Club Covid-19 Statement



FOR SESSION 2020/2021

As lockdown eases and fewer restrictions are in place, Ardrossan Indoor Bowling Club following Scottish Government advice, will re-open for bounce games on the 24th August, 2020. The club opening hours will be from 10am -2pm, Monday to Friday. League games will commence on the 14th September all going well with the Government’s route map, First Minister will confirm 10th September.

The club is now open to plan and prepare for re-opening.

Subscriptions fees can be taken from Monday 17th August. For session 2020/2021 the Subscription fees will remain the same as last season, similar the rink fees will also remain the same as last season. Full members £80, New Members £40 for the first year.

To enable this return to bowling there has been some alterations to the premises to enable Social Distancing, also new Rules and Regulations, new guidance, guidelines to follow this season to allow for bowling to take place without too much interruption.

Please read the information for Personal Bowlers Responsibilities, Guidelines and Rules and Regulations changes for this season. Once read please sign that you have read these documents.

The Management Committee following guidelines from Scottish Government have Risk Assessments in place for return to bowling.

Everyone is responsible for a safe return to bowling, increased hygiene procedures, adhering to guidance and by doing so, we will collectively help to reduce the spread of the virus, protecting each other.

The Management Committee and Staff are responsible for the operations of the facilities and facility users must follow the local instructions.

Guidance will follow, in line with Scottish Government advice as we look at the journey of returning to normal play.

Our priority is a safe initial return to the sport. The health and well-being of everyone who enjoys the facilities of Ardrossan Indoor Bowling Club is of the utmost importance.

As we return have patience with each other, as we have new procedures in place this season and it will take time to get used to new systems. They call it ‘The New Normal’.

Return To Bowling- Personal Responsibilities Of Indoor Bowlers



Please remember all advice and guidance in our Return to Indoor Bowling Guidance is superseded by that of the Scottish Government. You can find the latest general advice on their website.

The overall priority must be to act responsibly, so we avoid spreading the virus.

Members must use the hand sanitiser provided when entering and exiting the club.

Members will not be issued a Membership Card due to COVD- 19, however, will be allocated Membership Number.

Members must adhere to Test, Track and Trace System – As per the Scottish Government’s Test and Protect system, Indoor Bowlers will be required to log their contact details, at the Test, Track and Trace Station.

Contact details will be: Date, Membership Number, Time In, Time Out.

Contact details must be logged each time you enter the club, this to facilitate the tracing of individuals who may have been exposed to COVD-19. This information will be used for this purpose only.

Visitors must also sign in at the Test, Track and Trace Station. Contact Details requested to be logged are:

Name, Address, Contact Telephone No, Time In and Time Out. This to facilitate the tracing of individuals who may be been exposed to COVD-19. This information will be used for this purpose only.

Members must follow the One-Way System in place. Seats have been placed facing lockers to enable changing of shoes.

Members must not shout on the green, instead use hand signals.

Members after the session must sanitise their equipment, bowls and shoes, and either remove them from the premises or return them to their individual locker. If wearing a bowling glove, this should only be worn for bowling activity and should not be used before the start of each session and should be disinfected/washed after each session.

Members must respect physical distancing. When entering the club, on the bowling green and when exiting the club.

Members who wish food and drink throughout the game must use the buzzer at the rink office. Staff will take your food or drinks order, state the time you wish your food or drink, state if you wish food or drink to be brought out to the rink, if so state the rink number, or if you want it after the game in the cafe.


There will be no spectating in the bowling arena for the foreseeable future. This is to allow social distancing to be at its maximum for the protection of members.

However you may sit in the restaurant area and spectate through the windows. With adequate social distancing.

Members equipment: should you not have a locker allocated then all bowls bags, shoes and any clothing items must be kept at the scoreboard side of your allocated rink. This to avoid slips trips and hazards and to keep the thoroughfare clear.

Members must follow the Scottish Government advice on:

Regular Hand Washing

Appropriate Cough and Sneeze etiquette

Being actually aware of the symptoms of the virus

Engaging with the Test and Protect System

Isolating if you (or someone you have been in contact with) have the virus.

Clean your hands and surfaces regularly

Members must adhere to the changes to the rules of bowling due to COVD-19.

Should you fee ill, or have symptoms of COVD-19, or if you have been in contact with someone with COVD-19 please stay away from the club. Adhere to the Scottish Government Guideline on isolation.

Rule Changes Due To COVID-19




To allow Social Distancing to work for a Fours game the Mat must be positioned a minimum of 3 Metres from the Ditch. Variation to the Laws of the Sport as follows:-

  • Before the start of play in each end, the player to play first must place the centre line of the mat lengthwise along the centre line of the rink, with the mat line at least 3 metres from the rear ditch, and at least 26 metres from the front ditch.

This will mean the club will require to move the markers in the central part of the side of the rink (25m) one metre further away as the minimum length jack will remain at 23 metres.


To allow for Social Distancing any jack which leaves the rink to the right of left or over the top of the ditch banking will be re-spotted on the 3 metre ‘T’.

