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Bowls In Focus : February 2011
Bowls In Focus 27 More Tips For Umpires Umpires are vital to the conduct of bowls, even though on most occasions they are themselves most probably playing at the same time – unless they are appointed as umpires for specific champi- onship events. Here are a few frequently asked questions that umpires are asked and the relevant laws applying the answers. Q: Can the skip delegate the keeping of the scoreboard to their second? A: No. If there is no scoreboard attendant avail- able, the skips between them should keep the scoreboard updated at least every second end. Law DR. 3.4 Q: May a player decide to use an artificial device to deliver the jack and/or bowl without approval? A: No. Bowls Australia delegates to the STA’s the responsibility to approve applications for the use of artificial devices for the delivery of the jack and bowls. Law DR.3 .5 .2 Q: How is the use of artificial devices to deliver the jack or bowls monitored? A: The STA’s should keep a register of approvals given to individual players including the device approved, the date it was granted, and the period of the approval if it is temporary. Law DR. 3 .5 .3 Q: The jack delivered by a lead hits a pen dropped by his/her skip. What action should be taken and by whom? A: If the jack in course is displaced by an object belonging to a member of the team that deliv- ered the jack, the opposing lead should place the mat as described in Law 19.1 .1 and re-deliver the jack, making sure that it is centred, but should not play first. Law 33.1 .1 .1 (see Law 188.8.131.52 .1) Q: Who makes the decision to use ground- sheets? A: The Controlling Body can make the decision to use ground sheets either before the start of play or at any time during play. Law 184.108.40.206 Q: Can groundsheets be placed and removed during and end? A: No. The groundsheets should stay in the same position until the end of the game or until the Controlling Body decides that they are no longer needed. Law 19.1 .5 .4 Q: In a triples event a player replaces boundary pegs, removed by the greenkeeper on an end rink not in use, to give her a guideline. Is this permitted? A: No. Under no circumstances should a player place any object on the bank or anywhere else to help a player. Law 52 Q: An intended team in a competition forfeits. Can the members of that team act as substi- tutes or replacement players in that competition? A: No. The team members will be regarded as being constituted and ineligible to act as substitutes or replacement players in other teams in that competition. Law DR. 4 .2 .2 Q: What is a defaulting team? A: A team that does not meet the requirements of any specific law or laws. Law 1.3 .3 Q: What is the difference between a substitute and a replacement player? A: A substitute is a member who acts as a proxy for an intended member or a constituted player in a team whom is unavailable or physically incapable from attending or continuing in a game. A replacement player is one whom is appointed to take the place of an intended player prior to the star t of the competition for a reason acceptable to the Controlling Body. Laws DR. 4 .1 .6 and 4.1.4 Q: In a singles game the jack is delivered and while in course hits a bird. What action would be taken and by whom? A: If a jack in course is displaced by a neutral object it should be re-delivered by the same player. Law 33.3 .1 Umpires Umpires Carolyn McIntyre
March April 2011