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LAWS OF THE GAME – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The leader forfeits the jack, e.g. not setting a mark, sending jack off the green, and following the opponent’s delivery of the jack the opponent delivers their bowl after the jack stops moving. Does the opponent forfeit their bowl.
No. Under Definitions D.1.a the Leader must deliver the first bowl after any attempt to set a mark. The opponent sending their bowl first means the bowl was sent out of turn and therefore must be returned to be played in its proper order.
When does an ‘end’ begin?
An ‘end’ begins when the leader delivers the jack for their first attempt to set a mark. The ’end’ finishes, is complete, when the score is declared, or no score can be given, i.e. a ‘dead’ end or a ‘void’ end.
After a ‘dead’ end or ‘void’ end, i.e. no points awarded, who has the first attempt to set the mark for the new ‘end’?
The first attempt for the ‘new end’ is made by the player who set the mark in the ‘dead/void end’ but the leader, the player who scored the last point before the ‘dead/void end’, will deliver the first bowl to the jack.
A jack from game 2 stops in the land of game 1. Can the opponent, who is standing behind the leader in game 1, call ‘Jack Up’?
Yes, any player in game 1, even players 3 & 4 in a pairs game, can call ‘Jack Up’. This applies even if a bowl from game 2 has been delivered.
Does the opponent have to deliver their second bowl if the leader’s bowls are out of play?
No. Law 3.1 A bowl must be played at least three metres from the footer, and rest on the green to count, except when all the bowls of the opponent(s) are out of play.