Bowl & Jack Positions

Depending on where the bowls and jack come to rest after a shot is played can determine whether they are 'live' or 'dead'.

Here's a quick round up of the positions:

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Live Bowl

Quite simply this is a bowl that is in play - it has been delivered and has come to rest within the boundaries of play. If a bowl is partially outside of play, it is considered live.

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Dead Bowl

A dead bowl is one that has come to rest entirely outside of the boundaries of play. This could be directly from a bowl, or due to being pushed out of bounds from another delivery. A dead bowl is removed and placed on the bank.

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Toucher

A toucher is a bowl that makes contact with the jack in its original delivery. If this bowl is knocked into the ditch it remains live. A toucher will be marked with chalk to identify it.

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Live Jack in Ditch

A jack driven into the ditch (with the rink boundaries) remains live and is highlighted with a white peg on the bank. 

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Dead Jack

A jack becomes dead if it passes outside of the side boundaries, over the bank, or rebounds to within 20m of the mat. A dead jack means a dead end and it must be replayed (the skip can decide in which direction).

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Boundary Jack

If the jack is pushed towards the side boundary and is not full beyond the boundary it is considered live. Players can bowl towards it - but their woods must remain within (or partially within) the boundaries to be considered live.