National Officiating Accreditation Scheme
Officials play an important role in managing and allowing a match to be played safely, fairly and within the laws of the sport of Bowls.
Officials who are accredited through the National Officiating Accreditation Scheme are recognised by Bowls Australia, the STA and the Australian Sport Commission (ASC). Bowls Australia has 3 accreditations which once achieved last four years; Marker, Measure and National Umpire. These accreditations are skill based and requires specific competencies. Bowlers can choose to gain accreditation has a National Umpire which encompasses accreditation as a Marker and Measure or Bowlers can choose to just complete a Marker or Measurer accreditation depending on their interests and needs. This allows for flexibility for a club member to just officiate as a marker but not an umpire at their local club or allow a Third to brush up on their measuring skills.
The final step in the Officiating pathway is the International Technical Official (ITO). This accreditation is a World Bowls accreditation. The ITO accreditation is designed for those already accredited as National Umpires who wish to umpire at national and international events and on TV at events such as the Australian Open, Commonwealth Games, and Grand Prix events.
Law Books can be purchased from Bowls NSW.
Law Books – $9 per book inc GST + plus postage & handling to be calculated at time of purchase
COP booklets can also be purchased,
COP booklet – $5.50 per booklet inc GST and postage & handling
Officiating Course Outlines
Bowls Australia has advised that a period of grace has been permitted for those officials who have been unable to undertake their reaccreditation assessment in 2021 due to the Public Health Orders (Stay at Home/Lockdown orders). This action intends to reduce any concerns with the compliance of Public Health Orders and minimise any issues with participants and their vaccination status. The Memo from Bowls Australia on the Reaccreditation Grace Period is attached to the end of this Circular. Based on this information, Bowls NSW Ltd advises that accreditation courses or reaccreditation assessments should not be undertaken for the remainder of 2021. The accreditation of officials (National Umpires, Measurers and Markers) who have expiration dates during 2021 and the early part of 2022 will be regarded as current until an assessment can be conducted in the early stages of 2022. Further, Bowls NSW Ltd advises that all coaching courses should not be run for the remainder of 2021. Any coaching courses set for 2021 should be rescheduled to commence from 2022.
For further information please click on the following circular – Circular 23