Guidance for markers

The purpose of these notes is to achieve consistency in the way Club singles games are marked. If anything is unclear or you need further information, please ask. Remember, a good marker can make a game but a bad one can ruin it. Keep the game flowing.

Before the game

Make sure that you have the necessary items with you: -

- Measure

- Chalk

- Pen/pencil

- Wedges

- Coin (toss for mat)

- Score-card

If an umpire is not present make sure that the Club’s umpire’s case is to hand.

Be familiar with the requirements of the game i.e. 21 shots, 21 ends, handicap, who is the challenger?

Starting the game

Before the toss for the mat, explain to the bowlers: -

- You will check that the mat is centred before the jack is sent. If the jack is sent before the mat is centred it will be returned and the opponent will set the mat and send the jack.

- You will chalk a toucher, or remove old chalk from a non-toucher, as soon as it comes to rest.

- You will update the score-board on alternate ends. The bowlers can update the board on the other ends, if they are happy to do so. This is to save time and keep the game flowing. Except for two wood singles, you will not be recording the number of ends on the score-board. This is a singles game, the ends are not counted.

- For the trial ends they can use any number of bowls up to the number they will be using in the game.

During the game

- Walk quickly to the other end down the centre of the rink. (This will discourage them from sending the jack before the mat is centred). Stand at the end of the rink in front of the number and centre the mat.

- Move to one side of the number and wait for the jack to be sent, then centre it.

- Take up a position 1m to the side and 1m behind the jack. Make sure any shadow does not fall on the head area. If a wide head develops, move further out so that you are not obscuring bowls likely to be in the count.

- Answer any questions clearly and concisely. Do not walk into the head to check the position of bowls, look from outside the head. If it’s a possible measure, say so but do not indicate that you favour any bowl.

- Do not talk to spectators.

At the finish of an end

- When all bowls have been played, move to one side of the head and wait for the bowlers to agree the score. Repeat the score back to them. Do not give any opinion on which bowl might be shot etc.

- Make a quick note of the number of shots scored on the score-card then move quickly to the other end of the rink. The remainder of the score-card can be completed whilst the mat is being placed or the jack is on its way up. The same applies to the score-board updating.

- If asked to measure, be clear what you are measuring. Ask for any bowls not required for the measure to be removed from the head.

- If the distance to be measured is less than 10 inches or greater than 1 yard, call for the Umpire, if one is present.

- When the Umpire is on the rink move down the rink well away from the head, unless required to assist with the measuring. The Umpire will indicate which bowl is shot by turning it out, so pay attention.

At the end of the game

- Offer congratulations/commiserations to the bowlers.

- Note the finish time on the card and get both bowlers to sign the card.

- Hand the card to the Umpire, if present, for checking otherwise place the card in the competition results box.

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