Equipment & Clothing
Indoor bowls has some specific equipment and clothing, but if you're new to the game we have plenty of equipment here at the club for you to use. All we ask is that you wear flat shoes to help protect the green.
Here's a summary of the standard equipment used in indoor bowls and some of the clothing you may see players wearing.
The Bowls (Wood's):
Historically, bowls were made of very heavy Lignum Vitae wood and are commonly called 'woods' by players. Bowls can also be made of composite plastic resin or rubber. They come in various sizes and weights to suit the bowler. Bowls include a bias to one side which creates the swing a bowl takes en route to the jack.
The mat (or delivery mat) is made from hard-wearing rubber and indicates where the bowlers should deliver from. It is positioned lengthwise on the green by the player who is bowling first.
Is a white or yellow bowl measuring 63-67mm in diameter. It's what we're all aiming for! The jack is bowled by the starting player to a distance of their liking (within restrictions) and the subsequent play is focused on bowling woods close to the jack.
Shoes worn for bowling are required to have a flat sole to ensure the green is not damaged while playing. Most high street stores stock flat-soled shoes, but you can also purchase official bowling shoes from bowls retailers.
The 'grey' clothing is worn for club matches, home or away. This will include grey bottoms and a Banbury Cross Indoor Bowls Club top or plain white top. Tops can be jackets, jumpers, shirts or t-shirts. Bottoms can be trousers, shorts, or skirts. This does not apply to roll-ups - feel free to wear what is comfortable.
The full white clothing is worn by some clubs other than Banbury Cross IndoorBowls Club in competitions. This will include white bottoms and a Club top. Tops can be jackets, jumpers, shirts or t-shirts. Bottoms can be trousers, shorts, or skirts.
Not essential but recommended as bowlers are hardened to all weather conditions! Carrying a cloth to dry your bowls before bowling on a green will help you keep control over your bowl and avoid it slipping from your hand.
Chalk is used to mark a bowl that touches or moves the jack. If this bowl subsequently lands (or is knocked) into the ditch at the back of the rink it remains 'live' and could be included in the final count. Chalk can come in the form of a stick of chalk or a chalk spray.
Bowls measures are used to confirm which bowl is closest to the jack where the naked eye cannot make a clear judgement. They come in numerous forms, including as string measures, box measures, or calipers. Perhaps the most popular (pictured) include string that can be locked in place and calipers.
Bowls Carry Case:
A carry case is useful for transporting one's bowls to the green/rink.
A bowls bag can carry four bowls in the base, as well as room for shoes and clothing in the top compartment.
The scorecard may be carried by your marker or a player in your team to keep track of scores throughout the game. The scores from each end are recorded alongside a cumulative total.
The scoreboard can be put on display to help team members and spectators keep track of the team scores and how many ends have been played. A marker or nominated player will keep the scoreboard updated.