Become a Greens Inspector
Bowls Victoria has dedicated volunteers undertaking inspections of playing Greens throughout our 16 Bowls Regions. The Bowls Victoria Greens committee are currently calling for expressions of interest to become a Greens Inspector and we’re asking club members in all Regions to consider an application.
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A GREENS INSPECTOR?
The role of a Greens Inspector is to provide a full assessment of Greens to ensure they comply with the Laws and Rules of the game.
WHO CAN BECOME A GREENS INSPECTOR?
Any club member who has the time, interest and an understanding of the requirements of the Rules and Laws pertaining to the Green, Banks, and Ditches. Many Greens Inspectors are also Umpires as well as current or former Greens Directors. Many Greens Inspectors become more involved in this area of the sport to expand their knowledge of the game.
WHERE DO I FIND INFORMATION REGARDING GREEN, BANKS, AND DITCHES?
The Bowls Victoria website contains all information regarding the Rules and Laws and includes information about inspection of bowling greens. Please click here.
HOW MUCH TIME WOULD I NEED TO ALLOCATE TO BECOME A GREENS INSPECTOR?
Initially about 3-5 hours. This training session includes an on green inspection with an accredited Greens Inspector, a couple of hours to read and understand the relevant Laws and Rules applicable to the setting out of a bowling green, followed by a physical assessment of each green usually takes about 45 minutes including writing up the proforma report.
WHAT ARE GREENS INSPECTED?
Greens are inspected annually, primarily in the months of September, October and early November in order to ensure they are of a sufficient standard for Pennant. Greens are then checked if complaints are received regarding the condition of a Green or in January or February to confirm the suitability for sectional and Division finals. Other occasions for inspection would be if a club is selected to host a State event.
GREENS INSPECTOR TRAINING & ASSESSMENT
To minimise any criticism directed at Greens Inspectors while carrying out their duties, those seeking Greens Inspector accreditation need to be suitably educated and trained.
Find an upcoming Greens Inspector Training and Assessment course in your area, and more, here.
WHO DO I CONTACT TO IN RELATION TO BECOMING A GREENS INSPECTOR?
In the first instance, the initial contact should be via email to Bowls Victoria email@example.com stating your name, club region and contact details.
This Bowls Victoria Greens Committee resource page provides relevant forms, documents, advice, guidelines, links and contacts relating to you Clubs greens.