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ancient sport (the bocce of Caesar's Rome is still played by Italians), especially popular in Great Britain and Australia, known as lawn bowls or bowling on the green in the United States. It was played in America before the American Revolution (hence Bowling Green in numerous place names), but later declined in popularity. Christian Schepflin revived the game in 1879 by forming the Dunellen (N.J.) Bowling Club. The usual "bowling green" is about 120 ft (36.58 m) square and is divided into six alleys, or rinks, each of which is 20 ft (6.1 m) wide and 120 ft long. A small white ball, called a jack, is thrown on the alley by one of the players at some spot not less than 25 yd (22.86 m) from the bowling mat. The object of the game is to roll a ball—weighing 3.5 lb (1.6 kg) and made biased so as to swerve while rolling—as close to the jack as possible, and, if necessary, to dislodge balls previously thrown by opponents. The American Lawn Bowls Association (founded 1915) standardizes rules in the United States; it is one of 10 national groups affiliated with the International Bowling Board (founded 1905). The sport called curlingcurling,
winter sport, similar in principle to bowls and quoits (see horseshoe pitching), played on an ice court called a sheet by teams of four. Each player hurls a squat, circular stone—weighing 38 to 44 lb (17.
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, played on ice, is related to bowls.

bowls

1. 
a. a game played on a bowling green in which a small bowl (the jack) is pitched from a mark and two opponents or opposing teams take turns to roll biased wooden bowls towards it, the object being to finish as near the jack as possible
b. (as modifier): a bowls tournament
2. skittles or tenpin bowling
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Shropshire Crown Green Bowls Association has sent every club a new code of conduct which addresses the subject.
Secondly, I'm not convinced crown green bowls has taken off in France yet - they're more into boules I believe.
At the same time the BCGBA has announced there is progress in the commitment to a long-term objective of establishing a National Centre for Crown Green Bowls devoted to promoting and developing the game.
On Sunday, September 2 is a junior open crown green bowls competition.
Beaumaris' Dave Mathias and Elfyn Jones of Caernarfon are among 16 qualifiers for the finals of the Welsh Crown Green Bowls Association's individual meritchampionship.
Petanque, the Gallic equivalent of Crown Green Bowls and better known as French Boule, is played by 20,000 enthusiasts in Britain and the climax to the national championships will be played out in Acocks Green.
Crown green bowls is played across North Wales and in northern England, but not in other regions of Wales.
MANY officials and players in Crown Green Bowls know Barry Cotterell as either one of the game's most travelled spectators or as one of the game's top referees.
TOMORROW marks the first round of matches in the National Federation League of crown green bowls.
Taking part are St Barbara's Coventry Flat Green Bowls Club, Old Coventrians Crown Green Bowls Club, Coventry Dragons Rugby League and Old Coventrians RFC Senior and Junior.
ALTHOUGH she only took up the game of crown green bowls four years ago, 16-year-old Laura Whitehead has already entered the history books in relation to the Warwick and Worcester County Bowling Association.
YOUNGSTERS across Mersey side are being encouraged to ditch any preconceptions and give crown green bowls a try.