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Crown green bowling bosses are caught in sexism storm after ruling that male bowlers can wear shorts

The rules for men:

7.21: Male players participating in inter-county association matches and national championships must wear white or coloured shirts (colour to be registered with the National Secretary), white or cream trousers, or tailored shorts (with EBF logo) as provided by an approved bowls wear manufacturer, to be worn with white ankle or trainer socks. 

T-shirts (no collar) will not be allowed whether white or coloured. White belt (if worn), white braces (if worn), white undergarments, white or cream socks, bowling shoes as approved by the county association concerned, white or cream pullover or cardigan (if worn), white cap or white hat (if worn) and white or cream waterproof clothing (if worn). 

In a team event players must all have same coloured shirts or must all wear white shirts. 

Tailored shorts (with EBF logo) as provided by an approved bowlswear manufacturer may be worn with white ankle or trainer socks. 

Tops such as sweatshirts, sheen jackets or pullovers shall either be of an identical matching colour or white or cream providing all players wear the same. 

Ties are optional wear during play.

Approved clothing may display an identifying County badge, a sponsor’s name/logo that must not exceed the area/size of that County’s badge and a sponsor’s name (not exceeding 300mm wide x 75mm high) on the front or rear of the garment.

The display of the garment manufacturers name or trademark is allowed.  Uniforms must be checked by relevant county association officials. Male players participating in non inter county association matches or national championships may, as an option to grey trousers, wear grey tailored shorts (with EBF logo) as provided by an approved bowlswear manufacturer, to be worn with grey ankle or trainer socks.

7.21 (1) For male players participating in mixed games (pairs rinks and Durham Centenary Trophy) the dress code shall be as per 7.21 excepting the Durham Centenary Trophy where club shirts (as approved by the county executive) may be worn for all stages of the competition.

7.21(2) Dress for all presentations shall be match dress. For arriving at a match and after match meals, dress shall be, county association or club blazers or county jackets and grey trousers with county coloured shirts or white shirts with county tie at the discretion of each county bowling association.

7.22 (1)

The rules for women: 

(a) Female players participating in Inter County matches and National Championships must wear the Ladies standard uniform that may consist of any combination of the following as agreed and approved by each individual County Bowling Association.

(b) White or Cream Blazer. 

(c) Coloured Blazer (colour to be registered with the EWBF)

(d) White, Cream or Coloured tops: Fleece/ Sports type Jacket/Cardigan/Jumper/Pullover/Sweatshirt, or Waistcoat, of a design to incorporate County Colours and /or Badge (colour to be registered with the EWBF). The County Badge must not exceed the area /size of the Counties Standard Badge. In an Individual or Team event, players must all have the same coloured tops, registered with the EWBF or must all wear White or Cream.

(e) White or Cream regulation Bowling Skirt or Dress, having two inverted pleats front and back, made of the correct material and be of a length to cover the knees.

(f) White or cream Tailored or Casual Bowling Trousers as supplied by a Bowlswear Retailer.

(g) White or Cream Cropped Tailored Bowling Trousers, as supplied by a Bowlswear Retailer.

(h) White or Cream Undergarments.

(i) Brown or Beige Tights, Stockings or Footsies may be worn.

(j) Pop socks or ankle socks may be worn with full length Trousers.

(k) Girls 13 years or under may wear White or Cream ankle socks.

(l) White or brown regulation bowling shoes.

(m) White, cream or coloured Sports or shirt type blouse, with turned down collar, long or short sleeves (not sleeveless) of a design to incorporate county colours and/or badge (colour to be registered with the EWBF). The county badge must not exceed the area/size of the Counties Standard Badge. In an Individual or Team event players must all have the same coloured shirts, registered with the EWBF or must all wear white or cream shirts.

(n) County Bowling Association Tie.

(o) Off green dress shall include brown, white, or cream handbag and brown, white or cream walking shoes or sandals. (Mules or Flip-flop Style Footwear are not permitted)

(p) White or Cream Regulation Bowling Hat in original shape with County Association colour Hatband, not twisted, shall be optional.

(q) White or cream baseball or sun type hat shall be optional during play.

(r) Sun Visors shall be optional during play.

(s) Scarves and cravats, if worn shall be removed before play.

(t) Waterproof clothing, when worn, shall be white or cream.

(u) A minimum amount of jewellery may be worn.

(v ) Approved clothing may display an identifying county badge and either additionally or instead of the county badge one sponsor’s name/logo that must not exceed the size of that county’s badge. The sponsor’s logo must be approved in advance by the organising Committee. Acceptable manufacturer’s trade marks are not regarded as advertising.

(w) Any need to deviate from the dress detailed in (a-v) for Medical reasons must be referred to the EWBF Secretary and may require a Doctor’s letter.

(x) Uniforms shall be checked and be the responsibility of the relevant County Officials. 

 

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