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From Bowls Canada website:

Laws of the Sport


The Laws of the Sport of Bowls have been  developed by World Bowls Limited and are made available to Bowls Canada  Boulingrin for publication. These laws are adopted by all member national  authorities, ensuring that the sport is played according to a consistent set of  rules wherever it is played.

 The current edition of the laws is titled  the Laws of the Sport of Bowls, Crystal Mark 2nd Edition, and  was adopted in Canada on April 1, 2011. Copies can be ordered through your club  or directly from Bowls Sask.


Become an Umpire


Umpires play a vital role in ensuring that  all aspects of play are in line with the Laws of the Sport of Bowls. Umpires  must be able to apply their knowledge of the laws in an approach that will make  the experience enjoyable for both the participants and the officials.

 One of the goals of the National  Officiating Committee (NOC) is to qualify at least one umpire at each lawn  bowling club in Canada.


Level 1 (Club) Umpire

This is a new entry level training program  for umpires that has been developed to encourage bowlers to become umpires and  gain experience at their local events.  A  Level 1 umpire is certified to officiate at all club, local and provincial  events.


Level 1 Accreditation Process

The accreditation process is comprised of  training, evaluation and apprenticeship. 

 Training – Level 1  Umpire candidates complete a series of three half-day training sessions:

  1. The laws of the sport - This is  followed by a 25-question take home exam which must be completed and marked  before the third session.
  2. Measuring equipment and  techniques.
  3. Measuring practicum.

The training utilizes the Laws of the  Sport of Bowls, the Level 1 Umpire Training Manual and the World  Bowls DVD on Umpiring and Marking Skills as training resources, and the  services of a knowledgeable and competent course conductor. Umpiring candidates  must have a minimum of two years of bowling experience, and will be expected to  purchase a copy of the rule book and the training manual. Rule books can  usually be ordered through your home club. The training manual will be  available through your provincial association. 

 Evaluation – In addition to the  written exam completed during the training, candidates must also successfully  complete a measuring exam and an oral exam.   Candidates must complete the measuring practicum prior to taking the  measuring exam.

 All exams are based on World Bowls  standards.  A pass mark of 90% or better  is required for each exam. 

 Apprenticeship - New  Level 1 umpires must mentor with an experienced umpire for a minimum of 4 hours  or 2 tournament games before they can officiate.  New umpires will receive a BCB Umpire pin  upon completion of their apprenticeship.


Level 2 (National) Umpire

A Level 2 umpire is certified to officiate  at all club, local, provincial, and national events.

 Level 2 Accreditation Process

Level 1 umpires can qualify for Level 2  (National) status after officiating for a minimum of 12 months and after at  least 25 hours of umpiring experience at club, local and/or provincial tournaments  (including their apprenticeship). All umpires are encouraged to keep a log of  their officiating activities so that they are able to demonstrate their  experience. 

 A Level 1 umpire must take a measuring exam  and pass with a mark of 90% or better in order to qualify as a Level 2  (National) umpire.


Umpire Recertification

Level 1 Umpire Recertification

New Level 1 umpires, who have taken the  prescribed training and passed all exams, are certified for four (4) years. At  any time during their second, third or fourth years, they may get recertified  once they have 25 hours of umpiring experience and retake and pass the  measuring exam. Upon achievement, they will become a certified Level 2 umpire,  and may officiate for a further four (4) years before requiring recertification.


Level 2 Umpire Recertification

Existing Level 2 umpires are currently  certified for a period of three (3) years. In order to be recertified they  should pass the measuring exam. In order to transition to a 4-year  recertification period, Level 2 umpires will be asked to produce a log showing  a minimum of 25 umpiring hours, and they must pass the measuring exam.

In their three-year or four-year  officiating cycle, any umpire must be recertified before the end of their last  year in order to remain qualified. Exceptionally, at the end of their current  officiating cycle, one year of grace is possible, allowing for recertification  to occur during the following year. If recertification does not occur by the  end of this extended period, then the umpire is no longer qualified to  officiate. In this case, a former umpire can be recertified only after  successfully completing the Level 1 umpire course. 


For more information about a Official courses, contact the Bowls Sask office:

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Bowls Saskatchewan, Office located at 1734 Elphinstone Street; mailing address 1860 Lorne Street, Regina, SK S4P 2L7;
phone: (306)780-9426; fax: (306)780-9480;