Seeing as how there were no televised events on TV this weekend, I would like to take a look ahead to the Mark Roth doubles competition, and see what your feelings are regarding the leagues in your hometown. I am curious to see what you the viewers think about the leagues you bowl in and see if we need to ask our centers to make some changes.
The big question I have in mind is do we need to change the format of our leagues? I guess before I get further into depth on this topic I should explain that I am from Wisconsin, and things are very traditional here. So most leagues in our area are 5 man team leagues either scratch or handicap with your occasional couple’s league on the weekend. As much as I like bowling on a 5 man team, I have noticed within the past few years that you don’t see the same guys every week at the lanes, and teams actually strategize to have their players with more or less handicap on certain weeks. I almost think that doubles leagues may be the way of the future.
I think a doubles league could be beneficial in many ways. From a strategic standpoint you could pick a player that brings the best out of you, and knows you. If you are struggling your partner would know your game just as well as he knows his own. Also from a strategic standpoint you could pick a player that plays a similar line to you, to increase scoring. Typically a doubles league goes faster as there are two less players on the lanes. Having a smaller time commitment, may be beneficial to some who are extremely busy. I also believe that having two less players on the lanes will not only speed up the competition, but will also help you stay in a rhythm. I personally have had my best scores on the lanes when I am bowling in doubles, or singles competitions for tournaments, because I can stay in a good rhythm. I personally would like to see more leagues like this offered in our area, but would love to hear your opinions on how things are where you live. Please leave your comments below or email me anytime at email@example.com. I finally found a doubles league in our area this spring into summer that is a sport league. I am excited to be bowling in my first sport league this summer, and look forward to telling you how it goes.
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Interesting point of view Mike. In my area near Atlanta, you do see some doubles leagues, but mainly as you indicate, as summer or short season leagues. Most are still 4 or 5 person leagues. I agree that the pace would be quickened. I would definitely consider doing a competitive sport league in this format, if my house would offer one. They are doing a PBAX league this summer as a doubles league that I am probably going to do again, but a full season sport shot league would be ideal to test my skills. Keep us posted on how your league goes this summer and what you think of the format.
Thank you for your comments regarding formats in your area. I am definitely looking forward to my first sport league, and will keep you posted.
my area does doubles, trio, four, five and sub must post 21 games on 5 man team. I had some people from the doubles come to the mixed league and wanted to quit because it took so long between frames. 5 man teams are difficult because if the people don’t want a 6-6:30 start league ends too late and they don’t want that either. How does a house like only having 4-6 people on a lane?
Thanks for your comments regarding the leagues offered in your area, and also your perspective from guys coming over to a 5 man from 2 man. I appreciate your comments. As much as bowling centers would like to have their lanes full, they would appreciate it more if everyone would eat their food and enjoy their beverages.