If the re-spot is covered then the jack will be positioned directly in front (nearer the person delivering the bowl) of the obstruction.

The following paragraph would use the World Bowls Laws of the Sport to revise our Rule for this season:

  • If a jack in motion passes completely outside the boundaries of the rink of play or rebounds to a distance of less than 20 metres from the mat line, the end must not be declared dead. Instead the jack must be placed within the nearest point of the jack to the mat line at the appropriate spot on the 3 metre ‘T’.

All other rules with regard to the Re-spot will remain as per the SIBA Rules and Regulations.


To allow for Social Distancing the game of 2 hours duration will not be 1 hour and 45 minutes. This will give time for members equipment (bowls and shoes) to be cleaned and sufficient time to leave the bowling green whether to exit the premises or to enjoy refreshments in the café. Therefore, leaving enough time before the next session bowlers arrive.


Two jacks to be provided for each match, one yellow and one white, with each team delivering their own jack throughout the match. Jacks should be ‘set’ by foot and not by ‘hand’. For each game, the players who play lead will collect the jack. The leads of each team will be responsible for the jack at all times. If the Jack leaves the rink during play only the lead that delivered the Jack can pick it up.


Only one team can set or lift the matt, to be determined at the start of the game. The mat should be marked at one end, this end will be used by the lead and the end with no mark can be used by the skip to lift the mat. (Where clubs can supply a mat per team this could be used but will still require a mark for the lead and skip to identify which end to use.)


When a bowl goes into the ditch, it should be left to be picked out by the person who delivered it.

When a bowl has touched the jack it can be marked by spray chalk ONLY.


  • Physical distancing guidance for the Scottish Government must be followed at all times.
  • No shaking of hands at beginning or end of games. Good sportsmanship should still be acknowledged verbally.
  • Scoreboards will not be used, for local games. However, will be used for SIBA, AIBA games with only one player responsible for the scoreboard and for cleaning the scoreboard at the end of play.
  • Scorecards can be compared but do not require to be handled or signed by the opposition. Only kept by one player in each team. Full names of each player should be completed on the card this will assist with the Government’s Trace, Protect, Support Strategy. All scorecards to be left in a tray at the rink office.
  • The club may opt to limit the number of players per rink based on the facility, the ease of access and the possibility of overcrowding. This may be the case where leagues are split to two sessions, using Rink 1, 3,5 and 7 and Rink 2,4,6. This being especially so for Fours game.
  • Local competitions can begin but organisers may require variations to the rules to ensure the respect of physical distance.
  • At the end of the game, each team should clean any equipment used or borrowed with the sanitising products provided.



In line with Scottish Government guidance, staff, coaches and volunteers will wear protective face coverings and should not share equipment. Where there are screens staff do not wear a face covering. Face coverings should be worn by players as they come into the building or if they are moving around areas of the club where social distancing could be difficult however when playing the sport face coverings are not required on the green or at the designated rink tables and chairs behind each rink.

If members wish to wear face coverings while playing they will not be hindered from doing so however this is not a requirement.

If any members wearing a face shield a face mask must be worn along with the face shield.


The Management Committee will agree starting date of Junior Section. When the sessions commence physical distancing measures will be in place with a maximum of four juniors and one coach allocated to each rink.


Indoor Bowlers with a disability and disability clubs should consider the following points:

  1. Consideration needs to be given for physical distancing on the rink with wheelchair bowlers potentially positioned along the side of the rink as it may not be possible to have all players behind the head and following social distancing. If this is not possible, or preferable, reducing the numbers in each team is an alternative option.
  2. Wheelchair bowlers who require a ‘pusher’ will be required to have support from a family member or approved carer until social distancing measures are relaxed.
  3. Further guidance to follow on the social distancing measures to allow B1 Visually Impaired bowlers to participate in the sport.
  4. Visually Impaired bowlers who require someone in front of them for guidance on direction of play will need to follow distancing measures unless they are a household member or approved carer.
  5. Visually impaired players can use the string with one person responsible.
  6. Further guidance to follow on the use of face coverings for Indoor Bowling with dear or hard of hearing players who rely on lip-reading and/or British Sign Language (BSL) eg transparent masks are being developed.
  7. Additional consideration required on the access and sanitising of disabled toilets as in some circumstances Indoor Bowlers with a disability may need access more frequently.


Umpires can perform their duties while being mindful of physical distancing, and with special consideration given to:

  • Preferably using only their own equipment
  • Cleaning measuring equipment before and after use
  • Gloves should be worn when collecting the scorecards at the end of the session
  • Shots should be indicated by an umpire after any measure but the umpire should not physically touch the bowls that are awarded as shots. If an umpire requires to remove a bowl to measure they should make the player aware of any bowls handed.
  • If an umpire requires assistance then one person on the rink should be nominated to assist on all occasions.

The checking of jacks or bowls on the edge of the rinks should not be done using a ‘gunsight’ unless it is the umpire’s personal equipment. A mirror with a black line down the centre or strings.