becoming an umpire
Learning the Laws of the Sport of Bowls and how to apply them will benefit you, your club, and all of bowls!
Any Bowls USA member is eligible and encouraged to become an umpire.
Choosing to umpire for an event is entirely voluntary and appreciated by many.
Contact the National Umpire-in-Chief or your Head Division Umpire to find out more.
Umpires are invited to renew their certifications every five years at the discretion of the NUIC.
Recertification consists of a 10-question written exam and submission of a new application.
initial certification process - five-year term
IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS for umpires
Contact the umpire near you or head umpire
Melanie Vizenor below!
Laws of the Sport of Bowls
To obtain your copy of the Laws of the Sport of Bowls join BowlsUSA through your club or contact you head division umpire to purchase one for $20 which will also give you membership in Bowls USA. What a deal!!
Worldwide lawn bowling rules are established by World Bowls and published as Laws of the Sport of Bowls. World Bowls continuously reviews and revises the LOTSOB.
Bowls USA is one of 55 member nations affiliated with World Bowls.
Each country may add their own requirements to the worldwide rules, as long as they do not violate the Laws. The Official Rules and U.S. Domestic Regulations are included in the 2015 pamphlet which Bowls USA members receive from their club.
To all Bowls USA umpires and members: Edit your 2015 LSB rulebook to reflect the differences between Bowls USA Domestic Regulations and World Bowls. Click on link below!
Note: One other change that needs to be made in the Domestic Regulations is in 108.5.2, on page 77: “ 2 (two) match points” must be changed to “ 3 (three) match points.” This change is necessitated due to a proofreading error. World Bowls would not approve our Domestic Regulations unless we changed 2 match points for a win to 3 match points for a win, and this change was not picked up before the document went to the printer.