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We invite you to become part of a Lawn Bowls League
to earn money for the charity of your team's choice.

About

Lawn bowling is an International Sport. In the United States, a large percentage of club memberships are from other countries. The countries most represented are Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and Wales. In these countries Lawn Bowling is considered one of the top sports activities for all age groups.


The Awards League consists of employee's of local businesses, charities or government. League play will run approximately eight weeks, culminating in a one day playoff between the various Departmental teams. Typical matches last about two hours.


Preferred Format

Mixed triples team format, (men and women)on each team with each team representing a different department within the organization.


Awards and Grants

1st Place Team wins a $1000 Grant for any charitable program of their choice. In addition, the team will receive $200.00 plus a free one year's membership in the Clearwater Lawn Bowling Club and the 1st Place Medal Award as the Pinellas County Lawn Bowls League Champion. .

2nd: A $500 Grant for any charitable program of their choice, $150.00, free one year CLBC Membership and the 2nd Place Award.

3rd: A $300 Grant for any charitable program of their choice, $100.00, free one year CLBC Membership and the 3rd Place Award.

4th: A $200 Grant and a free one year Clearwater Lawn Bowling Club Membership


Registration Fee and Deadline to play in the Awards 2017 League

Cost per player is $20 for the entire practice and league season. There are no other fees of any kind! The registration fee includes: free lessons, free use of Lawn Bowls/other equipment for use in all practice sessions and competition. It also includes a summertime/league membership (through October 31, 2017) in the CLBC. Deadline for entering will be posted or provided to you by email. Due to a first come/first serve limit of 100 players, we would encourage early registration.


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download the registration form.

Mail completed registration forms to:
Larry Hanks
P.O. Box 913
Indian Rocks Beach, Fl. 33785


FAQ's

What equipment will I need?
Since the Awards League is being played outdoors, tasteful shorts and tops are recommended. A hat, sun glasses, sun screen and bottled water/energy drinks for sun protection and hydration. A requirement is the use of flat soled shoes. Unfortunately, because most athletic tennis, running, or walking type shoes have heavy treaded soles, they cannot be used. This is because of the "residual marking effect" heavy treaded shoes leave on the playing surfaces during a match. Famous Footwear in Largo Mall has several types of flat soled athletic rubber shoes that work well. We have found most people already own a pair of rubber flat soled shoes.


How do I learn to play, practice and learn the rules before the start of the league?
Prior to the start of play, the Clearwater Lawn Bowling Club will run a series of weekly orientation, practice, and free lesson classes. Each session will last about 2 hours. Each 2 hour session will include a short orientation on rules of play, etiquette, teamwork strategies and the lingo of the sport, hand signals, and other aspects of the sport. Times and dates will be announced in the near future. The club will try to accommodate those who miss an orientation or practice by appointment or special sessions to be made available.


When do we play?
It is anticipated that start of play will be between 9:39-10 A.M. each Saturday or a week day night (after work hours), once per week. Depending on demand and availability, the various 8 week Corporate, Charity, or Government departmental League seasons will be scheduled over most months of each year. Schedules of play, League standings, etc. will be provided to all participants.


How long does each match take?
Each match will consist of 10-12 ends, which will last about 2-2½ hours. Play should be concluded by around noon of each Saturday.


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CLBC Contacts

Larry Hanks Email () 915-203-3657         Ron Ridley Email () 727-742-3394



General Informational about the Sport of Lawn Bowls

The game is typically played on natural or artificial grass, or, as in the case of many clubs in Florida, on "Rubico". Rubico is a "fast" playing surface. It is similar to the type of material found on a clay tennis court. Unlike 10 pin bowling, Lawn Bowling is played not on a Bowling Lane with "gutters" on the side. Instead, of a bowling lane, lawn bowling is played on a "rink" which will have a "ditch" (or a type of gutter) at each end of the rink. The "ditch" catches bowls that are rolled too long. When played on grass, the term "the green" or "the Pitch" are other names most commonly used for the field of play. An average LB rink will be 120 feet long and from 14 to 16 feet wide. Players use a maximum of 4 bowls in a single or pair's competition. Three in triples.


The average weight of a lawn bowl is relatively light at about 3 ½ pounds. They vary in size to fit comfortably into the palm of any individual's hand. Whether you are petite, or small in stature, or very tall, lawn bowls are offered in numerous sizes. Generally speaking, regardless of stature or hand size, the weight of a lawn bowl will not vary more than 8 ounces or so. Even though the rink is longer and wider than a regular 10 pin bowling lane, the lawn bowl will travel the length of a rink, with very little inertia being applied. Most are amazed at how quickly and far it travels. For those who have had past injuries, the good news is that Lawn Bowling is very easy on the body. However before bowling, it is recommended that players do a few stretching exercises to limber up.


To start play, a white ball, slightly smaller and less weight than a "cue ball" is rolled down the rink by a player. This white ball is called "the Jack". After the Jack stops rolling, it is then centered in the rink by the team captain, referred to as "the Skip". The Jack must travel about 65 feet at a minimum; and no further than about 6½ feet from the back ditch. Therefore, the shortest distance the Jack is from the Bowler is about 65 feet to a maximum of about 110 feet. After the Jack is centered, each bowler on a team will alternatingly attempt to roll their bowl towards the "jack". The scoring object is to see which team gets their bowl(s) closest to the Jack. That means, in a Triples format there will be 18 Bowls resting near the Jack by the time two teams' finish "an end". A match or game normally consists of 10 to 14 ends of play.

Scoring: a team receives 1 point for each team member's bowl that is closest to "the Jack". As soon as the opposing team has a bowl that is the closest, the scoring stops. The play then heads back in the other direction. Therefore, after the two teams finish one direction; that is considered a "completed end." Thus, a new end is started from the opposite direction. Now the most interesting part of Lawn bowling; one that makes a simple game, far more complex. The bowls are not round and are significantly weighted on one side. That being the case, every bowl breaks from about 5 to 15 feet when rolled towards the Jack. This dynamic makes it a far more difficult and challenging. The use of imagination, concentration, creative/ intuitive shots, and team strategy is critical to enable a team to win a match. In a sense, lawn bowling is a "Green" Sport: The sport of Lawn Bowling uses about 1-3% of the water, energy, maintenance, personnel, and all other type of resources to run a club. It is also played mostly outdoors, in beautiful settings. It's easy on the environment and the pocketbook.



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