WB Laws Decisions

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.

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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.

The Laws Committee responded to a similar query in 2018.

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