Beyond The Darkness video, while highlighting bowls for the visually impaired in Israel, gives the viewer a good idea of what blind bowls is all about...
The game of bowls is played on a level, grass covered bowling green, with between 1-4 players on each team competing. The basic aim is to roll a bowl which curves ("takes grass") in the right direction and with controlled force ("weight") so that it comes to rest as close to the small object ball ("jack") as possible
Alex has served the cause of bowls for the blind on a voluntary basis since 1989
This is the website of
This site was conceived and is run by:
Past President International
Blind Bowls Association
Honorary Life President of the
Israel Lawn Bowls Association for the Blind
This video contains the requirements necessary to coach blind and visually impaired bowlers.
The IBBA (International Blind Bowls Association) panel of experts lend their expertise to the various facets of how to assist the blind to play lawn bowls.
My thanks to Barry Spanger for sponsoring the video.
Try to meet with the prospective new blind bowler in or near the car park. After introductions, inquire how they prefer to be guided (usually by holding your arm or your shoulder), and utilise the opportunity to guide him/her into the clubhouse, using their preferred method.
How to Coach the Blind Bowler
see video and articles below
People are often uneasy when dealing with the disabled. They feel that, for some unknown reason, the handicapped are not normal
and should be treated differently. Some try to avoid contact while others are patronizing or just feel uncomfortable.
Beyond the Darkness
This is what Blind Bowls is all about...