What is Carpet Bowls?
Carpet Bowls was devised as a scaled down version of indoor Short Mat Bowls and was designed to be suitable for playing in small halls. The principal aim of the game is the same as all other bowls disciplines, to deliver your wood (bowl) closer to the jack than your opponent, but changes had to be made to suit the equipment.
The game is played on a mat approximately 30 feet in length and 6 feet wide, using biased bowls of 4 inches in diameter. On the centre of the mat there is an 18 inch block and the delivery of the woods takes place from a designated area, this prevents the game continually being killed by the firing shot and creates a more interesting, skilful and addictive game.
Importantly, the game is played with no discrimination; both male and female, children of all ages (accompanied by an adult), as well as less able-bodied people have the ability to compete on an equal footing at all levels of the game, making the game fall under the category of ‘Sport for All'.
More details on how the game of Carpet Bowls is played can be found in the rules on the English Carpet Bowls Association website, please click on:
English Carpet Bowls Association
The link below takes you to a short video on YouTube showing some of our members enjoying a “roll up” and will give you a better idea how the game is played and the various skills or luck levels they have achieved. Please click on: