Guest blog: Hearing The Skip

I am a novice to the game of lawn bowls. To me lawns bowls is a mind game, full of tactics and strategies and some comical moments.

The aim of the game is to get your bowls as close as possible to a small white ball called the ‘jack’. The jack is at one end of the rink and the bowls are delivered from the other end. The length of a green in the direction of play can be up to 40 metres or no less than 21 metres in a straight line of play from the front edge of the mat, quite a long distance.

The Skip (stands at the end of the rink where the jack is placed, until it is his turn to bowl). She/he is considered the most important player in the rink and is in complete charge of the rink.

The skip should be a good communicator and motivator as she/he gives other team members information about what shot to play (bowl to be delivered). When a team member steps on the mat to deliver a bowl, she/he looks at the skip (standing at the other end of the rink near the jack up to 40 metres away) and is looking for guidance or information, directions or instructions about where to place his/her bowl.

The directions are usually given verbally and need to be communicated clearly, concisely, precisely and effectively.  Vocal advise can be supported with hand signals to indicate distances or which hand to play (forehand or backhand). Remember the voice of the person giving instructions needs to carry up to 40 meters quite a long distance.

Without good hearing, instructions and directions can be misinterpreted:





Sue is a clinician at Blamey Saunders hears. Sue believes hearing is a fundamental necessity for communicating and maintaining relationships. That’s why she’s so passionate about helping people learn about hearing and listening. If Sue could only give you one piece of advice, it would be this: “Protect yourself from loud noise, wherever possible”.


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