The laws of the game

The World Bowls Laws Committee (LC), in conjunction with World Bowls Member National Authorities (MNAs), undertakes a comprehensive review of the Laws of the Sport on the same 4-yearly cycle as the Commonwealth Games. The last such review was held in 2014 – it led to the publication of the ‘Laws of the Sport of Bowls– Crystal Mark Third Edition’. (A review was not undertaken in 2018 because the board of World Bowls (WB) and MNAs felt that wholesale changes to the Laws were unnecessary at that time.)

In the period between reviews WB, the LC and individual MNAs can propose revisions to the Laws whenever circumstances demand. Any such revisions are submitted to a biennial WB Council Meeting for approval. Revisions to the ‘Crystal Mark Third Edition’ were approved at each of the last two Council Meetings – in December 2016 and April 2018 respectively. Revisions which are either awaiting approval or have been approved are recorded in the ‘WB Laws Decisions’ section under the ‘Laws and Umpiring’ link on the WB website until they are incorporated into the Laws of the Sport.

(Note that, in addition to revisions to the Laws, the ‘WB Laws Decisions’ section of the website contains the LC’s decisions on MNAs’ enquiries relating to the Laws – such as seeking clarification of the intent of a law and seeking guidance on the interpretation of a law.)

To download a copy of the ‘Crystal Mark fourth Edition’  click on the following link.


For domestic regulations see the Bowls New Zealand Website:

Domestic Regulations