KBC Sundowner Bowls 3FIVE

Bowls 3Five – Learn to Play

Learn how to the Bowls 3Five format – dedicated to our social and Sundowner Twilight Bowls Tournament teams.

Bowls3Five is the fast format of the game; it’s two bowl triples, with each game played over two sets, and each set consisting of five ends. There are three levels of competition so that everyone interested can have a go.

Depending on the competition you play in, you can face a set number of ends, a shot clock, a tiebreaker, a start time, (unlike the long format of the game) a finish time and potentially a tv crew! Bowls 3 Five aims to fit into busy lifestyles of those finding themselves short on time but still wish to compete in sport and stay active or those who are stepping up to accept the challenge the shorter format provides.

The three different levels are – a social format for twilight competitions, a nationwide interclub competition and the Twilight Bowls 3 Five television league.

THE RULES – BOWLS 3FIVE

  • Each team for a game shall consist of three players of any combination.
  • Each player shall play with two bowls.
  • Each game shall be played over two sets, each set consisting of five ends.
  • The winner of a set will be the team with the highest number of shots after five ends.
  • If the shots are tied at the end of five ends, the set will be a draw.
  • If the game is tied at after the two sets have been completed (each team winning one set or each set has drawn) a one end tie-breaker shall be played to decide the game-winner.
  • At the beginning of the game the teams shall toss a coin, the winner of the toss shall decide which team shall go first.
  • The winner of the first set shall have the mat and first bowl of the second set. If the first set is drawn, then the winner of the last scoring end in that set shall have the mat and first bowl of the second set.
  • In a tie-breaker situation the opposing skips shall toss a coin, the winner of the toss has the option as in 7 above.
  • If the end is killed the jack shall be re-spotted on the 2-metre mark.

More info on Bowls3FIVE

Bowls NZ https://bowlsnewzealand.co.nz/?s=3five

Powerplay: A team is allowed one ‘Powerplay’ end per game.  This is called at the start of the chosen end and if the nominated team wins, they double their points.  Only the team that nominates the PowerPlay will benefit from double points.

To START

  • Teams of three – can be made up of any number of males and/or females
  • Toss a coin or rock, paper, scissors to see what team starts

The FORMAT:

  • Two bowl triples – three players each deliver two bowls, per end.
  • Two games of five ends.

The BASICS:

  • The team that wins the coin toss places the jack and takes first turn.  From then on, first to play is the winner of the previous end.
  • The jack is placed wherever the team wants between the ‘T’ markings (two – eight metres from the ditch). The mat must be placed on the two-metre mark.
  • Teams consist of a lead, second and skip.
  • Play starts with leads on both teams bowling two bowls alternatively
  • This repeats for seconds and then skips
  • If the jack is knocked outside the boundaries of the rink it is re-spotted on the two-metre mark.
  • Closest bowl to the jack wins one point and additional closest bowls from the same team score additional points.
  • Each team has one Powerplay per game. The team that calls the powerplay scores double points for that end, provided they win.  The powerplay is to be nominated before the first bowl of that end.

The COMPETITION

  • One game of five ends takes about 40 minutes.
  • Substitutions permitted.
  • Bowls will be supplied by the club. Own bowls may be used.

The SCORING

  • Teams with most games won, win the event
  • If tied – see teams with most ends won
  • If still tied – highest points differential


H O W   T O   P L A Y

HOW DOES IT START? Two bowl triples – 3 players each deliver two bowls per end  
WHAT IS ONE GAME? One set of five ends  
WHO GOES FIRST? First to play (decided by coin toss) places the jack and takes first turn. From then on, first to play is the winner of the previous end.  
WHERE DO THE MAT & JACK GO? The jack is placed wherever the team wants within the ‘T’ markings. The mat must be placed on the two-meter mark.  
WHO GETS THE POINTS? Closest bowl to the jack wins one point and additional closest bowls from the same team score additional points.  
POWERPLAY RULE Each team has one Powerplay per game. The Powerplay End must be nominated before the first bowl of the End.  If the team wins the End, their points are doubled for that End only.

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