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Bowls Stamping

 

As we start the new year many sets of bowls may require to be re-tested and stamped accordingly. The stamping of bowls remains a grey area because of the differing requirements of each National Governing Body. If, after this article, you still feel unsure about the laws of bowls stamping, I would suggest you contact your local county or umpires official or your National Governing Body Secretary for clairification.

I am not going to go into detail about bowl specifications or objections to bowls – I am just going to see what the laws are in respect to – ‘Bias of bowls,’ ‘Bowls failing test,’ ‘Alteration to bias’ and the ‘World Bowls Stamp Details.’

I am going to refer to both law books, and World Indoor Bowls Council (WIBC) Laws of the Sport of Indoor Bowls First Edition revised 2010 (green book), and World Bowls(WB) Laws of the Sport of Bowls Crystal Mark Second Edition (yellow book) as they do differ slightly.

First, I shall study the WIBC handbook and compare it to the WB book. The WIBC laws are coloured in green, whilst the WB laws are coloured in yellow to ensure clarity.

WIBC Law 9B Bias of bowls

The Working Reference Bowl shall have a bias approved by World Bowls. All bowls shall have a bias of not less than that of the Working Reference Bowl, and shall bear the imprint of the stamp of World Bowls.

Bowls shall only require to be re-tested and re-stamped if the date of the stamp is not clearly legible or if a Member National Bowling Authority so requires for its National events under the provisions of Law 9F.

The W.I.B.C. and other Indoor Controlling Bodies reserve the right to test bowls intended for play in any indoor bowls event under their direct control.

B Law 8.2 Bias of bowls

8.2.1 A Working Reference Bowl will have a bias approved by WB. All bowls should

have a bias that is not less than that of a Working Reference Bowl and should be

imprinted with the registered World Bowls Stamp.

8.2.2 To check the accuracy of the bias and the visibility of the World Bowls Stamp, all

bowls should be re-tested and restamped at least once every 10 years, or earlier if

the date of the stamp is not clearly legible.

8.2.3 For domestic play, Member National Authorities can decide the requirements for

re-testing and re-stamping bowls.

WIBC Law 9C Bowls failing test

(i) If a bowl in the hands of a Licensed Tester is declared as not complying with

Law 9A or 9B it shall be altered, if possible, so as to comply, before being

returned.

(ii) The owner of the bowls shall be responsible for the expense involved.

(iii) If the bowl cannot be altered to comply with Laws 9A and 9B, any current official

stamp appearing thereon shall be cancelled prior to its return.

(iv) The stamp shall be cancelled by the Licensed Tester stamping an X over any

current official stamp.

(v) Bowls submitted for testing must be in sets of four.

WB Law 8.6 Bowls failing a test

8.6.1 FAILING A TEST AS A RESULT OF A CHALLENGE BEING LODGED (see law 8.4)

8.6.1.1 If a Licensed Tester finds that a bowl does not meet the requirements of

laws 8.1 or 8.2, they should alter the bowl as necessary before returning it.

8.6.1.2 If a Licensed Tester cannot alter a bowl to meet the requirement of laws

8.1 and 8.2, they should cancel any current stamp imprinted on the bowl

by stamping an “X” over it before returning it.

8.6.1.3 If a Licensed Tester tests a challenged set of bowls and finds that they do

not meet the requirements of laws 8.1 and 8.2:

8.6.1.3.1 the game in which they were used should be forfeited to the

opponent;

8.6.1.3.2 the deposit should be returned to the person who lodged the

challenge; and

8.6.1.3.3 the user or owner of the set of bowls should pay the

Controlling Body for all expenses in having the tests done.

8.6.2 FAILING A TEST AS A RESULT OF A ROUTINE RE-TESTING (see law 8.2.2)

8.6.2.1 If a Licensed Tester finds that a bowl does not meet the requirements of

laws 8.1 or 8.2, the user or owner of the set of bowls can choose whether

to:

8.6.2.1.1 have the Licensed Tester alter the bowl as necessary before

returning it: or

8.6.2.1.2 leave the bowl unaltered and have the Licensed Tester

cancel any current stamp imprinted on the bowl by

stamping an “X” over it before returning it.

