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There is one change to the Laws this year. In summary, the change removes the requirement to have rings engraved on the non-bias side of the bowl. This change allows manufacturers to use larger logos and other identifying marks. Bowls Canada Bounlingrin has prepared a memo that includes the text of all changes that can be read here under the heading "Amendments". I am reproducing the text here:
D2 Bias side of a bowl: the side of the bowl that is the more rounded of the two sides, which is identified by the small grooved rings surrounding its centre.
52.1.3 Each set of bowls can carry a player’s individual emblem, logo or engraving as a distinguishing mark on both sides of every bowl.
22.214.171.124 All bowls belonging to players within a team or side must have these markings on them and the markings must all be the same design and colour. However, players may use markings which are different in size from those used by other players in their team or side where this is necessary due to differences in the sizes of either the manufacturers’ rings or distinguishing marks on the bowls. (This section refers to the provision of adhesive labels to identify a team's bowls at some competitions, not the engraved markings on either side of the bowl.)
53.1 Licensed Manufacturers and Licensed Testers are entitled to imprint the registered World Bowls Stamp on the bias side of bowls. Imprints on the running surfaces of bowls must be avoided wherever possible.
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