Etiquette – Marking

During the season, when individuals are heavily involved in singles competitions, markers are required. Consider making yourself available as a marker whenever you can. It is not good etiquette to watch games from the sidelines or from the clubhouse whilst the same people are being called on again and again. If you have the time get out there and mark.

A marker is serving two people. If we all marked one tie for every two we played there would not be a problem.

If you are marking a tie the following rules should be observed:

When a player has delivered the jack the marker should centre it then stand back and to one side, ensuring that all rink markers are visible to the players.

He or she should answer any specific question (from the player in possession of the rink) about the state of the head. He or she should not offer any additional information that has not been requested. When asked, he or she should tell or show the player in possession of the rink which bowl or bowls the marker considers to be shot.

If you are unsure of the situation, for example you cannot decide who is lying, don’t guess. You can offer an opinion but make sure that the player who is asking the question is made aware of this.

The marker should mark all touchers immediately they come to rest and remove chalk marks from non touchers. He/She should also remove all dead bowls from the rink with the players’ agreement. He should also mark the position of touchers and or the Jack which are in the ditch.

The marker should not move any bowls until the end is complete and the players have agreed the number of shots.

He/She shall measure disputed shots when required but once again he should not move the bowls until the players agree. If an Umpire is available then he may be called upon for a decision. Where no Umpire is available the marker may select one. Both players may also agree that the marker should make the decision. This is acceptable at local level.