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Burlington Lawn Bowling Club - Since 1971       
CLUB TO RE-OPEN FOR PRACTICE JULY 13

BURLINGTON CLUB TO RE-OPEN FOR PRACTICE:  In late June the Government of Ontario allowed most of the province to enter Stage 2 of the Covid-19 Re-opening Plan. Among many things, this designation permits sports clubs, such as lawn bowling clubs, to reopen their facilities for very limited use such as permitting members or players to practise but not for competitive play or games. As a result, the Club presented a Return to Play plan to the City of Burlington and the local public health authority to permit it to reopen the club for practice sessions. The City has now given the Club the green light to proceed and on July 3 the Club's Board of Directors voted unanimously to reopen the greens with practice sessions starting July 13.

PRACTICE REGULATIONS:  In order for the Club to offer practice sessions, we will have to adhere to Return to Play conditions and regulations which the Club negotiated with the City. For your safety, the Practice Regulations are quite comprehensive, restricted and detailed. It is imperative that members who want to practise read and understand the Return to Play policy. This document is now available for download in two formats: .doc and PDF . Simply put, bowlers will only be allowed to touch their own bowls when practicing. They are not allowed to touch anything else when at the club or on the greens. And since Ontario still forbids gatherings of more than ten people, we are only allowed to have a maximum of nine bowlers and one drawmaster present at the club during any practice session. Therefore we can only open up nine rinks for practice at any given time. The drawmaster will act as the Safety Officer. The clubhouse will not be opened and players are asked not to socialize.

ACCEPTING THE RISKS INVOLVED:  In addition to reading and adhering to the practice regulations, bowlers must also read the Compliance Waiver which asks members to accept the risks associated with practising while there is a pandemic and a health emergency still in effect in Ontario. This Waiver is now available for download in two formats: .doc and PDF .

PRACTICE TIMES:  Beginning Monday, July 13, we are going to start the Practice Sessions by having two morning and two evening sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. On those three days the morning sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 9:55 a.m. and then 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. On those same days, the evening sessions will run from 7 p.m. to 7:55 p.m. and then 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. We might open up more days later based on demand and our resources (adequate volunteers and greens crew availability).

BOOKING PRACTICE TIME:  Starting Wednesday, July 8, please email Julia Farrell to book practice time:  tjfarrell121@gmail.com . Or call 1-905-563-6097 if you have no email. Each member will be allowed one practice per week. If some practice times are not filled, players who have already booked one practice may add their names to the waiting list to fill unused spots that week.

DONATE TO DEFRAY CLUB'S 2020 EXPENSES:  To help cover this year's expenses, the Club is kindly asking members to make a $75 donation. Because of covid, no membership fees were collected from members this year and the Club has been forced to dip into a "Rainy-Day Account" to pay for fixed costs and other bills. It's estimated the Club will incur a deficit of over $12,000 this fiscal year if it doesn't generate adequate revenue. Your Gift to the Club will assist us in dealing with this financial crisis. Please contact Membership Chair Evan Bingley to contribute by either cheque or e-transfer. Or you can hand deliver your cheque at the club Wed., July 15 or Thurs., July 16 from 10 a.m. to Noon. This donation is not a membership fee but simply a voluntary contribution.

      

  Points of Interest  
 

  About Our Club  
 

 Greens Restoration 
Progress Reports:
Nov. 2016 Update
Oct. 2016 Update
Spring 2016 Update
Oct. 2015 Update
Nov. 2015 Update

 The Game 
 
Etiquette &
Team Positions

 At The Club 

Free lessons from our resident pros! Available to all who want to learn how to play bowls!

 Special Programs 
 
2016 Student Bowling Program:
See NEW  Poster

  Photo Albums  
 
- Indoor Bowls Fall 2016
- Our Ontario Champs
- Victoria Day 2016
- Opening Day 2016
- Christmas Jitney 2015
- Opening Day 2015
- Open House 2015
- Canada Day 2014

The Burlington Lawn Bowling Club (BLBC) is a private charter club located in the heart of Burlington, Ontario. The club is a member of District 5 of the Ontario Lawn Bowling Association (OLBA).

The club invites you to join us for lively social interaction and mild exercise  on the "GREEN" and we invite and encourage non-members to play as our guests.  Lessons and loaner equipment are available for all who are interested in learning this sport. Guests may also use club bowls for a small fee.

BLBC has two regulation-size greens of 8 rinks each. Bowling occurs virtually every day of the week during our operating season, usually in the afternoons and evenings.  More information on the choice of times and levels of play of all bowling activities can be found in the 2018 Handbook.  In addition, for the competitive bowler, the club also hosts numerous "Open Tournaments" and District & Provincial Championships throughout the year. For your enjoyment, the club is licensed for beer and wine service.


