5 PLAYING ARRANGEMENTS
5.1. The player whose name appears first in a draw is designated the ‘Challenger’ on behalf of
themselves and, where appropriate their team, similarly the player whose name appears
second is designated the ‘Opponent’.
5.2 All National Championships will be played on an Area or Regional basis. If 2 Clubs have the
same colour stickers, the ‘opponent’ shall remove or change their stickers
5.3 No competitor shall play on the same rink on the day of the competition before play
commences. Competitors qualifying for the National Championship Finals may not play at the
venue where the Championship is being played for a period of 48 hours prior to the event
commencing unless covered by the Laws of the Sport of Indoor Bowls.
5.4 The Challenger will be responsible for all match arrangements except Area Finals that are
arranged by the Area Coordinator. Then the Area Coordinator will arrange the date, venue and
umpire for the Area Semi Finals or Finals on a neutral green and the rink will be selected from
those available on the day.
5.5. MATCH FORMAT FOR INDIVIDUAL COMPETITIONS
SINGLES = 4 bowls each player 21 shots
TWO BOWL SINGLES = 2 bowls each player 21 shots
PAIRS = 4 bowls each player 18 ends or 3hr 30 min
TRIPLES = 3 bowls each player 18 ends or 3hr 30 min
FOURS = 2 bowls each player 18 ends or 3hr 30 min
The 3hr 30 minutes does not include trial ends or extra ends. An end where the jack has been
cast before 3hr 30 minutes must be played to a finish. All dead ends must be replayed. Start
time must be agreed by both players from the same timepiece and marked on the scorecard.
If a game is unable to continue due to unforeseen circumstances, the competitors must return
as soon as possible to complete the game.
5.6 SETS PLAY
(i) The Under 18 Singles and Under 25 Singles Championships will be played in sets. Each
match will consist of two sets, each set being played over 9 ends. A set will be decided if
at any point it becomes impossible for one player to draw, or win, the set given the number
of ends remaining.
(ii) If the game is tied after 2 sets, by either player having won 1 set or both sets being drawn,
a best of a three end “tie breaker” will be played to determine the winner. If the game is
still drawn after three tied ends have been played then one extra end will be played. The
match tie breaker is decided by the winner of each end, and not by the total number of
shots won in the three ends.
(iii) The winner of the toss prior to the start of the match shall have the option to either take
the mat or give it to his opponent on the first end only. The loser of the toss shall have the
option of taking the mat or giving it away on the first end only of the second set.
(iv) After the first end of any set, the player who wins an end will start the next end in the set.
(v) In a match tie breaker the player winning the toss shall have the choice of starting or giving
away the jack on the first and third ends. The loser of the toss shall have the choice of
starting the second end or giving away the jack on this end only.
(vi) If a jack in motion passes completely outside the boundaries of the rink of play or rebounds
to a distance of less than 20 metres from the mat line, the jack shall be re-spotted. If the
jack passes outside the side boundary of the rink it should be placed on a pre-arranged
spot on the rink which is 2 metres from the front ditch and 1½ metres to the left or right of
the centre line, on the side that it left the rink of play.
(viii) If a bowl is on the re-spot, the jack will be placed as near as possible to the bowl without
touching it, between the spot and the centre of the rink. If any other bowls are in the way
the jack will be placed as near to that without touching it and the centre of the rink. In other
words, directly between the 2 spots without touching a bowl.