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Welcome to the English Bowls Umpires Association.

The EBUA is the unified governing body for qualified Bowls Umpires in England.

We are responsible for appointing Umpires to any events as requested by the local, national and international governing bodies of the Sport of Bowls.

Our umpires undergo an intensive training and development program from new candidates through to experienced international officials.

16th July 2017

Mr. John Davies.

It is with regret that we have to report the death of John Davies of Dorset.

John had been the Area Secretary for the South West area of the Association for many years, only having stood down earlier this year. John was a familiar face in the Umpires Office at the National Championships at Worthing for many years and was made a Life Member of the Association at the AGM in April this year.

John was also a Director of the World Bowls Tour and a regular face behind the scenes at WBT events .

John's funeral will take place at Poole Crematorium, Gravel Hill, Broadstone, Poole BH17 9BQ at 2:30pm on Wednesday 2nd August, followed by refreshments at Dolphin Indoor Bowls Club, Waterloo Road, Poole BH17 7LG.

Family flowers only please.

5th July 2017

Minutes of the AGM held on 23rd April 2017 are now available

bullet AGM 23rd April 2017

30th May 2017

Commonwealth Games 2018


We are delighted to announce that the following ITO members of the EBUA have been chosen (subject to confirmations) to work at next year's Commonwealth Games in Australia.

Dan Bluett

Ray Keen

Angie Thompson

Allan Thornhill

Well done to all of you.

22nd May 2017

Top Club at Leamington in September 2017

Applications are invited for Umpires and Markers who hold a Certificate of Competence to apply for duties on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September 2017 at Leamington.

The closing date for receipt of your application is 4th July 2017

Further details can be downloaded here.

The application form can be downloaded here.

Please note that following reports that some members were having difficulty completing the original application form a new one has been posted here on 19th June 2017

26th April 2017

Mr. Norman Deeprose.

It is with regret that we have to report the death of Norman Deeprose of Worcestershire.

Norman was Secretary from 1987 to 2005 and Chairman in 1996.

5th February 2017

Mr. Richard Moore.

It is with regret that we have to report the death of our previous Secretary Mr. Richard Moore.

14th January 2017

World Bowls Law Change.

Members attention is drawn to the changes to Laws D2, 52.1.3, and 53.1 which were passed at the World Bowls Council Meeting held in Christchurch, New Zealand on 5 December 2016.

In short this removes the requirement for large grooved rings on the non-bias side of the bowls.

For full details please see the document WB Law Change 5 December 2016 by clicking here.

14th January 2017

Transparent frame measuring device.

As from the start of the 2017 outdoor season the use of the "Transparent frame measuring device with concentric circles" will and must be allowed to be used by all players during their game, as per World Bowls directive.

They are not for us to use as a marker or umpire and they will not be part of our official kit.

Vernon Findell, Association Secretary.

1st December 2016

Indoor Laws.

With effect from October 2016 the WIBC have introduced new Laws of the Sport of Indoor Bowls

There are only minor differences to five Laws.

Your Executive Committee have agreed to send all paid up umpires the latest copy of the above for free, when the Secretary receives your 2017 subscription. Those that have paid in advance will be receiving them in the next week or two.

25th February 2016

Aero Trifecta Bowls.

On 9th February 2016 the English Indoor Bowling Association Ltd issued an addendum to the statement that they issued in July 2015.

This can be read by clicking here

Your attention is drawn to an Official Statement issued on Monday 27th July 2015 by the English Indoor Bowling Association Ltd regarding the potential health risks associated with the use of Aero Trifecta Bowls.

This can be read by clicking here

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