Frequently Asked Questions

We will try to answer your questions on a variety of topics such as learning to play bowls, club activities, membership, club committees and where to go for further information.  If you cannot find the answer here please ask a club committee member who will either answer your questions or direct you to someone who can.
I would like to to play bowls but I don't know anyone who can teach me.

MEMBERS FORUM:
We hope to enter five divisions in pennants this year. This of course will depend on the number of players who complete the espression  of interest sheet by adding their name. We will need to have 50 players names down to commit to play for the season. Players are quite often very lax in completing this information  sheet, but it is needed early to allow the Club to decide what teams we are able to enter. I will be approaching players individually to complete this form.
As an aside, I have had members tell me that they have never represented their Club. This is your opportunity. The club pays all the green fees and travel costs for this event.

PENNANT COMPETITION 2022 BEGINS 30th July:

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electors Bill McCarthy, Grannie Pearce and Jim See have begun work already and have selected a strong team to represent Bargara in the McCracken Cup. As a general rule, all players will be considered available for selection in our Pennant teams to represent Bargara.
However, to ensure the the selectors have the most up to date information available to them, a nomination sheet setting out availability or non availability will shortly be posted at the Club. It is hoped that Bargara can enter four (4) Divisions in the Pennants competition again this year. Selectors will obviously be monitoring the form of players.

One of the issues which is causing problems with our greens is the dumping of bowls. IF YOU ARE UNABLER TO GET DOWN TO DELIVER A BOWL, THEN PERHAPS  YOU SHOULD CONSIDER A BOWLING ARM.Our Greens are easily damaged by  dumping of bowls. We must protect this valuable resource.

GRADING OF A/B players:
Shortly nominations wiill be called for “B” grade events. Presient Greg has asked the selectors to review the gradings asap. There is a criteria that is a guide only, but there are other things that neeed to be takeninto account. The purpose of these events, is to give players, who migfht not figure prominately in the opern events etc to enjoy more gompetition gams, gain more experience and possibly feature in Presentation night. If you belive yourt current grading does not reflect your plsying standard, pleae approah a selector and have your situation reviewed.

DRESS STANDARDS AT BARGARA BOWLS CLUB;

Members should take heed  of the notice posted on the bowls office window regarding dress standards required of members.
Any questions about what is acceptable and what is not acceptable should be directed at the Men’s or Ladies Presidents.

After the team bowl comes to rest, you no longer have possession of the mat. The person delivering should have retired behind the mat and the third/skip should retire quickley behind the mat. A common mistake occurs when the third/skip dithers at the head trying to determikne who has shot, when they have no rights to remain there, possibly causing their opponents to become frustrated or delayed. As a bowl comes to rest, a quick look is acceptable. It is often wise to advertise your thoughts of the situation and thus give away tactical information.
Another situation that causes annoyance, often occurrs at the changeover. Players not in possession of the mat, stop half way and have a prolonged discussion of how to proceed. This is not acceptable behaniour. Either remain  at the head or move quickley up the green and retire behind the mat.

GREENS ETIQUETTE;
No matter how good you are, or think you are, all players have the capabiliies of playing well on any given day. Accept defeat and give credit to your opponent in a sportsman like manner. Do NOT blame outside influences for your loss, such as the greens, the weather conditions, your opponents lucky shots, the umpire, the spectators or anything else you can think of. Be the first to offer your hand in congratulations for a game well played.

A team winning the toss or the previous end, may place the mat wherever they desire as long as it is within the rules. Opposition players have no right to complain about the position of the mat or the length thrown. If not your preferred position, either accept with good grace or win the end, so you an do as you desire.
In addition, players are expected to help move or kick the bowls behind the mat. It helps if the winning lead places te mat as quickly as possible, so it is obvious how far the bowls need to be moved.
Comments such as “Why can’t you put the mat up here” or “I didn’t come here to kick bowls” are just not acceptable. There are good tactical reasons why discerning skips and players choose where to place the mat. Be gracious to your opposition and play in good spitit and ytou will enjoy the game much more.

Some members still insist on dropping their bowls on to the green from the bank, after naking a haklf heatrted attempt to bend over slightly.
This is a very bad habit. Please leave your bowls on the bank and lift them down once you are on the green. At the moment, the edges of the green are running very true, but this will not remain so, if this habit causes indentations, which we have no way of repairing.
Any member who witnesses this happening, should have no qualms about reproaching the offnder, or at least alerting Matty about the presence of a serial offender in our club.

NAME TAGS Should be worn if possible
All members should consider wearing name tags, especially when playing against visitors. Bargara name tags are available on lorder for $10-00. Put your name on the sheet behind the office door.

ADMINISTRATORS: Discussion:
Most members probably have not read through the Bargara Bowls By-Laws but here are some points for Administrators”

Allow all members to have equal opportunity to participate by provising a healthy and enjoyable environment.
Ensure eeveryone is involved in the sport emphasizes fair play and not winning at all costs
Encourage members to preserve the etiquette of bowls
Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every member

PLAYER WITHDRAWL:
First of all, players should keep a diary of events in which they have entered. Also, check that you are not entered twice and that a player you play regularly with has not entered your name as well on the nomination sheet. If you find yourself unable to play, do not leave it until late, to withdraw. We have had a number of late withdrawls and non-attendences recently, which has caused problems for the bowls organizers. Leave an early message on the phone system. Most office staffers have managed to understand the complicated phone system we have at the club.


