Welcome, my Pindependents to Fall bowling 2021. Fair warning: this is the longest email you'll get from me this season and you should hang on to it. Because you'll have all sorts of questions as we move forward and those answers will most likely be here. Couple of things for those of you who don't read your emails: SEND ME
A PHOTO OF YOUR COVID-19 VACCINATION CARD IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY SENT IT TO ME. I'M NOT KIDDING. PROOF OF VACCINATION IS REQUIRED TO BOWL.
What to expect this season:
We will bowl on Sunday nights at 6:15 pm. That means that practice will start at 6:15 and competitive bowling will start at 6:30pm sharp. If you don't want 15 minutes of practice time, show up at 6:30. But we're trying to be done by 9ish every week, so please be on time so we can start on time.
There will be no post-bowling: if you miss a week, you may pre-bowl in advance. This is for any week other than playoff and championship weeks (if your team is in the playoffs or championship). Details on practice games and pre-bowling are below.
We will NOT bowl on October 31 (Halloween) or November 28 (Thanksgiving) weekends. Use the time to practice, I guess.
We will likely have 3 weeks of playoffs this season (we have a limited number of teams, so why not?) Details on that as we approach the season
Masks are mandatory. We're still in the midst of a pandemic. Please mask up. I will be enforcing this. Yes, you can take down your mask to eat and drink, but please just be thoughtful about infection control practices.
What to expect on Week 1:
Please show up a bit early (by 6pm). This way, we can fill out paperwork, make sure everyone is on the right lanes and teams are assigned.
I have a few spots available on various teams, so if you have friends who still want to bowl, bring them along! (Email me about it first, if possible, so I can place them on a team in advance.)
If you're new to our league, look for me on arrival at the lanes, I'll help you get set up on your lane/with your team.
Week 1 will not count for points toward the season, it's the week we establish our averages for handicapping purposes going forward. So don't worry if you're rusty, we're all a little rusty.
How scoring works:
Your team will play 3 competitive games each week against another league team (or a “blank team” if needed. Each win counts as a point, giving a possible 3 points each week. At the end of the regular season, the top teams based on points will move into a single elimination play off.
In the event of a tie, total pins (raw + handicap) will be used. In the case of a pin # tie, then raw pins will be used.
During playoffs, teams face off for 3 games. Best 2 of 3 games wins and moves on to the next round. We'll decide how we break ties later in the season (it'll make sense later, I promise).
Key things to remember:
Show up on time. We start competitive play at 6:30 pm. If you're late, but still arrive during game 1, we can “play you in” but please don't make a habit of it.
Every league bowler will have 2 free practice games per week. These games can be played Monday through Saturday until 7pm or any time on Sundays. Check in at the desk and let them know that you are here for practice games, not pre-bowling. You should NOT be given a score card for practice games.
If you are going to miss a week, you can pre-bowl prior to Sunday night's start. If you prebowl, please let me know!! Again, you can pre-bowl until 7pm M-Sa or any time on Sundays. Make sure you let the staff at AMF know that you are PREBOWLING (not practicing) so that they have you sign in and give you a score card. Take a picture of the completed score card and send it to me. Make sure the score card has your name, your league/team name and the date you are pre-bowling for. This is key: if the date isn't on there, I can't use it. So DATE your card.
Bowling etiquette (yes you should read this part too):
Be ready to bowl when it's your turn. No, seriously, don't be delaying play because you're messing around somewhere else. Being in line at the bar is one thing, but consistently having to be told it's your turn is annoying. Be considerate and ready when it's your turn.
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.
Questions? Comments? Send them my way! firstname.lastname@example.org I will post each week's updates on the website blog as well, so if you miss the emails, check there. www.pindependentbowling.com So that's about it, if you need more information, let me know. Otherwise, I'll see you on the lanes! -k-