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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.

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

Details of the differences between the Second and Third Edition are available for download.

Changes to Crystal Mark Laws

You are reminded that Indoor Bowling under the auspices of the English Indoor Bowling Association Ltd will continue be played to the current edition of the World Indoor Bowls Council Laws of the Sport of Indoor Bowls.

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