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Bowls In Focus : August September 2010
Bowls In Focus 43 The interesting thing in almost all sporting pursuits is the unreliable rumours that cause enormous heartache to that particular endeavour. For instance football, cricket, cycling and athletics have at some time or other suffered major problems as a result of rumours. Having said that, let’s consider our sport of bowls; it is disappointingly plagued with stories far beyond the realms of possibility. The problem of course is when a thought is expressed someone takes that idea up as fact and then the rot sets in. Such is the situation with the revue by World Bowls of the Laws of the Sport that will occur in Delhi following next month’s Commonwealth Games. It is well known that the World Bowls Laws Committee have recommended to the World Bowls Council a number of changes to the Laws as we know them now. However, until the delegates attending that meeting makes their decision, we in Australia will continue to play under the existing Laws. The proposed law changes that interest most bowlers are firstly Law 23, relating to the minimum length a jack can be rolled, currently 23- metres, with the proposed length to rever t back to 21-metres. As to the possibility of this proposal being accepted, one must remember that only Australia and New Zealand advocated this change. If it happens it may only be a Domestic Regulation. The other anticipated change is to Law 18.2, which allows the winner ofanendtogivethemataway– this change has a good chance of success as it has the support of several major countries. The problem facing Bowls Australia if any of these laws are changed, will be when they are to be introduced, as each State’s season is different according to their climatic conditions. Immediate implementation of any change would also mean that here in Victoria the pennant season would be into the third week, and therefore the introduction of a law change could contravene the Conditions of Play. The problem for the National Officiating Committee of Bowls Australia is how to introduce any changes made to the laws in a manner that will not have a detrimental effect on any State or Territory. So, until that is solved the laws of bowls in Australia will continue as is until further notice, and that notice will be in writing to each and every club. Understanding The Laws Possible Law Changes
June July 2010