Indoor Bias Bowls

About Indoor Bias Bowls

This game is very similar to outdoor lawn bowls but with some variations to the rules, and is played indoors, generally through the winter months but can be played all year round.

Unlike the outdoor game where rules are set by BV ( Bowls Victoria ) this game runs under the dictates and rules of VIBBA ( Victorian Indoor Biased Bowls Association ) and some of the rules are extremely strict when playing at Group, State or International levels.

Games comprise singles, pairs, triples, fours and mixed exactly the same as the outdoor system.

The Basics of Play

  • The game is played on a 30′ x 6′ mat with all bowls being identically biased.
  • No wide or slim bowls, everyone uses the same.
  • A coin is tossed with the winner choosing which coloured bowls to use and whether to take control or give the initial control away.
  • The mat can only be given away on the first end with the winner of all ensuing ends leading for the following end. The length of the game varies for each format, ie: singles, pairs, etc., Day and Night Pennant and State games.
  • Each player takes their turn, the end is scored by the thirds and recorded by the Skippers or Markers in singles.
  • If the Jack is knocked off the mat then a penalty applies and the end is replayed.
    • The lead knocking the jack off – 1 shot to the opposition,
    • 2nd – 2 shots,
    • 3rd – 3 shots,
    • Skipper – 4 shots.
    • In singles it is
      • 1 shot for the first bowl,
      • 1 shot for the second,
      • 2 shots for the third
      • 3 shots for the fourth.
  • Any bowl leaving the mat is declared dead and removed from the playing area.
  • The only part of the bowler’s body able to touch the mat, during delivery, are the fingers of the delivery hand.
  • Toes, feet, etc., touching the mat would make the bowl an illegal delivery and can be stopped during motion.
  • Bowls must be delivered through the delivery box, if outside this area then the bowl is declared dead and removed from the mat.
  • A time limit of 60 seconds is set between the opponents bowl coming to rest and the delivery of the next bowl. Bowlers can be ‘timed out’ and the bowl forfeited.

Like outdoor bowls this game is played at Social, Club, Group, Intergroup, State and International level. Skills are developed early and practice makes perfect. As in any sport, the more you put in the more you are likely to achieve.

When and Where

Games sessions are:

  • Mondays at 1 pm
  • Wednesdays at 7 pm

Advice and coaching is available for any person wishing to try their hand at a very skillful game.

For each session just add your name to the appropriate list on the Indoor Bowls notice, near the Men’s slope.

Please arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled start time, and remember proper bowls shoes must be worn.