Invitation to play the short mat game

Invitation to play the short mat game

Updated 2017-09-16, changing the wording slightly to keep the invitation current.

TO ALL BOWLERS NEW TO SHORT MAT BOWLING

There is no need to give up bowling for the year after the outdoor season closes in late September or early October; you are encouraged to try short mat bowling that we play every day in Anderson House in the fall and winter months.

Short mat bowling uses your regular outside bowls and is played on a mat 45 feet by 6 feet. During the regular season, we have two mats in play, which we put in place after the lockers are moved around the end of September. (However, this year we are starting early. See below.)

There are two ways for you to play:

  1. Join in one of the nine Daily Draw casual games every week, which occur at least once every day of the week and twice on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Booking for Daily Draws will commence late September.
  2. Become a league player, by registering in one of the four leagues. You need to register for a league by September 2 to allow time for all the games to be scheduled before the start of the Fall Session.  Here is the registration form for league play. After September 2, the next opportunity to enroll in a league will be November 19 to December 9, for the Winter 2018 session.

Short mat bowling gets an early look this year

The Fall Session officially opens October 2, but this year we are having pre-season short mat bowling in September. This is primarily to acquaint new bowlers with the game and encourage them to sign up.

Four days of bowling will be available on a single mat in Anderson House. The four days are September 11, 13, 18 and 20. Each day there will be: coaching for new bowlers at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.; some social bowling at 11 a.m. (and maybe more, if demanded.)

You use an online booking system to reserve a place in the coaching sessions and social games. The booking is accessed through our website calendar using a program called RSVP.

How to access RSVP

Please come and join us and keep your bowling going until next spring! Last year we had some 65 players playing short mat.

Here again is the registration form for league play. For further details of how we organize the short mat sessions, see Short Mat at Oak Bay.

Good bowling!

Steve Rikley and Andrew Harley, Short Mat Managers