Q When I threw the jack just past the hog line, my skip asked where the mat was. Why?


A In other words, when is the hog line not the hog line? When the mat is moved up.

Think of the hog line as a moveable line which is a set distance from the mat. If the front of the mat is at the minimum of 2 metres (about two full strides) from the ditch, the hog line marked on the rink is the minimum legal distance for a jack. However, the mat can be placed a lot farther out than that if you wish. If the mat were placed 5 metres from the ditch (i.e., 3 metres farther than the minimum), the jack would have to be 3 metres past the marked hog line to be legal.—Umpire Ron

Do you have a question about the rules of lawn bowling? Umpire Ron Larking can’t respond to every question, but he will try to answer questions of general interest to bowlers. Questions may be edited for brevity and clarity.

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