Do you bowl all winter long, and then immediately after it's over you join a summer league? I used to do just that every year but sometimes wished that I hadn't. Do you sometimes wish the long 36 week winter league was only 30 weeks long? If your answer is YES, then you may need a bowling break.
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE bowling, but sometimes we can get a little burned out! The perfect league in my opinion would be 25 weeks, then take a breather for 1 month, and then do another 25 weeks.
Sometimes I wouldn't join a summer league, and found that when I came back to the winter league that I bowled better, especially if I had been in a little slump or having any issues toward the end the season.
I believe that if I just kept bowling without the needed break, I may have compounded any issues I was confronting (making them worse). I felt better stepping back and laying off for awhile. When I did this, then I was excited again and really looked forward to the winter season approaching. Taking a breather once in awhile like this is great for improving your game and it gives your body a chance to rest and repair itself for better overall performance. It's like taking a vacation, you know how you feel more refreshed and have a better outlook when you return to the normal routine after a vacation. By stepping back, it may help you to set some new goals for yourself for the upcoming winter season.
However, I do recommend going practicing once in awhile if you do decide to take a league break during the summer months. You want to keep that muscle memory and keep the basics in mind. You can still go practicing sometimes and why not include the kids, since they are home from school during this time of year anyway. You can also just do the motions in the privacy of your home to help with this muscle memory.
I also like to travel during the summer months and enjoy the time off from bowling and there's nothing wrong with that, I can still maintain my 200+ average with this short break and you can too! Just don't feel guilty about it or think you're not committed to improving your bowling ability. All athletes take these needed breaks.
Keep this advice in mind.You won't forget everything by taking a break once in awhile. You can read my blog or your notes to keep things in mind while you're taking some time off. If you were having any problems with your game at the end of the winter league and you couldn't work them out, taking a break may actually be all you need to help solve the issue and get you back on track.
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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.