No laws governing a sport can cope with every situation, and the laws governing the sport of lawn bowls are no exception.  Unusual situations not covered within the laws can often arise.

The 'Laws of the Sport of Bowls' ("the laws") have been drawn up in the spirit of true sportsmanship. So, if a situation arises that is not covered by these laws, players, markers, and umpires, should use their common sense and a spirit of fair play to decide the appropriate course of action.


The Laws of the Sport of Bowls, Crystal Mark Second Edition was published in 2010 following the various recommendations from the member bowls governing bodies of the World Bowls Council., and copies are available for purchase at £2.00p each from Bowls Northamptonshire's Administrator and the Secretaries of the Women's Section and the Men's Section, details of which will be found under the website section 'About BN' on the menu above.


The Laws of the Sport came into effect for Bowls England and affiliated Counties and Clubs no later that the 1st April, 2011.


(Permission has been granted by the World Bowls Council for this extract from the Laws of the Sport to be used on this website)



A summary of the 'Laws of the Sport of Lawn Bowls' is being composed and will be added as soon as possible.