Umpire Development

Umpire Development

This section of the World Bowls website deals with matters relating to the training and accreditation of umpires. The World Bowls Laws Committee has produced an Umpire Development document to support the introduction of a uniform set of training and examination procedures worldwide. Elements of this document have been added to this section of the website to create an interactive learning resource. The pages contain videos and photographs to assist with learning. Descriptions of the interactive sections can be found in the contents list below, each section can be accessed by clicking on its name. Throughout each section you can navigate backward and forward through the pages using the buttons at the bottom of each page.

A DVD is also available to complement the training process. Copies can be obtained by contacting the appropriate National Authority – details of which can be found by clicking on ‘Member Nations’ on the home-page of the World Bowls website.

Umpire Development Document

Interactive Online Training

Measuring Equipment & Procedures
Describes the equipment which an umpire should use and the procedures which an umpire should follow when deciding the shot and deciding whether a jack or a bowl is in play.

Guidelines for Umpires
The umpire’s duties are defined in Law 43 of the Laws of the Sport of Bowls – Crystal Mark Third Edition. This section gives umpires guidance on how they should perform their duties prior to and on arrival at the venue, prior to the start of the game, during the game and on completion of the game.

Guidelines for Markers
The marker’s duties are defined in Law 42 of the Laws of the Sport of Bowls – Crystal Mark Third Edition. This section gives markers guidance on how they should perform these duties.

Using Shot Indicators
Shot indicators are used by markers to signal to players and spectators which player’s bowl or bowls the marker considers to be shot. This section gives markers guidance on how and when to use them.