Umpires

Any member is required to have been bowling for two consecutive years before they can attend a course. Obtain a Blue Card and send a copy to BQ. Blue Card  Policy

To become a national marker, measurer or umpire follow the process listed below.

  1. Complete the application form Club Secretary is to sign and return to BQ with payment.
  2. The form will be processed and an umpire manual will be posted to the participant.
  3. The form will be sent to the District Umpire Coordinator who will contact you about the dates.

Bowls Australia Online Courses

Any member can also do the Bowls Australia course online at BowlsLearn

Click here to register with BowlsLink

Step by step guide to register with BowlsLink

Please follow the process listed below before you register with BowlsLearn/BowlsLink.

  1. Complete the application form Club Secretary is to sign and return to BQ with payment.
  2. The form will be processed and an umpire manual will be posted to the participant.
  3. Obtain a Blue Card and send a copy to BQ. Blue Card  Policy
  4. When the online course has been completed contact BQ to arrange a session with a presenter and assessor to finalize your accreditation. 

Officials at all levels are expected to have a set of skills and be able to perform relevant duties competently. A national umpire is to be neutral and fair as they can be called upon to decide disputes or to give an interpretation of the laws. National Umpires must be proficient measurers and have full knowledge and awareness of all aspects of the Laws of the Sport of Bowls.

During the national umpire course you will cover:

  • The Umpire’s duties;
  • Interpreting the laws;
  • The Measurer’s duties;
  • Laws relevant to measuring
  • Knowledge of correct and appropriate use of measuring equipment
  • Process of measuring
  • The Markers’ duties
  • Marker’s positioning on the green and positioning for different shots
  • Knowledge of correct and appropriate use of essential equipment
  • Communication, terminology and signalling skills as a Marker

Laws of the Sport Fourth Edition


Marker Measurer Umpire Reaccreditation 

To reaccredit follow the steps below.

  1.  Complete the application form, marker     measurer     marker/measurer     umpire
  2.  Secretary is to complete the performance form and letter of support
  3.  Send the application form, performance form, payment and letter of support to Bowls Queensland. 

 

How do I become a National Umpire article by State Umpire Co-ordinator, John Kirkpatrick.

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Bowls Australia Umpire Shirts 

BA Domestic Regulations updated April 2023

Laws of the Game Frequently asked Questions

Question 1

After 5 ends of the morning play of an interstate competition had been completed torrential rain forced the players from the green.  Are further trial ends permitted:

(a) On resumption of play in the afternoon of that day,

(b) On resumption of play at the same venue the next morning?

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Question 2

A player takes a stance on the mat with the player’s toes protruding over the front edge of the mat. The bowl is delivered from this position without moving the rear foot back on to the mat.  Is he foot-faulting?

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Question 3

 The lead in team A delivers the jack which passes the 2-meter mark. Before it comes to rest Skip A picks it up assuming that it will not reach the ditch and places it on the 2-meter mark. Skip B objects.  What should happen now?

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Question 4

A bowl, which had been a toucher in the previous end, is delivered with its chalk mark still on the bowl. It does not touch the jack but the chalk mark is not removed. As a result of play, several bowls later this bowl is forced into the ditch within the confines of the rink.  What should happen?

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Question 5

A player drives and the bowl, which is not a toucher, rebounds off the face of the bank, coming to rest within the rink and 19.4m from the mat line. The opponent says that it is dead, but the player claims that it is live.   What is the position?

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Question 6

A player in team A suggests that a bowl is out. Skip A checks it and picks it up agreeing that it is out. The opposing Skip objects.  What should be done?

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