PLAYING ATTIRE:
Dress for competition bowls is whites or preferably the new club uniform.
Dress for social bowls (as set out in the by-laws) is neat and tidy and should compare with our uniform standards. ie. no T.Shirts, board shorts etc.

GREEN SPEED: FORUM:The speed of a green is typically meaured by how long it takes a bowl to roll to a jack set at 27 meters (6 meters further that the minimum length)
Normally you would roll two bowls forehand and two backhand, one way and then the other, to take into account wind direction.
Then time with a stop watch and average out.
In Queensland, if a bowl takes around 12 to 13 seconds, it will be considered a slow green. 15 seconds is considered avarage and  something like 17-20 will be considered fast.
The greens at Bargara would be considered to be average

HOW TO HANDLE FAST GREENS:
In Pennant and Wide Bay Classic competitions, we will sometimes encounter fast greens and it is noticabler that some of our bowlers struggle to adapt. This is understandable, since we have developed a muscle memory and a mindset for our home greens.
Faster greens require a greater sense of “touch”. This means small adjustments make big differences:  Good boiwling

The club runs FREE coaching sessions every Saturday morning at 9.00 am unless the greens are required for tournaments or competition. Accredited coaches are there to give you tuition and help you during the learning stage.

 

I would like to to play bowls but I don't know anyone who can teach me.

GREEN SPEED: FORUM:

The speed of a green is typically meaured by how long it takes a bowl to roll to a jack set at+27 meters (6 meters further that the minimum length)
Normally you would roll two bowls forehand and two backhand, one way and then the otherto take into account wind direction.
Then time with a stocp watch and average out.
In Queensland, if a bowl takes around 12 to 13 seconds, it will be considered a slow green. 15 seconds is considered avarage and  something like 17-20 will be considered fast.
The greens at Bargara would be considered to be average
HOW TO HANDLE FAST GREENS:

The club runs FREE coaching sessions every Saturday morning at 9.00 am unless the greens are required for tournaments or competition. Accredited coaches are there to give you tuition and help you during the learning stage.

What is Barefoot Bowls?
Barefoot bowls is a fun game where you can play in bare feet or socks rather than the approved type of footwear.  It is a fun way to try out the sport and mix with others before you join a club and buy bowls and bowls clothing.  The club has a game of barefoot bowls every Wednesday night. For game times etc see the social bowls page.
Can I learn to play if I don't have any bowls?
Yes, the club has bowls that you can use when learning or playing barefoot bowls.  Once you have decided that you enjoy bowls then you are expected to join the club, purchase bowls and if playing competition you would also require the club uniform.
How can I join Bargara Bowls Club?
You can download a copy of the membership application from the membership page, fill it out and bring it to the club where a committee member will help you through the joining process.
How do I know when I can play bowls at Bargara ?
The club produces an annual calendar.  There is also an online version in PDF format for viewing or download.
How do I put my name down for a game of bowls?
There are weekly games nominations sheets in the bowls office. You may put yourself in as part of a team or a single entry.  If you enter as a single entry please indicate if you are a new bowler or what position you prefer to play and the games organisers will match you up with other single entries to form a team.

For game times and requirements please visit the social bowls page.

Who runs the Bargara Bowls Club and forum ?

The Bargara Bowls Club is governed by the Management Committee which is elected, by the club members at the annual general meeting (AGM).  This committee comprises the Chairman, secretary Treasurer, Ladies President, Men’s President and two (2) executive members.

The Ladies and Men’s Presidents then each form a sub committee or the day to day running of Ladies, Men’s and mixed/open bowls events.  While the subcommittees are vital to the functioning of the club they do not control club funds.  The Management Committee has the complete control of all club monies, equipment and plant.
This page will from time to time have hints regarding bowls

who tells the Management Committee how they should run the club ?

                                                                        MEMBERS FORUM

  • In the adsence of any male umpires in the Bargara Bowls Club, it is dependon skips to agree on a ruling for most common occurrences. A copy of the Australian Laws of Bowls will be placed in the Office for anyone to peruse to help settle disputes. These books are also available from the Secretary Jess Cannon for $9-00 each. We will highlight a law on a regular basis:

 

  • PLAYING A BOWL OUT OF ORDER:
  • This occurs from time to time and what happens when it does?
  • There is no one answer to this. But all the options lie with the skip of the non-offending team and these options are:
  • The bowl may be stopped by the opposing team before it reaches the head. It can then be returned and replayed in the correct order
  • If the bowl does not disturb the head, the opposing team can either leave it there and play two bowls to return to the correct order or return the bowl and play in the correct order
  • If the bowl disturbs the head, the options are 1. Leave the head and play two bowls , 2 Recreate the head and return the bowl then play in the correct order or declare a dead end.

The Club administration is controlled by the Constitution and By-Laws approved, by members, with a 75% majority at a general meeting.  The constitution and By-Laws and any subsequent changes to them must be approved by the Office of Fair Trading before they can be officially accepted.

The Club Treasurer is required to submit the clubs financial records for audit before presenting his annual report to the club members.

Can the club discipline members for bad behaviour?
Yes paragraph 9 of the Club Constitution details the actions open to the Management Committee and their rights and responsibilities in this matter. Subsequent paragraphs detail the members rights and their avenue for appeal against the committees decision if they feel the outcome is unjust or too harsh.
What is the Greens Policy?
A policy document exists in relation to this and is filed in the club office.

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