Bottom Line Up Front:
Don't forget to set your clocks forward tonight, so you're not late tomorrow!
Practice starts at 6:15 and competitve play at 6:30
If you missed last week, that's not a problem, we'll calculate your average this week.
Well, Pindependents, we're rolling, and the season is off to a pretty solid start. We missed a few people last week, but never fear, if you missed last week, your average will be calculated for your handicap after this week's games.
Points for last week did not count toward the season, but starting this week, they will.
Don't forget to set your clocks forward tonight! Can't have you showing up an hour late for bowling! Speaking of which, don't forget that we start practice at 6:15 and competitive play around 6:30.
quick tip: if you or your team is early, do not start practice until the other team arrives, everyone should get a chance to practice. If other players are not present by 6:20, go ahead and start rolling.
The practice timer is 10 minutes, so if both teams are early and you're ready to go, get rolling.
The paperwork we filled out last week was submitted so if you don't have a league card, my hope is that we'll have one for you this week. If not, I'll keep asking about them. Usually they can use the phone number you included in your information to access your status for discounts at the snack bar.
Don't forget that if you pre-bowl, you must date your score card when you turn it in. It's a good idea to save the bottom copy and an even better idea to snap a photo of it and email it to me, so that if it's lost by the lanes, your scores will count.
You have 2 free practice games per week! Make sure to let them know that you're practicing, and you can use those games any time M-F until 7pm, Saturday until 6 or all day Sunday.
Masking: As you know, Durham County has dropped their indoor mask mandates. Durham, is still considered a high transmission area, but the number of cases has gone down by about 50% in the last 14 days. Our current positivity rate for testing as of March 11th is about 4%, which is very encouraging.
Having said all of that, I still am asking folks to be reasonable about infection control: wash your hands, maintain a bit of distance if you can and if you are sick, STAY HOME. Believe it or not, Flu season is not over (ends around the end of April) and we didn't all just come through this to get the flu at a bowling alley.
Final reminder: for those of you who saw my very graceful near splits fall last week, I just want to remind you to check your shoes. Wet shoes cause falls. While my ego is the only thing that was bruised last Sunday, a slip can cause serious injury. Let's face it, we're here for fun, and a wee bowling trophy isn't really worth breaking an ankle or dislocating a hip. Also, the rental shoes are terrible, I strongly recommend picking up a pair of your own, either through the pro-shop on site or by ordering online.
Ever present bowling etiquette reminders:
Be ready to bowl when it's your turn. I know the snack bar lines can be slow, but try to be aware of your turn to bowl and be ready. If you DO have to step away between your turns, let your fellow bowlers know where you are.
Be aware of other bowlers: if 2 bowlers make the approach side by side, the bowler on the right has the right of way. LOOK AROUND. Make sure that when it's your turn, you're not bowling at the same time as the bowlers in the lanes next to you.
Once your turn is done, finish up and get out of the way. Again, we're trying to keep things moving, so once your roll is complete, do your happy dance and let the next bowler approach.
Wear bowling shoes. This should go without saying, but street shoes can damage the approach and lead to falls. Shoes are NOT included in the price of your season, so make sure to rent your shoes when you arrive if you need to.
Keep an eye on food and drink: don't spill near the approach, wet shoes cause falls (trust me on this one). If you're a sloppy eater, then eat at the table behind the benches on the lanes.
Don't be a jerk. No, seriously. We're all here to have fun. Don't be a jerk.
I'm hoping to post each week's stats on www.pindependentbowling.com once I get a better idea how to do that easily without making you download a .pdf.
X/X/X/X/X/X/ Keely Godwin League Manager, Social Director, and all around Bowling Buddy Pindependent Durham Bowling
Keely@PindependentBowling.com www.pindependentbowling.com X/X/X/X/X/X/