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Every singles match in a competition needs a marker. As a marker you can make or break a game. Good markers always comply with the following rules of conduct:

  • They know the names of the competitors, know which of them is the challenger and can identify their bowls

  • Remind the players that they will mark touchers immediately after the bowl has come to rest

  • Remind the players that they need the players’ agreement before removing a dead bowl

  • Have measure, chalk and pen handy

  • Keep their attention entirely on the game they are marking

  • Stand still unless required to mark a toucher or to answer a question

  • Ensure the mat is centred, particularly if it has been brought up the green

  • Satisfy themselves that the jack is of legal length

  • Wait until the players have agreed the shot(s) before marking the score card or leaving the head

  • Keep the players informed of the score

  • Alter the score board at every end

  • In a two-wood singles, they ensure that the score board shows the ends as well as the score

  • Walk quickly up the side of the rink so as not to delay the players starting the next end

  • If it is a very tight measure and the players cannot agree on the shot, good markers suggest that the umpire be called – the more often the shot is measured the more likely it is that something will be moved

  • Know what to do when there is an extra end in a two-wood singles

  • Ensure that the players sign the card

  • Try not to stand in front of the same spectators every time – but they know they will always be in someone’s way

  • They are alert, decisive and unobtrusive

  • Never stand on the bank having a cigarette or chatting.

  • Never watch the game on the next rink.Never offer the players advice or declare the shot.

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