Use of New Non-Chip Jacks

Published on Thursday, October 9th, 2014

New Non-Chip Jacks

At our Committee Meeting held on 29th September 2014 it was brought to our attention that some clubs had recently purchased the new non-chip jacks. The clubs concerned asked for verification of use during the 2014/2015 season as they had heard English Short Mat Bowling Association had banned them.

At our meeting it was agreed, confirmed and minuted by the Committee that these jacks would not be permitted to be used in any league games or competitions held by the East Kent Short Mat Bowls Association.

I would like to point out that these jacks have been banned by the English Short Mat Bowling Association (ESMBA) due to their reaction when hit by a wood. Below is a quote from the ESMBA web site which actually states that the jacks are not permitted for ESMBA competitions at any level.

Please note that the ESMBA does not endorse the jacks that are being sold with a rubber coating. These non-chip jacks do not respond in the same way as our jacks do when they are hit by a wood as they absorb the impact. The use of these jacks is therefore not permitted for ESMBA competitions at any level.”

Rules-Gentle Reminder Poster

Published on Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Following discusion at Committee on the 10th January 2011 it was agreed that a poster would be created and sent to all clubs. 

Click to view and print a PDF version of the poster

 Gentle Reminder Poster

It is taken as read that all league games are played in good spirit and fairness: however, sometimes we get carried away and forget some of the rules: long/lawn bowls and the ESMBA rules may differ so here is a gentle reminder of some EKSMBA rules so we can avoid some of the most common errors:

The visiting team will be given the choice whether to go first or second. It is not permissible to “give the jack away” at any other time during the match

No player should follow their woods up across the nearest dead-line

When marking woods only spray chalks can be used. 

Woods should not be touched or handled once at the head (unless removing chalk marks from non-touchers)

Only one player shall be allowed on the mat at the head at any one time; and only when their side is in possession of the rink mat.

Verbal and visual warning must be given and acknowledged before playing weighted shots

Foot Faults should be called by those at the delivery end i.e. if any part of the standing foot is outside the delivery mat at the time of delivery on the fender, overlapping the edge of the mat or if any part of the leading foot touches the delivery line.

The ‘Foot Faults‘ rule does not necessarily apply to disabled bowlers.  For guidance see Rule 42 and Appendix 1 Bowlers with Bowling Difficulties of the Constitution Rules and Penalties.

If Leads and Twos change, communication to the skip must come from the new number Two

A Skip may not stall at the head to watch their opponent bowl. If either skip visits the head before both skips have played their first bowl their next bowl will be stopped and removed from the mat.  (A skip can only visit the head when it is their turn)

30 seconds should elapse, if requested, when the last bowl of an end comes to rest. No player should walk on the live area this time

Neither jack nor bowls should be moved until both sides agree the result. The player conceding the shot(s) should remove these bowls from the rink mat

Changing woods after Roll Up but before game starts is permissible

Neither by word or act shall spectators disturb or advise players

It is recommended that all players should take time to read/re-read the rule book

Every club has a copy of the Rules and Constitution: These can also be found on our website, follow the sidebar link on the Home page.

Notice to Clubs – Updates to Club Pages

Published on Thursday, September 9th, 2010

 Although all Club Page’s are updated in accordance with your entry in this years Address & Fixture Booklet, we would like you to check your page for accuracy. If you find that the information available is incorrect then please email our Webmaster and he will make the necessary corrections, click on the Contact Webmaster link or use his email address shown in the Address & Fixture Booklet. Should you wish to add information to your page, email the details to our Webmaster who will be pleased to edit the page for you.

Welcome to our Noticeboard & Diary

Published on Sunday, December 20th, 2009

It is intended that the noticeboard will be the place to find all the information that is regularly changeable, to save us keep altering the main website.
On here you will find:
Club Pages,
How to send us pictures and files,
Competition News,
Event Dates (see Calendar to your right),
Minutes of Committee Meetings,
General Information from the Committee and many other things which may well be added as we go along.

We hope you enjoy what we have to offer.

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Agenda Meeting 3rd November 2021 and Proposed Rule Change

Mats for sale

Moving forward with indoor bowling 2021/2022

Covid-19 Re-Starting Bowls September 2020

Association Chairman Resigns

Committee Update August 2020

Committee July 2020

All League and Association Activity Suspended

Hugh Bradbury Triples Postponed

Short Mat Bowls Breaks at Potters 2020

EKSMBA Presentation Evening 2020

Committee Dates 2019-20

Competition Dates 2019-20

Constitution and Rule Changes 2019-20 Season

Scorecards Another Reminder

How To Complete A Scorecard

Presentation Evening 2019 Pictures

EKSMBA Picture Galleries

Archive Photos

Website Changes 2014

Use of New Non-Chip Jacks

Rules-Gentle Reminder Poster

Notice to Clubs – Updates to Club Pages