During the season when we are heavily involved in singles ties, Markers are required on most days. Consider making yourself available as a marker whenever you can. We all know that there is nothing worse than playing an important tie without a marker.


When a player has delivered the jack the marker should center it and then stand back to one side. Ensuring that all rink markers are visible to the players.

He/She should answer any specific questions (from the player in possessuion of the rink) about the state of the head. The marker should not offer any additional information that has not been requested. For example if someone asks you "who has the shot" you should just answer that question. e.g. "you are" or "he is" you should not say anything like "you are lying two shots".

If you are unsure of the situation, for example you cannot decide who is lying shot, don't guess. You can offer an opinion but make sure the player who is asking the question is made aware of this.

The marker should mark all touchers immediately they come to rest and remove chalk marks from non touchers. He/She should remove all dead bowls from the rink with the players' agreement. He/She should also mark the position of touchers and or the jack which are in the ditch.

The marker should not move any bowls until the end is complete and the players have agreed the number of shots.

He/She shall measure disputed shots when required but once again He/She should not until the players agree. If an umpire is available then He/She may be called upon for a decision. Where no umpire is available the marker may select one. Both players may also agree that the marker should make the decision. This is acceptable at local level.