White shirts for men and white blouses for ladies for friendlies and representative matches, should have a collar and sleeves.
Shirts should be tucked in.
Club tie - worn properly - to be worn for all friendlies/representative matches. Ties may be removed at the discretion of the captain for the day or the host captain.
Grey trousers/skirts (whites when specified), black/navy blazer.
Bowls attire should be worn for the "social" after friendly/representative matches. Approved sandals may be worn at player's own risk. Bowls shoes must not be worn beyond the club premises (for fear of contaminating the green).
The club will pay for any new bowling member to have embroidered club badges put on two shirts or blouses (supplied by the member).
ON THE GREEN
Club stickers to be used for all friendlies/representative matches. Stickers are free - the club pays for them.
It is the responsibility of the home side to collect green fees as appropriate for county, C & D and Dengie (not leagues) competitions played on our green.
Players are responsible for putting out the gear and for putting away all gear used when they have finished their roll-up/game etc.
Rink markers - check that they are on the right colour for the day you are bowling. Please play on the green in the direction in which it is laid out. The greenkeeper's instructions must be followed if he has closed a rink(s). Please check rink bookings before you take a rink.
No play on the green before 10.30 am - except by permission of the greenkeeper.
Social bowling guests (approved bowlers) must be properly attired, signed in and the appropriate bowling fee paid.
Always check to see if a bowler is on the mat ready to bowl before walking past the end of the green where a match is being played. If there is a player on the mat, stand still. Only proceed once he/she has bowled the wood. Try to avoid any distraction to the people who are bowling.
Find out what your responsibilities are for the position you have been chosen to play in team games. Know who keeps the score card, the Scoreboard and who decides on the result of each end of play etc.
Wait until shots have been decided before removing any woods from the head.
IN THE CLUBHOUSE
The club's notice boards are used extensively to communicate with our members. Make it a point to read the notices on a regular basis. All items/ notices to be displayed on notice boards must have Committee approval before posting.
Only approved bar staff and club officers are allowed to be behind the bar. No-one, other than the duty bar staff, should access funds in the cash register.
Club keys – please do not put the club address on the key fob, in case you lose it. Please do not leave the club unlocked if you are the last one to the leave. Keys can be obtained from the Treasurer for a deposit.
It is your responsibility to observe the clubs smoking rules and to advise visitors of the rules if you see that they are being infringed. Smokers please do not stand and smoke by open doors.
Check the bar, tea and cleaning rotas to see if you are on them. Do your turn or get a replacement to do it for you, but please let the person in charge of the rota know about the change.
It is your responsibility to sign in any guest(s) that you may bring into the club. You are responsible for their behaviour while they are on the premises,
Alcoholic drinks consumed on the premises must be drinks that have been purchased at the club, unless specifically stated otherwise.
The club telephone should be used with discretion - it is not free. Private telephone calls must be paid for at a minimum of 20p per call, more if to a mobile number.
Please remember it is good manners to remove your hat when you sit down to eat.
The club pays for the tea bags, coffee and biscuits kept in the kitchen. If you decide to have refreshments during or after a roll-up/competition, you are expected to pay for what you use - the exception being those persons who have been working on behalf of the club.
It is good etiquette and friendly to offer your opponent a drink after home games and to stay for a drink with your opposite number when playing away matches.
There is no place for the use of bad language in a bowls club or on the green and it will not be tolerated.
When you put your name down for selection please put the letter 'C beside your name if you are willing to be a car driver.
Please make sure you tick your name after you have been selected. If however you are unable to play please notify the captain of the day.
When playing away – please put 'Direct' beside your name if you are making your own way - also beside any other player you have agreed to pick up.
Please report to the captain of the day on arrival (at least 15 minutes before any game) so he/she knows you are present.
Remember when playing friendlies - home or away - you are representing your club. White shirt, tie, favours and blazers are always smart and nice to see.
If you have been doing the scorecard please return the completed card and card holder to the captain of the day at the end of the match.