Guidelines for Markers

It can be a little intimidating to be a marker of a club championship for the first time. This page of guidelines aims to make the experience easy and even enjoyable!


  • Record names on the scoreboard in the same order as on the scorecard.
  • At the completion of every end record scores on scorecard and scoreboard, after the players have agreed on the result.
  • At the end of the game ensure the card is signed by both players.

The Head

  • Chalk touchers and remove chalk from non-touchers.
  • Mark the position of touchers and jacks in the ditch.
  • Remove dead bowls from outside the rink boundaries with the agreement of the players.
  • At the request of the opponent, stop and return any bowl played out of turn.
  • Stand behind and to the side of the head.


  • Ensure the Jack is centred and is no less than 23 metres from the mat.
  • If in doubt the marker may call the umpire.
  • If a 2m Jack placement is required, ensure it is behind and touching the chalk line.


  • Measure shots if requested by either player, but do not remove any bowls, unless the result is agreed by both players.
  • If you do not want to measure call an umpire.

Responses to Questions

  • Answer any specific question addressed to you by the player in possession of the mat.
  • When requested clearly indicate the shot if possible.
  • If in doubt inform the player it is a measure.

How to Answer Specific Questions Asked by Players

Answer with the correct number.

Answer “Yes” or “No” only.

Advise player that they have OR haven’t got the shot only. Do not elaborate.

Answer as accurately as possible.

Answer “Yes” or “No” only.

Answer “Yes” or “No” only, unless asked by how much.

Suggest player rephrase the question.

Answer “No” only.

Give correct number of shots, either up or down. If you aren’t sure who has the shot, answer “it’s a measure” only. DO NOT say “It’s a measure in your favour” as this may be wrong and misleading to the player.