Canada Day 2019
 


 INDOOR BOWLING:  Want to lawn bowl all year round? No problem! At BLBC you can bowl indoors from October to April for $100. We roll out 3 mats in our clubhouse. The game is similar to outdoors but the greens are mats (shorter & narrower than outside) with a block in the middle to make the game more challenging. Small bowls are supplied. All you need is indoor flat-soled shoes.

We have open bowling every afternoon (with refreshments & cookies between games). There are also leagues in the mornings & evenings. Come join us and enjoy the camaraderie. Lessons are available. There is an additional fee of $30 for non-outdoor members. Please check out the new 2019-2020 Indoor Bowling Schedule for the times of all events and league action.


 Ongoing Activities 
 
Open Bowling: Pick-up games with players drawn randomly. Show up 20 minutes ahead of start time and play.
 
Jitneys: Same as Open Bowling, but played for loonies & toonies. Also special Holiday Jitneys when 2 games are played.
 
Tournaments: Some are "in house" Club Tournaments for members only.
 
Click here for Schedule for 2019 Club Championships.
 
Others are "Open" to outside clubs as well. All require pre-registration.
 
Leagues: Pick your own team for league play (such as Australian 2-4-2 Pairs and 4-3-2-1).
 


 
Winners of 2019 Open Tournaments held at BLBC

Previous Winners:  2018   -    2017   -  2016   -  2015   -  2014  -  2013 .


 Bowling Tips 
 
"Bruce's Bits for Better Bowling". Tips:
#1 - #2 - #3 - #4
#5 - #6 - #7 - #8
New: Tip #9 - 

 

 Open Tournaments 
 
Check our NEW  Open Tournaments schedule and plan your entries!
 
2020 Tournaments
 
2019 District 5 Schedule
 
 Tournament Results 

Results & Winners:
2013 Tournaments
2014 Tournaments
2015 Tournaments
2016 Tournaments  
2017 Tournaments
2018 Tournaments

 No Fee Increase for 2019
 

FULL MEMBERSHIP  (including affiliation fees) $190.00
New Members joining after August 1st pro-rated fee
Associate Member $30.00
Juniors (21 and under) $35.00
Indoor Bowling Membership (see above) Additional Fee
Lockers $5.00
Bowls Rental: $25.00 per year
"Pay-as-you-play" option NOT Available

Note: Full Membership Fee includes the annual affiliation fees of $35.00 remitted to provincial and national governing bodies ($16.50 to OLBA and $18.50 to Bowls Canada per player). Members who belong to more than one Ontario club only have to pay these fees once. Therefore if BLBC is not your primary club, you only pay the club portion or $155.00 in 2019. Indoor bowling add $100.

2019 Membership Form now available for download in two formats: .doc and PDF .
To renew your membership, please print, fill out and bring the form with you to the Spring Annual Meeting, or after that, the next time you are at the club along with the Waiver.


  LINKS  
 
Bowls Canada
OLBA Home Page
Ontario Premier League
Burlington Bears
City of Burlington
Region of Halton
Burlington Weather
Tourism Burlington
WOBA 2018

 
 Resources: 
 
Club Constitution
Club Bylaws
 
2019 Membership Form  &  Waiver
 
List of Novice Bowlers
 
4-3-2-1 Rules
 
Ontario Tournaments 2018
 
O.B.A. History

Club Policies

Visitors & Practice:
Potential new members who have never bowled before are encouraged to participate, together with a reasonable number of coaching sessions for free, before making a membership decision. Visiting lawn bowlers may play occasionally for a fee (as defined annually by the club) and must make arrangements with the Drawmaster in advance of any practice or game. The decision of the Drawmaster will be final in all cases. No visitor, unless they become full members of the club, shall acquire any benefits of membership, nor be eligible to compete in club championships or league play. Players from other clubs in the district may practice for district playdowns being held at the club but must arrange for practice times in advance.

Dress Code: (as per the club handbook):

  • Flat soled shoes (indentations no deeper than 1/4 inch (1 cm) are mandatory).
  • Shirts must have collars and/or sleeves.
  • No restrictions for teams to wear same colour shirts for club championships.
  • For Open Tournaments and District Playdowns, the OLBA Dress Code (General Rule 6.b.) shall apply (namely players on a team must all wear the same team colours or the default white tops and bottoms).

Smoking: The City of Burlington has a new "No Smoking" by-law on city property, including parks and parking lots. We have new signs on our fence advising the same. Smokers will move to the street curb.

Dogs: The Club has decided that only Service Dogs will be permitted inside the fence of the club.