This is an excellent game for socialization. This was a very popular game where I worked!
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This is an excellent game for socialization.

What You Need:

  • A strip of carpet; the length of the carpet depends on the size of the area you have.  I play in a rather small area; our carpet is 5m x 1.2m (16ft x 4ft).
  • An indoor bowls game.
  • Two teams with 3 to 4 people on each team.

Rules

  • Start by placing 4 chairs or wheelchairs on each side of the carpet (one side for each team).
  • Each player is given one bowl. Indoor bowls come with 2 clearly marked sets so each team should use one set.
  • The game is usually played to 21 points.
  • Place the jack somewhere on the mat.
  • Flip a coin to determine which team starts. Alternate which team starts each round.
  • Players from each team take turns rolling their bowls as close as they can to the jack.
  • Once everyone has had their turn, the side that has a bowl closest to the jack wins the round and is awarded 2 points. If there is a draw, one point is awarded to each team.
  • Continue until one team reaches 21 points!

Adapt the game to suit the abilities of participants.

This was a very popular game where I worked, we played every second Friday at 3pm and then followed this with Happy Hour.

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Michelle 26th Feb 2021 Activity coordinator
I am trying to start up carpet bowls can someone help me with the instrustions on how to play and scoring and easy version please
Solange 28th Feb 2021 Diversional Therapist
HI, Michelle, we have added more detailed instructions to the activity!
patricia 4th Sep 2013 Recreational Activity Officer
Can anyone please tell me the approximate cost of indoor bowls or bocce balls?
Sally 29th Aug 2013 Activities Coordinator
We love Carpet Bowls at our centre. We use Bocce balls instead of regular carpet bowls because they are different colours and some of our residents have Macular Degeneration. It is always lots of fun not just for the players but for the observers. One of our regulars will turn up in his Bowls jacket and hat from when he was a competitive bowler.
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