Markers Guide Lines
Marking a game of bowls is an art and takes time to master.
A good marker can "make a game", the players deserve the best you can be.
Be aware of the dress code of the players, you should be dressed the same.
Introduce yourself to both players and establish whose bowls belong to what player.
Tell the players you would like time to centre the mat before they deliver the jack and you would like time to mark all touchers as soon as the bowl come to rest and you would like permission to remove all dead bowls from the green or the ditch.
Carry the minimum amount of equipment onto the green with you. Normally, chalk or chalk spray, 2 wedges, 2 pens, a coin and a box measure.
Do - align the jack after it has come to rest, but first note that the mat is correctly positioned.
Do - pick up the mat from the previous end and place it on the bank.
Do - ensure that the jack has been cast a minimum of 23 metres; it is your responsibility* to check.
Do - stand about 2 metres behind and 1 metre to the side of the jack.
Do - be alert and in position to see if a bowl becomes a toucher.
Do - chalk all touchers on BOTH sides immediately the bowl comes to rest.
Do - answer all questions briefly, unless asked to elaborate by either player.
Do - keep clear of the head when the players arrive, they determine the result of the end.
Do - tell the players the score after every end. (In a calm manner)
Do - call for an umpire if there is a measure required unless he/she is already on the green.
Do Not move about when either player is about to play their bowl.
Do Not volunteer information on heads unless asked by either player.
Do Not applaud either player or shot.
Do Not tell the players who is shot when they arrive at the head.
Do Not obstruct the centre marker or rink markers.
Do Not engage in conversation with either player unless they want to.
Do Not stop or catch any bowls which are about to enter the ditch.
Do Not move any bowls from the head, it is up to the two players to remove the bowls whether counting or not.
Move to the front of the head to wait for the players to decide who is shot or how many shots are scored and to whom and enter on the scorecard.
Then walk quickly to the other end. The rest of the card can be completed after the jack on the next end has been straightened.
If you are at the scoreboard end - adjust it when the 1st bowl is in motion.
When the game is complete make sure both players agree the result and both sign the card if required.
These guidelines are copied from: ENGLISH BOWLS UMPIRES ASSOCIATION - TRAINING MANUAL
*The Laws Of The Sport of Bowls - Section 14 Rule 55.2 Markers duties
Page 37 states
Don’t hesitate to verify a dubious length jack. It is the duty of the Marker to ensure the jack is delivered correctly. Check with the long tape if necessary.
Your club may have a slightly differing interpretation.
© 2023 Gordon Meredith