Bowl & Jack Positions
Depending on where the bowls and jack come to rest after a shot is played, can determine whether they are 'live' or 'dead'.
Here's a quick round up of the positions:
A toucher is a bowl that makes contact with the jack in its original delivery. If this bowl is knocked into the ditch it remains live. A toucher will be marked with chalk to identify it.
A dead bowl is one that has come to rest entirely outside of the boundaries of play. This could be directly from a bowl, or due to being pushed out of bounds from another delivery. A dead bowl is removed and placed on the bank.
Live Jack in Ditch
A jack driven into the ditch (with the rink boundaries) remains live and is highlighted with a white marker/peg on the bank.
Quite simply this is a bowl that is in play - it has been delivered and has come to rest within the boundaries of play. A bowl is considered live if it is inside the rink lies or if any part of the bowl is on or over the rink line.
If the jack is pushed towards the side boundary and is not full beyond the boundary it is considered live. Players can bowl towards it - but their woods must remain within (or partially within) the boundaries to be considered live.
A jack becomes dead if it passes outside of the side boundaries, over the bank, or rebounds to within 20m of the mat. A dead jack means it is re-spotted on the spot closest to the point where it left the rink. If it goes over the rear ditch it is replaced on the T.