Officiating

National Officiating Accreditation Scheme

Officials play an important role in managing and allowing a match to be played safely, fairly and within the laws of the sport of Bowls.

Officials who are accredited through the National Officiating Accreditation Scheme are recognised by Bowls Australia, the STA and the Australian Sport Commission (ASC). Bowls Australia has 3 accreditations which once achieved last four years; Marker, Measure and National Umpire. These accreditations are skill based and requires specific competencies. Bowlers can choose to gain accreditation has a National Umpire which encompasses accreditation as a Marker and Measure or Bowlers can choose to just complete a Marker or Measurer accreditation depending on their interests and needs. This allows for flexibility for a club member to just officiate as a marker but not an umpire at their local club or allow a Third to brush up on their measuring skills.

The final step in the Officiating pathway is the International Technical Official (ITO). This accreditation is a World Bowls accreditation. The ITO accreditation is designed for those already accredited as National Umpires who wish to umpire at national and international events and on TV at events such as the Australian Open, Commonwealth Games, and Grand Prix events.

Law Books can be purchased from Bowls NSW by emailing rnswba@rnswba.org.au ,

Law Books –  $9 per book inc GST + plus postage & handling to be calculated at time of purchase

COP booklets can also be purchased,

COP booklet – $5.50 per booklet inc GST and postage & handling

Officiating Course Outlines

Marker

Officials at all levels are expected to have a set of skills and be able to perform relevant duties competently. Markers are responsible for the efficient management of singles matches. Markers must understand the bowls environment, be well prepared with the necessary equipment, and be able to organise themselves and the match environment
During the Marker course you will cover:

The Marker’s duties;
• Positioning on the green and positioning for different shots;
• Knowledge of correct and appropriate use of essential equipment;
• Communication, terminology and signalling skills;
• Communication, terminology and signalling skills;

Measurer

Officials at all levels are expected to have a set of skills and be able to perform relevant duties competently. Measurers are responsible for the measuring of bowls when called by players. Measurers must be familiar with the appropriate and correct use of all measuring equipment and able to effectively communicate the results of measures.

During the Measurer course you will cover:
• The Measurer’s duties;
• Laws relevant to measuring;
• Knowledge of correct and appropriate use of measuring equipment;
• Process of measuring.

National Umpire

Officials at all levels are expected to have a set of skills and be able to perform relevant duties competently. A National Umpire is to be neutral and fair as they can be called upon to decide disputes or to give interpretation of the laws. National Umpires must be proficient measurers and have full knowledge and awareness of all aspects of the Laws of the Sport of Bowls.

During the National Umpire course you will cover:
• The Umpirer’s duties;
• Interpreting the laws;
• The Measurer’s duties;
• Laws relevant to measuring;
• Knowledge of correct and appropriate use of measuring equipment;
• Process of measuring;
• The Markers’s duties;
• Marker’s positioning on the green and positioning for different shots;
• Knowledge of correct and appropriate use of essential equipment;
• Communication, terminology and signalling skills as a Marker.


Course Costs

Marker – $22.00 per person

Measurer – $22.00 per person

Measurer Requalification– $11.00 per person

National Umpire – $44.00 per person

National Umpire Requalification – $11.00 per person

2019 Edition of Bowls Australia Officiating Manual

This updated edition of the Officiating Manual includes the following changes which have been made to the 2016 edition which was provided to you when you were last re-accredited.

Please click here for the updates

These details are provided so that you can bring your copy of the Officiating Manual up to date.