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The Laws of the Sport of Bowls

The Sport of Lawn Bowls is played in accordance with the current edition of the World Bowls Laws of the Sport of Bowls.

​The Laws of the Sport of Bowls Crystal Mark Fourth Edition became effective from 1st April 2023 in England for all outdoor bowling played under the auspices of Bowls England and all indoor bowling played under the auspices of the English Indoor Bowls Association.

Copies of the Fourth Edition can be obtained at a cost of ₤4, including postage and packing from the EBUA Secretary, at


​A copy of the Bowls England Domestic Regulations are reproduced in the Fourth Edition booklet as published by Bowls England and available from the link above.


Law Changes

The World Bowls Laws Advisory Group (LAG), in conjunction with World Bowls Member National Authorities (MNAs), undertakes a review of the Laws of the Sport as necessary. The last such review was held in 2021/22 and led to the publication of the current ‘Laws of the Sport of Bowls– Crystal Mark Fourth Edition’.​

World Bowls, the LAG and individual MNAs can propose revisions to the Laws whenever circumstances demand. Any such revisions are submitted to a biennial WB Council Meeting for approval.

The ‘WB Laws Decisions’ section of the World Bowls website contains the LAGs decisions on enquiries relating to the Laws received from MNAs.

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