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Bowls In Focus : November 2009
36 Bowls In Focus Understanding The Laws Umpire Of The Day The newly accredited umpire soon learns that he/she will be used as a measurer more often than as a person whose knowledge of the sport can readily supply answers, to what quite often are hypothetical questions, asked when having the convivial drink after the game. There comes a time soon after having made the grade as 'Umpire of the Day' at pennant that the new umpire is asked to umpire a round of a Group event to be held at their club, and the question one must ask is, are you prepared and ready to commit to a full day of concentration. The recently accredited umpire must then call on the knowledge they acquired during the tutorials and prepare themself for their 'day of reckoning'. The umpire should be in attendance at the club one hour prior to the roll-up and ensure that they have time to make the necessary checks of the rinks of play, the umpire's equipment and, last but by no means least, the Conditions of Play. Firstly, read the Conditions of Play, be aware of the event that is to take place, be it Sectional, Knock-out or Setsplay; the format, ends, shots-up or sets won. Then check the green, are the rinks all of uniform width, are the boundary pegs in the correct position, and have the centre lines been marked, have the mats and jacks been put out, together with the ditch markers? Now, importantly, it's time to check the umpire's equipment, as a new umpire there has not been the necessity to obtain any personal equipment, so what you need in the club umpire's kit is the following: feeler gauge, callipers, set of trammels, flexible measure (for bowl or jack in ditch), long tape (at least 25-metres), boundary scope or liner-sighter, wedges (chocks), reflector strips, and last, but most importantly, the Law Book. Having found the kit to be intact, the next thing is to test the entire kit; getting caught trying to use rusty feeler gauges or callipers tends to find the umpire a little embarrassed. The next decision to make is choosing your position on the green, the best place is on the end away from where most spectators will be situated, and where the equipment can be laid out in a manner that will allow you to choose the correct pieces immediately they are needed. When the roll-up has been completed the bowls should be inspected to ensure a player is using bowls from the same set (date checking is not necessary at State level), then take up a place on the bank where you can keep an eye on each rink without disturbing players or spectators. It is important that you do not watch one particular rink, but instead continually glance around the green and anticipate from where a call for the umpire may come. When called take note of the reason for the call, select the necessary equipment, then go out onto the green and complete your duties. It is important that the umpire moves along the bank during the course of a game, firstly this will keep your body from tightening up - when it starts to ache it's too late - secondly by moving along the bank it will keep you from concentrating on one particular rink, however, if there is inclement weather (extreme heat or perhaps rain), seek some shelter that will provide you with protection from the elements but still allow you the opportunity of viewing the games. At the end of each game ensure that the players or markers take the scorecards to the Venue Manager. Finally at the end of the day it doesn't matter whether you have been run off your feet, or you didn't have one call for the day, the satisfaction comes from being there to ensure that the games were played in accordance with the Laws of the Sport of Bowls. The Inaugural Investec Four Bowl Crossover Pairs Consecutive Wednesdays from 23 September 2009 to16 December 2009 Recommencing Wednesday 17 January 2010 to 24 March 2010 Starting time 12.45pm Weekly entry fee $20 per team Weekly prizes Overall winners $200 Best First Game Winner $20 Best Second Game Winner $20 Best of Losers $20 Fanning of Cards $20 No duplication of prizes Conditions of play 2gamesof11endsorbell No dead ends—respot jack on 2m mark 10 points for game won, 1 point each end won and 2 extra points for 4+ shots Winners — highest points scored If a tie, most ends won If still tied, greatest winning margin If still tied, best percentage 4.30pm Snacks and presentation of prizes For all enquiries or in the event of withdrawal, please notify ………………………………………………………………………………………………. Please forward this section to: Les Gerber, Glen Eira-McKinnon Bowls Club Inc by 10 September 2009 GLEN EIRA-McKINNON BOWLS CLUB FOUR BOWL PAIRS ENTRY Skipper ……………………………….Phone……… ……………. Mobile…………………… Lead …………………………… …….Phone………………...…....Mobile…………………... I will be responsible for the replacement of any of my team who may be unavailable ……………………………… Skip to sign Aggregate prizes At 16 December: Leading Team $200 2nd Team $100 Scores will be carried forward week to week. At 24 March: Winning team $1000 Runner up team $200 Limited to 32 teams Glen Eira-McKinnon Bowls Club Inc A0044002H ABN 84-063-869-852 Joyce Park Tyrone Street Ormond 3204 Phone 9578 2942 Nathan Frydman is 0414 959996 and Les Gerber 0414 347017. EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST The NORTH HAVEN BOWLING AND RECREATION CLUB is seeking an experienced, motivated and professional person for the following position: BOWLS CO-ORDINATOR The successful applicant will be required to co-ordinate all of the club's bowls activities and events. Responsibilities also include Marketing, Sponsorships, Coaching and Recruitment. The successful applicant must have previous experience in Bowls Administration, possess sound communication and people management skills, be a Qualified Coach and have strong organisational skills. Remuneration is negotiable. Interested persons should submit their written application to: NORTH HAVEN BOWLING AND RECREATION CLUB LIMITED 1 Woodford Road, North Haven NSW 2443 or email: email@example.com