Those ages 12 and up are welcome to roll on over to Riverside Park this weekend to give lawn bowling a try.
The Kamloops Riverside Lawn Bowling Club’s third annual free Try It Days will be held on Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day.The idea behind the Try It Days is to expose lawn bowling to a new, and younger, demographic.
The first two Try It Days, in 2018 and 2017, drew large numbers of visitors to the 97-year-old club’s facility in Riverside Park.
The club, which had about 60 members last year, wants to continue growing its junior membership — anyone 18 or younger — and added its first three in that category in 2017.
In Canada, lawn bowling is often considered a game for seniors, but it’s a game enjoyed by all elsewhere.
Known as a social game, lawn bowling originated in England and is popular in places such as Australia.
The game involves two teams of between one and four players earning points by rolling bowls — biased balls — closest to a smaller ball, called a jack.
It’s mostly played outside on grass or turf.
Though it sounds a bit like bocce, it’s more like curling as the games are similar in how the balls curl, ends are structured and points are tallied.
A coin flip determines who throws the jack. It must be centred just right; after it is tossed, the jack is adjusted
Bowls differ in weight, with one side rounder than the other.
Each player has a set of four bowls that should fit comfortably in the hand.
Putting one foot on the mat, players line it up with the jack and let the bowl fly.
Alternating shots, the closest to the jack gets the point, with more points awarded for bowls on the same team closer than the opposing team.
For this weekend’s event, the club is asking people interested in learning lawn bowling to make a reservation so the club can line up enough coaches and make time for everyone.
Those interested in trying out their lawn bowling skills this weekend can register for free by calling 250-554-5177, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or going online to kamloopsriversidelawnbowlingclub.com.