Teams can have anywhere from 2-5 people. It depends on the league you want to join.
I think a Winning Bowling team should have the following:
7. A good LINE UP. This means that you should pick a solid averaged bowler, one who is consistent on getting
spares to be the first bowler. It's important to have a good Lead Off person so that the other bowlers ca hopefully
follow suit and their best to follow that lead.
8. The best averaged bowler on the team to be the ANCHOR person, the last person to bowl on the team line up.This is
important in case in the last few frames it's a close game. This person should be able to pull a strike or double to win
the game. Sometimes the top averaged bowler may NOT want to be the anchor bowler because of the pressure with
this anchor position. If that is the case for your team, then put the second best averaged bowler as the anchor and
the top bowler in the lead position.
9. Bowlers that are always ready to bowl when it's their turn. Over the years I have bowled with some winners that were
always at the bar, going out to smoke a cigarette, getting food, etc. Then me or another team member had to go
and find them to let them know it was their turn. This was very distracting and downright annoying. A bowler can be
skipped, but sometimes could throw off the other team members timing.
10. Bowlers being aware of the Bowling Etiquette. Please see my blog post from May 24, 2021 if you are Not aware of it.
11. Light conversations with other team members that can be stopped or continued easily after the person bowls. There
is nothing worse than having to wait for a person to bowl because they are having a deep discussion with someone!
It's annoying and rude to the other bowlers. If someone was on a string of strikes, it can ruin their timing!
12. Manners toward the opposing team.Your team should always be cordial to the other team and give a high five for a
great shot, even if they are winning the game. I was on a team where the guy would randomly yell out loud when he
missed a spare, and people were complaining about him on the league. It was embarrassing, for example, a guy on
the other team threw what looked to be a perfect strike, but the 10 pin stayed up, and this guy on my team would yell
"stand up and fight". Even though it was kind of funny, it really wasn't very nice.
13. Having bowlers on your team that are aware of what's going on. There is nothing more annoying than having a
team mate throw away a possible spare, losing the game because they weren't of how close the game was or that it
was the tenth frame!
So, just try to be nice, considerate, and be ready to bowl when it's your turn. If you need to use the rest room
or get a snack, just let another team member know that they can skip you if you're not back to the lane by the time it's
your turn to bowl so things can keep moving along. You'll have more fun, fewer headaches, and other teams will look
forward to bowling against you and your team.
Good Luck and High Scoring!
Join me next week when I'll be discussing the topic of "Pressure". See you then!
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.