It appears that there are some Laws of the Sports of Bowls, which are either not known, or not adhered to by many players. One of these is
Law 36 – Section 8 – Play, Players and their Duties –
36.1 Position of players in relation to the rink of play.
1. Players at the mat-end of the rink, who are not delivering a bowl, should stand at least 1 metre behind the mat.
2. Players at the head-end of the rink, who are not controlling play, should stand:
· Behind the jack and away from the *head;
· On the surrounds of the green if the jack is in the ditch;
· Well clear of the head if it is not possible to stand on the surrounds.
3. As soon as a bowl is delivered, a player who is controlling play, if they are in front of the jack, should take their position as described in paragraph 2 above.
4. If a player does not meet the terms of this law, law 35 will apply.
The reason for this is that the view of the rink is not obstructed to the opposing players.
*Head: the jack and any bowls which have come to rest within the boundaries of the rink of play and are not dead.