Week 7: Back at it, but possibly with a delay
Bottom Line Up Front:
Last week of regular bowling before the playoffs
There is a tournament at AMF, that is supposed to be finished at 6, but may run as late as 7.
Please be patient if you arrive and someone is on our lanes, they know we're scheduled to be there tonight.
I hope you had a great Easter break, and we're back to bowling tonight.
I'm sorry for the last-minute email, but I got a message from AMF that they have a tournament happening there today that was supposed to finish at 6pm.
However, they MAY run over, which means that they may delay our start by up to 45 minutes (7pm). If you arrive at the lanes tonight and find someone on your lane, it's ok, they know we're supposed to be there and we'll start as soon as they are finished. Please be patient, and let me know if there are problems or delays of your lane starting beyond 7pm.
Just so you're aware: next week will start our playoffs, where we'll be taking the top 8 teams into a single elimination type bracket playoff.
The following rules will be in place:
No pre-bowling scores will be used, players have to be present to compete (you can pre-bowl if you're out, we just will use your blinded scores).
2 out of the 3 players from each team must be present to participate, or the team forfeits.
Winners are best 2 out of 3 games, no ties, so no concerns about best route for tie breakers.
If your team is not in the playoffs, you will still bowl. You paid for this time, you'll get your bowling! Show up and bowl for funsies.
We will likely have our standard pizza party for the final week of the season, so don't miss that!
Reminder: if you or your team is early, do not start practice until the other team arrives, everyone on your lanes should get a chance to practice. (If you start practice on your lane, it starts the timer for your opponents' lane as well.) 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.
Another evergreen reminder: If you pre-bowl, send me your scores, either via text or email, because sometimes the score cards don't make it to the folder, and I don't know to go look for yours if I don't know you pre-bowled. (And date your score card!)
Masking: Mask mandates have been lifted in Durham County but consider wearing one to protect yourself and others. Also, if you're sick, stay home.
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.
X/X/X/X/X/X/ Keely Godwin League Manager, Social Director, and all around Bowling Buddy Pindependent Durham Bowling
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