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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.