What is Bowls?

Bowls is played on a square of narrowly cut grass called ‘the green’, which is divided into playing areas called rinks. The green is surrounded by a small ditch to catch bowls which leave the green and a bank upon which markers indicate the corners and centerlines of each rink. Player take turns to deliver their bowls from a mat at one end of the rink towards a small white ball at the other end, often referred to as ‘the jack’. The object is to get one or more of your bowls closer to the jack than those of your opponents on each end – one point is scored for each counting bowl.

How do I play VI Bowls?

In order for Bowls to be played by a blind or partially sighted player, a ‘Director’ is used. A ‘Director’ is a sighted person who assists the player. The ‘Director’, who stands beyond the ‘jack’, indicates to the player at what angle and distance the bowl has rested from the ‘jack’. Generally, the ‘clock method’ is used to explain this, with the ‘jack’ being the centre of the clock, six o’clock being in front and twelve o’clock behind and all other positions relative to the clock. The ‘Director’ enables a blind or partially sighted player to gain a mental picture of where exactly each bowl is positioned.

Where can I play?

There are bowls clubs in Britain that offer either VI specific Bowls sessions or are inclusive to VI people. To locate the nearest club to you, view our ‘Activity Finder’.

Further Information

For more information on VI Bowls please click here to visit the ‘Disability Bowls England’ webpage.

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