A dictionary definition of bowls etiquette is:
“The unwritten or conventional laws of courtesy between players.”
Some of the unwritten guidelines are:
Be ready – always be on time for the start of play and for the start of each game.
Visitors are always made welcome.
Bowlers tend to start and finish a game with a handshake.
Do not encroach on an adjoining rink when delivering your bowl.
Do not talk when another player is about to deliver a bowl.
Do not criticize a poor bowl delivery – either by your own team or the other.
Remember that your opponent has possession of the rink as soon as your bowl comes to rest.
Do not linger in the head and thereby obstruct the skip’s first bowl.
Take an interest in the game; follow how the head is building up so that you do not have to ask other team members.
Do not walk around talking to bowlers participating in other games; allow them to concentrate on their own game.
Do not pass or walk in front of the player who was last to play – they have the right to see how their bowl progresses.
Help clear the head after the result has been determined.
Walk quickly when changing ends and walk within the confines of the rink on which you are playing.
Last but not least, win well and lose well…..