Most teams have four players, but I have been in leagues that had 2, 3, or even up to 5 players. If you are a single person looking to join a bowling league, you will be placed randomly on a team that needs a player. If you have a few friends that you can bowl with, then you can just join a league as a team. The latter may be best because then you know you will all get along. The person bowling in the first position is called the "Leadoff". This player should have a decent average in hopes that the rest of the team can follow their lead. The player who bowls last is called the "Anchorman" or "Anchorperson" and usually has there highest average on the team. They can deal with pressure the best because they have bowled awhile and can hopefully come through if the game is close. the rest of the team are the "Middle Bowlers".
I feel that a A Winning Team should have the following:
1. Should be able to finish in one of the top three positions at the end of the league, meaning finishing in either first, second, or third place.
2. Should consist of different averaged bowlers, meaning a few high averaged bowlers, as well as some that get a good enough handicap to help the team out when opposing team members are bowling over their averages.
3. Should consist of members that can meet and exceed their own averages.
4. Consist of bowlers that have a positive outlook, and that have good chemistry with each other.
5. Should root for other team members and be aware of how they are bowling, in case their spirits need a lift.
6. Should consist of members that can give each other an occasional tip if necessary, but doing it nicely as to not offend a team mate. Also being patient with other team mates can be beneficial. Sometimes people don't want advice or aren't interested in improving right away. There was a gal on my team that wasn't bowling up to par and she kept saying to me, "I need to make an adjustment", but she wasn't changing anything. I told her that was what she needed to do and offered a suggestion just in time. She got a few spares in the last few frames of the game and helped us win by a small margin, but we got the win. I've been on teams with married people and the husband called the wife and "idiot". Instead of trying to improve, she bowled worse on purpose and we lost 2 out of the 3 games. So you have to use discretion because some people are very sensitive. Some bowlers just go for socializing and don't really care how they bowl.
Join me next week when I'll be talking about "How to watch the path of the bowling ball".
Good Luck and High Scoring.
Hello!! I'm not a professional bowler, but I have loved the sport for more than 45 years, averaged over 200 for several seasons, and learned quite a bit with research and experience.