John Pittaway
Club Coach
CBUMA Delegate for Jávea Green

Coach - John Pittaway


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Posted 1st July 2020
Did you know that Javea Green Bowls Club is fortunate to have a team of enthusiastic, qualified coaches who can offer coaching from absolute beginners through to National Team player level?
The club’s volunteer coaching team consists of Lynne Eldon, Derek Eldon, John Pittaway and Trefor Evans. They have all passed their Coaching exams in Spain and are ready to pass on their knowledge and experience to you.
Coaches can play an important role in bowls by assisting players to develop their playing skills on the green. Our coaches will be responsible for training, analyzing performance, providing instruction, constructive advice, mentoring and encouragement to help develop all bowlers to a higher level.
Our coaches understand that learning new skills is not easy, but will endeavor to take you through your personal development with the necessary understanding and encouragement.
Coaching lessons will be held each Wednesday from 9.30am to 11.30am. The lessons will begin on Wednesday 8th July and will provisionally run until Wednesday 26th August. We will then review the situation and decide the best way forwards.

If this has whetted your appetite to become an improved bowler, then please contact Derek Eldon by phone on: 666 605 815 or email at:
[email protected] and book your place.

This is a great opportunity for our Members and we thank Lynne, Derek, John and Trefor for their time and commitment.


JGBC Committee


Posted 5th July 2017.
Javea Green Bowls Club are promoting an improvement and coaching skills program aimed at the new or current members that would like to seek to advance their knowledge and expertise of the game of bowls.
This program is not only to improve their game but to help them with the etiquette towards a higher standard of play.
The program is also to the advantage of the player who needs instructions on BOWLS in BRIEF as well as basic rules and common mannerism that is needed to insure and promote the fair play in the game.
This new venture will be extended throughout the coming year and it is hoped that new and inexperienced players take advantage to improve their performance and gain more from the game.
The management have approached a club member of long experience and knowledge of the game of bowls and he has agreed to help with this new venture and it is hoped that you will give him the support and the opportunity to help with this program.
The management at Javea Green are a forward thinking organisation that relish the idea of new initiatives and would always seek ways of promoting new membership and bowls improvement. Anyone who would like to participate with this new venture at Javea Green Bowls Club are asked to

contact John Pittaway on 966197231 , or click here: [email protected]  So that arrangements can be made to arrange an individual or group program.

July 2016 Law 23.3 states that ‘No measuring (that is, the use of equipment such as that described in law 54, placed between the jack and bowls to decide which bowls are shot) will be allowed before the process of deciding the number of shots scored starts (as described in law 23.1).In the light of uncertainty being expressed about how this law should be implemented, the LC would like to clarify the intent of the law and to give examples of what is and what is not permissible.

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Members’ Enquiries and Laws Committee Decisions

LC Clarification: The Oxford Dictionary of English defines `to measure’ as: `to ascertain the size, moot., or degree (of something) by using an instrument or device marked in standard units’. As mentioned above, law 23.3 describes measuring as “the use of equipment such as that described in law M, placed between the jack and bowls to decide which bowls aree shot”. hi a bowls context ‘measuring’ means deciding which bowl or bowls are nearer to the jack than any of the opponent’s bowls — there is no requirement to calculate the distance. between the jack and the bowls using imperial or metric units. Therefore, since `measuring’ when used in a bowls context does not mean using an imperial or metric unit to calculate a distance, it is technically `estimating’. The equipment described in law 54 is fixed in its length when used to compare the distance of one bowl from the jack with that of another. The phrase `such as’ in the law means that equipment other than that specifically listed in law 54 may be used (e.g. equipment approved by individual MNAs, such as trammels which are approved for use in some southern hemisphere countries). As ‘measuring’ in law 23.3 means deciding (not calculating) a distance and law 23.3 allows for equipment other than that specifically listed in law 54 to be used, the LC is of the view that the placing of any equipment or other fixed object between the jack and bowls to decide which bowls are shot would constitute ‘measuring’. The use of such equipment or objects during an end, therefore, would be in breach of . 23.3. Examples in addition to those described in law 54, include equipment used whilst playing the game (mats, scorecards, pens, cloths, bowls lifters and so on) and objects such as a player’s foot. Examples of equipment or objects which, when used during an end, would not be deemed to be in breach of km 23.3 include cross-fingers and devices comprising concentric circles within a transparent frame which are held approximately waist high, and equipment or objects (such as a player’s foot) placed alongside or parallel to (but not directly between) the jack and the bowls.


There are several reasons why this action is seen, a new bowler might have a tendency to bounce the bowl immediately as a result of the weight of the bowl while delivering.
Some bowlers have allowed this style of delivery to creep in because of age, overweight or adopting a lazy action.
    • Firing from the hip can be caused by the forward step being too quick, and the arm is still trying to catch up with the action. By slowing the forward step down the arm will be in sync with the body action and there should be no bounce.
    • If the bowl is released behind the leading foot instead of in front of the foot the bowl will be delivered into the surface.
    • If the delivery action is too high from the ground the tendency is to “dump” the bowl, by bending the back knee to lower the body this will bring the delivery arm closer to the surface and eliminate the dumping habit.
    • For people that can’t bend, imagine walking across the car park, there is a 100 euro note on the floor, walk towards it, bend down, pick it up, carry on walking without stopping, try it at home, no I haven’t got one.
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