According to the dictionary etiquette means “the art of behaviour”. This does not mean that etiquette is the explanation of the duties of the various players in a team; but it is those little extras that give this wonderful sport of bowls its great charm. Friendly sporting acts towards your team mates and opponents are appreciated and reciprocated. Such acts could be: to keep still and quiet whilst others are delivering their bowls; to stand behind the jack and away from the head, perfectly still, or one yard behind the mat; commendation of a good shot by a team mate or opponent; being frank in admitting a fluke when you receive one, and remember it when at some later date your opponent gets such a fluke against you!

Always remember the sport of bowls is a game for pleasure, played to win but where the ability to have a laugh and to enjoy the company of others is surely as important.