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How to Play Bowls

At Banbury Cross Indoor Bowls Club we welcome members of any ability and experience. The basics of bowls are quite simple, but in our series of articles below we'll outline the basic rules, terms and information to help anyone get started.​

Equipment & Clothing The Rink & Green Types of Game

Equipment & Clothing

We have all the equipment you need at the club to get started. Find out more about the kit we use here.


The Rink & Green

Find out about the pristine green and how rink's boundaries are defined.


Types of Game

There are a number of games we play in indoors bowls that suit single players up to teams of four.


How to Bowl Types of Shot Bowl & Jack Positions​

How to Bowl

Here we share the basics on how to deliver your first shot, including how to hold the bowl and stand

Types of Shot

Here we'll give some detail on the types of shot that can be played and their corresponding names.

Bowl & Jack Positions​

Your bowl or jack may land in an active or inactive position - here we'll define the rules.

Player Roles & Positions Etiquette


 Player Roles & Positions

In a bowls match team players will have different roles. Here we confirm the roles and duties of each player.


Here are a few hints on appropriate etiquette while playing, waiting your bowl, or watching from the sidelines.