Officials play an important role in managing and allowing a match to be played safely, fairly and within the laws of the sport of Bowls.

Officials who are accredited through the National Officiating Accreditation Scheme (NOAS) are recognised by Bowls Australia (BA), the STA and the Australian Sport Commission (ASC).

Bowls SA and BA have three accreditations which once achieved, last four years; Marker, Measure and National Umpire. These accreditations are skill based and requires specific competencies.

Bowlers can choose to gain accreditation has a National Umpire which encompasses accreditation as a Marker and Measure or bowlers can choose to just complete a Marker or Measurer accreditation depending on their interests and needs. This allows for flexibility for a club member to just officiate has a marker but not an umpire at their local club or allow a Third to brush up on their measuring skills.

The final step in the Officiating pathway is the International Technical Official (ITO). This accreditation is a World Bowls accreditation. The ITO accreditation is designed for those already accredited as National Umpires who wish to umpire at national and international events and on TV at events such as the Australian Open, Commonwealth Games, and other major events. 

Have you considered becoming an accredited umpire? Becoming an Umpire or Marker or Measurer is an option available to anyone in the sport of bowls.

As you progress through the program and gain valuable skills, you may have the opportunity to officiate at state, national and even international events.

Click here for details on Upcoming Courses as well as the application forms.

Interest in progressing to an International Technical Official? Find out more information here.

South Australian ITO’s 
Garry Benveniste
Vic Culbertson
Jeff Davis
Roger Faerhmann
Steve Franks
Carlos Gonzalez
Diane Milner
Pat Parish
Joan Prosser
Robert Schultz
Kerry Walker
Sandy Wallace
Beth Young

Umpire Updates

There has been an update to the role of the Measurer. Please see below the duties of a Measurer:

A measurer must be accredited and undertakes identical training as all accredited national umpires and as such is able to demonstrate their competency by carrying out the following required duties: 

  • Measure any disputed shot or shots using suitable measuring equipment, such as that described in law 54;
  • Must decide whether the distance of the mat from the rear end and front ditches and the distance of the jack or bowl from the mat line are in line with the Laws of the Sport of Bowls or not; 
  • Must decide whether a jack or bowl is in play or not. 

A player can call for an umpire if they not satisfied with the measurer’s decision.  However, if there is no umpire present at a game but an accredited national measurer is, then the measurer becomes the appointed competent player to be the umpire for that day.  The umpire’s decision is final. 

A measurer must not offer advice or any interpretation of the Laws of the Sport of Bowls unless they have been appointed as the Umpire. 

How measurers conduct themselves during games can have a significant influence on the way in which games are conducted and the atmosphere that prevails (as at 1 March 2016). 

The measurer and/or umpire should always make a decision when called. A tied end is a decision. Having measured, the measurer should only indicate the shot bowl/s without moving it or any other bowls as the player/s may wish to call an umpire for confirmation. The umpire’s decision being final. If the player/s is not wanting to call the umpire, the measurer should then turn out the shot bowl(s) telling the players the decision. If two bowls are equidistant from the jack, both bowls should be turned out together. Advise the players verbally of the decision e.g. ‘1 Shot to red’ or ‘Tied shot. No score’. Having turned out the shot bowl(s) nothing else in the head should be moved by the measurer or umpire as this may lead to confusion amongst spectators and players as to the outcome of the measure. 
After a measurer or umpire has communicated their decision to the players, the players need to prepare for the following end without comment on the decision. A good measurer or umpire would refrain from responding to any comments made by players or spectators.