BOWLS North has lifted gender restrictions against women for the impending season.
The association's board agreed last month to allow open-gender bowls where women can play in mixed teams with men whatever the division.
Bowls North president Tony Benneworth said the decision follows Bowls Tasmania's desire late last year to permit a non restrictive game.
Of the 23 Northern clubs 11 voted in favour, two failed to vote and seven clubs voted for a restricted open gender competition.
Clubs have been given the option as to whether they select mixed teams or not.
Mr Benneworth said the East Coast region made the move last year, while the West and South associations have so far decided against it.
"It is a positive move. The thing about lawn bowls is that it really is not gender specific and a man can play quite well against women," he said.
"The reason it is being done is to try and get more people playing the game.
"Bowls is one of the more traditional games that we play, so this is an enormous move.
"I think we realise that the more we can make the game open, the more people we will get playing it.
"I am very proud of the clubs that they have made this decision."
Mr Benneworth said he thought the South and West associations would be forced by Bowls Tasmania to eventually adopt the rules.
The season starts on Saturday, October 12.