Hong Kong Lawn Bowls Association

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  • Umpires

    umpire backgroundPerceived as one of the best in the world, the team of Hong Kong umpires ensures the smooth running of all major competitions under the direct control of the Hong Kong Lawn Bowls Association.  They are under the governance of the Umpire Committee, whose members handle all matters pertaining to umpires. 

    The principal competencies required of an umpire are their ability in dealing with questions pertaining to the Laws of the Game and their capability in dealing with the more practical situations which may arise on the green, such as conducting a measure to determine the result of an end.  Additional responsibilities of managing the timely progress of a competition may also fall under the duties of an umpire.

    Anyone who wants to be an umpire is welcomed.  They are required to attend a Hong Kong Bowls Umpire Training Course, which is aimed at providing all applicants with the knowledge and skills required to qualify as an umpire.  They then need to be successful in the formal examination which is held at the conclusion of the course. 

    All umpires are working voluntarily, out of the love of the game and a desire to create a fair playing ground for all players.  It is this kind of dedication that keeps the team going, perfecting their skills at any tournament they are in charge of.

  • Laws of the Sport of Bowls

    Issued by World Bowls Limited, the current edition of the Laws of the Sport of Bowls is the Crystal Mark Second Edition published in 2010.

    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 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 should use their common sense and a spirit of fair play to decide on the appropriate course of action.

    Copy of the Laws are available at the HKLBA office.  Please note that no one should reproduce, store in a retrieval system, or transmit any part of this publication, in any form or by any means (whether electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise), without written permission of World Bowls Limited.

    Laws of the Sport of Bowls

  • Etiquette

    Dubbed the “Gentlemen’s Game”, Etiquette plays a major part in lawn bowls and has done so since the beginning.  Today, lawn bowls remains one of the few sports where common courtesy and etiquette is still prevalent.  While we should be proud of this, bowlers need to be warned of the potential   diminishing of this act of courtesy and to make the game as enjoyable as possible.

    Etiquette is those little acts that help to make our game such a wonderful creator of sociability and friendship.  It may not be the duties of the various players in the team, but much of them are common sense.  There is Etiquette to be observed towards the opponents, the Markers and Umpires; as well as to your own players and spectators.

    It is a code of behaviour that bowlers should adhere to, both on and off the green.

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