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Barry Athletic Bowls Club

The Game of Bowls

The game of bowls has evolved over hundreds of years and is played throughout the five continents of the world. Many different local and regional interpretations exist but there is only one recognised version of the laws of the game. You can access a PDF of the latest version by clicking on the appropriate sub page or just peruse some of the more frequently asked questions about the game of bowls.

No laws governing a sport can cope with every situation, and the laws governing the sport of bowls are no exception. Unusual situations not covered within the laws can often arise. The Laws of the Sport of Bowls (‘the laws’) have been drawn up in the spirit of true sportsmanship. So, if a situation arises that is not covered by these laws, players, markers and umpires must use their common sense and a spirit of fair play to decide on the appropriate course of action.