Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to play BOWLS?
BOWLS is one of the least expensive forms of leisure activity:
- club membership fees of $125 or less for an entire summertime of bowling (up to 7 or more times per week)
- a special introductory price for NEW MEMBERS at most clubs
- a VERY LOW price for JUNIORS at ALL clubs
- loaner or rental bowls are available at most clubs until you choose to buy your own
How do I get started?
BOWLS is one of the easiest sports to become involved in due to the fact that:
- clubs are conveniently located throughout the city and province
- most clubs will welcome newcomers to have a FREE TRIAL, either during scheduled OPEN HOUSE events, or during regular club bowling times
- no special clothing or equipment (other than flat-soled shoes) is required
The game sounds complicated and I won't know anyone, how would I know what to do?
BOWLS is one of the friendliest sports, with plenty of help and instruction for newcomers, and lots of opportunities to make friends, meet new people and socialize.
- - SPECTATORS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME - -
Can I bring someone with me?
BOWLS is perhaps the best opportunity for families and friends to enjoy an affordable sporting activity together, with grandparents, spouses, children, grandchildren and friends able to spend quality time in a relaxed, wholesome, natural environment.
Do I need to be in really good shape to play?
BOWLS is one of the least physically demanding athletic activities available (at the club or social level), requiring only the ability to lift and roll a bowl weighing 4 lbs or less for a distance of 70-100 feet on a smooth grass surface, with minimal walking and ample rest breaks,
Competitive bowlers, on the other hand, might deliver as many as 5-600 bowls and walk over 3 miles in a weekend tournament!!!
How could I possibly fit lawn bowling into my busy schedule?
BOWLS is one of the most flexible team sports, as most clubs draw up teams from members who are available on a given afternoon or evening, so you’re not letting anyone down if you can’t be there every time.
BOWLS is less time-consuming than activities like golf, fishing, tennis, slowpitch or other summer sports, requiring less than 2 hours per game on average. (a typical club game might start at 7:00 pm on a weekday evening and end before 9:00 pm)
Will I be pressured to become a competitive bowler?
NOT AT ALL! BOWLS SASKATCHEWAN's philosophy is leaving those decisions up to you. BOWLS is one of the easiest sports to learn to play well enough to enjoy yourself, but demanding enough to offer a continuing challenge to learn and improve.
BOWLS is one of the few sports where you can choose your level of competition, from purely social and recreational play to championship playoffs at the:
- open provincial
- national levels
- international levels
How old (or young) does a person need to be?
BOWLS is suitable for participants of ALL AGES!
(It is popularly believed to be suitable only for senior citizens, primarily because it can be played long after age and health may restrict other sporting activities.)
What best describes the atmosphere at the greens?
BOWLS is LIVELY, COLOURFUL and EXCITING!
- You can bowl when you get older, but you don't have to be older to enjoy it!
- You can start when you're 12 years old . . . and bowl 'til you're 112!
- You can likely add other reasons why . . .
- YOU OWE IT TO YOURSELF to GIVE IT A SHOT THIS YEAR
What Bowls Sask offers to the member clubs and individual members?
- Health and Accident and Liability Insurance plan for members while participating at club events.
- An umbrella organization that is recognized by SaskSport and Bowls Canada.
- Access to NCCP Coaching Clinics and financial assistance for coaches to further their coaching skills.
- Access to Umpire Clinics,d financial assistance for umpires to further their skills and Umpire Shirts.
- Annual Award of Merit that recognizes volunteers.
- Access to Athlete Assistance grants through Sask First and Sport for All Funding.
- Member travel assistance in the form of paying for and organizing travel, accommodations, food allowance and registration, if representing Bowl Sask at various Canadian Championships.
- An Annual General Meetings at which time members may voice their opinions and help set the direction of Bowls in Saskatchewan.
- A central office to assist in the administration of provincial programs
- Assembles the provincial calendar of events.
- For provincial playdowns, provides the draw and appoints the umpire.
- Pays the honorarium for the umpire at provincial playdowns, Grassroots Tournament, and the Bowls Sask Tournament.
- Provides travel assistance directly to members who attend, junior playdowns, Junior Fun Day, the Grassroots Tournament and the Bowls Sask Fall Tournament.
- Organizes and provides individuals to conduct the Bowls Sask Development Clinic as well as paying facility rental to the clubs for this event.
- Provides the resources to develop and produce the Policy and Procedures manual.
- Grants provided directly to the Clubs:
- Membership Assistance Program (MAP).
- Payment for coaching hours spent in Learn to Bowl Lessons, juniors, school groups, and other social groups.
- Payment for facility rental, drawmaster and greenskeeper for provincial playdowns, Bowls Sask Fall Tournament and the Grassroots Tournament.
- Assistance for payment for Clubs advertising expenses
Bowls Canada Boulingrin Programs and Services
BCB administers programs at the national level to enable Canadians to enjoy the sport of bowls and achieve success at the highest levels of competition.
On the high performance side, BCB manages competitive National Squads and equips them with access to technical resources and support services to help them achieve success on the world stage. This past year Bowls Canada Boulingrin named the inaugural National Youth Squad to help younger bowlers and their respective provincial bowls associations access funds and resources in their areas. BCB establishes selection criteria and administers a process to name the top athletes to teams that rival with the top amateur bowlers in the world. The organization helps with logistics planning and managing teams on tour so athletes can excel. International success brings a national level of awareness that encourages Canadians to learn more about giving bowls a try and inspires others to pursue their bowling dreams. BCB is proud to keep Canada up to date on the accomplishments of our Canadian teams through the distribution of press releases, Facebook posts and Twitter “tweets.
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Bowls Canada Boulingrin is responsible for several major competitions each year including: Canadian Lawn Bowls Championships, Canadian Senior Triples Championships, Canadian Mixed Pairs Championships, Canadian Junior and Under 25 Championships, Canadian Outdoor Singles Championships, and the Canadian Indoor Championships. The organization works with host organizing committees to support events and coordinate the schedule and officials to ensure a fair and high quality competition. Bowls Canada Boulingrin also uses these events to raise the profile of bowls and promote the sport in Canada through online streaming of select competitions. These national competitions promote the sport and bring the bowls community together to celebrate the joys and camaraderie of spectacular competition.
Bowls Canada Boulingrin has also hosted national events geared to exploring how the sport of bowls at all levels can evolve and strategically take advantage of a changing sport landscape. These include the National Planning Summit and the National Competition Summit.
Bowls Canada Boulingrin provides a broad array of programs and services to its Member Associations – Provincial Bowls Organizations. The philosophy of BCB, like most national sport federations, is to develop resources and services nationally and deliver them provincially/territorially. This means that BCB incurs the cost of resource development and relies, largely, on Provincial Bowls Organizations to provide the delivery of these resources to their member clubs and the bowlers in those clubs. Some of these resources include:
BCB Perfect End Pin program to recognize all bowlers who experience a perfect end in competition;
BCB Club Centenary Award Program which recognizes Canadian lawn bowls clubs which have been in existence for 100 years;
National Coaching Certification Program resources including Club Coach, Competition Coach and Performance Coach program;
National Umpire training and accreditation program and resources.
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Bowls Canada Boulingrin Extra Ends Newsletter
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On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of BCB, we thank you for your continued support and involvement in the sport of Canadian bowls. We wish you a safe and enjoyable year in all of your bowls pursuits in 2016!