Memo – Marking of Toucher (Issued on 9/3/17)


In a recent disciplinary case queries were raised on the proper procedures of marking a toucher.  We have simplified the wordings in the latest version of the Laws of the Sport of Bowls published by World Bowls for your reference:




–       A toucher must be marked by a member of the team that delivered the bowls as soon as it comes to rest


–       If the marking action may likely to move the bowl, the player of skip should nominate it as a toucher and acknowledged by the opposition.


–       If before the next delivered bowls comes to rest, a bowl is neither marked nor nominated, it is no longer a toucher.


–       If a non-toucher carries a mark, the mark should be removed by the opposition as it come to rest.


–       If a non-toucher carries a mark but the remove of such mark may move the bowl, it should be nominated as a non-toucher and acknowledged by the opposition.


–       After the marking/nomination of a toucher/non-toucher, the decision was non-reversible.


Hope this clarify the queries and avoid any disputes in the future.


On behalf of


The Hong Kong Lawn Bowls Association


Claudius Lam


Vice President – Technical