|New laws for flat green bowls come into effect from 1 April 2015 and are available in the booklet Laws of the Sport of Bowls Crystal Mark Third Edition available from Bowls England.
With a very useful ‘Additional Comments’ column this table lists the 35 laws that have been changed; however, only a couple will be of significance to most bowlers and the differences are contrasted below.
1. New Law
“Before delivery a player must be standing on the mat with all or part of at least one foot on the mat. At the moment they deliver the jack or a bowl, the player must have all or part of one foot on or above the mat.”
“Before delivery a player should be standing on the mat with one foot fully on the mat. At the moment they deliver the jack or a bowl, the player should have all or part of one foot on or above the mat.”
2. New Law
“For domestic play skips can transfer the duties of marking the scorecard . . . to other members of the team. However, they must make sure that the duties are transferred to players whose positions, in order of play, are the same in each team. If agreement cannot be reached on who should keep the scorecard then the skips in both teams must keep the scorecard . . .”
“The skip should be responsible for the score card supplied by the Controlling Body while play is in progress.”