A GUIDE FOR MARKERS
The “Duties of Marker” can be found in the “Laws of The Game” (Law 42) as set out by World Bowls. However these guidelines should provide the basis of what is expected of you when marking singles ties in your own Club.
Before Play Commences:
- Make sure you know the Rules of the Competition you are marking.
- Ensure you have the necessary equipment e.g. coin, pen, score card, chalk, measures & wedges.
- Introduce yourself to the competitors and enter their names on the score card.
- Establish which bowls belong to which player.
- Tell the players that you will only answer questions from the player who has possession of the rink, and that you intend to mark or indicate touchers as soon as the bowl comes to rest. Ask the players permission to remove dead bowls from the rink.
- Ensure that the mat is properly placed and that the jack is centred at a legal distance from the front of the mat before the first player plays his first bowl. Always use the 2 metre stick when setting the jack from the rear ditch.
- Remain still, behind and to the side of the rink while the bowl is being played, making sure you do not obstruct the boundary pegs nor that your shadow falls on the jack.
- Do not approach the head unless it is to mark a toucher, remove chalk marks, indicate a toucher or answer questions.
- Mark on top of the bank the position of jack or obscure touchers in the ditch. Remove dead bowls with the permission of the players and ask the players if a “line” bowl is in or out.
- Be as accurate as possible when giving distances between jack and bowls, and if unsure which is shot, say so. Do not volunteer information unless asked.
- Only measure shots when asked by the players. If you cannot decide or the players are undecided call an Umpire. If bowls are likely to fall before or during a measure, use wedges.
- As marker you are to be impartial and not signal any bias towards one of the players.
- Finally when the game is complete, congratulate the players and ensure the card is agreed, signed and despatched to the appropriate official.