The association was formed in 1991 with the aim of promoting and encouraging short mat bowls within the county of Somerset and there are now over 1000 players registered with the Association.
The association organise:
- Competitions in both the autumn and spring in singles, pairs triples and fours, open to all affiliated clubs in the County and their registered players.
- Qualifying rounds for the National Championships for both adults and under 18ís
- An annual tournament for under 18ís
- County Club Sevens tournament
- Single Champion of Champions competition
- Trials annually for players wishing to join the County Squad
The association can provide committee members who are willing to visit and advise new and existing clubs on all aspects of the game and have two County teams in the Inter County winter League and an under 18s County Team.
The association is affiliated to the English Short Mat Bowling Association (E.S.M.B.A.) who control the game of Short Mat Bowls in England.