|Stamping Of Bowls|
STAMPING OF BOWLS
For the National Championships, composition bowls will only require to be re-tested and re-stamped if the date stamp and serial number is not clearly legible on all bowls. Wooden bowls must bear a legible stamp of the current year or beyond and a legible serial number. (IBB, WBB and WB stamps only) (Not the BIBC Stamp)
SERIAL NUMBERS ON BOWLS
Following the introduction of the “Laws of the Sport – Third Edition” in 2004, by World Bowls Ltd., the definition of a “set of bowls” made it mandatory for bowls to have a “serial number” on them as part of the process in determining that bowls were from a matched set. In Scotland it was felt that the volume of older bowls in use made this a very difficult subject to police and, subsequently, bowls without serial numbers were accepted provided that they conformed to all of the other requirements of the Laws.
Following recent queries to World Bowls Ltd., however, it has been confirmed by them that bowls without serial numbers are not legal for use in competitive play and, consequently, must be rejected by umpires.
A new World Bowls stamp was introduced in late 2001 and when bowls were tested after that time a certificate would have been issued which should have contained the serial number of the bowls and instructions from World Bowls Ltd., regarding bowls without serial numbers should have been followed by the tester.
For season 2012 (outdoor) and 2012-13 (indoor) umpires have been advised that anyone producing bowls for checking that do not have a serial number should be advised that the bowls will be accepted but from April 2013 such bowls will not be acceptable for competitive play in Scotland.
Players whose bowls do not have serial numbers but have a valid IBB, WBB or WB stamp should be advised to follow the following process: