7. Explain the purpose of the centring strings which run from ditch to ditch, in
line with the number plates and under the mat and that the objective is for a visually
impaired bowler to be able, eventually, to play the game without the use of this
aid. All this information is helping the pupil to build a mental picture of the surroundings.
8. As all the teachers are bowlers themselves, it is not necessary in this memorandum
to detail all the items on the bowling green which have to be explained to the visually
impaired bowler. However, it is incumbent upon the teacher to be meticulous about
demonstrating each and every item. Particular attention being paid to the ditch and
the bank and how to step from the bank on to the green.
9. The visually impaired bowler should be directed to the number, feel then pick
up the mat and jack. Ascertaining that they are standing directly in front of the
number, turn round, and take two strides forward and place the mat on the grass,
Here the sighted teacher/helper must see that the mat is square.
10. The next step is to teach the pupil how to grip the bowl. It is recommended that
the two grips, the claw grip and the cradle grip should be demonstrated, and the
one most suitable to the pupil be selected for their purpose. The pupil should be
permitted to handle various types of bowls and the complete range of size and weight.
If possible, the most suitable size should be selected for the pupil to play with.
11. The pupil should be demonstrated the stance. That will present some difficulty
in the beginning, but with practice, the pupil will soon learn how to stand square
on the mat by themselves.