Players and spectators at the head end should stand still when
a bowler is on the mat and about to bowl.
2. There should be no trespassing over neighboring rinks; this
includes going to or from the clubhouse, moving to better see
the jack, and particularly when walking from one end of your green
to the other. Please be aware of others playing. If you are helping
your teammate aim, do so by standing behind the back board.
After bowling each bowl, step off the mat to the right. As you
approach the mat to bowl, do so from the rear left. Though not
essential, this is a useful habit of convenience to avoid collisions!
Always show good sportsmanship by acknowledging a display of good
skill by another bowler.
Avoid delaying play by leaving the rink without the knowledge
of the other players.
Avoid interfering with the head until the results of the end have
been agreed upon by the vices.
Bowlers should shake hands at the end of a game.
The plinth area of the green is fragile and should be treated
with care. This includes, but is not limited to, wearing proper
footwear, not dropping or tossing bowls on the green, and not
spitting or pouring liquids (water, coffee, etc.) on the green.
Punctuality for all games is a courtesy to the other players.
While standing at the head end waiting for the player on the mat
to bowl, stand between the markers so the bowler can see and use
the markers to aim.
When a bowl hits another bowl in play, it's important that the
vice or skip at the "head" end signal to the bowler on the mat
whether the struck bowl is yours (generally by tapping your shoulder)
or the other teams (generally by tapping your knee).
Bowlers not raking the bowls after an end should assist by kicking
the bowls into an approximate line, thus making raking easier
Players at the head end should be ready to stop deflected bowls
from crossing into the adjacent rink and interfering with neighboring
games; likewise, be alert to prevent bowls from adjacent rinks
from messing up your own head. Pay attention!
At Palo Alto we have no objections to bowlers running after their
bowl (we neither discourage enthusiasm nor youthful fitness) but
you must try to arrive at the head before your bowl stops.
A time limit of 2 minutes is allowed between the time when the
opponent's bowl stops and the next bowler delivers his/her bowl.
When there is clear violation, an umpire or club official who
is notified may issue a warning or appropriate penalty.
All bowlers are urged to have chalk and a measuring tape when
bowling so that bowls that touch the jack can be immediately marked
and, if necessary at the finish of an end, measuring can be undertaken
All bowlers should remember to clear the equipment from your rink
after your game.