The Ballarat District Bowls Division will hold a board meeting on Monday to address challenges surrounding the 2020-21 season.
BDBD president Mariylne Blake said the committee had ruled out any possibility of an October start and would look to kick off the season in November at the earliest.
Otherwise, Blake said the committee would push the start date back until after Christmas.
The delay is due to restrictions around COVID-19.
"We have to make a decision, but we can't until we get some instruction from the government," she said.
"We don't know the way out yet, we are restricted to very few people on the green and in clubhouses and until we get advice we can't make any decisions."
Blake said the committee still needed clarity around the availability of greens. With social distancing set to be enforced when play returns, Blake said time-slots would need to be changed so clubs could play by the rules.
She said clubs would likely have to play on alternate rinks.
"The sooner we can get going the better for the wellbeing of our bowlers, but it has to be safe," she said.
Blake said plans had been progressing before the state government implemented stage three lockdown.
She was hopeful smaller scale events might be able to start before the end of the year.