WB Laws Decisions
The WB Laws Committee (LC) occasionally receives, from WB Member National Authorities (MNAs), enquiries asking for decisions on various aspects of the Laws of the Sport of Bowls – such as clarification on the intent of, and guidance on, the interpretation of a specific law. Where these enquiries are considered to be of general interest, the enquiry and accompanying LC decision has been included in this section of the WB website.
Details of the current edition of the Laws of the Sport of Bowls can be found in the Laws of the Sport section of the World Bowls website. The LC has decided that the LC’s decisions on MNAs’ enquiries relating to the Laws which pre-date the current edition should continue to be shown in this section if the wording of the law in question has not changed in the current edition. The law numbers on the original enquiries, however, have been revised to reflect those in the current edition.
- August 2020 – Bowls England – Law 33 Leaving the green in relation to players with Disability
- March 2020 – Bowls South Africa – Position of player on the mat before delivery
- November 2019 – Laws Committee Clarification – Law 17.2.5 Dead or Live Bowl
- October 2019 – Bowls USA – Various
- May 2019 – Laws Committee Clarification – Electronic Devices
- September 2018 – Bowls Scotland – Disputed Toucher
- February 2018 – Bowls Scotland – Law 33 Leaving the Green
- July 2016 – Laws Committee Clarification – Law 23.3 Measuring
- April 2016 – Bowls USA – Laws 29.1 & 29.4 – Playing out of turn
- November 2015 – Bowls USA – Use of Headphones
- May 2015 – Bowls Japan – Laws 17.2 Delivery of a Bowl
- June 2012 – Bowls Australia – Law 188.8.131.52 Substitutes
- May 2012 – Scottish Bowls Umpring Committee – D3 Stamping of Bowls
- March 2012 – USA LBA – Laws 29.1 & 29.4 – Playing out of turn
- June 2011 – Bowls England – Law 3 Drawing for Rinks
- April 2011 – Bowls New Zealand – Law 32.1 & 55.3.4 Stopping a Game
August 2020 – Bowls England
The Laws Committee has received a request to provide clarity relating to the laws regarding leaving the green during the course of play, and any implications in relation to the Disability Discrimination and The Equality Act 2010.
Firstly, it is not the intent of any Law of the Sport of Bowls to discriminate against any individual, and this is indeed the case with Law 33.7. Instead, we would allow some flexibility in the time allowed for legitimate medical needs or refer to a different Law to manage your described scenario.
Law 33.7 states – If a player has to leave the green during the course of a Singles game due to illness or some other reasonable cause, and they cannot return within 10 minutes, the defaulting player will forfeit the game to their opponent.
An alternative solution can be found in Law 33.2:
Law 33.2 states If a player has to leave the green during the course of a team or side game due to illness or some other reasonable cause, and they cannot return within 10 minutes, the umpire or the Controlling Body can approve the introduction of a substitute.
We understand that a Substitute may not always be available and so this may not be applicable in those circumstances.
It is understood that not all medical issues can be managed in a short period of time as described above. In these instances, we could then refer to Law 32:
Law 32.1 states If a game is stopped because of darkness, weather conditions or any other valid reason