Information on qualifying as an English Short Mat Bowling Association umpire is available through the Umpires' Director whose contact details can be found here.
The English Bowling Federation are seeking new markers amd umpires, and information on the respective qualifications is available here.
Few bowlers have not been asked to mark at some stage and although some clubs run ad hoc marker training sessions, the task is often performed as a matter of courtesy rather than from a position of experience and knowledge. There are also occasions where, in the absence of a qualified umpire, a marker may be asked to adjudicate on a contested measure or some aspect of the laws. For both roles a thorough knowledge and understanding of the laws are obvious prerequisites, but etiquette and practical experience in using measures and other 'tools of the trade' are also important. These seven books (four of them online) and two DVDs will help to prepare you for these tasks.
The books and DVDs listed below all relate to flat green bowls. If you know of anything similar for any of the other codes, please .
|Title (Click title below)||Author, Compiler, Editor, etc|
|Bowls New Zealand Umpires Handbook||Bowls New Zealand Umpires Committee|
|English Bowls Umpires Association - Home Study Manual||English Bowls Umpires Association|
|English Bowls Umpires Association - Training Manual||English Bowls Umpires Association||Etiquette of Marking in Lawn Bowls, The||John A Malan||Laws, the Duties & Etiquette Applicable to Markers, The||Keith McKinley Wilson|
|Markers . . . Laws & Duties||Royal Victorian Bowls Association|
|Marker's and Umpire's Duties, The||World Bowls and Bowls England|
|Umpire Training DVD||English Bowls Umpires Association|
|World Bowls: Umpiring & Marking Skills||World Bowls|