Welcome to the English Bowls Umpires Association.

The EBUA is the unified governing body for qualified 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 programme from new candidates through to experienced international officials.



Latest News

5th February 2017

Mr. Richard Moore.

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

25th January 2017

Minutes of the November 2016 Executive Meeting are now available

Executive Committee 27th November 2016

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.

13th December 2016

Bowls England Finals 2017

Applications are invited for Umpire and Marking Duties at the Bowls England finals to be held at Royal Leamington Spa in August 2017

Please return the form below to Vernon Findell.

Leamington August 2017

3rd December 2016

Development Officer Vacancy

As Allan Thornhill is not continuing as the Development Officer after the AGM in April 2017 the Executive Committee would like to receive ‘expressions of interest’ from those who would like to be considered to assume the role.

Please ensure these reach the Secretary (Vernon Findell) by 31 December 2016.

3rd December 2016

Secretary Vacancy

At the recent Executive meeting Vernon Findell announced that he would not be continuing as Secretary of the Association after the AGM in April 2017.

He is prepared to continue in the Treasurer's role

Please send any nominations (both proposed and seconded) to Vernon for inclusion in the AGM agenda..

1st December 2016

EIBA Finals 2017

Applications are invited for Marking Duties at the EIBA finals to be held at Nottingham and Melton Mowbray in 2017.

Please return the form below to Vernon Findell.

bullet Nottingham 2017

bullet Melton 2017

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.

17th November 2016

The Special Olympics to be held in August 2017 in Sheffield are looking for umpires and markers.

Application is by their questionnaire which can be found at:-


Registration Questionnaire

21st September 2016

Bowls England Finals 2016

The attached letter of thanks has been received from Tony Allcock.

bullet Letter

20th August 2016

EIBA Competition Rule Changes.

Members attention is drawn to the changes that the EIBA Ltd. have made to the competition rules for the 2016-2017 Indoor Season in England.

ALL games will be of 3.5 hours duration.
Pairs and fours will be 18 ends and triples 16 ends.

There are other important changes including the playing of extra ends which Umpires will need to be aware of.

The full competition rules can be downloaded here.

25th February 2016

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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