Markers’ use of their time can make a big difference to the way a game is played and to the overall way in which the markers’ actions are perceived by players and spectators. For example, a marker who is either constantly rushing around or holding up players whilst writing the score card or turning over the scoreboard can adversely affect a player’s concentration.
Practice a routine that you can use in every game you mark. You will soon appreciate that there is no need to rush around and your confidence to deal with the unexpected will improve.
Typical time management techniques include the best time to complete the score card and your position on the rink as the players agree the shots.
Other techniques include:
- moving to the front of the head to wait for the players to decide the result of the end
- entering on the score card only the score for winner of the end when it is agreed by the players and completing the remainder of the scores after you have centred the jack for the next end.
When the last bowl in an end has come to rest:
- remove any jack or bowl indicators from the bank
- move to the front of the head to wait for the players to decide the result of the end.
When the players have decided the result of the end:
- confirm with the players the number of shots scored and by whom
- tell the players the running totals of the scores (if scoreboards are not being used)
- walk quickly to the other end (displaying lollipops if required)
- remove from the green the mat used in the previous end.
At the start of the next end:
- check that the mat has been properly positioned
- centre the jack
- as the first bowl is on its way up the green, update the score card and check that the scoreboard is correct.