Champion Development Drills
     

General Instructions: Practicing alone can bore even the most dedicated bowlers, so you’re encouraged to bring a friend, trade marking for each other, and find the fun that these challenging drills offer. If the first bowl doesn’t finish within the target area [for the Reproducibility, Yard On, and Yard Off drills,] it must be redelivered. Marker may signal distances from target at any time.

Reproducibility Drill: Roll first bowl a medium length, close to the centerline. Marker does not center first bowl. Using the same hand, draw to that bowl with remaining 3 bowls. Lift a bowl if it may interfere with a bowl in course. After scoring it, remove the most recently delivered bowl.
     
  Scoring:
Each bowl within 1’ = 9 points
Each bowl 1’ to 2’ from the original bowl = 6 points
Each bowl 2’ to 3 ‘ from the original bowl = 3 points
Bowls further than 3’ away = 0 points
     
Yard on Drill: Matline at 2 meters. Deliver a short bowl. Marker centers all shots. Using the same hand, roll each of the remaining bowls 3’ past the previous bowl. Markers should lift the target bowl if it might interfere with a bowl in course. After scoring, marker removes previous bowl.
 
  Scoring: 2’ to 4’ past jack = 6 points
4’ to 6’ past jack = 4 points
jack level to 2’ past jack = 4 points
6’ to 10’ past = 1 point
Short bowls or bowls further than 10’ past = 0 points
     
Yard Off Drill: Matline at 2 meters. Deliver a long bowl. Marker centers all shots. Using the same hand, roll each of the remaining bowls 3’ short of the previous bowl. Markers should lift jack if it might interfere with a bowl in course. After scoring, marker removes previous bowl.
 
  Scoring:
2’ to 4’ short of jack = 6 points
4’ to 6’ short of jack = 4 points
jack level to 2’ short of jack = 4 points
6’ to 10’ short of jack = 1 point
Bowls past jack or more than 10’ short = 0 points
     
Long-Short Drill: [2 Jacks; you’ll only use the best side of the rink.] Set one jack on centerline at the hog line and another two meters from the ditch. Place mat at 2 meters. Play forehand going one way then Marker resets jacks and play backhand the other way. Roll two bowls to the long jack and then two to the short jack. After scoring, Marker removes most recently delivered bowl. Remember to lift the jack to avoid displacing the bowl in course. [Soon you will want to modify this Drill to be Long-Short-Long-Short. If Drilling alone, use 4 jacks on two adjacent rinks.]
 
 
Scoring:
bowl coming to rest within 1’ of the jack = 10 points
bowl coming to rest within 2 ‘ of the jack = 8 points
bowl coming to rest within 3 ‘ of the jack = 6 points
if weight was within 3’ of the target, even though you were too wide
or too narrow to get 6 points = 4 points
More than 3’ light or heavy = 0 points
     
Near Ditch Drill: [2 jacks needed.] Put mat at hogline; put a jack 2 meters from the front ditch on the left sideline and another jack 2 meters from the front ditch on the right sideline. Roll 4 bowls.
 
 
Scoring:
bowls that come to rest jack high to the plinth = 4 points
bowls that come to rest jack low or in the ditch = 0 points
     
Southwest Lawn Bowls Association - USLBA Intermediate Bowls Workshop - Instructor Conrad Melton (Rev. 01/2007)