipment appropriately and efficiently, as well as be able to communicate confidently the results of a measure to players. Measurers have a significant influence on the way in which games are conducted and the atmosphere that prevails.

What is an umpire?

National Umpires need to be skilled measurers as well as be knowledgeable about the laws of bowls. The umpire’s main role is as a neutral arbiter, ensuring that the laws are always complied with and that games are conducted in a spirit of fairness and with common sense.

How much do the courses cost?

Marker – $22.00
Measurer – $22.00 Marker/Measurer/National Umpire – $55.00

How do I get started?

Fill in the relevant application form together with your fee and Code of Behaviour form found on the Bowls Queensland website at It is also now mandatory to obtain your Blue Card. If you do not have one, the appropriate form needs to be filled in and forwarded to Blue Card Services. Once BQ has received your forms, they will be forwarded to your district and a suitable time will be made for your accreditation. You will also receive an Officiating Manual.

The exam process covers the following:


  • A quiz with 11 questions.
  • Putting it all together:
  • Part 1 includes Part A – Assessment of distances, Part B – Assessment of shots and Part C – Marking Questions.
  • Part 2 includes playing a game of singles – as a marker and player.
  • Assessment sheet – filled in by your assessor.


  • A quiz with 10 questions.
  • Measuring Assessment – 10 measuring stations.
  • Assessment sheet – filled in by your assessor.


  • A quiz with 11 questions.
  • Assessment Sheet – filled in by your assessor.
  • Finish with a Self-Reflection Form and Course Feedback.

If you are interested in any of the above courses, please contact either your district or the staff at Bowls Queensland who will be pleased to assist you or answer any questions that you may have. I know you will find these courses most enjoyable and highly informative, plus the information you learn will be of great assistance to you in continuing to enjoy our wonderful game of bowls.

Maureen Page, Susan Mullen with P & A Michelle Lambert after being advised they had passed their course
P & A Diane Tucker with Susan Mullen (Wellington Point) getting excited after hearing she had passed her Marking Accreditation while P & A Jill Pinkowski and Merilyn Sanders (Capalaba) are working through the various marking stations in the background