Rules to follow for Markers

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.