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The Laws of the Sport of Bowls

The Sport of Lawn Bowls is played in accordance with the current edition of the Laws of the Sport of Bowls.

The current edition is the Crystal Mark Third Edition.

This edition became effective from 1st April 2015 in England for all outdoor bowling played under the auspices of Bowls England.

This edition will become effective from the start of the 2018-2019 Indoor season in England for all indoor bowling played under the auspices of the English Indoor Bowls Association.

Copies of the Third Edition can be obtained at a cost of ₤ 2.00 plus postage from the Bowls England website

Prospective new members should note that a copy of the Law Book is provided as part of your Home Study pack.

A copy of the Bowls England Domestic Regulations can be downloaded here and they are also reproduced in the Third Edition booklet as published by Bowls England.

Bowls England Domestic Regulations

World Bowls Law Committee decisions.

As and when necessary the World Bowls Law Committee make decisions on interpretations of the Laws of the Sport of Bowls or make changes to the Laws.

The World Bowls Law Committee decisions can be found by clicking here or going to

Of particular note for members are the following:-

Removal of the requirement for large grooved rings on the non-bias side of the bowls.

WB Law Changes 5 December 2016.pdf

Use of transparent ‘Shot Spotter’.

Shot Spotter.pdf

Bowls England request for Domestic Regulation on “Shot Spotter”
N.B. this request was refused by World Bowls.

BE DR Request.pdf