Laws and Umpiring
Becoming an Umpire
Learning the Laws of the Sport of Bowls and how to apply them will benefit you and your club!
Any Bowls USA member is eligible and encouraged to become an umpire.
Choosing to umpire for an event is entirely voluntary and appreciated.
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.
Re-certification consists of a 10-question written exam and submission of a new application.
Initial Certification Process -
Worldwide lawn bowling rules are established by World Bowls and published as Laws of the Sport of Bowls which World Bowls continuously reviews and revises.Bowls USA is one of 55 member nations affiliated with World Bowls.
To obtain your copy of the Laws of the Sport of Bowls join Bowls USA through your club or contact your head division umpire to purchase one for $20 (includes Bowls USA membership).
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.
You can update your Laws of the Sport of Bowls rule book to reflect the differences between Bowls USA Domestic Regulations and World Bowls. Click or Tap here!
Other Important Documents for Umpires
Contact the umpire near you or National Umpire in Chief, above.