BOWLS SA POLICY



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1. Bowlers arms were brought into the game initially to allow persons with a medical condition the
opportunity to play or continue playing bowls.
There are currently three types of bowlers arms approved for use in Australia.
They are known as the Drakes Pride Arm, the Bionic Bowler Arm and the DHB arm (in three models).
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.).

2. 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 8.4.3.

2.1 If a player is using a bowlers arm that is not approved, the player becomes a defaulting player as per
law 1.3.3 and will forfeit the game as per law 1.3.10.

2.2 If a player is using a bowlers arm that is approved but does not have approval to use one, the player
becomes a defaulting player as per law 1.3.3 and will forfeit the game as per law 1.3.10

2.3 If a player is using an approved bowlers arm but does not have an approval card/certificate with them
on the day, the player must prove to the controlling body of the competition they have approval to use a
bowlers arm from their state/territory association within five working days of the challenge.

3. An affiliated member must gain approval to use an artificial device (bowlers arm).
A medical certificate stating that the affiliated member requires the bowlers arm to continue to participate
in lawn bowls must accompany the approval form. The choice to use the bowlers arm for any part or all of the
game is at the discretion of the user at any stage of the game.

4. A player may use any number of 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
regardless if the player uses a bowlers arm intermittingly or for the entire game.

5. A player cannot alter/change the brand or style of 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
designated brand or style of bowlers arm on approval by the umpire or controlling body.



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