Most bowling 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 well.
Let's take an example of a four man team:
The person bowling in the first position is called the "Lead Off". The person bowling last is called the "Anchorman" or "Anchorperson", and the rest of the team are the "Middle Bowlers". I will discuss the line up more in detail in part 2.
I feel that a A Winning Team should have the following:
1. Should be able to finish in one of the top three positions by 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 opposing team members and show good sportsmanship.
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.
Being patient with other team mates can be beneficial. Sometimes people don't want advice or aren't interested in improving right away and that is okay. Everyone needs to improve at their own pace. 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 exactly what she needed to do and I offered her a suggestion just in time. She got a few spares in the last few frames of the game and helped us clinch the win by a small margin.
I've been on teams with married people and the fellow called his wife an "idiot" just because she missed an easy spare. Instead of trying to assist her nicely, he was getting her more angry. So instead of trying to improve, she just 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. That is fine but if you are very competitive, then try to form your own team with good bowlers. Just expect to be giving out a large handicap to opposing teams.
Join me next week when I'll be talking about "What Happens When A Bowling Ball Hits The Pins"?.
Good Luck and High Scoring.
Hello!! My name is Joanie. Although I'm not a professional bowler, 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.