Club Matters

Rules and Information

Availabiility of the Green

Organised bowling for Ladies and Men takes places on the days indicated below

Sunday

The Green is usually available for play throughout the day (but check the Intimation Sheets for priority events). However, there is an open mixed play session on the first Sunday in every month during the playing season, starting at 2.00 pm, at which members and prospective members are invited to attend. Members wishing to book a rink for a competition tie or for a game with visitors should enter the details on the relevant Intimation Sheets; the binder is to be found in the entrance lobby. The Green Ranger will allocate a rink on the daily sheet displayed on the notice board. Prior booking of Bounce Game on any day is not permitted.

Monday

Our Outside Contractor has priority on the Green in morning, but his work is usually complete by 10 am. After the contractor has finished work, mornings are available for casual play and competitive ties, but rinks may not be booked in advance.
Ladies' Bounce Games 2:00pm (Sign in by 1:50 pm)
Men's "Hat Night" 7:00 pm (Sign in by 6:45 pm) Men of all standards are welcomed and the Men's Match Committee looks for good support.

Tuesday

Men's Bounce Games 10:00am (Sign in by 9:55 am).
Afternoon play - check the Intimation Sheets for priority events (3 rinks are required for the Men's Senior League matches when Braid are playing at home). Rinks cannot be booked by individuals for the 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm session.

Wednesday

Our Outside Contractor has priority on the Green in morning, but his work is usually complete by 10 am. After the contractor has finished work, mornings are available for casual play and competitive ties, but rinks may not be booked in advance. Ladies Points Day 2:00 pm (Sign in by 1:45 pm) Some experience necessary. If in doubt, consult Jane Meikle.
Men's Edinburgh Bowling League 7:00 pm - 5 rinks are required for League matches when Braid First XVI are playing at home and one rink on other weeks.

Thursday

Men's "Bounce Games" 10:00am (Sign in by 9:55 am)
Afternoon play - check the Intimation Sheets for priority events. Rinks cannot be booked by individuals for the 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm session.

Friday

Our Outside Contractor has priority on the Green in morning, but his work is usually complete by 10 am. After the contractor has finished work, mornings are available for casual play and competitive ties, but rinks may not be booked in advance.
Afternoon play - check the Intimation Sheets for priority events. Rinks cannot be booked by individuals for the 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm session.
In the evenings the Green is reserved for the popular Mixed "Hat Nights" which members are encouraged to support. A game of 12 ends is followed by wine and nibbles in the Club House

Saturday

Once a month on a Saturday afternoon there is a Mixed Play Day, to which all members are cordially invited. (Dress: Grey and white.) Check club notice boards for details. Normally signing in time is 1:45 pm, but the Mann Trophy (a 2 bowl mixed triples competition) requires entry to be made by the preceding Thursday on the notices displayed.
Otherwise, the Green is usually available for play in the mornings, evenings and afternoons when there is no Mixed Play Day.

Note that on some occasions the Green is booked for special events. These will be advertised in the Events diary, and on the noticeboard outside the clubhouse.

Daily Intimation Sheets

As noted above, Priority Events are shown on the Daily Intimation Sheets and include:
Ladies' and Men's League Matches against other clubs
"Friendlies" against other clubs
Hosting external competitions (eg for EBL, ELBA, SBA, etc.)

Informal information

The formal Rules on the Use of the Green (amended 2003) are on a separate page and set out the detailed rules on how the Green may be used. However, the following informal information is provided to encourage members, particularly new members, to make the most of their membership.

Dress

Casual but smart dress appropriate for the weather is what members will normally be wearing when they are playing on the Green. The most important item of dress however is footwear. This should always be bowling shoes, that are flat-soled and "heel-less". This is for the protection of the playing surface and bowling shoes should not be worn out with the Club Grounds.
When representing the Club in League Matches, Outside Competitions or Friendlies against other clubs, then the accepted dress is as follows:
Ladies - White blouse, polo-shirt or shirt, white jersey or cardigan and grey skirt or trousers.
Men - White shirt, club (or plain dark blue) tie, white jersey or cardigan and grey trousers. A navy blue blazer is also generally worn.
This"formal dress", referred to as"Greys and Whites"or "Uniform", is also worn on:

"No Play" and "Use of Groundsheets"

When the red "No Play" notice is displayed at the Pavilion Entrance Door, no play shall take place on the Green.
Similarly, when the "Use Groundsheets" notice is displayed at the Pavilion Entrance Door, players must ensure that groundsheets are to be used. Please refer to formal rules on Use of the Green - Rule 9 (d). The groundsheets are kept at the back of the Men's Locker Room, near to where the scoreboards are stored. You should also find a box of nails that are used to pin the groundsheets to the Green.

Finally the Club Committee would encourage all playing members to take full advantage of their membership. You are encouraged to play as often as you can and to enjoy what is widely regarded as one of the best playing surfaces in Edinburgh. We are constantly looking for new members! The Committee would urge you to encourage family and friends to come along and have a game with a view to joining.

SBA Bowling Etiquette Hints to Beginners

  1. Players should use the steps provided when going on or off the Green.
  2. Bowls should not be dropped on the Green.
  3. Do not stand on the verges.
  4. Matches, cigarette ends, etc., should be placed in the litter-baskets and not in the Ditches.
  5. Bowls should not be kicked in until the shot has been decided.
  6. After delivering a Bowl, a player should either retire behind the Mat or advance to the head. He should not take up a position in between.
  7. Don't delay the game.
  8. Don't wander around or move about the head when a player is about to deliver a Bowl.
  9. The 'Skip' always keeps the score (World rules 2010).
  10. Bowling is a friendly game and all players should show courtesy and good sportsmanship.
  11. All Bowlers should know the Rules as laid down by the World Bowls Ltd.
  12. Mobile Phones should not be used on or around the green.

Stamping of Bowls - Serial Numbers on Bowls

Since 2004 World Bowls Ltd Laws made it mandatory for a set of bowls to have a serial number on them to show they were from a matched set. This has not been enforced in Scotland till now, but from April 2013 bowls from sets without a serial number will not be acceptable for competitive play in Scotland.

To read the full guidance on the Bowls Scotland website, indicating what to do if your bowls have no serial number, please follow this link: Bowls Scotland

Note

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