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Bowls In Focus : May 2011
26 Bowls In Focus Umpires Get Serious Welcome to the second in our series of articles on Umpiring and Marking from the new Bowls Victoria Umpiring Committee, which consists of Haydn Williams (chairman), Kerry Ralph (deputy), Ken Chapman, Sheila Dillon, Carolyn McIntyre, Rosemary Michael, Athol Mills and Doug Whorlow. The committee held its first formal meeting last month and has set as one of its priorities, the processing of Level 2 National Umpire re- accreditations that have been outstanding for two years, as well as re-accreditations due this year, and new applications for accreditation. Tutorials for Level 2 National Umpire applicants will be conducted at Armadale Bowls Club on Sunday 15 May 2011 and at Bendigo Bowls Club on Sunday 29 May 2011. The written examination and on-green assessment will be conducted at Armadale Bowls Club on Sunday 5 June 2011. Another priority set by the committee was the earliest possible establishment of a database of accredited Umpires and Measurers – men and women – in the state. The problem faced by the committee is that the former RVBA and VLBA databases are several years out of date and contained on separate operating (computer) systems, which need to be amalgamated. The committee has sent e-mails to DUC’s and DUP’s throughout the state, requesting copies of their latest schedules of umpires and measurers, and telephone calls are to be made to those DUC’s and DUP’s that do not have e-mail addresses. Once all of the schedules are received, the committee will have the task of marrying all of the information together into a new state-wide database. A number of bowlers and clubs have sought clarification from the committee on the ‘Smoking Policy’. Rule for Competition 1C (v) reads as follows: ‘If a player is observed by the Umpire to be smoking on the green, the Umpire will warn the player and advise his Skip, the Manager and/or the Controlling Body. If the player is found to be smoking on a second occasion the Umpire will immediately suspend him from play for the remainder of the day. Should the penalty be applied, no replacement or substitute player will be allowed for his team. In a team game, the game will be forfeited to their opponents in accordance with Law 46.1 and in a Side game the team will play one player short in accordance with Law 46.2.2’. From an umpiring perspective, the interpretation of the Rule is that it does not just apply to pennant games and pennant finals, it applies to all games, including championships and social games, conducted by Bowls Victoria or by clubs affiliated with Bowls Victoria. If a club is conducting a game, whether it is just a social fours event, or a mixed pairs or triples, or whatever; the Rule applies. It should also be noted that the definition of smoking on the green extends and applies to a player walking up the green with a lit cigarette in their hand. The committee has also received requests for clarification on the requirement for the umpire to time the greens, even though there is nothing in the laws stipulating that the green must be timed prior to the commencement of a game. The Bowls Victoria Greens Committee recommended, in October 2008, that needle punch synthetic carpet greens be timed with a stopwatch, as the use of the Timing Ramp did not provide accurate readings. For all other greens, Bowls Victoria prefers the green timing to be done by use of a Timing Ramp. The umpire should select one rink on the green of play, place the Timing Ramp on the 2-metre mark, roll the sphere and measure the distance from the Ramp to the centre of the sphere. The Ramp should then be shifted to a position approximately one third of the way up the rink, and the process repeated. This should then be repeated, on the same rink, from the opposite end, so that there is a total of four measurements obtained. The four measurements are then totalled, divided by four and the result then compared to the scale chart, to obtain the green speed. Copies of the green speed chart can be downloaded from the Bowls Victoria web site, under the headings of ‘Club Support’ and ‘Greens’. When timing a green using a stopwatch, the mat should be placed on the 2-metre mark, and the jack on the 27-metre mark. The umpire should start the stopwatch as the bowl is delivered and stop it when the bowl comes to rest within a one-metre radius of the jack. 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