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Top Tips - Preparing for next season

 


“I have taken some excerpts from a publication by John Snell which contains some great advice for different positions. There is also a copy on the Coaches Corner notice board. Now is the time to start preparing for next season, particularly if you want to play in a different position or a higher grade”

 

Stevo

JOHN SNELL

 

LEADS:

Learn to use the mat to draw around or under a bowl close to the draw line instead of changing hands.

The lead sets the pattern and dictates whether or not the team adopts defensive or aggressive tactics.

The importance of rolling the jack to the length required by the skip cannot be over emphasised

Generally, you should bowl on the kindest (or more predictable) drawing side and don’t bowl “around the clock”

Don’t try anything else other than getting your 2 bowls near the jack. The ONLY exception is to draw about half a metre BEHIND the jack with your second bowl if your first is more than 300mms in front.

Never “niggle” at the head unless instructed to do so by your Skip.

In practice, work on your rhythm and practice drawing around or under a short bowl.

 

SECONDS:

The main qualification for a second is command of the draw shot with no preference for either hand.

Should the lead fail with both his bowls, the Second’s job is to assume the Lead’s role and DRAW.

When drawing to a position, whether it’s on the draw line or offset, imagine a jack on the indicated spot, give it full concentration and draw a “toucher”.

 

THIRDS:

“Good Thirds should be seen and not heard” is not necessarily 100% true. Don’t offer an opinion before the skip has had a chance to speak as he may have decided on the shot to play and any suggestion for something different may erode his confidence

If asked a question by the Skip, the Third should be decisive in his answer leaving the Skip in no doubt.

Underestimate the distance is short or long, particularly short bowls. If you call a short bowl as 1 metre out, the player will try to add AT LEAST another metre and will often be 2 – 3 metres too long.

Should the Third be called on to play a vital draw shot under extreme pressure, either pray or imagine there are no other bowls on the green and draw to the jack.

 

 

SKIPS:

To be a top Skip demands that you have the following attributes: psychology, self-control, tactics, empathy, leadership, counselling, poise, determination, intestinal fortitude and it will help if you can bowl!

Build the head first before you think about attacking. Your top priority is to get bowls in the head.

Be prepared to accept second shot. Such a decision can mean the difference between winning and losing (not just on your rink) at the end of the day.

Underestimate the distance is short or long, particularly short bowls. If you call a short bowl as 1 metre out, the player will try to add AT LEAST another metre and will often be 2 – 3 metres too long.

To excel as a Skip, you need to develop a reasonable sense of humour and use it not only for your own enjoyment but to put your players at ease, particularly when “the chips are down”


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JOB OPPORTUNITY

 


JBC is growing rapidly with new members now having to wait to begin their coaching. The club needs more qualified coaches, both men & ladies.

 

Coaching is very rewarding and will definitely improve the level of the coach’s own bowls. Hours will vary according to demand; but 2 more qualified coaches will result in about 2 hours per week being needed to assist. You don’t have to be the best bowler in the club to be a good coach; just able to analyse & improve new bowlers’ techniques and help them enjoy the game.

The pay is sensational and doubles each year!!!!!

 

If you can assist or need more information, please see Eric Buck or Geoff Stevenson.

 

Coaches Corner