Cardiganshire Short Mat Bowling Association
Cymdeithas Bowlio Mat Byr Ceredigion
County Committee contacts
|Social Media Secretary
|County team captain
|League organiser & Webmaster (Ex-officio)
Staying in touch
Sometimes, we need to communicate with each other and be confident that our message has been received. For example, if a message is to warn someone that a game has had to be cancelled. Talking to each other by telephone is one way we can be sure that a message has got through, but this method can be tedious if:
- there are several people who need to receive the message, and/or
- they are not available to speak to, and
- you are not certain that they have heard an answerphone message
Anyone with a mobile telephone can use what many of us are already using: WhatsApp. WhatsApp is simply a messaging application, rather like Messenger. A key feature of WhatsApp is that you can see if a message has been read by a recipient or members of a group. Messages can be sent by any group member to the group or to individuals in the group. This could prove invaluable if a game needs to be re-arranged, extra information needs sharing prior to a meeting, an umpire is not abale to attend a match, etc.
Any member of any CSMBA club can join the group, but it would be very helpful if the following people joined:
- Officers of the CSMBA Committee
- Team Captains
- Club representatives
- Officers of CSMBA clubs
County Committee meetings for 2023-24Next meeting:
Venue: Llechryd Village Hall
All meetings start at 7.00pm unless otherwise stated. Meetings for the rest of the season to be arranged in due course.
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If any of the details for your club representatives or team captains listed below are inaccurate, either following your club's AGM, because someone resigns or retires, or simply because someone's contact details have changed, please let us know using the club and team information update form. As the form's name suggests, this form can be used to provide updates at any time.
John G Evans
& Pauline Palmer
& Steve Reynolds
& Jennifer Robins
|01545 561692 or 07757 185173
Cardiganshire Short Mat Bowls Association has one of the lowest number of active Umpires in Wales and have received special dispensation from the WSMBA to 'self-umpire' when an Umpire is not available at a league game. This is not an ideal situation but with so few Umpires available as most of them play for their clubs too, there is little choice.
Most players will agree that having an Umpire present encourages a better standard of etiquette and provides guidance on any decisions that may have to be made during an evening.
If you are interested in becoming an Umpire you do not need to be a player but, obviously, an interest in the game is advisable. The examination is divided into two parts; theory and practical.
The theory paper consists of 40 questions which need to be answered fully but the WSMBA rule book may be used so it's not as bad as it seems! Providing that over 80% of the questions are answered correctly, the successful applicant will then encouraged to accompany existing umpires to observe them in their duties, gradually taking more responsibility themselves as they grow in confidence. Once experience has been gained, you would be asked to take the practical part of the examination showing an understanding of the equipment used and demonstrating your ability to judge and advise on pre-set examples of more unusual situations. This is usually carried out within the participant's own club.
If you successfully complete both the theory and practical assessments you become a WSMBA umpire - as easy as that!
A copy of the questions is available on request by email from Paul Edwards: email@example.com. Please talk to one of the existing umpires if you would like more information about becoming an Umpire.
The English Bowls Umpires website has further information on the subject http://www.ebua.org.uk
List of Umpires available this season
|Darren Davies (Llandygwydd)
|Paul Edwards (Manordeifi)
|Robert Evans (Rhydlewis)
|Gerald Hands (Manordeifi)
|Gill Reeman (Manordeifi)
Do you enjoy bowls but would like to learn more about the game and learn how to help others? Then maybe coaching is for you.
Ceredigion County Council recently ran a Coaching Course in association with the WSMBA at Llandysul Leisure Centre and provided an excellent way of learning how to break down the game into stages so that the different shots can be taught to beginners. To qualify as a coach, an individual would need to attend one of these coaching courses and then be recommended to take the further examination. This would consist of taking the theory examination required by Umpires and, if over 80% is achieved, a practical examination held at the club to ensure that the person has remembered how to teach the various shots!
Cardigan currently has nine qualified club coaches at five clubs: Aberporth, Manordeifi and Rhydlewis. Please check the individual club pages if you would like to find out more or maybe receive some help with your game.
Being a coach doesn't necessarily mean that they are the best player - merely that they are someone who can teach the theory of the game to players and hopefully help with teaching particular shots or advising on where someone is going wrong.