Very Latest!! Click on this link from Bowls Aust (14 Mar ’19)
Latest Bowls Australia “Artificial Devices Policy”
(Any text (that an underline appears on) can be clicked on for full information, you may have to go to your downloads folder to read it)
“The BA Artificial Devices Policy has been amended to remove the requirement for players to have approval from their State Governing Body to use an artificial device (bowlers arm), or to have a medical certificate to use a bowlers arm.
This change in the BA Artificial Devices Policy will come into effect on 1 May 2019. The Policy will be available on the BA Website from that date”
5.1 Bowlers Arms
5.1.1 “Bowlers Arms” have been successfully introduced into the game to allow
persons with a physical restriction or impairment that would otherwise
prevent them from playing the game the opportunity to play, or continue to
play, bowls. There are various types of bowlers arms approved for use in
188.8.131.52 Each device is manufactured in several lengths and release mechanisms.
Only approved arms (with a BA logo as part of the National Merchandising
Program) can be used in Australia. Modifications are not permitted (with
exception to the rubber grip on the bottom of the arm which may need to
be replaced as it wears out.). For a list of approved bowlers arms refer to
the Bowls Australia website at http://www.bowlsaustralia.com.au/Club-
Assist/Approved-bowlers-arms. (This website currently not set up. Try https://www.bowls.com.au/get-involved/attire-equipment/bowlers-arms/ but this also is not up to date: Editor ABA)
5.1.2 If a player is using a bowlers arm that is not approved, the player becomes a
defaulting player as per law C.2 and will forfeit the game as per law C.10.
5.1.3 A player may use any number of approved bowlers arms during trial ends for
suitability. Once a game has commenced, the designated brand or style of
bowlers arm chosen by the player must stay the same during the match.
5.1.4 Whenever a player commences using an approved bowlers arm in a game,
the player must use it for the remainder of that game. This does not apply to
the rolling of the jack, which can be rolled either by hand or by a bowlers arm.
5.1.5 A player cannot alter/change the brand or style of approved bowlers arm
during the course of a game except in such circumstances where the device is
rendered unplayable and in this instance, the player may change to another
approved brand or style of bowlers arm on approval by the umpire or
5.1.6 Challenge on appeal to an umpire regarding a bowlers arm could occur before
the trial ends or up to 10 minutes after a game (but not during the game) as
similar to law 52.4.3 and 52.4.4. 2.
“I guess this means that winning an Open Event now guarantees you a place in a State Side, and you will no longer be over looked because you use an arm?” Ed.
Particular attention should be made of :
Page 4: 5.1.8 which states: “The bowlers arm once used in a game must be used for the remainder of the game, including rolling of the jack. (From the 1 May ’19 the jack can be rolled by hand or arm.)
It would be appreciated if this could be circulated to all those for which update this may now be extremely relevant eg. district and zone websites, pennant, championship and tournament C.O.P, club notice boards, bowling magazines and newsletters, individual club members etc.
Sincere thanks to Allan Starrett for this advice.
You can find Peter at the Belmont Bowls Club (Geelong, Vic.). Thanks Peter.
International Traveling Tip from Lee Wesley
“All bowling arms must be placed in our checked in baggage only as they can be broken and used as a weapon. The best way as Trevor has said is pack it in the middle of your clothes. The only other warning is just declare it as sporting goods when traveling international otherwise they will think it’s something really strange”
(Ed Note: I took one into a hospital to show someone…you should have seen the looks I got, I think they thought, I had a gun!)
Getting Approval to use a Bowling Arm.
Affiliated Bowlers must obtain State or Territory approval, up front, to use a Bowling Arm.
In general, bowlers would present to their Club Secretary a medical certificate that states the members need to use an Arm. The Secretary signs an accompanying form and sends both to your State body. A card acknowledging that “approval is given to use the Arm” is posted to the applicant and the Club is advised. Your State body also advises Bowls Aust. of this approval and you name is included in a National Register of Arm users. The card must be available if requested.
An important notice to Arm Bowlers from Bowls Vic. 25/11/’16 states:
Many arm players will have Credential Cards that are unnumbered dating back over five years and will not have a number to include with their registration for the upcoming State Arm Titles at MCC Swinburne Avenue in January 2017.
