Our Game

Bowls is a strategic, challenging and fun sport that can be enjoyed by anyone. It is played on a large smooth grass surface called a “green”. Lawn bowls are large, hard resin balls with a bias to them, so that they travel along an elliptical path, rather than going straight. The object of the game is to roll your bowls closer to the target than your opponents. The target is a small white ball called a “jack”. The jack is rolled the length of the green to start each end. Players from each team taking turns rolling their bowls down the green toward the jack until all the bowls have been played.

Bowls involves offensive and defensive strategy. An added challenge is the Jack or target may be displaced within the confines of the rink by the movement of any bowl.

Skills Development

Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) is a systematic approach being developed and adopted by Bowls Canada Boulingrin to maximize athlete potential and participant involvement. The LTAD framework aims to define optimal training, competition and recovery based on biological age rather than chronological age and thus takes into account early entry and late entry sport participants. It is athlete centered, coach driven and administration, sport science and sponsor supported.

By tailoring an athlete’s/participant’s instruction, coaching and training to the development of fundamental physical literacy skills and sport technical skills we are best positioning the participant to:

  • Reach full potential
  • Increase lifelong participation in bowls and other physical activities
  • Improving health and well-being


Social Bowler

1 Learn and practice jack setting, controlling length, bowling to centre line
2 Introduce and practice draw shot

3 Introduce mat placement
4 Learn basic rules, game structure, scoring and etiquette

Club Player

1 Demonstrates point of aim using reference points
2 Performs shots to the standards outlined for the club competitor
3 Develops ability to deliver to targets
4 Refines weight adjustment skills