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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.