In this case we request players simply tick the form in the area requiring their Registration number and bring along the credential to the event and have it replaced with a new numbered credential that will be there for them.
New credentials will only be handed over on receipt of the now outdated card and players will need to prove their certification prior to play.
Below are links to the 3 “approved” manufacturer’s that may assist you in your purchase and choice of Arm. Let me say, they are all there “to help”! Some have better websites than others, but don’t let that put you off searching and choosing according to “your” needs here. Have “yourself” assessed by a Coach! Choose the Arm that suits YOU!
The link above is current as at 21 Aug ’18. (Ed.)
The link above is current as at 30 Jun ’18. (Ed.)
(Sometimes you have to scroll up on this site, and sometimes down….this is one of those “up” examples. Please go to the start of “The Bowling Arm” below.)
Stardust and Shocked Yellow are going gang busters!
AVAILABLE COLOURS: Original Cream
BLUE RANGE: French Blue, Blaze Blue, Pommel Blue, Space Blue, Navy.
GREEN RANGE: Mistletoe, Classic Hawthorne Green.
RED RANGE: Signal Red, Flame Red, Wineberry, Claret.
YELLOW RANGE: Lemon Yellow, Safety Yellow, Orange.
OTHER RANGE: Dark Violet, Copper Pearl, Anodic Bronze Pearl, Transformer Grey.
The single arm below is a hold and release model (thumb release is also available). Two new colours have been added “Deep Pool” and “Pink” AND….a new innovation “Club Colours”, is also available.
How good is that! In all 18 colours to choose from.
Available in 4 sizes. The length of the arms, measured from the top of the ‘D’ handle to the bottom of the cup is as follows: Short – 585mm, Medium – 645mm, Long – 730mm (extra short is also available)
The Bowling Arm “can be delivered to your door” Just ring 03 54437133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The DHB Bowling Arm – Made and Designed in Australia – By Dean Winton and available from Hunter Bowls.
(Check your Downloads Folder, if you don’t see it immediately. That’s where it will be!)
Showroom: Unit 9/8 Victoria Avenue Castle Hill NSW 2154 Sydney
PH: 02 9634 5888 FAX: 02 9634 5855
Arm shown is a hold and release model.
Email Peter Bloomfield at email@example.com
Available in left, right or centre push button release or hold & release.
1. Short – 60cm (For bowlers up to 5ft tall)
2. Medium – 65cm (For bowlers up to 6ft tall)
3. Long – 70cm (For bowlers over to 6ft tall)
4. Wheelchair – 50cm
“The Dart Release” – Currently Made and Designed in Australia.
A great starter, light and easy to use. Only available at the Resting Toucher, Victoria http://www.restingtoucheronline.com.au/dart-release-bowling-arm
To apply to use a Bowling Arm you need to download the Application Form relevant to your State, or ask your Club Secretary to arrange it for you.
The latest “Laws of the Game” for Armed Bowlers.
(Please note Bowlers must not “stop” using an arm, once they have used it in play.)
The relevant section of the BA Artificial Devices Policy will be amended as follows;
5.1.8 The bowlers arm once used in a game must be used for the remainder of the
game. This does not apply to the rolling of the jack, which can rolled either by
hand or by a bowlers arm.
This rule change is effective immediately.
To download the application for registration in YOUR State.
(Up to date as at March 2018.)
Bowls NT. says “Lawn bowls is one of the few sports which can be played for a lifetime. There are various items of modified equipment which can enable a bowler to continue with the sport – long after their body first tells them it’s time to slow down!
For example, a “Bowler’s Arm” allows persons with a hip or knee injury to continue to enjoy the sport of lawn bowls for many years to come. These devices need to be approved before being used in competitive bowls.”
Bowls Tas. says “Bowlers in Tasmania do not require an application form to use a bowling arm, they simply need to provide a Doctors certificate to their Club confirming that one is required. They are included in the National Register.
At this point in time they do not have a specific Bowling Arm tournament as such but they do hold a “Tasmanian Bowlers with a Disability Championship” in January each year and Armed Bowlers are eligible to compete in this.”