8.6.2.2 If a Licensed Tester cannot alter a bowl to meet the requirements of laws

8.1 and 8.2, they should cancel any current stamp imprinted on the bowl

by stamping an “X” over it before returning it.

WIBC Law 9E Alteration to bias

(i). A player shall not alter, or cause to be altered, other than by a Licensed Tester, the

bias of any bowl bearing the imprint of the official stamp of World Bowls under

penalty of suspension from playing for a period to be determined by the Member

National Bowling Authority of which his/her club is a member.

(ii). Such suspension shall be subject to confirmation by World Indoor Bowls Council

or a committee thereof appointed for that purpose, and shall be operative among

all Member National Bowling Authorities in membership of the W.I.B.C.

WB Law 8.3 Alteration to bias

8.3.1 A player should not alter, or cause to be altered other than by a Licensed Tester,

any bowl imprinted with the registered World Bowls Stamp in any way that would

alter the bias of the bowl

8.3.2 Any player breaking this law will be suspended from playing for as long as the

Member National Authority of which the player’s club is a member decides.

8.3.3 The Member National Authority which suspended the player should give WB

details of the suspension, and the suspension will apply among all Member

National Authorities.

8.3.4 Players or owners who colour the grooved rings or dimples on a bowl for

decoration are not breaking this law.

PLEASE NOTE:

Although worded differently both law books are stating the same: ‘DO NOT ALTER OR CAUSE TO BE ALTERED’ the bias of your bowl. If found out you will be suspended from playing the sport!

World Bowls goes out of its way to state that colouring the rings or dimples on the bowl is not breaking the law. The WIBC law book does not state this although I suspect they may not take any action should you do so.

WIBC Law 9F WORLD BOWLS STAMP DETAILS

Licensed Manufacturers and Testers will be entitled to use the registered World Bowls Stamp to facilitate the imprint between the inner and outer rings of bowls. Imprints on running surfaces should be avoided wherever possible.

WB World Bowls

A Denotes code letter of Manufacturer/Tester

Numerals Denotes year of expiry

R Denotes that the stamp is a registered trade mark

The World Bowls Stamp introduced on 1st April 2002 shall be used on all new and re-tested bowls from that date.

Either the I.B.B. or W.B.B. stamp on a bowl will remain valid until the existing stamp expires.

Member National Bowling Authorities or groupings of Member National Bowling Authorities shall set their own requirements for stamping of bowls for National Events provided such arrangements are in line with these Laws.

WB Law 9 Bowls: World Bowls Stamp

9.1 Licensed Manufacturers and Licensed Testers are entitled to imprint the registered World Bowls Stamp between the inner and outer rings of bowls. Imprints on the running surfaces of bowls should be avoided wherever possible.

WB World Bowls

A is the code letter of the Licensed Manufacturer or Licensed Tester

Numbers is the year that the stamp expires

R shows that the stamp is a registered trademark

9.2 The current World Bowls Stamp was introduced on 1st April 2002 and should be used on all new and re-tested bowls from that date.

9.3 Both the International Bowling Board (IBB) and the World Bowls Board (WBB) stamps, which were used before the current World Bowls Stamp, will be valid until the end of the year that the stamp expires. (For example, the stamp in the above illustration would not be valid after 31 December 2013).

9.4 If bowls are imprinted with the registered World Bowls Stamp and are in line with the Laws of the Sport in other ways, they can be used in all games under the control of WB or any Member National Authority.

9.5 For domestic play, Member National Authorities can decide the requirements for the stamps on bowls.

PLEASE NOTE:

I have included both sets of laws from the WIBC Law book (green book) and the World Bowls Law book (yellow book). Although they are worded slightly different in reality they mean the same.

To conclude, I must reiterate that if you are in any doubt then please contact your local county or umpires representative or your national Secretary. You should do this for both indoor and outdoor Play because they could be different.

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