Next Training Session
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the previously scheduled Level 1 Training Sessions in Nova Scotia have now been cancelled.
The next training session will be Spring 2021.
If you are interested in training to become an official, contact LBNS Chief Umpire Gregg Dill in order to be notified when courses become available.
Laws of the Sport/Domestic Regulations/Event Conditions of Play
The most up to date version of the Laws of the Sport of Bowls is the "Laws of the Sport of Bowls, Crystal Mark, 3rd Edition adopted in January 2019. It can be found by clicking here. Hard copy versions of the Laws may be available from your local club or be ordered directly from Bowls Canada Boulingrin by emailing email@example.com.
Up to date BCB policies and domestic regulations affecting specifically Canadian play can be found by clicking here.
LBNS Conditions of Play can be found by clicking here (for LBNS Provincial and Atlantic events), here (for the Bluenose Championship) or by contacting LBNS Provincial Match Chair Cameron LeFresne.
Officiating Bowls in Nova Scotia
Lawn Bowls Nova Scotia (LBNS) facilitates courses to train and certify officials for the sport of bowls. There are two levels of certification that an umpire can receive in order to officiate the sport. For more information on how to become an official, contact LBNS Chief Umpire and Officiating Coordinator Gregg Dill.
Level 1 (Club) Umpire
This is an entry level training program designed to encourage bowlers to become umpires and gain experience at their local events. Umpiring Candidates must have a minimum of two years of bowling experience. A Level 1 umpire is certified to officiate at all club, local and provincial events. The training process consists of:
Level 2 (National) Official
A Level 2 umpire is certified to officiate at all club, local, provincial, and national events.
Level 1 umpires can qualify for Level 2 (National) status after officiating for a minimum of 12 months and after at least 25 hours of umpiring experience at club, local and/or provincial tournaments (including their apprenticeship). All umpires are encouraged to keep a log of their officiating activities so that they can demonstrate their experience. A Level 1 umpire must take a measuring exam and pass with a mark of 90% or better in order to qualify as a Level 2 (National) umpire.
Existing Level 2 umpires are currently certified for a period of three (3) years. In order to be recertified, they should pass the measuring exam. In order to transition to a 4-year recertification period, Level 2 umpires will be asked to produce a log showing a minimum of 25 umpiring hours, and they must pass the measuring exam. In their three-year or four-year officiating cycle, any umpire must be recertified before the end of their last year in order to remain qualified. Exceptionally, at the end of their current officiating cycle, one year of grace is possible, allowing for recertification to occur during the following year. If recertification does not occur by the end of this extended period, then the umpire is no longer qualified to officiate. In this case, a former umpire can be recertified only after successfully completing the Level 1 umpire course.