To earn the title, prospective umpires must pass written and practical tests.
Umpires are tested and certified for a period of five years by the Bowls USA National Umpire in Chief (the Southwest's Melanie Vizenor). Congratulations, Melanie, on your selection for this distinctive position.
Learn more about umpires and umpiring at the Bowls USA website.
Southwest Division Men & Women Umpires
The men and women division umpires and club affiliations are shown below. If your name should be on the list but isn't, let us know.
|Adams, Beverly||Laguna Woods|
|Alexander, Micky||Sun City|
|Baer, Tony||Hermosa Beach|
|Cronshaw, James||MacKenzie Park|
|Cronshaw, Patricia||MacKenzie Park|
|DeFazio, Candy||Long Beach|
|DeLisle, Sam||MacKenzie Park|
|Dunn, Phil||Santa Monica|
|Flahive, Paul||Hermosa Beach|
|Hargraves, Tom||Newport Harbor|
|Harris, Howard||San Diego|
|Horowitz, Howard||Beverly Hills|
|Jolly, Morris||Long Beach|
|Kagan, Bill||Oaks North|
|Morton, Eileen||Santa Barbara|
|Nunes, Anne||Newport Harbor|
|Olson, Jim||San Diego|
|Quo, Ed||Newport Harbor|
|Roberts, Linda||Laguna Beach|
|Roberts, Scott||Laguna Beach|
|Santos, Tony||San Diego|
|Spangler, Kottia *||Riverside|
|Stewart, Heather||Laguna Beach|
|Studwell, Brian||Santa Monica|
|Vizenor, Melanie **||San Diego|
|Winfield, Jean||Laguna Woods|
* = Head Division Umpire
** = National Umpire in Chief
by Melanie Vizenor, National Umpire in Chief
According to World Bowls Umpire Development (Version 4), January 2015, on
page 10 of 64 under Common Procedures for Conducting a Measure, the
following procedure is preferred:
"(n) Remove from the head the bowl that you have decided is shot and tell
the players your decision. Remove the jack if it is a no-shot."
To Flip, or Not To Flip?
by Kottia Spangler, Division Umpire
First Rule of Thumb….anytime you have a question about a rule of play, take the time to look it up*!
Of course, once an umpire has been drawn in, you must abide by the umpire’s ruling.
When you have a tied end (before the completion of the game), rule 18.4 is executed. “…the winner of the previous scoring end should place the mat and then deliver the jack and the first bowl”.
Rule 41.4 states that if the first end is declared tied, the first to play in that end should also play first in the second end.
In set play, rule 15.2 on page 22 of the Laws of the Sport of Bowls shall apply.
When a winner needs to be declared, and the game has ended in a tie, refer to rule 45, on page 50: “…skips should toss a coin and the winner will decide who should play first…”. The extra end should be played from where the previous end was completed.
If an extra end is declared dead, law 31.3 will apply. “if the end is declared dead, the first to play in that end should also play first when the end is replayed”.
*As a member of Bowls USA, the book “Laws of the Sport of the Game” is yours in exchange for your membership in the national organization.